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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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1,645 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    What’s the consensus on who to ditch to accommodate DCL?

    Antonio vs Sheffield
    Watkins vs Brighton

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Reluctantly Watkins

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Antonio if no WC, Watkins if using WC soon. I would just sell Antonio though, Watkins might just go up in price when you get him back.

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Antonio is dropping Watkins is rising

      • Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Watkins has better fixtures long term.

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Antonio looking at fixtures

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Antonio. SheffU look decent, Antonio might be crocked, future fixtures favor Watkins.

    3. Sepp Blattered
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Anyone else who is planning on BB in GW26 and still have their Triple Captain chip... thinking about Gundogan (CCC) in GW24 like me?

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Bamford in 25 looks a better choice to me for now.

        • Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          There will be other dgw’s so I’m saving tc for later in season

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I still have BB & TC. Thinking of using it in 24 too.

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I'm thinking Pope for the TC. Hmmmm...

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        2 FT, 4.8 ITB

        How do I fit in Tark or Mee and roll the other FT?

        Pope
        Dias Stones Coufal
        Gundogan Bruno Salah Son
        Bamford Antonio DCL

        Martinez Dallas Bissouma Bednarek

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Coufal

        2. Nay08
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Bednarek.

            1. Rep Poulette
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              This

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          29 pts on the bench this week and my next week bench line up is like this:
          Martinez (bha) Son (mci) Coufal (SHU) Raphinha (ars), God help me! How's your bench look like?

          1. Disco Stu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I have 28 on my bench and still have one more bench player to go

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Atm it is Martinez, Bamford, Soucek and Coufal

          3. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Benching Coufal... really?!

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Stones Mee Cresswell Cancelo

          4. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Son, Justin and Barnes for the next week

          5. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            De Gea Son Coufal Smith-Rowe

          6. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Meslier Son Coufal(!) Alioski

        4. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          when is Jota expected back Liverpool fans?...

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            End of Feb

            1. @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              cheers

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            That Twitter account said training again sometime next week.

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            If Jose was in charge it would have been 4 weeks ago

            1. @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              ha ha

          4. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Before the end og this month. Hopefully as SOON as Leicester most probably the week or two after

        5. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Gtg?

          POPE
          TARKOVSKI STONES Coufal
          STERLING(c) GUNDOGAN Bruno(vc) Salah
          Bamford Watkins DCL

          Sanchez Konsa Dallas Soucek

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Fairly similar to mine. I'm gonna do Button to Pope and might TC him? , not sure... 😮

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Nice.

        6. 2OLEgend
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Soucek to Grealish or Rashford?

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Rashford

            2. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Is he defo suspended?

              1. Captain Vantastic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                No. WHU have appealed the red card today I believe.

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  I see. Ty

              2. Disco Stu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                3 matches unless FA overturns it

            3. John Nerdelbaum
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Has to be Rashford this week

            4. Disco Stu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I'm thinking Hames and then switching him to Raphina/Harrison the following week

            5. 2OLEgend
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks all. Will wait on the appeal - any idea when it's decided?

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Has to be tomorrow.

                  1. 2OLEgend
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Cheers mate

              • cruzex
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                lookman or cavaleiro?

                1. The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Lookman probably. He’s so consistent and I was worried that Cava got put on the bench last week

                2. Tcheco
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Lookman

              • Besaid_Auroch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Anyone else get the benched DCL, Rudi own goal and Soucek red card trupple whammy this week? 58 points so far feels like I got away with it.

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Just rudi OG and soucek here but also did Kane to antonio

              • Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Best defender up to 5.8m with the doubles in mind? I have City, Burnley and Everton defence already

                • Riggs
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Martinez Sanchez
                  Cancelo TAA Coufal Stones Dallas
                  Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Soucek
                  Bamford Watkins DCL
                  I am thinking about TAA > Lowton / Mee & Soucek > Barkley -4. Thus I will free up money for future Kane move. What do you think?

                  1. Nay08
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      if you want to save money don't need to do Soucek Barkley, is it?

                      1. Riggs
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        I will do that move anyways in the near future because of incoming Villa double GW and Soucek's price is going to plummet after the red car. So I want to forestall the events 😀

                  2. Toby Lerone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Who would you play here?

                    Shaw (wba)
                    Bamford (ars)
                    Raphina (ars)

                    Cheers

                    1. dylano21
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      I think Shaw

                    2. Rep Poulette
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Shaw

                    3. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Bam

                      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        Probs Shaw.

                    4. @fpl_phenom
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Shaw

                  3. dylano21
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    I can only play 1

                    A) AWB
                    B) R. James
                    C) Bamford
                    D) Son

                    1. Rep Poulette
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      A

                  4. Captain Vantastic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    I am using BB on Martinez Salah Coufal and Bamford. Crazy?

                    1. Rep Poulette
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Not crazy

                      1. Captain Vantastic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        Would you use BB for 26(No FH chip) or BB the above players.

                    2. Houldsworth Hatter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      No, good move in fact.

                  5. Lukakuna
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Just came home from a weekend at a cabin to Martinez and DCL on my bench. A strong bench isn't worth this level of annoyance!

                    1. Disco Stu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Try adding Targett and another bench player to go tomorrow, and you got off easy

                    2. BeWater
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        I have DCL, Martinez, Stones and Lowton. Could actually have been worse. When Stones scored my heart sank. Relief when the the flag went up!

                    3. Disco Stu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      What City big guns do we think get 2 starts next week?

                      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        Gundy and Sterling. And probs Cancello and Diaz. Stones slightly lesser chance, perhaps.

