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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. TimoTime
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 14 days ago

    Is Pieters an option if I can’t afford Mee?

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

      Lowton better. Pieters will lose his spot.

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

      Lowton?

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

        Can’t afford, frustratingly have 4.3

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

      Short term Pieters has better goal threat than Lowton. If you can afford a transfer afterwards when Taylor comes back, then go for Pieters.

      1. Finding Timo
          8 months, 14 days ago

          Pieters good option but isn’t he at risk of playing both DGW24 if Taylor nearly back ?

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

            Go for Lowton then, just thought Taylor might not be back on time for the DGW.

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

        Taylor due back soon and pieters will lose out. Go with Lowton

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

      Almost sure of doing these moves with my 2FT

      Antonio > DCL (Watkins & Bambam)
      Barnes > Gundo ( Bruno, Son, Salah, Foden)

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

        West Ham has the best fixture of the gw.

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

          Watkins then?

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

        Not sure about losing Antonio unless confirmed out injured

      3. Lazaretti
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Good moves. Antonio might be injured too

    5. wantsharptv
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Don't think anyone could have done a worse move then start ben mee over DCL

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

        Started Barnes over Foden -13

      2. Feed tha Sheep
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Was sensible decision before deadline

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

          I keep saying that but Ben Bee had a realistic ceiling of 7 so best realistic outcome was gaining 5 points on a DCL 2. I've learnt my lesson to back players with higher ceiling

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

          No it wasn't. Always play the attacker.

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        There was burnley fever against DGW announced...

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 14 days ago

          After*

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

        Start Soucek over DCL

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

          Def seemed the right move though

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

            Absolutely, imo it was the right move at time

      5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        I started Soucek over DCL haha

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

          Me too. My strong bench is making me chose the wrong decisions this last 3 GW's First Captain choice went OK this week (Son) at last lol

      6. Rhodes your boat
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Kane to antonio after holding for weeks didn’t feel great

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

        I started Soucek over Salah, go me.

      8. Fpl stress
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Started Lowton and bench DCL.
        Transferred Chillwell to Rudiger

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

      Thoughts on
      Stones and Soucek to Mee/Tark and Gundo for a -4?

      Gives me Cancello Sterling Gundo and switches from double City defence to double City attack?

      Gundo is killing me in my ML and now all my ML will all be captaining him!

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

        Very similar moves to me above going to double mids

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

          I would normally advise most against it mate but Gundo is becoming the Ramsey of this year if not better and I know how stubborn I was with Ramsey that season or with Yaya Toure another season! they just keep killing it every week

    7. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 14 days ago

      Are people with WC left, all using it prior to GW26 or is there any other GW which would work better? (Don’t have BB..only TC left)

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

        26 to get Spurs in I think.

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

        Game week 29 will need a free hit or wild card.

        And doubles to come after then too.

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

        30/31 to clean up BGW29 mess

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

          This hopefully I will see on Thursday, if it comes more clearer by then. I am hopeing to dead end my team into GW29 will be a couple of hits though

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

          Cheers

    8. FantasyClub
        8 months, 14 days ago

        Thoughts on on replacing Barnes for Gündogan or Foden next week then Lingard for Raph the week after?

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

          Doing that moves myself

        2. Milkman Bruno
            8 months, 14 days ago

            Raphina in for Lingard you mean right? Yeah not bad moves

            1. FantasyClub
                8 months, 14 days ago

                Yep

          • Milkman Bruno
              8 months, 14 days ago

              Is Ings worth -4 over Adams for dgw25?

              1. Finding Timo
                  8 months, 14 days ago

                  I was thinking Antonio to ings for DGW25 but isn’t his firm awful ?

                  1. Finding Timo
                      8 months, 14 days ago

                      Form!

                      1. Milkman Bruno
                          8 months, 14 days ago

                          Has penalties though and Ings has class which is permanent

                          1. Finding Timo
                              8 months, 14 days ago

                              Yep true it’s betweeen JWP and ings I reckon for a Southampton player

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

                                OG jokes aside, Vestegaard/Bednarek good options from 27 onwards lol.

