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

    Vardy was fantastic for me last year, but the times I've had him this season he just hasn't ticked over enough. Frustrating.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      He’s 34 now

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

        33 last year. Your point?

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          32 two years ago

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          He’s past it

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

    Need that Chelsea goal. A onsite one that is ...

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

    Vardyyyyyyyy
    Non-owner
    Partyyyyyyyy

  4. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Feel sorry for Vardy captainers. Not many, mind.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      How about the TCers?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        doubt anyone tc'd him. that would be a ridiculous punt

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          *anyone serious

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I’ve seen a few in here...

  5. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    oh jamothy vardles why have you failed us again

    so many chances and not a single goal or assist.

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

    Ferr off Vardy yah cum guzzler..

  7. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Going Vardy -4 over Antonio is one of the biggest mistakes of the season

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

      Same move here but not a mistake imo if need to choose one of those. Just bad luck if doing pure comparison. Vardy had more chances than Antonio and with his usual conversion he would have scored couple.

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I think once both were declared fit it was an easy choice to go Vardy over Antonio, in hindsight obviously should have gone the other way but Antonio was just as likely to pull up with a hammy after one half as he was to score twice and vardy had so many chances over the two games just unlucky that he didnt manage to convert even one or that Leicester didnt get any pens considering how many they have been getting this season.

      The bigger mistake but again in hindsight was not doing bamford to antonio

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

    Vardy vs Antonio. Argh. Including Kane off for -4.

  9. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Vardy fail, can only be thankful I didn’t take a hit for him or captain, useless

    That air shot against Southampton about sums it up

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

    Who was your worst DGW transfer(s)?

    Zouma & Vardy for me

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

      Spices, that’s it

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

        Lol, Soucek*

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

      Vardy and Johnstone for me

    3. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Kane > Vardy
      To fund Raphinha, Dallas > Foden, Cancelo
      Might still pay off. Should do in the long run. Will get Kane back

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

      Too early for me to say as Villa haven't played either of their DGW matches.

  11. fusen
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    The freeze frame angle they use to try and judge the offside is absolutely terrible. Do they not have any other cameras further up the pitch for a more direct clear image?

    There are so many arms sticking out you can barely see what starts and ends where.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      So stupid...

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I know, On first viewing I thought the Werner goal was onside

  12. OrmskirkFC
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    It looks like VAR considers the elbow the furthest part of the arm that can be offsides. Advantage if you're built like an orangutan.

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

      end of the sleeve, they have decided that its a goal scoring part of the body for some reason for offside but they will give it as handball and disallow a goal for the same part of the arm. useless refs in england

  13. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Steptoe off

  14. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Ziyech 0pts

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

    Justin +BPS

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

    The Baps are flying around - is Justin getting any?

  17. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Justin is creeping up towards them baps 😆

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Negative

  18. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    VAR trying to wipe an FPL non-event.

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

    Soooo close to ending Justin’s rampage

  20. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    VARDYNOPARTY

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

    My final transfer decision was between getting Vardy for free or taking 2 hits to bring in KDB, Antonio, Stones. My word, that was close

  22. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Justin is quality, bad move getting rid when Ricardo was coming back in gw5!!

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      What terrible info that was...

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Sure he’s been a week away for 6 months

        1. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          this

  23. Finding Timo
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Might he rage transfer but who is best Vardy replacement ?!

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Antonio

        1. Finding Timo
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Yep possibly but Don’t think risk Antonio Be rested ?

            1. HonestBlatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              No he is the only proper striker now for Irons. Might have minutes managed but will start

      2. McPollolocco
          2 months, 21 days ago

          My team:
          McCarthy, Martinez
          Coufal, Cancelo, James, Targett, Alioski Salah, Bowen, Rodriguez, Zaha, Pulisic Kane, Ings, Bamford
          Transfer plans?
          a) Bowen --> Barnes, Aloiski --> Mitchell
          b) Bowen --> Smith Rowe, Aloisk --> Digne c) Bowen --> Foden (Gündogan), Aloiski --> Shaw?

        • Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I swear Justin okays FPL.

          1. Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Plays*

        • One of Those Days
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Justin so good

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Justinfied

        • londontom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Had a choice of Kane (no hit), Kane + Antonio (-4) or Vardy (-4).

          Chose Vardy.

          Thanks.

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

            Same same! Ml rival chose Maddison and Antonio.

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

              I feel you

          2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I had a choice of Cancelo or Stones, Chose Stones. Part of the game. Take the rough with the smooth

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

              Think I've only taken the rough so far this season. Maybe a Sterling (TC) haul in the second game will heal my broken spirit.

        • Right In The Stanchion
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Chelsea are finished

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

          Quick Schmeichel just throw it in your own net mate!!

        • Vision
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Fear that Frank might get Novi-chopped