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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. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Chilwel to Lowton or Mee? Have Pope too

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If money is no problem id go Mee.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        More nailed or anything else?

        1. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          More bonus potential and corner threat.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Ok ta! You keep long term? If so fair enough, Lowton bench fodder for me ...

            1. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              No. Probably WC in 26. So will keep him til gw 25 with their fix.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 21 days ago

                Makes sense

                1. Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 21 days ago

                  Thats why when money is no issue.
                  If you dont WC and have to keep, less money makes sense with Lowton.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If doubling up with Burnley defence then I would go with Lowton. You may need that extra money later.

    3. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I went for Lowton personally.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Yup, money more important than jam points.

    4. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Its Lowton then.

  2. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Ticker is a mess. Site is going downhill rapidly

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Raga's site is getting better by the day

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        It is indeed

      2. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Which one is that?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          LiveFPL

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Super site.. just has to keep the python under control at peak times:)

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              Recently server upgraded I understood but yeah for free that's amazing still

  3. Bounce
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    I'm on my 16th green arrow in a row. In absolute dreamland.

    1. rupopo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      From where to where now in those 16 weeks?

      1. Bounce
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 21 days ago

        2,318,069 to 87,507.

        1. rupopo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Nice! Am similar. GW 10 2.6 million, tonight break in to top 110K (77k) 🙂

          1. Bounce
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Nice going, huge gameweek for you! How many points did you get?

            1. rupopo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              75 with Raphina and Bamford to go....should stay in top 100k fingers crossed

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Thought I was doing well with 13 greens in past 16 weeks!

      Advantage of having a crap start, plenty of room for greens!!

    3. Alex_thekid
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Gw7 3.2 million to now 230k 13/15 green arrow the 2 red were only small

  4. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Brewster another step closer to no returns the entire season.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I think he is potentially the worst transfer in Premier league history

      - the price
      - the role (to single handedly keep Sheff Utd up)
      - his experience (0 premier league starts)
      - his output this season
      - the fact he is close to being dropped from the match day squads

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I think we've made some if the worst, but none come close to Ali Dia.

      2. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Is that even a possibility given that Sheffield United's bench only has 6 out of a maximum 9 players on it?

      3. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Nah.. too early to say that, he's still young, and is highly rated.
        He has had a rough start granted, but still time to some sort of return!

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Is there? Obv he will be fine in the long run as a player but let’s be real, Sheffield United are getting relegated and he was bought for ridiculous money to get them the goals to stay up.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            And then Wilder doesn't play him or a system that suits him. He should have just bought another lump if he's going to play lump it football. Burke and Brewster up front are the best combination, Wilder won't play it. Hope they get relegated.

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              Don’t know who advised Brewster to go there

              He is a very young talent who needs developing and bringing through slowly but instead is in a terrible team with ridiculous pressure on him to perform

              This could really damage him longer term

      4. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Some fair points but 6 subs....not close to being dropped from match day squad!

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Wilder has ruined the kids career. Sad.

  5. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Sheffield (and Rudiger) only seem to score when playing my defenders.

  6. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Probably easy to field 11 players with DGW26 if no surprises. So it might be better to Wildcard later to attack later DGW and/or BGW29. Atm I only have 1xSpurs, 1xManU and 1xAston Villa but they will have dgw sometimes later. What do you think? WC24 also an option if it bonds well with dgw24,25,26

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      BGW29 and coming out of it in good shape is the key

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Continuing from previous post, how do we allow for a decent team in BGW29 and coming out of it well though if WC’ing in 25?

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          We need to see the fixtures to determine that

          It might be possible to get thorough 26 well without wildcard and then wildcard 29 maybe

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Aye true, just got to await these confirmed fixtures I guess haven’t we

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Best to free hit a big blank game week.

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            No FH left

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              Save wildcard then or write a week off.

              Fixtures and Covid-19 cases have done collateral damage anyhow this season!

