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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.

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2,159 Comments Post a Comment
  1. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Werner looks like he’ll be competing for the greedy crown to me - have a natural replacement there for HK come week 3

  2. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Why did Chelsea sell lamptey. He’s 19. Looking best player on the pitch first half

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Calm down. He wont face Alonso every game

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He is not facing Alonso directly though. He has Mount and sometimes Kante on that side also. Has looked very comfortable.

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I thought he had a fantastic half also to be fair

    3. Captain Fozzy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Guessing they thought Reece James had better potential and didn't want to get in his way of developing into the best player he could

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Won’t play Chelsea every week 😀

      But he looks superb doesn’t he. More wing than wing back in this formation too

    5. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He is looking really good, on my watchlist.

    6. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I have in my team because of his performance against Liverpool last year ; he's absolutely brilliant if he can nail that spot.

  3. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Just don’t get that Chelsea tactic for today, why Frank can’t move Mount and Kai behind the Werner - give him some service and let him be the focal point?
    Now it looks like he has to grab a ball and run half of the pitch...

    1. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Still don't think Lampard is a good enough manager to be honest.

      1. Hattrick Harry
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Luckily one with brain here, same

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Should have played with WBs

        1. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          True that

      3. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He's trying to be clever.

      4. Pommie22
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Agree Lampard told them not conceding 56 goals this year , you lot stay in your own half and just kick it up the field. Mind you gotta have the ball 1st. Woeful

        • n-doggg
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Feels like he’s built the team around Loftus-Cheek

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Haha good one!

          2. Mid budget coach
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Big mistake, cant find a simple forward pass

        • Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Jorginho is 5m... Do we expect Chelsea to earn more penalties this season with Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech and Havertz interlinking ?

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Don’t go that way

          2. ivantys
              1 month, 8 days ago

              He's gonna rotate with Kante once Kovacic is back

            • F4L
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              He'll be on the bench next week

            • jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Sure, but Jorginho is going to struggle for starts imho.

            • Noah’s Ark
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              He is the captain tonight why does everyone think he will be benched ? Yes rotated but should play most. Just weighing up wether or not he is a better 5m 5th mid than Soucek?

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                He’s behind Kovacic and Kante amongst Chelsea fans’ view.

                1. Noah’s Ark
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Are Chelsea not playing 433 tonight with Kante Jorginho and RLC ? Surely it is RLC to drop out before Jorginho if they continue like that?

                  1. Dthinger
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    both likely to make way, along with Mount, for Kovacic, Pulisic and Ziyech seems to be the idea

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Who to bench GW2?
            A. Taylor (lei)
            B. JWP (TOT)
            C. Davies (sou)

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              C

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

              • SHOOTER MCGINN
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

            3. Champ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Not a bad week for defenders. One clean sheet in every game so far, bar El Classico...

              1. Captain Fozzy
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                5 at the back always starts well for those that get it right but can quite easily go really wrong and force you into an early wildcard so you change the pricing format of the team

                1. Dthinger
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  player in my ML has a 5-man back line with two LIV, two SHU, and Azpi. I'm just laughing all day at him.

            4. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Liking both right backs here.

            5. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yeah Pulisic over Havertz. Havertz not very good fpl pick.

              1. F4L
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                After 45 mins playing out of position 😀

                1. davidtbo
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I can you judge so quickly... He has just played 45min !

                  1. davidtbo
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    How*

              2. Gazza2000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I’m pretty sure Havertz will outscore Pulisic tonight though

              3. Captain Fozzy
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Don't think you can judge him this early, more easier to pass judgement on Lamps decision to play RCL as striker which is affecting their whole team performance

            6. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Hopefully werner lasts 90 mins and not a 60-70 min guy. Makes a huge difference when it comes to explosion potential

            7. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              get out my team Werner, not good enuf for the PL

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Poor attempt...try again

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  get out my team Werner, these players from the Eredivisie never good enuf for the PL

              2. Athletic Dildao
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Enuf

              3. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Is “Trophe’” French for “Knob”?

            8. daniellechers
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I have Son and Auba plus £1mil to change to KdB and Fernandes. Would prefer to do it after GW2 to avoid -4 and better fixtures but is a price rise for KdB and Fernandes likely to happen before then?

              Would rather sacrifice -4 than be 0.1/0.2 short

              1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Yea both will rise next couple of days

              2. n-doggg
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I wouldn’t want to sell auba

              3. JURGENAUT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                The price rise will happen, most likely.

            9. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Why are some on here complaining Havertz is played in an unfamiliar position? He is playing out wide in a 3 men foward. Do u expect him to be played upfront with Werner? He doesn't look great in all honesty and his body type is a real let down for the PL imo. I hope am wrong but I can see him being the biggest flop out of the 3 attackers they have brought in.

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                They think he's out of position even though he's played this position before. Looks lightweight to me, first game though and don't know how he's been training etc and he's young

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  That body type looks like he takes longer getting going. We know the PL doesnt give you time and his passes look a bit off and sloppy. Time will tell cause he is definitely talented.

