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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. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Not booked, about as good as it gets.

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Reply fail to how Zaha has done.

  2. Pariße
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Chilwell seems to be one of the rare cases of black haired gingers. A real gem that boy.

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

    Chelsea look so disjointed

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

      I'm not watching but is it to do with both Werner and Havertz wanting to be the second striker?

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

        Werner is all over the place imo

        Havertz not really involved for the last 20 minutes

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

    Werner to jimenez, martial, kane or ings?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Any

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

    Did Werner play on the wing in Leipzig

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

      Yes, high left

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I believe he played as a left sided forward.

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

      transfermarkt says v rarely. up top 143 out of 159

    4. Jay Jay Okocha
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Front 2 in a 4222

    5. ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Yea striker, cf, left wing Mainly but can do right or 10 also

      Doesn’t look at capable leading the line in the Pl. Looks like his pace is used more on the left We’ll see when Pulisic comes back

    6. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Think he played alongside a target man

    7. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Alongside poulsen or schlick as striker. Often 3-5-2 or 3-4-3

  6. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Knew I should've played Mitchell

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

    Werner > Giroud -4 done

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Then to Werner again -8

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Werner to Kane on the cards

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

    When Chelsea finally click...it might be 2021

  10. ratchet
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Werners positioning here is concerning for that price tag as a premium striker. Definitely looking overpriced if he continues to play deep

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Goes any deeper and he'll give Mendy in goal some competition.

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

        He looks lost honestly. Up and down on the left flank

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

    Imaging spending 300m for this

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

    Is Penfred Zaha getting anything today?

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

      Barely had a sniff

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

        It's looking like one of those 0-0 matches with a pen out of nowhere in the 90th min.

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

      Nope. Has barely touched the ball.

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

    McCarthy >

    A) Guaita
    B) Martinez

    1. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I did A. Palace have some brilliant fixtures. Lots of clean sheets in there I reckon

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

    Kepa celebrating his birthday on the bench

  15. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Brewster an option for first 11?

    Thinking Podence + Havertz + itb cash to 4.5 + Bruno..

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

      his fixture looks terrible. I wouldn't get Brewster in first 11 unless you really have to

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

        Probably right..

  16. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Werner > Ighalo -16 done

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

      lol

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

      Worth it!

  17. 1zverGGadeM
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    No chance for my Fikayo to get a score here, so:"HOLD MiTcHeLL! Just HolD!!!"

  18. Come on you Kante
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Does anyone know when it’s a double gameweek think oh ahead about using triple captain cheers

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Sounds good in theory but for some reason I end up with Dunk or Carrol.

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

      Possibly GW19. Unlikely before.

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

      Should be a DGW for Man U (bur) and Man C (AVL) - pre December?

  19. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    At least James was pushing those balls from the right!

  20. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Havertz > Son (-8)

  21. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Werner Bingo

    He’ll come good
    He has West Brom next
    He has Palace next
    He has Southampton next; look what Son did
    Wait until Pulisic and Ziyech are back
    He’s better on the left with a recognised striker
    He had the second best xG in Europe last season

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

    Lampard likely to take Werner off for Pulisic ?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Tammy surely

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

          You’d think so but Tammy looks alright. Werner is awful

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

        No way

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

        It will be CHO that gets taken off for Pulisic. Hope it's at half time...

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Fat Franks days are numbered. So boring

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

        Every time Chelsea attack, Werner is in the Chelsea half. How is that possible? He's a forward.

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Abraham is stinking the place up

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        People laughing at LFC for paying 40 million for Jota.

        How much did Chelsea spend on the Germans?

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

        A) Reece James -> Justin/Lamptey/Saiss for FT next?

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Werner will be lucky to make 60 mins.

        HT subs ought to be Werner and Abraham off. Pulisic and Giroud on.

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          More concerned about James being subbed on and missing out on Charlie Taylor masterclass v Newcastle.

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

        Fun 45 minutes...

      • Did you see that throw-in?
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Feels like Werner and Havertz could probably do better without any of their teammates.

      • Free Hat
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Well that was a 45 minutes wasted.

        Doing the dishes seemed more joy than watching this.