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How Azpilicueta’s goal threat is affected by Alonso and Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Monday night was a mostly disappointing result for Fantasy managers who own the Blues’ defenders.

Although he was unable to bank a 15th clean sheet of the season, Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.4m) at least compensated with an assist for Gonzalo Higuain‘s (£9.1m) goal against the Clarets.

That was Azpilicueta’s seventh attacking return of the season, with five of those arriving in the last 11 Gameweeks.

Having played mostly as a centre-half under Antonio Conte in a three-man backline, Azpilicueta has had to re-acclimatise to life as a right-back since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment last summer.

The Spain international has not been without his detractors this season, especially for his limited ability going forward.

Marcos Alonso (£6.3m) had previously suffered criticism from Chelsea fans and beyond, of course, but his weaknesses are very much defensive in nature and Fantasy managers cared little about negative critiques of his all-round ability as a left-back while the attacking returns were flying in at the other end.

It is actually since Alonso lost his ever-present status in Gameweek 24 that Azpilicueta’s output has improved in terms of goal involvement.

Having registered no goals and just two assists up until that point, Azpilcueta has one goal and four assists from the beginning of February onwards.

Azpilicueta would traditionally be the full-back to hang back in defence as Alonso bombed forward but the latter’s frequent absence of late has perhaps freed up Azpilicueta to get forward a little more.

Not that Alonso’s no-shows and Azpilicueta’s increased attacking threat are mutually exclusive: the much-maligned left-back has been on the pitch for three of those five most-recent returns.

Nevertheless, we will use Gameweek 24 as the starting point for our analysis of Azpilicueta’s performances in the Members’ article below.

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  1. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Kola and Martial benched, KDB cap injured, really need help Kun, Jimmy and Doherty to step up

  2. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    God id love to hit 100. It's been far too long since I hit a century.

    1. Bolivian Seaman
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      this is a football forum not cricket

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Me too but guess I might struggle, see top post

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      same, on 84 with 3 Man City and 2 Wolves starting tonight, should beat the 100 barrier for first time this season now.

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Don’t jinx it!

  3. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Sterling (c), Kun, Laporte, Jota, Jiménez. Can these men muster at least 25 points ?

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Absolutely

    2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Sterling will by himself

    3. Amey
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Hopefully

    4. Thick Of It
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      I really feel for those that captained KDB, a fair differential pick. He is in my team but luckily (perhaps?) I chose Sterling to captain.

      Good luck in hitting those centuries people.

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        I am one of those soldiers

        1. Thick Of It
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          With Pep rotation is always an issue but to go out on 30 odd mins with an injury for a one pointer is really bad luck. Hope your other players make up for it.

          1. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 29 days ago

            Cheers mate, best of luck

      2. Jimmy Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Captained KDB :'(, however currently on 86 with Laporte, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez to go. Century could still be in sight despite captain flop!

        1. Thick Of It
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          A fair chance, a defender goal or assist would certainly help.

      3. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 29 days ago

        That’s one of the risks of finding yourself in the position at this stage of the season of needing a differential

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Don’t see it that way - injuries could happen to anyone - differential or not.

    5. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Reiks G
      Traustason A

      Christiansen (K) looking silly now having not been involved in any goal.

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        At least he didn't score a own goal

    6. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Auba had a sinus procedure. Could explain why he was getting ill a bit recently.

    7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Kola under emery.
      Rubbish pick.

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Good ebening

    8. Would Ed Woodward
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Didn't Pogba also do an interview apologising after one of our losses earlier in the season, maybe Brighton or West Ham? He's a complete joke.

      • ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Well my DGW BB Mendy punt didn't pay off.

        1. GanonTEK
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          He was magic the first few weeks

      • Zladan
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Rosenberg G
        Bengtsson A

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Berget*

      • Zladan
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        OMG Sundgren!

      • Sif
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Doherty YC already, eurgh!

      • ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Gona break 100 with that

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        What happened to Jimi - used to be mr Reliable

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Me and Amey put him in this week, that's what happened

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Wishing for a United goal and draw, but then I won't reach 100 this GW 😕

      • MeatPieSausageRoll
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Lucky for you City we wanted you to win 🙂

        • finnish92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Ryan
          Doherty, Laporte, TAA
          Son, Mane (c), Jota, Sterling
          Aguero, Rashford, Gray
          Bench: Lloris, Jwp, Catchart, Valery

          A) Gtg
          B) Gray -> Ings
          C) JWP -> Babel

        • Tsssst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Have Salah fear as rivals may TC him but already have Mane, TAA and Robertson

          Jimenez > Ings
          Pogba > Salah
          Robertson > Valery

          worth a -8?

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Any news on Jonty guys?

        • Snapes on a Plane
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Mane TC? Yay or nay?