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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. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Plz being zouma on

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

    Are there any leaked Liverpool line ups yet?

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

      Can't take any further blow tbh

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

      Please for the love of god can mane play. Down to 8 otherwise

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

    Pick one to start next week, I know it's a BB line up:
    A. Chilwell (tot)
    B. Bamford (EVE)
    C. ESR (wol)
    D. Coufal (avl)

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

      Bamford - depending how he does against Leicester

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

      Bam

      If you aren't picking Bam vs Everton at home why own him

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

        He's lucky in my team always other fires to put off

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

    James shot on target.

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

      Decent effort

  5. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    CHO on the radar now?

    I'm not touching anyone from Chelsea until I see a settled side from TT, but CHO has been Chelsea's most threatening player over the two games TT has been in charge.

    Definitely one for the watchlist though anyway

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

      assist, 3 chances created, 2 shots, one hit the post

      definitely has potential to score double figures

  6. Saves the day
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Likelihood of Chilwell coming on? Wouldn't mind a full game from Dallas auto sub.

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Unlikely unless for Alonso.

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

    James RWF

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

    Would the scoreline be different if Kepa was in goal for Burnley?

  9. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    R.James blocking Dallas. Dallas owners might as well start cheering now 🙂

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

    mcmanaman an awful commentator.

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

      Yes

  11. SoShy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    How many touches does Werner have in this second half?

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

      He seems to be getting in decent positions, but when he raises his hand for the ball, it goes the other way. It seems they don't want to pass to him!

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

      34 in total.

      3 shots and 2 key passes.

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

    Pope!

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

    Mumbongo could be the man?

    Cometh the hour!!

    Fpl needs you.

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

      Great surname

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

        I thought so.

        Swedish.

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

    Need that Chilwell 1 pointer.

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

      Oops.

  15. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Azpi, Rudiger, Alonso 3 options for gws 23,24

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Too early to say. He could make wholesale changes next game again.

      Wait until Chelsea are a bit more settled and then you can start jumping on their bargains

  16. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I don't really care what score the Leic v Leeds game is. All I ask is a clean sheet for Leicester (Justin owner & Bamford seller)

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

      Sounds like you care a lot what the score is then

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I don't respond to people with Xmas hats on their grav 😉

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

          Still havent plucked up the motivation to change that 😆

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          sounds like you do 😉

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

    Any news on when Van Dijk could be back?

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

      May

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

      Hopeful reports says april.

  18. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Need a Bamford assisted by Dallas brace today. More likely one or two nil Leicester win.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Fully expecting Bamford haul then only Mane to turn up and blank.

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

      Would be the dream

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

    Wish Burnley could score.

  20. BeWater
      3 months, 13 days ago

      If there was a nuclear apocalypse and everything was wiped out the only two things remaining would be cockroaches and Justin lining up at fullback for Leicester.

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

        He really has defied the odds!
        Likely WC pick for me

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

        Captain him?

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

      Did Wood do his hamstring?

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

        Yep...

        Looked that way.

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

          Thanks

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

      Burnley pushing for a draw with no shots so far!!

    • Plagued by indecision
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I’ve got 1 FT and 5.2 ITB. Which areas should i prioritise?

      Martinez / Button
      Cancelo / Stones / Justin / Bednarek / Taylor
      Saka / Gundogan / Fernandes / Salah / Grealish
      Bamford / Antonio / DCL

      1) Chelsea DEF (but which one?)
      2) Bamford > Wilson if he blanks this afternoon
      3) get Son in for one of the big mids (next week perhaps)
      4) Salah > Mane

    • Punky
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone worse than my start eleven: Cancelo Cap, Stones, Ziyech and Rodriguez vicecap? Tuchel worse than Pep roulette...

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

          Brought in Cancelo Digne DCL for Zouma Alioski Kane for -8.. Cancelo Stones 0 points, started Reece James.. Maddison ( C)

      • Muscout
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        11 points off the bench from second sub, makes up for Soucek last week!

        The highs and lows of this game is what keeps it interesting!!

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

        OMG Alonso

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

        OMG ALONSOOOOOO

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

        Alonso bandwagon here

      • MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Alonso concreting his place

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

        He’s baaaaaaaaaack