Dugout Discussion

Chilwell and James start for Chelsea after Lampard’s “doubtful” comments

Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.2m) both start for Chelsea despite Frank Lampard’s pessimistic prognosis in his pre-match press conference.

The former Derby County manager labelled each first-choice full-back as “doubtful” for the Gameweek 15 meeting with Arsenal and the following game.

However, it now looks as if those comments could be considered as ‘mind games’ by the sceptics among us as Lampard is able to name a strong XI.

The team sheet will be of significant frustration to those who sold Chilwell and James, the former the most shipped-out Fantasy asset for Gameweek 15.

Timo Werner (£9.3m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) line-up either side of Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) sits on the bench.

In the opposite dugout is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) back from his calf problem as a substitute for Arsenal.

To match Cheslea’s 4-3-3 system, Mikel Arteta has gone with a back-four consisting of Kieran Tierney (£5.3m), Pablo Mari (£4.4m), Rob Holding (£4.4m) and Hector Bellerín (£5.1m).

Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) has overcome the issue that forced him off against Manchester City to start on the flanks of attacking midfield, Bukayo Saka (£5.1m) on the opposite side and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) up-front.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerín; Elneny, Xhaka; Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Zouma, R James; Mount, Kanté, Kovacic; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic.

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1,930 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    That was not a pen lmao

    Penalties have become a joke

    1. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Clear pen.

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Explain

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 3 days ago

        It’s the same dive that Kane and Vardy do all the time

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        James was always fouling once beat.

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Clear penalty (Chelsea fan)

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Tierney dive (Arsenal fan)

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

          Thanks for speaking sense

      • Bolivian Seaman
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not a pen (arsenal fan)

      • HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not a pen for me agreed OP.

        Needed to see it 6 times in slo mo and can still see no contact.

    3. fylde2022
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Thinking of shipping Zaha and bringing in Rashford.

      Reckon owning Bruno and Rashford is a bit too much?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Sounds fine to me.

      2. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I would take Rashford over Zaha, with or without Bruno

    4. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mendy was well off the line for the penalty, right?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yes but scored so doesnt matter

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          But why bother giving a 2nd chance.

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            What, do you expect consistency or something?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Silly from the keeper was the point.

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Terrible point, you should be asking questions to the ref.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  🙄

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        If he saved it would be a retake but he scored so doesn’t matter

    5. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Smith-Rowe Martinelli and Saka all great youngsters.

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They got more. Nelson, nketiah, balogun, saliba

          Arteta has been too scared to try them

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yup Martinelli and Saka especially, along with Greenwood Neto Harvey Elliot some quality young players around right now

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

          Yeah yeah, the future is bright(er) my friend.

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

          Are they quality? Or is it they just bring some work rate to the team that players like Willian, Pepe etc don't.

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

          Nelson is brilliant.
          Balogun should be given more chances.

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        2 points down this half with Zouma conceding twice and owning Grealish

      • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I feel good with Konsa 1 pointer blocking a potential negative points from James.

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          ..

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

        Is Reece James taking corners?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mount usually takes them. Chilwell James take them sometimes

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          No, just the pi55

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

          On FIFA if you want him to. Took them in the opening few GWs. Off them now.

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Can’t wait for the Newcastle win later

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Let’s hope

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          A goal would be nice.

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            This please

          2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Sounds lovely

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

          I remember when Man City got done by Newcastle in winter time a few seasons ago.

      • HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        2 - 0 Gunners looks good on Lamps.

        Was a Chillwell and James owner so bitter..

        Lovin it

      • Uns95
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Team for next GW, do I hold and bank the FT so I have 2 FTs to use on 1 Jan or do KDB > Fernandes? Unless any other obvious options?

        McCarthy
        Robertson Chilwell KWP Dier
        Salah KDB Son
        Bamford Watkins Kane (c)

        Steer Soucek Mitchell Mendy

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

        Giorud in asap

      • Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Arsenal 2-0 Chilwell's ankle

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Only just noticed Grealish got a YC today
        Means he's one away from a ban too
        So annoying as a FPL player!

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

          Hopefully gets banned in time for BGW18. Would make Spurs an even more attractive option.

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Pen specialist on

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hmm, plan was grealish to raphina on wc. Would allow me to go straight back to kdb from son in 20
        A) do it
        B) hold

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Wait a day.

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hudson in. As a Chelsea fan so disappointed that Ziyech is so injury prone

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Werner fail

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Werner fail

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        CHO and Jorginho on
        Werner and Kovacic off

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

        Coufal better prove himself to be a real man and play tonight... Don't want the fraud James off the bench

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Wife says hello

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

            And he should be a man and say 'Im bringing in the dough, see you in four hours'

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

          *tomorrow

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Real man knows to prioritize family over your fpl team

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Triple United attack too much?
        Fernandes Rashford Martial

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

        Franks mind games about James and Chilwell, worked vs himself. He is lost, confused and stunned, “are they playing, hang on I said they probably wouldn’t?!
        What’s happening here??”

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          2:0 for Arsenal will fake penalty and amazing free kick. Werner subbed at half time

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

          It isn't dubious. Those types of penalties have been given all the time. Literally season after season.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            This

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I like Werner out. Pulisic on his preferred left

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

        Werner benched for Villa in a couple of days?

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

          Martinez owners hope not.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            We want save points!

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Let us have a James firesale and get him down to 5.0m asap. Wish to get him in soon.

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

        About time Frank woke up regards Werner.

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I think he should play him at forward, false 9 or No 10. He is not well suited for the wing

      • michaelington
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Did Fulham look solid today? Trying to weigh up if kdb to son is going to go ahead as planned.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They have been better of late but Southampton were a little flat tbf

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          KDB has Chelsea soon.

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

        Dese Landin clubs r propa bantz innit blud

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

        Please start Domenico Cal-vert Lewindowski

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He will start. He is rested against City. Check Carlo quote

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

            What? Really? Why would he rest him in a harder game?

            Thanks though, just seems strange