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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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Bruno triple cappers getting excited

  2. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    That’s a handball!!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      By United

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Ffs, of course Bruno pen

  4. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Penalty to United

    Time for Penandes

  5. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Surely not another Bruno peno, jesus christ

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Should have just capped Bruno

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Wow

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Bruno VC TC fail

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Come on Bruno!!!

  10. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    No pen!

  11. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    United handball

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    No pen

  13. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Hits Greenwood first ffs

    1. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No it does not

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yup clearly

          1. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yup clearly not, it hits Odoi on the hand in an unnatural position. I do think it would be harsh if though but you are going to go against United with every decision anyway Bushwacker like every game so moving on.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Penalty?

        United...

      • KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No Penalty... TG!

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Well done, ref.

        That would have been a complete joke.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          sure but this is United eh

          1. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 17 days ago

              You realise they didn’t get the decision right?

        2. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Fcn VAR ref fc off paid by United

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          It is...

        4. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Terrible decision

        5. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Surely that’s a pen?

        6. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Did it not touch Greenwood’s arm?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yup

          2. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Touched Hudson Odois hand first, Man Utd robbed again...

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Nope

            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              lol

          3. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nope straight to Cho hand

          4. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            After Cho hand balled it

        7. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          ... Drop ball.

        8. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          That should have been a penalty. I've not captained Bruno.

          Ridiculous how many penalties they get

        9. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Ref triple captained Kane then. No other explanation for why that's not given.

          1. lespaul
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            well that and it wasn't a penalty

        10. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Shambles from the VAR

        11. ivantys
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Obviously Greenwood handed the ball first, shocking that it even had to be checked.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              He didn't what dodgy stream are you watching

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                clear mate ,, grab yr specs

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Let me guess, dodgy stream? 240p?

            2. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Maybe try rewatching it with your eyes open this time?

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  And remove the tinted glasses

                • ivantys
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    My eyes are wide open, unlike your biased ones.

              2. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                No penalty shocker 😯

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Luckily Gary Neville isn’t biased.

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  He's a good pundit

              4. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Greenwood made an attempt to touch it while Hudson tried to avoid. Good decision.

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Why were Hudson's hands up there when trying to defend?

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Still an unnatural position regardless of whether he is trying not to touch it but I agree it would have been soft

                3. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Penandes robbed