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 £19.99. 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

2,159 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rick ding whoop
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Az sot

  2. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I’m not usually one for shipping a player out after one game but Havertz......

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wildcard

      1. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Madness. All the covid from the October international's for a start

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah out for Bruno

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I was the same, all set to save but after watching that I’m getting rid

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      When its so obviously a bad choice u have to act asap

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This.

    5. El Magico5
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      In the same boat. Hamez potentially

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        That’s who I’m looking at

    6. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Even though he plays Liveprool next?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not sure he will tbh!

    7. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Havertz and Alli > Willian and KDB.

      I refuse to acknowledge the price practicalities

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thinking similar

        Auba to KdB next week then for me

  3. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    And WC it is,lets have some fun

    Best 4.5GK McCarthy > ?

    1. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ryan

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martinez if Villa signing confirmed

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      4.0 save pennies

  4. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any comments from Lampard on Pulisic? Really don't want to sell.

    1. The Gambler.
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nothing

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Must have been an injury flare up. Makes no sense for him not to be in the squad

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He was just back in training this week ; not shocking he's not in the squad today.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He said he wasn't fit to play after the injury. Pre match interview.

    5. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pulisic first day back at training was Wednesday.
      No pre season, coming back from hamstring injury.
      Presser Lamps said both Pulisic & Azpi minutes would be managed.
      Pulisic injury record isn't great.
      No surprise at all he didn't start, slight surprise he's not in the squad, but I expect him to feature v Liverpool.
      Hope that helps.

    6. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Easing him in, kcco

  5. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I gamble with Vinagre and Nketiah and get nothing.

    FFSMark goes with James and gets a haul. The guy is haunted.

    1. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I don't care what mark does. Yawn.

    2. calstokesey97
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Like it’s just luck or something, Nuno was pretty clear in saying that Marcal is a ‘direct replacement for Jonny’.

      Plus why would Nketiah start when Lacazette is still at the club, plus if he plays is he that much of a goal scorer?

      Reece James has real goal threat in a top Chelsea side and played minutes in pre season, and Chilwell being out gave him a greater shot at starting.

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      James only one worth the punt from those 3

      He was always Gona play

    4. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I took the same two gambles as you, so pretty peeved. Got to say though the Nketiah was definitely ill-advised. It was always a risk. Just had a feeling that he would be preferred early on over Laca, but was a bit of an unnecessary gamble really.

      Vinagre though. I know they just signed a new left back, but it goes on against everything we thought about Nuno- that he goes with what he knows until the new signings have integrated. Annoying.

  6. ...al
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Disappointing AF

    No dead balls and playing in the wrong position

    Bye Bye Havertz I enjoyed the punt

    1. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Getting rid?

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yep ASAP

        Strike first
        Strike hard
        No mercy

  7. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who is the best mid up to 7m please??

    1. Mike2795647
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Zaha looked good

    2. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Zaha

    3. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Barnes but he's a wild one

    4. Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      zaha

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Looks like u were right!

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      That’s official then, he’s an awful signing. You should’ve told Chelsea?

      1. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        normally every player looks like Messi on youtube highlight, but Kai even looks very average on youtube, never mind in the real game

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Without the first XI playing its impossible to judge his long term potential.

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        After one game too.

        Amazing.

  8. JJO
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Bye bye Havertz
    Not sure why Lampard would put him wide,its like playing an poor mans Ozil on flank

  9. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Havertz owners should definitely wildcard

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Close to hitting the button.

    2. stxrty
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hmm.

    3. AlternativeB
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Ings and Son to:
        1. James + Martial
        2. Bruno + DCL

        Need help. Going to bed soon

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 16 days ago

            2

        2. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Anyone else impressed with bissoma?

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            yeah, he looks good. Excellent base pricer and better than Reed

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Exactly my thoughts....steady bench player

          2. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah happy with him as my 4.5

          3. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Impressed he started to be honest, wasn't sure!

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Been one of the better players breaking up play

          4. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Looks decent at 4.5m. Only issue is if you do start him, any returns will be difficult to predict.

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Atleast he is a decent shout for the bench if your not planning on starting 5 mids

          5. ...al
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Grand for 4.5

            Played em this week

          6. Utopsis
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Incredible 3rd sub - he'll frustrate me lots being on the bench when he delivers attacking returns, that's for sure

          7. fauxfatale
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Is Rashford a viable alternative to the ManU midfield?

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yes if he’s fully fit

              2. stat sifter 888888
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Of course.

              3. stat sifter 888888
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Call me crazy but I am considering my transfer to be McCarthy for Ryan.

                  1. Says
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    you're crazy

                  2. n14mul
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Crazy...Brighton play good football but always have a mistake in them imo

                    1. Utopsis
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Their insistence on playing out the back will cost them lots of goals

                  3. TAT
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Was all set on doing 1 FT for next GW. Now I'm thinking WC is the best option…

                    1. pablo discobar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      just don't

                      1. TAT
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Davies, McCarthy, Havertz, Soucek, Vinagre, etc. Seems a no brainer at this point.

