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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    New page please

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      your wish is my command

  2. jammie26
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Alonso practically up front.

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        sky is blue

    • TheBiffas
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kyle Bartley screamer please

      • Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Alonso assist?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

      • Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Marcooos assist

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        My tentative plan written down for my own benefit. No criticism please.

        GW31:
        1. Martinez ➡ Leno

        Leno
        TAA (AVL) | Digne | Cancelo, Stones (LEE)
        Minamino (wba) | ESR (shu) | Bruno (tot) | Gundo
        Richarlison, DCL (bha)

        McCarthy | Kane, Son (MUN) | Targett | 2FT. 0.2 ITB
        _______________

        GW32:
        1. Digne ➡ Reguilon
        2. Mina or Rich ➡ Adama (SHU) / Lingard, Antonio (new) / Odegaard (FUL) / Jota (lee)

        Leno
        TAA Cancelo, Stones, Reguilon!
        ESR | Bruno | Gundo | Son! | Jota
        Kane!

        McCarthy | DCL, Richarlison (TOT) | Targett
        !=DGW
        _______________

        GW33: WC

        No City + infinite triple-ups!
        No chips left.

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Alonso assist

      • Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Alonso hits post

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Alonso assist

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Annoying, but obvious.

      • jammie26
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Not logged in for a while, what have i missed? Any new doubles announced?

        • tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Thiago offski

        • Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Thiago RC

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Damn...

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Ahhhhg Damn.

          Well done Alonso owners. Didn’t like the risk of rotation so went Azpi

          1. Torres76
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Same here...

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Chelsea down to 10 now.

        • Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          SCENES!!!!!!

        • PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Rudiger on please

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Christensen more likely.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yep. There he is.

          2. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Only after 31 minutes please

        • jammie26
            2 months, 17 days ago

            RC Silva

          • Mika-eel
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            At least it wasn't an Alonso goal...

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Went Azpi over Alonso ffs

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Same

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Alonso about to get subbed

          • DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            absolute scenes!! game on

          • JBG
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Silvas experience coming to play there. Great leadership and decision making from the great Chelsea CB there.

          • GROBARI
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Silva washed

            • Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Rudiger on for Alonsa please.

              1. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Or whatever he's called.

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Enjoy MS 😀

            • Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Bad luck Chelsea defence owners 😉

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Of course Alonso gets an assist, of course

            • thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Not an assist that. Pretty sure he wasn't trying to pass that to Pulisic via the post.

              When will the assist points be removed?

              😉 (for anyone who is wondering)

              1. Vazza
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Have you really been playing this game for nineeeeee years???

            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks for that Thiago. CS ruined guaranteed. Mm

            • Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Christensen and Azpi more nailed after that methinks - at least for the next few!

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Azpi was already nailed.

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Wonder who comes off. Werner? Azpi? Reece?

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Alonso. Azpi to LB