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Frank Lampard rotates Chelsea squad as Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge

In a Gameweek where Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) saw their fixture unexpectedly postponed, Frank Lampard has heaped misery on misery for Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Chelsea manager has made six changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Arsenal, omitting three of his club’s four-most popular Fantasy assets.

27.0% of managers own Kurt Zouma (£5.9m), not in the matchday squad for Gameweek 16 with Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) next to Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) at centre-back.

The 12.8%-owned Reece James (£5.2m) is also out of the squad, replaced at right-back by Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m), although Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) holds onto the left-back berth.

Further up the pitch, Timo Werner (£9.3m), still sat in 14.0% of squads, drops out of the starting XI, joining Kai Havertz (£8.2m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) on the Chelsea bench.

That means a front-three of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) going up against an Aston Villa defence forced to leave out Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) through suspension.

This is the first Premier League match that Dean Smith’s men will face without the centre-back this season, a first start together for Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m).

The rest of Aston Villa’s squad looks in good shape, especially compared to the second-string feel of Chelsea’s line-up.

The in-form Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m) and Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) flank Jack Grealish (£7.8m) in the number 10 role while Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) starts up-front fresh from a hat-trick of assists against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Chilwell, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Mount, Kanté, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Pulisic.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Hause, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Grealish, B Traoré; Watkins.

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  1. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    What's this son rumour

    1. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      The kid is not my son

      1. PocketZola
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        She told me her name was Big Sam, as she caused a scene
        Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
        Who will dance on the floor in the round...

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Billy Jean?

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      You have a son?

    3. Alberto Tomba
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      He's been replaced by Dad

    4. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      That Salah is his real dad, so both have to self-isolate.

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      He has a 0.0000099% chance of catching the flu

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        You can't say that

    6. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I have a DNA test to prove he's mine!

    7. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Won’t ruin it but darth Vader is involved

  2. Brehmeren
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    This place going absolutely mental today. Great stuff. Keep it going!

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Santa's not real bandwagon incoming...

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Feck, I'll get Lewis off the bench now!

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    shut the stable door before Rupert the horse bolts

  4. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    TAA or Robbo from DGW19 onwards..?

    1. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Robertson performing better this season and arguably on as many dead balls

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Robbo on form

  5. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Can't you guys delay your mourning till everything is confirmed?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Agreed

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      First time here?

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    The icelandic commentator proounces it Courtney Horse.

    Is he right?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Thats the rugby player

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Almost Cashed it

  8. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    KDB, Watkins -> Kane, Barnes for free?

    1. afsr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      or KdB, Watkins -> Vardy, Soucek and pocket the money

  9. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Covid situation is also one of the reasons to keep BB later as possible

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      also a reason to use it if you have the chance as last minute covid could put all your plans up in smoke

      1. Lucky Z
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        what is last minute covid?

  10. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    mendy is all over the gaf, really doesn't look much better than kepa at this stage

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Steady on

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Looks like he over achieved at the beginning of the season.

  11. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Can’t see Mourinho resting Son, star player in a team who’ve not won in 4, can’t afford any more dropped points ...

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      This. Like mourinho actually has the luxury to rest his best player. They’re in free fall, he’s desperate for a win

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Mendy channelling his inner Kepa tonight.

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      *Kepabilities

  13. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I know that every GK after Kepa looks like upgrade but Mendy is terrible.

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Looks better with first choice back 4.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      He’s really not.

      1. Niho992
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        He is. Already made terrible mistakes vs Leeds, Wolves and Arsenal.

    3. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      People were raving about him weeks ago

    4. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah agree

  14. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    When newc had their covid outbreak the team they played last before that continued to play on

    No reported positive newcaslte tests in the lastest round so shd be okay no?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      should be, everyone on here lost their minds and want other games to be called off because their assets can't play

    2. MOZIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      but they played each other 2 days ago, last time it was about a week?

  15. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Just so you all know the Leeds game will definitely be called off, I brought in Bamford and Dallas.

  16. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Chances Werner subs on and scores? Lol probably, I can see it xD

  17. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    What if it isnt the chelsea keeper, but a system that doesnt consider defending

  18. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Pulisic almost scored there

  19. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Giroud 80th minute header incoming

  20. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone else feeling a Villa win? 2-0 to them imo. Suits them playing better teams

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Not feeling it

    2. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      no way

    3. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I hope Grealish does something to make up for my useless Reece James pick

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I said before the game kicked off Martinez and Grealish would blank

  21. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Pulisic looks essential again

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Essential is not the right word.

  22. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Pulisitter

  23. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Finally Gru Goal

  24. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    How are Villa getting all these clean sheets? Don't think I could cope if they got another one at Chelsea and with no Ming's.

  25. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I guess the City news provides that nail in the coffin to transfer out KDB.

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      His performances (points that is) alone was enough before this.

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        That's fair. I have the luck where as soon as I sell, he hauls. That's why I hesitate.

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      It depends on whether the next game is off.

  26. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Lol. Sold Chilwell on WC.

  27. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    I see the scaremongers are in tonight. Pipe down children.

  28. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Newcastle still played Palace after their games vs Villa was postponed, Liverpool vs Newcastle should still go ahead imo

  29. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Martinez CS gonner.

  30. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Chilwell punishing sellers