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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. Goodnight Kiwi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Forster (Henderson)
    Trent (Holding Maguire Alonso Amartey)
    Jota Son Lingard (Bruno ESR)
    Kane (c) (Nacho Vardy)

    8 playing with 2 trades.
    Am thinking Nacho + Vardy --> Bamford and Antonio (-4)
    Am 7 points behind my money league leader.
    Can anyone see any better moves? Thanks

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I think that's right.

      Unless you want to go off piste and all the DCL talk falls down often at Goodison Park.

  2. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    GinjaWhinja nearly had to eat his computer!

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23748234

    Or maybe he does?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Already above and beyond.
      He'll be having a few bytes.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He'll have to ram it in

    2. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Easily done if he likes chips.

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Romromrom

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    For goodness sake Rudiger cleanie gone 🙁

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Did you Kaptain Kane tho?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bruno

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What do u truly feel

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He's not in the squad.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        This!

        Again...

        Shall we have a whip-round to get KK a subscription for next season even tho he's a professional services or recruitment man?

        Or tell him some trade secrets on NavS for those that know already?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Huh?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            There was two points but for Kaptain Kane mainly.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I think he knows what I do for a living

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Cheeky cheeky 😉

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I actually assumed he was playing! Silly me!

    4. Tango74
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I wonder if Ramadan caused Rudiger not in team?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No, Tuchel and cup finals.

    5. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Arsenal playing with more passion today than with Villarreal. Why?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        The King's of winning when it doesn't matter

        1. BooYaKasha
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          So much this

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Would rather Arsenal didn't qualify for Europe. A season focusing on improving in the league and a domestic cup run would be much better.

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        "Derby"? even though it's not really an important derby 😛

      2. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        They are miles behind the top teams. They will need a few years and even then I doubt they will do anything...

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah squad is not good enough to compete. Team needs basic shape and style before we try all this over thought tactics.

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            And certainly a change of manager. Arteta has been aweful

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Gabriel DBGh said on the radio today that Europa league for Liverpool may mean see ya from Salah....

        Which could turn Liverpool into Arsenal.

        I thought it was a well crafted put down.

        Little Liverpool love from Villa.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          ESL standard not good enough!

    7. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Hi....anyone looking at ings?

      Is he capable of starting Saturday and Tuesday?

      Thanks

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Lots of talk but less likely to fire but could be the one.

    8. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Absolutely no chance Arsenal keep a cleansheet here.

      If Holding gets one it may decide my H2H game in my favour.

      If they can make it to about 65-70 minutes and it is still 1-0 I'll be putting a big bet on Chelsea to score

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        How much?

      2. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        My ML rival has dallas, mendy, forster and holding. I will bet you anything holding gets a clean sheet.

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I have Holding. He won't.

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            He played the ball with his hand and no penalty was given. Count that as a sign. Trust me, clean sheet guaranteed.

          2. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Told you...CS locked

      3. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Did I call it or did I call it?

    9. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Just got on. Chances for Leno CS based on first half?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        About 20 mins ago it was.. Attempts:
        8 - Chelsea
        2 - Arsenal

      2. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        98%

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I still say 2 1

          Either way.

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Still don't believe me?

      3. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        25%

      4. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Told ya mighty

    10. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      1. Mendy Holding Fernandes Iheanacho >> Fabianski / Meslier Dallas Son Bamford (-12) (gets 11)
      2. Holding Fernandes Iheanacho >> Dallas Son Bamford (-8) (gets 10)
      3. Holding Fernandes >> Dallas Son (-4) (gets 9)

      Best option?

      Thanks guys

    11. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      FH team

      Pickford
      TAA Tarko Zinchenko
      Son Bale Mahrez Salah
      Antonio Kane DCL

      Forster Raphinha Mitchell Struijk

      Have exact money for above but thinking swapping Kane to Ings. Thoughts?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I’ll even take bad advice on this team if anyone wants to dispense it...

    12. aborg
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      As a Mendy owner, happy that Chelsea lost their clean sheet now.

