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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. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    61 all out
    Antonio (c)
    Martinez benched.

    Guess Leeds could be a real rank killer 2moz?

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Bamford and Dallas your concerns

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      About 1.3 players

      Bamford 90%
      Dallas 30%

      So really depends if Bamford hauls

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Its all in the hands of BamBam, CamCam.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Had Bambam and Dallas up on two wks ago coz I was disappointed with their returns then of course Bam hauls.

  2. TheBiffas
      9 months, 24 days ago

      need suggestions pls

      1. TheBiffas
          9 months, 24 days ago

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

          1. diesel001
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Get a Burnley defender and/or DCL

            1. TheBiffas
                9 months, 24 days ago

                for who?

                1. diesel001
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Mitchell and Antonio

                  1. TheBiffas
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      thanks

            2. diesel001
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 24 days ago

              For what?

              1. TheBiffas
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  sorry copy / paste failed

              2. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 24 days ago

                A

                1. TheBiffas
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    haha

              3. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                If I played DDG and Soucek and benched Martinez and DCL should I just go ahead and delete my team?

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 7 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  yes

                  1. Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Thought so

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Isn't playing the game the actual purpose here?

                3. Pépé Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Na loads of people did similar. Right decisions on paper imo

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Benching DCL made no sense. Absolutely none.

                4. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  No - both of those are reasonable decisions with extremely unfortunate outcomes

                5. Pep Roulette
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Don't think about it, look forward! It's DGW time!

                  1. Pep Roulette
                    • 4 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Also, I have 25 points on my bench this week.

                    1. Gandalf
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      31 for me, painful!

                      1. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        Damn you beat my 29 pts

                        1. Gandalf
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          9 months, 24 days ago

                          Martinez, DCL, Justin and Dias! Just glad 1st 11 performed bar Soucek/Pope

                  2. Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Thanks for the encouragement Pep

                6. Gandalf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Both decisions could well have been right so can move on and another time will work out better

                7. Lindelol
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  just forget about this - its happening with all of us

              4. Pep Roulette
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Can someone please share the link of Ben Crellin's spreadsheet? Thanks.

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Google "Ben crellin" its the top result 🙂

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  It's pinned on his twitter page...

                3. Pep Roulette
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Thanks both, cheers!

              5. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Bad week..... 53 with only dallas left...

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  43 here with only Bamford left and 24 points on the bench.

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    26 on my bench... 23 benched last gw.. feels super.

                  2. Flynny
                    • 6 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    That's harsh.....I'm scared of Bamford tomorrow...

                2. Salah’s Sonnet
                  • 10 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  59 here with Bam and Dallas to go, DCL on bench, dunno what to do really, be happy or angry

                3. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  That’s not too bad. 59 points for me with Bamford left.

                  1. Flynny
                    • 6 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Yeah I got martinez coufal and dcl on the bench. One of those weeks

                    Literally all my mini league rivals have bam apart from me....so I guess what he does will determine if its a meh week or a bad one

              6. ivantys
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Kante coming on, no Abraham cameos

              7. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                James -> Digne or Mee for the DGW? (Have Pope)

                Cancelo Stones Coufal Dallas

              8. Alisson WondHaaland
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                2019: Leicester sell Maguire for 80m, gives Soyuncu the chance to shine
                2020: Leicester sell Chilwell for 50m, gives Justin the chance to shine

                Some quality business that

                1. diesel001
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Leicester finance guys are shrewd.

                2. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Man utd got bent over something shocking on Maguires transfer fee.
                  Not a bad player, but no where near that valuation, and he isn't helped by utd continuing to play a highline.

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    He's awful lets be honest. Needs a quality CB besides him to even look competent.

                3. Werner Brothers
                  • 7 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  They got castagne for chillwell... A series of injuries to pereira & castagne flourish justin

              9. diesel001
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Kante coming on. Not Abraham. Nightcrawler spewing.

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Unbelievable

              10. FF Dirtbag
                • 10 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Is Salah getting a bap?

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  No

                2. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  No chance, lucky to have 7.

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Why lucky? Gets pen, scores pen . . .

                3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 7 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  yes 1

              11. Tomas_brolin
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                I’ve 2 FTs to bring in 2 DGW 24 players but none standing out.

