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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Alonso will come off before 60 mins now to shore up Chelsea's defence.

  2. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Silva banned for 3 games now...

    Silver lining for Rudi owners 🙂

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Rudiger plays LCB. Doesn't affect him.

    2. CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      1 game

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Straight red IS NOT 1 game ban

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Depends what for doesn't it

        2. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          It wasn't a straight red.

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Aggh okay. I'm half watching while trying to work.

            I saw the challenge and just assumed it was a straight red.

            Apologies for the confusion. My bad!

        3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          He got two yellows

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      3? Not a straight red wasn't it?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        *was

  3. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Alonso owners would you be happier if there was no assist and no RC?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yes

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    FFFS

    Wba gonna score now

    Alonso(c) suddenly gone from great to possibly fail

  5. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    FFS Silva! Idiot.

  6. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Alonso to make way and Chelsea clean sheet incoming

  7. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Sub off Alonso for Rudiger please

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Christensen is coming on.

  8. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Ziyech to come off

  9. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    There's no cs points for any defender coming on is there? 30 mins on the clock?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No. Just missed out. Chri59ensen.

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Chelsea may not keep a CS now anyway.

  10. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    I bought Mane this week 🙂

  11. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Silva please play golf,your time is gone my boy

    1. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He was easily one of the best defenders in the league before his injury.

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        He was beast 5-6 years ago.

  12. JBG
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Christensen coming on, interesting.

  13. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Don Hutchinson has to be the worst commentator in the game. He's going on about Silva not having to make that challenge but the exact same thing happens to Werner at the other end and he says "the player was going for the ball I don't see any foul there". He makes these types of comments every game regardless of context or sense.

    1. Differentiator
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      ez red card

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I think it's soft, particularly in that he got a yellow for the first foul of the game but Bartley didn't get one for the foul on Pulisic...

        Not the point though I'm not questioning the red card, it's his stupid comments.

    2. Says
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Hoddle just said Ziyech will be meeting Thiago in the *bathroom*

    3. Bennerman
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Also, did you hear him say: "They scored on 27 minutes – just before half-time, great time to score."

      Er, what Donald? It's halfway through the half you clown! Just garbling football cliches

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Genuinely spewing crap for 90 minutes.

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Christensen just misses out on CS points as per usual...

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Needs 5 mins extra time 😉

  15. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Happy to see Christensen coming on and not Rudi

    We are past the 30 mins mark

  16. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Come on West Brom! Perfect chance to ruin some Alonso jam.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I know you are trolling as Alonso could have had a FK goal.

      Bitterness.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      How is that jam

      Very unlucky not to have a goal if anything

      1. Shteve
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Unlucky not to score but still a jam assist

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          I don't think so, assists off rebounded shots on target should be normalized. Same as assists from winning penalties and direct free kicks. Much more impactful that a random sideways pass 40 yards from goal.

          1. Shteve
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            He was wasnt trying to pass or make an assist - that's why it was a lucky assist. No arguing with that!

  17. michael_mac11
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Thiago Silva basically got sent of because of two bad jorginho passes !!

    • tbos83
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Does this make it more or less likely Mount will come on?

        1. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Yes.

      • Vazza
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Alonso limping?

      • Kante Touch This
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Assuming Chelsea don’t concede, will Christensen get clean sheet points if he plays 60 mins as a sub?

        1. tbos83
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Yes

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              No

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Added time?

            1. Kante Touch This
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              With all these first half subs and yellow cards, I’d like to think so!

            2. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Added time doesn't count towards the FPL minutes calculated.

          • Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            He can't play 60 mins, injury time doesn't count.

            1. Kante Touch This
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Oh damn fair enough

          • Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            No

        2. JJO
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Andreas 58mins Christensen

        3. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Ivanovic LOL

        4. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Ivanovic fail

        5. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Ivanovich on...Invanovic off

          A quick visit to his old home

        6. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Need some Allardyce ball to send Chelsea Def owners to the mud. Come on!

          1. Nomar
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Allardyce ball is ten men at the back. That would help Chelsea CS chances very nicely, thank you.

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              I'm joking, this is what I expect too

        7. fusen
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Was planning all week to do Targett to a Chelsea def, with it being Alonso this morning. Decided to swap Bale to Son instead...I reckon Bale will probably be selected now 😛

        8. GROBARI
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Ivanovic veni vidi vici

        9. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Christensen Azpi Rudiger triple up?

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Quadruple up with Zouma looks tasty

        10. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Player has 2 weeks off and then gets injured after 10 minutes.

          1. GROBARI
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            He is old

            1. Nomar
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Yes I know

          2. michael_mac11
              3 months, 25 days ago

              That could very well be the reason mate lol

            • BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              That's what happens when a 37 year old chases one of the fastest players in the league. He hasn't played much recently anyways.

          3. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            So much for my 3 Chelsea defenders! GRRRR

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              All three sent off?

              1. FALSE PROFIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                I suppose I should not jump the gun. My bad!

            2. Tango74
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Bold after a IB

                1. FALSE PROFIT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  If ever one could expect a Chelski clean sheet it was today.