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Benched Werner comes in for Pulisic following warm-up injury at Burnley

Timo Werner (£9.3m) was initially the latest victim of Frank Lampard Roulette as the Chelsea manager makes six changes from the side that won 4-0 at Krasnodar midweek.

The former RB Leipzig forward played 90 minutes in Russia, finally getting his hands on a penalty and assisting for good measure – but Lampard followed through on his ominous concerns about a “tired group”.

Fresh from the conversion of a Champions League spot-kick, Werner owners had been patiently waiting for Jorginho (£5.3m) to miss a first game since Gameweek 3, so that he could take one in Fantasy Premier League. It just so happens that he joins the Italian on the bench today.

However, there was drama even before kick-off at Turf Moor as Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) picked up an injury in the warm-up – Werner chosen to replace him in the starting line-up.

Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) originally came in for the German international as the apex of Chelsea’s front-three at Turf Moor, Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m), making his first Premier League start for the club. It seems likely that Werner will occupy the left-winger role with Abraham staying in the middle.

Mason Mount (£6.8m) is back for only his second start since Gameweek 4, joined in central midfield by Kai Havertz (£8.4m) and N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m).

For all the concern about which Chelsea defenders would start, that area of the team has provided little in the way of frustration, especially in comparison to the Werner benching.

In fact, the three most popular Blues defenders all start at Burnley today.

Signed by more managers for Gameweek 7 than any other player, Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) is at left-back once again, Reece James (£5.0m) is on the right, while Kurt Zouma (£5.1m) keeps his place in the middle where he is joined by Thiago Silva (£5.5m).

Interest in Burnley assets is mostly budgetary, with 7.5% currently in possession of non-playing defender Jimmy Dunne (£4.1m) and central midfielder Dale Stephens (£4.4m).

Nick Pope (£5.4m) is still the most fashionable Claret, owned by 11.2%, his backers hoping he can make a slew of saves today.

Burnley XI: Pope; C Taylor, Tarkowski, K Long, Lowton; McNeil, D Stephens, Westwood, Brownhill; Wood, A Barnes.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Chilwell, Zouma, T Silva, R James; Havertz, Kanté, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Ziyech.

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1,185 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Lamps trolls

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Does he? Burnley play deep and Werner won't get space in behind (at least not until Chelsea are leading and Burnley have to commit more in attack).

      Seems tactical more than trolling.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      He's thinking he's Pep

  2. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Man City look so average. I'm surprised they won

    1. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Totally diminished team without Silva & Kun.

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      That's what happens when you have no striker.

      At least they look defensively solid now, Dias and Laporte are a very good pairing.

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Yeah. They were good in first half too. Think Torres could be a good player given time.

    3. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Not sure how Foden doesn't start.

      1. dantft
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Had an illness this week apparently.

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Source for this?

    4. puhd
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Thinking of seeking Sterling

      1. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Seek somewhere else imo

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Haha, Sorry meant selling

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      This has been coming for a long time. 2 very injury prone strikers for the last 3 years. Spent all that money but they never thought to get a world class striker to solve the problem once and for all

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        I see your point ,but that town ain't big enough for 2 world class striker ego's . Kun would have to be replaced.

        1. Lovren an elevator
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Fair point, agree totally. Its sad, but its time for him to move on. I know he's not finished yet, but he can't help out on the treatment table

    6. pakornk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      They were controlling the game. A little light weight up front and a little unlucky. Could have been 0-3.

  3. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Sterling to Rashford tempting for next week. Both facing rubbish defences though tbf.

  4. SM001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Shaping up to be another s*!t show of a week.

    1. BoleynWin
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Couldn’t have described it any better, brilliant.

  5. puhd
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Anyone watching Sheffield City game, how did Brewster loo?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Had a one on one (although prob offside) and fluffed it.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Could've had 2 with some luck

    3. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Top striker in kings of the gameweek so far

    4. puhd
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Thanks lads. He’s coming on for Rodriguez

  6. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Fourth prem game in a row where MCY score only 1 goal.

    1. puhd
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Yikes

  7. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Blanks for Sterling and Foden. When is this season actually going to start? Just cannot get going at all.

  8. bruuuno
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Sterling > Rashford good move this gw?

    1. puhd
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Rashi not convincing me though

  9. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Can sense a Ziyech haul today

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Pulisic scored a hatty against Burnley, I think this fixture suits him the most.

      Hoping him and James are the haulers...

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        I chose Ziyech over Pulisic in case Frank chose same 11 in the last game. Slightly worried

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          I like Ziyech as an option. Wouldn't be against doubling with Pulisic against Fulham or something.

          1. adstomko
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            Because Burnley sit back so deep, Ziyech will just use all the space around the penalty area and ping them in

  10. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    My hours spent wavering between foden and zaha were well spent.

    Nothing to separate their 1 point hauls.

