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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. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Tuchel should bench CHO for 5 games in a row. 3 times he is selfish when he shouldn't be and should pass to Mount. James would have passed in those situations

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      he plays like `Townsend. if he wants that kind of career let him be my guest and to continue like that

  2. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Bottomed - pick one to start next GW:
    A. Raphinha (LIV)
    B. DCL (TOT)
    C. Dallas (LIV

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      B

    2. son of city
        3 months, 14 days ago

        A

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Close call but Raph imo

    3. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Chelsea subs, Kante, Werner, ??

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Substitutes: Marcos Alonso, Timo Werner, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emerson, N'Golo Kanté, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Commentator is blind

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        How many more times can he mix up Zouma and Ruediger?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Exactly

    5. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Bonus Points

      3 - Havertz (35)
      2 - Zouma (34)
      1 - Mount (30)

      Hudson-Odoi (27)
      Azpilicueta (26)
      Pulisic (23)
      Rüdiger (22)
      Jorginho (21)
      Chilwell (19)
      Mendy (18)
      Kovacic (18)
      Cahill (17)
      Guaita (12)

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Timing.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Havertz is on course for 14pts, here we go

    6. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Pls Alonso stay on that bench so I get Trent(VC)

      And Bale pls stay out the team so I get Dallas' points.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Anything else?

    7. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Palace goal

    8. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yaaaas the maaaan Big Ben

    9. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      CS lost 🙁 Mount CS pt too 🙁

      1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Mount BPS would supass Zouma?

    10. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Tekker G

      Mendy is shite

    11. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Benteke

    12. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      And there it is.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        *nods*

    13. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Top 10K Chelsea EO% anyone?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        the defense only

    14. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      34 from 4, any good? (C) left to play

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Looks like it. 8.5 points per player. I’m on 9.33 ppp

    15. mr messi
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Damn!

    16. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      ah....that's 12 points out the window

    17. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Benteke you BEAUTY

    18. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      You’ve got to be joking...

    19. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 14 days ago

        rudiger azpi cs wiped beautiful

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        My sources tell me it’s not long until Palace score

        1. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Any minute now

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A curse on your soul.

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

          Gimme the lotto numbers 😆

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Haha

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Actually haven’t played in years!

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Worst week again

      • MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Aah for **** sake benteke

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Oh you beautiful man Benteke

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        'sake

      • Says
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Goddam Benjamin Tete

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        8 from 5

        Sorry for the brag

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Wish 1 granted, now for 2 and maybe 3

      • Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Oh lord ...

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

        Wish number 2 fulfilled.

        Tekkers now has as many goals from open play as Vardy this season - far fewer minutes played.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          High five bro

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Triple Chelsea defence on WC
        Neto
        Sterling Captain

        Where is my coat?

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Genuinely sorry for you. This game is a bitch sometimes.

        2. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          You are in the middle of the ocean

        3. REDMOND IN SANDALS
            3 months, 14 days ago

            unlucky.. no sympathy for sterling punt though