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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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  1. Guba
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Kept Ben White in my team specifically for Sheffield next week as other players of mine blank and moving on another defender for TAA. So naturally he gets himself sent off tonight, great stuff.

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      At least you didn't play him tonight?

      1. Guba
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Ironically he scored more than Holding tonight who I instead played.

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Special emergency Neville & Carragher appearance coming up

    *grabs popcorn*

  3. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Kepa 2 saves, Sanchez 4 saves. Kepa 3 bps, Sanchez 2 bps.

    OK then...

  4. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Will Rudiger get a bonus point?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      2 bonus

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        1

        1. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Eek!

          He was on for 2 a few mins ago 🙁

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 14 days ago

            Ooh a bonus point too! Yay

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Sanchez makes twice the number of saves as Kepa and Kepa gets 3 bonus lol.

    Rudiger clean sheet helps rescue the week a little!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      He short passed it

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Which is a bit of a flaw in the system, like how can a keeper fail to make a short pass lol

        1. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Never seen Joe Hart play then?

          Pep couldn’t wait to get rid of those two left feet...

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 14 days ago

            Yeah he was special at times, did the hard stuff well but messed up the basics.
            I think a keeper successfully making a short pass should be given, so no reward in BPS unless they’re an outfield player.

            1. thegaffer82
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 14 days ago

              Oh yeah... in full agreement regarding no baps for GK short passes.
              Let’s start a petition. Hopefully it can go through in time to rescue Rudiger’s extra bonus point

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 14 days ago

                Haha

      2. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Stupid that goalkeepers get points for that.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Amen

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 14 days ago

            But they need certain minimum number of passes which other keepers don't. Probably it's fair

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          True but keepers aren't just stoppers nowadays, need to be confident with the ball at their feet and able for quick restarts by kicking or throwing out the ball. Unfortunately technology has every factor analysed to the Nth degree even though it's bull$h1+

  6. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Huge pts for Rudiger owners. Get in

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Feels sooo good after all these late busteed cs'es

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Huge? It's just 7.

      I am greedy like Superleague.

  7. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Double Chelsea defence benched and they go and get a clean sheet. FML...

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Triple here, annoyed about Mendy

  8. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Looks like every team wants to drop points and create a big gap with United

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      They think ESL is still on

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Higher chance that Utd get first place than someone taking the 2nd away from them.

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Never ever had so man6 bench points as this season.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Get Davis

  10. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Veltman back to back CS on my bench. No way they get 3rd in a row when we'll need him next week

  11. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Any chance stones & Martinez both miss out tomorrow? 😛

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Kepa on the bench?

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Sanchez & dunk

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Martinez won't. Quinninho up front for City.

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Who?

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Niall Quinn.

  12. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Next GW, watch Brighton concede when we all will start Brighton defenders

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Guaranteed

  13. Wheyyyy
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Scraped through that game as an Alonso/Sanchez owner!

    Moved into the top 100k for the first time this season with a gameweek rank of 2k!! Get in!

    74 with Son, Vardy and Nacho to come (and maybe Kane TC)

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Amazing

  14. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Green juhuuuuuu.

    Please play Kane

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      From 60K to 35K. That 16 pts hit still working

  15. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Dias,Gundogan >> TAA,Martinelli -4 before a WC?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Do it on Friday

  16. Yank Revolution
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Up to 276 k....WOOT!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Well done

  17. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Ahhh shiiii benched Sanchez.

    I should know my dear Chelsea better.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Well we ain't free scoring like in the Lampard days

  18. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    GW RANK WITH HITS 13,092

    So happy 🙂

    If Kane plays I will be on the moon

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      No broadband there though. Get back before GW33 deadline. 😉

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Nice!!

      32k GW rank here (before hits)

  19. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Had coffee with someone today who was there when he was sacked yesterday and he told me about what happened with Jose.

    Basically he and Levy fell out massively- was on a collision course since Jan.
    Levy wanted to control too much as with him, everything is down to money. Levy was constantly pressuring him to play Dele and Bergwein more as they had high transfer values and needed to be in shop window. Same with Bale, levy told him he’s not paying 200k per week for him to sit on the bench.

    The bombshell was on Sunday where Levy ‘instructed him to play his strongest team v Southampton as there is still a chance we will get into top 4. Jose told him he wanted to save his best team for the final but Levy told him he doesn’t care about winning the Carabao, it’s all about top 4 as the club priority is top 4. Jose told him it sounds like he doesn’t need a coach anymore as he has it all worked out.

    Final nail was Jose telling him this is why Spurs will never win anything because the club priority is in the wrong place and that he has built a fantastic business but will always have a poor football team.

    Jose told Lucas there are things in his contract he cannot disclose but one day, when he writes his book, he will expose levy.

    Jose told Kane he has to leave if he wants to win anything and fulfill his potential as best striker in world. Told Son to do the same. BUT he also told him Levy will be a total ass about it and will not make it easy at all.

    ALL players were rejoicing yesterday apart from Moura, Vinicius and Hojberg who are genuinely saddened. Kane and Son stayed professional. Lloris, Winks and Dele led the celebrations and mood around the training was lifted and they welcomed Mason and Powell with open arms.

    There you have it. In a nutshell, levy is the wrong within the club

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Did he not think Bale should play more games? Fit enough for bench but nearly no game time.

      1. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Not sure bale hasn't been great tho

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Hasn't been given opportunities. Worse players than him, much worse, getting gametime. Needs games to get in to match fitness and form. Not sure if Mourinho didn't like him or being told by Levy that he'd have to play him.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Levy looked like the stuff of nightmares on All or Nothing - comes across like a bond villain , wouldn’t be suprised if he’s a genuine psychopath

      Like looking into the cold, lifeless eyes of a shark

      Sends a shiver down the spine

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        There's a theory that some sportspeople and top business people, high achievers, like Lance Armstrong are borderline narcisstic psychopaths. If they weren't in sport or business they'd fit the profile of a serial killer. An unfounded but interesting theory.

      2. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Yep it scary to think

  20. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Don’t suppose Tucel was asked about Mendy before or after the match? Give anything away about if he is now number 2?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I'm selling unless I know he's guaranteed a start in GW33. Forster misses out and no point selling him if Mendy will be rotated.

  21. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Stones and Son to Greenwood and Trent -4 tonight?

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      No too early

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      No.