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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. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Was vardy a bad pick?!

    He was the player in most afraid of, take a hit to get him and 4 goals with no return...

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I got him on my WC in GW16. 9 points in 3.5 games. Absolute waste of funds at the moment.

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        He always does this. Let's you down when you hope or expect a good return.

        Then he'll go get a hattrick vs City once you ship him out

      • Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Nah, he's had some good chances but not been as clinical as his teammates so far. He'll get more chances in the 2nd half

      • fridge
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I don’t feel bad getting him in, lucks not always going to be in for every transfer and it made a lot of sense...

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Having watched both games, he could easily have got points v saints. Not so much here but surely chances in second half

      • FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        My trolls for various reasons over the last 2 years:
        Vardy
        Son
        Grealish
        Maddison
        Mount

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Vardy owners in for a haul 2nd half. Chelsea will play into his hands.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        triple captained him...so I really hope you're right.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Oh no.

      2. Il Capitano
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I'll take any return from him at this rate, mids and forwards have been abysmal for me this week

      3. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bloody hell Vardy...

      4. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Chilly and James leave Chelsea playing 2 at the back
        suboptimal

      5. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Better get Zouma on.

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Nononononono! I need him to stay on the bench!

      6. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Madders 15 points so far in the DGW. Would've had him if the City double wasn't announced. Hope KdB repays faith tomorrow.

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wouldn’t have had Stonesy if it wasn’t for a double!

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I was gonna have Chilwell and Maddison instead of Dias and KdB. Hasn't been all bad but hope KdB returns.

      7. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Zouma and Neto to Maddison and Mitchell for -4 done. Cant believe I sold Maddison after I got him in on WC and he didn't play against Palace

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          At least you corrected the mistake unlike me repeating it with Salah C for the fourth blank on row .

      8. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Imagine having Vardy over Antonio...

        1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          We are going to win the league

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Now are they going to believe you (again)?

            1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Haha!

              I just wish my inside info was at a more exciting club.....

              Unfortunately it’s Crystal
              Palace 😆

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Cool... Still Premier League.

                My team is sorting itself out in 19th position in League 2!!

          2. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No we're not 😆

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              They've got a chance again!

              6 way title race with Everton too.

              Favourites Man City

              Then Liverpool and Man U or Spurs.

      9. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Justin to Cancelo for -4 shaping up to be the worst transfer of all time

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Ouch

          • TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Hold my beer.

            Robertson and martial to Zouma and Vardy

            Got rid of Som before his haul.

        2. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Can Lampard come out of retirement, sub in himself, show these f****rs how it is done and then resign?
          One last time for Chelsea fans

          1. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I miss captaining lampard in FPL

        3. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Lacazette + Soucek to Antonio + Madders

          1. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yes, good moves.

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yep

          3. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wait on it if Antonio is ok then g2g

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          How bad is Pulishit...

          1. GROBARI
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Nobody asked

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Get a grav or gtfo

                1. GROBARI
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Again nobody asked.

                  • The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Link your team or gtfo

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      So people like you who are obsessed with checking out the teams of people you dont like can do just that... no thanks

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Weird dig but OK.

                        Mr. Integrity likes to criticize others and hide behind anonymity. Shocked.

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          THeres no contradiction. Im perfectly congruent on here, linking my team doesnt make a difference.

                          1. The Suspended One
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            It’s OK, plenty of others are fearful of putting themselves out there, you aren’t alone.

              2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Lazy

              3. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Better at Fortnite game !

            • TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Can Chelsea just score a goal already!

            • COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Wish my TV was lower. Would've bought Maddison over Vardy

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Harder to fit a midfielder in your team though.
                More options

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  On FH

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                haha

            • Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Selling Vardy punishes me every time but likely to do it

                1. Il Capitano
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Keeping him until Leeds at least

                2. Dybala10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Didn’t expect 3 goals in a row when I got Maddison but love those differential wins 🙂

                  1. Africa United
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Great differential

                  2. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    He’s playing better than ever before

                3. Africa United
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Any Grealesh+ Watkins owners here feel like they missed out ! Feels like years since Villa played .

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Having Villa players and having to wait until Saturday for the Newcastle game is the ultimate in delayed gratification

                    1. DA Minnion
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Tantric almost.

                    2. Africa United
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Green arrows everywhere but so many Managers triplecaptaining and benchboosting with failure so feeling light about it

                  2. DA Minnion
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Not really. Our days will come. Wed and Saturday .

                    1. Africa United
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Praying for Villa mega haul can be a season saviour fingers crossed

                  3. gogs67
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Grealish, Watkins and Martinez!!

