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. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Pulisic 0.0% ownership in top10k

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      So 0%.

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Alonso coming on?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      WTF?

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 19 days ago

    2 from 2 weeks for azpi, not exactly what I expected

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Any reason to keep Alonso?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nope

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      We’ll find out in a bit hopefully

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Due a start next GW, presuming he doesn’t start midweek.

      Keep if bench cover is there and Trent already in team.

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Not really but I would keep for GW32 and wait and see if Chelsea get a DGW if they get to the FA cup final

    5. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      I've had 7-10M ITB, brought Salah and still have 3M. Keep him, looked good when he played.

    6. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Cheers everyone

  5. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Mount assists the assister again

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    I wanna know how Kaptain Kane knew to play Dallas over Rudiger (third on bench).

    That's some voodoo.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Probably by mistake

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Jam, plus last minute doing team.
      I hate playing for clean sheets, I always favour an attacking defender regardless of fixture

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Time-traveller.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nearly made up for selling Pereira last week

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Most exciting defender in the game. This years Lundstrum.

      1. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        True..

        Never had him though.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I love him. So much fun having him.

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Never had him either ... I just didn't fancy Leeds def, but love their playing style

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Alonso autosubs activated.

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Enter Luke Shaw. If he's out, enter Dallas! It's the hope that kills

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Telles needed midweek with Shaw banned. Don’t let any hope sneak in.

  8. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bonus Points

    3 - Pulisic (50)
    2 - Havertz (33)
    1 - Benteke (32)

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      It should be

      Pulisic 9.05
      Mount 8.61
      Havertz 8.46
      Zouma 7.93
      CHO 7.72
      Teke 7.60
      Kovacic 7.40

  9. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Whoscored rating should be a basis for BP.

    There is:

    Pulisic 9.05
    Mount 8.61
    Havertz 8.46
    Zouma 7.93
    CHO 7.72
    Teke 7.60
    Kovacic 7.40

    FPL on the other hand has:
    3 - Pulisic (50)
    2 - Havertz (33)
    1 - Benteke (32)

    Mount (30)
    Hudson-Odoi (27)
    Zouma (25)
    Jorginho (21)
    Cahill (20)
    Kovacic (20)

    Ridiculous imo . And I am watching the game closely

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nah.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      24 BPS for a forward beats all Mounts unseen good work, for FPL.

      Scribble up a letter for the Towers.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I will scribble a letter indeed

    3. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      The BPS is transparent and parameters clearly listed.

    4. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      We get it, you own mount

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        it's about priincple

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    No show by Alonso- is he a sell or keep for Brighton ( Porto and City to play before then and hard to predict which games he plays- perhaps Chilwell rested for Porto, plays City and rested Brighton but who knows!)

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Sell. Neither him or Chilwell look nailed on.

  11. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    POOLS 2-0 NOTTS COUNTY

    Top of the National League. Come on. Up the Pools.

    1. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Happy to have provided the gift wrapped Richie Bennett

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I bet Stockport will recall him for the play offs.

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I damn hope so - sooner preferably. Crazy move to loan him to you

  12. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    on the other hand, James this game is miles better than the selfish CHO

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Why did you start this post mid conversation?

  13. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    many to fall for the Havertz and Puli trap

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Their fixtures are meh from now onwards

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        more reason for them to keep a clean sheet?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Should be able to keep a clean sheet v Palace too though.

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Pulisic goes good for 5 or 6 games and then it's usually injury rather than loss of form that halts his good spell.

  14. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Mendy has been yet another goalkeeping disappointment in a season of goalkeeping disappointments.

    Done naff all in the few weeks I've had him.

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Best to pick a 4.5 begin season and stick with it I guess. Less dissappointment then premium.

  15. jammie26
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Dallas and watkins coming off the bench for Dias and Alonso is pleasing.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Jammy dodger

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I am now relying on Josh King to get minutes

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            What kind of WC did you play?!

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 19 days ago

                None!

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              How has it come to that? 😆

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  😆 😆 🙁

                  I don’t know!

            3. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Double Chelsea and Liverpool defences on WC went well. Scored less than Dallas.

            4. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Bench Jam!!!!!!

            5. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              That Teke goal still hurts 🙁 . Huge difference as Mount and Rudiger owner

            6. Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Could do with Mendy making a few saves or

            7. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Lol at me, own Rudiger but all rivals have James FFS

            8. Isco Disco
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              WC fail! Chelsea double CS gone, Sterling (C) blanked, Jota blank. Only returns from Coady and Salah so far.
              Only Lingard and Spurs assets can save my GW

            9. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              No KDB
              No Alonso
              No Tosin
              Welcome 3rd sub Dallas

              First jam of the season

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Lovely stuff!

            10. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Dallas in for Alonso for many

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                ^^^^

              2. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                not at all

              3. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Some of us actually played Dallas.

              4. Free Hat
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                He is 3%owned...

            11. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 19 days ago

              8 from 5

              Another god awful week in the making

              1. Il Capitano
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Can't wait for it to be over

              2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Mount back to 1 BPS again

              3. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                ML lead destroyed by using WC, every time I've used a chip it's gone horribly

              4. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Here I am again on a Saturday afternoon feeling thoroughly depressed and miserable because of FPL. Just isnt good for mental health is it?

                1. Isco Disco
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Same here. Only difference is I wake up to this shite. FML

                2. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  If it effects you that much I wouldn't play. It's only a game.

                  1. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 19 days ago

                    You are probably right but after 15yrs it will be hard to walk away from it.

              5. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                My wildcard so far 6 players + captain = Stuart Dallas (who I sold on wildcard).

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Ahaha. That is so brutal.

                2. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Like a lot of people. If I had a million wildcards I'd still have benched Dallas v City.

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 19 days ago

                    Of course. I wanted to keep him. Would have 100% been third sub. Not annoyed about Dallas at all. Just pointing out how s*** I am at FPL.

              6. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Will be interesting to see what happens with Hodgson after this season.

                Squad is old, loads of contracts up for renewal. No money. Will Hodgson sign a new contract?

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Will they give him one?