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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. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 14 days ago

    Was is very stupid to play Soucek and bench Gündogan? In retrospect, yes. But I assumed a low scoring game. I probably still have respect for Liverpool as they were so good last season and had so many clean sheets.

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 14 days ago

      It made sense at the time, just that it's stupid if bench both Gundo and DCL. If in doubt I always play 7 attackers.

    2. chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Hindsight always fun. I benched Martinez, DCL and Coufal. Need monster hauls form Bamford/Dallas now

    3. HellasLEAF
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Soucek has been one of if not the most perplexing adds this year. Capable of hurting you if you bench or don't have, but also lives up to the skepticism at times. West Ham have been almost too hot their assets might cool in the interim. Or not. This year harder to predict.

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Not perplexing, IMO - he's a 5.0m 5th mid, who is outperforming his price. He shouldn't be played every week.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          IMO he's a 5.0m 4th mid (or 5th if playing 3-5-2) who you should play every week. When Salah, Bruno, KDB and Kane were all firing, Soucek was an absolute godsend.

    4. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Not at all. Both in form but West Ham had a plum fixture. Just unlucky they had an off day.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      It is a mistake to bench a PK taker imo. So yes, I would say it's a mistake.

    6. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      I actually put a bet on City scoring 3 or more goals before the match at but I admit that I was not feeling optimistic at half-time.....

    7. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Right decision in my view, and certainly no worse than a 50/50 call. If it makes you feel better, I ended up with 31 points on my bench this week even though the only debatable decision I made (benching Gundo over DCL) didn’t even hurt me

  2. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 14 days ago

    4 - 1 at Anfield. Somewhere Hey Jude is playing. Just beautiful.

    Happy Sunday all.

    1. Party time
        8 months, 14 days ago

        😆

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Team plan after gw24

      All set?

      Martinez,
      Cancelo, Dias, AWB
      Salah, son, Bruno, grealish, Gundo
      Dcl, kane

      3.9 fodder, Targett, Dallas, 4.4 fodder

    3. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      I have Stones, Cancelo, and Sterling, and 2 FT.

      Who goes for Gundogan who is essential?

      1. Leonard hatred
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        sterling, because he's not very good at football.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Always in the box for a tap in. FPL points over football ability

        2. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          isn't he close to explosion?

        3. Sanchit
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Did you watch the match today?

        4. Sanchit
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          To start for guardialoa you have to be an exceptional footballer.
          Imagine capping the team

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Got to be Stones out.

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          I am leaning that way too

      3. HellasLEAF
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Cancelo or Sterling for me.

        Honestly I think maybe even Sterling and use those funds elsewhere.

      4. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Nobody is essential. Stick

      5. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Stones > Burnley def
        Soucek > Gundo

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          If you even want him, I'd stick with what you have tbh

          1. HellasLEAF
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Honestly I think Stones is more nailed, cheaper, and has potential for goal scoring off set piece. Concelo is the sexier option but chance for bit more rotation on the wing I think and Stones goal scoring underrated to Concelo crosses.

            Almost a coin flip really.

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            I can't stick Gundo will destroy me, he has been destroying me for 4 weeks now

      6. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Stick. Sterling could have easily hauled more today was unlucky. If choose one, it would be Stones.

      7. hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Similar position for me and I’m thinking Cancelo. Just not convinced his attacking threat is high enough to combat the rotation risk.

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Isn't Stones an equal rotation risk?

          1. HellasLEAF
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Pretty much yes. Only Dias is really nailed. No one else on that defence.

          2. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Think he’s a bit safer but it’s anyone’s guess

          3. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Nobody for Stones and he was my first choice since I think with the CL he will be rotated. Even more confused now.

            Hope scouts will make a hot topic for this topic

      8. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I went stones

    4. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Would you bench boost next game week with the following bench:

      GK: Martinez (AVL)
      DEF: Mitchell (CRY)
      DEF: Konsa (AVL)
      FWD: Brewster (SHU)

      Can make changes but will have to take hits (-4).

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Nice joke

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          This

      2. DK_13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Obviously not. Just save it till GW 38 and then burn it if you must

      3. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        No.

      4. chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        two are unlikely to start ? I am planning on BB as in GW26 the top teams are playing each other

      5. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        No way

    5. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Current team:
      Martinez, Forster
      Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Coufal, Kilman
      Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek
      Antonio, DCL, Bamford

      Think 5 double is enough for dgw24? Could also do Forster > Pope.

    6. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Pope
      Dias Stones Cresswell Digne
      Gundo Bruno Salah Soucek
      Bamford DCL
      Johnstone Dawson Son Watkins

      2ft 1.8 ITB

      Thinking just doing Stones to Cancelo and having 2 transfers for gw25?

      Thoughts??

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Wait for the desicion on Soucek's RC, if they don't overturn it, he is banned for 3 games

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Yes but doing him to Raphina in 25 anyway

        2. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          It’ll be overturned.

