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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. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    But I was looking forward to seeing the next North London Derby in Stan Kroenke's $5.5 billion LA Rams stadium

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Was looking forward to the Las Vegas Kops facing the Boston Gunners. Damn it anyway

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      What is a fitting punishment for a mutiny like this? If the government think the EPL is an important soft power it should perhaps be protected as such in order to prevent it from being ravaged by foreign interests in the future?

    3. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      That he'd build in the suburb and make the city pay for it. After entirely rebranding the team.

  2. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Told my wife Woodward resigned, and she replied, "Is he going to go start his own Super League?" I laughed at first, but now... whomever resigns over the ESL will surely try something like that, won't they?

    I can be too conspiracy-minded sometimes.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Best (not really) of luck with that!

      “Wanna join my league and get banned from the one people really care about? Oh and you can never play an international tournament ever again.”

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      The only conspiracy theorists are the ones that believe the government cares about the people, and that big pharma wants you to be healthy...

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ha! Not wrong.

    3. snow pea in repose
        3 months, 12 days ago

        There is a possibility that this whole idea was sent up as a "trial balloon" to gauge opposition, make adjustments, then make another attempt in the coming months or years...

    4. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Brighton's formation is literally 6-3-1. What a boring team

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

      Back to real stuff .

      Absolutely painful for our TC to last 90 minutes and gets injured in the injury time and in a double??

      Damn

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Just glad it’s not Andy Carroll

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Surely the ESL is real stuff and fantasy football is not the real stuff?

      3. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I feel you. Southampton was supposed to be easier no? And I was looking forward to a 20pts haul in that match

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

          Southampton would have been a haul surely. At least 9 pts

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

            Multiplied by 3. Potentially 18 x 3. So 50 pts is season defining. Ah this season

      4. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Is he definitely out? What’s been said?

      5. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Mourinho gone too, could have an immediate response with Southampton taking a beating and now Kane is not there to score another brace.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Is he definitely out?

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Most likely. Didn't train today and that is not a good sign.

    6. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Now Brighton - score some goals before half time!

    7. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Hold Brighton

    8. jimbe4mXL
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I only have Coufal, Lingard and Iheanacho from the "playing" teams, i want my WC back!

      • JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I'm a Chelski. Yes, we have a billionaire owner involved in many businesses, who delegates to Marina Granovskaia the day to day running of Chelsea FC... but when things aren't working, he steps in and makes the big decisions. As I'm sure he does in his other business interests.

        However, the American owned PL teams don't have that flexibilty of decision making. The American owners are always trying to leverage the debt and squeeze every penny out of the clubs for their shareholders. And themselves.

        I'm not knocking MUN, LIV or ARS who are all great clubs, with history and prestige.

        I am knocking the Glazer family, FSG and Kroenke.

        ESL was a ridiculous idea driven by other debt-ridden clubs. Real Madrid especially.

        Hopefully we can all go back to playing nicely now. 🙂

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          It won’t go away for as long as these cleptocrats are running the clubs.

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Here here!

          1. Bojam
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Or hear hear!

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Honestly, we can all crack oil money jokes, but Chelsea have been the only big team in England that has been close to operating in a sustainable manner. They sell players, dont have huge debts, and have a great wage structure.

          Hopefully big reforms are coming to UEFA and PL now

        4. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          At least the Chelsea and City owners want their clubs to succeed. Liverpool and Arsenal owners are there purely as a business and to make money. They couldn’t care less about the clubs. FSG and Kroenke need to go now

        5. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Yep true. While others were pointing fingers at Wenger back in the day I always felt and still do that it was the Kroenke's at fault. Never supported him , let him take all the flak, despicable sorts

      • mr messi
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Best Mendy replacement? Schmeichel? Patricio?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Why are you getting rid of Mendy? Noone has said he is dropped for good

          1. mr messi
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Too risky. I’ve only Forster on the bench and he doesn’t play next week.

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        So the rich clubs' rebellion has been foiled. Now heads will fall.

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Now I propose expropriation of the clubs from the hands of foreign owners. All the power to the people!

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Never seen so many Skysports 'breaking news' banners in my life.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Love to see it.

          People power...

          To genuine football supporters!!

      • fusen
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Do Brighton look at all like scoring?

        I was playing Mendy and benching Azpil to have the cleansheet covered. Now most of my ML have Rudiger or Alonso playing :X

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          No

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          No. And you should be nervous about Alonso hauling.

        3. Cheeto__Bandito
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          0.02 xg so far

        4. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Come on Brighton .... justice for Mendy owners!!!!

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Am I missing something about Kane here? Has anything been said he’s definitely out for tomorrow?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Even if he only a minor doubt there no way he will be risked ahead of the League Cup final

        2. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Think there was a quote about him being a doubt for the weekend?

