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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. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Havertz owners finally got something from him

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

      He got an assist last game. I'll take 6 points here happily.

      1. Hazard_18
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Same here

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

      Goodbye werner.

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

        +1

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

        #metoo

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

      4-0 and no Timo goal or assist???

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      remember when everyone said Jorginho was an awful pick

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        nobody who take pens for a decent side is going to be a bad pick this season

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

      Werner 4.5m by the end of the IB

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Why would Chelsea give penalties to Werner (a guy who isn't that good at penalties) when they have a penalty specialist in Jorginho?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Penalty specialist? More like a hopping specialist

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 28 days ago

          He's a frog, not a specialist.

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

          Get his confidence up with some goals?

          Also is he that bad at pens?

        • Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Because Werner owners want him to take them. They don’t understand that a football club might want to have their best penalty taker take the penalties, rather than the guy a load of FPL players want.

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

        4 goals without any involvement from Werner. Lovely stuff

      4. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        this is bulls***

      5. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Jorginho haul, what a time to be alive

        1. hitenabler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Yep I played him over Bamford with all the ridiculous pens

      6. Dont give a fuchs
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        What's wrong with this. My ml leader has picked jorginho and he is getting these jammy penalty points

      7. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        fudge chelsea and fudge jorg and fudge werner

      8. French Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Jorginho - what a pr*ck - could have let Timo off the mark or even Abraham

        1. Here Comes The Son ★
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Nah didn't trust any of those clowns with my Havertz assist. Cheers Jorgy

      9. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Jorginho stupid casual win again

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

        Bye Timo you fraud. Blind stupid faith unrewarded

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

          Kept him for WB and Crystal Palace. 7 goals are scored and he returns nada despite supposable being their main attacking threat. Fml, least I can watch the rest of the weekend in search of a replacement.

      11. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Blatant foul by Chilwell.

      12. Please Answer Me
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I never thought I'd say this but is Jorginho worthy since he's on pens?

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

          not from an actuarial standpoint, if you're banking on pens then having the pen taker is good

      13. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        FFS game week ruined in 10mins went neto over jorginho

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          lol

      14. wilson007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        (Appreciate it is early to ask..)

        On a WC

        A) 4.5def, Bruno, Pulisic, Trossard
        B) VVD, Son, Zaha, Foden

        Already have TAA and Robbo.

      15. david31058
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Had Jorginho on bench in week 1 and missed his goal. Put him in for week 2 and got his missed pen. Back on the bench today. Need one person, just one, to not play. Fingers crossed!

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I hope he stays on the bench for you ya casual

      16. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        James wont be coming on today 😀

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

          Good!

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

          Bloody hope not. Don't want a 1 pointer.

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

        Score please palace

      18. UnitedRthebest
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Castagne or Chilwell? WC active after timo blank.

        • TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Werner -> Jimenez now?

          1. Chucky
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            pull the trigger asap

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Quick do it

          3. Harry the Hack
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            You can actually upgrade Werner to Bamford and pocket change.

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

          Jorginho actually becoming a valid pick lol

        • Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Poor Werner. Even the time he won the pen Jorg missed it baaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha.
          Aw mercy

        • Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Someone should make an FPL team with only penalty takers and see where it will finish. Top 100k the way this season is going

        • Zilla
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Timo you useless idiot, wanted to sell but this Son injury..

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

          Zaha should get a pen now to balance things out

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Someone one here was contemplating a Jorginho to Hudson Pdoi this morning.

        • Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Chill well