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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. gonzalocampos
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Frankie has to pack his bags, 1 shot at home playing vs. Crystal Palace.

    1. cutch
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      To be fair, Crystal Palace have started the season well. Ask Manchester United.

      1. gonzalocampos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Still, is Crystal Palace (not Liverpool, City, etc.)

      2. Lukakus Unit
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Crystal Palace are good at two things: defending, and not scoring.

  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Live from the Chelsea dressing room;

    https://images.app.goo.gl/uJp2n8uHU4uedLB2A

  3. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Priority transfer for the next gw:
    A - Pool defense
    B - Spurs attack

    1. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Neither

    2. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Relax and enjoy this bad game mate.

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      C Palace defence

    4. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Both? I'm getting Son and Robbo

    5. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Emphatically B, based on today's results

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Perfect for lots of goals? Lots of defensive errors?

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hope Mahrez brings his gloves

    3. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Starting to regret not starting Bamford.

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That's pretty unremarkable for Manchester.

    5. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      My GF, after too many taco's...

    6. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What’s the weather like where the game is being played?

    7. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      My feet can confirm this.

  4. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    If Werner doesn't score in the next 45 minutes, he's out of my team permanently. Been stinking up my team for far too long

    1. Cocomelon
        1 month, 26 days ago

        You fell for the hype mate

      • villa_til_i_die
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sods law for me, James not playing, great, cleanse goes begging, Mitchell on bench also!

      • Pavsboot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Obviously very early still but Chelsea definetly aren't playing the style of football Werner wants + he's stuck on the wing where he looks lost. Defo hoping he puts one in in the second half though because I'd love to keep him for the Southampton game with Pulisic at least back after the IB.

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If he scores after 46 minutes?

    2. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      All that Havertz and Werner preseason hype. Just incredible.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Rule nr1: never pick a player new to the league.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          You mean like Salah 17/18?

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mo wasn't new in 17/18...only new to Liverpool

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              New to starting games. Warming the bench doesn't count

              1. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Just make the rules up as you go along, eh...

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  When they make sense, yeah. Use your brain and tell me how Salah warming the bench makes him "used to the league".

                  1. ClassiX
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    "New" to the league...not "used" to the league. It's a binary argument - either he was new (i.e. never been in it) or he wasn't. Don't get stroppy.

                    1. COK3Y5MURF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Now you're just being pretentious. What does new to the league suggest other than the fact that they may not be used to the league and need time to fit in?

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Didn't pick him 13/14, no.

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I assume you didn't join the Pukki party early last season either

          3. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            played in 14/15

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Auba started well also

      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Payet says hi

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          More players who doesn't say hi. Suarez, Payet, Auba, Costa etc. have done well straight away though.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Look at your username, hypocrite

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Think James needs to come on here

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Too late for us owners

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Need to ruin those bench points

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Owner and hoping for an assist?

        Or non-owner and wanting the 1pt bench-block cameo?

      3. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yep. Even a 1pt probably helpful to help the price drop over IB

    4. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm selling Werner so he'll finally start scoring after TIB

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He'll score during the IB and then go back to blanking in the PL

    5. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Feck Intl break..
      Looking for Werner & Kai out for -8

    6. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Everybody waiting for Pulisic to come on and make the difference, meanwhile Lampard looks over at Mount with a twinkle in his eye...

    7. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Richarlison in the squad

      1. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yesss cheers

      2. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        source?

      3. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Damn Mitchell cs and max bonus on bench

        1. SomewhatPleasing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hmmm

    8. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Puli needed, get that useless fraud Abraham off

    9. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Scenes when Werner scores

      1. villa_til_i_die
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Miracle when Werner scores!

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It wont get away from the fact he is being misused

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Oh definitely

          CHO Havertz Mount
          ——Werner

          The way to go until Puli & Ziyech show up

      3. cutch
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Remember those t-shirts? "I was there when Peter Crouch scored for Liverpool"

    10. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Havertz actually looks OK considering how badly the team are playing. Not an FPL asset, but decent.

    11. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Ole > Frank

      1. Cocomelon
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Scotty Parker > Lampard

          1. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Based on number of promotions with championship teams, yes

        • NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Sure

          Watches Brighton vs Manu again

          Nah

      2. seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        is reddit down for you guys?

        1. 9I6
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah

        2. moz_1983
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Aye

        3. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          It's being very weird yeah

        4. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Reddit is a drain on society

        5. Manani
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          yes

      3. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It's funny that Pulisic & Werner almost play similar roles. How Frank is going to handle that is to see.

        I'm staying away from them untill we see how do Chelsea line up when everyone is IN.

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Very good point.

        2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Puli on the left, Timo upfront imo.

          Then we'll get some puli love

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Timo goes too wide for a lone striker

        3. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He will handle it like he always does...by playing Mount and Abraham instead 😀

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ha

        4. Pavsboot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hopefully Werner gets to play in his actual position up front with creative outlets on both wings and in the number 10 role behind him.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Werner lacks positional discipline to play lone striker IMO

        5. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Isn't it more Havertz vs Werner?

          Mendy
          Azpi Silva Zouma Chilwell
          Kovacic Kante
          Ziyech Werner Pulisic
          Giroud

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Would be amazed if they lined up like this.

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Don't think so tbh

      4. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not enough armbands to hand out to the Captain Hindsights on here

      5. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How has Werner looked?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fast

        2. Chaste
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A total waste of a 9.4 forward

        3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The usual. All fart, no poo.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Harsh on farts

      6. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Do something Havertz ffs

      7. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Palace are solid tactically

        1. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Woy innit

      8. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Chelsea last season when they didn't score in the first half, they never scored in the second half...

        1. Chaste
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          They scored all goals last vs west brom in the second half

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Palace aint WBA

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            But who can remember that

      9. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The definion of looking for the positive side of FPL: I found that Mitchell is my second sub rather than last on my bench. Get in!

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          First on mine. Will be okay with a saiss benching now

      10. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Guaita haul confirmed yet?

      11. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Havertz not used to this pace.
        Took forever to get that shot off.

      12. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Drogbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        1. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Would be a better choice than Werner

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Unpopular opinion: He wasn’t prolific

      13. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Selfish Havertz, could've passed to Werner

      14. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Pukki missed penalty!

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Noooo

      15. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Guys. Best 4.5 defender....Not Mitchell, Lampty or KWP......
        Looking at
        Ayling.
        Dallas.
        Konsa
        C Taylor.
        ??

      16. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        As a non Chelsea holder no mount, no James, no goals - perfect

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Be prepared for those jammy bench points

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Had to go and actually say it didn’t I