                        1. ...al
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          I prob would with that lot 😆

                          1. TAT
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Yes. Team is in pieces after one GW.

                        2. Al-Chemy
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Personally I wouldn't. Spurs have some decent fixtures still other than United, same for McCarthy.
                          Could always just do Havertz for someone, or take a hit if you really didn't like having Soucek or Vinagre still there.
                          Up to you of course, I just like saving my WC until further into the league

                  4. Vazza
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Ings to

                      A. Martial (for free)
                      B. Jimenez (for free)
                      C. Save transfer?

                      1. _Ninja_
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        A

                      2. Gudjohnsen
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        A

                    • Ser Davos
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I have 2m itb

                      Was looking at a hit, but

                      Havertz to Bruno for free seems a no brainer?

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Yes

                      2. Cymro
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Looks good. Who else is possibly on the chopping block?

                      3. spiritof82
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        For free? Definitely.

                      4. JamTart
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Was he really that bad?

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Looked like a scared youngsters playing his first game with the senior team. Lightweight, low energy, safe passes

                          1. JamTart
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Surprising after the season he had and the rave reviews. Guess it strengthens the growing bandwagon of Rodriguez. Makes me fell less bad about picking Alli over him though, was destined to fail either choice!

                      5. Ser Davos
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Cheers all and yes, he was really that bad

                        1. JamTart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Get bruno in then mate! I'd love to have him but going Martial for the discount

                      6. Chenku╰☆╮
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        he did look bad.. but pulisic is back next week and he might go play no.10 which would be up is street..

                      7. ...al
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Yes

                    • Right In The Stanchion
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Imagine having McCarthy, Ryan or Ramsdale. Looool

                        I have Leno. Much better

                        1. TAT
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Arsenal will be conceding goals for fun in no time.

                        2. _Ninja_
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Are you not already on a WC?

                          1. Right In The Stanchion
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Yep. Keeping Leno though.

                              1. _Ninja_
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                You are looooling at people but have had to hit WC.. Strange.

                                1. Utopsis
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Haha

                            • The Dance
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              What wrong with mcCarthy?

                          2. Says
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Connolly looking like a custom player in fifa

                          3. Eriksen Maestro
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            KDB or Salah on WC? thinking of going no Liverpool for next 2 games then bringing on Salah

                            1. JONALDINHO
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Need both

                            2. ...al
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Both

                              No exceptions

                          4. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Werner on pens

                            1. Carefree Crew
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Not if Jorginho is on the pitch, as per tonight.

                          5. antis0cial
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Horrific week, every decision I made was wrong.

                            A) Ings to Martial
                            B) Ings and Havertz to Bruno and DCL (-4)
                            C) WC

                            McCarthy
                            TAA Robbo Doherty Davies
                            Auba Havertz Alli ASM
                            Werner Ings

                            Steer Soucek Mitchel Brewster

                            1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              C

                            2. Mid budget coach
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                C

                              • ...al
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Hold the phone

                                Doherty and Davies

                                Wc the sh!t out of that

                              • Camzy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Yeah I'd WC that.

                            3. sminkypinky
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Alli to Greenwood is a no brainer right?

                              1. sminkypinky
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Greenwood is fit to play and start right?

                              2. dunas_dog
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Wait for presser to make sure not punished for Icelandic escapades....

                                1. sminkypinky
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Right. Heard something but not in the know tbh. Cheers!

                              3. Toked
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Willian might also be a good pick

                                1. sminkypinky
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Could be. Not too chuffed tbh. Fixs.

                              4. S.Kuqi
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Get Hamez instead

                              5. ...al
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                It’s a brainer

                            4. acesingh
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              This is why you shouldn’t plan transfers .. was set on Ings to martial

                              Now will probably do Havertz to Rodriguez

                            5. Duke Silver ☑
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              That 5 sub rule is gone right?

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Ye

                              2. Bushwhacker
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Yup.

                            6. ViperStripes
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              Saka > Jorginho

                              No brainer this week, saves me 0.5m which will be needed to get in MU/MC players.

                              Week after Davies > whichever 4.0 or 4.5m defender looks like he's going to be a consistent threat.

                              1. stxrty
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Lol.

                                  1. ViperStripes
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Why?

                              2. ivantys
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  James CM now

                                • Toked
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Ings + Havertz -> Bruno + Wilson?

                                  1. S.Kuqi
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    I'm getting Hamez and Martial

                                  2. ...al
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    I’m doing it

                                • Babelcopter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Jorginho injured.. Rip bandwagon

                                  1. ViperStripes
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    D'oh, see above

                                • DandyDon
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Perfect end to a rubbish opening weekend. Injury means Azpilicueta ruins my Mitchell points off the bench. Sigh