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Mendy and Azpilicueta benched as Chelsea host Brighton

Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) is one of several key Chelsea assets on the bench as they host Brighton in Double Gameweek 32.

Fresh from his appearance in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.7m) makes his first Premier League start since Gameweek 24.

There are changes in the back-three too as César Azpiliceuta (£5.9m) drops out for the first time since the Double Gameweek 19 defeat at Leicester.

Kurt Zouma (£5.3m), Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m) and Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) form the defence tonight, the latter overcoming a yellow flag for a muscle injury to face Brighton.

Mason Mount (£7.2m) manages to avoid further rotation, after being rested twice across the last four Premier League matches.

Kai Havertz (£8.2m) takes up a false-nine role again tonight, with Timo Werner (£9.2m) named among the substitutes.

Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) are either side of the German international.

Neal Maupay (£6.0m) is on the Brighton bench tonight with Leandro Trossard (£5.7m), Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) and Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m) leading the attack.

It looks to be a back-three for the Seagulls too, featuring Adam Webster (£4.3m), Lewis Dunk (£4.9m) and Ben White (£4.5m) with Dan Burn (£4.2m) and Joël Veltman (£4.4m) acting as wing-backs.

Double Gameweek 32 Line-ups

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Rüdiger, Christensen, Zouma; Alonso, Mount, Jorginho, R James; Pulisic, Havertz, Ziyech.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sánchez; Webster, Dunk, White; Burn, Bissouma, Groß, Veltman; Trossard, Welbeck, Mac Allister.

Double Gameweek 32 so far…

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560 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 1 day ago

    Congratulations to every Manchester United fan on the planet.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Best day as an United fan since Fergie's last title win with RVP

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Congrats? The Glaziers are still there

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Why? Still embarrassed themselves for all eternity

      1. Marvin abides
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        The fans haven't.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          And Bruno, Rashford, Shaw & Maguire have taken several steps forward in every true football fan's estimation for opposing it

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            We know Bruno and Rash were class, now Shaw and Maguire have justified their place and price tags

            So proud of them

            1. BoleynWin
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 1 day ago

              Maguire could end world poverty and I would STILL question the £80mill price tag...

      2. Milkman Bruno
          6 months, 1 day ago

          No more than the other clubs

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Perez was right

      The esl was the best thing to happen to football

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        OMG Perez

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Can't wait to hear what that absolute snake has to say now - if he has the nerve to show his face

        74 year old man worth 2.2 billion tries to pull a stunt like this to make even more money and dress it up as "for the fans"

        As Alan Partridge would say - "they're scum Lynn, sub-human scum"

    5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Britain is a proper country says Graham souness.Lol.

      1. boc610
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        haha

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Properly annoyed with those who don't understand sport and the football pyramid.

    6. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      What's the crack at Stamford Bridge?

      Why the delay.

      Unveiling Jose again?!

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Now we're sucking diesel

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          fans celebrating ESL withdrawal

    7. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Manchester United share price up 7% on Monday on the ESL news. Now down 7% today to be back where it was on Friday!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Investment bankers and venture capital vultures!!

      2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Maybe this was a Gamestop-type ploy all along?

      3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Let’s hope it was some simple stock manipulation and these shills sold their shares

      4. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Hold

      5. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Well done to all their shorters

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          * the

    8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Juventus president has resigned

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Good.

      2. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        OMG Andrea Agnelli

      3. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Hopefully Perez is next

      4. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Good. He was born and raised around the club and decided to pull this bs. Betrayed the fans

    9. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Football is here to stay! 😛 😛 😛

    10. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      The Juve man has apparently resigned from the club also ....

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Oh, I didn't come to ask any more questions.

    11. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Well, Chelsea's stay in the ESL lasted about as long as one of their managers 🙂

    12. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      What's going on - has the Chelsea game kicked off?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        postponed. fans outside the stadium

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Delayed start due to protests over Mendy and Azpi not starting or something like that

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          o/ 😆

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks chaps!

    13. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Arsenal and Spurs are so going to be the last clubs to leave the Super League

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Must have forgotten there is still a pandemic

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Are you still looking forward to your Super League?

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          This

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            Maybe himself & Nightcrawler can watch Madrid, Barca & the 3 Italian clowns in the "elite against the elite"

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            They tried to do the NFL / NBA stuff.

            It will be revisited IMO

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              6 months, 1 day ago

              With the amount of greed those scumbag owners have - unfortunately they will try again

              And they will hopefully fail again - thankfully there is still too much conscience & backbone out there to allow it happen

              1. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 1 day ago

                What a great day for fans and normal people Maximus. The Glazers will sell now so a silver lining for Man U fans.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 1 day ago

                  Incredible - not that there aren't huge flaws in the game that need to be addressed of course, because there obviously are, and too many to list

                  But for once football did the right thing - that is something to take heart in imo

                  1. CAVEAT KING
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 1 day ago

                    I agree mate. We got rid of the biggest evil. The little ones (FIFA EUFA and a little the PL) still have to be dealt with. Don't forget 1992 when football was threatened with the PL.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      6 months, 1 day ago

                      100% mate

                2. ted mcnure
                  • 10 Years
                  6 months, 1 day ago

                  Not so fast, I fear. Never forget, and never forgive!

