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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. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Havertz is so essential

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Consistent sorry

    2. ivantys
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He scored 5 points last week and people saying he blanked lol.

      • jason_ni
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He looks great.. not just from fpl, quite a few driving runs bringing the team forward.

    3. Wicked Weapon
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Time to create the Penalty FC XI ??

        FPL is well and truly broken now

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Soucek to Jorginho asap!!!

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I'm going to fill my team with penalty takers, best source for points this season

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I am thinking Zaha out for a hit for Jorginho

          1. Crispo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Why is Zaha injured or off pens?

      • The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        The tea lady looks more likely to score than Werner

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Price?

      • Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Palace have been truly woyful. Nothing like the Palace we'd seen in the first 3 GWs.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 21 days ago

          just in time to bounce back for 2 lovely fixtures (Zaha owner)

        2. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          This is the Palace I brought Martial in for a hit for

      • ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Apart from being a striker and wanting to score goals, I assume Tammy get's additional bonuses for goals scored?

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          We need to check his contract

      • ivantys
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Surely Jorginho doesn't deserve 3 BP

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Has there been a bigger flop this season that Werner?

          1. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            There's one every season

            1. mgilbert86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Biggest flop I can remember similar was Torres at Chelsea

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              This season I said

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Or any season.

          3. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Dele Alli

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              At least you get an auto sub with him

            2. 16ShimiC16
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              He hasn't even played unlike timo

          4. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            No

        • Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Chelsea def pretty solid today

        • Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Azpil stealing James clean sheet

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            If James played there prob wouldnt be a clean sheet.

          2. Granville
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Azpi was responsible for the clean sheet

            1. CBonci
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I agree. Not good for me as a James owner...he’s gotta be out

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Werner playing CDM

        • Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Werner showing skills for their owners.

        • 16ShimiC16
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Im expecting a min of 1 mill transfers out for Werner this gameweek or people have lost the plot

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            0% ownership by the end of the IB

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              By the end of this evening

        • Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Can't even pass to himself.

        • Here Comes The Son ★
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Why is Jorginho considered a casual pick out of interest? 5.1m for a Chelsea mid in a penalty infested league is crazy.

          Before I get accused of hindsight, I can go find a similar comment I wrote weeks ago. Don't make me do it pls.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            He wasn't even first choice

          2. Harry the Hack
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            cos his spot wasn't secure.

            1. Here Comes The Son ★
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              But he was 5.0m? Who cares if he gets benched.

          3. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Easy to say with the benefit of hindsight

            1. Here Comes The Son ★
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Somebody didn't read my comment. Lazy.

          4. ...al
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Generally don’t pick cdms in fpl

            1. Here Comes The Son ★
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Penalty taker.
              Chelsea.
              5.1m.

              1. ...al
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                I can honestly say I’ll never own him

            2. Harry the Hack
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Yeah, after round 1 it wasn't apparent it would become a penalty fest. I flirted with the idea myself after round 1, but preferred the look of podence.

          5. liner
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Hindsight maybe??

          6. Arctic monkeys
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            surely, In hindsight 😀

          7. david31058
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Let them call them casuals if it makes the happy!

          8. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            If u have 2 rotating cheap mids he maybe worth the risk

          9. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Looking like a great pick now

          10. Harry the Hack
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Easy with hindsight.

            I want you to go do it.

        • pjomara
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Jorginho on for 12-15 goals the penalties are this season.
          Worth it for 5.1m?

          1. pjomara
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            *the way penalties

          2. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            😆

          3. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            He won't start every match is the problem

          4. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Lol

        • soup natsi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          come on frank bring james on

        • NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          feel bad for people who sold Son for Zaha, and if Son keeps the form

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 21 days ago

            checking in, got to keep for Brighton and westbrom I suppose

          2. ...al
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Buying Zaha never works out

            1. Crispo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I nearly jumped on board then looked at his stats for last season and decided to wait and see. May yet be a good pick this season.

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Zouma has played really well. Looks like he's the partner of choice for Silva.

          1. ...al
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Zouma or Rudiger for sure

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Rudiger is on his way out lol.

          2. Utopsis
              1 month, 21 days ago

              He was solid defensively, good goal but his passing was a bit wayward at times - could be punished against stronger opposition

          3. Ings_is_the_king
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Should I bring Chilwell and Robbo for Justin and Digne with my 2ft and play 433?

              1. NULL-X-VOID
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Digne is a way better asset than Chillwell

                1. Ings_is_the_king
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Thanks

              2. wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                As a James and Werner owner i fell so frustrated but also so stupid.

                1. NULL-X-VOID
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  sold Werner last week, James gonna be subbed for a hopeful Podence start

              3. Garlana
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                well thats James done, glad i banked 2FT

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  And yet not really, will probs play next game.

              4. COLLIN QUANER
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                All I see Tammy doing is huffing and puffing. Awful player. Who does he think he is

                1. Harry the Hack
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Tammy Abraham.

                  1. COLLIN QUANER
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Lol

                2. ELTACTICO
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Awful player for trying to make things happen? He's a good player who will improve

                3. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Zaha is a truly miserable pick

                  1. Rolls-Royce
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    No service. He will come good.

                  2. Leonard hatred
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    *r

                  3. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    He was good until I brought him in and I think I might be the unluckiest FPL player in history

                  4. ...al
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Always

                4. Rolls-Royce
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Ok, Lamptey in for James now.

                  1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Yup

                5. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  James what a success

                6. The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Mitchell last on bench, one good call at least...

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Same here, Dunne to come in here, hope he starts

                  2. Garlana
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Ive got Son and James in my starting lineup, as it stands if Son doesnt feature i will get Lampety and Mitchell in for them :'(

                7. Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  If a transfer out Werner now, will I get Kane’s points tomorrow?

                8. Young Lingard
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  I’m in the camp that Werner should of taken the second penalty
                  Not for rotating but really to get a player off the mark
                  Playing him out of position though I guess is worse man management

                9. S.Kuqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  4 goals only one assist for Havertz. Useless turd

                  1. Arctic monkeys
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Try 4 goals nothing for werner.

                    Won't even write the w in capital letter