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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. Lindelol
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    any chilly involvement?

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      No. Werner assist.

      1. Lindelol
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        AA?

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

          Yep

    2. HellasLEAF
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      looks good. 2nd assist there.

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        btw, anyone else feel they could include 2nd assist especially if it is integral to the goal?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          No.

        2. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Would become way too subjective. Can't have that.

  2. Fero1905
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Do you think gündo will play Both games on dgw? I wiill captain him

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yup.

    2. TheDragon
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I think so

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      triple captain

    4. HellasLEAF
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      He is too integral right now. He will play both for sure, maybe not 90/90

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Yo... Mount could be a shout

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Should be a thrashing vs a depleted newcastle side, it's just hard to predict their lineup and scorers.

  4. HellasLEAF
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Have Stones.

    Mee or Cancelo/Dias for TAA.

    Worried maybe the city option might not play both games while Mee surely would..

    1. Z
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Dias is so value

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Dias will play.

    3. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Cancelo will surely play in the harder games too.

  5. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Relying on Bamford and Dallas to save me from a 100k red arrow.

    Martinez and DCL laughing at me from the bench. Good greif

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I benched DCL as well for Wilson. Foolish.

      1. Lazaretti
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        0/ same move.

  6. Z
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Guys, do we mby know what could be double games in GW 26?

    Thank you!

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Follow Ben Crellin on twitter for DGW26 permutations. We should know more after fa cup games during the week

      1. Z
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Ty!

    2. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Should be confirmed after FA Cup games midweek

      1. Z
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Ty

  7. Tonyawesome69
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months 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. Z
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mby Raphina to Roudrigez?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Not when Leeds have DGW25

    2. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      No I’d just do that move

    3. aleksaa2
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Good transfer, roll the other one

    4. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Just Johnstone to Pope is good. Gives you enough DGW coverage I think.

    5. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I'd play Cresswell over Bamford.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I was burnt with playing a midfielder over DCL this GW. I don't think I would start Creswell over Bamford who has pens and can easily get attacking points against arsenal

  8. Feed tha Sheep
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Pope
    Stones Cancelo Coufal
    Gund Salah Bruno Grealish Soucek
    DCL Bamford
    (Johnstone Adams Dallas Justin)

    Who to get in with FT (8ITB)?

    A. Digne
    B. Mee (double up with Pope)
    C. Everton attacker
    D. Other
    E. Save and two for next week DGW

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      You already have Pope, DCL and triple city. I think that's enough for 24 and would roll FT

      1. aleksaa2
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        +1

    2. luk46
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Soucek > James or Rashford maybe (if hes confirmed banned)

  9. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    How has Werner only dropped by 0.3m?

    1. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      He's an interesting one again

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Probably most people sold him en-masse in the same week.

    3. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      How has KDB only dropped by 0.1 when 20% of the game sold him.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I like how TAA is only 0.1m below his starting price despite losing more than 60% of his GW1 owners

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Lots of people kept him for various reasons . . .

  10. lewis1290
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    it’s timo time lads

  11. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Hopefully get a Rudiger CS and a BAP.

    1. lewis1290
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      coyrs

  12. luk46
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    POPE
    CANCELO STONES Coufal Shaw
    Salah Grealish Bruno GÜNDOGAN
    DCL Antonio
    Martinez Son KWP Brewster

    I will wc in gw25, using my ft would be ideal... would you do Son > Rashford and bench Coufal or Shaw?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      You may as well since you are WC

    2. 7_Dan_7
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Don't get rid of Son. See how Sheffield do second half but I'd edge benching Coufal

    3. luk46
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      ye, I just think theres no standout midfield option to justify benching Coufal or Shaw tbf...

      1. luk46
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I got Son at his current price, so it wouldnt matter at all

  13. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Tempted to go for Areola for the DGW.

    Anyone else?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      If you don't have enough funds for Pope then he is worth considering

  14. tibollom
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    hey guys; what do you reckon I should do? 1 FT and 1m ITB...Lloris to Pope?

