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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. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Praying for a Chelsea goal as justin clean sheet is a real rank killer.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Wow

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      +1. Chilwell assist.

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I hate clean sheets on popular defenders that I don't own

      I need Chelsea to lay a big Lincoln Log Turd on the Leicester Clean Sheet

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Was tempted to free up funds by selling Kane for Antonio but after CRY it's LIV. Is Antonio fixture proof? Too early?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      He plays when fit and their best ever Premier League season...

      Happy Hammers for now

    2. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Keep Kane

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn’t bench him for Liverpool but also wouldn’t swap him for Kane

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Damn KDB, sit down and applaud Barnes, what an assist!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I cheered

  4. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What is the point range to be without chips at this point?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Chips can fail you know

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Your chips don’t lie

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Very broadly:

      FH = 25 points
      BB = 20 points
      TC = 15 points

      1. mojoindojo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        BB 20 is too high.
        Playing BB entails weakening your starting 11. So actual boost is even lower.

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          4 playing bench players in a DGW = 16 points as a base. 20 is one return

        2. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I’m on 32 with Chilwell in play

        3. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Not with a wc bud

  5. Tigers Time
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Question - which transfer has come the easiest in FPL this season.
    Clue - the defender leaving has been warming the bench these last two games for a club managed by someone who is about to be summond to the headmasters office in the morning for a defender who has woken up to discover not only can he keep a football out of the onion net behind him but has a knack of suddenly realising he can put it in the net in front of him?
    Answers on a post card to Gareth Southgate.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Probably DCL to Antonio tbf

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Son to KDB before KDB played WBA and Fulham.

    3. GROBARI
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Mitrovic to Bamford

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Zouma and Lampard made eye contact and Zouma said:

      "Miss me yet?"

      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Azpi*

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah Azpi is the one who he needs to be playing

      2. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Tell you what Zouma against that Wolves defence could be gold!!

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Do zoumas me yet?

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Alonso laughing watching on his phone on the freeway

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          FFS 😆

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Golanzo deserves another shot in EPL - to play meaningful minutes.

          He's too lazy to play for Leeds.

          But he would be fun at Burnley

        3. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Never thought I would upvote you 😀

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            😛

        4. Stoic
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Dark

    5. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Totally lost why top 10k is 64 points when most scorers are obvious. I know it is early days but:
      3 Citeh, 3 Hammers, will usually add up to average already!

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Son + Kane spammers. I don't really rate the guys in the top 10K this year at this time. I think the top 10K after 19 GWs last year is stronger than this set.

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I tend to agree. However I look at their average and the gap is much the same as including all players.

    6. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Abramovic surely must be losing patience with Lampard?

      Being stubborn using a tactic that doesn't suit the players he has to his disposal.

      Benching the players Roman invested a lot in for the purpose to challenge for the title. One can argue the players haven't performed but I'd say it's Lamps fault not using them as he should.

      No flexibility, very little progression since he came even though he got a huge budget to spend on quality players.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        He needs time. They are new and young players

        I support him fully as a Chelsea fan

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Agree, but he won’t get it. They bought too many new players at once without an idea of how to integrate them. Frank came in too soon imo

        2. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          2 years and no progress. I'd agree with you if there was any signs of the team evolving but for me it looks like they got even worse after some quality signings. He can't adapt, stubbornly sticking to a system that doesn't work and cripples some of his best players. Nah, he's out sooner rather than later...

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Rumored to be sacked with a loss today

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        The return of Avram Grant

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I've heard as assistant manager..

      4. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Lampard not my favorite person but injuries and over buying by the hierarchy are to blame IMO. Getting top 4 losing Chelsea best player and the embargo shows he can do it. I think anyone would sit in the same crap.

      5. clodhopper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        He deserves to lose for benching Zouma

    7. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Any interesting punts until GW24? Plan to have some fun till the WC

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Ndidi Maddison and Rudiger

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I thought Madison too. Not gonna waste punt transfer on 4.5 defender

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I have Maddi by accident. It was what I could afford dropping Son to get Salah. God works in mysterious ways \(smile)

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Stones and Gondogulan rule the world

      3. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Perreira after the City game

    8. Footieboot
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Antonio a better option than Bamford? WHU aren't great attacking wise but Antonio is such a good player.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Get both?

