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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. Parsnips
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Week after next do these transfers look decent..

      Digne > Dallas
      Antonio > Kane

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

        Yes

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

        Sort of.

        Digne might double though if Everton beat Spurs in the FA Cup. And that double will be SOU/wba.

        1. Parsnips
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Ok thanks.

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

          absolutely

      3. Bounce
          3 months, 6 days ago

          What am I meant to do with my WC when I already have the template team that everyone wants?

          1. BeWater
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Use it to move away from the template unless you are ranked No1!!

            • Going Home
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Save it?

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

              Be keen to see your team.

              ... photograph it on Twitter and post the link here for convenience?

            • Groot the Leveller
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Hold it for getting kdb back in, or to handle selling salah if and when he gets injured.

          2. Going Home
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Areola or Pope for the DGW (also planned BB GW26 and have McCarthy for GW25)

            Cheers

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

              Areola or neither in your case, not sure its the best move considering the upcoming DGW26 imo

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

            Anyone considering Cavani this week? If United get their DGW 26 as expected, that is quite a run of fixtures. He's getting a lot more minutes as of late and Id be happy getting him despite his rotation risk.

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

              Three weeks away concentrate on next week

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

                Next week is wba...

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

                  DGW

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

                    Yeah but doublers arent everything. Ive already got DCL and triple city, not interested in anyone else

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

              Yes, tempted to triple up on United attack and get rid of slab head for the next 3 + double

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

                Might go Shaw, Bruno, Cavani, ofc will have to wait for the FA cup tho

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

            Why do some people link dead teams instead of their original teams?

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

              Think they probably haven’t changed it from last season

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

              Lazy or hiding the truth 🙂

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

                Latter me thinks.

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

              I genuinely forgot. Just changed it!

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

                Wow Gundo & Foden, good score

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

            What ya think? Worth a bench boost?

            Martinez Areola

            Shaw Cancelo Stones Creasewll Mitchell

            Bruno Son Salah Gundo Jorginho

            DCL Antonio Kane

            Just a bit unsure on Mitchell but nothing itb

          6. gadsdy25
              3 months, 6 days ago

              GW25
              a) Raphinha
              b) Bamford
              c) Antonio

              Thank you!

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

                A

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

                  ... Sorry, I'm doing A but have B in place.

                  1. gadsdy25
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Thank you! Will go with a). Fingers crossed

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

                  B

              2. Henrik Larsson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Well my plan to go without a city midfielder this week backfired. Sold Foden with the intention of bringing either Gundo or Sterling back this week. Really difficult decision on my next move:

                Son > Gundo
                Or
                Salah > Sterling

                Will probably want both back for DGW26 but probably more so Son.

                My midfield is Bruno, Salah, Son, Grealish, Raphinha

                Any thoughts or ideas guys??

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

                I know I'm a week early with this but how many Leeds and Southampton players are you planning on having in GW25? And what's your plan for GW26 if they both end up with a single game (Leeds already confirmed as only having 1)? Kind of kills a bench boost if you hold many of them.

                1. The Senate
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  just Bam Bam and Dallas. I'm really not convinced enough by Southampton to bother with them. I could get Raphinha as well but will probably want to roll a FT

                2. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Bamford and Raphinha most likely, maybe McCarthy depending if they have a double in 26 or not. WC25 BB26

                3. In Bale We Trust
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Have Bam and Dallas plus plan to add Raphinha. Don’t mind carrying one into BB26 and will evaluate if a transfer might be worth a hit at the time.

                4. JabariParkersEyelid
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Bamford and Dallas. No more, no less.

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

                  Bam bam and maybe Dallas, fixtures are ok but only ok

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

                  Currently only have Mccarthy, planning to get one of Bamford, Adams, Ings or Raphinha to captain but only 1, anything else gets in the way of GW 26 plans. Going nowhere near Dallas

                7. DeadStar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Cheers all. So no love for the likes if Ings or Ward-Prowse? And even with Leeds players it may be the case you'll have to bench boost with 1 or 2 of them on your bench, unless you take hits to remove of course.

