Dugout Discussion

Tuchel benches Alonso and James for Chelsea’s trip to Crystal Palace

Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) has fallen foul of Thomas Tuchel’s rotation policy for the second time in three Premier League matches.

Fresh from a 90-minute outing in the 5-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, the Spaniard finds himself among the substitutes at Crystal Palace today.

Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) steps into the left wing-back role he has vacated while Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) staffs the right-hand side in place of a benched Reece James (£5.0m).

Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) remains an ever-present in goal for Chelsea while Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m), Kurt Zouma (£5.3m) and César Azpilicueta (£5.9m) form the three-man defence in front of him.

Other benched assets include Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) and Timo Werner (£9.2m) with Christian Pulisic (£8.2m), Kai Havertz (£8.2m) and Mason Mount (£7.2m) selected as the front-three at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are in the usual 4-4-2 formation with Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) up-front alongside Christian Benteke (£5.5m).

Budget enabler Tyrick Mitchell (£3.8m) comes back into the matchday squad but cannot dislodge Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) from the left-back berth.

Gameweek 31 Line-ups

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Kouyaté, Cahill, J Ward; Eze, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Ayew; Zaha, Benteke.

Chelsea XI (3-4-3): E Mendy; Rüdiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Chilwell, Kovacic, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi; Pulisic, Havertz, Mount.

Gameweek 31 so far…

Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) struck again as Aston Villa caused problems for Liverpool at Anfield in Gameweek 31.

The gifted former Brentford and Exeter City man added his third attacking return in four matches, his 12th Premier League goal of the season and a fourth against Liverpool this campaign.

In doing so, he became the first player to score that many against the Reds in a single season since Andrey Arshavin in 2008/09.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) continued his revival with a second goal in as many league matches, a solid return for those who captained him in Gameweek 31.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) is also back on the radar in a big way after he added his second goal of the season in stoppage time.

He has now produced eight points or more in four of his last six Premier League appearances.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 2 – Ollie Watkins
  • 1 – Nathaniel Phillips

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752 Comments Post a Comment
  1. COK3Y5MURF
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    L for Salah cappers. 12.5m for 7 points

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      And yet not really, pleased with that and Dallas.

      You must be a Sterling capper

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He is just a miserable person.

      2. COK3Y5MURF
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Sneaking in a Dallas brag which has no relevance to Salah shows you're trying to compensate

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jota's points per millions vs Salah's? That's one way I can try to justify it xD

    3. TheBiffas
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Whatever makes you feel better matey

      • FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I’m happy with it this week, as I doubt any of the other main captains will score more than 7. But I’m mostly happy I’m an owner, as the coming fixtures have hauls written all over them

      • Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        7? I got 14. Very happy with that. I have about nearly 107 million team value and have MONEY to BURN. 😀

    4. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Mane could’ve passed that at the end for Mr. Jota!

    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I love TAA!

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        So happy for him after all the slag he gets, quality player.

    6. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Salah fail!

    7. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      The first thing that comes to Carragher’s mind when TAA scored was Gary Neville. So bitter.

    8. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Literally. F*** this game. Like it's just misery after misery.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        What happened Mr. O Connell?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          He captained Sterling.

    9. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jorginho coming off the bench for KDB fingers crossed.

    10. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lovely Jota blank, said that lad was overhyped

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        What about when he scores against Leeds?

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        5 shots, unlucky.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          5 shots and an xG of 0.2. Give the shots some context

      3. TheBiffas
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Ridiculous and uninformed comment

      4. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Phillips robbed of a bap

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          You can blame Mané for that pathetic shot at the end.

      5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Can any unbiased person say if it was actually a Jota touch/assist or not?

        Owner here but not watching.

        Heard he was involved nonetheless???

        1. MightyGar
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I have Jota and it looked like the defender cleared the ball, no assist

            1. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yes, this. Jota was nowhere near involved. It was thiago's shot that parried out to trent. Maybe everyone here thinks thiago looks like jota?!

              1. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                That’s definitely not what happened

          • FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I’m not unbiased (Jota owner), but from what I saw, I’d say it probably wasn’t. Looked like he and the defender both went to kick it and the defender got there first. Definitely possible a better angle / zoom could show it was Jota though

        2. ViperStripes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Dallas and Watkins on bench with Jota captain. FFS

          1. Jambot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I’m with you on all 3 mate. No Salah or TAA either. Bad day

        3. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Will Bale get a decent amount of mins vs United? It's not much but have Watkins 1st on bench and wouldn't mind his 5 points

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Can't see him starting anyway. Could get a cameo.

        4. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          The top 10K template wildcard is smashing it so far.

          1. fusen
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            It's almost like the template is basically made up of sensible picks and on a good day, those sensible picks will return points.

