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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. Keeptrying
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Can't believe I did not bring Shaw in

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Why would you against Chelsea? Still though, I had to bench him

  2. Milkman Bruno
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Fernandes, terrible!! Shocking pass

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    United pen imminent to top off the classic Bruno performance.

  4. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Chelsea down to 10 men. Werner on.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Not been watching Tuchel-ball?

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Two more DDG saves and its a HUGE haul!

    1. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Time for a DDG clanger. Cross or corner spill

  6. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Looks like my captaincy kiss of death has got Fernandes

  7. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Come on ChewlC', Come on ChewlC'.

    *Throws up*

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Need a chelsea goal. All hope lost seeing the German soldado come on

  9. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Is it too early to say that Kane TC was a fail?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Surely you know.

      1. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 25 days ago

        6 points is not good really

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          But it’s points for a captain

        2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          You know it's a DGW.

    2. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      What?

    3. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Yep, already got one goal in the bag,

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Thus far success so yeah

    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Compared to what? Bruno TC? Gundo TC?

    6. Red dev
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Definitely

    7. Elfozzie 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Yes.If Spurs play that way against Fulham there's more goals for him.
      Also depends what you consider a fail. I think a double-digit return is a very successful captaincy usually (and that's clearly very much 'on' still), in a DGW, maybe your hope is slightly higher, maybe 15-20 points is the ambition which again isn't totally improbable.
      Going to be a lot of twists and turns this week!

  10. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Glenn Roeder RIP

    1. tbos83
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Well said. As a Newcastle fan he was one of the best managers we had.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah, seems a decent man, far too young, only 65.

  11. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Martial is the most disinterested looking human being on the planet

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 25 days ago

      This

    2. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Can't stand him

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Melania Trump

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Now a pointless Maguire yellow. I hate DGWs

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Hopefully a pointless Kante goal next.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Knew you were always a true blue!

        I'll never forget our time together, El Nino.

  13. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Of course Shaw is in the bonus with benching him, playing defence is Stones Dias and Digne, had to do it, eurghhh

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      So why are you crying? 🙂

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Who's crying?

    2. jb1985
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Exactly same boat mate, chose to bench Stones last minute over Shaw, was a tight tight call. At least Stones scored. Can't have them all.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Aye, tough decision this week for defender bench decisions.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      So what is the problem?

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        I know i know, just annoying is all as it was this game i thought Chelsea would of nabbed one

    4. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Stones an Dias goal , digne to play still

    5. Elfozzie 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      So you have 20 points from 2 defenders and 4 matches still to play? I sense you're not genuinely expecting sympathy here! 😉

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        No, just annoying how a team like Chelsea can't score against United

    6. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Unless you took a hit when you already had a decent DGW option in Shaw... then it's just unlucky.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        nah i WC'd bud, just Barnes and Gundo the let downs, but had to bench Luke

  14. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Shaw eating up all the bps

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Didn’t even realize he was playing ...

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        He's slimmed down.

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      best player on the pitch tbf

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Low bar.

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    I'm guessing Brewster doesn't start, but it's Adrian in the net today... surely not?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Kelleher injured, Allison on emotional leave (maybe off to Brazil)

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      the stage is set for a big story for SHU

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Ffs slab head, useless moron.

  17. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    3 - Azpilicueta (30)
    2 - Shaw, Christensen (28)

    de Gea (27)
    Rüdiger (27)

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      I would not be surprised Shaw to take all 3

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        After I sold him for Barnes

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          As a last WC call

      2. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        Dropped down to 26 points now and out of the bps... there'll be a shuffle of course

  18. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 25 days ago

    I hope Barnes recovers quickly. His injury didn’t look good

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      45 days at least

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 25 days ago

        42 I heard

  19. Milkman Bruno
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Lindleof! Unreal

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Werner is so weak

  21. Z
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Timo and Marsial.....what a time to be alive

  22. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Absolutely terrible performance by both Chelsea and United

    1. Radzio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      I guess we should get use to it - 5th MU's draw 0-0 against Top6 this season...

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Cancel each other out wanting to play the same way

    3. Milkman Bruno
      6 months, 25 days ago

      It’s not really. Tactically both teams have done very well Kante and Kovacic breaking up everything and Fred is doing similar for United along with both defences being very good.

  23. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    DDG save 😉

  24. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Kane TC has been more success than any other I have had in my brief FPL life. Been scarred using it, so ya relieved.

  25. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    DDG +bps

  26. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    shaw out of baps 😉

  27. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Shaw BAPs dropping.

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      Tend to start sagging when you get to his age

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Get your money on a SHU win!

  29. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    these sky 4.30pm super sunday (top top top) games are so often terrible. Liverpool Man City was the exception

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      About the only rivalry worth watching these days

    2. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 25 days ago

      the sides are frequently quite well matched in this slot - Liverpool are miles off City

  30. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    Pulisic beard is actually very impressive. Should get BPS