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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    welcome back son!

  2. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Alonso warming up for another strike against Spurs midweek

  3. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    The only thing I ask of the Leicester Leeds game is some goals and exciting football.

  4. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    LOL

    The forgotten man has returned with aplomb!

    He's going to go up about 0.2 or 0.3 this week isn't he?

    And, then, as sure as night follows day, Chilly will be back in next week

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

      This!

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yep,trap is set

  5. Lord.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I just woke up and it’s 2017.

    1. janowsc
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Lol, if only

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I had a nightmare and I wasn't dreaming

  6. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    #bandwagonofficial

  7. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Nostalgia pick.

  8. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    *sigh* that should be Chillwell and a 15 pointer

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

      How would that have been Chilwell flipping it up and powering it in?

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        More both fullbacks scoring v Burnley.

        Exactly what I thought would happen (defender goals) but didn’t anticipate the ludicrous benching of Chillwell

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

          Fair enough

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Tbh not. Chilly has never scored a goal like that.

    3. teddypicker
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Lol Chilwell scoring that goal. Imagine

    4. Ode
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso is much better going forward than Chilwell. I think it’s time to sell him

  9. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Alonso scoring like it's 2017

  10. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    FPL nostalgia!

  11. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    For the next three GWs:
    A) Salah and Zaha
    B) Mane and Grealish

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

    4. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

  12. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    ghost teams will rise

  13. jammie26
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Bad news for Chilly

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Best case scenario for Chilly now is that he gets rotated once every 3 games or so... and that's the best scenario.

        Chilly owners screwed now.

        And people bringing in Alonso probably not going to end up happy chappies either.

        Chelsea is a watch and wait for several weeks before I make any moves

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah I just wonder who to sell Chilwell too. Good DW coming up, was going to do Dallas to Rudiger, but the rotation season (for all teams TBF) is hardwork

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso with the perfect audition for Spurs.

      That man loves scoring vs. Spurs.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        🙁

      2. CBonci
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        As a Spurs fan thanks for reminding me of the 2 goal performance a couple seasons ago!

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso always hits the ball so cleanly

    • DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Bamford and Dallas.....please explode for the bench jammers!!!

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso non captainers nowhere to hide!

    • Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Welcome, Alonso.

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Going to kick out Chilwell now

    • Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Robertson already doing well, just need Mendy to start killing it for Man City.
      Looks like the Holy Trinity is back on the menu!

      1. Andre W
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Haha RAM memories!

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I'd rather take a punt on Chilly to Alonso than play it safe and get ferked by odd benchings.

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      RAM.

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Robbo, Alonso & mendy was it?

        1. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah post was a reply fail to
          Jon Snow above.

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Pulisic has looked lively but I've already been burnt twice this season!

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso in a favorable DGW is triple captain material

    • Tinmen
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Mitchell to Rudiger no brainer, right folks?

    • sandman58
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Werner is useless

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Alonso and Azpi, a blast from the past. 😀

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Chances of me winning cup tie?

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

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Nobody cares.

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      The king is back

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        He is indeed

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Mr. 15 pter aka Alonso is back !!!