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Sunday team news: Kulusevski benched, key Chelsea assets all start

Two more top-flight matches kick off at 2pm BST this afternoon and there is plenty of interest from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, particularly where Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are concerned.

The Lilywhites are at home against a much-changed Leicester City, while Thomas Tuchel’s troops are on the road again at relegation-threatened Everton.

Where Jurgen Klopp perhaps rotated more than we thought he would yesterday, Tuchel has taken the opposite approach, making only one change to his starting XI to make light of the 64-hour turnaround between trips to Old Trafford and Goodison Park.

The Chelsea head coach’s sole alteration is even enforced, with the injured N’Golo Kante replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield.

The teamsheet of opponents Everton shows two changes, with Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph replacing Michael Keane and Allan.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is among the substitutes after recovering from injury.

In north London, there are nine alterations across the two teams – but only one for the hosts.

It’s a significant one, too, as popular mid-price FPL midfielder Dejan Kulusevski drops out of the Spurs line-up for the first time since Gameweek 25.

Lucas Moura takes the Swede’s place and joins Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the three-man Lilywhites attack.

“It’s rotation. When you have the possibility to change good players, you do. It is a normal rotation.” Antonio Conte on dropping Dejan Kulusevski

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has made eight changes to his side, clearly with one eye on Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final, second-leg tie against Roma, 

Kasper Schmeichel, Timothy Castagne and Marc Albrighton are the only three players who started against Jose Mourinho’s side on Thursday who keep their places, with James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall missing out altogether.

Rodgers said the two Leicester midfielders have both been left at home as a precaution – a tight calf for Dewsbury-Hall, a hip issue for Maddison – but the reality is probably that the pair are being wrapped up in cotton wool for Italy.

Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes are among the substitutes.

GAMEWEEK 35 LINE-UPS

Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Mykolenko, Delph Doucoure, Gray, Iwobi, Gordon, Richarlison

Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Branthwaite, Keane, Allan, Davies, Alli, Rondón, Calvert-Lewin

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Rudiger, Silva, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Havertz, Werner

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Chalobah, Kovacic, Pulisic, Ñíguez, Ziyech, Kenedy, Lukaku


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson Royal, Bentacour, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son Heung-min

Subs: Sanchez, Craig, Kulusevski, Scarlett, White, Gollini, Bergwijn, Winks, Rodon

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas, Mendy, Soumaré, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Pérez, Daka

Subs: Ward, Justin, Fofana, Brunt, Choudhury, Tielemans, Barnes, Lookman, Vardy


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949 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DALEDOBACK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Well I've sort of done my transfers with an eye on 37 as well. But obviously if I free hit I lose those transfers. 11 is

    Pickford
    Laporte TAA Cash
    Foden Son Salah Saka Ramsey
    Jesus Richarlison

  2. PartyTime
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Inject those green arrows into my vein please

      1. Razor Ramon
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Gotta enjoy the green times

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

      Points prediction for KDB (c) next week?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        25

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

          And mane?

          1. Paulo67
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not sure Mane plays both he’s surely due a rest now that salah has had his

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

        60

      3. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I''ll go with 2 starts, 2 attacking returns, maybe 2-3 bonus. Maybe 15-ish (30 after C)

    • Run DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If you want us dead and buried send bigger and better. UTFT.

    • The Red Devil
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Selling Kane for sure, original plan was to get kdb basically my options are

      A- Kane + kulu -> Jesus + Son
      B- Kane + Kulu -> Watkins + Kdb

      Which one? Thinking A now

      1. Truicegod
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Me too thinking A but wanted to move kdb and Watkins for that

          1. The Red Devil
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If Jesus rested midweek I might go for him

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

        I don't know what else am I expecting from an OOP striker playing as a deep lying playmaker. Only myself to blame for sticking with Kane over Son, maybe got influenced too much by the all the "pro" pundits a couple of weeks ago.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yeah it’s all their fault. Otherwise you’d be OR1

        2. Truicegod
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Don't feel too bad mate we are plenty who got influenced..

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

          Going to be shipping Son this week for KDB (TC). Unbelievable after what he's returned for me since GW26.

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

            I wouldn't

        4. Truicegod
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hello people I have enough money to move debryne Watkins to son and jesus for a - 4 it's very tempting right is it a good move
            1)yes
            2)no

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

              Wanting to sell KDB and Watkins is unusual!

              1. Truicegod
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  True man let me stick to the plan... Its just a knee jack reaction to kdb getting benched this gameweek had my cap arm band on him and my vice was salah

                  1. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    And that's why knee jerk effect haa killed many seasons for many players. I remember when someone sold the rested player for the one who was rested next week. It was Pep, but TAA to Robbo would be The move of the week.

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

              EVE: lei, wat, BRE, CRY, ars
              LEE: ars, CHE, BHA, bre + 2 points
              BUR: AVL, tot, avl, NEW + 2 points

              Looks tough for Leeds here

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

                Raphinha will be cheap for barcelona then.

              2. RedRo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah, and they're the only one with a manager that thinks they're playing soccerball

            3. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              What's the problem with White?

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

                Tight hamstring

            4. Henning
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              About 70 points ahead in ml and im the only with fh left. Is it time to start blocking him?

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                No need, I'd play for OR and force him to do the mistakes.

                1. Truicegod
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Me too

              2. Apollo Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                would you do these moves

                2FT: Werner and Mount > Richarlison and Foden

                then next week

                -8: Maddison > Son, Laporte > Davies (have Cancelo), Pukki > 4.5 fodder

                1. Apollo Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Could also do just the Foden move this week and then Werner > Kane, Maddison > Gordon, Pukki > fodder