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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. OLEgend
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Shaw yc

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

      Ffs he’s been such a shite pick

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

        He will assist a goal today

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

          This did not age well 😀

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

      Shaw-shank ?

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

        No redemption

    3. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Terrible. Watch Semedo hail now that I benched him too

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 10 days ago

            *haul

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

            Hail the Hero Semedo

          • BDA Shadow
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Semedo doesn't do hauls.

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

        Does anyone happen to have the link to the Harry Maguire “highlights” reel by any chance?

        The one where it’s just 2 solid minutes of him being absolutely horrendous set to the tune of Aha’s Take On Me played on Kazoo

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

          Filed beside the Bruno will out-Salah FPL banter?

        2. BDA Shadow
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          With the goofy "Harry Maguire" voice over.

      • Gunneryank
          2 months, 10 days ago

          This should be at least 2-1 Villa right now.

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

            I remember now why I don’t like to captain a player in the early kick off. Always seems to be the most frustrating game of the week

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Absolute joke. Rival had Thiago Silva as well !

          1. Jafooli
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Silva can still get a CS 😉

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

              Yes that's why I'm salty haha

              1. Jafooli
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                And might get a goal and baps…

        • have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          no one has James anyway, its not GW7 yet, who would bring in an unailed Chelsa defender vs city?

          1. I am
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Bro it happens. I still have B Mendy in my squad. Had other issues so he's still there

        • Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Is Shaw drunk?

        • Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Actually could be blessing in disguise for my team...

          James and Semedo out
          Rudiger and Alonso/Azpi in

        • Puntillimon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          James on wc - fail.

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Shaw and James owners in the mud

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

          Shaw looking like a turd today. Can't wait to move him on after this week

        • HD7
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          James to Rudiger... why didnt I do it before the GW

          Oh well better late than never

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

          Thank you Shaw, you absolute pie

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            This insult really made me chuckle

        • BDA Shadow
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          This game is so fun. Bring James in, against two "top 6" teams nonetheless, and he misses both from a robbery and a first half injury. Looking like a good chance of a second clean sheet for the team here as well.

        • PartyTime
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Shaw most overrated fpl defender lol

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

              Yes

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            What is your favourite colour of paint to watch dry?

            Just trying to think of something exciting to keep me awake watching Chelsea...

            1. Jafooli
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Beige

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

              Sky blue, royal blue. Take your pick...

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

              More of a watch grass grow guy myself

            4. Hits from the Bong
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Blue is the colour

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

            Shaw has been awful

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

              You could have coined the word Shawful there

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

            Shaw was the 2nd most owned player at one stage, been utterly useless so far ugh

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              People had to own the best LB in the world at only 5.5m!!!

          • dshv
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            CANT WAIT TO FINISH THE MATCH AND DOING SHAW TO ALONSO !!!!!

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Same

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

              A bit shouty

            3. Herculeez
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Did this last week

          • Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Oh Shaw. GW8 wildcard might just become GW7 wildcard to be rid of you.

          • StevenW
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Shaw is actually a horrendous FPL pick

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

            the 4-2-3-1 Doesn't work for Man U. Sick of Ole not changing tactics when it is clear it's time.

          • Ode
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            So many points lost this season because of cards and injuries

          • Sturridge Wars
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            James to Rudiger a must now.

          • HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Not watching, did Reece James injury look serious?
            Obviously enough to be subbed just asking

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

              Not that serious but ankle injuries can be pesky

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

              Not quite sure what's wrong with him. Walked off slowly.

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

              Slight roll of the ankle, didn’t look much

            4. Weak Become Heros
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Went over on ankle. Not too bad as played on for a bit. But ankle injuries are annoying how long they drag on.

              1. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Thanks all ⬆️

          • have you seen cyan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Shaw is class, he gets unfair criticism because he is english

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

            Time for Shaw to be subbed now

          • OLEgend
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Shaw about to be subbed FFS.

          • PartyTime
              2 months, 10 days ago

              People who call shaw, shawberto carlos never watched Roberto Carlos play

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

                Or Shaw himself.

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

              Dalit on
              Shaw off

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

                Dalot*