    2. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      No BB?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Already used BB and FH

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Far too much going on really, head is spinning with it all. I’m just focusing on WC’ing GW25 and BB before or after it, not too sure yet, shall just have to take the BGW’s on the chin, and use free transfers/some hits where I can

    4. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      How do you know dgw26 players?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Dont know yet, I guess it will be more clear after midweek cup games

  7. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 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)

    Plan to most likely wildcard in GW25.
    Any other transfers to consider?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Since you plan to WC, you may as well attack the DGW fixtures

  8. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Bench headache incoming.
    Can only pick one.

    1)Saka(Leeds)
    2)Son(city)
    3)Bamford(arse)
    4)Use ft and start cavani(wba)

    1-3 i save a ft.
    4 wilson becomes cavani.

    1. Red dev
      7 months, 21 days ago

      1 Saka. He is quality and playing Leeds

  9. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    2 FT, 4.8 ITB

    Bednarek -> Tark/Mee and roll the other FT?

    Pope
    Dias Stones Coufal
    Gundogan Bruno Salah Son
    Bamford Antonio DCL

    Martinez Dallas Bissouma Bednarek

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Why sell Bednarek ahead of his DGW?

  10. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Wow. Just checked.

    59 points (2 to go) and still on a red arrow.

    Didnt expect that 😀

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Exactly the same and like a 2k increase in rank, aint going anywhere in a hurry

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        With 10k at 57 and overall at 52,

        I didnt know it was even possible to drop!

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      That's what no Justin does to us.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        At my current rank of 300k I truly expected a green with 59.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Thx! Who knew gaining in 300k would be harder than 10k 😀

  11. shabalala
    7 months, 21 days ago

    71 with Dias captain and Bamf and Dallas to go. Salah penalty freak me out, mistake by Dias but clear diving from Salah.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Huh?

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Lol...dias capt!? I put him last on my bench this gw!!

    3. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      How the hell did you score 71 with Dias as captain!?

      1. Kitman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I think he got the digits the wrong way around

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      It's a foul and a penalty.

      1. Tcheco
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        lmao

    5. shabalala
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah I know it was crazy, I cant pick a good captain for 10 GWs in a row, but whole season Im around 100k.

    6. shabalala
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Martinez, dier, dallas, dias, stones, gundo, bruno, son, watkins, bamf and salah off the bench

    7. shabalala
      7 months, 21 days ago

      And calwert

    8. shabalala
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I was 100% sure in City CS, and thats the reason Dias C, and Salah bench

  12. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Little help:

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

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

    Choice c)
    Keep Areola and Maguire - No Burnley players - Save transfer

  13. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Quick help here, lads? 2 ft, £4.5 in the bank.

    Martínez / McCarthy
    Dias / Stones / Cresswell / Digne / Dallas
    Salah / Bruno / Grealish / Gündogan / Soucek
    DCL / Antonio / Watkins

    Thought of McCarthy to Pope, but that rules out DCL to Kane later on. Watkins to Bamford? (I'm willing to keep Soucek, I guess)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      You need to Burnley GK or DEF to cover their double. Get Pope and downgrade Digne to bench fodder later to get Kane

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers!

  14. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Would that be good for the next week or some changes for a hit?

    Martinez
    Cancelo/Stones/Mee/Coufal
    Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo
    DCL/Antonio

    Martin/Bamford/Justin/Stephens

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Looks nice.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I woukd start Bamford ahaead of Coufal

  15. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone out there own these three MCY lads? --> Cancelo, Dias & Sterling?

    What are you ALL doing? going Gundo-less into the DGWs? or what?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Stick with what you have unless you need funds then downgrade sterling to Gundo

  16. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    If you had 2fts, would you do chilwell to Lowton tonight?

    Price changes mean I may lose 0.2m if u wait till tomorrow

    Don't need the cash - but may do in a couple of weeks. Thanks

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Nope Burnley have a FA cup game during the week. He could easily get injured before 24

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Useful info mate. Thanks. Assimed they were out of cup

  17. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Would you go for a cheaper GK like McCarthy over Pope if you are not WC until after GW 30?

