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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
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Bruno triple cappers getting excited

  2. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    That’s a handball!!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      By United

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Ffs, of course Bruno pen

  4. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Penalty to United

    Time for Penandes

  5. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Surely not another Bruno peno, jesus christ

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Should have just capped Bruno

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Wow

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Bruno VC TC fail

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Come on Bruno!!!

  10. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    No pen!

  11. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    United handball

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    No pen

  13. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Hits Greenwood first ffs

    1. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 1 day ago

      No it does not

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Yup clearly

        1. Milkman Bruno
          7 months, 1 day 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.

  14. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Penalty?

    United...

  15. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    No Penalty... TG!

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Well done, ref.

    That would have been a complete joke.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      sure but this is United eh

      1. Milkman Bruno
        7 months, 1 day ago

        You realise they didn’t get the decision right?

  17. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Fcn VAR ref fc off paid by United

  18. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    It is...

  19. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Terrible decision

  20. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Surely that’s a pen?

  21. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Did it not touch Greenwood’s arm?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Yup

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Nope

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        lol

    3. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Nope straight to Cho hand

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      After Cho hand balled it

  22. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    ... Drop ball.

  23. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    Ridiculous how many penalties they get

  24. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. lespaul
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      well that and it wasn't a penalty

  25. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Shambles from the VAR

  26. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      He didn't what dodgy stream are you watching

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        clear mate ,, grab yr specs

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 1 day ago

          Let me guess, dodgy stream? 240p?

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Maybe try rewatching it with your eyes open this time?

      1. Milkman Bruno
        7 months, 1 day ago

        And remove the tinted glasses

      2. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 1 day ago

        My eyes are wide open, unlike your biased ones.

  27. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    No penalty shocker 😯

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Luckily Gary Neville isn’t biased.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      He's a good pundit

  29. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

    2. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  30. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Penandes robbed