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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Jota to Havertz done

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    That would've been some goal

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Come on Zaha!

  4. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Havertz trying to do a Matt Le Tiss goal there..

  5. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Intriguing to see where they price Havertz next season

  6. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    So, GW32 ... Son or Havertz 😛

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    CHO looking good. James will look great too when he starts but can’t be trusted with a very capable replacement there to allow him rest.

  8. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    is Rudiger ever gona get on the end of a corner?

  9. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Alonso would have been fun to own in this game if he had started

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I'm surprised he's only started 2 of the last 6 in the premier league.

  10. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    So why did we bench Watkins, Dallas and Bamford?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Because all the self declared experts on here said sell or bench?

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        which person who watches the Premier League would suggest Dallas would have gotten anything from City away?

        President Hindsight of the United States of Hindsight?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          You’re right

    2. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 17 days ago

        i did bench them.. watkins dallas off the bench for dias,christensen.. lucky af

      • ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I sold Dallas and Watkins for TAA and Davis (fodder). So you can imagine my frustration until trents winner. At least it wasnt for a hit. Salah (c) as well. Reasonably happy with things.

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Has mendy made 6 saves yet ?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Haven’t seen Mendy yet.

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Won't have to make any today.

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Mount assist get in

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Zouma G
      Mount A

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

      Zouma G

    7. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      MOUNTTT

    8. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      The wrong center back scores

    9. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      juuhuhuhuuuu Mount you beauty .

      Told ya Zooma becomes an option with Christensen injury

    10. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      i almost thought rudiger scored

    11. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      The more they score the less happy I feel about my double defence. More likely to switch off and concede a daft one.

    12. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Chilwell took a good hit there for that free.

      Alonso/Emerson cameo...

    13. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Zouma equals Werner's PL goal tally...

    14. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Palace just don't defend set pieces 😆

    15. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Thank you Mount.

    16. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      keep Mount or switch to Lingard next week? Chelsea fixtures are getting harder

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lingards streak can’t last.

        1. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I’m old enough to remember Yaya Toure.

    17. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      What a difference a week makes!

    18. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 17 days ago

        watkins dallas off the bench for dias,christensen.. lucky af

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No Liverpool or Chelsea, I should probably do something about that in the near future 😆

      • Parsnips
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sorry, inconvenient time, when is the Everton double gameweek?

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Still no date yet, most likely is GW35

        • Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          what minute will Alonso come on?

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Mount almost