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Timo Werner starts on the flank as Reece James benched for Chelsea

The first match of Gameweek 4 brings a big casualty for FPL bosses as Reece James (£5.1m) finds himself on the Chelsea bench.

He is joined there by Mason Mount (£6.9m), who is also dropped from Frank Lampard’s XI, and injury returnee Christian Pulisic (£8.3m).

Timo Werner (£9.4m) is again stationed on the left flank of the Blues’ attacking midfield three, with Tammy Abraham (£7.3m) leading the line.

New goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) takes over between the sticks after making his debut in midweek, while ex-Leicester defender Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) makes his first league appearance at left-back.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) slots in at right-back, putting the 16.4%-owned James out of the side.

Crystal Palace remain unchanged from their 2-1 defeat to Everton in Gameweek 3. Michy Batshuayi (£5.8m) is ineligible to face his parent club.

As Lampard revealed in his pre-match press conference yesterday, Pulisic is part of Chelsea’s matchday 18 but Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) remains sidelined.

Pulisic is in the squad for tomorrow. He won’t start, it’s great to have him back. Ziyech is getting closer but not close enough to be on the bench. I think they will all bring the best out of each other.

It’s a shame we haven’t had them. Hakim will bring something completely different for us. I am very excited to have them fit. I have a clear idea of where I want them to play.

The Blues boss was also honest in his assessment of Chelsea’s centre-back situation and has duly replaced Andreas Christensen (£4.9m) with Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) for this afternoon’s clash at Stamford Bridge – one of six changes in the Chelsea line-up.

That leaves Thiago Silva (£5.5m) as the only retained member of the backline which shipped three goals to West Brom last weekend.

“Most coaches will tell you that you can find a pretty settled back two, you strive for it but it’s hard. Last year we had to change a lot, this year will likely be the same.” – Frank Lampard

Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, is hoping a host of senior players will soon be available for selection:

This week we’ve seen the re-emergence of Gary Cahill (£4.5m), James Tomkins (£4.5m) and Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m). They’re gradually coming back but obviously they’ve been out for a long time so they’re not really ready to go straight back into the team.

We’re limiting the contact work as far as he [Van Aanholt] is concerned as it’s a shoulder injury but it’s good to see those guys back in training.

And we’re hoping we might get [Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m)] back in the next few weeks with the international break.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) is again part of a two-man forward line for the Eagles, while Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) continues to provide value in the budget defender bracket.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): E Mendy; Chilwell, Zouma, T Silva, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kanté; Werner, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi; Abraham.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Sakho, Kouyaté, J Ward; Eze, McArthur, McCarthy, Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.

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  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    OMG Chilwell

  2. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I only have 3 players today how about everyone else?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I should have three, but with James on the bench that makes two

  3. ivantys
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell punt paid off!

    • kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      chillwell goal lol

      1. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        werner involved in celebrations

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Assist?

    • LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell nailed on at LB and will be massive bandwagon

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      tammy assist

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Don't think so

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        That's no Tammy assist. Kouyate headed it out.

    • Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      There it is. Lampard legend. Everyone stop disrespecting

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chillwell goal

    • jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Better than crying over Mitchell's 9 pointer on the bench

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        😆

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I'd have taken another price rise and a further guarantee that he might keep PVA's spot.

        1. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Would’ve been nice

    • 16ShimiC16
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Werner leaving the ball lmao

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I noticed that too.

        Salah would have gone for that.

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          And ruined the chance. It was never werner’s ball

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Game will open up now 3-0 Chelsea

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Asisit ?

      1. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Sakho

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Hahahahahahahah

      A left back scoring all the goals

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell the one then.

      Sod off Werner

    • NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Wow just wow

    • FootieFan77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell Band wagon coming. He takes corners too.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        For now.

        Ziyech says hello

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Guaita gtfo of my team... Useless plonker, move your arms next time..

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Haha what an idiot you arr

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          My gran would have saved that...

          1. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            With her fat arse maybe

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              😆

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Bit harsh.

      3. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Lol, no keeper on this planet could have a chance with this shot

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Let’s go Zaha!

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        He's got the ball like 5 times in this game and the last combined

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Perfect FPL goal
      16% own James but only 2% own Chilwell!

      1. fusen
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        What does James ownership have to do with it?

      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Should've been CHO 0.4%

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        And now chilwell will soar in price. Casual train incoming

      4. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Now for a McCarthy goal with no assist and 1-1 draw please

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          U mean oriol romeu goal

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      There goes my Mitchell cleansheet

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Still time to assist

      2. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        He could still get an assist

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Taa -> Chillwell or wait until he comes back from England duty injury free?

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Mitchell clean sheet in the bin.

    • Netflix and chilwell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Come on Werner

    • ratchet
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell price check = £5.5

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell vs Ward.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Werner absolute pish still then?

      1. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        worst player ever played in the prem

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          The standard of some of the comments on here is atrocious.

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Same as your posts..

    • FootieFan77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Werner will never be worth 9.4 mill even he scores today. Sometimes we see good fixtures and keep a player. They need to be the focal point of the team to be worth that kind of money. No Chelsea attacker will be that as they have a big squad and when Puli and Ziyech back they will rotate even more.

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        He wouldn't even be worth it at 6.0m

      2. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        never ever?

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      No changes at HT is weird