                Already have triple City, Pope and DCL. Any suggestions? Mee, Lookman, DIgne?

                1. rupopo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Same as me. I'm sticking with just those.

              12. Jones Town
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Ditch Son for Gundo?

                1. FF Dirtbag
                  • 10 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  No. Fixtures after City looks good.

              13. Street Friend
                • 10 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Hi Any recommendations ? 1FT 7.7ITB

                Pope (Martinez)
                Targett Coufal Dias Stones (dier)
                Salah Bruno Gundo (Soucek, Burke)
                Bamford Antonio DCL

                Thinking Dier to Lowton and bench Coufal?

              14. Bam Saka Laca
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Good enough to save the FT?

                Martínez
                Cancelo | Shaw | Cresswell | Digne
                Salah | Fernandes | Sterling | Gündogan
                Antonio | DCL
                ========================================
                Johnstone | Maguire | Bamford | Soucek

                1. FPL Pillars
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Still FA cup to play but if no injures yes GTG

                  1. Bam Saka Laca
                    • 1 Year
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Thanks

              15. Pépé Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Coufal -> Mee/Tark worth it for a 1 week punt (wc'ing in 25)?

                Also have Pope.

                1. Hart-ake
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Nah, not with West Ham's fixture.

                2. Fantabulous KdB
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Why, Coufal can easily get 6+ score next week while Burnley has ManC

                  1. George Agdgdgwngo
                    • 12 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Burnley have Fulham and palace

                  2. Jones Town
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    ? Burnley have Palace and Fulham

                  3. Fantabulous KdB
                    • 3 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    My bad. It's still hard for 2 clean sheets and coufal is mre than capable to match them in 1

              16. The White Pele
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Pick one please :
                A) Salah & Foden
                B) Grealish & Sterling
                ( have gundo & Watkins)

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  B

              17. abunab
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  What are the odds that Stones and Cancelo play both games in DGW24?

                  There is the FA cup game against Swansea on Wed so we will see Laporte and Walker in that, so hoping they go back to Cancelo/Stones to play both Everton and Spurs matches.

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    If they get rested midweek I'd be pretty confident of two starts.

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 2 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Yup.

                • Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo Dias Lowton Cresswell
                  Salah Bruno Grealish Gündo
                  DCL Antonio

                  (Steer Bamford Son Mitchell)
                  1 FT & 1.7m

                  Steer ➡️ Pope for free? (Will bench Martinez)

                  Will most likely wildcard in GW25.

                  Any other transfers to consider?

                • martyhan
                  • 9 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Any advice. In the lucky position of having 6 million itb and 2 fts but unsure what changes to make.
                  Maybe Mcgoldrick to kane?
                  Team is
                  Areola mesiler
                  Cancelo, dias, lowton, Mee, holding
                  Gundogan, salah, soucek, son, Bruno
                  Bamford, dcl, Mcgoldrick

                • Fantabulous KdB
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Foden over Gundo didn't go well last 10 gameweeks, even today he just matched him.
                  Does it make sense to get Gundo now even if you are chasing and everyone above you has him in their team?

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Both are good options but Gundo is the main man amd lowest rotation risk.

                    If I had neither I’d get Gundo. But if I had Foden I don’t think I’d waste a transfer switching

                    1. Fantabulous KdB
                      • 3 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Thats what I thought every week and get punished 🙁
                      Now just going to ride it as need differentials to catch up

                • Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  So excluding triple City, Digne, DCL and Pope which double gw players are worth a punt?

                  1. S.Kuqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Lookman

                  2. Tinkermania
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Hames!

                  3. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    A Burnley defender

                  4. Werder Bremner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Honestly don't think any.

                    I have 2ft and plenty in the bank, but think I'll be using a transfer to set up for gw25

                • Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Sky Sports commentator must be on the same sauce that Allison was on earlier. Can't ID any of the players. 😆

                • Salah’s Sonnet
                  • 10 Years
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  If people are bringing in Burnley/Everton defenders/attackers, are you also planning to BB just to get it out the way?

