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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. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    chelsea pen?

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Chelsea pen incoming

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Get Zouma back!!! Let's start a petition

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Shameful dive from Werner !

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      More contact than the Sterling/Salah one earlier lol

  5. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Chilwell taking it!

  6. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Alonso is definitely first choice then? Based on Tuchels comments

  7. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Shades of Trippier vs Spurs

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Before that OG even happened, I wanted Rudiger dropped.

    You absolute mug. Get Zouma back in there right now.

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      They are just not comfortable playing their way out from the back.

  9. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Werner haul incoming

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Was gonna punt on him too 🙁

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Assist machine

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    chelsea pen given Timo A

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Jorghino essential here

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      nopeno, he really isn't, and never will be

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      If you like banking on Chelsea getting a pen per game..

      1. Lazaretti
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        He has potential to get assist too.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          Very low potential. Just spend a bit more to get Raphinha/Soucek/Saka

  12. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Those 2 City def + Gündo - are you considering swapping to one def + Gündo + Sterling/Foden ? Ceiling probably higher, but is it worth the FT's ? I'm currently on Cancelo+Stones+Gündo an I'm kind of thinking that transfers are too valuable now, should rather be targetting other teams that also have dgw's.

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Don't swap your ManC coverage. For all u know, pep will bench sterling/foden next. Not worth the gamble. Get DCL and maybe Richa too. Bamford, dallas, pope etc.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      I have the same triple city players and have the same thinking as you. You are well setup for the triple city and would use FTs on getting other DGW players

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah, deep down I know that's the sensible thing to do, but getting itchy fingers - dgw fever you know

    3. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Cancelo, Dias, Gundo for me.

      They're all staying with no immediate plans to move them

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Thinking of moving Stones to Foden

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Stones is my worry as I think he'll see a couple of benchings. So will Foden ofc, but als expacting more hauls from him. And then there's the security of starts for Ederson and Dias...

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Another thing to consider, if you are upgrading Gundo to Sterling, make sure you have enough funds or easy moves to get Kane

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Gündo to Sterling no upgrade imho - as rathe rthinking of shifting Stones for either Sterling/Foden (higher ceiling) or Dias/Ederson (more nailed)

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          My comment was meant to say if you are bringing upgrading someone to a premium like sterling, make sure you have enough funds or easy moves to get Kane in your team if you don't have him

    6. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Yep!
      Own Dias stones sterling and looking at stones to Gund via Soucek. Mostly depending on red car appeal

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        I would do that move - no Gündo can really hurt you in the dgw's. Now I have Gündo already, so rather looking at getting in Sterling or maybe Dias or Ederson

  13. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Jorginho goal Timo a

  14. 2EyedTurk
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    I was pretty annoyed with my Chilwell to Rudiger transfer at 7pm, my mood hasn't improved

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Eek

    2. ALI_G
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      top 8 defenders to own

      Dias
      Cancelo
      Stones
      AWB
      Shaw
      Justin
      Cresswell
      Coufal

    3. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      I did Coufal to Rudiger. So naturally, in keeping with this season, Rudiger scores an OG.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Ouch

    4. WenzelK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Played Chilwell instead og Gundo... Thank you Rudiger

  15. Heisenberg W. W.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Was very close to Holding > Rudiger

    Phew

  16. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Who is thinking of Gundo TC this week? Hands up.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      with those fixtures?

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Fixtures don’t impact City

        They just scored 4 away to Liverpool for example

        1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          Yes

        2. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah but that’s liverpool, ateocious atm aren’t they. However I do see what you mean

      2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Both teams are not good defensively.

  17. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Score a goal chilly before I kick you out finally

  18. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Chilwell probably the worst -4 I've ever took 2 gws back.

    Thought it was worth the hit to get rid of zouma for Chelseas fixtures.

    He loses his place for next 2 while Chelsea get cs and alonso hauls.

    Gets his place back today, and then rudi does the inexplicable.

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Good start to the DGWs already with the Rudiger OG, would have been in a lot of teams this GW...

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      I doubt it with Everton and City having a double and Hammers and Villa having a decent fixture

  20. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    It's just disgraceful that the game carried on for a while before reviewing the VAR.

  21. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    2fts and 2.6itb
    Any suggestions?
    Cancelo stones mee dallas coufal
    Salah Bruno son gundo soucek
    Bamford antonio dcl

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Oops Martinez ans johnstone gks

  22. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Werner 2 assists..

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      This is shu don’t forget

  23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Alonso time

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Nooooooo. I have DCL on the bench

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        One more reason for him to come on.

  24. Camzy
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Nice opportunity to appreciate VAR right there. Imagine that in a pre-VAR world and no penalty was given. Pretty blatant imo.

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      You're not following the narrative. Cease and desist

  25. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Initial thoughts are to WC25 in order to attack the double gameweeks between 24-27.

    Martinez, Pope
    Cancelo, Dias, AWB, Holding, Mee
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Soucek
    Bamford, Antonio, DCL

    1FT, 2.7itb

    As a one week punt before WC, which player is likely to return the most points in gw24?

    A - Tarkowski (cry, FUL)
    B - Rodriguez (FUL, mci)
    C - Rashford (wba)
    D - Aubameyang (LEE)
    E - Any other non City defender or midfielder

    1. Viper
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Probably C

    2. SINGH
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      You think cancelo will start both games? Also if city have DGW in 26 you think he will start both?

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        There's that risk with most City players though. Happy to have Cancelo along with Dias as he has huge attacking upside for a defender

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Block them points, Marcos 🙂

  27. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    ‘Rudiger such good value at 4.5’

    ‘Rudiger under the radar’

    Proceeds to kick one into his own net, football always makes you look stupid

    1. Stram Dunk
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Under the Radiger

  28. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Pretty harsh pen imo. Gk cant vanish, werner clashes into his face. Not a pen for me.

    And for the Rudiger og, Mendy should be yelling to collect that ball or to kick it away. Now he comes and doubts.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Agree, not a pen imo

  29. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    The manager doesn't seem to trust Chilwell subbed him off again.

    1. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      He's gone.. worst move ive made this season.

  30. Viper
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Best dgw defender to own other than City assets?

    Digne? Tarkowski?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      burnley or digne