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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Bruno(C) fail

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      its a TC fail for many.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      I've triple captained him and I'm content.

      1. jammie26
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Why would you be content with a blank?

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Chelsea was always the much tougher fixture. Feel lucky in a way that Kane only outscored Bruno by 3pts.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Borefest

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Yep

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      You can never fault Bruno’s consistency in the big league games.

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Lol

      2. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Agreed. He is like Salah from his initial years...Used to be shadow in Liv v Manutd games..Hope he turns it next season Like salah did after 2 seasons

    5. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Rudiger on my bench I wouldn't mind Cancelo missing again

    6. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      DDG Haul means BB is moderately successful even with triple leeds

      Other keeper being Martinez

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Your 2 keepers have scored more than my entire team so far

    7. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Mendy couldn’t catch a cold

      1. Neevesy
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Caught me 10 points

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          8 points

    8. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      0-0 points for everyone.

    9. gogs67
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Double Utd defence, I'll take the Bruno blank

      • RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Barnes just ruined my drive to top 1000...Being too clever came to bite me...back to taking template players without disturbing it too much

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Disagree totally with your statement

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          what on earth.... a) he was very template for this week. b) he was unlucky and got injured. nothing you can predict.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        How many more bore draws involving united

      • Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Glad that garbage is over. Chelsea are the worst team to watch in the league except Wolves.

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          I think we (Palace) are pretty bad to watch right now as well.

        2. jammie26
            9 months, 11 days ago

            And UTD

        3. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Good 0:0

          Happy Bruno 3pts

        4. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Terrible game and now I can ‘enjoy’ Salah scoring 4 as I don’t own him.

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Then why remove him! Liveepool is a top 4 team you know it. Plus Fulham in next gw

        5. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Salah is gonna haul big time, I can just feel it.

          1. Neevesy
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            I was just thinkig this

        6. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          tasty Rüdiger cleany!

        7. KGFC
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          And that's the diff between the two Manchester clubs.

          Am a United follower but seriously no one other than City deserves to lift the trophy.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            United aren’t remotely close ; and they’ve been fortunate with injuries compared with others

          2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            United are nowhere near city

          3. The Senate
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            yep, City have a way to deal with low defensive blocks. And don't forget how to play a final pass.

          4. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            It's a joke ppl still comparing Utd to City.

            Miles apart

        8. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Two dropped pts for Tuchel. He’l be disappointed but that team selection was way too passive.

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            i'm just glad he's out the bonus lol

        9. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Get in Luke Shaw! 😀

        10. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Christensen FINISHED a match, with maximum bonus?

          I never thought I'd see the day!

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Oh Mendy beat him with that save. Still.

        11. hullcityfan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          My keeper is Pope while every other keeper is getting double digits

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Could still get a cs against Lei...

        12. Neevesy
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Barnes injured was crap, but I'll take this 0 - 0 with Shaw and Mendy

        13. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          People tried to tell me 'go Bruno'... I said 'no no no'.

          TC Son here!

        14. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Fpl insider was right that Adrian will start

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Not a surprise

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Was totally expected

        15. Milkman Bruno
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Fernandes was fairly bad today again

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              Yup

          • Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Bruno seems fatigued after 70th mins. Not big chance but Ole may rest him next match.

          • pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Given neutral Mo EO my only interest tonight is in Liverpool cs. Cup opponent (former world number 1) has brought in Nat Phillips!

            Can SHU do me proud? Lord is surely due one

          • The Senate
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            another 2 points dropped due to a major refereeing error. Although apprently it's 'varchester united'. what a joke PL referees are - it's not just us that are suffering!

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              Chelsea didn’t get a VAR call? Which one?

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Salah TC show to start in 50 mins 😉

            get readyyyyyy

            1. The Senate
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              2 points incoming

          • TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            3 - Mendy (33)
            2 - de Gea, Christensen (32)

            1. Patson Dabaka
              • 6 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              Shaw gonna sneak that last one?

            2. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              Strange seeing that DDG has 6 saves and Mendy 4

          • Balls of Steel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            That game had a 0-0 written all over it before ever a ball was kicked! Now onto the next set of fixtures this gameweek and hopefully a Bruno haul 🙂

            1. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 11 days ago

              thats why I have shaw and Rudiger