Dugout Discussion

Rudiger, Mount and Chilwell benched, as Alonso returns to Chelsea’s starting line-up

The continued rotation of Chelsea’s big squad sees Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), Mason Mount (£7.1m) and Kai Havertz (£8.2m) amongst the substitutes for their hosting of West Bromwich Albion.

For those managers desperate to invest in the league’s strongest defence, the return of Thiago Silva (£5.6m) only worsens the headache. He and Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) step in for Rudiger and Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), with Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) starting ahead of Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) at left wing-back.

Alonso has been a popular transfer this week amongst the online Fantasy Premier League community, with many seeing the incredibly attacking defender as the ideal one-week punt ahead of a Gameweek 31 Wildcard. He wasn’t on international duty, so owners will be hoping for a repeat of his 14-point haul from beating Burnley 2-0 in Gameweek 21.

Former defender Thomas Tuchel’s arrived as head coach in January and quickly made Chelsea’s back line impenetrable, conceding only twice in 14 matches (all competitions) as they seek their eighth consecutive clean sheet.

However, these successful shut-outs are achieved with rotating personnel, with only Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) seemingly assured of a starting spot. Rudiger, Zouma, Christensen and Thiago Silva share the remaining two spots, as Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) starts again in goal.

As detailed in Thursday’s feature, Mount (225), Havertz (212) and Chilwell (180) played in the majority of their country’s 270 minutes during the international break. Therefore, Tuchel has given them a breather, showcasing their squad depth by bringing in Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m).

Timo Werner (£9.2m) starts up front, his barren streak worsened by a terrible miss for Germany against North Macedonia. With one league goal from 1,350 minutes – the equivalent of 15 matches – his confidence seems shattered but the expected goals (xG) number of 6.34 in that spell suggests that he’s still getting in the right positions.

Reece James (£5.0m) starts at right wing-back, with Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) keeping his starting spot.

As for West Brom, they were unchanged for four consecutive matches but Sam Allardyce has been forced into one change as loanee Conor Gallagher (£5.5m) cannot play against his parent club. He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.

Stuck in the relegation zone, the Baggies haven’t scored in their last three matches but have kept three clean sheets in the last five matches, ideal for Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) owners. They picked up 1-1 draws at Liverpool and Man City, so will feel a Stamford Bridge result is achievable.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.4m) is on the bench against the club he made 377 appearances for.

GAMEWEEK 30 LINE-UPS

Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic, Werner

West Bromwich Albion XI (5-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend; Phillips, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Pereira; Diagne

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1,090 Comments Post a Comment
  1. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Chelsea fans needed this humbling

  2. Spab
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    I don't mind the unpredictability of the game. I do resent the lost half an hour I spent thinking about who to bench for Azpi.

    1. BooYaKasha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      So much this

  3. Gerd Mueller’s thighs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    “Chelsea fans must be wondering if this is a one off event or a sign of deeper problems.”

    I know why this happened!

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Do tell

      1. artvandelay316
        5 months, 18 days ago

        It involves a piece of laminated plastic that the ref carries around in his pocket.

        1. Abraham & Cheese
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Is it a kind of burgundy colour?

          1. artvandelay316
            5 months, 18 days ago

            You know, I think it might be!

  4. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Well done Pereira cappers.

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Only sold him yesterday!

    2. Warblers Fear Satan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      I'm sure he's grateful.

      1. Abraham & Cheese
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        haha

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      The 2 of them.

  5. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Cant wait to see this awful team go down

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Agreed, nobody likes Chelsea

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Chelsea?

  6. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Such a stupid red from Thiago Silva. Chelsea had the game wrapped up with 11 men and a goal ahead.

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      This

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Im sorry but even with 10 men to concede 5 goals is unthinkable

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Having Alonso in 10 men team is suicidal

  7. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Diagne 3rd on bench is typical FPL lol

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Exactly where he should have been

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Yup

  8. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Sold Digne on WC, captained Alonso. Can only get better, right?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Diagne

  9. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Tuchel exposed

  10. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    “Most obvious clean sheet of the season”
    Lol

    Sheffield Utd to beat Leeds 0-1 incoming

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      8nil Leeds

  11. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Unfortunate for Alonso today. Could easily have had a massive haul without that silly red. Still, 3 points bagged. Onwards and upwards

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      After conceding 5 to the worst team in the league, I don’t think we’ll see much of him anymore

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      He did well going forward, but it was another stark reminder how poor he is at defending.

      So a mixed bag really.

      Chilly next week?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        100%

    3. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Non owner here and feel like I’ve got away with it big time. Could easily have had two goals.

  12. Zladan
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Thankfully opted for Rüdiger over Azpi or any other Chelsea defender.

    Tierney coming in. Come on Arsenal.

    1. artvandelay316
      5 months, 18 days ago

      I had Rudiger too. Cresswell to replace him as first on bench. Then Mount second on bench who could replace Gundo if necessary.

    2. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo in for me

  13. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    What to do with Bale? No WC or FH left. He has double but Jota/Lingard are tempting

  14. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Quite pleased with 0 points from Azpi. Could have been a minus 1.

  15. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Precisely 1 player in the top 10k has pereira in their starting team

    Absolute dreamland for them!

  16. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    West Brom have scored 32% of their Premier League goals for this season against Chelsea.

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Madness

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Suspect another 4% or so came against City

  17. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    The xG Philosophy

    @xGPhilosophy

    ·

    20s

    Chelsea (2.60) 2-5 (1.47) West Brom

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Xg looks terrible predictor

  18. Milkman Bruno
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Didn’t realise Kepa got a rare start. Martinez in for Mendy 😎

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      What?

      1. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Mendy 0 points, didn’t play 😉

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      You can do better.

      1. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 18 days ago

        I’m sorry I’ll get my coat

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          😀

  19. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Now checking the SHU side for the two who are going to brace in that one 🙂

  20. Kane and Ablett
    5 months, 18 days ago

    How’s everyone getting on? 0 from 1 for me with a Rudig no show , what an entertaining start to the FPL week

  21. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    I’m sure many people doubled up on Chelsea defence too. Oh dear.

  22. Alex_thekid
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez to Mendy 1ft went well not and
    Martinez 75%+ EO 10 points incoming

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    That was my chance to win it, oh well had plenty of good luck this season, was always going to be bitten at some point

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Eh? You still have 11 players to go.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        All high ownership though, Pereira would have been a huge differential

  24. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Pereira with 69 Baps. Lucky boy...

  25. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Lol, ouch!