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Torres benched for Chelsea v City as much-captained Ronaldo leads United attack

We have the unusual situation of two Premier League matches kicking off simultaneously in the Saturday lunchtime slot.

Chelsea v Manchester City is a mouth-watering prospect at Stamford Bridge, while there is plenty of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) interest at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Aston Villa.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the chief attraction from an FPL perspective, having been captained by almost two-thirds of the top 10,000 Fantasy managers in Gameweek 6.

Above: Ownership/effective ownership stats for Gameweek 6, via LiveFPL

Ronaldo is part of an unchanged Manchester United side from the win at West Ham United last Sunday.

Edinson Cavani makes the bench after recovering from injury.

Aston Villa’s one starting XI change is enforced, with Axel Tuanzebe, who is on loan from the Red Devils, ineligible to face his parent club. Kortney Hause makes his first Premier League start of the season as Dean Smith sticks with a 3-5-2.

In west London, Thomas Tuchel makes four changes to the Chelsea team that beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in their last league outing.

Edouard Mendy returns in goal after recovering from a hip problem, while Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner are all recalled.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz drop to the bench, while Mason Mount misses out through injury.

“Thiago [Silva] had some issues yesterday in training, otherwise he would have started.” – Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel has stuck with the same 3-5-2 system he used in the second half against Spurs, with Werner assuming Havertz’s role alongside Romelu Lukaku.

Pep Guardiola has also made four changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Southampton in Gameweek 5.

Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden both make their first league starts of the season, while Rodri and Aymeric Laporte have recovered from injury to also feature.

Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho are among the substitutes, with the injured Ilkay Gundogan missing out entirely.

GAMEWEEK 6 LINE-UPS

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Kante, Werner, Lukaku

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Silva, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Saul, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Havertz

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Ruben Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Grealish

Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Torres, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Palmer, Lavia


Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Ronaldo.

Subs: Lindelof, Martial, Lingard, Dalot, Cavani, Heaton, Sancho, Matic, Van de Beek.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett, Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Ings, Watkins.

Subs: Buendia, Steer, Traore, Young, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Carney Chukwuemeka, Archer, Bogarde.

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  1. Baberto
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    That's the second corner wasted till now!

  2. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo activating beast nofe

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

      A enchanted forest?

  3. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo activating beast mode

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Would love an attacking return

  4. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Should've captained Salah. Ronaldo is blanking today ffs!!!!!

    1. Vertigo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Nowt like calling a game after 25 minutes.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      100% Ronaldo is blanking. Omg. *Cry* etc.

    3. Gunneryank
        2 months, 10 days ago

        You do realize the game has an hour left?

      • Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Wow……..

    4. Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Shaw down

    5. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Do something Bruno!

    6. dshv
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Any chances front of ronaldo greenwood shaw ???
      Can’t watching the game

      1. JakeTheRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Greenwood had a good chance to score with his right foot but poor shot

    7. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Completely fine with 2 x 0-0 draws here

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      It’s like The Alamo & Zulu all rolled into one here 😆

    9. JJO
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Ffs just wait 40 mins more

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

      James being subbed

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

        Thiago could come on

      2. Critical Observer
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Good riddance, the constant fouling does nothing for the quality of the match.

    11. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Can't believe Fred is still in Man U's midfield.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        United’s side is like a lot of current FPL sides, lots of money invested in attack, complimented with expensive and mid priced defenders with lots of cheapies in midfield

    12. Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      James down again

      Could be subbed

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah doesn't look good for him

        1. Thanos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yep, looks like ankle injury

    13. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      James struggling again. Silva getting warmed up. He won't make it past 45, might be right now

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        James owners been to hell and back this week

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Just hell

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

        Could be just tactics to break Cities dominance

    14. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      James off. Just can't get a break.

    15. Steerpike
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno looking sharp

    16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Shaw & James both dead in unison

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

      Unlucky James owners

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I own him. Don't think it's bad luck. He was a crap pick. Just have to accept it.

    18. Gizzachance
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      James coming off?

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Looks like it yes

    19. We Go Again
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Ffs James has been such a terrible transfer for me.

    20. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      If James comes off I delete my account

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bye

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

        It's time.

      3. dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Goodbye

      4. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He off

      5. DaniCT
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        well , well, well.

      6. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ahhh. Bye guys

    21. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      FPL is a cruel mistress

    22. BigBillyBass
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Anyone taking a punt on Reece James? He’s essential right?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I did last week

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          2nd on my bench though

      2. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Alonso is the man to get.

    23. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      James off

    24. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Please not Shaw off, I beg you

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        James cameo theory holding 😐

      • Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Mark can do no wrong benched James

      • Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 days ago

        James off
        Thiago on

      • Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Shaw yc

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        What’s happened to Shaw?

        1. BigBillyBass
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Slipped over a banana skin left on the pitch