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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
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Can't believe I did not bring Shaw in

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

  2. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Fernandes, terrible!! Shocking pass

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      United pen imminent to top off the classic Bruno performance.

    • Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Chelsea down to 10 men. Werner on.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Not been watching Tuchel-ball?

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Two more DDG saves and its a HUGE haul!

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Time for a DDG clanger. Cross or corner spill

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Looks like my captaincy kiss of death has got Fernandes

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Come on ChewlC', Come on ChewlC'.

      *Throws up*

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

    • Vazza
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Surely you know.

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 16 days ago

              6 points is not good really

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                But it’s points for a captain

              2. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                You know it's a DGW.

          2. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            What?

          3. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Yep, already got one goal in the bag,

          4. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Thus far success so yeah

          5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Compared to what? Bruno TC? Gundo TC?

          6. Red dev
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Definitely

            • Elfozzie 42
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 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!

          7. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Glenn Roeder RIP

            1. tbos83
                2 months, 16 days ago

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

                1. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

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

            2. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Martial is the most disinterested looking human being on the planet

              1. Vazza
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  This

                • Dannyb
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Can't stand him

                • Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Melania Trump

              2. TomSaints
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Now a pointless Maguire yellow. I hate DGWs

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Hopefully a pointless Kante goal next.

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Knew you were always a true blue!

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

              3. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 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
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  So why are you crying? 🙂

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Who's crying?

                2. jb1985
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 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. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Aye, tough decision this week for defender bench decisions.

                3. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  So what is the problem?

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 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
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Stones an Dias goal , digne to play still

                5. Elfozzie 42
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 16 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. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

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

                6. F_Ivanovic
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

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

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

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

              4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Shaw eating up all the bps

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Didn’t even realize he was playing ...

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    He's slimmed down.

                2. The Senate
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  best player on the pitch tbf

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Low bar.

              5. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

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

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

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

                2. The Senate
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  the stage is set for a big story for SHU

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

                Ffs slab head, useless moron.

              7. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

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

                de Gea (27)
                Rüdiger (27)

                1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I would not be surprised Shaw to take all 3

                  1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    After I sold him for Barnes

                    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      As a last WC call

                  2. Elfozzie 42
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

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

              8. Vazza
                  2 months, 16 days ago

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

                  1. Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    45 days at least

                    1. Hooky
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      42 I heard

                • Milkman Bruno
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Lindleof! Unreal

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Werner is so weak

                  • Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

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

                  • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Absolutely terrible performance by both Chelsea and United

                    1. Radzio
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 16 days ago

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

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Cancel each other out wanting to play the same way

                    3. Milkman Bruno
                        2 months, 16 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.

                    4. Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      DDG save 😉

                    5. GOTHAM City F.C.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 16 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.

                    6. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      DDG +bps

                    7. Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      shaw out of baps 😉

                    8. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Shaw BAPs dropping.

                      1. Hooky
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Tend to start sagging when you get to his age

                    9. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Get your money on a SHU win!

                    10. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

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

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        About the only rivalry worth watching these days

                      2. The Senate
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

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

                    11. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Pulisic beard is actually very impressive. Should get BPS