          1. aleksaa2
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            It should be, doesn't mean it will be. I agree with Tony's opinion, there is no much upside with Cancelo, because of the rotation and CL games will be played very soon, who knows what will Pep do.

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 14 days ago

              What move would you do then?

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Not a huge fan of that move. I would stick with stones as he and Cancelo are both a rotation risk. I would only do a City defender move if it is to bring in nailed Dias.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          I think I have enough cover on the bench for Cancelo though? What move would you do?

    7. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Anyone on Soucek>Raphina ?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Soucek red card likely to be rescinded

    8. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      if u wc 25

      why not bb gw26???

      cant understand

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        most are doing this still, some might wanna get it out of the way

    9. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Madness to be considering Stones and Son to Mee and Gundo?

      Gundo is crazy owned in my MLs and is going to keep destroying me!
      What do I do?

      Martinez
      Stones Cancello Digne
      Sterling Bruno Son Grealish
      DCL Bamford Antonio
      Johnstone Soucek Coufal Mitchell

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Can you not do Soucek to Gundo, instead of Son?

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          yes good shout

      2. Z
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        You are talking about player who is nailled in Mcity, cost less then 6m and his form is beyond the any words....

        I think that i gave you the answer

      3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I have 3 city defenders and am thinking of the exact transfers. Let us go for it. Son is not necessary for City and we can expect minimal haul vs (whu). Then purchasing for double.

    10. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      When might we hear about Soucek's red card? Surely it is being appealed, right?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        WHU submitted an appeal to overturn RC. It'll be a quick turnaround and should be available for next GW if overturned. Look at Bednareks RC successful appeal

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          OK. Wasn't aware it was already submitted.

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Thanks.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Tomorrow. Along with Mike Dean and Lee Masons’s suspension.

    11. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Anyone switching to 2 mids 1 def from City?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I would consider it if I didn't have any other transfers to priorities

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Tempting but defence is still great value though
        Liverpool only had 0.4 non-penalty xG today, the lowest of all teams this weekend

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Thinking of adding Gundo & losing Stone to Foden & Dias?

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            I was thinking Sterling, but he might be too expensive. Foden a good idea.

      3. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        yep see above Stones to Mee and then getting Gundo in

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Already there.

    12. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      I might have just got through this round of the cup, if Bamford plays and doesn't get sent off...but it's been so close!

    13. balint84
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Will Gündo be benched when KDB comes back?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        No, both played when KDB was fit

      2. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 14 days ago

        No, more likely Mahrez or Bernardo.

      3. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Would be hard to justify a benching.

      4. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        no way

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Nope. Only nailed midfielder.

    14. Parsnips
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Might have to get ederson in. Heard he could be their next pen taker

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          I think it was meant as a joke!

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Some away kits annoy me irrationally.

        Why is light blue less of a clash than normal blue?

        1. aleksaa2
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          The worst kits game I saw in a long time was MCI at home vs SHU. Awful to watch. Half of the PL teams now have ugly 2nd kit.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          What did you make of West Brom's kit today?

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Garish. At best.

      • Steager
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I have 2 free transfers, would you do

        Mendy to Forster to enable Wilson to Kane?

        Have Areola who i can use for next few weeks.

        Or just do Wilson to Cavani/Ings and carry a transfer over?

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Just do the Ings transfer

      • Z
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        GW 26 any double games?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Yup ; depends on Cup

      • dwain100
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Benched DCL and Martinez, captained Antonio over Fernandes, then brought in Alonso. Sigh...

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Maybe they ascribe to the Ted Lasso way: Believe in believe.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          V good.

          How was it measured?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Apparently had a first team last season too.

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Liv have really regressed in 2020 and 2021, maybe fatigue, lack of strength in depth. Ah well, back to Pep dominance.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            It's a squad game and their prime players had a consistent and injury free run from Champions league to Premier league wins.

      • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Is there a better triple captain option on the horizon that is better than Gundogan this gameweek?

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Depends what chips you have left?

          If you have bench boost and TC then you have to bench boost this week or GW26. If you have TC it has to be Gundogan this week, Bamford next week or someone in GW26

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Potentially (K)ane in a DGW

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 14 days ago

            This.

        3. Old Bull
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Probably not although I’d worry that he hasn’t been properly rested for a while now.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Looks like this Chelsea team working out how the manager wants them to play.

      • ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Mount vs Newcastle next is tempting...

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Chelsea goal

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Mounted

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Mount G
        Werner A

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        On cue... GOAL

        Chelsea

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Nice finish Mason Mount

      • MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Will never understand the Mason Mount hate. Different gravy.

        1. aleksaa2
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Different gravy is a bit of a stretch and overall 99% of the hate torwards any player is unnecessary

      • tibollom
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        stupidly put DCL first sub, i have bam and raphina left to play; any chance one of those is benched ?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Very unlikely without an injury coming up pre-match

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          None whatsoever