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

    Let's hope this game opens up a bit now...

  2. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Foden, Guaita and Jimmy already blanking in my team. Another crap week on the cards.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Foden and Jimmy here too, still great long term picks and Jimenez especially seems to score when you don't expect him to.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Jimi is a bit frustrating, might ditch him soon. Even Ings looks more appealing, probably wont move yet as no real stand out options. But possibly Vardy or something

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          4 goals in 7

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

      Foden, Taylor, Saiss, Mitchell...

  3. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Great start to the week with Jimenez, Foden and Pulisic.

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Happy if you are 🙂

  4. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Lampard is changing his attack too much none of them can develop any consistency. Defence looks best.

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

      Say this 3 weeks ago and nobody believes you.

  5. Weeb Kakashi
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Ziyech is the chelsea asset to have. Basically is the number 10 there.

    1. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      But does he start every game?

  6. Joey Tribbiani
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Pulisic doing 'The Gerrard' during warm up:
      https://twitter.com/justinamundrud/status/1322568648633057282

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Throwing the bib on the ground like that was hilarious

    • Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The only positive with these injuries etc is that Saiss is being sold slowly since he isn't flagged. He won't probably drop .1 this week, but at least .2 (which is all that matters for those who got him early) is not happening. Should at least give some time to think about replacement.

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

      This will be my long term team I think, got a bit of everything in there:

      Martinez
      Robbo | Chilwell | Dallas
      Salah | Bruno | Son | Foden | Soucek
      Kane | DCL

      Steer | Kilman | Brewster | Mitchell

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

        Amazing team

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

          Cheers, 4 moves away at the moment though

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Double spurs yuck

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

          Since the start 🙂 actually had triple at the start with Doherty!

      3. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Has today not shown you why Foden is a bad pick?

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

          Admittedly he’s the one I probably would and could change, but if I want City...

      4. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I dont like Foden or Soucek, looks a bit stale tbh with those 2. Foden isnt a bad pick, but not nailed is annoying, when you can have people like Grealish, Zaha who are.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Hey now lay off Soucek

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

          Funnily enough I currently have Grealish instead of Foden, the above would effectively be a way to upgrade Lamptey to Chilwell

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

          Foden is a bad pick. Soucek is a great pick if uses as 7th attacker to enable more big hitters

      5. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        It will be "old" when you have it

      6. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Not enough city, given their fixtures from GW10

    • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      How can a club like Burnley not have any money to spend in the transfer window? Low wage bill, relatively low transfer fees and been in the prem for a few years. Where is the money?

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

        Chairman pocketing it.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        For Sean Dyche's hookers

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

        Gourmet worms arent cheap

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

        Here are their accounts

        https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/document-api-images-live.ch.gov.uk/docs/ntczT9cXZebZZBD_Gw3-_xmcggyhy5BBHU-0WeYPJqQ/application-pdf?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Content-Sha256=UNSIGNED-PAYLOAD&X-Amz-Credential=ASIAWRGBDBV3HRVL635Q%2F20201031%2Feu-west-2%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20201031T160434Z&X-Amz-Expires=60&X-Amz-Security-Token=IQoJb3JpZ2luX2VjEB0aCWV1LXdlc3QtMiJHMEUCIQCYGL%2FvHggqUtFlGM4876o%2F2NI9r%2Bmb54TtgSEK7pQ9kwIgV4IdT5EGNXl0iJs9F5EqQD5deSzY1IlEv5rj4oYGQPsqtAMIdhADGgw0NDkyMjkwMzI4MjIiDHUyw8ZPfkFPvC6PyyqRA7vW2oliI7lUbLH1k6tuhSwiYNs4UVUoytowE2rsWii0zwPIk2EE6F2Q09PpEt8cxQFxPFTwc15gPyVq4uN7WPKbTcciCbM6jw6SF%2FgQrt01VI%2FnTOfm7wd5eyHwmYsDC%2BUOpube3xCJgUtXp4FUSwMGkf4HMsdzHmZj2BwnQMeKL2NVKezFqq8d8qsT6svtTIm%2Fp%2F8qbte0q2h5BE6cPhlRUWCy2pXPbp0ewhYrDbb4LXY8ye7LvohA%2BxVZxBDkQCpCu25Gv06JknNkBV%2Bhz9N39yObATW7%2Bjs42U6hEP8T%2FzwB9zVhc%2FDtfHY0kdjQXTmueePWpdcWE2eIyKIOXS4i6IIzYOIEqsprmYKKDOods3t9%2BnxCGyqyt049HLLJLDEhah%2B4UT1yQoCyfUY8jOteK5GuLlbulgyMdK9jDHgaxXrqDh1W5BHvzq91zURj3IwUTPkaDcnqi18kShbJD9bejmkYV8%2BLyNSbMXAndG3k0yM6a31I6PIucFMMua4a2g%2B80FgZ2mu9LvSsux96VGWGMJmz9fwFOusBUu1ZMTDXGwq5pBl4AfCAbSz9BUMvu0uCZCwAEmZfaSXU8XHgaWEj9mh89sAAG%2F5h6oQL8jKMHBsPXafyhOeE3c%2FtscUIZ7JxZK5spDU%2FGOfH3EhJr0La0SboQ8KFIdP6tVWJf%2Ft8XjAkbrtOA%2FdSus5zqSfFdCozKzXzXqSeWIysfaXkQ%2BCci1NFEoIL12urIbI1PDoMskWWeksXC5i83MnlItyBN9mHs2SEgzSCYCPoOs40w1MPEcOK85d%2BRzyjhGn%2FNTVsth8%2BaPjWa6oOUMeGz0TS%2BMAoJG2%2Fow7u30%2BrHMJNAn5sKj%2BWrQ%3D%3D&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=09f794c394862e7a5f3c276426027eb64fd13425636377a66a782d097cfb6e81

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          That's a nice link

      5. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Big pie bill.

