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

    2.0

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

      Alonso

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

    what a goal that was

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

      Pulisic assist

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

    Alonso wow

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

    Alonso is officially Chelsea's best striker

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

      All aboard!!

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

    There's the Alonso of old!!!

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

    RIP Chilwell

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

    Alonsooooooooo!!!

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

    All aboard!

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

      Choo
      Choo

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

    Wow Goalonso!

  10. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Alonsooooo

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

    The man is a legend!

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

    alonso is essential

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

      He was!

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

    Goodbye Chilwell.

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

    That's it Chilwell in the transfer out list

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

    Might just get Alonso and play him every week with holding/coufal on the bench

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

      Actually this is a horrible idea with stones ask Cancelo as well

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

    The GOAT is well and truly back

  17. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Only owned Dallas for 4 matches this season...he got 30 points

    Very lucky. Sold him the first chance i got

    Fool's gold pick. SELL ASAP

  18. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    He’s back.

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

    I'm getting Alonso.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      It will all end in tears

  20. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    My God. That Chelsea full back time machine I mentioned I bought earlier is seriously working.

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

      You saved your transfer

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yes I know that. Thanks anyway.

  21. Areyouthereyet
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Playing 3-4-3

    Started Mitchel and Stones.
    Bench Soucek Dallas Coufal

    Will Dallas and Coufal get auto subbed for Stones and Mitchel?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

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

      Brilliant. Thanks mate!

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

    Pulisic assist, a la Hazard for Alonso in the Conte years.

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

    Ok so Chilwell to TAA confirmed!

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

      Nah. Alonso

  24. Im New Here
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Goal of the season right there

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

        Yes - really nice worked, and taken, goal.

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Bargain 5.6

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

      Memories

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

      Chilwell in starting line-up in doubts now

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Do I dare?

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

      Too early to jump on but if Alonso seals his place ..........

    • deathcabofdevil
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Gunners fan here but really happy for Alonso - he deserves the recognition.