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

    Come ooooon Mount we want more we want more

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      This

  2. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Sky commentator saying Zouma is the top scoring defender with 5 goals - Dallas (7) says hi

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Commentators don't base it off their position in FPL.

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      He's only a defender in FPL really.

    3. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      FPL isn’t real life. He doesn’t really play in defence.

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is it 2 or 6 from Rudiger and Mendy each week? Both crap in BAPs too?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It's looking like an easy 6 atm.

  4. Khalico
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Need Reece James cemented onto the bench. Whats the chances he makes a cameo?

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hasn't missed a game since gw20 - loves a cameo

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      High - Tuchel loves to sub on / off his wing backs

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Waiting for a Rudiger return...

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

    Almost dream combo Mount assist Rudiger goal 🙁

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

      saved from the line

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Go on lads, try that again ....

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

        yep, they will

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Today is Rudiger’s chance to score. Just has to beat Zouma in the air.

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Rudi close this time.

  9. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    That Rudiger to Mount combo has to happen this week imo, I still believe come ooooon

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      If we all concentrate really hard ....

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

        law of attraction and that stuff hhaha

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          With any luck Mount completes the 90 ... I think his presence in that midfield adds to the defensive CS likelihood... he’s so solid in there, doesn’t make many mistakes or give the ball away - take him off and not only reduces his possible points for us, but adds a little more risk regards Chelsea CS staying intact.

  10. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Ahh Rudiger so close, denied by PvA on goal line

  11. Calculated Risks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    My brother has Dallas, Martinez, Bamford, Zouma on bench for 32 points as it stands. Anyone beat that?

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Not a good game to only have Azpi in.

    Zouma goal about 10 gws too late haha

  13. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Hmmmmmmmm

    Might turn this one off. Getting painful.

    Chat to you later about how to rotate triple Leicester and City attack in 33 and 34 - CL will be dozen and dusted then

  14. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Dammit, wrong CB scored...

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Palace will do well if this doesn’t beat the 0-7 vs Liverpool.

    That Werner guy might even get a goal.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      More important ... keep that CS!

  16. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Top 4 race going to be extremely tight. If Liverpool head out of the UCL but Chelsea progress I think Liverpool will nick it considering fixtures too but Chelsea look a very good team under Tuchel

  17. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Mount > Jota then, dammit

  18. ZoumasBloomers
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Have exact change for Sterling to Salah. Tempted to just pull the trigger now

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I would. He has a blank gw coming and wasn’t exactly convincing today.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        He was always going to be a 1 week punt.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Can’t wait to get that dross out of my team. Already have Sterling and Gundo to Bruno and Jota(-4) locked in

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      He rose in price last night so you might even get to the CL game without him rising again.

    4. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'd do it, assuming you don't want a one-weeker on Son?

    5. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It’s amazing that someone as small as Sterling can be the undisputed king of the trolls.

      Trolls are big right?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Can confirm. Unless they're those ones that used to stick on the end of pencils.

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Still bigger than Sterling ...

  19. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Rudiger off the line, that one huuuuurts!

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Desperately need this Palace goal

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I think I’ve warned you before about your vile perversions.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        NGL the season KK is having I reckon this Chelsea clean sheet is doomed.

    2. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Same Rudiger Bench and Alonso starting with VESTEGARD first bench:D plus jammy Dallas everywhere .. I can't understand how palace is so bad they are not even close 🙁

  21. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    CRY is a team which does not worry about relegation. A target better than WBA or FUL

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Southampton Palace Wolves and Arsenal are the teams to target in the run in. All safe from relegation

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Pool not safe you think?

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Lol @ Arsenal

  22. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Wanted triple Chelsea defense but player I'd have got was Christensen so can't be too heartbroken by that one. Absolutely amazing defense, like City early in the season - usually conservative, dominant in possession, letting in very little chances. Supreme defensive side.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It’s been a week since they conceded 5 at West Brom...

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I'm very glad that put people off investing in their assets.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Whenever a team concedes that amount you know they’ll grind out clean sheets for the next few weeks. Same happens with most teams after a drubbing

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 12 days ago

            There's always a reaction, plus Chelsea have had an insane amount of clean sheets beforehand - that game just looks like an anomaly brought by Silva RC and Alonso/Zouma capitulation.

          2. ivantys
              2 months, 12 days ago

              It was 10 men

              1. HashAttack
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Leeds had 10 men today - doesn't justify letting in 5 goals to a relegation side

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Diggerent teams different set ups

                  The one less player totally messed chelsea system. Less so with leeds

                2. ivantys
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Well it was 2 shots 2 goals vs 21 shots 1 goal. I stopped reading into any stats when I see 11vs10 games.

        2. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Feels so nice to read this as a Blue

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

        CHO should have passed to Mount

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          He should have passed to my player instead!

        2. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 12 days ago

          You mean he should have passed to Rudiger on the halfway line to have a shot?

      3. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        GW1
        Pukki or Buendia??

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

          B for me

        2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Cantwell

        3. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Pukki. Main man and takes pens

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

        Bonus Points

        3 - Alexander-Arnold (29)
        2 - Watkins (28)
        1 - Martínez (26)

        3 - Havertz (32)
        2 - Mount (23)
        1 - Hudson-Odoi (21)

      5. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Going to need a brace from vardy (c) to salvage this game week

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Vardy feels like the one who will make or break people's run in. Fixtures are great, form is pretty poor.

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Sterling all over again

        2. Elfozzie 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Well everyone else has been pretty low, even Salah captainers hardly 'hauled', especially with BAPS going elsewhere, so the bar is low. I put my armband on Jota... I know, I'm still not exactly sure why, I'm hoping I'll wake up soon and it was all a dream!

        3. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          I did Werner to Vardy 5 mins ago

      6. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        One more win for Norwich and we'll have Pukkiparty back in premier league.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Nothing like the player Kuqi was 🙂

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            True.

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It’s coming hone

      7. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Wrong centre back scored a goal ffs, Rudiger robbed

      8. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Why did Bamford come off earlier? Injury?

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Just tactical when they got the red card

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Ok thanks

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          The red card for Cooper.

      9. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Zouma 6 aerials duels won in the first half. That's Vidic, Laursen, Lescott numbers

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          He has nothing on Nat ‘The Cat’ Phillips