      6. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Because they're run fairly sensibly? Look at the bubble bursting in all the lower divisions, living within your means is by no means a bad thing.

    • stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Salah & Barkley > KDB & Ziyech?

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

        Wait! Someone else may score too.

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

      Aerial bombardment coming.

    • The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Didn’t think Ziyech would start so went with Grealish 🙁 ffs.

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

        I’m looking at your previous comments and not once did you mention Ziyech. You even contemplated Grealish(C)

        1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Well that’s a lie looool

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      J Rod is playing!!

    • DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Dale Stephens has been a shocking player to own. Luckily I never have had to play him.

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

        hatrick incoming

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Will be difficult unless he's put back on.

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

            oh

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

      The real JRod has arrived

    • ivantys
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Easy CS for Chelsea next 2 GWs as well vs toothless attacks.

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

        I think Saiss to Chilwell looks the transfer for anyone with the money

      • merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Who would you get in to replace Saiss, Mitchell and Pulisic?

        Martinez Steer
        Chilwell Saiss Lamptey KWP Mitchell
        Salah Son Pulisic Grealish Bissouma
        Kane DCL Maupay

        2 FT, 1.8 ITB

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I am actually looking at Zouma, Coufal, Cresswell

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Saiss replacement, Kilman for Mitchell,

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

          Keep Mitchell.

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

            Why? He’s not nailed

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

              He's your 5th defender, massive waste of a transfer. Also could still play ahead of Clyne

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Really feel for all J Rodriguez to Pulisic guys, almost did te very move myself.

        I get that there is element of skill in this game hence the likes you can see in "Meet the manager" series but without lady luck by your side you stand no chance.

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

          There is loads of luck in the game. And luck is becoming more important because of the 'paradox of skill' + the number of players who are playing the game increasing.

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

            Picking Pulisic is a textbook example of a bad pick that you can then claim was bad luck. Why pick a crock when there are other alternatives?

            1. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 26 days ago

              I really don't get half the stuff you come out with at all.

              Are you trying to alienate yourself from everyone on this site or are you getting paid to troll?

              Every comment is so negative and argumentative - I can never tell if you're serious or not.

              All your bad choices are unlucky but other way round it's not the case. It's so utterly boring.

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

                Is there anything wrong with what I said? I have adviced people not to pick pulisic as well, not like this is just hindsight

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

              Nothing wrong with picking Pulisic providing you accept there's a risk there and you don't have other risks in your squad.

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

            Looks like it’s someone else who has struggled the last couple of years due to more players and blames it on luck...

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              It’s a game of luck - unless you have Marty McFly’s almanac

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

          I don’t understand the love around Pulisic. Last year he was the main man playing off giroud. This year Werner, Ziyech and Havertz will be competing with him for points. Never a smart transfer bringing him in.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Nonsense ; Pulisic is the person there to pull the strings and scores. He and Werner should be huge scorers with the others bit players. But then Frank ...

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

            I think the main draw here is the fact that unlike those mentioned Pulisic already proved himself in PL playing for Chelsea.
            He did came on in CL game and returned straight away which sugested he might be the one to hit the form.
            Cant blame those who picked him as there was a clear oportunity there to be ahead of the curve with in form\explosive player.

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Game of luck, can happen to anyone. Pulisic is such a talent, but the bigger worry is Lampard dicking with the team needlessly ; Werner being on the bench is a massive red flag that Frank is an idiot.

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

        Salah hattrick would be huge this week.

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

          Think he will get a brace at least. West Ham for the taking, but unlike Spurs, Liverpool won't squander their lead.

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

          this, I'm the only capper in my ML as well, Salah haul would save the day

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

            Same. Everyone in my ML captained Kane. I need Salah to haul big time.

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

          yea, cause expect a spurs reaction which will be extra bad if Salah blanks again

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

          No chance.

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

          It's huge any week lol.

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

            I don’t captain him every week lol

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

          He’ll be rested imo

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Don't say that

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

            Again?

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

              They’ve got two massive games next week and there was some rumours of him being tired/slightly injured and klopp would only play him if he was 100%. Just my gut feeling but I’m most likely wrong

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              I am sorry guys but wont happen. I captained him too and everything that I have done this year has failed.

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

                Bookmarked for a blame reference

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Hahaha! The way my season is going everything I touch is turning to dust!

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        How's Havertz looking?

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Playing deep

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

          Chilwell Zouma double up looking good so far...

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I have been asking this for a couple of days with no reply, good shout.

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

              3 good games then maybe switch to ManCity or ManU defender

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Please don't jinx it.

        3. sandman58
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Enough to do Saiss & Grealish to Coufal & Ziyech
          Yes or No?

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

            At least watch grealish play first and see if ziyech makes 90 mins.

            1. sandman58
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Ok....good advice lol

        4. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Robbo to chilwell for free?

          Frees up some cash!

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            dont really see why not!

        5. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          All I have topday is Chilwell and a non-capped Salah 🙁
          TC Sonny tomorrow tho!

          1. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Big calls/balls.

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

          Dale Stephens hauled off before 60 mins, the cruelty continues

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Far from cruel, he touched the ball once all game

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

          Digne to Chilwell. Beautiful transfer.

          1. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Don't count your chickens.

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

          Why I did not do TAA to Chilwell 🙁

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

            I did TAA to Zouma. Should be 3 cs next 4

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

            Because Chilwell could have been rested and Liverpool had the better game?

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

              oh I remember the reason now 🙁

        9. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I bet there were quite a few James Rod to Pulisic -4 hits this week 🙁

        10. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          FFS I thought I would get 2 points from Stephen 🙁