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Yeah I'm sure he'll be fine eventually

              2. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                He should play 10 imo, Kaka type

            10. Strchld
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Which one looks better:

              A) Salah and Ings >> Bruno and Martial (was my original plan. Yes Salah got two penalties and won't anyway captain him next 2 weeks.)

              B) Alli and Ings >> Greenwood and Martial

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                You can't sell Salah surely.

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Just Ings to Martial

                1. Strchld
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Sadly not enough ITB

              3. RomeluStormzy
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B. Doubt sancho is coming.

            11. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Werner is the real deal?

              1. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Yes. He is really fast, will score buckets of goals no doubt this season. Keeping for a long time.

            12. joker7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              How many are playing there wildcard this week ?

              1. elchilangles
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                contemplating a 20 point hit!

              2. Hattrick Harry
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  250 000+

              3. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A) Digne and Bruno
                B) C.Taylor and Salah

              4. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Lewis or Lamptey or another 4.5?

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Both.

              5. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Recon any important player like KDB or Bruno shouldn’t price rise tonight?

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Nah

              6. elchilangles
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Hendrick or Klich?

                1. twisterteo
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Klich

              7. twisterteo
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Keep Werner Vs Liverpool or get Martial in for a -4?

                Don't really want to wildcard yet...

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Keep

                2. Sid1891
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Keep

                3. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Keep

                4. SHOOTER MCGINN
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Keep Werner. Gotta look past the Liverpool game then it'll be goals galore

                5. BobbyDoesNotLook
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Keep

                  1. twisterteo
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Thanks lads

              8. Will J 256
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Who is the best replacement for Dele Alli? 0 ITB.

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  James ; free up some money.

                2. davidtbo
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Wilian, James Rodriguez, Greenwood, Foden... I have Alli and I keep him one more week.

              9. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                How did Jimi look against Sheffield? Is he the one we are overlooking for the likes of Ings this season?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Great.

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Worth having over Ings?

                    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Yes but would not use ft for this. Ings will score.

                      1. ZeBestee
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Thanks and cheers

                2. ClassiX
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  RMT tool has him as top scoring forward for the season...

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Cheers

              10. Bolivian Seaman
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                What do people expect from james rodriguez in goals and assists for the season?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Here and there.

                2. n-doggg
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  10
                  7

                3. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Ahd get a few assists. Fewer goals

                  I think 6-8 goals and probably 10 assists if he stays fit

                4. HurriKane
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  7 goal 10 assists

                5. Railwayman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  5-8 goals, 10+ assists

              11. HurriKane
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Tariq Lamptey had more touches (44) than any other player on the pitch during the first half of Brighton vs. Chelsea.

                Looks great value at 4.5m . Is he nailed though?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Potter so no, but hard to bench him if he plays like that.

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Wasn't last year ; but I'm thinking he is this . . .

              12. waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A) mane to bruno
                B) werner to martial (have pulisic)
                C) ings to dcl (have Adams)
                D) save

                1. Mid budget coach
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    A. Mane and liverpool looked terrible

                2. The Mighty Hippo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Is anyone bringing Greilish in? He's not a bad option at 7.0.

                  1. Dthinger
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    overpriced

                  2. Seanigula
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    The people who went for Pussylic will switch to him

                3. PocketZola
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  gut says werner to martial, yes or no?

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    No way! Look at chelsea fixtures GW3 onwards

                  2. waltzingmatildas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Tempted. See above

                  3. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    brain says let the game finish

                    1. PocketZola
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      i cant see him getting anything against pool

                      1. Seanigula
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Did you say the same thing about Leeds?

                    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Haha this. Werner looking good even though the team clearly has not settled.

                  4. Captain Fozzy
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Werner will be like Salah guaranteed to have multiple chances in each game just whether or not he takes them or not

                4. gonzalocampos
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Werner its a dangerous player but to pay premium for NO penalties, worth it? VARDY?

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Jorghino won’t play much so he might be on them

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Havertz?

                  2. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Might be on penalties. Jorginho won't play often.

                  3. SHOOTER MCGINN
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Chelsea will score a lot more goals then Leicester. Plus, based on the number of shots Vardy had in open play, I'd rather get Jorginho for half the price if it's pens only

                    1. ivantys
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        lol you judging vardy based on one game

                        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Not judging anyone based on one game. It's all pointless. Even waste of space Dele Alli gets another go in my team.

                  4. bso
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Hi guys. Is it allowed for one to simultaneously play in mini leagues in different countries?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      with the same team? sure

                      1. bso
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Have you done it? I tried and was banned from joining by administrator. It was not the mini league administrator...so I am confused.

                        1. Andy_Social
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          I live in Cambodia and have joined lots of mini-leagues such as the FFS one here, based in UK.

                          1. bso
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 8 days ago

                            Thanks Andy. It may only apply to mini leagues. Have you joined mini leagues outside of Cambodia?

                  5. Captain Fozzy
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Can Rodriguez/Wilson have a price increase this week? Just checked them on FPL statistics and they are at 0% change for the week