Dugout Discussion

Pulisic and Azpilicueta miss out on Chelsea starting line-up for Brighton trip

Christian Pulisic (£8.5m) has missed out on Gameweek 1 of the Fantasy Premier League season, absent from the Chelsea squad named for a trip to Brighton.

Frank Lampard revealed the American midfielder was in contention to be involved on Monday night, but the Blues manager has elected to exercise caution in bringing him back so soon after last season’s injury – much to the chagrin of Pulisic’s 11.6% ownership.

Despite 8.0% Fantasy backing, Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) has not been risked either, although he is fit enough for a place among the substitutes.

The Spaniard’s benching allows Marcos Alonso (£6.0m) and Reece James (£5.0m) a chance to occupy the left and right-back slots respectively in Chelsea’s defence, which sits in front of Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.0m).

Chelsea’s most fashionable midfielder and forward make the grade, however. The 13.2% owned Kai Havertz (£8.5m) has been handed a place in the Blues’ front-three, where is joined by Timo Werner (£9.5m), the most popular Fantasy striker right now.

48.7% own the German international for Gameweek 1, more than double that of the second-most-owned Danny Ings (£8.5m), who currently sits in 23.6% of squads.

Whether or not Werner can make an explosive start to the Premier League depends on how well Brighton can contain Chelsea with their five-man defence tonight.

Graham Potter has selected Adam Webster (£4.5m), Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) and Ben White (£4.5m) as a centre-back trio, flanked by Solly March (£5.0m) and Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) either side.

Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) continues to prove he is the new Dale Stephens (£4.5m) starting in a three-man midfield alongside new signing Adam Lallana (£6.5m), while Stephens is named on the bench.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (5-3-2): Ryan; March, Webster, Dunk, White, Lamptey; Bissouma, Alzate, Lallana; Trossard, Maupay.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Alonso, Zouma, Christensen, R James; Jorginho, Kanté, Mount; Havertz, Werner, Loftus-Cheek.

Best players by position:

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £17.50. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

2,156 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bleh
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Mitro fit to start this week?

    1. puhd
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      He should be

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      i so should not have him in my team. Just waiting for a better alternative at the same price or cheaper.

      1. Bleh
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 22 hours ago

        I have him too but have a few more pressing matters to deal with first! Hoping he starts and saves me another headache.

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Of course

  2. Utopsis
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Man I love this site for gaining and sharing insights, but the comical value is also top notch

  3. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Havertz and Ings,
    to Greenwood and Vardy for a hit?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Yuck

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Meh, nah

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      yeah.....nah

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Would prefer the former

  4. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Bottomed, 10K score: 102 pts. and up.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Not surprising as more than 20k triple capped Salah.

  5. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    i have nketiah asm and perreira in my team. (big lol to me)

    lose perreira first ? for who ? a leeds midfielder? thanks

  6. Right In The Stanchion
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Werner is the kind of player to hit an eight minute hat trick. I’m going to have him when he does it

  7. Shankly611
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Bruno price rise tomorrow is a killer.

    Thinking of doing Son + Ings > Bruno + DCL because of that. And because both have plum fixtures next GW.

    Thoughts?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Is the prediction accurate enough already?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 22 hours ago

        prices changing already ?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 22 hours ago

          fplstatistics: Bramford Willian Gabriel >90% KDB Bruno >80%, prediction obviously

    2. Shankly611
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      By the looks of it, he will rise before the next GW.

    3. DangerFC
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      I think with the run if fixtures Everton and unitt have this could payoff. I'm think of doing son and antonio to greenwood and richarlison. I can't get bruno in unfortunately.

  8. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Is TAA set to drop in price tonight?

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      -13.4 supposedly...I think he’s a keeper for many people despite LIV next 2 fixtures

  9. DangerFC
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Son out to

    A, greenwood
    B, willian

    Have auba already but no united.

    Help appreciated

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Willian, then Aubra to City or Utd

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Keep

  10. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    James or Holding the better 4.5 pick atm? Has to be James after that MOTM performance?

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Especially with Holding out for 12 weeks..

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 22 hours ago

        My bad, was thinking of Holgate..

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      May not even start next game.

    3. fjb07
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 15 hours ago

      james from chelsea? hes 5m not 4.5

  11. Mirakuru FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Sterling vs De Bruyne?
    (Was considering aguero but his minutes will probably be managed)

    De bruyne price is likely to rise soon...

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      Neither this GW

    2. Mirakuru FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 22 hours ago

      0.1 increase can really mess the works - but so keen for Abu this weekend...

  12. Shankly611
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Bruno set for a price raise tonight?

  13. Mid budget coach
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    A. J. Rodriquez and Wilson
    Or
    B. Willian and Adams

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 21 hours ago

      A

  14. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Have both Son and Alli and only 0.5 itb.

    Son > Rashford is a move I had in mind but I'd much rather get rid of Alli. Problem is I'm not too interested in anyone that I can get in for 8.5m right now.

  15. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 21 hours ago

    Martial/Rodriguez +0.5

    Or

    Wilson/Fernandes

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 21 hours ago

      Martial/Rodriguez

  16. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 21 hours ago

    Anywhere i can find a list of all teams main penalty takers?
    Man utd - fernandes
    Arsenal -Auba
    Chelsea- Jorginho
    Spurs- Kane
    Liverpool- Salah
    West ham - Noble
    Wolves- Jiminez
    Don't know the rest

  17. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 19 hours ago

    Any suggestions here folks? 1ft, 0 itb.

    McCarthy
    Taa davies egan
    Salah Auba Alli soucek
    Werner ings mitro

    Nyland Taylor Mitchell bissouma