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

    Bamford about to break my heart.

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

      I need that with 5 points after 7 players hahaha

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

        😮

      2. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’m on minus 1 from 8. 😎

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

          Oh my god

          1. Wilshere Knowledge
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            My rank only tripled though, which is nice.

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              link please 😀

              Well played for being able to share and have a laugh about it though mate, feels bloody horrible when you get ruined by the FPL gods!

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Good going....

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

          Oh wow, I won't moan anymore

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Struijk masterclass needed

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

        About that :s

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

      Alonso doing anything in the game mate? How's Chilwell prospect moving forward?

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

        I'd at least give Chilwell one more game before selling.

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

          Yeah he'll be on my bench next week against Spurs, ta!

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

      Sold him for DCL(C). Expecting a double from him

  2. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    James Maddison captain, I'm ready!

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

      Nice one

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

      Barnsey here, do I’ll give you a couple of assists... 😉

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

      Balls forged in fire

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

      I'm worried about this match for us - Leeds are a very dangerous team, potentially.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Leicester should have enough to win.

        Unless Leeds had a blip and are back at it?

        2.1 i guess

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

    Dallas and Bamford hauls incoming

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

      -1

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

        Haul -1? I’ll take that

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

      Both coming in off my bench, luckily

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

    Pope 4 saves

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

    Could really do with Raphinha not punishing me too hard for transferring him out for Gundo

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

      This!!

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

    Really hoping Bamford repays my faith in him today.

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

      I didn't have anymore faith in him, so I benched him. Saka didn't play though so now he comes back in. Fingers crossed he gives us something to smile about!

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

    % chance that I go through?

    Me - Salah, Son, Antonio, Dallas, Coufal + 3
    Him - Silva, Bamford, Harrison, Fabianski, Cresswell

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      You

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      90% you.

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

    Cmon Pope, only 11 more saves to justify starting you over Leno in draft.

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

    Who would you take out to get in Grealish?

    A) Foden
    B) Raphinha

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

      Foden as not nailed to start

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

      Raphinha is nailed, Foden is not

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

      Get your Fodi out (for any Russel Peters fans)

  10. WD27
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    How has mount been?

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

      Not that good

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not had a touch of note

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      24 touches with 12 accurate passes

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Scrub that... I thought you said Wood!

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Mount 52 touches so far, 31 accurate passes and 3 key passes.

      So he's involved.

      1. WD27
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks

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

      Mom

  11. STEP rOVERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I’m rooting for you

  12. Lazaretti
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Klich dropped now for good

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

      he started every game under Bielsa until now, might be carrying a knock?

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

        That's what I thought but now benched 2 games in a row or even more..? Bielsa usually tell if someone is injured?

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

    Turns out Tuchel is an Azpilicueta fan, sorry Reece

  14. STEP rOVERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Lucky wood owners

  15. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wood hamstring gone?

  16. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Bench one next week:

    Wilson (CP)
    DCL (lee)
    Gundo (bur)
    Watkins (WH)

    Thanks

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

      No other Mid you can bench?

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

      Watkins

    3. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Tough call. I'd definitely play Wilson.

  17. DonBenzema
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone here keeping Kane?

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

        Yes until official news

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

          Patient is gold 😉

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

        Sold this week for DCL, watch him return for GW23 now and score a hattie vs WBA

        1. DonBenzema
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Don't really think there's a great replacement out there right now, so I'm thinking of downgrading Rashford to Grealish and upgrading Bissouma to someone like Gundo instead.

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

            Could even be back for Chelsea game

            1. DonBenzema
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I brought him in early for this gameweek due to price changes, so I'm just going to be patient

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

            No

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

          Who do you think will score more...Barnes or Maddison?

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

            Both 2

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Barnes overall

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

            Considering Barnes is my sole hope of getting to 20 points... I’m hoping he gets 4

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

            Maddison 1 and Barnes 2, so Barnes

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

          Get Chillwell on. I need that 1 point to increase my score by 10%

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Marginal improvements is the name of the game!

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

            Listen listen

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

          Is Dallas playing midfield then with that Leeds lineup?

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

            Seems like it.

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

            Thought he'd be dropped then I saw him behind Bamford?!

          3. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yep.
            4-1-4-1

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Dallas and Rodrigo in the middle

              with Harrison and Raph either side

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

                Nice, coming off my bench for Mitchell

          4. Krafty Werks
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yes inside Raph behind Bam.

        5. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Stuart Dallas is a midfielder?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Any position bar centre back or centre forward it seems.

            Would he put on the gloves if the keepers were all injured?

        6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Cho has been chelsea biggest threat

          1. Im New Here
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Great performance by him, though the chelsea baseline is very low

          2. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Chilwell Cancelo Stones Digne
            Wow

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              That was probably the dream backline at the start of the gameweek : D

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

            Who goes through here?

            Opponent: Son(c) +3
            Me: Barnes Salah Coufal

            Hoping my cup run can continue.

          4. 03farmboy
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Antonio or Son?

            Who’s the better option

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

              Villa aside, Antonio's next few are good.

              Son... have to see how Spurs fare without Kane today.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Sons stats stand up without Kane.

                Except for assists of course.

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

              Hammers next 3 games are nice, Son with 2 tough games and a very captainable home game vs WBA in the middle......hmmm prob side with Antonio for now.

          5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            James coming on

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

              Ugh not Chilwell

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Nah

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

            Newcastle 1-2 Leeds
            Everton 1-1 Leicester
            Everton 0-2 Newcastle

            Leicester ?-? Leeds

            1. MattysFantasyFooty
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              4-1, I think Leicester will seriously get at Leeds through the counter

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

              2-2

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

                I think this too

            3. aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              3:1

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

              Think this is going to be 1-1

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Most low scores and without Vardy most Leicester players score less.

                Leeds lost an edge?
                1.0?

            5. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              2.1

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

              Leicester looked really good against Everton, will prob win 2 or 3 nil vs Leeds now

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

                I hope you're right!

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

              0-4?

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

            Leicester 4-3 Leeds would be nice!

            1. dark91
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Would be anazing.
              As long as all Leeds goals are scored by Dallas with no Bamford involvement

          8. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Please Score Werner, I need a dodgy bandwagon to hop on

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

              😆

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

            After such a long time out Alonso is back with an exceptional performance. He is looking a bit tired though, probably time to bring Chilwell on for the last 10 to make sure Alonso is ready for the next premier league match.

            1. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              spot on