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Even the agony was similar...
      Zaha to go off to avoid rc
      Foden to come on to register 1 pointer
      :Lol:

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Makes you realise what a waste of time this stupid game is!!

        1. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Still we are back again week after week. It's the addiction which kills 😆

  11. noone
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    28 points from Pulisic and Chilwell, too much to ask for?

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I’m hoping I get that from Pulisic alone...

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I would have asked for 30

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      If its 26 from chilwell then no

      1. noone
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        well guys.......nothing to say

  12. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Did Pep thank Brewster for missing his chances? 😆

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      What chances?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        He had two big chances...

  13. Sleep Talk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    My first gameweek starting James.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Why own him then?

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Noob 🙂

  14. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Stirling to KDB to sideways or good move?

    got 2FTs

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Waste

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Maybe I'll take a punt on Rashford then lol

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I'm actually thinking the same. Not at all happy with Raz - at least KDB has Pens

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Corners, Freekicks and Pens

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Sterling loves a goal vs. Liverpool

      1. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Yeah that's why he only has 1 or 2 in how many years???

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        He’s had maybe 1 or 2 in all the years since he switched

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          He said he loves them, didn't say he scores them.

  15. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    KDB should be on double digits if he had proper teammates who could score...

  16. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Have James but I feel like Burnley will win today

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Can't see it, draw at most for Burnley

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I can’t see them scoring, maybe get a lucky 1

    3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Hope they get a CS for Taylor, or that Havertz has a mad one lol

  17. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Not interested in City assets until they show signs of performing despite the fixture turn in gw10.

    2 blanks for Raz owners against whm and shu is not a pretty sight. My ML rival captained Raz this gw.

  18. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Do we know when Aguero is back? By GW10?

  19. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Worth downgrading trent to afford foden to rashford?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Let's see how TAA does today. Might be worth downgrading TAA , full stop.

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    IMO relying on a team to suddenly "spark into life" is always risky for captaincy, much better to see prior form before taking the gamble.

    1. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Or investing in a team full stop? Thinking back to WC GW3/4 template of Wolves, etc. and concerned now about WC GW9 with heavy investment in City, Utd, West Ham...

  21. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    This week basically coming down to if you picked the correct captain out of Kane, son, and salah

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      As usual

    2. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Soon to be: "This week basically coming down to if you picked the correct captain out of Kane and Son".

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Thought you played well today mate

    3. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      That’s what this game is every week

  22. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Is Reidewald at Palace nailed?

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Stop. Come back to the light side of the Loon. It's impacting your thinking 😉

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Haha! Need a bench fodder to facilitate my Podence to Bruno move. After all permutations I am left with 4.4 for a mid!

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        He's 4.4m . Perfect bench fodder.

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Isn’t there a Shef def playing DM at 4.4?

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Ampadu

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        No.
        Ampadu is a 4.4m def playing OOP DM.

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Need a 4.4 who plays regularly. Just a fodder.

        1. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          I'm thinking about Poveda-Ocampo (Leeds) - I don't really expect regular football for fodder players

  23. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Ferran Torres with an xG of 1.24 in that game
    Pretty much the same as the Wolves team xG yesterday!

  24. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Congratulations to Karam who finally picked a differential that actually did well!

    Cancelo on for 8 points.

  25. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Pep just shut down a move to Barca lol

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Pep should call Messi and bring him in soon

  26. ivantys
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Pulisic injured in warm up wtf?

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 13 hours ago

        Nice try...wouldn’t be surprising though

        1. ivantys
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            I'm not trolling lol

          • ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            hes injured and werner starts

            1. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 13 hours ago

              True that wow let's goo Werner !!!

          • Grounderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            This guy. *shakes head

        2. F4L
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Werner in?

          1. ivantys
              4 months, 13 hours ago

              Yup

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 13 hours ago

                Pulisic is literally made of glass. Needs to sort himself out.

                1. Bennerman
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 13 hours ago

                  You think he's literally made of glass?

                  1. F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 13 hours ago

                    Using the informal interpretation, yes 😛

                    1. Bennerman
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 13 hours ago

                      As in the opposite of the meaning!

                      1. F4L
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 13 hours ago

                        Exactly, literally the opposite of the meaning! 😉

                        1. Bennerman
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 13 hours ago

                          Haha, yeah

            • F4L
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 13 hours ago

              Actually seems legit with the amount of people mentioning it on Twitter.

            • Keep Calm and Play On
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 13 hours ago

              Yup

          2. HashAttack
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            Really? ... Get on Werner

          3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            lol

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            !?

        3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 hours ago

          Ooooh I hope Havertz gets penalties

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            Not anymore

        4. BarryManilows
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            I think pep needs to go back to Spain he’s destroying foden a career

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            Watching today’s Chelsea match, anyone considering 2X defenders?

          • Ha.
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 13 hours ago

            Werner IN