Dugout Discussion

Pulisic benched as Lampard switches to a 3-4-3 against unchanged Spurs

The final match of Gameweek 18 takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Chelsea the visitors to north London.

Kick-off is at 16:30 GMT.

The team news is straightforward from a Spurs perspective: Jose Mourinho has named an unchanged side for the third game running.

The Chelsea starting XI requires a bit more explanation, however.

Frank Lampard has benched Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) for the first time in the Premier League since Gameweek 9, with Jorginho (£5.0m) and the injured Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) also making way from the side that lost to Bournemouth.

Marcus Alonso (£6.0m) gets his first start since Gameweek 10, with Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) also recalled.

All of that would seem to suggest that Lampard has switched to a 3-4-3, with Tomori joining Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) and Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) at centre-half.

Mason Mount (£6.5m) and Willian (£7.0m) appear to be flanking Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) in attack.

Mount, Pulisic and Abraham were three of the four most-sold FPL assets of Gameweek 18.

Lampard’s side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 2019/20.

Spurs, by contrast, have won four of their five league games under Jose Mourinho since the ‘Special One’ first took charge a month ago.

Dele Alli (£8.8m), Son Heung-min (£10.1m) and Harry Kane (£10.9m) are averaging 8.0, 7.8 and 5.4 points per game respectively under their new manager.

Kane is the fourth-most-popular captaincy pick of Gameweek 18, while only three FPL assets were bought by more managers than Son in the run-up to this weekend.


Spurs XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Lucas, Kane.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Abraham.



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1,997 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TB303
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Red

  2. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Alli outscoring Son, captaincy mission accomplished 😎

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Alli captain fail too.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        When my captain outscores the lowest scoring player in my team, it's a success to me!

  3. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    EXODUS!

  4. beric
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bloody hell son

  5. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is that 1 game ban or 3 as violent conduct?

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      3

  6. Jafoole_88
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Yes, finally... Who got the assist for Spurs??

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lol?

  7. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son red and Puli benched yeeeeeeesssssss

    fk fpl

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son >> Willian? 😀

  9. TONY123
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    My Jimenez captain pick looks amazing now

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same here!

  10. OptimusBlack
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    .WHAAAAAAT DA FUUUUK

  11. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    3 games ban?

  12. beric
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bit harsh that var

  13. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son :facepalm:

  14. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son to KDB looks easy now 😀

  15. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son to who? can't have both son and Rico out.

  16. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Lol @Magnus you guys are freaking weird !

  17. Zico Senna
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Wow, just when this game can’t get any worse, really kicks you when down already, i give up.

  18. Pras Scott Talent
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    My captain next week... ffs

  19. Waynoo
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son gets away with thuggery because he looks like a nice guy

  20. Yome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son C, Merry Christmas!

  21. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Only positive, got exact cash for son to salah

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Im thinking son ajd jesus to salah and ings for -4

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Looks decent moves. Ings good pick and fixtures are better than they first appear

  22. GAMBIT
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    There goes my gameweek

  23. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Stupid Son
    Welcome Alli 😀

  24. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son to Salah possibly the most no brainer ever

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      True

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    2 months, 1 day ago

    is 3 game ban yea?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

  26. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Imagine captaining Son

  27. EmreCan Hustle
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Oh man! My team is falling apart.

    Rico suspended.
    Willems knock.
    Son red.
    Couple of players on 4 YCs.

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Sons history probably went against him there.

    Not so loveable anymore.

  29. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Lol @ me for captaining Son 🙂