      I can’t understand why he has been rotated in the first place !

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Warm up Kepa for the cup final?

        Get Mendy back for really important Leicester match?

        (Although if we drop points today, makes the latter not as great of a trade-off.)

        1. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I think its more of a sweetener to Kepa to play tonight as Mendy probably plays the final..

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Really harsh on Kepa to drop him after playing every round.

            Before this match he'd kept 5 straight clean sheets, and the loss of it today wasn't even his fault.

            Would I prefer Mendy to play? Sure, but Kepa deserves it.

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Warm up Kepa to do one more like it.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yep, as we both thought - confirmed by Tuchel:

            https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1392599781273391104?s=19

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Juninho didn’t look but Kepa always seems to be involved in these type of moments.

    13. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Scored 10pts last night from 6 on FH all 1s and 2s,killing it with my bench

      https://imgur.com/a/NDu7DLA

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Nice bench boost. Just the 22 plus Philips to go for me.

        1. FFSbet.com
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Not on BB thats why im killing it,just checked BB was 14pts

    14. Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Best option?

      A) Son + Antonio

      B) Bale + DCL

      Can't afford Son + DCL.

      Cheers

    15. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Smith Rowe first on the bench 🙁 🙁 🙁

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I have Benteke

    16. Life_Ban
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Wowsers just checked the score and Holding is Holding a CS!

        Didn't expect him to actually gift me some points, considering the first leg match blowout!

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          You need a life ban for this post. It’s only HT you nutter

        2. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 days ago

          He also got a good save..

        3. Life_Ban
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Nothing can stop this CS!

            Not even BrexVid

            1. Life_Ban
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Holy moly CS alert!!!

          • seanie3
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            really don't know what Tammy has done to Tuchel for him not to play any games anymore, tonight was a perfect game for him to start and rest havertz and werner.. doesn't get a look in anymore and he is more clinical than havertz and werner.. just don't get it...

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Tammy isnt very good, and has limited ability to improve

          • SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Switched off FPL/football for a while. Thought I'd check my team and can see Forster ESR Mitchell and Alioski racking up 36 points on my bench haha. Until next time

          • Pariße
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            On another day chelsea have two already.

            1. Pariße
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              ...penalties.

          • AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Very similar to the penalty that was given against Chelsea to Man City last game

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Tuchel tinkered Chelsea in and out of CL

          • AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Leno time wasting on the 50th minute in a game that has absolutely no impact on Arsenal...just wow.

            1. fusen
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              This has a huge implication for arsenal possibly making it into the top 5

              1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Top 5?? Lol. Top 10 maybe

                1. Lindelol
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Top 5 outside top 6

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Its a big game for chelsea tho. Integrity on stake

          • DavidBadWillie
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Arsenal getting pummelled here.

            • HVT
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              ESR
              😎

            • Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              1. Vardy + Nacho to Bam + Antonio for -4
              2. Bruno to Salah
              3. Vardy + Nacho + Bruno to Bam + Antonio + Salah for -8
              4. Vardy to Antonio/Bam for free (and play Lowton and Coufal)

              1. BigBillyBass
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Wait until after matches

                1. Lindelol
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Ofcourse but what's good on paper

            • BigBillyBass
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              How on earth has it taken this long for Maguire to be given a red flag? Unbelievable

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Jeff

            • Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Tierney back up, studs on the knee always looks painful

            • Tinfoil Deathstar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Best -4 to take this week (got four blankers and Veltman injury to contend with)?

              A) Greenwood + Nacho > Mahrez + DCL
              B) Greenwood + Nacho > Bale + Bamford/Antonio
              C) Greenwood + Shaw > Son + Dallas

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              1 1

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                offside

              2. BigBillyBass
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Wrong

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  It was at the time!

              3. Dirty_Harry
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                0 1

              4. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Disallowed

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Checked the Holding CS points.
              Chelsea score.

              Lol!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Offside

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Oh way offside.

                Still rather us win.