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 - Maquire or Hendo?
    • 11 Years
    28 days, 12 hours 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 - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 12 hours 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
    28 days, 12 hours ago

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

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    2. SON of CITY
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        A

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Close call but Raph imo

    3. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Chelsea subs, Kante, Werner, ??

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

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

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Commentator is blind

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

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

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Exactly

    5. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours 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
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Timing.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Havertz is on course for 14pts, here we go

    6. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours 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…
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Anything else?

    7. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Palace goal

    8. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Yaaaas the maaaan Big Ben

    9. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      CS lost 🙁 Mount CS pt too 🙁

      1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Mount BPS would supass Zouma?

    10. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Tekker G

      Mendy is shite

    11. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Benteke

    12. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      And there it is.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        *nods*

    13. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Top 10K Chelsea EO% anyone?

      1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        the defense only

    14. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

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

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

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

    15. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Damn!

    16. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

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

    17. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Benteke you BEAUTY

    18. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      You’ve got to be joking...

    19. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        rudiger azpi cs wiped beautiful

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

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

        1. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Any minute now

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

            A curse on your soul.

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

          Gimme the lotto numbers 😆

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 12 hours ago

            Haha

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 12 hours ago

              Actually haven’t played in years!

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Worst week again

      • MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Aah for **** sake benteke

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Oh you beautiful man Benteke

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        'sake

      • Says
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Goddam Benjamin Tete

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        8 from 5

        Sorry for the brag

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Wish 1 granted, now for 2 and maybe 3

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

        Oh lord ...

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours 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
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          High five bro

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Triple Chelsea defence on WC
        Neto
        Sterling Captain

        Where is my coat?

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

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

        2. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          You are in the middle of the ocean

        3. REDMOND IN SANDALS
            28 days, 12 hours ago

            unlucky.. no sympathy for sterling punt though