              2. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                6 months, 1 day ago

                UEFA should take notes and make it a better deal for everyone. this is similar to the NBA lockout for those who followed it

    14. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      There will be loads of rumours out there to increase the prices of the team's stocks as they have plummeted in the last few days

      One rumour is SAF / VDS will be back at United

      1. rick ding whoop
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Interesting.

    15. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      I think UEFA will increase the number to 6 English clubs in UCL

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        I think its 6 in the new Swiss model

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          it is not I think. And was planned for 2024th. They need to make it sooner

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Stupid that it's still called the 'champions' league.

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah, rebrand it as European Super League? That will be fun :)))

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            Ha, i like it.

      3. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Just a few more to go and spurs and arsenal might sneak in.

    16. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Chelsea FC
      @ChelseaFC
      ·
      44m
      We're back at the Bridge! Alarm clock Tonight's kick-off will now be 8:15pm. #CHEBHA

    17. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      BREAKING: Andrea Agnelli has resigned as the president of Juventus after the backlash over the European Super League. #awlfc [talksport]

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Weren't you all pro
        ESL yesterday?

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          er, no. I think that there was at least one on here who was though. The other 10K weren't.

      2. KAALI_DAAL
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Lol who

    18. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Sat down to watch Chelsea and the one n only player I have playing and Mendy is benched.

      Honestly I mean this.. Absolutely F£&K THIS GAME

      1. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        my GW has been a disaster. Dawson -3, no Mendy, no Azpi, no Raphina, Salah 1

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah have Dawson - 3 coming in for Kdb. Absolute joke. Seriously 10 yrs playing and really considering a break nxt season

    19. Z
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      I am not British....but i realy couldn't belive that you guys could destroy the BEST league in the world. I can understend others, but not EPL clubs

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        It's all posturing to negotiate a better deal with uefa

        1. Z
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          Sure thing. But i dont think that Perez and Agnelli was jut playing games

    20. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      If spurs are the last club to withdraw, can we claim we've won something?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        If spurs were the only team in the league. they would finish 2nd.

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          lol beat me to it

    21. boc610
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      people celebrating but this genie can t be put back in the bottle. ESL dead in the water-for now.also how are the fans of the 6 ever going to trust the owners again?? if city pull out are the they just going to pretend nothing happened? oh wait they're pretty good at that as it is hehe

      1. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Let us enjoy. The people, the fans have won something at last!

        1. boc610
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          im a pool fan and i can already imagine the chants coming our way from the tofees when the fans are back.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            I don't think the chants will be aimed at Liverpool fans though

            I think you'll have both Liverpool and Everton fans chanting against the Liverpool owners

            Same when Utd play Liverpool against the Glazers etc

            I've never seen this type of unity between the absolute bitterest of rivals before - Liverpool fans backing Gar Neville to the hilt FFS

            This genuinely transcended any tribal rivalries, if only for a brief time period

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 1 day ago

              Yes, pleasing to see ... I say soak it up and we should all enjoy being united in wielding the sword of righteous justice!

          2. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            Nah. Not me. It is a time for all fans to be proud brother.

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

            Nah ... fans are blameless ... fans united under the flag of football regardless ... your owners ... well they will get pesters I’m sure.

    22. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Spurs going to be the last to leave so they can finally claim a trophy
      But, on second thoughts, It's Spurs. If they were the only team in this Super league I'd still be surprised if they finished higher than 4th.

      1. djman102
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Wenger would say that was a trophy.

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          ha

    23. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      I’ve taken naps that lasted longer than ESL

      1. Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        I've had longer sessions of choke the chicken!

    24. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Chelsea and city bottling the super league initiative. They have their billionaires to back them unfortunately

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Are any of these clubs not backed by billionaires?

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Do you view Bruno, Rashford, Shaw & Maguire as bottling it too?

      3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Perhaps Arsenal and Spurs can join a Super Midtable League?

      4. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Bet you're gutted.

    25. Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 1 day ago

      Why was leno dropped?
      And
      Why was mendy dropped?

      Best keeper under £5m for rest of season?

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Martinez 🙂

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        European games playing a part in the benchings ironically

    26. son of city
        6 months, 1 day ago

        am so happy that I can take any hit now in my flp 🙂

      • A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        I've been gone for 5 minutes - what did I miss?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          'Breaking News' is now trending on twitter

      • Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Alonso score a brace please. About time!!

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          As a fellow owner I endorse this comment.

      • Silecro
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        Apparently Chelsea filled the documentation for leaving early in the day, decision was not urged by fan protests.
        Great stuff 🙂

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 1 day ago

        How long until the first Hitler ESL parody?