            1. moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yeah; and the template is actually differential this week too.

        5. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I forgot to set up my team this week and everything is going OK for now somehow... If only TAA didn't score that late goal it would be almost perfect.

          1. THE KING CANTONA
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Your linked team says a different story though!!

            1. Railwayman
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              How do you figure? I missed the deadline, burned a transfer. In all fairness, my plan was to bring Sterling (C) and Alonso in for Bale and Stones.

        6. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          16 pts hit analysis.

          Jota would have been the captain = 4pts
          Gundo = 1pt
          Digne = TBC
          Dias would have been subbed in for either Shaw or DCL = TBC

          After the hit
          Salah captain = 14pts
          Jota =2pts
          TAA = 11pts
          Nacho = TBC

          Pre hits = 4 pts + couple of players
          Post hit = 27 pts -16 pts + Nacho

          That is 1GW only. Long term has to be taken itno account as well especially the GW 33 blank for my City players .

          So basically what you think is it a smooth ?
          Thanks

          1. LSK
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            TBC

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Probably. I'll update everyone, hopefully will help the lads for future decisions

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            *Dias subbed off

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            KDB to Salah?

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No Gundo to Salah

          4. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Great outcome so far!

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Besides Jota all worked

          5. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            TBC.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              You might be right

          6. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            BTW DCL would have been the first sub

          7. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stacks up

            Never taken a 12 but have had a lot of joy with 8 point hits.

        7. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Sterling(C) fail
          Gundogan fail
          Going Raph over Bam fail
          Not captaining Salah or owning Trent

          Thank god Liverpool won or I’d have been in a deep state of depression for the next day

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Sterling punt was worth a shot. If you had told me he would play 90 minutes against Leeds I would've captained him 100 times out of 100 this week.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I disagree about Sterling. He is the reason I am not top 10K. Went him instead of Gundo for his purple batch

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                *patch

        8. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Any news on if Neto is expected to be out for next week?

        9. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Captained Sterling and I’m gutted but I’d be fuming if I had captained Jota. He had an open goal if Mane had passed.

          1. Tinmen
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            You keeping Sterling ?

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No way. He’s awful. I’m bringing in Fernandes for free.

        10. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          1 minute silence for all the TAA and Salah Haters

        11. Tinmen
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Folks, any chance Holding doesn’t start? Luiz being out it seems likely.

          Yep, Dallas bencher here

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            There's always a chance but if he's fit he will start.

          2. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            lol, you don’t deserve Dallas’ points. Go home!

            1. Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I know I know but still..

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Mari could start ahead of him perhaps?

            * zero knowledge of Arsenal defensive set up disclaimer

          4. Reece’s Pieces
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Good luck! I had Dias so Dallas comes in.

            Balanced by my Jota Captain. 🙁

        12. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          All the TAA lollers, show yourselves!

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            This! Nowhere to hide for ya!

            1. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              🙂

        13. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What minute will Chelsea CS get busted?

          1. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Next game

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            It won’t. Alonso isn’t playing

          3. Reece’s Pieces
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            🙁
            Mendy is Ederson when he had that supposed 4 CS run

        14. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Should have just captained Kane.

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Till the end of the season too. Maybe not against Utd only

        15. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          All systems normal here after 3 games in

          captain fail - check
          nicely up on average score - check
          plenty of players to come - check
          willing to trade sides with any team 10 points worse off - check

        16. Manani
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          should I BB?

          Bench: Forster Holding Rudiger Pereria

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No. Those lads might have a double in GW 35

        17. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          3.8MM Mitchell back in favor might be nice for the possible CPL DGW 35

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I am monitoring Zaha and maybe Guaita

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Sad times if we are monitoring palace players

            2. moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yeah I think Zaha in if it happens

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            He's on the bench

            Suspect he gets game time as soon as 40 points is reached

        18. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          This game is 100% luck, 0% skill these days.

          TAA and Dallas owners showing why

          1. boc610
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            haha better take those grapes back, they've gone sour

          2. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Both probably top 3 for attacking defenders, why is it luck having them? 😀

          3. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Luck-based game when you are doing badly, skill-based when you are doing well?

            I don't have TAA. Kudos to those who got him in early.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yep that’s how it works

              1. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Hahaha

          4. Jambot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Oh dear

        19. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Have had a mare bringing Alonso in for a hit 😆 oh dear

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            You knew the risk

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Was quite confident of a start tbh

          2. Kane and Ablett
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No Dallas to come off the bench?

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Was getting him for Dias anyway

          3. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Need one digne or Lowton to miss out to get Dallas off the bench ughh

            Its not happening oh no it isnt

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Defender kicks it no?

              1. Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                from that angle and Jota's celebration, it appears Jota touched it

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Too late now sadly