Dugout Discussion

Giroud benched as Willian and Pulisic start at Sheff Utd

Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) finds himself on the Chelsea bench for the Gameweek 35+ trip to Sheffield United.

That will be of huge frustration to his increasing ownership and those looking to him as a differential option.

The Frenchman had scored in each of his last two outings, both of which were starts, but will have to watch Tammy Abraham (£7.4m) lead the line from the sidelines today.

That arguably places a question mark over Giroud’s credentials for the Gameweek 36+ meeting with Norwich, which may have been on the radar for anyone considering a reshuffle of their Fantasy forward line.

Meanwhile, Willian (£7.3m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) remain reliable starters, each one positioned either side of Abraham for the trip to Sheffield United.

The 13.7%-owned Mason Mount (£6.1m) retains his place in the side, making his fifth start from a possible six since the Premier League restart.

Meanwhile, John Lundstram (£4.6m) is on the bench for Sheffield United once again, Chris Wilder opting to keep his central midfield trio the same as Gameweek 34+.

That means further starts for Oliver Norwood (£4.7m), Sander Berge (£4.7m) and Ben Osborn (£4.7m).

David McGoldrick (£5.4m) comes back into the team following a fitness test, forcing Billy Sharp (£5.3m) back onto the bench.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Osborn, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, R James; Mount, Jorginho, Barkley; Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.

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1,411 Comments Post a Comment
  1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Any Villa fans on here?? Please tell me Reina continues in goal tmoz?? Just realised I accidentally started Nyland over Henderson!!! Aaarrrggghh

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Okay that's helped a bit. No longer want Chelsea attack.

    Let's see which of Sterling/Mahrez I'm gonna pick up this week...

    1. joelsprylar
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Chelsea up against Norwich next GW tho.

    2. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Antonio blanked vs westham prior to this gw

      Pulisic still poised for big returns against hopeless Norwich

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You think he's guaranteed a start after coming off early?

      2. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        How did Antonio exactly blanked against West Ham?

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I still want Pulisic for Norwich...

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Too much Chelsea hype on here

  4. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Based on how this is going, Brighton will win 1-0

  5. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    What is your top 4 prediction?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      3 United
      4 Leicester

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        This

    2. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Liverpool
      Man City
      Sheffield
      Antonio

      1. Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        The new 4rsenal 😎

        1. Pépé sur le P…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          It's the final Chantonioms League Spot

  6. S.Kuqi
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    38 points and 6 to go. Didn't see that coming

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Great score

      1. S.Kuqi
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yeah. Got lucky

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nicely played my man

      1. S.Kuqi
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Cheers 🙂

  7. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Shu great performance.

    1. Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Men against boys.

  8. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    McGoldrick 3
    McBurnie 2
    Hendo 1

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Hendo came from nowhere

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He was 1 behind Stevens and it was not surprising Stevens got at least 1 deduction

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Made a couple of saves late on. He was nowhere until then.

    2. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      McGoldrick hattie?

      1. Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He’s saving that for next week.

  9. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Why did I capain Salah :/

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I probably would have if I knew he’d start!

    2. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Chasing.

    3. S.Kuqi
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Unlucky. Was close to haul

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Regression to the mean

    5. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      If I knew he started I would have probably captained after last gw performance. Pope was the one preventing haul.

  10. Firminoooo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    1p from 1. Not to bad.

  11. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Rival (c) KDB I’m shitting it

    He’s going to haul man

  12. campion201
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Looks like peps always gonna give mahrez game time......
      Rashford out mahrez in?

    • Reg83
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Feel foolish now selling mahrez to sterling. Thought mahrez would be benched

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I sold him to Mané and captained -4 !!!! Gutted

      • BENOIT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Foden looking a good shout for Bournemouth!!

        Anyone tempted to captain?

        1. Pépé sur le P…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not really

        2. Sun Jihai
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Kind of tempted, yeah

        3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Tempted to buy

        4. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not convinced by his finishing. Still quite raw imo.

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I ate a whole garlic clove raw once.

            Not recommended.

            1. Pépé sur le P…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              You're very flexible

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        James (26 bps) twice the performance of Azpilicueta (13 bps) despite conceding 3.

      • NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        No bonus points for Stevens?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          No

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Shot off target near the end didn’t help him.

      • Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I’m fine with that result. Don’t own any Chelsea players but left Basham on my bench so done good some bad. Think I’m gonna sell Gomez for next week

      • Bossworld
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not looking a great game week for me so far, all hinges on a double Wolves CS tomorrow and a Fernanded haul

      • La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I’ll pull a trigger for FH I think.

        Triple City and Chelsea. Double Manu. Antonio and Ings

        Done

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Throw in there saints defender too

          1. S.Kuqi
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Which city players are you getting?

            1. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              It will depend on the game now. Most probably Ederson for one of the spot though

        2. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not concerned about the FA cup then?

        3. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Considering this as I own KdB and Mahrez. Likely they’ll be on the bench vs Bournemouth.

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            This is one of the main reason why I’m FH’ing and I have Willian too, who played 90 min

          2. DMP
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Same here. On FH get Foden and Dilva plus defender or Jesus.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        do you think Foden can come on and get anything?

        1. Pépé sur le P…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            hope so 🙁

      • Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        So if you only have KDB here, you either want him to blank or be involved in goals with Dilva, Bilva, Rodri, Mendy, Garcia or Walker only. All other combos have EO >100%

      • ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Throwing it out there early. I expect Martial or Rashford to be rested next GW against Crystal Palace. Surely Ighalo will be given a full PL starting debut and the Palace game is the best chance to do so, serving the additional purpose of giving a frontline attacker a rest a couple of days before a cup semifinal. Fergie was a master of squad management deep into the season and Ole must've picked up a thing or two during his time as a player.

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          CL more important

        2. ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          With today's result it's in their hands now. Plus, they'd still be on the bench to be brought on, if need be even at half-time.

      • lordkippe
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Giroud & Rashford > Mcburnie & Mcgoldrick for free ?

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Smile
          league 1 Ipswich reject.
          Goes for a trial with Shef Utd.
          2 goals today.
          McGoldrick living his dream.
          can bring a tear to your eye.

      • Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That's a strong line-up from Pep.. 4-6 goals for City today if Brighton try to attack like vs pool

      • Scott Talent RIP EJ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Can't believe that Lampard put out a side that was always going to be bullied by Sheff U. Great tactical stuff from Wilder . Tactical superiority won the day.

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          No Kante, Kovacic or Gilmour though.. Should have started Alonso and Giroud though

      • DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Feel lucky that mahrez and salah got as many minutes as they did but gutted only one assist today. 15pts 6 to play inc Captain Vardy. Pretty bad.

      • Scott Talent RIP EJ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        My team seems to be favouring binary numbers.