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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Alonso looking essential with the positioning.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      He is on 3 pts no ?

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Surely won’t co tongue like that every game

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Continue*

    3. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Lol

    4. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      He'll be dropped next week.

      He's been skinned about 4 times, and has been partly at fault for at least 2 goals conceded.

      He's always been this attacking - Lampard knew it too.
      It's his defending that lets him down big time. And, I just don't think you can be a team who wants to finish top 4 with a left side of Pulisic (doesn't track back) and Alonso (can't defend for toffee)

  2. TheBiffas
      2 months, 22 days ago

      LETS GO

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Where?

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Werner not a striker

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        How about:

        Mendy
        Azpi Silva Rudiger
        James Kovacic Kante Chilwell
        Mount Werner
        Havertz

        Kepa
        Christensen Tomori Zouma
        CHO Jorginho Gilmour Alonso
        Ziyech Pulisic
        Abraham

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Mount you beauty juhuuuuuu

      Assist next I am sure

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Mount on the bench. Lovely stuff.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Against WBA ?

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yep. Rumours that he would be rested which were true. Also benching dilemma out of Antonio, Raphina, Bamford, Son and Mount.

      2. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        His goal helps though...

        Thanks mate.

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Turns out Rudiger was the better option than Azpi.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        One week clouded by RC, yes ... long term to be seen

    • thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I almost didn't watch this game as I thought it was going to be a pretty dull and routine 1 or 2 nil to Chelski. And, having bought Rudiger, I was kinda pissed too.

      So happy I stuck with it now. Cracking game

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      This is pretty much equivalent to Villa putting 7 past Liverpool

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Havertz in

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Mount assist Havertz goal upcoming

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Nah

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I predicted Mount goal

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              One correct prediction means all future predictions come true?

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Any other competent striker tucks that home and Alonso gets the assist. Shame Werner is shot of all confidence

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        It's been what, 9 months now? He's got to start producing..

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Write off the first 5 months of that playing out of position with constantly changing injured players around him. As long as he keeps assisting like this and making an impact it's good for now, but he needs to start scoring as well.

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Kovacic playing amazing

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Still can't shoot to save his life, but yes his dribbling is incredible.

      2. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        He is a very good player. Would thrive in a Pep's side.

    • Ady87
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It’s as if...playing your best players is the best idea. Crazy I know.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah Mount should have started. Rudiger too

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Justice for mount owners

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        We need assist and bonus too

    • Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      As a Mount and Rudiger owner that is some roller coaster start to the gw.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Same here. Have them both

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Ouch

      2. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It’s why I love FPL.... that and reading the bleatings of those who feel the world is against them every game week

      3. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        West Brom obviously been making the mistake of playing against 11 men each week

      4. GinjaWhinja
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        If you’re Timo Werner and you’re not shooting when inside the 6 yard box, why are you even allowing yourself to be picked?

        Such a joke that he continues to be picked when he’s got no confidence whatsoever.

        Poor Alonso should have 2 goals and 2 assists.

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Isn't that what Alonso deserves every match?

      5. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Made the ship move and went for a Chelsea def and got burnt.

      6. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        just logged in to say lol

        football is funny

      7. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        So, Rudiger and Azpi finishing with same point? Noice!

      8. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        0 from 2

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Ditto.

      9. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        How many chelsea defence on wildcard?

        Mendy and a defender - or just one?

        Thanks

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          They’re getting battered by West Brom.....

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            They have 10 men...

      10. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Those jammy Mount points for my rivals!

        1. TheBiffas
            2 months, 22 days ago

            A goal Vs wba is jammy.... Strange comment

        2. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          As an Alonso owner I would say I got away with it today. I'll take the 3 points and run

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Should have had more, not less.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Judging by Chelsea conceding 4 goals I am more than happy with the 3 points

        3. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Zouma is actually horrible.

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Think there's a couple more goals in this one

          6-2?
          4-4?
          5-3?

          Bonkers entertainment

          1. tbos83
              2 months, 22 days ago

              4-4 I reckon

          2. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Told you Allardyce ball will win it

          3. Old Bull
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            If Mendy makes another save I might salvage something from this lol

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              He might concede with another SoT

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Be careful what you wish for

            2. Kane and Ablett
                2 months, 22 days ago

                I’d take conceding a fifth and one more save for Mendy

            3. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Where are the Mount non believers ?

            4. artvandelay316
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Got Mount on the bench. Should Gundo not play he'll replace him, which could work out well!

                1. TheBiffas
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Erm.... Why

                    1. artvandelay316
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Check the scoresheet.

                        1. TheBiffas
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            No why did u bench him.

                            1. artvandelay316
                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                Was unlikely to play. Probably wouldn't have, had the red card and subsequent WBA goals not happened.

                      • BDA Shadow
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Imagine scoring 5 goals against West Brom over 2 legs and taking 1 point.