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. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Veltman. Bruno. Lindgard. Bale. Kane. Nacho

    Just 1 of you not playing and I'll get that Dallas pts!

    1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Bale your only hope

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

    Hoping for Chris Wood and Holding to do something as my differentials left now

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

    1 shot from Palace all game 😆 you've got to laugh.

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

    3 - Pulisic (51)
    2 - Benteke, Mount (32)

    Hooooooldddddd

  5. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    One shot one goal .. rudiger and mendy are done..

  6. son of city
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pulisic goal.

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Assist?

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

        phantom goal

      3. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        This stream is so slow its a Dortmund goal.

      4. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Why would you post this?

    • gogs67
        2 months, 15 days ago

        6 from 5 here, should reach double figures this week lol

      • Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        41 from 7

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Not bad. Unless you’ve played your captain.

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            How many grass blades do you have already?

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

        Mount, I love you. Captain for years to come. Amazing effort

        1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          1BPS only. Benteke 34

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

            so what. he had an amazing game

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

              Tidy player alright.

      • ameenkw
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        How is that James assist? There was a big deflection and Pulisic wasn’t the intended destination

        1. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Destination unknown.

          What a tune.

      • djman102
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        14(-4) from 5 so far. I should be able to beat Dallas on my bench this week.

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        You can stop crying now, Daniel.

        Even for just 5 minutes.

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

          It's something else, isn't it? 😆

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Won’t happen.

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

          apologies mate I know I am extra passionate about this game and plus Chelsea fan.

      • Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        WC team 5 points down on what my old team would have scored. Hiding behind the couch tomorrow with Kane not captained.

      • son of city
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Griezmann benched?

        • thepancakeman123
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I've used my wildcard, thoughts on this team?

          Schmeichel
          Arnold - Reguilon - Rudiger - Dawson
          Salah - Fernandes - Mount - Jota - Lingard
          Kane

          Forster - Bamford - Dallas - Welbeck

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I'd probably play Dallas 😉

            1. thepancakeman123
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hahaha surely he can't do it again

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Tongue in cheek comment with a hint of sarcasm 🙂 Mind you we said the same about Lundstrum last season.

                I never advocate points chasing. Never owned Leeds def, but love their team style of play. I've always played my Leeds players regardless of fixtures. Would I have played Dallas v City? Probably not, but I think we'll all own him from gw1 next season 🙂

        • Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Reece blocked the Dallas autosub. But il take it. Now need a no show from one of
          Wood AWB Kane Cresswell.

          Not possible unless injury.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Bought Azpi GW30 scored 0 and 2 so far, disappointing is an understatement

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          That cleansheet loss really stings.

          Nothing is going right for me for weeks now.

          Dropped 200k places in around a month.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          How's a punt on Moura?