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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. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Saiss, Robbo, Foden, Pulisic to --->
    Creswell, PVA, Bruno, Zaha.

    For -8 (really dont care, and cant stand watch my team).

    Thx

  2. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    "In all four of his seasons at Bayer Leverkusen, Kai Havertz improved dramatically after the Christmas break" - Guardian.

    Great article and analysis. I would be tempted post Christmas for sure

  3. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Remind me to never consider Puli again, made of bloody glass that lad

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      But not real glass as that’s quite tough, more the ‘glass’ they use in action movies

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Was going to say ‘Enjoy your 0 points’ but that would be petty...

  4. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Penalty on Chilwell for sure

  5. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Abraham almost

  6. Shifty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Lampard has to stick with Kante as holding mid surely. Not sure what's with recent managers trying to play Kante as a box to box mid.

    1. ivantys
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I rather Jorginho or Kovacic playing the box to box mid. I think Mount fits it nicely though.

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Well, at least I'm not going to have points on my bench this week!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I even started Brewster this week lol

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Chelsea full backs unbelievably high. Burnley staying narrow means the switch is always on too.

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Come on burnley, wipe that CS

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      PVA or Cresswell from GW8?

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Cress

    6. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Really feeling the 'community spirit' here this afternoon, haha!

      The schadenfreude on display is so unnecessary and petty. Come on guys, we're better that that.

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        The schadenfreude/anti-FPL is all I come for.

        1. Blzbobuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          This

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Don't think most are to be honest. Has gotten worse recently.

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          This

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Enjoying other people’s bad luck is the main reason I play fpl

      4. Blzbobuk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        In the olden days people only used to turn up to gloat on their awesome scores and went quiet on bad weeks. It’s a more recent thing people share their woes, which I need when I am having a bad week.

    7. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      James A Chilwell G would have been fantastico...

    8. davies
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Feels like there aren’t many good options in any category atm....

      Anyone else feel this way?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Kane and Son aren’t bad striker and mid choices

        1. davies
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Besides those + Salah

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            That’s all you need, don’t worry about the rest

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Mid and striker you mean?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Well in the order I mentioned them

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Who provides the assist and who gets the goals? 🙂

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Oh haha good point

              2. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                What even are those?

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        only kane and son and then chilwell

      3. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Martinez
        Man City, Chelsea, Wolves defence
        Salah, Son, Grealish
        Kane, DCL

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          you are late on wolves and city defence as their fixtures are tough now onwards.

    9. Mings the Merciless
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I thought that warm-ups were supposed to STOP you getting injured?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Unless you are made of glass

    10. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone else with Saiss, Mitchell & Jorginho no shows? Means I need all other to play 😮

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        many casuals have them :p

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          😛

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Only 3 no shows? Not the unluckiest.

      3. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        guaranteed green arrow once Brewster and lamptey hauls are added...

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Naughty.....Brewey currently in the Dream Team 😎

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Also Taylor 1pt of the bench 😎

        3. Lazaretti
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I have PVA's 0 coming in for Pulloutsic

        4. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Taylor CS would be lovely...

    11. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Good news, LMS safety score currently 0.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        😀

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Not good news for me 🙁

      3. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Lool

    12. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Pulisic is American guys, remember this when selecting players in the future

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        He was winning the Ballon D’or after this fixture last season.

      2. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Okay Ayatollah.

      3. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Dempsey was great tho

    13. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Ziyech worldie pass to Chilwell close.

    14. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      That's what I want to see. Zyech diagonal to Chilwell.

    15. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Chilwell and Rames looking gooood

    16. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Chilwell playing further forward than Werner...

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Glad Ive finally have him.
        CS or not, hes going nowhere if he keeps positioning like this

    17. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Brewster 2pts, currently in Dream Team - https://fantasy.premierleague.com/dream-team/7

      😎

    18. BoleynWin
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I would absolutely love to hear Lampard explain his tactics and formation in detail, there is absolutely zero structure to this Chelsea side.

      It’s exciting from an FPL perspective and good attacking play but appears very naive, you’ve got Chilwell playing CAM at times here so far, wide players switching wings every 2 minutes. Rather chaotic.

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        And it's gameweek 7, SEVEN!

    19. ivantys
        4 months, 7 days ago

        This game screams 1 goal max

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          As long as it's for Chelsea.

      • chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Absolutely convinced I picked Kane a captain and just seen I picked Salah. Going to be painful if Salah doesn't haul tonight.

      • Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Chilwell seems to be their best chance at a goal

      • AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Just noticed Rashford went up in price last night. What a load of bullshit.

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Hatty in midweek, not that surprised.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Trent also got a clean sheet and assist but is still trending downwards

            1. AK_FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Friday rises just drive me nuts.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Ikr

        2. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Stop making a meal of it.

        3. ivantys
            4 months, 7 days ago

            It's stupid when they are gonna face the park bus Arteta side, can't wait to see him blank.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Bruno penalty in the 2nd minute and that bus will be sent back to North London fast

              1. ivantys
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  More likely to be a 0-0 game.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 7 days ago

                    Can’t see it happening again (Chelsea last week)

          • mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Saiss owners, are we holding to see or selling?

            1. Robson-Canoe
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              I am selling for Cresswell. Was my planned move anyway.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Selling.

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Out if you can’t bench for a few GWs. Fixtures turning and he’s done.

            4. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Was selling, but now have Pulisic to deal with too. So probably hold.

          • La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Nick Pope wanted to dress up as a ghost for halloween but he didn't have enough clean sheets.

            😛

          • Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Brought Pulisic in for a hit. Honestly cannot believe my luck this season

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              I can. ᕙ( ͡◉ ͜ ʖ ͡◉)ᕗ

            2. Robson-Canoe
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              You’re in top 1m, not as unlucky as many others on here

            3. Fantasy Gold
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              lol

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                ?

            4. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Always amusing when someone moans about bad luck but rarely seems to mention when things ruin their favour.
              Moan moan moan .......