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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. teneighty
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    You think even Maupay could score against Burnley?

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      maupay only likes big games

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

    Robertson/Foden to Zouma/Ziyech for -4?

    1. what\'s my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      first two can easily out score the latter

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

        Yes, if Foden starts. But Pool will probably be even more leaky now with all the defensive injuries

  3. what\'s my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    bottomed

    grealish + saiss to ziyech + coufal for free ?

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

    I'll take 15 from James, Chilwell, Havertz.

    Could be better, but could be worse!

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

    Anyone had a gander at Luke's team (mods and cons) and his transfers this season and seen how unlucky he's been?

    Brings in Jesus on WC... gets injured (swaps for Werner who does nothing)
    Martial brought on WC gets sent off after 2 bad games
    Brings in Richarlison for Werner - RC
    Digne in for Trent - RC
    Antonio + Pulisic in - both then injured.

    I think I'd have given up at this point if it was me.

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

    National Lockdown till Dec all but confirmed. Please let football continue. For the love of god.

    P.s. I know we don’t do politics, but seriously.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      it’s a very soft lockdown ... all they are doing is shutting pubs & restaurants & shops really

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

    Hurry up Boris I wanna watch Liverpool

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Mo Salah!
    Mo Salah!
    Mo Salah!

  9. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Wow

  10. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Double Pool defence, Saiss, Mitchell, Foden .... going well.

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Add in pulisic and then you can come to my sad place.