                  Any logic in taking a few hits just to get BB out the way?
                  Last thing I wanna be doing is removing dead wood from my team if BB’ing after WC’ing in GW25

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    I’m seriously considering BB this week. The defensive fixtures are amazing

                    I can get to this for -4

                    Martinez, POPE
                    WanBissaka, DIAS, CANCELO, MEE, Coufa
                    Salah, Fernandes, Grealish, GUNDOGAN, RODRIGUEZ
                    Bamford, Antonio, DCL

                    It depends on the GW26 and 29 fixtures but if you only have WC and not FH left them this might be the best time to bench boost

                    1. Salah’s Sonnet
                      • 10 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Nice, yeah I have no FH left so I just thought it’s probs best using the BB a week before WC’ing to focus solely on the 11, I’ll just have to take BGW’s on the chin and manoeuvre best I can, there’s too many happening and too much going on 🙂

                  2. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    BB24 before WC25 allows you to either maximise on 11 DGW players or get a bench to cover BGW29 if you don't have FH

                    1. Salah’s Sonnet
                      • 10 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Yeah that’s true man, but as above no FH, I guess we will know who blanks GW29 before GW25 starts?

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        Current Fixtures from GW29 will move to 26 based on the outcome of the FA Cup games

                  3. LSK
                    • 3 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Think I’ll bench boost in 24 and then WC in 25, TC 26 and FH in 29

                    Have 6 doublers and a decent bench (Son, Martinez, Coufal, Bamford) so might as well use it up and get more money into the 11.

                    1. Salah’s Sonnet
                      • 10 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Agree with this bud, however I have no FH, just WC FH & TC. May try and consider BB’ing next GW to get it out the way

                      1. LSK
                        • 3 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        Yeah bench boost can be a pain so if you have a good bench this week I’d go for it

                • Avery
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  9 months, 24 days ago

                  Team for GW24
                  Martinez
                  AWB | Dias* | Mee*
                  Bruno | Salah | Foden* | Gundog*
                  Watkins | Antonio | DCL*

                  Meslier | Coufal | Son | Dallas
                  -Feels weird putting Son on the bench and not 1st pick. Feeling Salah will bounce back. Coufal has more favourable fixture.
                  - For GW25 Will probably do Son to Rodriguez, Get in either Kane and Bamford or Ings and Bamford for 25. If I do the latter I can get Son back in for 26

                  Hopefully we hear the DGW26 Fixtures sooner than later

                • FantasyClub
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Is it better to replace Chilly with Cancelo or Dias?
                    Or different option?

                    1. aleksaa2
                      • 5 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Dias, go for the nailedness

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        This

                  • Alisson WondHaaland
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Is it crazy to get rid of Antonio next week? (if they, as expected, dont get a DGW26)

                    Pretty tough fixtures until GW29 or so and so many DGW options like Watkins, DCL, Bamford, Kane, Vardy, Ings

                    1. Finding Timo
                      • 1 Year
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      I am thinking Antonio to ings DGW25?

                    2. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      I'm probably getting rid for Kane after 24 or 25

                    3. aleksaa2
                      • 5 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Not at all

                    4. LSK
                      • 3 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Not crazy at all. He’s done well in relatively easy fixtures but not well enough to be undroppable now his fixtures turn and others have doubles.

                  • S.Kuqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Early days but save ft?

                    Areola
                    Digne-Stones-Cancelo (Coufal,Holding)
                    Bruno-Rash-Son-Grealish-Gundo
                    Dcl-Antonio (Bam)

                    1. aleksaa2
                      • 5 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Roll

                      1. S.Kuqi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        Thanks

                  • Nightcrawler
                    • 2 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Casual Cup Opponent

                    Transfers Abraham IN

                    Starts him over Gundogan

                    Then gets gundogans points anyway

                    FFS. Need Dallas fail to go through now

                    1. diesel001
                      • 5 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      How many points are they ahead?

                      1. Nightcrawler
                        • 2 Years
                        9 months, 24 days ago

                        Im ahead. They need more than 2 points from Dallas

                        1. diesel001
                          • 5 Years
                          9 months, 24 days ago

                          Going to be tight

                    2. Ejaaz11
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      it was looking good for you after rudigers own goal.

                      Dallas will probably keep a cleanie bcoz whenever Zaha has been out injured this season, crystal palace haven't scored...

                    3. Bushwhacker
                      • 2 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Everyone. Is. Casual. Including. You.

                  • Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    Start Bamford (ARSENAL) or Antonio (SHEFFIELD UNITED)?

                    1. Ejaaz11
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      antonio