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Mendy benched as Chelsea and Arsenal make a combined 12 changes

It’s 12 matches down, three to go as Triple Gameweek 35 continues with Chelsea v Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 20:15 BST.

Mikel Arteta and Thomas Tuchel have been prone to a spot of rotation in the spring, with both of their sides juggling domestic duties with involvement on the continent.

Changes always looked likely for this second Gameweek 35 fixture for the pair and there have indeed been a dozen alterations to the two starting XIs this evening.

Only four of Thomas Tuchel’s side have survived the cut from the 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m), Reece James (£5.1m), Billy Gilmour (£4.3m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) are the lucky quartet.

That means that Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) drops to the bench, with Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.7m) making his third Premier League start in the Tuchel era.

Thiago Silva (£5.6m), Kurt Zouma (£5.3m), Ben Chilwell (£5.9m), Jorginho (£4.7m), Mason Mount (£7.3m) and Kai Havertz (£8.3m) are also recalled, with Antonio Rudiger (£4.7m), Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), N’Golo Kante (£4.9m), Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) making way.

Rudiger, Kante and Christensen are all absent from the match day squad, with the latter having previously been confirmed as being injured.

Arteta has made a mere five changes to the team that beat West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m), Kieran Tierney (£5.2m), Martin Odegaard (£5.7m), Thomas Partey (£4.9m) and Pablo Marí (£4.4m) are all promoted to the starting XI.

Budget FPL midfielder Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m) has recovered from a hamstring strain to start.

Calum Chambers (£4.5m), Willian (£7.5m), Nicolas Pepe (£7.6m), Dani Ceballos (£4.7m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) all drop to the bench.

Rudiger and Mendy were by some distance the most-popular players within the top 10k as of the Gameweek 35 deadline, with ‘effective ownerships’ (EO – something that takes into account captaincies and benchings) of 30.73% and 23.36% respectively.

Rob Holding (£4.3m), whose EO of 17.03% in the top 10k is more than the rest of Arsenal’s squad combined, is therefore the most-owned player within this leading group of Fantasy bosses in tonight’s game.


LINE-UPS

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Gilmour, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.

Subs: Alonso, Werner, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Emerson Palmieri, Anjorin, Livramento.

Arsenal:Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang.

Subs: Bellerin, Ceballos, Lacazette, Willian, Cedric, Pepe, Chambers, Ryan, Martinelli.


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542 Comments Post a Comment
  1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    My rival has Mendy and Rudi. It's so base but YES!

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Ok Thomas.

    2. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      really not very sporting of you ,with nothing to watch he may have to talk to his wife..

  2. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    My team name for next season is sorted
    "Thomas to Hell"

    You reckon I'll get reported ?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Just call it John Thomas.

    2. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Nah will be fine

  3. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Soothes pain of transferring Mendy out ever so slightly

  4. fusen
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    I transferred Azpil out for Maguire for a -4.

    Hindsight makes it so painful...

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Take comfort that your pain is providing pleasure for others.

    2. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Made the same move

  5. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Thats cool, the Mendy 11points still do nicely.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      That's what Derby supporters used to say.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      That's what I think too. Could have been much worse.

    3. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Good outlook. That's still a nice haul

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Had kept 0.3 ITB to do Nacho to Antonio. Have this defense:

    TAA Konsa Rudiger Struijk Mitchell

    Should I still get Antonio for Nacho or should I get a 3rd nailed defender by doing Rudiger to Coufal?

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Probably risk it for a biscuit and do the Antonio move, more upside. Surely 1 of rudi / struijk and mitch will play. Then figure it out week after

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Makes sense! Thanks.

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Well not rudi next week but the week after

    3. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Antonio has much higher upside. It can be fun to punt a bit in the final weeks as well

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Agree. Thanks!

  7. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Ah Tuchel what are you doing to me

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Frustration

    • Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Sold Holding for Rudiger, stupidly listening to people on here saying Holding's place was under threat.

      My fault completely, but lesson learned. Ignore the noise and trust in the players you already have.

      1. Tango74
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Correct trust who you think

          As I always say people give on here give bad advice as we all against each other on here

        • Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Don't blame others for your decisions - no one forced you to make the transfer(s).

        • rebecs
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Arsenal will concede at some point anyone so it'll only be a 4-pointer for Holding!

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        And the merry rollercoaster continues. You climb only to be plunged into some dark tunnel.

        But yet we queue up for this rude week in, week out 😆

      3. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        FH draft. Trying to make the strong 11 from my budget.

        Martinez (3.9)
        TAA - Digne - Dallas (Mitchell, 3.8)
        Salah - Mane - Son - Mahrez - Foden
        Kane - DCL (4.3)

        What do you think about these options? Bamford is more certain to start and there should be chances at Burnley.

        A: Foden + 4.3 FWD
        B: Bamford + 4.1 MID

      4. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Wait a minute is Holding RWB?

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Saka is I believe

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Like all the DGWs you score well in the first half. And 30% of that in the second if you are lucky.

        • Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          The greed in this place - Mendy owners should be chuffed - best keeper selection!

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Mendy and Forster.

            1. BIG TONES
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Forster was my first ever time owning a keeper with a pen save. Been playing for 7 years

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Nice! I have never had any. Been playing for the same number of years. Played Martinez over Forster this GW.

                1. BIG TONES
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  We have the same keepers! I got Forster's haul through bench boost though. Would have missed out if it was SGW! Cheers and all the best

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    That's good. Thanks! Do well.

        • aborg
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Not even goalies are nailed for double game weeks nowadays !!

          1. Tango74
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Captains normally safest

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              And players can disappear altogether, like Rudiger.

          2. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 24 days ago

              When I played my BB, Tuchel suddenly gave Kepa a game then too

            • FootballDog
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Have WC available... 0.3itb..

              Martínez / Sanchez

              Shaw / Digne / Veltman / Coufal / TAA

              Salah / Bruno / Lingard / Jota / Greenwood

              Nacho / Kane / DCL

              Wat are my options? These any good...

              Bruno to Son
              Nacho to Antonio
              Lingard to Raphinha
              Jota to Mahrez

            • Tomas_brolin
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Advice please?

              A. Nacho to Bamford for free. Field 10

              B. Nacho and Shaw to Antonio and Dallas for -4 and 11 players

              Was on A but leaning towards B especially as Shaw might get rested against Fulham or wolves

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Big miss Havertz

            • AMBELLINA PRISE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Holding haul incoming

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Skai Havertz

              1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Skai Highvertz

            • Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Big let off for Arsenal there.
              Mari asleep!

            • Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Billy Gilmour is a bright prospect

              • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Holding in a great position but a proper CB cross!

              • Hazz
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Holding big chance created.
                Wait no.
                He had the opportunity but fluffed it!

              • Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Tyler and Smith just spent the first 10 minutes wondering how Aubameyang has a driver's licence. Quality 😆

              • Burger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                #justiceformendyowners

              • AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Oh jeez

              • Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                WOW POW

              • Hazz
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Jorginho WTF

                1. Hazz
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  G ESR
                  Aubameyang