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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. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 21 hours ago

    With Mendy benched, I'll get Forster in. I imagine a lot of others--especially those who WC'd a couple weeks ago--in this boat, too?

    Just going to bank for a save point. Maybe two.

    1. fusen
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      fingers crossed that Kane is benched and Forster gets a clean sheet.

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        That'd be OK, too. Rival TC'd Kane.

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Need to sell one of them for GW33 if Mendy start not certain.

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Yup afraid so. Who knows ... maybe we get some jam and Spurs without Kane fail to score. Maybe we get extra special gourmet jam ... and Spurs without their usual penalty taker get a spot kick which Forster gets in the way of? Hope springs ...

  2. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 21 hours ago

    Who would be the better option...

    Veltman or Dunk?

    Thinking of going Brighton defender for next few gws

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Dunk.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Thx. Any Particular reason why?

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          Could score from a set piece. I think he's also on free kicks,

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Depends on the cash you have

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Not really a problem. Will be for Stones so both possible.

  3. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 21 hours ago

    Bye bye Woodward.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Shooting the messenger. Glazers will get another one to their bidding tomorrow.

  4. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 21 hours ago

    Rudiger refuses to pass the ball to Alonso. Every single game time. Watch.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Doesn't have Alonso in his FPL team?

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        It’s actually laughable

    2. jammie26
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        I read this, looked up and rudiger passed to alonso twice in the space of 5 seconds.

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          He'd better put a stop to that!

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          Same here 😆

    3. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Mendy and Azpi should be benched on the day of BB. Other day I have Holding with 8 points on the bench...

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Can I have a Brighton goal please .... ideally because of a goalkeeping howler. I’d like Mendy reinstated next week.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        vs JLingz?!

    5. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Man City out of Europe

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Mexit

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Wow. Jury already have a verdict in trial of Derek Chauvin. That was quick.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Touchy subject.

        What do you think will be the verdict?

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          Not touchy at all, he's guilty as sin.

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          I would be disappointed (saying it mildly) if he isn't found guilty on all charges.

          But honestly I don't know what the verdict will be.

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 20 hours ago

            Under the US justice system the bar for 2nd degree murder is set high and rightly so.

            Some of the medical people that were called to testify certainly put a reasonable doubt on the cause of death in my mind.Very politically charged case with the media having their own trail without due possess.

            If he was charged with 3rd degree murder or manslaughter then the state would have a better chance of getting a prosecution.

    7. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      The 12 rebel owners thought they were holding all the aces, when they only had a pair of 10s and they were bluffing against a full house.

      1. Zogzeg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Too drunk to see the cards = Time to go to bed.

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        I doubt there were 12... MCI and CHE rumoured to be the last two, fearing to be left out.

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Its a shame the fans couldnt get behind the idea. More boresfest involving wolves etc incoming

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          You quite like being the contentious one here don't you?

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          Yeah real shame they didn’t turn football into soccer

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          and the big team v big team games are always entertaining 😆

    8. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Rudiger shd be dropped for ignoring the legend that is alonso

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Didn't Hazard used to do the same? Hazard and Rudiger know

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          Dont remember. I know sanchez did that with kolasinac whenever i owned him

    9. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Pulisic injured, again.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Just entered my team. Hi Greenwood!

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          He's class but only seems good for 5 or 6 games before he injures something.

    10. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      There is a growing possibility that Jose Mourinho may be the only European Super League manager ever to be sacked. The Special One.

      https://twitter.com/RichJolly/status/1384571878409441281?s=20

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        levy paid him off with that superleague money

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          He'll have to sell Kane now.

    11. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Veltman and dunk rooted to my bench ffs

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Veltman 3rd sub. Need to pay more attention to my subs bench order.

    12. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Alonso nowhere near the bonus, what's going on?

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Not him.

    13. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Ben White coming in for Azpi. There’s no way I’m going to get away with this. Either Azpi comes on or Chelsea score

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        I’d put my life savings on it considering my luck

      2. Dr. Conundrum Caveat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Same

    14. Kane Lane
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      What would be decent score for bench boost on average

    15. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      The hair and facial hair make Lallana look like a smooth wannabe drug kingpin on Miami Vice.

    16. AzzaroMax99
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Played Mount and benched White. Crazy season.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Still too early

    17. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Kepa on 2BP. Now I've seen everything

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        essential

    18. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Kebab Pig

      You must have unchecked the box at the top of the comments saying ‘show replies’

    19. Good Times
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Mendy benched, Sanchez coming in burn saying hi from my bench lol. Last week he jammed Dallas points and as of things stand Dallas jamming burns pts lol. What a season

    20. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Oh damn, Alonso gotta go

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        You’ll be laughing if Brighton get a goal now.

    21. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Looks like Chelsea players didn't get the memo that they still need to be top 4.

      ESL is off

    22. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Alonso cs banked. Perhaps I should be happy.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        I'm just glad he started so the cs is a bonus.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 21 hours ago

          I have Stones first on the bench.

      2. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Why was Alonso subbed? Poor performance?

    23. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Kepq defending a free kick.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Luckily off target. Anything on target it's goal with Kepa at goal

    24. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Looking for a differential 6.6 itb (Behind in my ML - our teams are pretty much the same)

      Martinez
      TAA, Rudiger, Coady
      Salah, Jota, Lings, Greenwood
      Kane, Bamford, Nacho

      Dallas, Raph, White

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Raph to Pereira

    25. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Not good enough alonso. The premium is for the hauls not the 6 points

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        No team has hauled against Brighton since Everton in GW4

    26. suddenorgan
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      would be nice if Burn keeps his place after this, he's my 11th player for next week at present

    27. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Late to the party, what happened to Mendy?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Tuchel got the memo that ESL check is out so he need to raise the price of that Kepa stock

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Kepa impressed Tuchel against City/in training.

    28. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 21 hours ago

      Dangerous corner kick. Luckily for Kepa was cleared off.

      Here we go Cheknow in attack.

      CHO and Werner in to make it happen.

      Ziyech looking the best player

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 21 hours ago

        Ziyech looking the best player?

        What are you on mate?!