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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. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Pulisic just twisted his ankle.
    https://twitter.com/Chels_UK/status/1322571590127767553

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Think he did that at around 2.30pm

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Don't the other one on the bench.

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Surprised he didn't dislocate his shoulder ripping off his training bib like that.

  2. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Watching this with no Chilwell... he's incredibly attacking, I'd snap your hand off for just a 6 pointer right now

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I think James has been better and more involved even. Shame about rotation. If he played every game Is play 6m for him.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes

      2. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I agree but the shadow of Azpi is off putting

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes, but does he have to be nailed even at 5.0?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yes. Because defenders hold down the fort and you need at least 3.

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          All sounds good u til u own them and they get benched. Foden owners being taught a harsh lesson for talking crap

  3. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Imagine what a good manager could make of this Chelsea team...

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Like Sarri?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lol the guy who's made Juventus 6th place?

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Agreed

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Looking forward to Chelsea v Leeds in December. Grudge match for Lampard as he hates Bielsa. But let's see if 'El Loco' can outdo him.

    4. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Like Roberto Di Matteo?

  4. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Chilwell is making me reconsider my Saiss > Coufal plans

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      They won't be playing Burnley every week

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Very bad fixtures for defenders

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    PULISIC OWNERS: Hes worth the injury risk we know the cons

    ALSO PULISIC OWNERS: Ughhh so unlucky another injury end this season already #!#!#

    1. The Fantastic Mr Fox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not an owner, but he slipped and twisted his ankle.
      Don't be like this

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Podence 8 points on the bench. Foden comes in for last 10 and gets 1 to block my bench points. Sterling, the best player on the pitch also does not return. What a season it has been till now!

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Sorry Loon but benching Podence at home to Palace always had a chance of backfiring

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Know that, but the choice was between him and Foden! Thats why getting rid of these benching headaches. Doing Foden + Podence + TAA to Bruno + Coufal + 4.5 mid.

  7. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Any positive signs from Havertz? Or time to move on

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Nearly set one up there, for Burnley.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      zero positives

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Time to move on

  8. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Burnley are absolutely terrible on the ball. Will be targeting them heavily for clean sheets.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Taylor stinking up my team

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      *captains Lamptey*

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lamptey easential 😉

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Burnley are governing the game according to the commentator

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes, in the second half. More possession.

  9. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    How's Chilwell lookin today? Worth the recent hype?

    1. Shifty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      yup. looks very good.

      from a non-owner who's on the fence.

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sounds positive thanks, part justifying my risky early move for him last night before the price change.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Would even pass Stevie Wonders eye test.

  10. ivantys
      2 months, 28 days ago

      This is totally the city sheffield game v2

    • JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Pulisic BIG FAIL. Time for a mini overhaul. Good thing I have 2 FTs. Still gonna have to spend points though probably. Oh FPL. How you mock me.

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      3 - Ziyech (26)
      2 - Thiago Silva, Zouma (25)

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      ZOUMA GOAL

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Nice Scout pick. I was tempted, but fair play...

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      MOUNT ASSIST

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      All over

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      And people didn't believe me when i said Zouma better value than Chilwell

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Damn. That header

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      ZOUMA 15 POINTERSSSSS

    • Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Phew, not Chilwell assist

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zouma is a beast

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      No one wants Mount on corners...

    • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Buying zouma this week makes Pulisic not starting feel so much better!

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      ZOUMA OWNERS GET IN

      1. kbogusz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Getting him instead of Chilwell to save some funds for midfield turned out to be big brain time for me lol

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          only took him as I was scared of a Chilwell rest this week haha

    • You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Was sure I'd be getting a Chelsea attacking player in but with rotation and the points being spread about so much, I think I'll pass.

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zouma is a beast

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zouma wagon ... choo choo 🙂

    • hallow
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      This is what I want Maguire to do ffs

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      noo, I briefly considered Zouma over Chilwell 🙁
      But decided it was basically the same as VVD vs Robbo or TAA

    • NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Zouma seems to be the new Terry.

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Yes. TAA to Zouma working out all right!!