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

                    Raph > JWP anyday imo. Ings blocks the likes of Kane or Vardy in DGW 26 for me so currently not considering it

              4. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                just watching the City highlights back. That Salah dive is atrocious, I'll take his 7 points and run, it really should have been 1 point...

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

                  Indeed!

                  On ITV news they just show him falling away.

                  Like that minimal touch does that to a player.

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

                  shocking

              5. In Bale We Trust
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Anyone got thoughts on Southampton assets? They have the potential to have three dgws in a row. If that happens surely you’d punt on a number of them?

                1. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Tough at the moment as none playing overly well. Guess most likely to get something would be Ings, JWP or possibly Minamino

                  1. In Bale We Trust
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Yeah they look awful but if they get that volume of games they’re bound to return. I mean they’ll surely score a few goals.

                    1. Earwicker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      JWP and Ings return about 1 in 3. 3 dgws should be about 2 returns plus appearance. Work the maths against the competition.

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

                  I think Adams at 5.8 is the only consideration for me. I already have Mccarthy so Im keeping him but I wouldnt really bring him in if I didnt already own him

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

                Who to get max 5.7?
                Have Dias Stones Mee and Coufal.

                1. The Senate
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Shaw or Justin

                  1. The Senate
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    or Dallas!

                2. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Justin or Man U defender

              7. Danstoke82
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                This lot GTG for DGW24?

                Martinez
                Lowton Stones Cancelo
                Salah Raphinha Gundogan(vC) Fernandes Grealish
                DCL(c) Antonio

                Subs: Steer Coufal Justin Bamford

                Uneasy at benching Coufal v Sheff U but don’t know who else to drop?

                1. In Bale We Trust
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  GTG

                  1. Danstoke82
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Thanks!

              8. sirmorbach
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Pope
                Dias, Stones, Digne, Cresswell
                Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gündogan
                DCL, Antonio

                Martinez, Watkins, Dallas / Soucek

                Good to go? Can I afford to hold my ft? (I think I'll keep Soucek anyway.)

                1. FPL Notebook (John)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah, looks nice. That's the beauty of all these strong benches - Soucek isn't a problem!

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Appreciate it, mate!

              9. pablo discobar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Foden or Sterling for the dgw?

                1. In Bale We Trust
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Tough after today, but I’d feel more comfortable with Sterling

                2. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Sterling I guess but only just

                  1. pablo discobar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Cheers

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

                Bench one

                A) Son - MCI (A)
                B) Bamford - ARS (A)

                1. FPL Notebook (John)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  B (reluctantly)

                2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Bamf

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

                  I'll go out on a limb here and say Son

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

                  Son

              11. FF Dirtbag
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Who do I take out for DCL???

                A) kane
                B) Antonio
                C) Bamford?

                1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  B

                  1. FF Dirtbag
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Due to horrific fixtures after shu?

                2. FPL Notebook (John)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Probably Antonio, but wait for the fixtures to become clearer. West Ham could end up with a double for all we know

                  1. FF Dirtbag
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Thanks both

              12. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 days ago

                What to do here? Save? I could use 2 FTs to bring in Leeds players/Kane next GW. Bench order right?

                1 FT 4,9 ITB

                Pope
                Stones, Dias, Mee, Coufal
                Salah, Grealish, Fernandes, Gundo
                Antonio, DCL
                4.0, Watkins, Robertson, ESR

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

                Mitchell & Maddison out for who?

                A) Lowton and Jrod
                B) Tarkowski and Lookman
                C) Someone else

                Areola
                Stones Cancelo Shaw XXXX
                Salah Gundo Bruno XXXX
                DCL Antonio
                Martinez Son Bamford Dallas

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

                People with Pope & 2 City defenders, are you looking to add another Burnley def?

