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

    Thinking of

    GW 24 - Soucek > J-Rod (Bench Bamford away at Arsenal)
    GW 25 - J-Rod > Raphinha

    Will ultimately cost me a -4 with some other moves baked in.

    Kind of feels lie Everton's second game (MCI) is worth 2 points...can't see much of a result so tis gives me pause.

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

      Not sure if James is worth it. Minutes can be managed. Do you consider Lookman and extra def from Bur?

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

        Yeah Fulham mid is the other thought. They just don’t seem threatening even if the fixtures are better.
        Not in a place to mess with def. got 2x MCI and Dallas so plenty of double coverage.

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

    WC in 25 most likely.
    Soucek and Targett -> Jrod and Pieters -4?? Or any suggestions would be great

    Martinez
    Pieters AWB Stones Cancelo
    Rashford Bruno Sterling C Jrod
    Antonio DCL

    Forster,Bamford,Son,Mitchell

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

      Just Target to Pieters? Not sure if James outscores Son by 4 points.

      Are you staying as-is with your City assets? Not swapping around to get Gundo?

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

    Was pretty certain on holding my 3 City assets and get Bur defence, but with another performance from Gundo it’s hard to ignore him.
    What would you do here guys with 2ft and 2.6itb?
    1) Barnes Dallas/Coufal -> Rash Taylor/lowton. Keep current 3 City assets
    2) #1 and Sterling -> Gundo for -4 for security of starts
    3) Barnes Cancelo/Stones -> Gundo Mee. Double up on City attack and get Bur def
    4) Sterling Barnes -> Gundo Rash. With an option to get Bur def/gk for -4

    Team is:
    Martinez
    Stones - Coufal - Cancelo
    Son - Bruno - Sterling - Barnes
    Laca - DcL - Antonio

    Johnstone, Justin, Dallas, Raphinha

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

      1 of those. I don’t think it’s worth playing around with Sterling > Gundo this week

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

        Cheers, just not trusting Sterling with captaincy as he can easily get benched in 1 game of the double whilst Gundo is nailed

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

          I do hear that but I don’t think that switch is worth a -4

          Hmm maybe option 3 then

  4. AdamJ91
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Best Dier replacement?

    Was thinking of Dallas with double GW in mind since I have a spare transfer to use & he probably won't play this week anyway.

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

      Burnley def?

  5. tom_p77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Is this a good plan for DGW24:
    Stones > Dias
    Coufal > Mee

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

      Not really

      1. tom_p77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you very much.

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

    Rudiger out for Mee -4? Didn’t watch the game, probably for the best.

  7. Mufc202020
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Start one

    A) Dallas
    B) Son
    C) Barnes
    D) Smith Rowe

    Tempted by Smith Rowe... is that ridiculous?

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

      It has to be Son of those. Still has the highest ceiling of those 4

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

        Son

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

      Either start or sell Son.

      1. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        why start or sell? Is benching him for Man City and starting him after that not a viable options??

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

          Just feel a player like Son has to start if you own him.

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

            A game like City also suites him much better than a team playing deep.

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

    People holding on to Antonio?

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

      I'm shipping after the SHU match

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

        Feels wrong to sell when West play SHU

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

          Ofc, he could haul easily, the best fixture you can ask for

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

      Regrettably for now.

      Hoping I’ll be able to work him out to Kane over next couple

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

      For this week. Might get Adams for him next week

  9. Tanglebrain
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    I wonder if the snow could cause a postponement tomorrow night? A lot of points off the bench enabled if so!

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

      20 points going in for me if it is called off. I'd be happy.

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

      Not really, games are usually postponed because of fans and transportation to the stadium. They are hardly postponed just because of the weather.

  10. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Is Foden to Gundogan too sideways?

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

      Yh. Why move Foden? Great form.

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

      Yes

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      No. Gundogan looks more nailed on. But maybe both with their DGW next?

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

      Think Foden and Gundo could be a wash by GW's end..

      nay

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

    Anyone taking a punt on Ashley Barnes this GW?

    Thinking for a hit:

    TAA to Mee
    Wilson to Barnes

    Then WC in next couple game weeks. Yay or nay.

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

      If you're gonna punt on a striker, Id suggest Cavani

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

        I like Cavani. And Watkins. But the Double plus next week home to Fulhamn Burney have top fixtures..

