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 He has been replaced by Semi Ajayi (£4.8m), suggesting a switch from 4-1-4-1 to a 5-4-1 formation.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

    The keeper pushed Alonso's shot onto the post. Doesn't this mean no assist?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Nice bait 😉

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

      Post assist?

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Always given in fpl

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      reel ‘em in 🙂

    5. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Could be

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Ivanovic(c) backfired

  3. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Alonso is absolutely essential, absolutely nowhere to hide for the 98% non owners in fpl

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Nah

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      That assist had no bearing on my rank. Have a green arrow so far.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        A lot of hits this week is the reason

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Christiansen owners furious

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why? Facts are facts. Rudiger owners aren't even getting a point.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Would rather my sub than 1 point. Lol

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Same here. 😀

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Luckily I have Cancelo, Struijk and King bench. Rudiger can stay there gladly.

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I sometimes think that Alonso forgets he is a defender. I love him!

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Alonso still playing like a winger down to 10 lol

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Still a back - rest can still cover him going forwards!

      2. Dusty Donut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Love it

    4. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Nearly Azpi assit

    5. KUN+10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Alonso (c) sort of working out. Hoping for a cs

      1. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Same mate let’s hope

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Yeah same. Cs will make a 14 point diff likely

      3. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Hope you get it for the ballsy pick

        • KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Lets get it

          1. KUN+10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            or not

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

        Close to a James goal Azpi assist there.

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Another one? 😀

      5. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Damn it Silva. Probably get no more goals now and likely lose the cs. Werner going to flop, not sure how he ended up in my team.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Defensive structure is the same, Chelsea attack owners are the ones suffering

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 24 days ago

                I have Mendy, Rudiger and Werner in my team. Not expecting anything other than 5 points.

          2. Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Chelsea missing so many oppos

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Welcome to Chelsea Football Club.

          3. JJO
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Is Sam Allardyce a mason?
            How does he get all those job offers, I really dont get it

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He’s a brilliant manager. What are you talking about?

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

                Hahaah

            2. GROBARI
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He is washed

          4. Ady87
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Absolutely no idea why I’ve got Mount in my team.

          5. Kane and Ablett
              3 months, 24 days ago

              So relieved I brought Rudig in this week ahead of Christensen

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Rudiger bench points > Christensen 1 pointer

              2. Kane and Ablett
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Exactly Lacaz first Watkins 2nd on the bench we often need a deep one after IB

              3. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Unlucky Reece.

              4. tbos83
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Is Mount likely to come on?

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  OMG Periera

                • ZAMUNDA
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  At least Rudiger gets to start next game..

                • Tango74
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    I agree with that but it unpredictable with all the defenders fit and rudiger playing full minutes in IB

                  • GROBARI
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    And there it is...

                  • diesel001
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Pereira G
                    Johnstone A

                  • Ruinenlust
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    FFS

                  • Captain Vantastic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA keep buying Chelsea defence lads

                    1. GROBARI
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Relax its 1 game with 10 man

                      1. Captain Vantastic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Defence owner spotted 😆

                    2. Milkman Bruno
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        What a sad individual

                      • mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        I don't own Chelsea def but this is not only sad but stupid too

                      • Warblers Fear Satan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Do you actually watch the games?

                    3. 3 A
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Azpi and Alonso CS gone. Yes!

                    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Thanks Thiago!

                    5. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Lovely

                    6. hullcityfan
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Johnstone captainers in heaven

                    7. JJO
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Goodbyeeeee

                    8. the dom 1
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      great goal

                    9. Dusty Donut
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      ...& the clean sheets gone