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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Repost

    3 Chelsea defence essential?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      repost

      no

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

      Not essential but still viable

    3. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Triple Chelsea defence, Inc an alonso punt. What could go wrong. Oh I know, a martinsz 10 pointer.

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Mount close ;( Come oooon

  3. gogs67
      3 months, 24 days ago

      This is actually brutal for players who've brought in any Chelsea defence for a hit. Sorry folks

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I almost got Azpi but decided against

        1. gogs67
            3 months, 24 days ago

            The cs run just couldn't continue but going by the threads here the last week a lot of people were bringing in Chelsea defenders, horrible start to the GW

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Come ooooon Mount scoreeeee

      3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        How much did this Chelsea squad cost?

      4. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        And of course, Diagne does nothing in my team for 4 weeks, so I sold him on Friday.

      5. tbos83
          3 months, 24 days ago

          OK even as a Mendy + Mount owner this is absolutely hilarious

        • Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Umm guys.. I have Diagne 3rd on my bench... hehe 🙁

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Gulp

        • Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Glad Mendy was only a one week punt before my wildcard.

          1. gogs67
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I just brought him in for the rest of the season lol

          2. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I know they're playing 10 men, several of them snowflakes, but when did you last see a game when four goals from the away team have been absolute top class?

          3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            ⚽ Team News 📰
            LEEDS : Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Raphinha, Dallas, Phillips, Harrison, Roberts, Bamford.
            Subs: Casilla, Koch, Struijk, Klich, Shackleton, Hernandez, Costa, Poveda, Rodrigo.

            SHEFF UTD : Ramsdale, Bogle, Baldock, Jagielka, Osborn, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Lundstram, McGoldrick, McBurnie.
            Subs: Foderingham, Egan, Lowe, Ampadu, Bryan, Ndiaye, Mousset, Burke, Brewster.

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Dallas, Raphinha, Bamford all start!

            2. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Strujk doesn't start. Get in

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                yes.... I benched him

          4. Kane and Ablett
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Hahaha, love this game, I’ve got Mendy in goal but after the disappointment of the Rudig benching this is hilarious

            • Vazza
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              IT’S LIKE WATCHING BRAZIL!!!!

            • sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              2-4

            • Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Tuchelmoon over, Chelsea back to norm, Tuchel sacked in next 6-8 months.

              1. Cilly Bonnolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                What’s tonight’s lottery numbers?

                1. Nanoelektronicar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  3 3 3 3

            • Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              mount

            • Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Mount GOAL

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Mount G
              Werner A
              Alonso AA

            • ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              SHEFF UTD TEAM NEWS
              Team to play Leeds: Ramsdale, Bogle, Baldock, Jagielka, Osborn, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Lundstram, McGoldrick, McBurnie.
              Subs: Foderingham, Egan, Lowe, Ampadu, Bryan, Ndiaye, Mousset, Burke, Brewster.

              LEEDS TEAM NEWS
              Team to play Sheff Utd: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Raphinha, Dallas, Phillips, Harrison, Roberts, Bamford.
              Subs: Casilla, Koch, Struijk, Klich, Shackleton, Hernandez, Costa, Poveda, Rodrigo.

              1. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                No surpise benchings, yay

              2. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Dallas OOP?

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Mount juhuuuuu

            • El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Lampard vindicated

            • Gizzachance
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Werner no confidence in assisting alonso

            • tokara
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              As a rudiger owner i can sleep peacefully tonight

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                ... unless he comes on

                1. tokara
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  F no lol

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Of course Mount scores

            • sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              No Struijk

              1. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                In the starting XI

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Told ya Mount goal is given the assist would be the bonus

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                I need to have more faith LOL .... now where is this bonus assist!?!?! To turn my frown upside down ...

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Love it! Some points for Mount and a likely Baggies win! Yes!

            • Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Surely one of the fpl managerial genesis that hang around here have Pereira starting and maybe even captained him?

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Consolation for us Mount owners and Chelsea fans