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Zouma suffers second successive benching as Rüdiger starts for Chelsea

Kurt Zouma‘s (£5.8m) Fantasy Premier League stock has taken another dip in Double Gameweek 19 following Chelsea’s latest team-sheet.

The centre-back has been left on the bench for a second Premier League match in a row, much to the chagrin of his 20.5% ownership.

As things stand, only three defenders are selected by more managers than Zouma but a third start in four for Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) alongside Thiago Silva (£5.6m) is sure to trigger a fire-sale in the build-up to Gameweek 20.

Reece James (£5.1m) returns at right-back while Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) remains the most ever-present of Chelsea’s defenders, making his 15th consecutive Premier League start.

Frank Lampard has made changes in attack too, Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) coming in for Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) after registering more attacking returns since Gameweek 15 than any other Chelsea asset (two).

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) replaces Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) but Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) retains his place on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s front-three.

Any concerns over Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) have been assuaged for now as Brendan Rodgers selects him to lead the Leicester line.

James Maddison (£7.1m), who has as many attacking returns in his last four at the King Power Stadium as the Foxes’ talismanic forward (four), has the number 10 role again, flanked by Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.3m).

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) continues to wait for his first start of the campaign as James Justin (£5.0m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) staff the full-back roles once again.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Fofana, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Rüdiger, R James; Havertz, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

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1,435 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Vardy hattrick with Justin hattrick of assistd

    1. Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      *Assists

    2. wasp3000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Would love this

  2. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Play up

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Play one

    A. Adams
    B. Soucek

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Interesting. I currently have Adams bench but the reply from JBG has changed my mind

  4. HM2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Are people waiting or selling Zouma now to beat the drop?

    1. Alnair
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Depends on how big of an idiot you think Lampard is

    2. POTATO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Already sold after the previous benching - surprised he hasn't dropped by now.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Question mark shows uncertainty

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Also, getting 1 score correct out of many games will make you lose money

  5. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    1 BAP for Coufal?

    1. Kno
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      looks like it atm at least

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Just the 1

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Every little helps

  6. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Vardy,Chilly hatties and Zouma brace off the bench can only save my GW...

  7. Kno
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Start one, bench two:

    A: coufal (cry)
    B: Dallas (new)
    C: holding (sou)

    1. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Gut says start Dallas as Newcastle don't threaten

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        But Leeds don’t defend.

    2. The Sociologist
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Coufal

  8. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    If Vardy doesnt score tonight then my season is over. Especially after Antonio's jam party

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Same

    2. TheBiffas
        2 months, 21 days ago

        love how you keep calling everyone else's success jam. what are you, 12?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Who other than Antonio have I called jammy?

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah his 2 finishes this dgw have been off his arse

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        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Ok Im reporting you, piss off racist

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Head to head in the cup.
        Opponent has TC on KDB, me on Vardy.
        Crunch time coming up...

    3. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      1FT 0.8ITB. Zouma a prioty to sell.

      Martinez
      Targett Dias Coufal Zouma
      KDB (C) Salah Bruno Soucek
      Vardy Bamford
      (Forster, Adams, Dier, Burke)

      Zouma to
      A) City
      B) Maguire/AWB/Shaw
      C) Justin
      D) Chilwell/James/Rudiger
      E) Palace Defender

      Adams for -4. Budget dependant on the above move 6-7mil
      1) Hold
      2) Antonio
      3)Watkins
      4) Other
      £

      1. HM2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 21 days ago

        im considering C2

        1. Street Friend
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Do you have any hesitation behind Justin's game time going forward? (Feel like that's the same questions for the last 19GW's)

      2. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        A2

    4. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Vardy hattrick only fair outcome now

      1. Leaf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        A nice 0-0 would bring perfect

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          This

        2. mrmrscott
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Like

      2. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        yeah and that would be the end of lamps as well so a double win...

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          😮

          1. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            deserves it for benching zoomy and ruining my DGW.. could have easily got stones in for him If lamps had given us a hint...... 😛

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              😆

    5. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Dropped from 20k to 26k after that debacle not owning coufal or antonio

      Vardy party needed urgently

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        #humblebrag ?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          No ive just had a shocker in the whu game

      2. Leaf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight now

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Why not. Sleep is very important and healty sleep well

        2. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          lol

      3. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        The heart bleeds

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Where did you hide during the game?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Had to watch it all becuase there was absolutely nowhere to hide for me

      5. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Nose must be bleeding this close to 10k

    6. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Antonio and Coufal owners unite!

      1. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        \0/

      2. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Antonio, Coufal and Bowen 🙂

      3. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 21 days ago

          \o/

        • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          🙂 🙂 🙂

        • mrmrscott
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Thumbs up

        • Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          🙂 with soucek and Johnstone adding me 4 points

        • The Sociologist
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Hooray! Feel like I’m a bit too invested in West Ham with Soucek as well.

        • Yank Revolution
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Hear! hear!