        3. Cheeto__Bandito
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          yes look at spurs presser today

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            I can’t find it 🙁

            1. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Ryan Mason said "taking it day-by-day. Not sure about the weekend yet"

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Ahh many thanks mate! Fingers crossed he plays

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

                  The coach said they are hopeful for the weekend

        4. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Well the next game is tomorrow and he hasn’t trained, ahead of a cup final at the weekend.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Cheers WR, yeah true, damn Shame ain’t it.

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Bissouma is a baller. Would love him at Liverpool. Press resistant, technically gifted and a ball winner.

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Thank god I brought in mendy and azpi for the big fixture swing, wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on these hauls

        1. doher.ty
            3 months, 12 days ago

            lol

          • Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Aye pays to get in on those great fixture runs

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Your opponents...

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Same here. Marvellous

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            I got in Mendy on my wildcard for the security of starts.

          • Nedvěd11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Leno
            Kane TC
            Azpi

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Pulisic looking lively?

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Chelsea a little flat so far , Brighton not on the beach yet

        3. rick ding whoop
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          yes

          1. doher.ty
              3 months, 12 days ago

              no

            • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Maybe

            • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              I don't know

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

              Maybes aye, maybes naw.

          2. rokonto
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Why was the game delayed?????

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Fans protesting outside Stamford Bridge. Coaches couldn't get in.

            2. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Mandy and Azpil owners protesting outside

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                😆

            3. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Chelsea fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest about the ESL

            4. rokonto
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Thanks all

          3. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Kepa may cost Che cs 🙁

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Hopefully

            2. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              He winning the duel with Welbeck so far

          4. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Looks like areola will be stinking out my team for the rest of the season

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Dont finish with a stinker, dump

            2. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              I've recently lost two clean sheets deep into injury time with him. Good luck!

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 12 days ago

                I recon we might milk a couple of points out of him yet old man

          5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Christensen hold these 3BPS, didn’t think you’d play today!

          6. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            All the Liverpool team coming out against the Super League. Nice to see. Their next message should be FSG out.

          7. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Ffs just realised areola also blanks 33

            Looks like it’ll be free hit !

          8. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Has anyone invested in an ‘fpl family’ branded mug ?

            I’m thinking of getting one and wondered what the quality was like

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Invested

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Cracked in the microwave

          9. Naby K8a
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Spurs hang in there a little bit longer and they might win a trophy

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

            Anyone closely followed the Tuchel statement why he is starting Kepa?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Mendy is a load of garbage is probably one of the reasons

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

                He is not. He contributed to our CS record btw

            2. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Won't it be just a case of him trying to instil a bit of confidence in his second keeper (Kepa)?

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

                I don't know that's why I asked. If Kepa continues then Chelsea defense is becoming a no go, but an advantage for non WC teams and Emi owners

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Yes, you're right - apologies for that. I don't know the genuine reason why Kepa is starting but I thought I'd try a bit of totally personal speculation.

            3. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              No. But I think him rowing with Rudiger did him no harm. Showed Tuchel he's fired up and wants to fight for the jersey.

            4. Disco Stu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              My guess is Mendy being rested for matches that matter such as West Ham on Saturday and Madrid next week

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

                Keepers don't need rest

                1. Disco Stu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  OK, Tuchel rewarding Kepa for his win over City in the FA Cup

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Sam said he targeted Mendy in the 5-2 game.

                    1. Disco Stu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 12 days ago

                      Sam is also targeting relegation

          11. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Jury reaches verdict in George Floyd case. Set to be announced soon. It's gonna be a busy night in Minneapolis (and elsewhere) either way.

            1. thegame983
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Free Tvs for everyone

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

            Are we getting Vardy as Kane replacement or he is not worth the funds even with those fixtures?

            I am considering going Watkins instead

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Kane stays. Won’t play next GW anyway. Azpi on the other hand.

            2. Bojam
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              What you mean we "the herd"? Live a little. Watkins could be a decent shout, though if Grealish is still out Villa don't look as threatening. Cavani might be worth a punt. Considering a Greenwood-Cavani double up (got Greenwood in for this week). But I need to lose Laca so hoping Kane only misses a week. Otherwise a -4 is on the cards.

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

                We means the template move this GW. Just follow the template here and top 10K is there

                1. Bojam
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  Blah

          13. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Time for bed. Great day for fans. Brexit=Work permits=Big 6 pulling out. You did not think of that did you Woody.

          14. Kebab pig
              3 months, 12 days ago

              I can’t see other people’s replies to post. I am using google chrome on my phone. Can somebody help please?

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Tick the show comments box on top of the comments list.

                1. Alan The Llama
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 12 days ago

                  You know he can't see that reply, right?

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 12 days ago

                    Excellent point 🙂