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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. DavidBadWillie
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Fun fact.

      Sunderland have more top flight championships than Chelsea.

      1. DavidBadWillie
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Wrong actually. They have the same.

          I’ll get my coat.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Chelsea have the only London champions league victory.

            Newcomers too with Roubles.

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

        A) Bruno -> Son
        B) Greenwood -> Raphinha

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Just like the last time they were in ucl final, Chelsea could be playing not only to win it but also to qualify for next seasons comp

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Is it time to lose Watkins?

        Thinking Nacho & Watkins > Antonio & Bamford

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

          Watkins vs. Crystal Palace is not a bad fixture.

          Those are still not bad moves though & would look to do something like that the following week anyway.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Makes sense on form and fixtures

        3. tbos83
            2 months, 24 days ago

            I'd keep him for Palace

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

            Keeping for Palace fixture then likely gone after that

          • Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Is the RC rescinded?

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Ha Bellerin is such a cheat.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            His race is run?

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

          I don't believe in God but clearly God wants an Arsenal clean sheet

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

            She has holding on her benchboost

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

              Did you see what happened just now???

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

                classic case of hanging on

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

          That'll be the Leno save point and BAPs of the clean sheet holds.

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

          Leno 3rd save should be worth 3 points to him.

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

            Or even 4

        8. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Great result for West Ham and Liverpool

        9. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Just saw the goal. Surprised to see people defending Kepa tbh. Only needed to defend the near post rather than rushing out. Adrenaline running high, no doubt, but he's a professional sportsperson innit

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            He was wide for the pass back

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              That too. Kind of missed the beginning of the replays

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

          Watch Arsenal get pummeled by Crystal Palace next week

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Possible

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

          Chelsea hit the bar twice in a minute

        12. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Brought in maguire for holding. That went well.

          1. Ch0udini
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Zaha for ESR for me...

            • bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Saka over ESR for me

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Absolute scenes

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Where?

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

            Be very surprised if Arsenal hold out for these 5-6 minutes

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              100% they will

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              3 mins to be surprised left

          4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            These idiots are conceding for sure

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

              Not a chance

          5. Random Name
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Leno struggling with a looping header despite standing on the line

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              At least he's not Pickford

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

              Get Laca in goal.

          6. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Miraculous from Mount.

            Stricken to hobbling to looking to knock it in.

            He's the messiah

          7. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            12 points from bench boost. I suppose it could be worse 🙂

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              You could have been on Leeds in gw19

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Yes, I've finished on 5 (9 minus a hit).

            3. Rep Poulette
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 24 days ago

              28 on the bench and no BB...

              1. FFSbet.com
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Amater,45pts
                https://imgur.com/a/JI5Ut1m

                1. Rep Poulette
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Wow

            4. Shearer & Sutton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              38pts on the bench.
              FH this GW.

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

            ESR getting those passes completed & zooming up the BAPs again.

          9. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Hooooold please, I know you suck but please hold

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

            Hold Holding.. Hold.

          11. Life_Ban
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Why is potato not using his 4th sub just to waste time?????!??

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

              Holding holding 1 bap.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                It's the small things on top of the clean sheet that counts

            • Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Class bench. Forster, Holding, ESR. If only if not played BB 3 weeks ago for -1 points.

              1. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Is that a FH bench anyway ?

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

              FT 0-1

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Ha crazy result, sold Leno for Henderson!

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

              Worse dive of the season from Partey

              1. Patio Kev
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                It did look like the defender got a little bit of him on the replay.

            • fusen
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              The BPS are all over the place for the arsenal defenders

            • Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              FT: Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1 but tonight’s biggest winners must be Liverpool. What an incentive they have to beat Man Utd tomorrow night now.

              If Liverpool win that and then also their last 3 games then they end up on 69 points. But because Chelsea and Leicester have to play each other then they can’t both then finish above Liverpool if Liverpool do win all their last 4 remaining matches.

              Liverpool’s goal difference isn’t currently as good as Leicester’s but if they do win their last 4 matches then it will almost certainly end up better than Leicester’s.

              Back in Liverpool’s own hands anyway for Champions League Qualification. Expecting a massive performance tomorrow.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Game over

                Nice

              2. dark91
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                If Chelsea beat Leicester and Leicester win their other remaining games Liverpool doesn't get CL

                1. Patio Kev
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  If Chelsea beat Leicester and win their last game they end up on 70 points

                  However in that case Leicester would need to win their last game and end up on 69 points which is the same maximum as Liverpool can get currently on 57 points with 4 games to go.

                  It’s in Liverpool’s own hands, win their last 4 games and score lots of goals and CL spot is theirs.

            • Hazz
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Odds seems to have been swapped for clean sheet chances vs. WBA & CHE this gameweek...