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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. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Pulisic would have scored all these goals and more.

  2. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Need some Burnley consolations like last season

  3. Pedersen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Who would have thought that Chelsea would prove one of the best def in the league?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Its Burnley

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    My FanTeam defense of Zouma, Boly, Kilman and Dias is absolutely killing it.

  5. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Would’ve been Puli 🙁

  6. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Pulisic wouldve had a field day

  7. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Why haven't James, Chilwell or Havertz scored?

    See 3-0, nope.

  8. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Oh oh....Zouma + Werner for me 🙂

  9. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Very jammy Werner owners

  10. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    GET THE F OUT MY TEAM HAVERTZ

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Werner. Jammy. On the bench, Pulisic injury, gets into the starting xi and gets a goal.

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Casual Werner owners collect u jam here

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Not causual....look at his fixtures

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Still casual

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Good return ; bigger concern is Lampard nonsense in benching him to start.

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Hopefully today means he has to be rested midweek and is fresh for next weekend

  13. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    At least Werner owners getting some returns now.

  14. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Haha might start writing more, was just saying how awful it is to own Sterling and Werner with their first touches. Still feel the same with the amount they cost but that softens the blow

  15. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Werner against tired legs, called it 1 hour before game start!

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Werner is the tired legs

  16. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    ZIYECH!

  17. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    3 - Ziyech (41)
    2 - Zouma (37)
    1 - Mount (31)

  18. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    everybody but havertz ,so frustrating

  19. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Any chance of a Chilwell attacking return? Or can I expect the cleanie to get wiped out in the 93rd minute...

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      The latter I expect.

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      I have him so expect that 93rd minute goal.

  20. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Werner out for a -4 hurts

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Doubly given he was benched by Frank

  21. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Ziyech instant replacement for Pulisic

  22. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Podence to Ziyech instead of Pulisic had me nervous all day, but wanted to get ahead of the curve. Think I have!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Got lucky ; grats

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Well done - very well judged.

  23. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
    Team to play West Ham: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Phillips, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Firmino, Salah
    Subs: Adrian, Milner, Minamino, Jota, Shaqiri, R Williams, N Williams

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    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Phillips and Jones!

    2. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Salah captain here we go

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Yes, no Milner!

      Br Salah C

    4. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Thanks

  24. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Timoooooooooooooooooo

  25. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Nathaniel phillips bandwagon.

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Ziyech essential?

    1. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Hard to know who's going to getbthe points each week for Chelsea.

  27. mirkomen77
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    4.4 for a defender, Kilman or Balbuena? Kilman fixtures not the greatest

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Kilman....for 4.2 u cant expect all

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Jamal Lewis

  28. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Thank god no Jota and Milner!

  29. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Don't panic and knee jerk, Chelsea attacking points will be spread out this season. Bit of a lottery picking the right FPL asset from that lot.