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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. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Ziyech. You beauty!!!

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Get off his lap!

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      lel

  2. Ings_is_the_king
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Hamez and Saiss to Coufal and Ziyech sounds good doesn’t it?

    • Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      JRod to Ziyech for free? Have DCL

      1. Ings_is_the_king
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thats what I am thinking of doing. Has he been taking set pieces?

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Soucek party today.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Much needed 3rd sub

      3. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Havertz only good for clean sheet points

      4. Underdogs11
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Next goal for Timo may be worth 7 points.

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Fingers crossed

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            there won't be a next goal

        • Firmino
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Such a bad decision to go for Chilwell instead of Zouma, Fkin hll

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            ...

          2. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            False

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Not really

          4. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Chilwell has been amazing.

            Br non-owner

        • Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Puli to Ziyech on the cards

          1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Unless Lampard change his line up again next week 😀

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah, but Pulisic looking v.injury prone. Thinking same. (Zyiech prolly get injured too).

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Is he nailed now?

        • Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Haller will nab later, thats the kinda thing that happens. Brace even maybe

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              2 months, 23 days ago

              nap*

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                possibly 😀

          2. RED_ARMY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            James looking a better pick than Chilwell,

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Only when he starts.

            2. Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              No he is not

            3. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              When he plays. He's not as nailed as Chilwell.

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            We will all start lamptey next week when burnley score their first league goal in 300 minutes

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              🙁

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Probably, because Brighton are incredibly leaky.

            3. ivantys
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I'm debating whether to start Lamptey or Semedo

                1. F_Ivanovic
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  lamptey and not even close.

            4. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Burnley don't look like scoring at all... Devoid of any ideas going forward

            5. ElliotJHP
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Barnes/Saiss to Ziyech/Balbuena for two FTs looking pretty appealing

            6. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              need salah cappo hattie to save my GW....

            7. dshv
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              WC time ?

              Mccarthy
              Taa taylor justin mitchell lamptey
              Salah son soucek bruno sterling
              Watkins dcl davis

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Yeah

              2. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Yeap.....just transfer out TAA

              3. Easy Cheesy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Not sure. See how you feel at end of weekend.

            8. TheSteel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Sold Werner, have Pulisic 😀

              1. DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Was looking good a couple of hours ago.

            9. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              4.0mil Liv def

              1. Dacra
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Until Matip is fit, which nobody knows.

            10. Bookkeeper
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Let's hope Salah doesnt get injured in the warm up!

            11. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              No chelsea cover really hurting my 2.5M OR.

            12. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Burnley goal is coming.

              1. DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Please no.

            13. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              LateRiser knows...

            14. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Ziyech or Zaha

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                ?

              2. shearer9
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Ziyech more exciting

            15. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Phew... Offside

            16. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Chilwell assist VAR’d.

              1. Troll hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Burnley will score with this luck 🙁

            17. ivantys
                2 months, 23 days ago

                omg offside

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Omg!

              • Pedram
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Damn offside Chilwell

              • shearer9
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                TAA + Podence -> Chilwell + Ziyech?

                1. kbogusz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Wouldn't really get rid of Podence. Especially before the game against Leicester. He looked very good against Palace.

              • Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Jimmy > Werner for free? Or keep Jimmy for another week?

              • UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                F**k you Werner

              • Bury94
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Just need a Mane (C) haul and a Kane blank tomorrow, is that too much to ask?