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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
    3 months, 8 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
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why Stones out for Mee?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Don’t have Gundo

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 8 days ago

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

      • jammie26
          3 months, 8 days ago

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

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Foden & Gundo have higher ceiling?

        • Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 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
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Ta

      • ivantys
          3 months, 8 days ago

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

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yep

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

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

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 8 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
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  1. ivantys
                      3 months, 8 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.

              • Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 8 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
                    3 months, 8 days ago

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

              • Neevesy
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

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

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  Soucek over Gundo on the other hand!

                  1. BilbaoBaggins
                      3 months, 8 days ago

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

                2. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 8 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 …
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Which is the player and fixtures for TC?

                  2. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Looks good but watch out BHA they are on form

                  3. Marcin the Pole
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 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
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  5. Salan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  6. Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Cheers everyone!

                3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 8 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?

                4. Marcin the Pole
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 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
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  2. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    On the past two weeks performances C

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Allows Kane following week

                  3. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  4. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 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
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  5. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A, but only if you captain

                5. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 8 days ago

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

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Cheers

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

                      Cheers

                  3. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 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
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Money not really an issue right now though

                      1. Qaiss
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

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

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Would be short time punt . Thanks and Gl 🙂

                6. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 8 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
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    why not bb 26

                    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

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

                  2. DK_13
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Lookman for soucek

                    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

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

                      1. DK_13
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 8 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

                7. mr messi
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 8 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
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    It’s enough

                8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 8 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
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

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

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      It was said with humour.

                    2. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Correct he was smiling at the time

                9. The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Who else can play in James position?

                  1. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    CHO

                10. Vazza
                    3 months, 8 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
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Yes ; three City defenders is a bit mad.

                    2. mr messi
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Yes, lose one defender

                    3. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Yeah 2 defenders max

                  • Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 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
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Unless, Timo scores a hattrick then yes

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Knowing my luck .... 😆

                    2. Milkman Bruno
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Yep

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Cheers

                    3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      So Gundogan is basically essential for the next few GWs?

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Season keeper.

                    4. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 8 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
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        A if ban upheld or not

                        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

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

                    5. Slitherene
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 8 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?

                    6. Effe
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Ederson on penalties would be great for FPL

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Don't want a 6.0 keeper thanks.

                        1. Effe
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

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

                          1. Qaiss
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 8 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
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

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

                      3. Sun Jihai
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 8 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
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Im sure thwynhavw a pacy defender on half way line

                        2. Lindelol
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Walker will be there

                      4. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

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

                    7. BENOIT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Where is Pulisic?

                      Was thinking of a 1 week punt this week before WC

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

                        He’s fond of niggles.

                    8. The Train Driver
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 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
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        lol i got rid after gw5 for the same reason

                    9. ZoumasBloomers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

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

                    10. DK_13
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 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)

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

                      Anyone know when the Soucek decision is announced?

                      1. Captain Vantastic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Before midweek game I would guess.

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

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

                        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          They did, club confirmed. Thank you

                    12. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 8 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
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        De Gea is enough IMO

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

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

                    14. ZoumasBloomers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 8 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
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        I'd play Bamford

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

                        Nay

                        McCarthy to Pope if funds allow

                    16. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Pen Sheffield

                    17. tbos83
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Pen to Sheffield

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

                        Basham wins pen.

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

                          Offside, lucky Chelsea.

                      • Couch Potato
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 8 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
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

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