                1. FPL Notebook (John)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Possibly. If they double in 26 as well, I think i'll add a defender to go with Pope

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

                    Their double would be Spurs and Leicester, still think its worth it? I think its a big no tbh, even one is a stretch

                2. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Personally think it’s overkill having 2 Burnley defenders. 1 Burnley defender plus 3 City IMO.

                3. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Depends on the rest of your team. Is changing to 4ATB with another burnley def going to outscore the player you would start instead?

                4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  I will

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

                  Considering it but only if I’ll play WC sooner. Otherwise double BUR def doesn’t appeal longer term!

              15. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I'm thinking Johnstone to Pope and roll 2nd FT.

                Any other moves you would suggest here that could be worth considering?

                1FT 6.7itb
                Johnstone*
                Cancelo Digne Stones
                Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha
                Bamford Antonio DCL
                (Martinez Cresswell Holding Soucek)

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Soucek > J-Rod and bench Salah! (risk might not be worth it). J-Rod > Son the week after.

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Can't bench Salah when he has pens. I'm not convinced with Rodriguez. He could easily play 1 out of 2 and get benched. He was benched for the Leeds game earlier

              16. FPL Kaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Who is a better captain this week?

                A) Pope

                B) DCL

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  DCL

                2. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  DCL of those

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

                So if you own Stones and Dias, are you starting both next week? Thinking of rest and rotation. Especially with the Dias mistake today.

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  With city DGW, got to start both if you have them.

                2. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  You mean for the double? Yes starting both no question.
                  If they're rested for one they still have another fixture.

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

                  Dias is rotation proof I think... he’s allowed one mistake.

                4. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Have the same two and for sure starting both! How can we not!

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

                  I’m going for Dias (C), I think..

              18. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Would you sell Sterling for Gundo for a -4? Wondering if Sterling will start both games or not?

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Nope

                2. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  You won't get an answer about Sterling Starting both or not. Even Pep might not know that.

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

                    Exactly Tinker. We would all like to know that. City assets are risky but rewarding.

              19. 9I6
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Want to bring Gundogan in for the DGW, should I sell Saka or Soucek?

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

                  Saka

                  1. 9I6
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Worth waiting to see if Soucek's ban is lifted then? Shame as I miss out on price changes.

                2. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Wait re Soucek but Saka of the two

                3. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Depends if Soucek gets a 3 match ban.

              20. HellasLEAF
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Wilson set to fall tonight?

              21. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Evening all.

                Need to get some green arrows back in my life after dropping from 59k in GW19 to 119k currently!

                What would you do with 2FT here? I only have WC and TC left. Depending on how DGW26 looks I’ll either play WC for then or later.

                A) Robbo > Mee/ Tark (double up with Pope)
                B) Robbo > AWB or Shaw as longer term picks
                C) Robbo > Digne
                D) Any of the above + Soucek > ? (Raph for DGW25/ Jorginho/ ?)

                2FT 1.2itb
                Pope
                Dias, Stones, Coufal
                Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan (C)
                DCL, Bamford, Antonio
                (Martinez) (Soucek*, Robbo*, Dallas)

                Cheers!

              22. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Is there a blanks and doubles spreadsheet this season?

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Ben Crellin on Twitter

                  Or LegoMané on here

                  1. The Big Cheese
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Thanks. I found Crelins on Twitter

                    Much appreciated

                    1. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      No prob mate

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

                Almost sure of doing these moves with my 2FT + hit

                Antonio > DCL (Watkins & Bambam)
                Barnes > Gundo ( Bruno, Son, Salah, Foden)
                Stones to Burnley (Dias, Coufal, Maguire, Mitchell)

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  I can see upside of losing Stones to get Gundo.

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

                  I wouldnt. The switcheroo isnt worth it and Id want to keep Barnes for DGW 26. Maybe just bring in a Burnley defender

              24. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I just watched Mike Dean's decision.The game is gone.