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. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    The dizzying lows and crushing lows of Fantasy Football, I love it

  2. fusen
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Chelsea going 3-0 up so early was always a bit of a gamble for their defence as they would naturally take their foot off the gas contraction wise.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Mmmm, gas contraction.

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Ha, concentration

  3. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Yes!!!!

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Mendy is dire, no movement whatsoever, he even looked to move out the way?

  5. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Bonus Points

    3 - Havertz (36)
    2 - Benteke (32)
    1 - Mount (30)

    Pulisic (28)
    Hudson-Odoi (27)

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      No way Teke had a better game compared to Mount, no way.Not smart system in this case

  6. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Atleast most serious players have Chelsea defense over Dallas.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Ha, why?

  7. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 23 days ago

    This game is a joke,1 shot from Crystal Palace in 60 minutes and they scored. Omg how unlucky i am

    1. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I hope this is a parody.

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Damn it that CS lost was painful

  9. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Reece coming on more likely than Alonso

  10. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Mendy is such a pu$$¥

      Chillwell is soft but keeper should be claiming/clearing anything out in to the 6 yard at that pace

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 days ago

        You can't be serious

        1. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Looked worse live. Only saw the replays now and I agree no fault of his.

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Martinez gone on wildcard, double the score of Mendy, and not to mention double up on Rudiger with Coady left on the bench. Sick now.

        1. Reece’s Pieces
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Sympathise. I studied all week and Jota Captain made me feel like a chump

        2. son of city
            3 months, 23 days ago

            cancelo to rudiger now waiting for veltman crazy week ffs!!!!

          • djman102
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Hah-no points lost to Alonso owners on that goal. Knew he was the defender to have!

            1. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Zouma says hi

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            WC wasted

            1. dshv
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Yes :((((((

          • wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Nooooo

          • Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Martinez outscores Mendy

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Again

          • Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            clear out your Chelsea defenders, they don't do cleanies in Prem anymore

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Oh F off Rudiger...

          • tbos83
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Suddenly no one in the prem can keep a clean sheet

              1. Stejson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Wolves say hi

            • MessiGOAT
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Please Werner don't cameo for 2 minutes FFS

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                He will

                1. MessiGOAT
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I know:(

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I want that one point!

                  1. MessiGOAT
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Haha I have Rudiger sub so it doesn't really matter

                • The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I need a full set of 1 and 2 pointers with Neto, Gundo, Azpi, Jota... A big score would upset the balance

              3. Custard Gannet
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Anyone worse than 9 from 5 (-4) and dropped 80K?

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I can’t imagine there would be.

              4. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                xG is overrated

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Indeed

              5. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Of course - 1 shot 1 goal

                Delete FPL

              6. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Assist for Teke goal?

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Ha

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Schlupp

                3. The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Well, at least I didn't double up.

                4. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I was in a good move until the football started now im miserable

                  Probably means it’s time to delete fpl

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Mood even

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    It definitely is.

                  3. MessiGOAT
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Wait till end of season

                5. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  alonso to come on to tighten up at the back?!

                  1. djman102
                    • 12 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Like FPL, managers don't play Alonso for clean sheets.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Why him of all people?

                6. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Kane -> Benteke -4

                7. Old Bull
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Brought in Rudiger for Dallas (nervous manic laugh)

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Sensible decisions don’t help in FPL

                  2. Utopsis
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    What you need to do is target the teams playing City, Liverpool, Chelsea and load up on their players

                8. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Please get a damn goal, Rudiger