                        • FantasyClub
                            8 months, 14 days ago

                            He was unlucky not to score a couple, I’ll definitely take a punt on him for that DGW

                          • ivantys
                            • 1 Year
                            8 months, 14 days ago

                            He should really have scored last game, was really unlucky.

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

                          One of the games is versus Chelsea which essentially make them a SGW team + 2 points.

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

                        Which teams does spurs play in DGW 26?

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

                          Teams from the PL

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

                            Good one I will take that.

                        2. Pukki Party
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 14 days ago

                          BUR+avl/ful/SOU

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

                            Gundo TC this GW will e better than Kane in those games right?

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

                        Martinez
                        Stones, Cancelo, Mee, Coufal
                        Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo
                        Antonio, DCL
                        (Forster; Bamford, Kilman, Soucek)

                        1) Soucek > Hamez (switch to 352)
                        2) Forster > Pope
                        3) Other ideas?

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

                          Not sure on Rodriguez. He could easily be benched like this weekend. I think Forster may be due a turn out with McCarthy out of form. I wouldn't bring in Pope since you already have a Burnley defender

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

                            That's fair. Maybe even Siggy? Think a sixth dgw-ers may not be a terrible idea, but also not required.

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

                          I was thinking of having both Pope and Martinez too. Part of me worried it is too much money to have tied up in goalkeepers though.

                          You have 5 double gameweek players for this week. Might be worth saving and getting somebody for longer term- Raphinha for DGW 25, or Son / Kane for their good fixtures coming

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

                            It would be a hokey-cokey with Pope. But now I type that, it doesn't sound like a great idea.

                      4. Finding Timo
                          8 months, 14 days ago

                          Hi Is JWP best Southampton then who after that ings?

                          1. Steve The Spud
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            8 months, 14 days ago

                            Ings probably the best but personally won’t be touching them

                            1. Finding Timo
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                DGW25 though snd fairly good fixtures?

                                1. Steve The Spud
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  Don’t like their double to be honest

                                  1. Finding Timo
                                      8 months, 14 days ago

                                      Perhaps just the 1 Southampton player is enough then

                              • Tonyawesome69
                                • 2 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Ings on pens is the best soton option but wouldn't bring any soton players in until they get better

                                1. Finding Timo
                                    8 months, 14 days ago

                                    Cheers all sounds like ings worth a punt especially given 2 fairly good DGW25 fixtures

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

                                Need a bit of help for my transfers please. Got 1FT and 5.9m ITB

                                Martinez, Meslier
                                Cancelo, stones, shaw, coufal, Dallas
                                Salah, gundogan, Bruno, son, Soucek
                                DCL, Antonio, bamford

                                I’m tempted by a few options:
                                -Meslier to pope for DGW 24, then Soucek to raphinha following week
                                -stones and Soucek to lowton and sterling (-4)
                                -or save it and use funds to get Kane or KDB back for gw25

                                Any thoughts or other ideas please?

                                1. CR7 is Home
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  Kane (c) in 26

                              • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                How does this sound folks.... Cancelo or Dias to Lowton and Soucek to Sterling???? Would have Gundo, Sterling and Dias/Cancelo then!!

                                1. CR7 is Home
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  But who would it be out of Dias and Cancelo?

                                  1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 months, 14 days ago

                                    I think I’d keep Dias for security of starts mate

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

                                  If you think 2mid 1def is a way to go for City players, do it! It's not a bad idea at all.

                                  1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    8 months, 14 days ago

                                    Cheer mate, yeah I think it could be a good shout and mix it up a bit!! Would mean for next week I’d have City,Everton,Burnley and Fulham defence covered too!! Areola, Lowton,Digne and Diss

                                    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      8 months, 14 days ago

                                      *Dias

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

                                        I would leave city as it is if you have 3 players IMO. Too many transfer unless you are WC 25

                              • wulfrunian
                                • 5 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                And now imagine that Aguero starts on the fa cup game.

                              • You've got red on you.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Quick help Choice?

