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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. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Kane goal for QPR.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It's a sign

  2. FredrikH
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Will Kilman keep his spot? Was Saiss rested or will he be benched regularly?

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Kilman likely to keep his spot

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Bye Saiss!

      And I’m a Saiss holder

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    lets all get Mendy and Chilwell

  4. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    So it seems Pulisic isn't that good option anymore. Probably none of the Chelsea attackers is because of rotation (maybe only Havertz). And Chilwell is playing so high up the pitch, such a great FPL assest

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Zyech for 7.9 is good imo.

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He is good defensively as well, such a good player. To think ppl were labelling him as overpriced initially.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Ziyech is pretty safe

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I'm not sure... What about Pulisic?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            he plays left

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Doing robbo to chilly if Liverpool concede today

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        What if they concede, he scores and assists?

    4. Vazza
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Best replacement for Saiss

        A. Zouma
        B. Cresswell
        C. Kilman

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I will go with B

        2. abhirup780
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Kilman. Save money and make money.

        3. Blzbobuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Depends on rest of defence. Kilman is a bit like cryptocurrency - possible pyramid scheme but could pay off big. If you need a nailed player I would go B based on fixtures but a bit less keen than I was due to Antonio not being there for the corners.

      • Right In The Stanchion
          2 months, 25 days ago

          How’s Werner looking lads?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            No end product as usual

          2. Sean
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Chilwell hogging most of his space down the left but all Chelsea attackers looking pretty good imo

          3. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Looking sharp but no supplies and also not Central drifting to the left

        • Sean
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Wouldn’t have even cared if pulisic got 2 pts, was just looking forward to watching my differential play, now I have to watch soucek

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Soucek is a decent sub to have

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Wouldn't be complaining with Soucek

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Soucek will have good chances today, serious lack of height in Liverpool team.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I mean Rhys Williams is 6'5...

          4. Phaze 1
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            yes, it was the hope when having 2 playing from Chelsea to watch. Now it's just the feeling of sadness left.

          5. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Same here. I have Kane captain and all my other players are highly owned. Pulisic was my only true differential.
            I'll have to cheer for Bissouma now against Spurs.

        • ivantys
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Delicious cross by Chil

          • adstomko
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            So with Rodriguez out in my first 11, and Mitchell out as my 1st sub, Will my 2nd sub (Anguissa) come on?

            1. Traction Engine Foot
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yes

            2. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Ya

            3. adstomko
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Phew

          • Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            C'mon Werner!!!

          • steven8991
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            2FT. TAA and Foden to Chilwel and Ziyech?

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Nixe

            2. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I would/did

          • Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Just looked up ‘fragile’ in the dictionary ... wow 😉

            frag·ile (frăj′əl, -īl′)
            adj.
            1. Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.
            2. Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate: a fragile personality.
            3. Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.
            4. Christian Mate Pulisic; an American professional soccer player prone to injury

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Pulisic owners would have known this was aimed at them even without point 4

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Haha!

              • The Fed
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Haha well played

              • Homer21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                When you have to explain it......

            3. Dacra
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Chilwell, James, Havertz - I expect things second half.

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Chilwell play like a boss!

            4. jam sandwich
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              so, how many points is Yves Bissouma going to get me against Spurs then

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                1 or 2

              2. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                1

              3. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                8, long shot, Lanzini style.

              4. Traction Engine Foot
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                10 points for a beautiful 35 yard volley I reckon

            5. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

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

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

            6. Wılly
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              A. Pulisic to Ziyech, Havertz

              B. Pulisic to Bowen, leaving enough ITB for Son to KDB

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Not Havettz

              2. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                B but wait for westham see how they play

              3. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Don’t sell the Son

            7. mgilbert86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Sometimes you gotta laugh, sell R James and Podence after 4 GW blanks, instant punishment with both getting 8

              1. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                James will get 9

            8. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Just noticed Pulisic isn't even on the bench, injured or out of favour again?

              1. Guru Mediation
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Was starting, got injured in warm up. Replaced by Werner

              2. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Injured in the warm up. Article expands on it above.

                1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Thanks guys.

              3. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                He broke down in warmup

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Injured warm up

              5. Homer21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Where have you been?

            9. ivantys
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Zaha is still going up even after a blank rofl

                1. Wılly
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  People probably didn't expect anything against Wolves, other people probably didn't even realise the game happened last night and missed the deadline without knowing

                2. Mweene
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Good fixtures.

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    And back on pens

                3. Herman Toothrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  I know yeah lolroflomg

                  His fixtures are just awful after all

                4. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  I got him in for JRod. Will keep for one more outing.

                5. PlumaPiedra
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  ROFL!!!

              • JURGENAUT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 25 days ago

                How’s James & Chilwell performing so far?

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Good positions. Promising.

                2. Troll hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Like TAA and Robbo at their best. Well, almost 😉 Happy to have them both atm.

              • Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                James chance created

                1. Troll hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Unfortunately Werner did nothing 🙁

              • Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Get Jorginho on asap....need a decent peno taker on the pitch

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Your auto pick team struggling? 😛

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    😉

              • Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Werner fluffs sitter

              • Joey Tribbiani
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Burnley 3 goals scored in 6.5 games

                  1. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Sheff Utd 3 in 7 games!

                • Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Pulisic and Werner owns lashing out. Puli owners because he is injured again, Werner owners because they own Werner.

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    But the game isn’t finished yet

                  2. Troll hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    They have easy transfer, Werner to Tammy 😉

                • Parsnips
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Best replacements for Werner next game week? Was thinking Bamford but not sure about his fixtures

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Talk about a downgrade

                      1. mgilbert86
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        *upgrade

                    2. Troll hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      H Kane

                    3. Qaiss
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Best replacements for Werner against the team at the bottom of the league when Chelsea are now up and running?

                      Hah

                    4. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      I'd punt on Martial

                  • mitro
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Havertz is so frustrating to watch as an owner

                    1. ivantys
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Predicting the chelsea scorers is a game of luck.

                      • Bobby Digital
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        He looks like a lanky KDB imo.

                        1. djoker_nole
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            don't diss KDB like that

                          • mitro
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Reminds me of Ozil

                        2. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I sold him after the midweek game. Won't be good enough in fantasy.

                        3. Carefree Crew
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Saw a stat pre season that across all 5 top European leagues only Messi, Ronaldo & Insigne had more GI than Havertz.

                          Admittedly playing further forward in a different league, but I'm not sure if I'd be discounting him as a FPL asset so quickly.

                          He didn't have a pre season, playing in a new team & league yet 2 assists & 1 goal in less than 6 games.

                          And a hat trick in the cup against lower league opposition.

                      • pakornk
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Would you get Cresswell or Bellerin?

                        1. Blzbobuk
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I am going for players with wel in their name , so bring on Danny welbeck

                      • Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        On a serious note, I have Chilwell already and Guaita is doign my ehad in.
                        Chelsea defensive double up with Mendy obn the cards? Looks like it might be ok tbh, anything is betetr than Guaita

                        Anyone else considering?