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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. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Saka getting nothing here. Get him off and save the clean sheet point.

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yep, I would take that

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        There we go

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Your wish granted.

  2. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Whisker offside

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Very long whisker.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Looked like handball too

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      ZzTop

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Saka coming off

  4. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Saka off for bellerin

    Havertz off for giroud

  5. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gru on for Havertz

  6. tbos83
      2 months, 18 days ago

      As a Mount owner this is painful

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Messi on for Havertz

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hat trick guaranteed

    • AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Good think I placed a bet on Arsenal getting a clean sheet to cover the points lost in fpl

    • Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      When did Arsenal nab Roy Hodgson?

    • Pablitto - proud Maguire (C…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hi all! Very terrible GW for me so far .. For upcoming GW I got 9 playing pax, with -4pts move Maguire and Watkins to Dallas and Antonio, the team now is:

      Martinez (or Forster)
      Dallas Coady TAA
      Son Momo Jota Lingaard
      Antonio

      would you chaps recommend any other move (another -4 though)? Thanx for any hint

      1. Pablitto - proud Maguire (C…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        anyone to advise? please and thanks

      2. Pablitto - proud Maguire (C…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        defending ML lead...

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Le donk

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Giroud has been learning a lot from Werner

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Havertz too

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Werner like: "I could have done so much better"

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Row y instead of row z

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Shaw, Bruno, Iheanacho
      —>
      Robertson, Son, Antonio/Bamford?

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sounds great !

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Forgot to mention it is for a -8. still good?

    • Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      my ML leader has double Liverpool defence - TAA and Philips

      I’m chasing 20 points. Should I get Robertson as a partial hedge or go without Liverpool defence ?

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hmm, 1 is enough in your case imo. Got Digne?

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Ah, you dont have TAA. I’d get Robbo then, fixtures looks great

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I'd go Robbo. Covers half the CS points and a good differential if he gets attacking returns.

    • Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      When all is said and done, Leno will only ever be remembered as the guy Arsenal picked over one of the best ever pl goalkeepers

      1. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez is one of the best ever PL keepers? May be time to watch him actually play instead of just looking at FPL points.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          His comment is obviously hyperbole but watching him play would just show you a very good keeper, my keeper of the season in the league

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            He is a very good keeper. Hardly makes any errors and saves almost everything that can be saved. Also good at coming out in set pieces

            But best in the keague is a bit much. Allison and ederson are on a different level

          2. fedolefan
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            He is an above average keeper, but only just. Like a Rui Patricio. Watch the goals conceded against West Ham and a couple others along the way. He doesn't make too many howlers but is far from the best. Yeah, yeah, he has FPL points to back it up.

      2. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Petr Cech?

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jorghino still Arsenal's best attacking option this evening.

      ( ESR is just immense )

    • fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Any lineup leaks for United v Liverpool tomorrow specifically United.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Heard Maguire isn't starting.

        1. fedolefan
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Keep em coming.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Bruce, Beardsley and Barnes won't make it either.

            But Butt is in with a shout along with Neville Neville.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        They're going to try to give Liverpool their 10th league defeat of the season.

        With one eye on an European Cup final.

    • Phlajo
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Mendy, Nacho, Rashford to Meslier, Son and Antonio/Bamford worth a -8?

      I'll field 11 then 🙂

    • timawflowers
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Iheanacho and bruno out for son and bamford?struggling to afford kane

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Kane and Raphinha possible?

        1. timawflowers
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          yeah thought that. down to who will score more, kane or son?

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I think Kane will outscore Son, and Raphinha likely to outscore Bamford.

            I'd go Kane/Raphinha over Son/Bam without a doubt

            1. timawflowers
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              thanks for your help

    • Igz08
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I do wonder if overlook City is all that smart. KdB could easily get three games to build up some form pre UCL final

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sell one, two, or all of Mendy Azpi Rudiger?

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        1 or 2.. Rudiger can stay

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        2

    • Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Tuchel has made Chelsea hard to beat (tonight an exception it appears) but they're not very exciting to watch......

      Don't think any player of his will ever win a Golden Boot

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Unless they play Man City every week?

      2. Guba
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Against a team with 11 men behind the ball? Not sure what you're expecting, Chelsea have looked good against sides recently.

    • FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Evening. How's this free hit team looking?

      Ederson
      TAA, Dias, Digne
      Salah, Jota, JWP, Rodriguez
      Ings, DCL(c), Kane

      Any other suggestions?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Fine but check out Everton's home form and how fit is Ings?

        1. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Surely their home form is irrelevant when they are at home to Sheffield United.

          I thought ings looked pretty sharp last night.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Son.

        Dallas over Dias.

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        5 out of 11

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Keep those baps Holding

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jus dropped

      2. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 18 days ago

        The fact that he will get even a clean sheet is quite frankly unfair..

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Chelsea Leicester next week will be huge now.

      Hopefully pool and west ham win on the weekend

    • Ginola
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Worth doing Mendy > Meslier for -4 or not? Forster 2nd GK.

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Worth it imo

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I'd do it

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Fh.. smith rowe was an inspired choice, highest gw scorer.. too bad he's 2nd on my bench!

      Auba in my 11 makes it all the sweeter.

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Skipper Aubameyang leaves the field encouraging his teammates....not

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Should be sold this summer imo.

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Been saying Auba is unhappy all season, It's as clear as daylight

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      C'mon Holding, string some stat-padding passes together. Or make another save something.