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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. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Franks getting the sack very soon

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      He’ll hope its a sack of potatoes to sort some chips out

  2. Yes Ndidi
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    That was my moment, and the phone rang. Sums up the week, really.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      🙁

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ndidit does.

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Can you not see the tele when your phone rings?

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Not having the correct channel to be able to watch it was more of a problem than the phone ringing, TBH.

    4. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Show off :p

    5. SackWenger
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Leicester said about it the better

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Well we have our irrelevant Leicester goal to bust those Chelsea cleanies. Now time for a Chelsea goal. From absolutely anyone. Come on you blues.

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Except Chilwell...

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        and Reece James

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Just any attacker, nobody owns them anyway

      • Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Pulisic to start a bandwagon, then get injured the next game I bet.

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Vardy muppet do something

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Maddy more likely to haul

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Up to 99 points with 5 to play including KDB captain.

      Remember the days of 100 + points regularly, in a normal game week, with Aguero captain?

      Also have Antonio bonus points incoming...

      1. Waynoo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Nice boast

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          It's been half a season coming.... Thought the thoughtful fpl community would like to celebrate relative success!

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Regularly?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          2011/12 and 2012/13

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Fairly regularly... Like every couple of months

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Maybe 2 or 3 times a season max I'd say?

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              And thatd be great going

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Memories fade... Not so many stats back then but Aguero back of the net perfect!! Hattricks, 4 goals etc.

                Lack of available stats gave the dedicated player an edge then on points per game, minutes per goal because you could crunch them on 2 hour train ride home on a Thursday evening!

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        congrats mate, great score

      4. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Well done dude, aint nothing wrong with posting a good score,

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks guys.

          I've needed it since gw1 to 10!!

          Done a bit better since.

    5. Kitman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Chelsea don’t really do clean sheets anymore - was debating bringing in Mendy as GK but having second thoughts

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I was surprised they got the CSs they did earlier this season, they weren't that good defensively then either.

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Well this is a garanteed 8 pointer for Justin

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        9

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Werner will kill it off bench

      3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        21 pointer

      4. Oz
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        nein

    7. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Mendy confused again

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Menzibalaga

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          🙂 so much for safe hands?

    8. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Just need an equalizer from Kovacic now. 1-1 would be perfect!

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Bold boy !
        Now go outside and sit in a puddle and think about what you’ve said.

    9. Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      End of the season, Frank just misses out on Champions League. Sack or no?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        If they just want the cycle to continue, sack.

        1. Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Getting 4th last year has almost worked against him. I'd personally give him another year but on thin ice

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            You know nothing

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Sack

      3. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I don’t see him worried about end of season
        Wish him good luck with Roman

    10. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Removing Justin after gw1 ended up a massive mistake lol

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Job idea for you, write a book on this seasons misfortunes.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Should he call it wasting the wildcard?

        2. Podge
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Then complain that no one buys it

        3. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          War and Peace part 2

        4. cheekumz
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Bridget Moans Diary

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Got rid on gw3 WC becuase Pereira was due back... Still hearing it in gw19... sigh.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Yup lol

    11. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Chelsea players body language doesn't look good.
      Heads dropped?

    12. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Do one Chilwell.

    13. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Maddy off the bar

    14. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      That goal was clearly Frank’s fault. Great take from like 12 of you.

    15. Al Moon Yeah
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Of all the goalies that I've owned this season, (and I've owned a lot of them) Mendy will go down as the worst. Cannot wait to get rid of after this double

    16. ivantys
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Leicester triple attack vs Leeds essential.

      • Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Justin Cs looks locked in lads

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          After 20 minutes !!???

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Betting odds still 5000/1 on LEI winning the title?

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Abraham is bambi on ice

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          In the headlights

      • Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Maddison has a quality shot on him.

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Doesn’t look like vardy was that bad of a decision Leicester looking good and winning games, just no party yet !

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        People here were saying that Lampard is great manager. LoL.

        probably worst manager in the league.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I’ve literally never seen anyone say that

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            they were before 2 or 3 months.

        2. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          The only person saying it was you.

        3. ivantys
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Worse than Dyche, Bruce, Big Sam?

          • seanie3
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I've never seen anyone on here say that.. newbie

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          James looks off tonight

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            His knee is a mess; should just get the surgery and get it over with...

          2. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Last game was boxing day so will be rusty. Shot on target there.

          3. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            looks like he is off to another club maybe..

        5. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Chelsea should get at least 1 goal this match because if they don't then Lampard is sacked. He will throw the kitchen sink at Leicester.

          1. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            that didn't pan out ...

        6. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          To be fair to Chelsea they did manage to scrape past a 10 man newly promoted side who were outplaying them before the red card so...swings and roundabouts

        7. 420king
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Oh man that Maddison goal from Castagne assist would have been godly for my draft team:
          https://draft.premierleague.com/entry/759378/event/19

        8. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Think Barnes is needed in my team and Vardy can gtfo.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Foden replacement for me possibly

        9. Releasebreaks
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Justin owners, what gift we getting tonight?
          6pts or haul ?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            2 with excuses and what-ifs

          2. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            2

          3. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            8 pts locked in

        10. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Vardy will blank

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Rebecca will knock one out later.