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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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. TheBiffas
      6 months, 26 days ago

      Mount to pull one back?

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Lol

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Doh!

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Dreams, just dreams .... Mount 1 point ... he has been a total and utter disaster for me since bringing him in.

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Hahaha .... I take it ALL back ... oh me of little faith ... LOL

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA LMAO

    • Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      Ph boy

    • Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      Get in

    • Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      hahahahahaha

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      OMG Diagne.

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      Jesus - think I'll just transfer Mendy straight back out

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      Who said not to concede 4 goals ?

    • Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 4 Years
      6 months, 26 days ago

      I've been saying all week that the AstraZeneca vaccine is a HUGE trap. All the casuals going for their jabs. Not one of these so-called 'experts' and Pro Pharmacists mentioned Pfizer. I've been saying it but do people listen?

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 26 days ago

        I think this is not place for that

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          For what? Taking the piss out of the pro scouts? Yes it is

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Wait a few weeks and you can get the Johnson&Johnson. One and done

      3. TheBiffas
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Regretting it already. What was I thinking

      4. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        My differential players (EO

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          My differential players EO less than 25 percent this GW on BB are all defenders:

          Forster, Targett, Konsa, Struijk, Lowton Dawson

          Will skip watching/following Burnley vs Southampton and Villa vs Fulham. Have Martinez on goal as well.

      5. hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        That is a wonderful counter attack

      6. osceola31909
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        LOL

      7. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Well at least I didn't transfer Azpi in

      8. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        i'm so happy I brought in a CHE defender for the guaranteed CS vs WB

      9. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        😆 FFS Chelsea...

      10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        that's a great goal that

      11. JBG
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 26 days ago

        Lol Chelsea are awful.

      12. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 26 days ago

        1-10 ft

      13. ANGRY PERSON
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Doesn't seem like a relegation zoned team west brom

        • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          lol

        • the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          4 - 1 WBA hahahaha sorry but you just have to laugh now!

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Rudiger owners the real winners

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 26 days ago

            Whopee. I'm a winner. 😀

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 26 days ago

            Might have been a different story for Chelsea if Rudiger was playing.

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Big Sam going to save WBA?

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 26 days ago

            Yep. As along as the other team have a player sent off in all the remaining matches.

          2. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 26 days ago

            This match will, at least, build confidence, which is no bad thing.

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          RIP Chelsea defence.

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Double defence wagon basically the Springfield monorail

        • dshv
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Hello from my Mendy on the Bb chip..

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Go on, Baggies! Lmao!

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Anyone from the regulars has Pereira?

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          Ok, Azpi in was not the right time 🙁

        • Stand By Mee
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 26 days ago

          And to think I am benching Targett because I got Azpi... 🙁

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