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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. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Help with which operation get Kane is best.

    Current team
    Martinez, Johnstone
    Cancelo, Dias, awb, Dallas, Coufal
    Salah, son, Bruno, Gundo, grealish
    DCL, bamford, Antonio

    Option A
    Gw23/24 Coufal>Lowton
    Gw24/25 Johnstone > 3.9, AWB>3.8 Antonio>Kane (8 point hit)

    Option B
    Gw23/24 no transfers which means no Burnley
    Gw24/25 Johnstone>3.9
    Gw25/26 Bamford>Brewster & Antonio>Kane. No point hit

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      It's confusing the way you write 23/24.

      Just write 24 because it's effective for that week.

      I would do none of those. WC Kane in GW25 or 26 if you insist on having him. You are wasting transfers by doing Johnstone > 3.9m and AWB > 3.9m just to fund Kane.

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I think wc is more valuable than a simple Kane move

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Agree. So don't get Kane.

          You're wasting 3 weeks worth of transfers DURING double gameweeks just for one player. Just go without him.

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks for your input

  2. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Luckily Ive kept Werner this whole time and been Rewarded

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

      well done

      1. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        #HumbleBrag.

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      But overall has it been worth it?

      1. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yes top 100

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

          Has it eck

          1. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            being sarcastic dont have werner

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Does Pranil lateriser still have him too?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Nope

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Just checked, his punt this gw was captain on Antonio.

  3. FantasyClub
      8 months, 13 days ago

      I’m getting rid of Chilly for who?
      Cancelo?

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Uea

        1. Bam Saka Laca
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Yes, sorry

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

      Good news for sheff Utd

      Ramsdale might have to come off

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

      Guy 3rd in my ML has Alonso C Werner VC....lol

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Is gw29 is likely to be the biggest blank and more doubles to come in the future after then. With the FA Cup quarter finals.

      I'm holding WC, FH and TC until then.

      So much advice to deploy chips early when they could be much more valuable later on.

      It seems that many people are unwilling to take hits and often the advice is to roll the transfer or hold.

      Guess the prudent approach pays off in different ways. I'm more careful with chips and don't mind a hit.

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

        Be plenty of small doubles which could be good for fh

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Isn't FH best for navigating the big blank?

          I thought the biggest blank is traditionally FA Cup quarter finals.

          End of March, gw29 when the Cup takes priority on a Saturday and Sunday.

          Of course, if more teams in the football league progress then it effects FPL less.

          Or am I wrong on this?

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Biggest dgw appears to lining up for dgw26 with a smattering of smaller ones after bgw29

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks.

          Looking to navigate the blank. Think that has more swing then doubles due to rotation in the squads etc.

          Will save Free Hit for sure.

      3. F_Ivanovic
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Probably because mathematically hits often don't make sense looking in isolation. Predicted points of a player you want to bring in vs one you're taking out is almost never 4 or more so you usually have to factor at least a few weeks in advance for it to be overall worth it.

        Because football - like most things has a lot of variance though, you can take hits and they can pay off immediately and you look like a genius - and they can keep paying off - and so someone that takes some gambles with hits is more likely to hit some high variance and do really well than a conservative manager.

        It's why someone like FPL General has said before his style will never win FPL - it's unlikely that safe wins FPL, but it's always going to be more consistent.

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Fpl cup opponent with soucek cap and rudiger Ouuuuch

      Yet with a decent chance to beat me lol

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        4pts ahead in mine, but still time to lose. Only going through because opponent took a hit.

    • Manani
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Chiwell clearly out of favour then?

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

        Supposedly

    • dmcnam12
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC?

      Mccarthy,
      Stones, Cancelo, Mee, Lowton
      Salah, Son, Bruno, Gundo
      Kane, Antonio

      Sanchez, Shaw, Bamford, Rafinha

      ??

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Timo heating up just in time for the DGWs.

      1. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Would you get him over Kane?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Absolutely not, never, ever.

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

          In no sane universe

    • Saka_me_sideways
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      R.I.P. Chilwell then

    • The White Pele
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Foden or sterling for 4-5 weeks?

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

        Foden.

      2. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Sterling more likely to have DGW but more expensive.

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      43% red arrow as it stands. 702k to 1.004m OR

      Fun!

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Score? Any left to play?

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          33, Bamford(C) and Dallas to go
          Martinez DCL Coufal Stones bench

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Id say you will still get some decent points with that capt and dallas to go!

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Werner assaults ramsdale, knee to the face, and they get a pen!

      Should be a werner red.

      1. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Maybe not red but cant see penalty there,he 'pass' to Shu player terrible dribbling.

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Haha... was joking about the red, but yeah, seems harsh on ramsdale.

        2. BDA Shadow
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          As opposed to kicking it into the stands and forcing contact with a keeper? Or worse the ones who are actually dribbling away from goal in the far corner.

          1. FFSbet.com
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Any dribbling will do,just not that one

      2. BDA Shadow
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Surely you're joking...

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          I am joking about the red yes.