                  4. Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Will Lampard make the next deadline? Roman's trigger finger must be starting tingle

                  5. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Those that couldn't afford Maddi got Foden 😉

                  6. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    They weren’t wrong when they said Reece James was a mix of Trent & AWB...

                    He has Trents defensive awareness along with AWBs attacking ability.

                    1. Amey
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      LOL

                    2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      😆

                      All he ever does is receive the ball out wide, then pass it backwards......

                      That’s all he’s done all game!

                    3. tuturututu
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Haha yes

                    4. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      FH'ers have lost pretty badly this week.

                      A lot picked Vardy, some Zoumas.

                      1. _Ninja_
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Alot of non FHs done Kane to Vardy for a hit.

                        Vardy will score though.

                      2. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Yeah...

                        Zouma stayed in mine but can take 1 complete blank in these turbulent and rapid fire locked down times

                      3. GROBARI
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Still 45 minutes but this is fail pick at the end for sure

                        • COK3Y5MURF
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Vardy the only fail on my FH. On 99 pts

                          1. Camzy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Nice but I imagine you're not the majority of FH'ers.

                        • Africa United
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Ml rival FH has maddison and Barnes and stones and Antonio Shmeichel he's on 98 points last time I checked so not necessarily lost ..

                      4. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Need to ditch Zouma and switch out bgw Lacazette...

                        Have Antonio.

                        Who is best upfront except Kane?

                        1. Egg noodle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Bet its going to be Vardy, but next week!

                      5. Cometh The Aouar...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        I'm going to triple up on Leicester and get Vardy in for the Leeds game. Could be a decent TC option.

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          He's best away.

                          Except home to Brighton of course but always an exception

                          1. Cometh The Aouar...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Yeah maybe you're right. His home record ain't great is it? Besides I'm doing just fine with Justin and Maddy right now!

                        2. Magic Zico
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Justin Barnes Maddison

                          1. Cometh The Aouar...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            For one week only I reckon. I think Barnes is good coverage, in case Maddy's knee goes again which I hope it doesn't!

                      6. DA Minnion
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Chelsea were terrible in that half.

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Half of January?!

                        2. The Suspended One
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Terrible.

                          Reece James walking all over the pitch again

                        3. GROBARI
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Chelesea is terrible in every match since start of December. They have lucky against Fulham to be honest. If they stayed with 11 man that would be easy a draw foe Fulham

                        4. CroatianHammer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          I feel like, for all the talk of DGW teams, that the Foxes were basically ignored. Anyway, Antoni-gol, what a player.

                          1. TheDragon
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Everyone wanted Vardy and 50% own Justin

                          2. AC/DC AFC
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Leicester quietly get in with it

                        5. Nightcrawler
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Brendan rodgers is a great manager bet pool feel foolish sacking him now

                          1. The Suspended One
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Said no one ever...

                          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            aye of course not like they havent won the league and c1 since ....

                        6. tuturututu
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Lampard getting fired tonight

                            1. AC/DC AFC
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Next time?

                              Bruce first after Leeds at home??

                          • Jet5605
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Brought in KDB (c), Stones and Antonio for a -8 hit. 50 points from those three so far. Happy days!

                            1. AC/DC AFC
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Enjoy

                              1. Jet5605
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Thanks mate

                            2. Houldsworth Hatter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Great stuff well done.

                              1. Jet5605
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Cheers mate

                            3. GROBARI
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Congrats!

                              • popey
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                snap on all - outgoings were Brewster Son and Trent so pretty happy!

                                1. Jet5605
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Nice one! Well done

                              • The Invincibles
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                I did the exact same 3 for a -8!

                                1. Jet5605
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Great minds!

                            4. Houldsworth Hatter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              104 (-12) plus Antonio and Coufal bonus points, with Maddison and Justin having 45 left then 10 to play. Hits to bring in Justin, Antonio and Maddison going really well. Successful bench boost for the first time ever and captained Salah who I fully expect to be a fail!

                              1. AC/DC AFC
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                If Salah hauls the shine is off BB to TC.

                                Could still happen but KDB most likely

                                1. Houldsworth Hatter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  I suppose but I can’t complain. My bench is Martinez, Maddison, AWB, Wilson.

                            5. Don Kloppeone
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              I did Kane > Vardy on my BB. My 11yr old son did Podence > Maddison.

                              Obviously there were other transfers involved but on the LEI front:
                              11yr old son 1 - 0 Dad....!

                              1. Houldsworth Hatter
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                😆

                              2. C_Manan
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Keep him away from this...it's addictive

                                1. Don Kloppeone
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 10 days ago

                                  Tell me about it. Obviously he’s not on FFS but he’s always telling me how obsessed I am (embarrassing!)