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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. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    chelsea pen?

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Chelsea pen incoming

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

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

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Shameful dive from Werner !

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 29 days ago

        More contact than the Sterling/Salah one earlier lol

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Chilwell taking it!

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Alonso is definitely first choice then? Based on Tuchels comments

    4. Differentiator
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Shades of Trippier vs Spurs

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Before that OG even happened, I wanted Rudiger dropped.

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

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Werner haul incoming

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Was gonna punt on him too 🙁

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Assist machine

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        chelsea pen given Timo A

      4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Jorghino essential here

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

        2. Tonyawesome69 FH36
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

          1. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            He has potential to get assist too.

            1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

      5. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 29 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 FH36
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 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
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Cancelo, Dias, Gundo for me.

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

        4. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Thinking of moving Stones to Foden

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 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 FH36
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 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 FH36
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 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
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 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

      6. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Jorginho goal Timo a

      7. 2EyedTurk
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

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

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Eek

        2. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          top 8 defenders to own

          Dias
          Cancelo
          Stones
          AWB
          Shaw
          Justin
          Cresswell
          Coufal

        3. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Ouch

        4. WenzelK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Played Chilwell instead og Gundo... Thank you Rudiger

      8. TNB
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Was very close to Holding > Rudiger

          Phew

        • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

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

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            with those fixtures?

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Fixtures don’t impact City

              They just scored 4 away to Liverpool for example

              1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Yes

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

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

            2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Both teams are not good defensively.

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Score a goal chilly before I kick you out finally

        • jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 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.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 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
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

        • ivantys
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

          • waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

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

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Oops Martinez ans johnstone gks

          • nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Werner 2 assists..

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              This is shu don’t forget

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Alonso time

            1. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Nooooooo. I have DCL on the bench

              1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                One more reason for him to come on.

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              You're not following the narrative. Cease and desist

          • House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Probably C

            2. SINGH
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 29 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
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 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

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Block them points, Marcos 🙂

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 29 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. One of Those Days
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Under the Radiger

          • Free Hat
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 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
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Agree, not a pen imo

          • ivantys
              2 months, 29 days ago

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

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

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

            • Viper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Best dgw defender to own other than City assets?

              Digne? Tarkowski?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                burnley or digne