    Martinez is the other GK and would only be benched in Saints' DGWs.

    1. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Pope isn't a must have, he's just the best Burnley option, go with their defenders or whatever your plan for the dgws is.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Depends on your team setup. As Ale said Pope is the best Burnley option but you could get a defender instead. You definitely need one of them to cover Burnleys double

  18. martyhan
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Any advice. In the lucky position of having 6m 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

    1. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      So you are the sole owner of mcG

      1. martyhan
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I know i know. I must of been drunk or something getting him.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If DGWs are confirmed then it is a possible transfer

  19. nkhoughton
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Are we likely to experience another big double game week?

    Dunno if it's worth saving the WC for it

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Do you have Free Hit too?

      1. nkhoughton
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        No just bench boost left

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          ... play wild card when your team is in bad shape.

          Don't set it all up for a DGW.

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Of course! GW26

      1. nkhoughton
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        There's no fixtures currently added to this?

  20. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    McCarthy (Forster)
    Cancelo*2 Tarkowski*2 Coufal
    Sterling*2 Gundogan*2 Salah Son Bruno
    Bamford Adams (Brewster)

    2.5 ITB

    A. McCarthy to Pope
    B. Forster to Pope (play McCarthy for GW25)
    C. Adams to DCL
    D. Brewster to Barnes
    E. Combo/Other/Hit?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I would get both Pope and DCL. However I actually think McCarthy could lose his spot to Forster. Not sure who you would transfer out

  21. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Memorable record breaking gw for me this week - for the wrong reasons! RC, OG and pen miss all in the one week after being lucky enough to avoid any of them for the season so far. I guess when it rains it pours! Could have been much worse in terms of rank drop thankfully, but definitely more rough than smooth this week.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Gundo still made up for it with a couple of goals..

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        This is true. Well himself and DCL are the only reasons my red arrow is not too severe, despite having so many - points.

  22. WenzelK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Any chance of a Dallas or BamBam rest tomorrow? Need those Gundo points from the bench :/

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Very unlikely

      But you dont really deserve the Gundo points if you benched him

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Nope.

  23. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Was that save nr 3 from Mendy? Need all the points possible...

  24. yanky
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    TAA + Soucek > 1 def and 1 mid
    Thinking best options are: Digne, Mee / James Rodrigues, Rashford
    Leaning Digne and Rashford, thoughts? am i missing anyone?

    Pope
    Dias Cancelo Coufal James ___
    Salah Gundo Bruno ___
    DCL

  25. Top Mark.S
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Need bamford to score minus 4 to stay in cup.

    Bednarik gives me hope.

    It's the hope that kills you

  26. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Does anybody remember VVD, he was a character wasn't he.

  27. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Johnstone and Pereira -> Pope and Foden for -4?

    Currently:

    Martinez/Johnstone*
    Cancelo/Justin/Targett/Mee/Dallas
    Salah/Fernandes/Grealish/Gundo/Pereira*
    DCL/Bamford/Antonio

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Id say go for it. You know you ll be exposed to Pep roulette, but good moves. Help below pls.

  28. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Toughts?
    Considering Johnstone to Areola and next GW, Soucek to Raphinha.

    McCarthy (Johnstone)
    Dias Stones Mee ( Coufal, Dallas )
    Sterling Salah Fernandes Grealish (Soucek)
    DCL António Bambam

    1. Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Sounds good but potentially Pope instead of Areola if can afford. Raphinha or Harrison look good imo

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Exact money for that moves. Cant go for Pope.

        1. Aaa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Go for it

  29. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Best captain for gw24 if you don't have Gundogan?

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      DCL and I have Gundo.

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Bruno

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      DCL, Sterling

    4. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Sterling.

  30. Tcheco
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Play 1:

    A. Coufal (SHU)

    B. Bamford (ars)

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B