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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. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Girooooo ... ooo no.

  2. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone fancy Mason Mount as Barnes replacement?

    Good fixtures, on set pieces and pens, good chance creation numbers

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Depends how you will attack GW29? All my transfers in will be a GW29 player from here on out...

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Was planning to BB28, currently have Martinez Dallas Traore Kane Bamford so definitely a bit short on 29 players but not fussed with 8 or 9 and a hit or two.

        Just don’t see any good options, unless maybe grealish comes back

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

      All eyes on 29 players now for most.

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

      No Barnes but he might be Gundo when I rejig City in 30

      Not sure I want anyone playing on that Leeds pitch

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        That is a very fair point. Didn’t think about that

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

    Reece James getting that space late on...

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

    Barnes and alonso in my team. Been a fail even with captain kane and son

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Could be worse, I was on 7 points before this game started

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        11 now 😎

        1. Nerdlinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Okay, you win then

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            hooray!

            1. Nerdlinger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              You've got a dead team tho?! I'm confused

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

                More confusing is the Brighton fan league membership and the Palace strip.

                Definitely fishy

    2. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Feel free to click my link if you're needing to feel a bit better!

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

        Ouch

  5. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Giroud doing Giroud things.

  6. michaelington
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who drops out once T.Silva is fit?

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

      Christensen probably.

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

      Christensen since Tuchel favours Rudiger (and was playing before the injury too).

    3. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Christensen

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

    God this is boring

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

    How’s Bruno AKA the Ballon Dor winner playing?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Ballon d'poor!

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ballon odor

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

      Had his only chance (denied a pen). Probably the closest he's gonna get.

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

      Same as he has for weeks. MIA. Will haul somehow.

  9. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    This will end 0-0. Bookmark this

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      was always the most likely scoreline here

    2. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      As a Rudiger owner and non Bruno (C)er I'd be thrilled.

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

      brave

    4. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Water will still be wet tomorrow. Bookmark this

  10. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Should have binned Bruno instead of Salah

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Crystal Palace to come.
      Salah still has Chelsea too.

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

      Why? Cause he didn’t score by half time. Oh right I see. You’re right.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        You seeing much goal threat in that 45 mins?

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Bruno doesn’t play well in big games. And Salah has to play Chelsea as well, when Liverpool have been bad recently. It was Palace away or Sheff away. So what’s even the point of saying “I should have done blah blah” when there’s games still to go?

  11. hueycho
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Two goals bruno plz!

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Fred and the final third just don't go together.

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

    Rash done anything?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Ran into advertising hoarding.

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

        So more than usual

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

      Assaulted a microphone.

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

      Good defensive header from Chilwell denied him an assist.

  14. Dthinger
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I’m tipping Brewster to finally score his first goal tonight. Who’s with me?

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

      Written in the stars.

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

      You

  15. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Why Aina got subbed today?
    Injury?
    Been poor?
    Sth else..?

    Looks like a LB to LB substitution...

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

      Tactical. Palace no threat so I assume Parker wanted more push.

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

      Tactical

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

      Robinson offers decent threat down the left. Leftie too for added width.

  16. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Quite pleased with choosing Son over Kane and DCL as Captain to come 🙂

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

      And if DCL blanks ..

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He won't 😉

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

      Still lot footy to be played.

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

      That's great news. Don't forget to come back and tell the one's that missed it

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

    Early days but thoughts about Rash&Cancelo -> Kdb&Dallas

    1. Straight Edge
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yes

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

        If you're WC 31 yes

        Two plum cs fixtures in 29 and 30 but horror run (on paper) after that

    2. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Rumours they’re holding the players back at the half time whistle to review the penalty incident again

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

          This joke was past its sell by date 40 minutes ago.

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        McTominay at it again. Horrid player.

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

          He knows Rudiger can be riled up.

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

        Palace Fulham was 10 times the game this is

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

        Friendly conversation between Rudiger and Scott

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

        Half way to Shaw cleanie

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

          That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Tyler and Neville praising both teams in the first half for their attacking intent. What planet are they on? This has been dross.

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

          "It's been a good first half". Absolute bollocks.

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

          Has anyone ever looked to Neville for accurate insight?

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

          Dross a bit harsh.It's not been a bore-fest, they're both going for it a little.

        4. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Nowadays people are impressed by anything

      • Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ziyech cant keep up imo. Too lightweight and flat.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kane TC-ers, still positive this was a fine call with a London derby left?

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

          Obviously it was a fine decision

          Doesn’t mean it’ll be a fine outcome, but that won’t make it a bad decision

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Probably in my case was not too fine as I swapped Son Ings with Kane Barnes, a bit meh after breaking own rules 🙁

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Very true

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

          Still positive since its often TC's get you a blank & he's scored already.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            True that

        3. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          What does it mater now? Its done.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nothing can change, there may be things to learn

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

          Yeah I am still positive. Kane could have got more points today

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Surely, thx good man!

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        This is getting boring.

        Time to find a new hobby

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          😆 how can I feel the same!

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

            By being a sheep like me.

            I always do the boring move and make the boring captain choice.

            Never take any risks.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Well put it this way, GW11-16/17 I made many transfers doing exciting stuffs with picking differentials and left wing captaincy and .... OR floating around 1-1.2M no movement and get punished few times. From GW18 start doing 'sheep' for more and rank climbed sustainably till to date ... how boring! 😆

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        There’s a reason Ziyech was still playing in the Eredivisie at 27 ...

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

          Remember when he got 2 or 3 assists in a game and everyone on here was convinced he was the greatest player ever and essential?

          Memories

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Shhh bushwanker might hear you

        3. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          He's no Afonso Alves

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        "Greenwood touched it" lmao, Specsavers for you guys

      • PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        How bad was the Harvey Barnes injury, I didn't watch that match.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Bad unfortunately, is it not out for at least 6 weeks?

        2. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Out for 6 weeks, needs surgery

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

          Christ can we stop seeing replays of this stonewaller that wasn't given

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

            Careful, guys watching in 240p saw a greenwood touch

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

              yep saw the same

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

                Haha been to Specsavers yet? All that arrogance and wrong lmfao

            2. ivantys
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Not sure what you trying to achieve here, he pushed CHO's hand to the ball and the ball which goes out for a throw in always goes to the one who last touches if someone kicks his leg to the ball.

            3. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Careful with that talk on here. Greenwood handled it first sure 🙄

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

                take off the the dark glasses fella