Dugout Discussion

Zouma, James and Werner on Chelsea’s bench at Fulham as Lampard rotates

Frank Lampard has caused some Double Gameweek 19 rotation grief with his team selection for Saturday’s trip to Fulham.

Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) and Reece James (£5.1m) are currently owned by 21.5% and 7.4% of all Fantasy Premier League managers respectively but they both find themselves on the bench at Craven Cottage.

There is more surprise about the former considering he has started 13 of the last 14 Premier League matches while James is making his return from a recent knee problem.

Instead, Lampard has gone with a central defensive pairing of Thiago Silva (£5.6m) and Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) while Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m) staff the full-back berths.

Kai Havertz (£8.2m), Timo Werner (£9.2m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) are also on Chelsea’s bench as Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) flank Olivier Giroud (£6.7m).

Fulham come into this London derby without Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) so Ademola Lookman (£5.0m), Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) make up the front-three.

André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) and Harrison Reed (£4.4m) are in central midfield with Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) and Kenny Tete (£4.3m) in the wing-back positions either side of the back-three.

Fulham XI (3-4-3): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; A Robinson, Zambo Anguissa, Reed, Tete; Lookman, Cavaleiro, De Cordova-Reid.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Giroud, Ziyech.

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1,219 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Even though I got the Mendy cleansheet, still annoyed at Fat Frank for benching Zouma. This was the game I really wanted double Chelsea defence for and bench boosted for. What a knob.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's a knob because he didn't take your fantasy football team into consideration for his team selection?

  2. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Chose to go for Antonio over Chilwell for the foreseeable. Honours even so far. Hoping for a Chelsea collapse against Leicester.... regardless.

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 5.

  4. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Trossard post
    Werner miss
    Antonio G
    Chelsea + West Ham CS
    Wolves and West Brom terrible defending

    A predictable day so far, except Leeds and team sheets

  5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Something ever so naughty about Kelly Dalglish saying “Areola” pre-watershed

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Absolute fuming as a CHilwell owner. They set a precedent with the lofted VVD cross a few seasons ago that was headed for goal and tipped into Origi who scored. Why is this different? If Areola wasnt there it would have gone straight in...

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      It wasn't going in!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah it was just a punt across goal.

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You're always fuming. Maybe fume less.

  7. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Will miss watching Ozil in the PL. He was fantastic for his first 3 or 4 seasons. A true artist, every touch, every pass made a different sound. Feels like the end of that kind of No.10, for now. Hopefully football goes back to appreciating these type of players than an attacking midfielder who runs around a lot.

  8. JohnWick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone know of Johnstone's availability against West Ham?

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      COVID so have to presume he is out given the time frame.