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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. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Need to get ride of Dier but who for?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Regularion

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    How many baps for McIvor?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      😆

      Both interviews better than the game, character!

  3. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Finally sell chilwell, for a hit, on BB, for Castagne.

    F this week

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Reguilon, Rudiger, WBA defenders....

      Hindsight

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Should have ditched Dier for -4, but had he started... Barnes injury impossible to guess without hindsight. BB with Raphinha not total failure, but close.

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah cappers where you at? Its about that time.

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Not expecting much. Maybe an assist for Mane in a 2-1 win (Firmino and McGoldrick with othe goals)

    2. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Present!

    3. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Salah TC here

    4. tbos83
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Hellooooo

    5. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      So 4 from TC Salah and 36-8 from BB so far. May as well bin FH with this chip record

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Use it wisely in 29.

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Might try something leftfield in 33 for a laugh

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Using it wisely would be not using it in 29.

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Actually, you are right.

    6. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Phillips, Kabak and Adrian and I don't own a SHU attacker, time to get behind the sofa!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Nobody else does either

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Also Kabak looks better than Maguire so ..

    7. bluee
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Feeling super greedy and aggrieved that rudiger & Shaw both just missed bonus

      1. ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah me too

      2. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Shaw was in them as well under the final 10 minutes or so.

    8. HD7
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Have Kane TC and Son Salah Bruno etc...
      to be fair Im actually pissed that I have Mitchell and Palace have a cleanie, only he doesnt play...

      Lets hope Kane scores a brace vs Fulham

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        You played Mitchell? Who's on your bench?

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Mee, mate

    9. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      How is DDG getting only 2 bonus and Mendy getting 3 bonus when DDG made 2 more saves?? Anyone know?? Haha already feel short charged with Kane today!! Haha

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        *short changed

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Presume Mendy passes? Recoveries?

        Members area will tell you.

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Ah cheers mate!! Will have a look, still more that happy with DDG 10 points tho!!

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Greedy 😉

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Every little helps mate!! Like Tesco say!! Haha, only 6 points from Kane out of 4 goals is miserable haha

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                It’s the only way be with FPL!

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Absolutely mate!!!

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Mendy girly punches better

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Haha

      4. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        read the rules
        bps effected by lots of things

      5. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Mindy made one half decent save, and the other three were poor long range efforts at catchable height parried out into the danger area. He caught no crosses, and made no accurate passes in any constructive manner, other than the usual futile one five to ten yards sideways. The bonus point system is rubbish, and needs to go. It adds nothing to the game.

    10. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Salah EO below 100? Cmon lad!

    11. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Best Barnes replacement then?? Ideally in that price bracket or lower.

      Lingaard? Saka? Grealish if he's back?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Better idea on Thursday.

      2. ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Grealish if he’s back.

    12. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      If the ref did say that to Maguire, it all has become a whole different mess.

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        What did he say?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Didn’t give the pen as it would have caused too much controversy - allegedly.

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Maguire said to Luke Shaw that the ref told him he couldn't give that as it's too controversial

          And then some Albanian mobsters cut the interview short

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I think refs are cracking up under pressure from VAR which will highlight each and every balls up

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          It’s all spiraling...

      3. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I think Greenwood might have accidentally pushed Hudson-Odoi's arm up to touch the ball (as their arms were touching and his was underneath), in which case it would have been harsh. Difficult to tell though, and agree the ref was silly in what he said.

      4. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Just pathetic from the refs.

    13. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Top 100K finally!

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yippee

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Nice. Who did you cap?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Kane. BB failed. Mitchell 0. Taylor 0. But still!

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Well done mate

        Slightly gobsmacked here to be on a tidy green with duff BB, Vardy, Bruno C and no Kane. Don't expect that to last as I also have no DCL!

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks. Same here. BB failed. Have 0 from Taylor and Mitchell!

      4. jammie26
          3 months, 22 days ago

          You took your time.

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Ole embarrassing himself in the interviews again

      6. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        It's time to see which team is more horrendous defensively!

      7. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Will be embarassing for Ramsdale to face Salah who is better at diving than him

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          😆

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Hahahaha

        3. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Lmao comment of the day

        4. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          At least when Salah dives its for a reason

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Usually when’s he been hacked at

            1. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Or tickled...

