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Chilwell returns to Chelsea XI as Tuchel explains Alonso and Hudson-Odoi benchings

Chelsea will be aiming to make it four clean sheets in as many matches under their new manager when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this evening.

Kick-off in the last of four Premier League fixtures to take place on a busy Sunday is at 19:15 GMT.

The Blues are unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel but the German hasn’t kept an unchanged starting XI in any of his four matches in charge and tinkers with his line-up again this evening.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is one casualty, dropping to the bench and losing his ever-present starter status under Tuchel.

Olivier Giroud is recalled and will be supported by Mason Mount and Timo Werner in the three-man Chelsea attack.

Marcos Alonso also makes way, with Ben Chilwell recalled.

Tuchel explained those two changes ahead of kick-off:

For Marcos, it was no need to take the risk to let him play three in a row in 10 days after a long pause in competition for him. So, there was the choice of Chilly. It was the same reason for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The German’s final alteration was an enforced one, with Andreas Christensen stepping in to replace the injured Thiago Silva.

Chris Wilder has gone one better than the man in the opposition dugout, making four changes to his line-up.

Kean Bryan and Max Lowe replace the ineligible Ethan Ampadu and the injured George Baldock in Wilder’s two enforced tweaks.

And the regular rotation continues up top, with Oliver Burke and Ollie McBurnie ousting David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp from the front two.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Bryan, Lowe, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Bogle, Burke, McBurnie.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell, Mount, Giroud, Werner.


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  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    2 FT & thinking Stones, Barnes, Antonio > Burnley Mee?, Gundo, DCL -4?

    Martinez,
    #Dias, Coufal, #Mee
    Son, Salah, #Foden, #Gundo, Bruno
    Bamford, #DCL

    Johnson, Watkins, Maguire, Mitchell

    5.8

    1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Why Stones out for Mee?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Don’t have Gundo

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Not sure I'd want to sell Barnes now with that pool defence.

    3. jammie26
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Wouldn't be selling stones, city have a double dont they?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Foden & Gundo have higher ceiling?

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      I like the aggressive move. Moving away from 2def and 1mid to 1def and 1mid to attack the DGWs. For Burnley, I think going with cheap Lowton is enough. You might need that extra money for somewhere else

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Ta

  2. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Does it mean James won't play 3 in a row too?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yep

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      He might want CHO a bit further forward but it’s a worry.

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 21 days ago

        There's the cup game in between so there's hope. CHO also isn't a natural RW so maybe he will play on the left more.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 21 days ago

          Cup game is perfect there so. James rest in midweek and it’s worth the gamble this weekend.

          1. ivantys
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah I really think there's no competition for James at the RWB spot unless it's for a break. CHO will most likely play LWB/LW since Pulisic and Werner aren't favoured at the LW spot.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Still too much uncertainty with the Chelsea assets. With Tilva out injured, don't think rudiger is a good option anymore

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Rudiger will be more nailed but their defence won't be as solid.

  3. Neevesy
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Ahh captaining Antonio over Bruno and playing Soucek over Gundo are not my finest moments in FPL.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Antonio over Bruno captain was a completely reasonable decision based on stats

      Soucek over Gundo on the other hand!

      1. BilbaoBaggins
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Also played Soucek over Gundo. And benched Martinez for the first time in months after bringing Pope in. What a week

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Hey fam! Thoughts on this BB this week? TC in 26. No WC/FH remaining.

    Will do Mitchell to Mee for free.

    AREOLA
    CANCELO MEE Maguire
    STERLING GUNDOGAN Bruno Son
    DCL Antonio Bamford

    Martinez Targett Raphinha Coufal

    Players in caps have DGW.

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Which is the player and fixtures for TC?

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Looks good but watch out BHA they are on form

    3. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yep, I like the BB on that. With no WC remaining too, this seems a very nice opportunity to do it.

    4. mojoindojo
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Looks good. I'm also BBing this week with FH and WC already played

    5. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Go ahead. All players are playable and with potentially 7 or 8 dgw players, good enough.

    6. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers everyone!

  5. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez
    Stones Rudiger Cancelo Dias
    Saka Bruno Salah
    DCL Bamford Antonio

    McCarthy Konsa Grealish Son

    Stones + Son > Mee + (G)undo -4

    Yay or nay?

  6. Marcin the Pole
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Own Cancelo and Gundo atm, plan on bringing one more City player in for DGW24. Who should I prioritise?

    A) Sterling
    B) Dias
    C) Foden
    D) Bernardo

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      On the past two weeks performances C

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Allows Kane following week

    3. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      A

    4. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Own Gundo and Cancelo too.
      Maybe Stones or Foden. I have injured Zaha and cant stretch to Sterling so I will pick Stones, Foden or B.Silva maybe. That sounds poor. It depends how easily you will be able to get Sterling. I might just drop Salah to Sterling but it doesn't sound rightmove either.

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Would be Son to Sterling, which I could handle tbf.

    5. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      A, but only if you captain

  7. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Would you lose stones for either foden or sterling? Could do it in 2fts. Thanks

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Stones likely nailed. Foden / Sterling . .likely not.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      It’s tempting.

      Gold if they start both, which Stones mightn’t even do. Might have to roll the dice on Foden.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Sterling is well over double Stones’ price. Just not worth it, so nah. Nor for Foden, cause he can just get dropped at any moment.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Money not really an issue right now though

        1. Qaiss
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 21 days ago

          Really? Salah still scoring goals, can’t get rid of Bruno, Kane and Son must haves with their fixtures.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 21 days ago

            Would be short time punt . Thanks and Gl 🙂

  8. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Playing BB GW24 and WC GW25, please can you guys help me out with my FT this week. Thanks

    1.7 ITB

    Pope
    Cancelo | Mee | Cresswell | Digne
    Sterling | Soucek* | Gundogan | Bruno
    DCL | Watkins

    GK: Martinez | Bamford | Dallas | Son

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      why not bb 26

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Personally think this week is my best opportunity with the fixtures and I have 7 DGW players

    2. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Lookman for soucek

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Thank you, I suppose that is only if the Soucek card isn't reversed?

