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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. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    In reality, it's just steer clear of Chelsea until tuchel turtle has sorted his team out right?

    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Alonso Rudiger Mendy CHO are decent options

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

      Next game is Tottenham so i'd assume his prefered 11 plays then. Good fixtures in 23 and 24 to invest.

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

      I think that's wise.

  2. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    The Alonso trap is open again.

    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      No it's not . He is mr. 15 pter

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Gerrin

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

    Just sold Cancello for Alonso.

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

      Haha... it begins

    2. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      If you're lucky, you may get the 15 points this week as well. Worth a shot.

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

        Haha. I haven't really

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

          Pretty obvious...lol

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

    It will end badly, he will be dropped soon for being the defensive liability that he is but a starting Alonso at LWB is what FPL is all about.

    If he does okay vs Spurs, the next two are tasty!

    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      People don't get it. Against Burnley you need goals. Wolves was the same case. I won't be surprised to see Alonso on the bench Against Spurs and come from the bench if chasing.

      He can play the easy games fpl dream

      Also last time he played Spurs he scored brace against them

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

        If he plays the easy games he should start on Thursday.

  5. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Is Mane starting?

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

      im really worried, i have him C

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

      Transferred him in for a hot this week. That means probably not lol

  6. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Jota back next week?

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

      Doubt it

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

      I think he's still in a leg brace.

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

    Burnley made a header off target!!

    Nothing else all day.

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

      Offer nothing in the PL, they need to go down.

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        They do but ruining Liverpool home run was beautiful

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 13 days ago

            That win over villa was beautiful too.

        2. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Comments such as this have no context whatsoever. Burnley simply do not have the resources of others and therefore have to play to the strengths of the players they've got. They offer a lot in the PL as others have to work out how to break them down.

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

        perfect when you have a Chelsea defender.

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

      Disappointing from Alonso, was expecting 21 points

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

        *faints*

    3. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Alonso with his favourite fixture up next. Always scores or assists v us

    4. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 13 days ago

        love doubling on defense, double cleansheet

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

          Are u Cancelo+Stones and Chilly+James owner? 😉

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cancelo+Dias and Rudiger+Mendy 😀

        2. My blood is Blue
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Burnley 0 shot for 90 minutes. lol

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

            Hard to fathom out how they managed to beat villa

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

              please don't, haunts my dreams that game

            2. jammie26
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Villa should have been 3 nil up at half time. Sometimes that's the way it goes.

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

              Too much of this overwhelming them today.

              https://twitter.com/liam_twomey/status/1355870006530240512?s=19

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

              Terrible team.

            5. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Nope they had headed goal attempt after last corner 🙂

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

            Do you think Hudson-Odoi is the mainstay RWB or will Reece James take over when he's fully fit

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

              Reece surely.

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

            fraudpard got what he deserved for ignoring Alonso and Azpili...

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

              Fraudpard lol

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hahahahaha omg

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

              My fpl cycle

              Has bad week -> thinks next GW will be good -> Does transfers that look great at the time -> Has bad week -> thinks next GW will be good

              🙁

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

                better than 'has bad week, whinges on FFS, follows other people decisions, has a bad week, blames FFS' which does tend to happen quite a bit 😀

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

                  Yeah at least I don't do that 😀

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

              Cancelo (c) nailed on GW22

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

                I'll never cap a rotation threat.

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

                I don't think you can say he's nailed at this point.

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

                  i meant nailed as my cap 🙂

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

              Really not confident for Leeds here. Could be a nightmare.

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

                No madds haul plz

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

                  This. Cup opponent has him skipper.

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

              Alonso more clinical than Werner

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

                Killer instinct.

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

                You just know Werner thought to himself, “Are you kidding me?”

            6. Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Oh yes Struijk starts....my last defensive option off the bench after Stones and Mitchel no shows

            7. COVID-CASUAL
                3 months, 13 days ago

                So happy with the 1 pointer for James there. Means bringing in Cancelo for Holding only a 4pt mistake instead of a 12pt mistake.

                I mean I still have to get rid of him but I’ll take the 1 this time

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

                  Cancelo in not a mistake if you didn't make the move only for 1 gw.

              • aborg
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I don’t know why Lampard left Alonso out of his starting Lineup...he always had such attacking potential

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

                  Chilly willy

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

                    Lol yeah, suppose so

                2. Slouch87
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Lol. Mainly due to the fact that he's a diabolical defender.

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

                  Lampard must be happy now after seeing In form Chelsea!

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

                  Too slow these days - Chilwell is quicker with only slightly reduced attacking potential.

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

                  Lamps mainly played 4 man defence which alonso is a calamity at left back. Lwb is a different story all together though.

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

                  He’s rubbish at DFing

                7. KAALI_DAAL
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Alonso gets exposed when urgent defending calls him. He's a bit slow compared to Chilwell.

                  • Mok
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Awful defensive performance in the past..

                8. KAALI_DAAL
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Tuchel looks like someone who has 11 harassment cases registered against him at the police station.

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

                      lol

                    2. 7shadesofsmoke
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      😀

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

                      lol

                  • Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Cancelo stones and Chilwell not only benched but now seems like I have to transfer them out too. Apart from cancelo ofcourse

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

                      Why? Nothing has changed with Cancelo and Stones.

                  • Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Owner of 3 Leeds. Disaster incoming

                    1. KAALI_DAAL
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        Did Raphinha to Sterling this GW.

                        Raphinha brace incoming.

                    2. KAALI_DAAL
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        Chilwell owners must be rolling in their graves.

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

                          rotating more like 😉

                          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 13 days ago

                            Or even most likely spinning (at a high speed).

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

                          I hope fuchel loses 5 matches in a row

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

                          Yup, and I have Stones and Cancelo...

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

                        CHO CHO ... new Chelsea wagon on Platform 1 🙂

                      • Sack The Glazers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 13 days ago

                        need a leeds - lei goal fest. bammy/ dallas involved in all

                        1. KAALI_DAAL
                            3 months, 13 days ago

                            Wouldn't mind that at all.

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

                          What to do fellow Chilwell owners? Alonso/Rudiger/Keep.

                          I like the Chelsea defense moving forward (short term)

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

                            Might switch to Justin

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

                            transfering him out this gw

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

                              To who? What are your thoughts?

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

                            Keeping for now. Will sell if he doesn't start against Spurs.

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

                            Drinking whiskey and loading my shotgun...

                        3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          What are people's thought on Rudiger? Could be nailed given that the German coach might rate him and keep him good for the national team.

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

                            He'll be coming into my side if he starts another couple of games

                            1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 13 days ago

                              Bringing hin next week for Mitchell to come in for a possible Dias, cancelo, and Stones benching.

                        4. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 13 days ago

                          I was planning to do Maguire to Chilwell/Digne for -4. Thank God I didn't.

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

                          Need Reguilon to save my game week 🙂