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Alonso and Werner benched as injured Cavani misses out

Two more teams get their Gameweek 26 double-headers underway this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Kick-off in the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United is at 16:30 GMT.

All eyes are on Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) from a Fantasy perspective, with his ownership in excess of 60% overall and sitting at 96.8% in the top 10k.

Over 14% of the leading 10,000 managers have made Fernandes their captain in Double Gameweek 26.

Thomas Tuchel continues to tinker with his starting XI, making five alterations from Gameweek 25.

Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) replace Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) and Reece James (£5.0m) at wing-back, with Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) in for Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) at centre-half.

There are changes further forward, too, with Timo Werner (£9.2m) benched and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) starting his first match since Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) is also preferred over Tammy Abraham (£7.1m) as the spearhead of the hosts’ attack.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make two changes to the Manchester United side that beat Newcastle United last weekend.

Scott McTominay (£4.9m) and Mason Greenwood are recalled, with Nemanja Matic (£4.7m) and Anthony Martial (£8.7m) benched.

McTominay and Donny van de Beek (£6.6m) had been injury doubts for this weekend, with the Dutchman also recovering to make the bench.

Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) isn’t fit to feature, however.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell, Ziyech, Mount, Giroud.

Man Utd XI: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, James, Rashford.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 26 SO FAR…

The game-changing impact that Gareth Bale (£9.3m) exhibited in a 45-minute showing at West Ham last weekend carried over into Tottenham Hotspur’s first Double Gameweek 26 fixture.

Bale conjured up memories of his Spurs heyday in the early-2010s, producing a performance that was brimming with confidence in the Lilywhites’ 4-0 win over Burnley: his 50-yard ball for Harry Kane‘s (£11.1m) 14th-minute goal evidence of that.

The Welshman scored two of his own, twice latching onto Son Heung-min (£9.5m) passes to beat Nick Pope (£5.6m). His second strike, in particular, could have been taken straight from his 2012/13 highlights reel.

Bale was actually the least-popular asset in the Spurs starting XI on Sunday, with just 0.4% of FPL managers owning the on-loan Madridista.

He would appear poised to feature in his side’s second Double Gameweek 26 fixture, with Jose Mourinho sparing the Wales international for the final 20 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bale, Son and Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) all banked double-digit hauls against the Clarets, with the Spurs left-back teeing up Lucas Moura (£6.6m) for the hosts’ third goal.

Owners of Kane, by some distance the most-captained player in the top 10k in the current Gameweek, may have been feeling short-changed with their six points, however.

Kane wasted a stoppage-time ‘big chance’ that would have doubled his Gameweek 26 score after bonus.

That was one of of a remarkable seven chances that Son created throughout.

As for Burnley, a rare day to forget defensively and the first time that Pope has shipped more than two goals in a single match since Gameweek 7.

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1,034 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vamos Los Celeste
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    7 cs in the first half of my Dgw. Unreal !

    1. Vamos Los Celeste
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Special mention to Johnstone jammy one lol.

    2. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      wow! whats your defence? I had a rare clean sweep on my back line last week with 5 CS's (out of 7 including a leeds double up). Only the one this week for me so far.

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        their team is linked, a lot of value in the defence but it has definitely worked this week, amazing score so far.

        1. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I was saving money to do Ings Vardy.
          Then went with Reguillon instead.
          Will take value from bench slowly.

      2. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Martinez Johnstone
        Stones Rudiger Shaw elMohamady Reguillon.

    3. LSK
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Stones didn’t get a cleansheet but great score!

      1. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah forgot abt that. Cheers.

  2. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rudiger, Konsa, and Areola going well on the BB so far.

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Very nice!

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Wish Shaw had got some baps. Was always getting a cleanie tonight

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Was on 3 baps at one point

  4. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Excellent
    Bruno blank

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Needs a rest after that poor performance.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Now onto next one... Salah blank!

      1. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        doesnt matter, he is under 100 EO

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        hope so.
        2 rivals have gone c/tc

    3. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Gonna get accused of hindsight but surprised he was 2nd most popular for captaincy. Chelsea have been defending really well recently, it's no shock.