          1. Footieboot
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Playing a 3-5-2 looking like this

              Salah - KDB - Bruno - Grealish - ESR
              Kane - Bamford - Brewster

              So I can only fit one of Antonio and Bamford unless I drop Grealish which I feel is wrong. Think he will do better than both.

          2. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Both imo. I have both

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Get Watkins Bam Bam and Antonio

              1. Footieboot
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Playing a 3-5-2 with Kane and one cheap forward (see above) and not too keen on switching it up I would say so I can only fit one of those 3. Plus I really don't rate Watkins.

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Ffs 4 Leicester goals and not a single vardy involvement

            So infuriating

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He'll rip Leeds a brace and goal and assist against Fulham

          4. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 26 days ago

            One bad habit I must get out of is focusing on matches that involve players I own and often just watching highlights of other games. Not owning Leicester players means I have ignored the likes of Justin & Maddison, and even Vardy who I dismissed as overly reliant on penalties.

            Zouma (benched) the only player I have in this match so need a Chelsea goal not involving their defenders.

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Can’t watch them all mate

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Well you can almost now they're back to back.

                But you get frazzled by the 3rd or 4th

                Good commentators like Beglin help on Nav.

                1. POTATO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  They're all made available online where I am - I just need to mix it up a bit more with what matches I watch in full each week.

          5. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            No sign of pundit of punts today telling us how and when to play FH?

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Wiener fail on his FH

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Werner vardy and triple whu def

          6. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Could the mods impose a moratorium on 'casual', please? Of not, at least allow us to use the other c word in response to it.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Coverage?

            2. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Ignore them bro

            3. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Spoken like a true casual 🙂

            4. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              You cant

            5. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Why are causals always so upset?

              Chip-on-Shoulder is a sure sign, you are a casual.

            6. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Mods already banned "Lol@" because of me

          7. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            How many times is Jamie Redknap going to say streetwise 😆

          8. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That Zambian doctor survey doesn't know that there are cup games. He must have influenced Salah 5 blanks in a row in the PL. 4 in a row are done.

            The Burnley game is crucial for that sorcery.

            Do we think blank is upcoming?

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              100%

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Ouch. He is my captain though

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Hurt me the first 2.

                  More than when he hauls and I don't have him so I let my KDB cognitive bias in!

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He's going to blank. Ppl on here take it as a joke but i believe in black magic and im 100% sure he blanks. Not even joking

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Can we contact said Witch doctor for another 5?

            4. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              The curse is real

          9. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            2nd half is set up nicely for a Vardy goal on the counter.

            1. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Time for Vardy to rest that Old Hip - FFS get that man off the field !

          10. milanista10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            What’s wrong with Maddison’s baps?! On 17 only..

          11. Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That feeling when just about the only thing that'll sort this GW out is a Vardy 2nd half party, yet you know your cup opponent has TC'd him.
            Either way, I need snookers.

          12. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Justin just wide.

            1. Granville
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              You mean he completely missed the target

          13. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            How does Frank not make a half time sub... Lost it he has.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I'm assuming you think Timo Werner should be playing 😆 😆 😆

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I didn't say Timo was the answer but at least get Ziyech on...

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  ah sorry, thought you were the 30 Werner goals this season guy ... my mind must be playing tricks on me

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Seems so.

              A couple of weeks to sort it out?

            3. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Dead man walking

          14. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Wow Justin misses an absolute sitter!

          15. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Big big Justin miss.

          16. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Dunno how Justin misses that...

          17. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Wow if Justin scored there. My rank would have taken a big dip

          18. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Justin just thrown away his chance of BAPS

          19. LE CHARO
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Oh so close from Justin !

          20. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Oh Justin my days that could've been beautiful.

          21. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Probably have to get Justin back in soon

          22. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Justin open header