                      2. BeWater
                          3 months, 6 days ago

                          Ederson, Gundo, Dias. After that I have no idea.

                        • bench boost for every gamew…
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 6 days ago

                          Ederson gundo, dias, sterling. Cancelo

                      3. Houldsworth Hatter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        Got 2 FTs and no idea what to do other than maybe move Soucek on although I’m expecting the red to be overturned.

                        Pope
                        Stones Cancelo Digne Coufal
                        Bruno Gundo Salah
                        DCL Bamford Antonio

                        Martinez Son Justin Soucek

                        Any help greatly appreciated but I can’t think of anything besides the above which would improve things!

                      4. PP6
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        WC in 25 most likely.
                        Forster and Targett to Pope and Tarkowski -4???

                        Pope
                        Tarkowski AWB Stones Cancelo
                        Rashford Bruno Sterling C
                        Bamford Antonio DCL

                        Martinez,Son,Soucek,Mitchell

                        1. BeWater
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            Just Pope I think. Targett is a good player to have sitting there long term.

                          • Kane Lane
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            I don't see Burnley keeping clean sheet. It's a no from me

                        2. The Train Driver
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 6 days ago

                          Use FT to:

                          A. Play Pope over Martinez in dgw 24.
                          B. Play Mee over Coufal in dgw 24.
                          C. Save FT and have 2 FTs in dgw 25 to bring in Raphina and Bamford. Otherwise it will cost - 4.

                          1. gogs67
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              save for Leeds

                          2. Alisson WondHaaland
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            Chilwell to...
                            A) Lowton
                            B) Shaw
                            C) Targett/Konsa
                            D) Rudiger
                            E) Someone else?

                            Im not too keen on Burnley, not even confident they'll get a CS at all this DGW. And then their DGW 26 would be vs Spurs and Leicester which Im not sure if Id even want to play the defender

                          3. ViperStripes
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            I have exact money for:
                            Antonio & Soucek > DCL & Sterling

                            If I don’t do it tonight then will bring in Foden instead of Sterling. I have Gündogan already.

                            1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              Looks good, IMO.

                          4. Kane Lane
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            Which move I was going to bring in Pope I see Martinez getting clean sheet matching Pope for the double.

                            A)
                            Firmino > Rich

                            B)
                            Son to Rodriguez

                            C)
                            Salah to Rodriguez

                            1. Alisson WondHaaland
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              None. A would be worth it for DCL but Im assuming you already have him?

                              1. Kane Lane
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 6 days ago

                                Yep he sitting pretty with his hair in ponytail on my bench smiling at me

                          5. Doctor Evil
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            88 -8 all out

                            1. Forza Papac
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              Gr8 score m8

                              1. Doctor Evil
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 6 days ago

                                Thanks

                                1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  Nice one, mate! I'm pretty happy with my 67 plus Dallas. Lol

                                  1. Doctor Evil
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    Well done pal

                            2. TheDragon
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              Just need to avoid a Bamford hattrick tomorrow

                              1. Doctor Evil
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 6 days ago

                                I know and I’m a Leeds fan

                          6. michaelington
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            DCL and Martinez on the bench. Rudiger OG. End this horror show already.

                          7. Kay317
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 6 days ago

                            Martinez
                            Shaw, Lowton, Cancelo, Cresswell,
                            Bruno, Salah, Sterling, Gundo,
                            DCL, Antonio
                            (Forster, Grealish, Bamford, Dallas)

                            Have I got this line up right for next week? Or would you play Grealish or Bamford over any of the 11? Advice appreciated.

                          8. gogs67
                              3 months, 6 days ago

                              Need 21 points from Bamford to go through in the Cup!

                              1. BeWater
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  As a Bamford owner I really want you to go through in the cup 🙂

                              2. Doctor Evil
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 6 days ago

                                I’ve taken a -8 3 times in the last 4 game weeks and just done it again. So far it has gone well everytime. Still in the cup and up to 20k

                                1. Alisson WondHaaland
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  I took a -8, -4, -4 3 weeks in a row, first 2 weeks were brilliant (net gain of 54 points in total) then the 3rd week failed me, so Im being a bit more patient now. Hits are fun though

                                  1. Doctor Evil
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    Yeah they are fun, I won’t do it again but now hopefully I have the ultimate team.

                              3. Nerdlinger
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                3 months, 6 days ago

                                81pts with 2 to play and DCL on the bench. Can't complain... but I will!

                                1. TheDragon
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  How?!

                                  1. Nerdlinger
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    Gundogan, Foden, Kane, Werner, creswell, Justin, Fernandes, Morrison and annoyingly Soucek! Dallas and meslier to play

                              4. BeWater
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  I wish the Superbowl kicked off just a bit earlier 🙁

                                • Steve The Spud
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 6 days ago

                                  Please stop posting these excellent scores and saying ‘I’ll take it’

                                  I’m on 48 with just bamford (c) to play

                                  1. michaelington
                                    • 11 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    38 with Dallas, Raph and Bamford. Rudiger Og, DCL benched and I brought in Pope and benched Martinez this week.

                                    1. Steve The Spud
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      3 months, 6 days ago

                                      Horrible week! Hopefully we can both score 60

                                  2. bench boost for every gamew…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    Stop this 48 point with captain bam bam posts

                                  3. bench boost for every gamew…
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 6 days ago

                                    Only kidding and used a smiley but some how it got lost in the mail..
                                    On 45 with bam bam and ayling, ha ha. And with a hit. A hit that got me 1 point better.. 4 vs 3. Story of my season