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Chilwell, Werner start for Chelsea as Wilson fails to make Newcastle squad

Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) starts for Chelsea in the early Gameweek 9 kick-off on Saturday.

A back spasm saw the defender substituted for England last weekend against Belgium, though he was fit enough for a place on Gareth Southgate’s bench for the Iceland tie on Wednesday.

Germany striker Timo Werner (£9.5m) is also part of Frank Lampard’s XI, playing on the left of Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) with Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) stationed on the opposite side.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) is not part of the Newcastle matchday squad after sustaining a hamstring injury back in Gameweek 8. Steve Bruce explained to BT Sport ahead of kick-off:

I couldn’t risk him with the amount of games we have coming up.

If he’d have played and pulled it, he’d be out for six weeks then. The big chunk of the season is coming, the winter is upon us.

I’ve erred on the side of caution to make sure he’s ok for next week.

On Wilson, who suffered that problem during a 2-0 defeat at Southampton, Bruce had said yesterday:

Callum has a chance. If there is any risk whatsoever we won’t. He has trained in the last two days so we will see.

Reece James (£5.0m) starts again for Chelsea at right-back. Owners will be hoping he can keep that spot nailed down ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m).

On missing trio Christian Pulisic (£8.2m), Kai Havertz (£8.3m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m), Lampard said on Thursday:

Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly. It’s been quite a problematic injury so we will stay cautious.

Kai Havertz is back, his isolation is over. He tested negative two days ago, so he’s just started training that’s more on his own to get individually some of his fitness back after two weeks at home.

Thiago Silva has just landed. He just messaged me this afternoon so he probably won’t be going to Newcastle because of the length of the journey and timings.

Antonio Rudiger (£4.5m) is Lampard’s chosen deputy for veteran centre-half Silva.

Newcastle boss Bruce appears to be setting up with a 5-4-1 system, with Chelsea set to try and break down what looks to be a low-block defence.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.3m) will be the Magpies’ main threat on the counter-attack, while Jacob Murphy (£4.9m) is preferred to Paraguay international Miguel Almiron (£5.7m) on the right-hand side of midfield.

“He only came back from international duty yesterday.” – Steve Bruce on Almiron

Newcastle XI (5-4-1): Darlow; Lewis, Clark, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Saint-Maximin, S Longstaff, Hayden, J Murphy; Joelinton.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, Zouma, Rudiger, R James; Mount, Kanté, Kovacic; Werner, Abraham, Ziyech.

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  1. Parsnips
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Damn Werner looking lively

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

      Would you get a City defender like Dias in for a hit for Dallas or KWP?

      Over the next 6 weeks it should pay off probably.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I probably will next week. Won't take a hit for a defender though. Week after is time enough

        1. The Sociologist
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Will prioritise attacking moves this week - but will bring in a city defender next week for sure.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I've been rolling 2 FT over the IB with injuries & GW10 in mind. Been lucky with the injuries so yes, attack is priority, but think I'll also be able upgrade def also. Want to see how Liv do first before I jump ship to City. Not entirely convinced with City even with the fixtures, so it's still very much a holding pattern

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

      James could actually be the best value defender in the game. He gets a ton of crosses in and his delivery is generally very good. He will get assists soon.

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        James & Ziyech or Chilwell & Zaha? Own Werner too

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

        Agree. But he will miss the odd game for Azpi.

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

          I don't know if he's any more likely to be rotated than Chilwell (who has been known to pick up random injuries).

          They could play Azpi to rest Chilwell as well or switch James to the left.

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

        Only really win out by doubling up with Chilwell etc IMO & that's tough in itself when there's tougher fixtures (unless you can bench).

      4. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He's up there - given Chelsea are probably the most attacking side in the league atm.

        Cresswell is his only rival in that price bracket I think.

      5. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        That Azpi rotation threat hanging over his head though

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

          I don't think it's much less for Chilwell. He can be rested too and has picked up a bunch of niggles as well.