          My point is a player raises his foot anywhere on the pitch and the defensive player ducks to head, and the attackers foot comes close to the head of the other, its a foul for dangerous play.

          A knee to the head seems dangerous to me.

          Also rival has werner, and I have chillwell, so a salty few minutes.

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            He was just running and Ramsdale went to ground, his head was knee height, there's nothing you can do about that as an attacker come on. Haha I understand the salt we're all there.

      3. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Red is a bit far but when you kick the ball si hard that he would not have reached ut before cornerflag on other side and runs unto to the goalie. Well, bad football understanding from refs. Again, why are var ref giving this nonsens advice! Friend waves it away, correctly, why intervene? This is absolutely not clear and obvious...

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          The linesman is the one who said not to give it, not the ref. It's a clear pen 100%. Stop making up crap it wasn't going anywhere near the far corner.

          1. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Would have no chance whatsoever to reach that ball and runs straight unto ramsdale. Where should ramsdale put his head? Below the ground?

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              He went to ground and clattered the attacker, what the hell are you even complaining about? You're delusional if you think that goes out. The defender gets it sure but that's completely irrelevant.

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 13 days ago

                Werner runs at him, not around. If he had tried to run around him it is pen. He runs at him. Watch it again.

                1. BDA Shadow
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 13 days ago

                  What? Werner is running straight to the byline, Ramsdale is coming from central outwards. I'm done with this nonsense.

              2. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 13 days ago

                And im not complaining im Just giving my opinion on what i saw. Stop inferring things

          2. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Yep as clear pen as the one Brighton got vs Liverpool but Wolves did not get a pen, yet the same situation happened.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              If the attacker gets the ball, the keeper misses the ball and hits the player, it's a penalty every time. Get out of here, those are the rules.

    • Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Chilwell’s dead to me.

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

        He’s dead to Tuchel too

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Tuchel making another statement to Chilwell...

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Feel robbed, those clean sheet points shouldve been a parting gift from Chilwell 🙁

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yup.

      2. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Me too

      3. FantasyClub
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Exactly what I just said, so frustrated lol

      4. HellasLEAF
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Is Barnes back and nailed then? See he played the 90. Am considering him as option for Wilson out..

      5. FantasyClub
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Wow Chilly just got replaced for Alonso on the 62min...had it not been for Rudiger I’d have a clean sheet! So frustrating

        • TimoTime
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          How’s this team after doing a -4?

          Martinez,
          Mee, Dias, Coufal
          (G)undo, Sterling, Salah, Bruno, Son
          DCL, Antonio

          (Peacock, Bamford, Mitchell, Dunne)

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

          Soucek to Gundogan now before price rise or wait for the appeal as they host SHU and do this move for the dgw??

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

            What do you think here.
            Is the Soucek red card being appealed or suspension sticks?

            Looking to switch Stones to Gundogan and will have around 1.4m itb

            Best defender max 5.2m for the next 4 games? Mee, Dallas...
            Defence is AWB Dias Stones* Coufal Mitchell

            Want to keep some money itb to bring in Bamford next week though could do straight DCL swap

        • Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          FFS

          GET ANRAHAM ON!!! Cup opponent with gundo 1st sub

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Damn.

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Chilwell being rested for the FA Cup.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            He’s clearly not first choice any more.

            1. aleksaa2
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              For the FA Cup he is

        • The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Kane or Vardy?
          Already got son

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Vardy

          2. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Vardy hasn't scored in 6 games

        • 7_Dan_7
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Do we really think triple City is essential for DG24? Rotation risk for Foden/Sterling and I'm not convinced on clean sheets vs Spurs and Everton... (could be my internalised City pessimism talking though!)

            1. TimoTime
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Yep triple essential, been essential for a few weeks now

            2. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              City simply will not concede hardly ever (other than penalties)

              They are immense defensively. They’ve not conceded more than 1 goal in a league game since September

            3. Manani
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              1 CS from 2 is already good enough to justify getting them IMO, that's 8 pts.

            4. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              A team thats top of the league, in great form with both attack and defence, a triple up is a no brainer. We all know Pep likes to rotate but the risk is worth taking

            5. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              If you chose one defender, Gundo & Foden that’s 33 points, you decide with double the games in one week.

          • TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Antonio -> Werner (-4)?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Haha no

          • BDA Shadow
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            What a waste of a clean sheet. I really don't trust Rudiger.

          • Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Best chilwell replacement?

            Cancelo dias mee coufal chilwell*

            1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              Tuchel says Alonso.

              1. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 13 days ago

                I'm going Lowton for the double.

                Chilwell on the verge of dropping. Lowton rising. May just do it tonight

            2. Neves say Neves
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              I think AWB? Don't think Shaw will start vs WBA

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

              Utd def

          • CR7 is Home
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Werner is found space quite a few times but could't get any service so far

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Is it worth it to get rid of Stones in order to get Gundogan?

            Already have Sterling and Cancelo

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

              no

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              I don't think so. Just stick with the 3 you have. You will kick yourself if Stones hauls