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. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    BPS so close. Come on Mount...

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    West Brom memories for Chelsea to return shortly....

  3. Lets Talk About 19 Baby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Thank u Benteke for wiping out all those wildcard triple Chelsea clean sheets.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Who on earth would have triple Chelsea defence? Doubt many even have 2.

      1. Reece’s Pieces
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        One is quite enough and already flopping for me

  4. JBG
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Mendy can F off.

    1. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Ofc he can

  5. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How's this for free next week?

    Bamford > Vardy and Martinez > Schmiechel

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Martinez 10 pointer + Bamford haul incoming

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Only if I make the transfers.

        Martinez and Bam 2 pointers if I hold no doubt

  6. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cahil you beauty

    • son of city
        2 months, 15 days ago

        should I continue watching the game? I had rudiger only but the cs is gone.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What an odd question

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yep

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Reece coming on?

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          yup, so annoying if you had him.

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        30 points with 4 players to go on wildcard - hold me

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          17 from 6 🙂

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Same. Inc captain. What an absolute waste of time.

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I mean, it's so bad I'm now completely devoid of emotion.

        2. Reece’s Pieces
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 days ago

          FPL matters more during these crap times. The double gameweek will fix all ...

      • MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Manunited 2- 1 Spurs
        Fernandez goal and assist
        Kane Goal
        No?

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Almost. United 2-0, Fernandes goal and assist, Shaw assist, Rashford goal.

        2. Please Answer Me
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Am I supposed to accept the fact that they've had one miserable shot and its gone in and ruined my double defender clean sheet?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            As opposed to what? Maybe you could organise a protest on Clapham Common.

          2. Reece’s Pieces
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Lol

        3. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          GOOOAAALLLL!!!

          Top of the league!

        4. ZoumasBloomers
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          WCing out Martinez Bamford Dallas Watkins for Sterling (c) Jota Alonso Mendy feeling really good right now. Glad I don’t own Salah too. All very positive.

          1. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Oh dear!

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Oh. That’s rough.

          3. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Dallas haul is pure jam and he was likely to be on your bench, more regrets. not missing much on others...

          4. son of city
              2 months, 15 days ago

              hang on there my brother.

          5. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Lost my double Chelsea clean sheet but picked the winner in the National. Not a bad day.

            1. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Good job

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Lovely. Who won?

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Not you.

                  1. mr messi
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Lol

                2. mr messi
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Minella Times. First time a female jockey has won. I won £120

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    A good. About time really given that it’s a sport that doesn’t require a huge amount of muscle.

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Puli x2

            3. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No 8pm kick off today? Urghhh...

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Thank God. Too much football these days and not a lot of it enjoyable.

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Totally this. So boring I stopped playing FPL

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

                El Classico.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Oooohhhhh thank you!! Saved me from family time

                2. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Oooooo

              3. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Real vs Barca at 8pm should suffice instead 😀

              4. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Its so there's no clash with El Classico. Everything TV orientated.

            4. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Puli

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

              Pulisic G
              James A

            6. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Pop quiz

              Who has returned better since GW25?

              A Salah
              B Benteke

              🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

            7. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Who is going to fall into the Pulisic trap? 😉

              • Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Mount is having an amazing game, totally didn't deserve to end with 5 pts

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Wish 1 and 3 granted, just wish 2 remaining

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  You're gonna need a new magic lamp & genie

                2. Fred54
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Mendy RC?

              • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Rudiger was an awful pick

                1. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  he did deliver for my team on the bench though

                2. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Chelsea defense is always going to be awful pick...

              • Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                I asked earlier can Kai and Pulisic break the template, everyone said no.

                What about now? Can they? They both have the goal and assist threat are proven asset and can explode

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Not nailed

                2. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Still no

                  Unpredictable team

              • ZoumasBloomers
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Hang on, James was looking for Havertz wasn’t he. How is that an assist?

              • Evasivo
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Quick question, who you think will score first tomo

                Spurs
                Man Utd

              • DycheDycheBaby
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Does anyone know how to watch the El Classico?

                1. Evasivo
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Yea but can’t comment on such things here

                  1. DycheDycheBaby
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Ah k . Cheers dude

                    1. Evasivo
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Would suggest searching Twitter

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  How bizarre. Fully expected it to be in SKY

                  1. DycheDycheBaby
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Those were the good days pal. La Liga on Sky!

              • Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Target Palace from now?
                *Checks Palace fixtures

              • Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                James miss kicks cross and it’s diverted straight to an open goal how lovely

              • DMP
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Divine Justice for James owners.