      4. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        1-1 with 2 OG’s please

      5. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        40 points from just West Ham. Scenes

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Antonio Coufal Creswell 🙂

      6. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Antonio and Stones in for a hit has worked wonders. Now just need a Chilwell masterclass to top off the day!

        1. Starskyb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yeh same. Wellbeck to Antonio and Taylor to Stones.... About the smoothest things have ever gone for me, so thought I'd take the chance to post on the site. Usually I'm just roughs

        2. wasp3000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Taylor & Adams --> Stones & Antonio here for a -4. Went without KDB and put TC on Salah. Justin & Vardy up now. Anxious few days ahead still

      7. shearer9
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Ziyech was a garbage pick on wildcard

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I did mention that somewhere. He is not an explosive player.

          • The Sociologist
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Was a garbage pick all season

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Shameless brag. Took a -8 this week

          Son (5), Adams (2), KWP (2) -> Antonio (18), Coufal (12), KDB (7 + ?)

          +20 and counting 🙂

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Very tidy! Did Bamford (2) + Dallas (2) to Antonio (18) + Coufal (12) for a -4 🙂

          2. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Did

            Forster (0) Son (5) Kane (8) to Johnstone (2) Rashford (2,x) Werner (1, benched)

            -8

            Shocking

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Werner vs Antonio this week is a classic case of ridiculous FPL variance - very unlucky

              1. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Couldn't get Antonio! Had 3 WHU already 🙁

          3. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            My -8

            Lacazette (2) —> Antonio (18)
            Tierney (6) —> Robertson (6)
            Son (5) —-> Salah TC (9)

          4. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Well done mate!

            I’m on similar:

            Kane (9), Adams (2), KWP (1), Forster (0) > Vardy (2+?), Antonio (18), Stones (21+?), Johnstone (2) -12

            19pts up and counting!

        3. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Come one Vardy bag a brace

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Thank Jebus that is over. With no Antonio or Soucek only Coufal that was a long 2 hours.

          • JBG
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            1-0 Justin winner would be perfect.

            1. KAMARA-COPY
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              This please

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              0-0 unfortunately

          • KAMARA-COPY
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            What do you guys reckon will be the average score at the end of the gameweek?

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              231

              1. JBG
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Avg right now is 46(overall), surprisingly low.

            2. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Top 10k: 90 ish

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Closer to 110 imo.

            3. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              If Salah and De Bruyne haul then it’ll be massive

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              There’s pictures of Grealish in training on Twitter.

              1. xuwei
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Ah okay thanks

            2. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              He made the moves before the Villa-Newcastle game was announced and it was almost certain that Vill-Everton was off. At that point they just had one game vs City away.

              1. xuwei
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Gotcha -Rival has both players so had some wishful thinking going. Cheers.

          • Carlton P
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            What to do?
            1FT 0.5ITB

            Martinez l Steer
            Dias l Stones l Coufal l Zouma l Taylor
            Salah l KDB l Bruno l Son l Soucek
            Bamford l Antonio l Brewster

            Zouma > Mitchell to fund Soucek > Grealish?
            Not in a rush obviously

            1. The Sociologist
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Sounds like a good plan

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Did that move after his first benching, look at his points past 7 games 0 0 1 0 6 0

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            So Antonio outscored all 3 players I got rid off for -8

            Son 5, Kane 9 and Lacazette 2 to Salah 3, ?, Vardy 2, ? and Antonio 18

          • FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Zouma on FH fail
            Now need vardy hattrick

          • Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Antonio owners are so annoying. Ok, we get it, he scored twice in two games. Well done

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              It may be their first season playing, bless em

            2. Etonmessi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Antonio scored AGAIN?!!! Yesssss, ya beauty!!!

            3. The Sociologist
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              He was an obvious transfer in this week with those fixtures. Worth the punt on his fitness.

              1. Niho992
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                really ?

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Really

            4. GROBARI
                2 months, 21 days ago

                He scored twice in 2 games! YES!

              • seanie3
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                oh why is that, did you pick someone like wilson or bamford? newbie spotted

            5. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Feel sick

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                season over.

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I’d have sympathy but you have a good rank 🙂

              3. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                With excitement ?

            6. Coys96
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Absolute crap. As usual.

              Cresswell, Soucek & Johnstone all blanking and Werner on the bench. Cba anymore

              1. JBG
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Did you really expect anything from Johnstone? I have Martinez and I'm expecting 4pts overall.

                1. Coys96
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Not really but given that none of treble West Ham scored its disappointing

            7. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I don’t usually do these sort of posts but I was so gutted immediately after taking a -12 pre-BB. The regret was real.

              But I’m currently on 96 (-12) with 10 to play incl Captain Mo. Up from 121k > 58k so far 😀

              No KDB though so I’ll take what I can get at this stage!

              Moral is, -12 is too much but it can sometimes (v v luckily) pay off!!

              1. Alnair
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Well obviously it can unless you've not realised that a huge chunk of this game is luck.

              2. Yank Revolution
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Hits are stupidly frowned upon here..they're the best tool in the kit, better than all the chips (save Wild Card).