    LLoris Button
    awb cancelo dias mee Ctaylor
    salah bruno son raphina gundo
    bam dcl watkins

  15. Qaiss
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Never captained a Goalkeeper before. This week coming is probably the best reasonable chance to be able to do it.

    1. aleksaa2
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      There were few gws where I captained a gk, but oh my, they are painful to watch

      1. Qaiss
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        They are probably next level in terms of how anxious it would be, especially with Burnley who invite teams to shoot. But that said, could be two Pope 10 pointers.

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Capping Pope is mental, Fulham and palace barely have any shots on target.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        This is a relevant point and any team can score a goal out of something to wipe clean sheets.

        Especially with VAR dishing out penalty kicks etc.

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 6 months ago

          It's just against these 2 teams who don't shoot at all. I rather cap Mee instead, at least he has a chance of scoring from set piece and get random bonus.

      2. Qaiss
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Would you say he's likely to get 10+ points though? If so, then he should be in consideration.

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Even 2 CS is just 6-7 each for him as those 2 teams don't shoot enough. I'd rather try Mee instead if you're thinking of capping a Burnley defence.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ederson?

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Snap

    4. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Capping Ederson? 😉

  16. 7_Dan_7
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 6 months ago

    GW24 plans - who to replace Robbo with (team below)?

    A) Cancelo
    B) Stones
    C) Shaw

    Pope
    Coufal | Dias | Robbo
    Salah | Son | Bruno | Gundo
    Bamford | Watkins | Antonio
    (Martinez James Dallas Bissouma)

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I'm really liking the look of Shaw tbh. I guess it's whether you want to double down on City, or look to spread risk/reward across another good looking defence.

  17. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Soucek & Robertson > Gundo & Mee?

    1. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Solid

    2. 7_Dan_7
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes yes yes

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ez yes

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes - just these move in isolation without seeing your team

  18. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Want to switch to two City mids who goes Barnes?

    Son, Salah, #Foden, Barnes, Bruno

    1. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Son or Barnes

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Can't be Son now Kane is back.

    2. FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yeh I’m replacing Barnes...you thinking Foden will play that #9 role again or rested?

      1. g40steve
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        After past two performances Pep knows he has found his new false 9?

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Who?

          1. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Foden played the #9 role, he did very well, so I’m asking if anyone thinks he’ll keep that spot or get rotated again

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              You not hear Peps comments?

              1. FantasyClub
                • 1 Year
                1 year, 6 months ago

                No, What did he say?

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 11 Years
                  1 year, 6 months ago

                  Foden found it hard in the first half picking up certain positions ( as a false 9) he finds it easier out wide

                  1. FantasyClub
                    • 1 Year
                    1 year, 6 months ago

                    Thanks

        2. FantasyClub
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 6 months ago

          That’s what I’m asking...

        3. JIMMY764
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Worth considering...

          Pep: “But he's so young, doesn't understand some positions what you have to do. In the first half he was not in the right position. We work, but he's a little bit distracted in these issues. Playing wide is a bit easier for him, but he will learn.”

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Or this lol

          2. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Okay not getting him then haha

            1. JIMMY764
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              Hmm that wouldn’t be how I would interpret the position thing.

              I’d say he’s a better FPL asset playing out wide. His goal and ‘real’ assist came from playing off the left once Jesus was on.

              1. FantasyClub
                • 1 Year
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Ah okay, picture is clearer now, Lescott talking about how good he was as a #9 confused me

                1. JIMMY764
                  • 7 Years
                  1 year, 6 months ago

                  Yeah to us peasants, Lescott included, maybe so. Pep has forgotten more about football than any of us know lol.

                  But yeah, I’d say he will be more effective in terms of direct attacking output playing in a wider position.