            2. Sack The Glazers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              please. when he doesn't get calls his way he dives. he's the worst in the league by miles at this.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Clearly not watched Lamela, Kane, Rashford, Dan James (who literally gets picked to dive), among many, many others.

      8. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Any fellow Salah captainers? Are you ready for his hattrick!?

      9. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        just catching up.
        I see Jota out with supposed appendicitis.

      10. Naby K8a
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Jota was fit enough to make the bench but is having scan for Appendicitis. You couldn’t write it

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Great season

        2. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Let's hope it's not 'a dodgy curry'!

        3. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          No strenuous exercise for 6 weeks normally

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Nah ; laparoscopic removal is a week

      11. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Really need Salah to stay quiet.rival has him triple captained. Don't expect it though with that Sheffield defense.

      12. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I had a choice between Barnes and Son. Guess which one I went with 🙁

      13. HM2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Early thoughts on Barnes > Bale for free? (2.7m itb)

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Go for it

          Wait on minutes next time but I'd take it as a positive he got the early sub. Spurs look waaaaay better with him in and on form

        2. ILOVEBAPS
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Brilliant! If he plays is the only catch.

        3. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Will he still be enthusiastic next week. It's a tricky one.

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Prepare for benchings

      14. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Salah TC come on, anything other than a hatty against Sheff UTD is a fail!!

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Take 2

      15. ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Team score feels very poor with Cancelo and Sterling stinking up my team sheet, a failed BB and a Barnes injury.
        Here’s hoping for a DCL(C) miracle!

        1. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Always good to have your captain still to play, gives hope at least lol

        2. Lazaretti
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Similar situation need Salah miracle (6goals) and something from Robbo too (2G+2A)

      16. patricktaynz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Who would you get rid of next week in order to bring Son in for GW27?

        A - Salah (vs Fulham, followed by Wolves then blank)
        B - Fernandes (vs City,(Europa clash with Milan in between) followed by West Ham then blank)

        I'm inclined to take Fernandes out (don't mind losing value at this stage of the season) unless Liverpool looks like they have given up over the DGW26

        1. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          See how they do rest of this GW and then decide

        2. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Am going Bruno to Son/bale

          1. patricktaynz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            feel correct ... I feel a period of battling performances narrow wins or draws ... it kinda pains me but Pogba is needed to add a bit of class and creativity to the midfield at the moment

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Same issue

          Edging towards Bruno out too even though I had him at 10.5 but may well lose both by 29 for Auba and then KdB.

        4. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          You just know Son will now go quiet when everyone rushes him in after this week

      17. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        My entire gameweek relies on the massive differential Robbo it feels like. Gonna end in tears right?

        1. Dthinger
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Could be worse. The success or failure of my bench boost depends on Jorginho and Brewster

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          That's me until i sold him a few weeks ago

        3. ILOVEBAPS
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          See below

          CS + Assist + bps

      18. ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        This will be big double digit hails for both Robbo and TAA as so many rightfully sold over the last few GWs.

        1. Dthinger
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          We can only hope

        2. Dammit_182
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I’m hoping that is the case and another 0-0 vs Chelsea.....though it is written in the stars that Brewster comes on to score vs Liverpool’s latest make shift CB’s

        3. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Grealish to Barnes to Grealish for a hit and loss of funds will be fun this week!

          Yay BB

        4. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 22 days ago

            If they change VAR to allow us to be able to hear the referees discussions it will only cause more trouble again for referees. The pressure they are currently under is phenomenal and I think that will only make it worse.

            1. Dthinger
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              To be fair, they are really bad.

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Just do what Dunk said yesterday; post match interview with the ref. Hold them accountable for terrible decisions. Lee Mason should have been benched for the season after his red card calls.

            3. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              The problem is a lot of these are subjective calls, and even on blatant slow mo replays fans don't even agree on most decisions

              Just today we've had arsenal fans complaining about the Pepe penalty even though var got it right

              We've had people completely make up a greenwood touch on the ball before CHO touches it even though replays clearly showed that wasn't the case

              VAR needs toning back all the way down

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Am I right when I say that every goal by Salah will help me gain rank if my EO is 80%?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Yes, but now you jinxed it