        1. DK_13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 21 days ago

          If you got value tied to him then probably Dallas to digne or someone. If not lookman is better than soucek for 24 I think.
          Even son to rashford is a good shout

  9. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Repost:
    Is Dias, Cancelo, Gundo, Pope and a possible Taylor enough for the double or should I take a hit to bring in another dgw player?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      It’s enough

  10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Pep On their missed penalty:

    "It's a problem that we have. In important moments we cannot miss it, and it doesn't matter the taker. Again, I'm going to think about Ederson, he might be the taker next time."

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      I think he meant it as a joke more or less...

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        It was said with humour.

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Correct he was smiling at the time

  11. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Who else can play in James position?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      CHO

  12. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Ok guys, I really need some help with my team please

    Currently, I have Stones, Dias and Cancelo..

    Would you rearrange the team to bring in Gundo?

    I have 2FTs so rearranging won’t cost too much

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yes ; three City defenders is a bit mad.

    2. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yes, lose one defender

    3. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah 2 defenders max

  13. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Amongst all the disaster of this GW I could still be in the cup!

    Me: 50 + Bamford and Dallas
    Him: 34 + Bamford and Mendy and Werner

    Reckon I’ve done it?

    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Unless, Timo scores a hattrick then yes

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Knowing my luck .... 😆

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Yep

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers

  14. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    So Gundogan is basically essential for the next few GWs?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Season keeper.

  15. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    What wouod you do for next week? They would be captain.

    A) ban upheld, soucek out for gundo
    B) salah out for gundo
    C) salah out for sterling
    D) maddison out for gundo
    E) maddison out for sterling

    Team is
    Martinez (mccarty)
    Stones cancelo shaw (dallas coufal)
    Salah maddison soucek grealish fernandes
    Antonio DCL (wilson)

    Week after kane back for wilson or dcl is plan

    Please advise your thoughts,

    Thanks

    1. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      A if ban upheld or not

      1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Only concern then us someone becomes my 'new soucek' ie benched points!!

  16. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    2 FT, 4.4 ITB

    Martinez ¦ Forster
    Maguire Coufal Cancelo Lowton
    Bruno Rashford Grealish Barnes
    Jesus Ings
    ¦ Saka Wilson Holding

    A) Barnes -> Gundogan
    OR
    B) Wilson -> DC-L?

  17. Effe
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Ederson on penalties would be great for FPL

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Don't want a 6.0 keeper thanks.

      1. Effe
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        6.1 actually and if he’s on penalties I’d want him

        1. Qaiss
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 21 days ago

          Does a goalkeeper get the same amount of points as a defender for scoring a goal?

          Still think KDB will be back on them when back though.

    2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Absolutely.
      Have a non playing 4.0 back up and him for keepa

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Would be pretty hilarious if he missed and then the other team went up and scored straight into his empty net!

      1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Im sure thwynhavw a pacy defender on half way line

      2. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        Walker will be there

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      I’d get him for sure if he was on pens

  18. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Where is Pulisic?

    Was thinking of a 1 week punt this week before WC

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      He’s fond of niggles.

  19. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    I remember not getting Justin because Pereira was due back. He comes back after 19 gws and plays together with Justin :D...

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      lol i got rid after gw5 for the same reason

  20. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    I’m pretty colourblind, but seriously is anyone else struggling with this one?

  21. DK_13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    I have a low TV(103.4). Is bench boost worth it?(I might get 15-20 points in an ideal good bench boost scenario)
    The bench will cost be 2.5-3 million extra(gk 0.5, Brewster to striker 1.5, Ferguson to someone 0.6-7) which is the difference between DCL and vardy for 3-4 weeks(sell bench and then buy vardy or something)

  22. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone know when the Soucek decision is announced?

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Before midweek game I would guess.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Before the FAC I’d presume. If they appealed, did they?

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 21 days ago

        They did, club confirmed. Thank you

  23. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Would you double down -4 with Trent/De Gea to Mee/Pope... Or just do Trent to Mee and play Martinez?

    No free transfer..

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      De Gea is enough IMO

  24. rupopo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    I really want some Chelsea in my team but think they gonna have to wait...

  25. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Play Bamford at Arsenal, or sell Coufal for Digne and bench Bamford? Got a spare transfer to use but would obviously burn the bank a bit

    1. rupopo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      I'd play Bamford

  26. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Help here guys as it is the third time I am reposting with no replies.
    Martinez
    Stones Rudiger Cancelo Dias
    Saka Bruno Salah
    DCL Bamford Antonio

    McCarthy Konsa Grealish Son

    Stones + Son > Mee + (G)undo -4

    Yay or nay?

    1. Couch Potato
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Nay

      McCarthy to Pope if funds allow

  27. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Pen Sheffield

  28. tbos83
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Pen to Sheffield

  29. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Basham wins pen.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Offside, lucky Chelsea.

  30. Couch Potato
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    POPE
    Coufal/Dias/TAYLOR
    Son/Grealish/Bruno/GUNDOG/STERLING
    Antonio/DCL# (c)

    Martinez/Justin/Wilson/Mitchell

    GTG?
    Worth BB if Wilson fit?

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 21 days ago

      Taylor likely won’t play both (imo) and Wilson will miss out