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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. Davros
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    So much value in midfield and defence at the mo. 4-5-1/ 5-4-1 could be way forward

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Kane up top 451

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Quite like DCL/Antonio - both amazing value. DCL *could* be back next match - with Hamez and Digne playing well.

  2. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    How's James looking? Should I look to ship him off soon?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Crap

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      horrible

    3. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Keep

    4. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      “Look to”?! The time was like a month ago! Get rid asap

    5. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He's playing?

    6. GROBARI
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Like the other chelsea players

    7. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Havertz was having a good game actually. He looks better and better.

      His movement on attacking areas was the best.

      I would have left him in the game

    8. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just casually checked the live Cup scores, assuming I was going through. Turns out it’s on a knife edge!

      Him: 96 (-8) = 88 with Stones, Salah, Bruno (C) and El Ghazi x2

      Me: 98 (-12) = 86 with Stones, Dias, Salah (C), Bruno, Robbo, Martinez x2

      I should be able to edge it right?!

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Salah vs Bruno

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeh it’s basically do ‘Pool turn up vs BUR or not!

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Don't count on it.....

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          The magic of the Cup!
          Fml

      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Juat not the FPL game

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          You’ve lost me!

    9. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Time to move Chilwell?

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Decent fixtures

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        For Justin

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

      Fellow Vardy owners, what do we do? Looks awful

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He's going to score.

        I don't own him.

        But my luck as hell Mini-League Rival does. So he's gonna score.

      2. Custard Gannet
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Making him captain this DGW will probably be my biggest regret this season.

      3. Il Capitano
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Frustrating to say the least this DGW, think I have to hold though as Leicester look sharp and have decent fixtures. Surely in the points soon.

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Launch him into the stratosphere

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Just one of those bad luck calls.

          4 goals, good Leicester performance and should have got at least 1 goal. Good fixtures coming up so I’m keeping

      4. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Chelsea clueless here

      5. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        James seems to forget his position is right back

      6. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I am impressed by Justin

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He’s been great but Leicester so well organised, even Albrighton looks good

        2. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Quality, won’t be long before he gets a call up.

      7. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Top 10K avg seems to be 67-68 with 7-8 players to go, could be around 90 at the end of the GW?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Depends on Salah and KDB and Fernandes

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Surely at least that

      8. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Vardy (C), an assist? Anything? Pleeeaaasseeee

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 8 days ago

            This

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            He will get subbed if Chelsea don’t score soon

            1. The Tinkerman
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yep, probably. If he didn’t have great fixtures I’d be selling. He is due one soon... surely 😀

        2. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Kane to vardy went well then

          1. Lebowski85
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Yep. I've just subbed him back for a hit and pretended like nothing happened

            1. Indpush
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Not much of an imagination required for that.

        3. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Soton goal. 2-0

        4. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Went Chilly instead of Soucek or Justin.

        5. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Vardy needs to go. No longer an fpl asset. Just doesn't get the service he used to. Their attacking dynamic seems to have changed.

        6. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Chelsea looked better last season

        7. BeWater
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Vardy was averaging 7.5 points per game before I got him. 2.5 points per game since then.

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Most of his points were incredibly lucky or penalties, barely touched the ball

              1. BeWater
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Why couldn't he do that after I got him?

            2. Bounce
                1 month, 8 days ago

                What would be an okay score if you didn't use any chips like BB or TC this week?

                I've got only got 86 points with just Salah (C), Fernandes and Dias left.

                1. TyroneGAA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Only

                2. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  No chips here and on 78 with 10 left. Hoping for 130/140

                  1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Jonald, not sure you've got your numbers right

                3. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  That's a great score with no chips, no chips for me and I'll be well over 100

                4. TomSaints
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I would bite your hand off for that. I’m on 50 with KDB (c) and 6 others to go. Hoping to get to 80

                5. Forgetmeknot
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I’m on 69 if Justin keeps this cs with 11 to play, no chips so yours feels about right. I’m a bit concerned about flooded grounds tomorrow so points on the board a good thing

                6. Houldsworth Hatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Come on that’s great with no chip and you know it.

                7. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  On 86 (-4) with Cancelo, Stones, KdB (C), Bruno and Grealish x2 left

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    No chips used yet

                8. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  That's not bad. I've got 7 to play but am only on 65, and I'm not far behind the top 1k average of 69.

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

                Chelsea please wipe this CS ASAP

              • diesel001
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Perreira and Perez on
                Albrighton and Maddison off

              • Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Ricardo about to come on...

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

                  OOP Winger.

                  No threat to Justin.

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Bring both Justin and Pereira in then

                  2. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    With a 2-0 lead; chill Winston

              • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Ricardo OOP

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Overall rank drop today despite owning Antonio, Soucek and Cresswell!

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Justin CS unfortunately. So highly owned

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I’m really surprised he’s that high owned! Need a Chelsea goal

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      This

                2. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I'm bringing Justin in for Dallas, can't take it anymore!

              • Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Leicester's best player is back. Title race is on

                1. Neevesy
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Perez? Lol

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

                    Pereira

              • Feanor
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Never getting Vardy again.

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

                Vardy +Barnes/ Maddison looking good options for Gwk 21 with Leeds at home no?

              • The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I’ll always love Frank, but something has got to change here...

              • Neevesy
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Vardy is my biggest troll, pretty sure for the last two seasons I've had him every week he doesn't haul and not him for any of the weeks he does.

                Now I dont know whether just to keep for him for the season and see what happens.

                1. BeWater
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I haven't owned him at all this year. Got him in GW16. Killing me when I didn't have him and killing me when I do. Having 22M tied up in him and Salah has smashed by rank.

                    1. Neevesy
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Yup, with you on both.

                2. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Pereira RW/RM?

                3. HD7
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Have Maddy in this one. Should hope Chelsea score a goal right? 🙂