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

          Id back Cavani vs WBA + NEW more than any of those DGW teams. Burnley just never score tbh, maybe Wood if he's confirmed back but thats the most Id go

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

      Barnes not worth it imo!

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

    Bottomed
    Evening all.

    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!

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

      A out of those mate. Nice 3 fixtures for Burnley, can get MU for Coufal for gw25.
      Help above please?

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

        I’m liking the idea of double BUR defence less and less!

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

          Personally think they will get a clean sheet in 2 out of 3.
          But MU def is great shout long term. I’d go Shaw. Much more creative than Awb although atm numbers are similar. For 4.9 a no-brainer

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

            Thanks mate. Yeh I’m leaning heavily towards Shaw. Also spreads the risk

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

      B, Pope + 3City + DCL is enough for this double. Digne is a great player, but I honestly don't see Everton keeping a CS against anyone with Olsen and Pickford in goal, so I wouldn't bring him in just for his possible attacking returns. UTD have 2 great fixtures and a possible dgw, so I would pick one of their defenders.

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

        Thanks mate. I’m leaning towards that option.

        You think AWB worth the extra or just go Shaw?

        Would you just hold Soucek on the bench and maybe switch to Raph for their double next week?

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

          You can go with Shaw, you have 5 playing defenders, so you'll be ready (bench wise) for the odd rotation.

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

            Yes, I'd transfer Raphinha in for their double.

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

            Thanks mate. Now the only issue is who I’d bench for Shaw as I’d have to start him this week!

            Bamford? Coufal?

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

              Can't help you with that, my worst fpl desicions are around Arsenal. That's why I have a rule not to have more than one Arsenal player in my team. I either think we are too bad or overestimate our abilities.

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

                Lol I get you. We all have blockers like that!

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

      B for sure if United win their cup tie

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

        Cheers! I think it could be the best option even if they don’t win in the cup. They are in v good form

        Shaw the better pick because it enables more funds elsewhere?

    4. Six Season Wonder
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A i think mate. concentrate on the NOW. Mee or Tark either or tbh

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

        Fixture wise it looks right but double BUR def.... doesn’t sit right!

        I guess it depends how soon I’ll WC which also depends on the GW26 doubles.

        I’ll be honest I’m leaning towards getting Shaw in. Good fixtures, could have a double and a better team

  13. Peskey
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Did Gundogan to Sterling before GW22.
      It has cost me 5 points.
      Now considering reversing it.
      Tough call, hard life.

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

        Why did you? And why reverse it? Not happy with one sideways move?

        1. Peskey
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Sterling looked more nailed after being rested the game before. Just trying to predict Pep roulette, not so smart.

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

              It's hard to predict. I have nearly 100% prediction success in the games that Sterling definitely starts. I can tell you if you want.

        2. Six Season Wonder
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          it is such a tough one. I take it you are maxed out on MCY then?

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

          Def not imo. Playing with fire

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

        Is the Soucek red card being appealed or suspension sticks? Looking to switch Stones to Gundogan and will have around 1.4m itb

        Best defender max 5.2m for the next 4 games? Mee, Dallas...
        Defence is AWB Dias Stones* Coufal Mitchell

        Want to keep some money itb to bring in Bamford next week though could do straight DCL swap. Already own Sterling

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

          They’ve submitted an appeal I believe

        2. 9I6
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Being appealed, should hear back tomorrow

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

            So best to ignore Gund price rise until we know appeal result?
            Can’t see another way to bring him in with Salah Bruno Sterling Grealish

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

              I've got the same problem, want to bring him in for Saka but obviously need to hear back on Soucek first

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

                I mean playing the fixtures surely he outscores both Saka and Soucek the next month

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

              I sold him, Trent and Wilson. Cup games duro g the week too. Can't get worse so may as we roll the dice.

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

                Makes sense
                Wilson injured right?
                I sold Robbo for AWB this week

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Klopp thinks game could have been 1-1 but for mistakes at the back, should have put the ball in Row Z, which they should have. But giving the public face, pretending to be oblivious that mistakes were dade cos City pressed up to Pool goal line and their press was so good.

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

        I know this is going to get shot down but McNeil punt?

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

          Why I not? I would have done it if I wasn't already on -4.

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

          Not the worst shout if you consider they also play West Brom in GW25. It's Burnley though so it's a risk.

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

          No. Especially if its between getting either him or Raph for the next 2 weeks.