                                Choice a)
                                Maguire ---> Mee
                                Play Areola in goal
                                2 x DGW players

                                Choice b)
                                Areola ---> Pope
                                Play Maguire against WBA
                                1 x DGW player

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

                                  B

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

                                  No City league?

                                  1. You've got red on you.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    8 months, 14 days ago

                                    Yeah, maxed on City. I have other DGW players just comparing these two options.

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

                                      B, I really like MUN next two fixtures and imo Pope is by far the best option from Burnley

                                3. You've got red on you.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  Or Keep Maguire and Areola and roll a transfer.

                              • GE
                                • 5 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                What would you do with FT here?
                                Soucek -> fodder? Or something else?

                                (2FT, 3.1 itb)

                                Martinez
                                Cancelo/Dias/Digne
                                Salah/Bruno/Son/Gundo
                                DCL/Bamford/Antonio

                                Bench: Messlier, Mee, Dallas, Soucek

                                1. jomikijiq
                                  • 6 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  Soucek -> Raph

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

                                    And bench who?

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

                                    Already 3 Leeds

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

                                  Wouldn't dare drop Soucek. Not getting done again.

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

                                    but we get done by benching him anyways

                                    1. potatoace
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      8 months, 14 days ago

                                      Not if you never bench him ever again...

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

                                        missed all his hauls so he can go for me, absolute troll

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

                                  Soucek to Raphinha in preparation for DGW25 or Meslier to fodder so you don't burn a FT

                                  1. potatoace
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    8 months, 14 days ago

                                    Wouldn't he be best kept for the dgw25

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

                                    Already have 3 Leeds..

                              • TimoTime
                                • 2 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Gundogan or sterling captain for the double?

                                Pretty sure Gundo is the safe bet?

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

                                  Gundo safe, Sterling more explosive for a haul

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

                                  Gundo more secure, playing better too.

                              • Warby84
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Martinez DDG
                                TAA Shaw Cancelo Dias (Coufal)
                                Salah Fernandes Gundogan (Son Smith-Rowe)
                                Bamford Antonio Calvert-Lewin

                                Only 0.6 itb

                                Only 1 free transfer, is it worth saving?

                                A. Trent/De Gea out Pope/Mee -4
                                B. Trent —-> Mee
                                C. Save free

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

                                  DDG to Pope or TAA to Mee. I wouldn't double up

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

                                  Just DDG to Pope

                              • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                • 7 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Wilson + Robbo > DCL + Mee for a hit?

                                Crazy season. Will have 5.8m ITB if I make that move. Some kind record for me.

                              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                • 11 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                OMG rudiger

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

                                  Nearly got him in for Dawson, Phew!

                              • aleksaa2
                                • 5 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Rudiger OG

                              • THFC4LIFE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                What the hell is he doing lol

                              • JBG
                                • 3 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Rudiger essential.

                              • Steve The Spud
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                RIVAL CAPTAINED RUDIGER

                                1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  Poor chap, hope his luck reverses next week. 😉

                              • CR7 is Home
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Rudiger essential?

                              • Rhodes your boat
                                • 5 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Those with wc bb Tc and FH all left when do you plan to use them

                                1. CR7 is Home
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  BB 26
                                  WC 30/31
                                  FH 29 or later
                                  TC on Kane

                                2. SINGH
                                  • 3 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  WC 25 BB 26 FH 29 and TC later on

                              • Top Lad Dakes.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                New Rudiger owners in the mud

                                1. Custard Gannet
                                  • 2 Years
                                  8 months, 14 days ago

                                  That’s me

                              • Pep Roulette
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Any Rudiger owners?

                              • ivantys
                                • 1 Year
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                No VAR check for the pen?

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

                                  Uh, yup, pen given by VAR.

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

                                    This one was more contact than the Sterling/Salah one but ppl said it was dive again lovely stuff here

                              • TheDragon
                                • 3 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Rudiger needs to give Werner some tips on finishing in the box - lethal

                              • Rhodes your boat
                                • 5 Years
                                8 months, 14 days ago

                                Rudiger owner yay 🙂