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. Kane and Ablett
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I wonder how long until I have more points on the pitch than the bench this week. It’s currently 2:24 so maybe not at all...

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

        I have 27 on the bench!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Nowhere to hide, not even on the bench with those juicy hauls filling it up

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

            I have alonso in my 11 tho hehe

          2. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            nOwHerE tO hIdE...

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      That useless Gundo cameo for 1 point blocking my 4 from Bamford!

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

        Could be worse. Could be blocking Dallas.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Agree. But super small margins in my ML. Lost the last H2H by 1 point. Drew the one before that.

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

          He’s blocking my Dallas
          :angry:

      2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        blocked my 7 from Watkins

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      lol Tuchel calling us "Crystal" 😀

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Early thoughts on this next week?

      KdB & Cancelo to Reguilon & Salah (-4)
      And BB this?

      Martinez | Forster
      Reguilon* | Dallas | Rudiger | Lowton | Phillips
      Salah | Bruno | Son* | Gundogan | Raphinha
      Kane* | DCL | Bamford

      *DGW

      Thanks

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

        You started Dallas over Rudiger? Master move

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Atm it is yes, but probably redundant given many will get him off the bench anyway.
          Thanks though

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

        Must be a better BB than that surely - it''s not as if you have cash on the bench you need to shift,

        Lowton and Forster have two really poor ones and who knows about Gundo

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          True, who would you bench then?

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

            Not sure. Maybe this

            Phillips (go with Leeds attack instead - the all in play)
            Lowton (Burnley away form frightening)
            DCL (probably get him on for Gundo anyway)

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Thanks, think I’ll start DCL and bench Raphinha (hedge with that I have Bamford).
              Raph also went off with a dead leg at FT

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

      Who would you rather have till the end of the season?

      A) TAA + Son
      B) Philips + Bruno

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

        B

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

        B, but I'd rather have TAA and Bruno.

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Probably A

      4. luk46
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        A for me, mancs got few games vs good teams left which could lead into bruno blanking

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

      Right FPL, stop f**king about and give me my six points for my Jota assist.

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

        I just watched the replay; don't think he even touched it.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Yes defender just got to it first

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

          Haven’t seen it but it was 100% an assist.

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Defender got it.

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

          Haven’t seen it yet but I’m pretty sure it’s a Jota assist.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Stop drinking. Start watching games.

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Last 4 cap picks before this week

      Alonso(3)
      Trossard(14)
      Digne(1)
      Ings(1)

      3 fails out of 4...Go dullard with Salah again and an instant return. Maybe its best to be boring

    • ZoumasBloomers
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Rival has Tosin and Dias and Dallas third sub. Tell me this game isn’t luck

      1. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Doesn’t it even itself out over the season.... please tell me it does

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

          About 35% luck imo

        • Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          If ur rival has tosun then he must be doing really bad over the season

          So yes its not luck

          1. ZoumasBloomers
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            The Fulham defender

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

            Tosin

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

              No idea who that is

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

          Don't think having a strong squad is lucky though. Having your TC injured in the first game in a DGW is very unlucky though like Mane

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Any Mount owners there to cheer jointly for our lad?

        1. tbos83
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Celloooo

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              juuhuuuu

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

          Hon Rachel.
          Hon Ireland.

          🙂

        3. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Thoughts on Moura punt for DGW?

        4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          COYP!

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

            No, no. Don't COYP!

            1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              😀

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

                🙂

        5. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Rachel Blackmore, amazing!

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Easy money

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

          I’m feeling lucky this GW. Alonso will come on and bag a goal. Confident of this

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

            Hed better not come on

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Will get sent off more likely

        7. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Sold Watkins and Dallas on WC. But brought in Trent and Salah.

          Could go either way this week!

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Sold them both. Didn't bring in Trent or Salah.

            Only going one way this week.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Unlucky mate. Who did you end up with?

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Sterling (c) killed the GW before it started. Went cheap with Pool (Jota, Phillips) so I could load up on Leicester and Chelsea.

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Unfortunately loading up on Chelsea didn't mean Havertz and Pulisic

        8. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          6 (-4) from 5
          Any good?

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

            Smashing it.

          2. Abaddon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Impressive

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

          Anyone with Mount should be in for a return today. I only didn't get him because I thought he'd be rested.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            I have him ... this keeps up and he will be taken off and given a little rest for euro ... just hope he can contribute something before then.

        10. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Kai G

        11. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Havertz

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            CHO assist. it would have beem James

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

          Game done and dusted, get Alonso on.

        13. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Puli goal

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

            Wow carnage this

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

          Chelsea have been very good in this first 10 mins.

          Regret not getting Havertz.

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            So much rotation though, especially in the forward areas.

        15. tim
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Any chance Mitchell stays on bench?

        16. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Damn, my GW1 pick of Havertz finally returning points

        17. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Puli G

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Kai A

        18. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Pulisic goal Kai assist

        19. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Sold Havertz after 4 wks of nothing..
          Capt Jota after 3 wks of form.

          Hand on heart cnat wait till this season is over

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

            Talking about timing ... this game!

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

              Ah stop it's fkn ridiculous and ruins the fun tbh lately.

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

                Yeah 7 GWs to go to redeem the luck

        20. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          palace either turn up and shock you or get absolutely spanked

          sadly for them today looks like one of the latter

        21. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Juuuuhuuuu we are flying !!!!

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

            Scintillating stuff!

        22. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Havertz can do in 9 mins what Werner hasn’t done in 900 mins. Score