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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. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Having a nightmare gw.

    25 after a - 8

    Aina 1pt

    Barnes 1pt

    Pope 1pt on BB

    No Spurs. Most rivals got him in, loads tcd him.

    Someone please help me

    1. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Nothing you can do apart from taking your mind of it for now.
      Watch a movie or something 🙂

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      You need a glass of wine

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        And then the rest of the bottle

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Bad luck this .. good luck next?

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      DCL captain I see.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Best thing about that is your week is alive all the way to the end.

        I have nothing in play tomorrow and precious little on the last day

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Was banking on Peirera/Barnes and maybe Aina to make up for Kane etc, didn't trust Spurs, didn't think so many of my rivals would trust them but they did.

          Aina and Barnes lasting only 45 mins and obviously that effected Peirera so a disaster outcome really.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            I've got the other one in Vardy!

            Doing surprisingly well so far but wouldn't be surprised if you overtook me by the end. No DCL either here. Took the conservative minus 4 route and blindly trusted my lucky charm Vardy.

          2. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Its one goal. One

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Score predictions?

    1. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-5

    2. ILOVEBAPS
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      0-3

    3. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-2 Salah brace & Mcgoldrick goals

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Haha, I had a McGoldrick goal too. He scores against big teams. Wouldn’t be surprised

    4. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-1

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Salah hattrick and am happy

    6. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-1

    7. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-0

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        To Utd?

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Yes

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Just like Brighton, Burnley, Southampton and the other “easy” fixtures.

    8. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      0-4

    9. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-3

    10. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      1-4

  3. Manani
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    save FT?

    Martienz
    Coufal Diaz Cancelo
    Salah Son Gundogan Raphinna
    Bamford DCL Kane
    (Grealish Holding Mee)

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Let the gameweek finish man

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Save and plan for 29

      Dont think any sou worth getting in

  4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    With 80% EO for Salah, it will be good for me if he scores. Right?

    1. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Damn straight homey

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Oh yes! After a difficult few matches I’m hoping this decision works out and he gets a few goals.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Anything under 100% yes

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      I just want as many points as possible

    5. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      his EO is 93, but yeah

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        80 around my rank! I am nowhere close to your rank. Haha!

        1. jomikijiq
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          oh okay

          I just tend to always look at top10k as a benchmark of engaged players' choices

          anyway anything below 100 is positive as an owner

  5. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Rudiger points on BB
    BB is a success 😛

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Good one. My BB has given me 6, 2, 2, 1!

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        It's a clutching at straws DGW
        But wait, who's the 1 pointer on your bench?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Struijk. Kept the triple Leeds from 25. I have Rudiger too BTW. In my 11.

      2. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        I'm on 1,2,2, and Ings ffs

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          That's not good. But I hope you have a better GW and rest of the season.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Was a really good call that

      Ver decent chance of another cs there

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Shocking that a Chelsea defender is 4.6 more shocking that he is on such low ownership

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Looked at him closely as a minus 4 but ducked despite having had a really good run with Mendy.

          Probably never will get him now with 29 looming

          1. The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            I think right now, city, Chelsea and Fulham are the defenses to own
            Let's see how he does midweek

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Well done, my triple Leeds, Brighton goalkeeper BB failed miserably

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Lol I have double Leeds, it's ok, at least we've got them for the blank

    4. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      likewise. also have double Leeds but double Villa defence made up for that. Not expecting much from my GK in McCarthey

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Will Salah punish sellers and non-Captainers ? We will find out soon

  7. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Why can't I find my team in the FFS cup?

  8. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Just looked at my BB team this GW. I only have two players with EO more than 100%!

  9. mrodgers91
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Salah TC time, lets go

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Best Barnes replacement

    A Lookman
    B Lingard
    C Traoré (Villa)
    D Foden
    E Tielemans
    F Anyone better?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      * got Raphinha

    2. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Pepe?

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      I spent ages last week looking at players at this price range and it’s a bit of a lucky dip. Depends on your chips, Lookman and Lings might be better if you need them for 29. Is Neves an option - Neto still playing well. And you have MPereira. I think due to form and fixtures I’d go Traore out of that lot - stats look good.

    4. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      I'm looking at either Lingard or Raphina, so probably Lingard.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        He misses one against United remember

  11. Reddonkeyham 42
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    I don't pay attention to how price rises etc work, but do injured players prices still drop ? For some reason I keep thinking they freeze, but no idea why I think that.

    Thanks in advanced.

    1. Kno
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Fairly certain the freeze is when a player returns from injury, think the treshold to go down in price might be higher with a flag tho

  12. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    BB so far going good

    Lloris - Raphinha - Holgate - El Mohamady

    Anything less than 30 points would be a fail.

  13. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Thx God i didnt heard casuals here saying that Burnley and Fulham are not "that" good fixtures.

    Son, Kane(C) and Reguilon on WC

    SIUUUUUU !

  14. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Salah TC unite! Even just a goal would be massive

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      just want him to outscore Kane this DGW

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Just Salah C here... hopefully he does something.

  15. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    forward progress on BB
    martinez 10 +she
    lowton 0+LEI
    rudiger 6 +liv
    raphinha 2

    18 +3 games ,not bad ,anything over 20 has to be a positive for BB

  16. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Firmino misees 1v1

    1. son of city
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      typical of him

  17. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 hours ago

    Salah owners - are you planning to switch to KdB for upcoming double and run in?

    KdB looked ominous yesterday

    I'm looking at

    Mart
    Dallas Dias Stones Coufal Konsa
    Rafa KdB Bruno Son Souk
    Bam Kane Watkins

    with an eye on blank 29 and BB30

    1. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 hours ago

      (Mendy on bench GK)

    2. thewakka
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 hours ago

      KDB was like looking at Werner or Martial until he got an assist. Not worth

    3. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 hours ago

      Salah to Son
      Gundo to KDB

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 4 hours ago

        I already have Son