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Chilwell, Zouma, James and Havertz on Chelsea’s bench as Rudiger starts again

Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) is the latest high-profile Chelsea player to be rotated onto their substitutes bench, with Thomas Tuchel frustrating many Fantasy managers by handing a start to Marcos Alonso (£5.6m).

Tuchel takes charge of his second match after replacing Frank Lampard, facing a Burnley side high on confidence from beating Aston Villa 3-2 and ending Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten Premier League home run.

The German makes four changes from Wednesday’s 0-0 stalemate with Wolves. Chilwell and the front three have made way for Alonso, Mason Mount (£6.8m), Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) and the struggling Timo Werner (£9.2m).

This means that fellow German Antonio Rudiger (£4.5m) has started in place of Kurt Zouma (£5.6m) for five of the last six matches, putting him firmly on FPL managers’ radars ahead of promising fixtures against Sheffield United (a) and Newcastle United (H).

Rudiger was a regular before this season, notching five goals during three seasons. At such a low price, he is an intriguing way to get coverage of Chelsea’s defence whilst Zouma and Reece James (£5.1m) are in and out of the side.

So far, Tuchel seems to prefer a wing-back system, with Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) taking James’ place on the right. Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m), who played 81 minutes in midweek, doesn’t even make the bench this time.

Kai Havertz (£8.2m) does, alongside Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) and N’Golo Kante (£4.9m), who has recovered from a thigh injury. Pulisic’s largely unproductive seven successive starts has been followed with back-to-hack benchings.

For Burnley, Sean Dyche makes two changes from the comeback win over Villa. Jack Cork (£5.0m) replaces Josh Brownhill (£4.9m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) comes in for Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m). Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) is still out with a hamstring problem.

The Clarets have picked up 1-0 away wins at Arsenal and Liverpool this season and will hope to claim another victim today in their quest to drag themselves out of relegation danger.

With Nick Pope (£5.4m) in goal, Burnley have collected four clean sheets from nine matches, although they entered the game week as the league’s second lowest scorers (13), having had the second fewest goal attempts (173).

CHELSEA XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Werner, Abraham

BURNLEY XI (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Vydra

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753 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Werner is the new Bosko Balaban

    1. I am become Marvin
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      More like Bob Balaban.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Werner making Minamino look prolific

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        he really is terrible

  2. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Not great I'm sure but any word on Kane injury?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Read that even if it's better than expected it is still bad enough. They haven't even been able to scan it since it's swollen.

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        OK thanks

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            The ‘could’ is always going to be bad and worst case scenario.

  3. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Chelsea on 20 shots off target after 30 mins!

  4. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Can see a pope haul here unfortunately

    1. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I transferred out Popey last night for Martinez. Probably not smart, I just couldn't take the pain of Emi's easy 10 pointers any longer! Pope was brilliant last gw, yet only got 3 points after 8 saves.

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    No surprise, but Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Justin all start for Leicester.

    Source as usual is Sean from Enderby. Won't link as he's a bit being a bit of a twerp (as usual) with how he's posting it so won't bother linking.

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I googled to see what you meant..
      Wow.. yeah that is kinda weird.

  6. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Burnley can do this all day.

  7. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Mount is aiming high!

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      must be on his tiptoes...

  8. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Coming into gw, had zouma cresswell awb, needed to start one for final df spot.

    Reckon cresswell/awb both likely to get 2pointers, and zouma a no show.

    Good chance to upgrade zouma to chillwell, -4, but should come out even with a chelsea cs, and maybe a chillwell return.

    How wrong was I...

    Please stay on bench ben, and give me awb 8 points.

  9. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pope 3 saves

    1. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      My cup tie hopes hinge on Pope and Salah mega hauls.

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        🙁

      2. Dash4
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Mine relies on Mandy conceding and Mane blanking so I don’t think I’ve got much hope!

          1. Dash4
              3 months, 13 days ago

              *Mendy

      3. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Werner scared to hurt the ball

      4. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        easy day between the goal posts for Pope.

      5. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Liverpool closing in on signing Issa Diop

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Aren’t you going to sign world class Mustafi from us?

      6. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        AZPIIIIIII

        CHO assist.

      7. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        jesus wept has there ever been a more sustained run of boring games

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Just after restart last season - is this the new normal after winter break?

      8. Craicer
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Is Burnley likely to have a DGW in 26?

      9. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cant we stop the where is Reece comments now?

      10. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Some finish from cezar.

      11. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Azpi essential!!! Bandwagon started!

      12. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        James owners feeling robbed

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          James doesn't play RCB for us really.

      13. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Azpi the one to get if we keep this formation. BAP merchant.

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          current price?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            You can check on https://fantasy.premierleague.com

            1. SackWenger
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              -1

      14. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        CHO wagon leaving the station

        1. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Playing WB, not for me.

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Saka, Gundog, Soucek, CHO, Raphinha

            Here we go.

            1. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              This year you can literally make a great team for 65-70mil.

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Traore, Pereira

          • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Another cheap mid to throw into the mix

          • pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Headed towards a siding somewhere near Banbury - remember to wave if you see it

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Cho is the one

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Odoi would be an interesting option if my midfield wasn't completely bloated

        4. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          How exactly have new signings contributed to Chelsea?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Mendy was a good one

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Silva too

            2. C_Manan
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Both were pretty cheap

        5. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Pope cleanie wipe.

        6. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          No Pope cleanie 😎

        7. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Any Chilwell involvement?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cheerleader duties

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  😉

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Chilwell likely to come on late though.

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        Here’s hoping

                        1. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          I'm lying actually.

                • Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Pls don’t mention his name, I want Holding’s 8 pointer off the bench 😉

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      I own Mitchell and Cancelo also so a 1 point cameo would be great!

                  2. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Was looking good when Alonso got a kick. But ....

                • A Kun & Mateta
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Azpi tend to score well in second half of seasons for some reason. I wonder did Frank fiddle his IQ results, team doing better already.

                • Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  seriously considering removing Bruno and use funds to tidy up squad

                  1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Now the penalties have dried up that's s decent shout

                    1. Bookkeeper
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      UTD are fizzling out too

                  2. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    He's knackered

                  3. F_Ivanovic
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    What funds to use up? I have 4m in the bank (others have more I imagine) and no where to spend it already. Getting rid of Bruno would free up more cash for no reason. If he was 7m you'd have him so no reason to get rid just because he's expensive.

                • Goodricke
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Have Burnley been told they can't touch the ball?

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    About 5 years ago, yeh. Worked very well for them.