      1. DandyDon
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        potentially quietest i've seen him for Utd

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Standard in big matches - has a completely different role

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        He’s been awful for weeks too ; but still hauling

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Awful, but still hauling - my kind of fpl player 😉

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Don't think anyone had captain for that fixture - it's a one week haul plus 3 call most made

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Everyone who captained did so for the Palace game surely

      5. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Triple captained him for the Palace game. Was happy for him to get through the match without an injury, red card or missed pen. As you can tell, I don't expect a lot from my players.

    4. djman102
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Pretty content with being only 3(X2) behind Kane TCers at this point.

    5. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I sold, normally blanks when fixtures get tougher

  5. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Lingard or Raphina for next 3 ?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Lingard can’t play one of them ...

  6. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Yet to hit the 40 point mark even with triple captain Bruno haul. The brutality of double gameweeks is they never seem to end.

    1. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      26pts here. Chin up!

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Fair play

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Double gameweeks used to be my saving grace in poor seasons. This year they have been extremely unforgiving.

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Just nudged over 40 with bench boost. Not the haul I was promised. May turn off until Friday!

  7. MMN
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Barnes > Bale or Son? Or any other mid up to 10.2?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Son a safe choice, Bale high risk high reward pick

      1. MMN
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 19 days ago

        Why is Bale high risk?

        1. Lazaretti
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 19 days ago

          Always injured

  8. Nerdlinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    TAA, down to you to save my weekend! Let's go.

  9. aborg
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Why the hell is Mendy on Max bps if he made less saves than DeGea?? This is beyond me.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Bonus system is rigged

    2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      GKs do other things than just saves.

    3. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      passes or some rubbish like that

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Racism

    5. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      and his saves were so bad!

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Kane 6 points looking better now 🙂

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Until Salah gets 15!

  11. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    57 points from defence and keepers so far and they all have another game

    1. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Wow. Nice one

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Incredible!

      Glad you’re on the up mate

    3. LSK
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      54 here. Only Schmeichel has let me down so far.

    4. Patson Dabaka
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Definitely gonna triple captain a defender in a dgw next season

  12. DandyDon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    No Liverpool. Need a big couch...

  13. son of city
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Ruediger my weeeeeekend love.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2 Salah goals to break 100 pts!

      1. son of city
          7 months, 20 days ago

          impressive

      2. Ch0udini
          7 months, 20 days ago

          That GK 10 pointers just keep coming this game week. Crazy.

        • Saosin
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Mendy 3 BPS get in!

        • CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Somehow after being Pepped, everyone else cooperated and either fluffed or returned as needed. Moving towards Villa assets next, in readiness for 28 & 29... allons-y!

        • barton fc
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Barnes > lingard this week?

          Can just bring Watkins off the bench and deal with it next week ( the extra transfer could allow grealish or Rodriguez to come in)

          Really fancy jesse to thrive in transition against that open leads midfield

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Barnes to start vs Burnley?

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Doubt it

          2. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            West Ham

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Ashley maybe

          4. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            no

          5. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Out till mid April

        • tomasjj
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          GK and 3 defenders all paying off nicely.

          10, 10, 10, 7

          Makes up for my mistakes further forward...

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Haha just posted almost identical thing!

            36pts from my GK + 3 defs

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I swear Man United vs Chelsea is always 0-0 lol

        • Jimmy Boy
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Big performance needed from Salah (c) here

        • DBossman_2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Bruno to Bale anyone?

          1. Neevesy
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            You cheeky boy, you

          2. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Or Bruno to KDB

        • michaelington
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Good god that Shaw interview. Is he ok?
          Even more boring than the game.

          1. mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Was like he was taking a test

        • DGW Sane TC Fail....
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Zambian witch doctor needed for a couple of games

          1. The Train Driver
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Need like 3 different curses on every LIV player for that SHU backline to keep a CS.

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Unbelievable stuff

          4x Defs/ GK = 36pts so far
          4x Mids = 8pts so far (Salah to play)

          Not what I expected at all!

        • onceuponatyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Who got the BPS in the Spurs game?

          1. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Bale 3 Son 2 Reguilon 1

        • Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Pope to Martinez worth a freebie? Don't have a keeper for GW29.

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Depends if Martinez shakes off groin issue

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Ahh yeah true, forgot he got a niggle...

        • Top Mark.S
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Let's see who gets injured for us today

          1. The Senate
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Adrian 30 seconds in, kicking the turf instead of the ball?

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              I would call that a good day for us

        • The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Ampadu Jagielka Bryan 3 backline, non Salah owner, yikes!