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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Poor from Bruno, easy pass in To rashford

  2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Clean sheets added

  3. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Bruno has been so so poor again. Haul incoming.

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chillwell YC

  5. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Bruno 60 mins. Gerrin.

  6. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chilly Yellow

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    3 - Azpilicueta (29)
    2 - Christensen (27)
    1 - Rüdiger (25)
    Chilwell (24)
    Lindelöf (24)
    Shaw (24)
    Maguire (23)
    de Gea (22)
    Wan-Bissaka (21)
    Mendy (20)

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Chilwell 21 now

    2. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Shaw should get Bonus points for sure

  8. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chelsea hanging on by a thread

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Lol

  9. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Interesting how slow Chelsea are to come out. Absolutely no intent to play offside ever.

  10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gru handball

  11. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Rash Goal with Shaw assist would be perfect now

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    3 - Azpilicueta (30)
    2 - Christensen (28)
    1 - Rüdiger, Mendy (25)

    Lindelöf (24)
    Shaw (24)
    Maguire (23)
    de Gea (22)
    Wan-Bissaka (22)
    Chilwell (22)

    Congrats to defensive owners!

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Was a nailed on 0-0 after the stonewaller was denied tbh

  13. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    This is never ending 0-0 guys, I have Rudiger and Shaw.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Enjoy the points.

  14. Hect.OR 98th
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Glenn Roeder has died. Captain of QPR in the FA cup final and replay versus Tottenham in 1982. That game and the previous year's cup final replay were what cemented my support for Tottenham, seeing Steve Perryman lift the trophy under Wembley spotlights on a Thursday night. I still have the programme for the game and can recite the QPR team even now. Their red and black away kit was cool, and Roeder was an elegant player.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Really sad. Total legend but by all accounts sounds like a blessing to finally pass.

  15. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Barnes in for a hit was a great success....

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Unlucky mate.The Maddison injury as well has really screwed up Leicester's potential.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Very unlucky.

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It may help my dbl Burnley defense on the bench,

  16. Tango74
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Glenn Roeder: Former West Ham and Newcastle manager dies aged 65

      RIP

      1. Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        See above, I'm old enough to remember his playing days!

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Same, I remember his West Ham playing days and recall when he managed Newcastle

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 18 days ago

            May his soul RIP

        3. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Pulisic imminent.

        4. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Pulisic to score the winner.
          Giroud subbed.

        5. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Pulisic exists.

        6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Fred close

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Yeah above and below you.

        7. Vazza
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Areola to Martinez for free?

            A. Yes
            B. No

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              At least wait to see if Martinez is fine.

              1. Vazza
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  What’s wrong with him?

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Tight groin. Couldn't take goal kicks midway through Leeds match.

                    1. Vazza
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        Thanks mate. I will wait and see

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Groin issue

                      1. Vazza
                          2 months, 18 days ago

                          Thanks mate.

                  2. estheblessed
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    If u have nothing else pressing then yes

                  3. Fred54
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Personally I would say leave it and let us Martinez owners benefit.

                    1. Vazza
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        Personally I would say I am sick and tired of not owning Martinez and it’s a move I should make ASAP

                  4. The Senate
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Fred NARROWLY misses Shaw assist. Mendy was beaten

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Hit and hope from distance best they’ve got.

                  5. Sack The Glazers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    can't believe I think OGS should bring Martial on

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Chelsea fan?

                      1. Sack The Glazers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        no, but james need to come off

                    2. Neevesy
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Watch your language

                    3. Dannyb
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I'd rather Diallo

                  6. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Would be great if United had Pogba to come in. Just don't have any attacking quality with Fred and McT.

                  7. Neevesy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    I have Mendy and Shaw, I promise this will finish 1-1

                  8. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Here’s Tony ... where’s Werner?!?

                  9. Radzio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Jeez, MU is so boring to watch recently against good teams... Just playing for 0-0 every game, no ambitions to do something more.

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      They’re a dull team. Bus and break.

                      1. Radzio
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        To be honest Bruno is phenomenal but good teams know how to deal with 1 guy.

                    2. SM001
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      What are you on about? Chelsea were camped in there own half for about 10mins there.

                      1. Radzio
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        Yes, they had good 10 minutes, great. Don't remember exactly but I think they scored 1 goal against top6 teams this year, that was 1-6 against TOT, no?

                        1. SM001
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 18 days ago

                          Both teams have been pretty poor. But tp say they are playing for a draw is nonsense.

                  10. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Cmon DDG

                    One more save!

                    Then We move!

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      LEGEND!

                  11. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    3 - Christensen, Shaw, Azpilicueta (28)

                    Rüdiger (27)
                    Mendy (25)
                    Wan-Bissaka (25)

                    1. Duke Silver ☑
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      No, get Shaw out of there please.

                  12. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Find it atrange that Bruno cappers didnt want to captain him last GW when he had SGW compared to leeds

                    But were okay captaining him this week when he was practically guaranteed a blank in the first game

                    1. Hulk Smash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      >Bruno
                      >Top FPL scorer
                      >Guaranteed a blank

                      Lol

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      He was? He’s not played well for weeks .. yet gets pens and freekicks.