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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. Drumandbaines123
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Rudiger has a strange running style that's for sure.

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

        Prefer sterling’s.

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

      The top 13 midfielders sorted by form all cost less than 8m. Only Grealish and Pogba cost more than 7m.

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

      Somehow I have Bruno, Rashford and Cavani in my team

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

        United fan?

      2. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Same, will be removing at least one before the next deadline though.

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        When I say over you say kill

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

          Ok, ready

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Over

            1. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Kilman?

    • Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Welcome to my team CHO...

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

        Casual pick.....

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Great fixtures coming up for Chelsea def but if you have double city + holding or slab head etc hard to fit them in

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Assuming most have 4/5 good mids they want to play as well

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        City fixtures turn soon. Looking to dump Stones for a Chelsea defender. Probably Rudiger.

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Good shout.

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

          City also likely to have a double in GW24. I’m holding.

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Might take a punt on the goalkeeper

      4. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I wouldn't touch them for now until i know who tuchel prefer in defence.

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Baffling why Lampard didn’t play CHO more often.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Agreed. When Bayern are sniffing around you know there is more to the player.

          1. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            This.

        • bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Tuchel is very good with communication, young players like cho could only nerd a couple of words, guidance Key and suddenly things click.

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Played Mendy over Martinez so please keep the cs

        • DonBenzema
            3 months, 13 days ago

            With no news regarding Kane's injury and with no great options to replace him with I'm quite torn regarding my next move.

            A) Replace Kane with someone like Ings or Watkins
            B) Rashford -> Grealish
            C) Rashford and Bissouma -> Grealish and Gundo (-4)

            Could do both option A and B for a hit. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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

              I know I have money to burn and no one worth replacing Kane with not one big hitter up front

          • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I own Ziyech, Chilwell, Cancelo, Stones and Mitchell. Lollllllll

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Chillwell, Cancelo, Mitchell and Sterling here.

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

                  Zouma and Stones here. Coufal coming in for a likely 1 pointer not a disaster

              • schwing
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I've got Stones, Chilwell, Saiss, Sterling and Saka

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

                No way for a green arrow for me with Stones Cancelo Chilwell the starting defenders 🙂

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

                Elite management.

            2. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              A Burnley goal and Chilwell/James cameo would be delightful

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

                Yes please

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

              That sprint by Azpi to get in position for that goal was everything. What an effort.

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

                That's why Lampard got sacked. No way to drop Azpi out.

                1. Werner Brothers
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  A great legend but newbie manager

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

              Which defender for next 2-3 weeks before WC? Have Robbo Stones Dias Coufal but Zouma is leaving my team.
              Digne maybe?

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

                I would not recommend any Everton's defenders until Pickford dropped.

              2. The Sociologist
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                A Villa or Leicester defender maybe?

              3. PogChamp
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                West Ham have some OK fixtures after Liverpool

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

                I had brought Digne in for NEW lee but wouldn’t recommend it. They looked poor and they can concede at any time.

            5. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              what a terrible gameweek 😀

              only solace is that this one must have been absolutely abysmal for everyone.

              Anyone know what the worst ever gameweek was for Scout Picks?

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Scout Picks will still do well this GW. Got Targett (CS), Rudiger (on course for a CS) and Antonio to come off the bench.

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

                  thats the spirit and Barnes Hatrick too may be he is the captain for scout pick team 😉

                2. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  The starting XI though

                3. 7shadesofsmoke
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  lol they don't need defending, its not a criticism

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                  4 blanks and 4 non starters...for a team selected for this GW alone, you have a funny definition of 'doing well'

            6. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Have just scrolled up to the Scout Picks this week, yeah that's marvellous! I can calm down myself with my team ...

            7. hullcityfan
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Bamford starts

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

                Ahh at least I've got somebody starting, thx

            8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              ⚽ Team News 📰
              LEI: Schmeichel, Justin, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Maddison, Mendy, Barnes, Tielemans, Albrighton, Pérez
              Subs: Ward, Amartey, Thomas, Fuchs, Söyüncü, Pereira, Ünder, Choudhury, Iheanacho

              LEE: Meslier, Struijk, Ayling, Alioski, Cooper, Phillips, Harrison, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Dallas, Bamford
              Subs: Casilla, Davis, Cresswell, Klich, Shackleton, Hernández, Roberts, Costa, Poveda-Ocampo

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Looking forward to this game. Leeds attacking style vs Leicester on the counter-attack.

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

                  Me too.
                  I put the armband on Barnes for those exact reasons...

                2. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hoping for 0-0 her 😀

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

                    *here

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

                    Me too, as I’m stuck with Ayling on for Stones!

                  3. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Me too

            9. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              A) Lookman>Grealish (bench bamf)
              B) Start Bamford

              Martinez
              Dias Stones AWB
              Salah Son Bruno Gundo
              DCL Bamford Antonio

              areola lookman coufal saiss

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

              Yessssss BamBam

            11. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Abraham off
              Pulisic on

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

              Dallas CAM again 😉

            13. Captain Vantastic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Werner at it again.

            14. Goodricke
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Werner up top. Please save my week!

            15. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Abraham was rubbish in the 1st half but thought he'd bring Giroud on to give Mee and Tarkowski a bit more of a physical battle

            16. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Need Dallas to do bits.

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

              What's the score with this Struijk fella? 3.9m and playing regularly recently

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

                Better Leeds defenders and money isn't an issue

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

                  You want attacking returns from your Leeds defenders as well as they don't keep many clean sheets

            18. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Looks like if ever there was a good chance for the FFS champion to beat the scouts then this week is it. The Scout picks are having a mare!

            19. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Might just sell McCarthy for Eduard Mendy.

              1. Hooky
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Probably get dropped for Kepa if you did that

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  With the way this season is going you’re probably right. Chelsea got good fixtures coming up though

            20. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I remember when Jorginho was wanted by Man City. Would have been interesting to see how it turned out for him there as he has been below average for Chelsea.

            21. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Has Alonso been doing anything great in the game guys?

            22. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Feck off Tuchel for benching Chilwell

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

                😆 same here mate, same here