          1. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Chilwell has more goal threat than james, & lampard prefer left footed LB.

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Azpi doesn't suit Zyiech that much, imo. He goes inside and, James is overlapping wide. Especially in easier fixtures, when Chelsea have to attack, James will play.

      6. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I almost took him out when he was dropped but I had other fires to put out.

        luckily he came back to the squad!

      7. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Got James and chilwell, so hoping you are right!

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone else realised their game week pretty much comes down to how their defenders do

      Most of my mid and attack is so highly owned I need a haul from one of my defenders to really climb the ranks

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

        Not me actually.

        I have Rashford and Jota with the armbands for me. They will make or break this week.

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not if you own all the highly owned players - biggest differential

        1. Top Dog
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          This. I have Grealish, Fernandes, Ziyech, KDB and Kane. Only one of my rivals has more than 3 of these

      3. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I've got PVA and Cresswell as differentials in my league so yh

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not sure. Only 33% of players in the top 10k have the combination of Grealish and Bruno for example.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          That’s a good insight guys thank you, I hadn’t thought of it like that

    • PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Shot was on there.. awful execution though.

    • The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Mendy isn't going to get too many bonus save points today.

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      How do we think Leeds will do v Arsenal?

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        They will certainly create enough chances - question is whether they can take them

    • PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      What a miss Werner.

      Yikes

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

        That sums up Lateriser's season right there.

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          99/100 that's a goal from Werner. Utter BS this season.

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Nope. There is always the odd glaring miss from a striker . Happens most weeks.

        2. PL Ball
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ha. Still plenty of time left though.

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

          Did he cap him? Not sure him or Rash

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Shoot the ball you clown

    • AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Wow this is getting frustrating as a Werner owner

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Try captaining him

        1. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ooof feeling for you. Let’s pray points are coming

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Werner is last season's Salah, so wasteful

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        An utter donkey

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Lol. Werner is such a poor finisher.

      1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        You have the most sensless comments

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Does anyone waste more chances than him?

          1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Remember Fernando Torres at Chelsea?

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Fuchs sake Werner

    • mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Absolute sitter

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Buy Werner because he gets a lot of chances
      Or don't buy him because he doesn't converts them?

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Dont buy him. Ive been wanting to get rid for weeks. Got lucky getting the 0.2 back i lost on him.

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

      Abraham's linkup play is quite impressive.
      Might keep Pulisic on the bench.

    • Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      What a crap finish

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Ziyech has done nothing so far

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

        Already one big chance created. What are you watching mate.

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Staring at his FF team, not watching the match presumably

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lol. Maybe take up watching a game you understand

      3. Top Dog
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I agree. Very capable with the quality he has to produce a moment of magic, but not been great today.

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

      Err where are my werner, James and chilwell points? Gw fail...

    • Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Have Werner and Bamford been hanging out?

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      That's some BS from Werner.

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

      Werner C. Cmon Timo you are a good finisher, usually.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Still arguing a point from 2 months ago!!

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not arguing, winning.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        lol - bit early. What if he scores a brace?

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Then he's still missed easy chances and proves my point that he's not as clinical as people think.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            The winner speaks!!

            Who are your strikers?

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Brilliant run and dribble from Werner there mr drip dr

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Nice one by Mendy

    • The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Werner looks great, seems like a better option than Kane or Vardy

      1. Planet Jo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Really? Am thinking he looks like a rich man's Pogba - great for the national team, disappointing for his club.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Goals goals goals

    • Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Wheres my Lascelles goal. Justice for the lost clean sheet!

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

      James is such a tool, so many times he had Ziyech open for a great pass and he ignores him.

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Over rated english player

        1. Top Dog
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B******s

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Newcastle should have got a shot away...

      Good scoring chance!

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Not watching, how’s my Werner (c) looking?

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

        Had a few good chances. Loads of time to nab something.

      2. Top Dog
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Most dangerous Chelsea player had a couple of big chances already

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

      Last 5 mins, Chelsea 92% possession lol.