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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. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Went with Watkins instead of Antonio because I didn't want triple West Ham and I stand by that decision!

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      You do?

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I did the same. But not because of triple. Because of injury worries 😕

      1. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bit of same and didn't want to take another hit to swap out player who also have DGW. Unfortunately that player plays in a team managed by Steve Bruce.

    3. Twisted Melon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Congratulations

  2. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Trusting Soucek and not doubling up with Antonio is a classic example of getting left behind. No such thing as coverage.

  3. jpizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Never understood the Soucek love. Deep lying midfielder. Even deeper with Antonio back.

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Soucek casuals got what was coming. With Antonio coming back West Ham would play the 4231 with him holding. He’s done as an asset

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Easy switch to Saka, Neto, El Ghazi

  5. good biashara
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Hi all, who would be on penalties for Chelsea tonight?

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Impossible to know, but I guess between Tammy & Havertz

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Werner, he's going to haul.

      1. good biashara
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He's not playing though..

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Oh sorry, didn't notice that.

    3. ivantys
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Should be Tammy, he loves the extra cash bonus he gets with scoring goals.

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If Wood is benched I'm changing career paths.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Are you an undercover pro-pundit?

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I quit my job in August to focus on FPL. I'm not a pro but want to be one.

          1. STEP rOVERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Hahahahaha

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            This time next year, eh?

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            You on furlough at the moment?

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Never was. Worked at a garden centre.

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He won't be benched. Dyche trusts him

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          The 2 points are vital lol

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        This is a really sad thread because he’s not kidding...

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Has anyone ever seen both Brosstan & Fudgy in the same room?

      Case closed...

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Haha spot on

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 9 days ago

          This is a new fantasy I'm hearing about.

      3. Fantabulous KdB
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Other than the goal, did Antonio look good in the game?

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Not really

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            In the right positions and looks fit.

            Goal line clearance denied an assist.

            1. mojoindojo
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              This

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              This!
              He had involvement at the right end

          • JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Not really, but WH overall didn't impress either tbf.

          • Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            He's got elite finishing in the six yard box so only needs a couple of chances

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Come on Puli start your season tonight son

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Great to see Ricardo Pereira back, I remember getting him early in his first season in the PL
          Shame his price is 5.9m though!

        4. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Thinking about taking Son out for 4 weeks ish.

          Thoughts on a decent replacement?
          Double up on City or United?

          Have KDB/Bruno

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Thinking of bringing in Rashford for Son, but Son’s fixtures are still pretty decent

        5. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Lol. I would have had 6 points off bench if I used my BB chip.

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Same

          2. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Same 3x Leeds.

          3. aborg
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Same here with Bamford, Dallas and Adams.
            I decided to go with TC on KDB in the last 30 mins before deadline.

        6. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Reece James gonna get torn apart here.

        7. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          ndidi goal

        8. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Ndidi

        9. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Ndidi G

        10. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Goal

        11. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Leicester....?!

        12. umerlfc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Ndidiiiii

        13. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Barnes assist.

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Completely intentional.

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Lol

          2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Yes!

        14. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Yes Ndidi

          1. Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Oh yes!

        15. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Goodbye Frank

        16. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Assist?

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

          YES Ndidi

        18. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Assist?

        19. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Is that a miskick Barnes assist?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            He passed it backwards under his shooting foot.

            Great goal tho... Off the post!

        20. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Barnes assist?

          1. The Gambler.
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Worst in history

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Should be

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Kind of sums up the season

        21. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          - Frank benches Zouma
          - Team allows flipping Ndidi to score
          - Nice one

        22. LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          lol at that Barnes assist 😐

        23. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Barnes assist of the season.