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Man Utd v Chelsea team news: James and Rudiger return to visitors’ XI

A drawn-out Double Gameweek 34 comes to a close this evening with a juicy-looking clash between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 19:45 BST.

These two sides were the only clubs to play twice in Gameweek 34 and consequently there was plenty of interest in their players from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, particularly when it comes to tonight’s visitors.

Taking the top 10,000 as a rough gauge of ‘active’ FPL managers (see above), there were five Chelsea players with an ‘effective ownership’ in excess of 10% – and all of them start this evening.

Thomas Tuchel has made two changes to his starting XI, with the return from injury of Reece James and Antonio Rudiger being the headline news.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah drop to the bench as a result.

Ralf Rangnick has made only one change to his injury-hit Manchester United side, meanwhile, with Marcus Rashford coming in for the ill Jadon Sancho.

GAMEWEEK 34 LINE-UPS

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, McTominay, Matic, Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo.

Subs: Bailly, Jones, Mata, Heaton, Henderson, Mejri, Shoretire, Garnacho, Fernandez.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Werner, Havertz.

Subs: Kepa, Lukaku, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Saul, Ziyech, Kennedy, Sarr.



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576 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    West Ham going to play the kids v Arsenal.

    They’ll be expecting the Wurst in Frankfurt.

  2. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Havertz (c) should have been so much more

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'd call 2 assists for one goal a lot more! Still not fixed.

  3. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Reece James has to be nailed for England at the World Cup. What a player.

    Going to have to be a back 3 Gareth...

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      ............Pickford
      .Walker Stones Maguire
      James Mount Rice Saka
      ...Foden Kane Sterling

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ah ok

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Agree about James but Pickford is bad and there's no guarantee he or Maguire will suddenly jolt into 'England form'. Too much is made of that imo based on rare bursts of international games without too many mistakes.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I hope you mean TAA starts too.

      1. Wild Card this!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lol

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not sure he suits England's system tbh. Liverpool play lots of high risk forward passes, and England like to play safe possessional football.

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          It's coming home then..

      3. Crespo1978
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        To solve the James / TAA conundrum for England, rather than choose between them, how about play James at RCB and TAA at RWB?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          TAA at RCB would be better imo. But Walker would be better than that

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Because Walker is one of England's most important players.

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Blunts James' best assets if you do that.

  4. The White Pele
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Would you take 15 points gain in FH over original team?

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Did you keep the receipt?

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It’s probably too low to be a success, but not a failure either.

      I’m on roughly minus 20/30 points my original team. I don’t have it in me to actually calculate it

      1. Steve McCroskey
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ouch! How come?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Saka, Robertson perhaps

    3. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'd be disappointed but gains are gains

      1. Wild Card this!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        This

    4. Cilly Bonnolly
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Going to have to aren’t you?

    5. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Gains are gains. Especially since it was very small dgw you could easily go wrong.

    6. The White Pele
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      cheers all

  5. Ray Kinsella
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Once the second assist is removed does anyone know if Havertz will still get a bonus point?

    1. fedolefan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He's not on a bonus point even with 2 assists.

    2. Smokey_Lowkey
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He isn't on a bonus, even with the 2 assists...

    3. mad_beer ✅
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      lol

    4. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No chance he gets a bonus without another return (phantom or real).

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Rudi YC

  7. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Huge miss by Leipzig.

  8. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    No more baps, pls, Matic. tenkuu

  9. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is James to Alonso a good move to protect my ML lead? Have owned James for the longest time (and got his 18 points when he came back), but I seem to be bleeding points vs. Alonso owners with no end in sight.

    A) Good move
    B) Reactionary/chasing points

    1. Smokey_Lowkey
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yep, chasing, but the upside is that Alonso seems distinctly rotation-proof at the minute.

      1. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Was thinking the same…in which case “chasing points” isn’t exactly a bad thing. Thanks

  10. mad_beer ✅
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I can't think of anything clever to jinx Alonso into more points.

    1. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      i fail to see how Matic with one assist and a nothing game gets more bonus points than Alonso with his goal and good game?

  11. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Lookman scoring again.
    Interesting.

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Better than Barnes.

      Could be a big player in FPL next season.

  12. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Petition to stop Havertz's second assist being removed

    1. thegame983
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Stop German hate

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If we keep quiet, they might not notice

  13. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Sell Werner ?

    1. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Last week

  14. mad_beer ✅
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Assist removed.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Absolute disgrace!

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      and it's baps. Oh well

  15. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    51 points on a free hit. I feel cheated.

    1. Mario Balofail
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It's not cheat, it's fail... 😉

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ok, that makes me feel better

        1. Mario Balofail
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Haha. Come on, it's just a game 🙂

  16. DandyDon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    James actual man of match, fantasy man of match Matic and Ronaldo somehow!? Bps fail again

  17. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    How can I complain to for taking away 1 of the havertz assists - disgusting

  18. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Well that was disappointing from Mount.

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Quite.

  19. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Realistically how many points is BB worth in GW36?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Get 15 and you're happy. Anything else a bonus.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      15+

  20. Yank Revolution
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Woot, up to 86k! Highest rank of the season.

  21. DA Minnion (Former great)
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Mount captain fail. Should have known better.

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Got the minutes and chances just a bad outcome not decision

  22. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Well what a waste of a Free Hit.

    1. mdm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cancelo, Laporte, Sterling, Mount, Werner

        Also, my original team has Saka and Robbo

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yeah huge waste 🙁

  23. Hect.OR 98th
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Both assists now removed.

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      ...and the real one now back.

  24. mad_beer ✅
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    That puts me in the last 16 of the Opening Day League cup! Woohoo!

  25. Neto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Breaking News: Havertz's second assist will stand. "There have been so many twists and turns this season therefore one random system glitch will not make any difference." ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  26. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    3 - Matic, Ronaldo (32)
    1 - Alonso (27)

    James (21)
    Kanté (21)
    de Gea (18)

  27. Kaptenen
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Havertz --> Foden?

  28. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Massive James haul, in one game getting double his score over the last 6 GWs

  29. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    And that leaves Manchester United virtually out of the Top 4 race(if they were ever in there).

  30. BrockLanders
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    James should have hauled big tonight. Havertz too.

    1. boc610
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      shoulda woulda coulda mate.

      1. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        True 🙁