              2. JIMMY764
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Off the right*

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Definitely lose Barnes. Vardy is back and I think Barnes will have to stay wide on the touchline

  19. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 6 months ago

    How is Werner still 12.4% owned

    1. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Dead teams, huge ownership early doors

  20. Flynny
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    As a grealish owner, am I best to keep for the long term

    Looking at ways to make him son for dgw26 - but grealish is going to have an extra dgw somewhere so maybe not worth it?? It's all so confusing!

    1. FantasyClub
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I wouldn’t lose Grealish, good fixtures coming and yeah the DGW

    2. aleksaa2
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Imo keep every Villa asset until gw30, their fixtures are turning then and they are awful. Find somehow a way to own both would be my advice.

      1. Flynny
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cheers....guess I'll keep my options open re son. It will need to be grealish that I lose...

        Spurs also have good fixtures after dgw26

  21. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    There's not going to be many people captaining Pope now after that Man City performance heading into the DGW.

    It's funny how it evolves quickly the narrative on here.

    1. aleksaa2
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      That's good imo, today Son was a differential as a captain. I despise gws where one player has like 160%EO

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Who seriously would captain pope?

  22. FantasyClub
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 6 months ago

    That statement from Tuchel as to why Alonso and CHO were left out doesn’t leave me feeling very confident of Chillys position, he’s gone for me, can’t have his rotation risk it’s frustrating

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      He's competing for a slot with both Alonso and CHO, yeah he should be gone imo.

      1. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Yeah agree...he’s playing ok though, his pass to Timo was key and on point but he’s not doing anything too great to keep Alonso out

  23. BrockLanders
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Who the hell do I sell for Gundogan?

    Salah, Bruno, Maddison, Raphina or Soucek

    1. 7_Dan_7
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Soucek - tough fixtures after gw24

    2. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Would have to be Soucek.

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

      Souceck

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Soucek.

    5. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Soucek I think

      1. BrockLanders
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Sheffield United at home next though. Surely we'll all watch his points again

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Why put him in the list then??

    6. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Soucek

  24. Pegboy
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Mendy (Forster)
    Stones* Cancelo* Mee* Peters* Coufal
    Gundo*(c) Salah Bruno (Son Anguissa*)
    DCL* Antonio (Bamford)

    2FT £4.7m

    I'd been planning to WC 25 and BB 26, but starting to consider BB this week. I'm pretty well set up for it and by WC 25 and playing normally in 26, I don't have too much £ spread through my team (allowing me to get Kane etc)

    Would definitely do Forster > Pope (for triple Burnley defence)
    Then either Coufal > Digne, Bamford > Wood or Anguissa > James.

  25. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Who scores more in DGW
    A. MEE (FUL,cry)
    B. Bamford (ars)

    1. 7_Dan_7
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      hard to say but gut says Mee

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        You do not believe in your Meeeeeee

    3. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A

  26. Don Kloppeone
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    I was way ahead of my cup opponent. I had Bamford and Dallas left. He has Bamford, Mendy and Werner.

    He could bring me down!!

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Dallas at OOP would win it for you

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Would be the first thing to go my way this week!

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 6 months ago

          I really see this Palace game a thrashing for Leeds. Too bad I couldn't triple them for it.

  27. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Pep Guardiola on the possibility of Ederson taking penalties: "When I commented six months ago, it was a joke. Now, it's a half-joke. We don't really have a specialist in this area."
    Pep is an fpl manager.For sure.

  28. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    For DGW24:
    A. Areola (eve bur)
    B. DDG (WBA) + 4

    1. FPL Theorist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      B

    2. aleksaa2
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      B

  29. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 6 months ago

    need suggestions pls 🙂 2FT 2.1ITB

    Martinez (McCarthy)
    Stones Cancelo AWB (Coufal Mitchell)
    Salah Gundo Bruno Grealish (Raphinha)
    Kane Watkins Antonio

  30. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Hmm Tarkowski worth it (.3) over Mee??

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Na, similar stats, you might get a goal out of either but it won’t be because you made the wrong choice

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Lowton cheaper.

    3. Pukki Party
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I would rather go with Lowton

    5. BrockLanders
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I'd definitely prefer Mee