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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. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Fair play, FFS updated the headline on this article swiftly.

  2. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Mkihtaryan, Dembele, now Pulisic. You'd swear BVB put some curse on their wingers for them to be forever injured when they leave the club.
    Good thing United didn't sign Sancho...

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      They get special 'treatments' at Dortmund?

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Where’s Alonso? Injured?

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Just crap

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      4th choice left back

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        4th?! Blimey

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Don't think Lampard likes him

          Chilwell
          Azpi
          Emerson
          Alonso

          IMO

    3. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Gone when Chilwell took over...or being rested for their Europa campaign next season

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not injured.
      Considering he's suspended in Europe and still can't even make the bench in prem. He's well dropped.

  4. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Was set on Saiss to Cancelo as my late transfer but seen the Hames news before pulling the trigger...so opted for Foden instead in the hope that Saiss kept his place!
    Ah well not alone in bad luck this season... game is just not enjoyable atm and football with no fans is not the same either!

  5. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    I have a rank of 4m.

    Squad includes saiss James Mitchell Foden pulisic

    What a disaster

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Damn.

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      unlucky, but that's what can happen when you have so many rotation risks in your team (as well as keeping a player you knew was out)

    3. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      James plays today! Or was it hamez?

    4. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Snap

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Hey at least James plays!

  6. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Pulisic my biggest differential what an absolute joke.

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Game is a joke

    2. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      What the fu...????
      Where is Puli?

    3. noone
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Same, also have Mane (C), let's see. Already have Hamez, Pulisic, Saiss, Mitchell not playing, incoming Brewster and Lamptey :/

    4. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Same here. Selling for sure.

  7. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Which deity did I offend this time?

  8. davies
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Sterling...

    Keep or sell?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Well, he was never a buy.......

    2. Chhana
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sell for who? I have Zaha, Salah and Son,so definitely keep

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sold last week for Grealish

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

    Christian 'injured' Pulisic

    1. Saves the day
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Christianjured Pulisic

  10. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    I’ll be on 8 players on a -4 with no Pulisic, Saiss, JRod, Mitchell, Davies! If all my other players play!

    HORROR SEASON

    1. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      this season is seriously cruel

  11. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Saiss, Foden, Werner and Mitchel owner here. Is this for real?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Have these 4 players too haha

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Werner is starting

  12. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Werner on pens then too...what a turnaround

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Not necessarily

  13. ivantys
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Why doesn't Frank give Giroud a chance? His set up plays are surely better than Tammy's

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        what do you mean, a chance? he's 34yo. He already knows what he offers but clearly doesn't want that outside of being useful as an impact sub

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 26 days ago

            He surely offers more than Tammy, finished strongly last season and definitely deserves a start. Age isn't even an issue.

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              I mean I only brought up his age because you mentioned giving him a chance as though he was an unknown youngster. He already knows what he's getting with Giroud and he clearly wants to stick with Abraham and try and get him to replicate some of the form he had last year. If it doesn't work then he probably will go with Giroud at some point.

              1. ivantys
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  With Pulisic out now, Tammy and Giroud will have chances to start now. I really think this system will be better with Giroud as it doesn't really need the forward to score.

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Let's just hope Werner doesn't miss a pen or get sent off 🙂

        3. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          This game is disgusting at times

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            The game literally has no point to it

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I'm absolutely raging about Pulisic.

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Just deleted the app! Feel so free 😆

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 26 days ago

              good, the app is buggy

          2. Chhana
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            i thought Werner to Ings to fund Son was a very successful move... not so much now

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Why so?

          3. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            So no Rodriguez or Pulisic for me this week... awesome

            1. noone
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Add Saiss and Mitchell and that's me :/

              1. Wolfman180
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Ouch, that sucks man!
                Seen the lineup and was happy with my Jorginho to Soucek move, seeing him on the bench. This game is a killer

            2. DandyDon
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Brought in Puli for Rodriguez for a -4 here! And I was bragging about going Puli over Zaha after last nights game. Sigh

          4. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Phew sold PULISIC!,!! Stressing all week ffs.

            Not that I'm happy anyone is injured.

            Easy transition now to watch Zahas points roll in shortly hopefully!!!

            1. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Ok

          5. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Sterling, Saiss, Foden, Pulisic, Zaha, Mitchell

            Sterling is the winner getting 3 points!!

            What a game.

            1. Free Hat
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Tough. Better luck next gw!

          6. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Nice and windy. Gonna be tricky to cope with those set pieces and Long balls

          7. mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            If no injuries

            Sterling -> Son -> Rashford
            or just forgo the one week transfer and get rashford now?

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              So you have kane ?

              1. mgilbert86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                yes, son in is for the west brom game

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  I'd get som

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Son is a season keeper.

          8. Warbling Wendy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Pulisic has always looked so physically weak. He looks ill most of the time, so fragile. He's going to be one of those players who always has injury problems throughout his entire career. Still a quality player when fit though.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Yep cheers for that Wendy

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Probably vegan

            3. Forza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              He played in all 9 of Chelsea's league games over the course of 5 weeks at the end of last season, starting 7 of them.

              1. Forza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                9 out of 10 if you include the first post-restart game, but still a pretty good record.

                1. Forza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  10 out of 11 including FA Cup*

          9. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Werner was originally benched wasn't he???

            Ugh. Jammy owners

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Yep and not complaining 🙂

            2. AnfieldLad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Let’s wait and see what happens, but if he’s scores then yes, I’ll count myself very lucky

          10. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Man I hate this game more than I like it nowadays. Pulisic brought in, Saiss and Mitchell no show, sterling captain fail. Foden 1 pt, jimi blank...

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Ouch, that’s a tough one mate

            2. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Thats harsh.

          11. adstomko
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Chose Ziyech over Pulisic. Luck has been restored.

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Not an easy game today though, but can certainly see Ziyech being nailed now.

              • DandyDon
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Quite lucky. Puli was the safer shout after European lineups

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Need a Stephens goal assisted by Taylor..thanks...

              1. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                2nd and 3rd on my bench. So, could happen 😀

                1. Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  1st and 2nd on mine too but will come in for Saiss and Hamez...

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              So many Werner owners in my ML, of course he’ll haul now, this season all over.

              1. fr3d
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Mate did you break the 40 points curse yet?

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Hello Fred yes mate 80 and 60 the last 2 weeks - daring to dream of top million again

            4. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              What happened?? I see Werner starting? I thought he was benched???

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Pulisic is made of glass

                1. KGFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  As a Werner owner not complaining... Esp after Saiss benching and Foden 1 pointer

            5. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              C'mon Chilwell and Werner, let's goooo!!!!