      5. Six Season Wonder
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Do I go Gundo-less throughout these DGWs ?

        I currently own Dias, Cancelo & Sterling.

        The bloke is giving me nightmares tbh

        1. Peskey
            3 months, 6 days ago

            It is a tough one.
            I will wait until after the FA cup game on Wednesday before deciding

            1. Six Season Wonder
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              hoping for an injury? 🙂

          • Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Anyone of those 3 that you get rid of will be your next nightmare.

            1. Six Season Wonder
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              this is true haha

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

                I have Gundo, Sterling, Cancelo and still not happy. I wanted Foden and got a feeling Mahrez long awaited haul is coming

                1. Six Season Wonder
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Mahrez would be long shot but yes i feel Foden is an explosion waiting to happen

          • hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            We need more City spots. It's a real tough one.

        2. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Dallas + Foden + Antonio -> Mee + Gundogan + DCL? Exact cash

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            -4

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

            I am doing similar but going Foden & Gundo + Burnley def

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

            Won't you want Dallas next week? Plus Antonio this week?

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

            Can you do it without Foden > Gundo?

            I can see why it’s tempting but don’t think that part is worth a hit.

            Any advice on mine above mate?

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

          Lowton 4.4 or Mee 5.0?

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

            Mee if money is no issue

          2. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            If you’re wildcarding soon, Mee. If you might end up being stuck with one long-term, Lowton.

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

            Mee is objectively better but Lowton gives more flexibility. Depends on plans after next week

          4. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Mee.

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

          Trent must go unfortunately, Mee probably the best option and then I can move ESR to raphinha GW25...

        5. Six Season Wonder
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Are we thinking Mee is best defensive option this GW (aside from MCY assets)

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

          Thoughts guys? (No FT and 3.8mn itb).

          Mcarthy (Forster)
          Pieter Rudiger Cancelo (Justin, Lewis)
          Salah Fernandes Gundo SON (SOUCEK)
          Antonio Bamford Dcl

          Got only 4 DGW players (Pieters, Cancelo, Gundo and Dcl)
          A) Son to Sterling for -4 hit
          B) Soucek to JRod or any 9mn mid for -4 hit (bench Bamford)
          C) Any other suggestions

          1. Six Season Wonder
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I don't like the thought of ditching Soucek (even if his ban doesn't get rescinded)

            How about Forster > Pope? looks like you got some funds itb..

        7. bigdip
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          What GW is a good time to use WC?

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

            No standard answer. Depends on your current team and plans.

        8. Six Season Wonder
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          IN: Pope, Mee & DCL
          OUT: Forster, Coufal & Cavani

          (-4) yay or nay?

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

            Y go for it.. just wait till FA cup games are finished

            1. Six Season Wonder
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I'll just do the DCL one tonight then as he is rising

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

            first two yay, Cavani out for a -4 when he has westbrom and newcastle after?

        9. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Roll ft?

          Martinez
          TAA Cancelo Mee
          Salah Sterling Fernandes Son Foden
          Bamford Antonio
          ____
          4.0 Dallas Brewster Mitchell

          0.4 itb

          1. Six Season Wonder
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Any BUR assets you can afford at all? maybe Lowton for Mitchell?

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

          villa getting a DGW in 26 ye ?

        11. bigdip
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Mcarthy (FORSTER)
          Pieter Rudiger Cancelo (Justin, Lewis)
          Salah Fernandes Gundo SON (Soucek)
          Antonio Bamford Dcl

          Got 4 players with DGW (Pieters, Cancelo, Gundo, Dcl). Any option below worth a -4 hit?
          A) Forster to Pope (Play Pope DGW 24 and Mccarthy DGW 25)
          B) Son to Sterling for -4 hit

        12. Footieboot
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Safe to say that Kane's return is giving me a huge headache. Going for a BB26 so cannot fit more than 3 premiums. Currently on Son, Bruno, Salah. Kane has such juicy fixtures though. Would you drop someone to bring him in?

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

              Kane looked brilliant today. If I had to drop one it would be Son; he’s not been as prolific as start of the season

              1. Footieboot
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Really? Felt like he was quite rusty. A 100% fit Kane would easily get a hat trick today with the chances he had. By DGW 26 though I can easily see him being at his best.

            2. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Would you ditch Son for a city player, and which one? I only have Stones at the moment.