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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. Mika-eel
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I'm a neutral watching this game, but my heart is racing as a Holding owner, lol.

    1. Life_Ban
        2 months, 22 days ago

        My heart is racing looking at your profile pic

        Hold me Holding wooop

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Holding bap

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Pure fpl skill right there

      2. Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Lovely unexpected points tonight.

    3. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Thank you so much Holding

    4. tbos83
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Pathetic from Chelsea

        1. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Nope. Just unlucky and unfair

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Nice double over Chelsea this season

        Never in Doubt 😀

      • Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Poor result for Arsenal. This will only spur Tottenham on

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Play Lingard over Holding they said

      • Hazz
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Holding over Dallas didn't go so badly in the end...

        Kane & Watkins can sniff some poo though.

      • Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Holding you beauty

      • bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Liverpool's CL fate back in their own hands with Chelsea and Leicester still to play each other.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Got to beat United and the others.

          9 losses so far

        2. pjomara
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yip, might even get there with 3 wins and a draw if Leicester lose to Chelsea and draw with Spurs or if Chelsea only take 3 pts from last 2 games.

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Unexpected CS from Holding, thank you.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          1 in 4 or so

        2. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Not unexpected. Unfair

      • Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Big result for Liverpool
        Now they can secure CL by their own

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah

        2. tbos83
            2 months, 22 days ago

            No they can't

            1. Mac90
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Yes they can. But they need to have a better goal difference than Lricester tho

              1. Mac90
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                No wait a min. If Leicester win all 2 remaining fixtures, yrt Chelseas win Champ League then no for Liverpool. Lol

                1. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  5 English teams in CL if Chelsea win it and finish outside the top 4.

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Chelsea and Leicester still to meet, so at worse, it will come down to goal difference which will almost certainly be in their favour if they win their last 4

            3. Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Of course they can
              They just have to win big enough

          • pjomara
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Liverpool can finish on 69 pts. Chelsea and Leicester can't both finish on 70 pts.
            If Liverpool win their 4 games their goal difference will be better than whoever fails to win between Leicester and Chelsea.
            Liverpool might even get top 4 if they draw 1 and win 3.
            Chelsea play Villa away in last game, 6 days before CL final. Leicester play Spurs who have good record on final day

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          It's better all said and done for FPL points...

          with West Ham, Leicester and Chelsea all in contention...

          Possibly Liverpool too, if they can find any consistency after 9 defeats so far.

        4. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Holding, Forster, Mendy, Godfrey and Greenwood. I'm off to buy a lotto ticket.

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Great work, I have just have 3 of them and even that feels lovely.

        5. Mika-eel
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Holding owners out in all their glory 😆

        6. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Forster, Holding and Smith-Rowe on bench boost. Dreams.

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Smith Rowe well done. The others pure luck

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Holding was more likely to be fair

              1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Hr handballed dude. 1 point is what he should have gotten. The fact that the refs/var officials are dirty or stupid doesn't change that

          2. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            This makes me angry

          3. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Well done. Well played.

          4. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Have all of them on my bench. The week I actually did play bench boost, I ended up with -1 total. Don't even want to think what it would have been this week.

          5. Hazz
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Oh baby a triple!

        7. Setpiecemad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Now on 122 points and up to 15k overall ranking

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Are you happy with that too?

        8. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Son/Bale Mahrez or Bamford?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Which way??

        9. FFSbet.com
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Chelsea to drop out of top 4 and win CL,Pool to get 4th sound good

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Not likely.

            The Liverpool stuff.

          2. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            5 English teams in the CL can't be bad.

        10. More Cowbell
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Holding owners assemble! *blows horn*

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah cavalcade around London. Meet up at Big Ben in half an hour.

        11. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Never doubted a Holding clean sheet tonight.
          Well played lad.

          1. FFSbet.com
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            😀

          2. james 101
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He’s great value

        12. Jars458
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          So Leno in goals but Smoith Rowe on the bench. Easy come easy go

        13. BigBillyBass
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Looks like the best strategy now is to ditch Man U assets over Leicester. Can easily see Man U putting out their kids again against Fulham and Wolves. They have 2nd tied up now easy. At least Leicester have something to play for

        14. Aaa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Bruno & Kelechi -> Bale/Son & Antonio/DCL?

        15. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Is Hamez definitely out? Dissapointing buying him.

        16. james 101
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          99 with 11 to play. Anyone worse?

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah 97 with 7 to play

            11 seems somewhat steep for two games

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Very nice. It’s been a crazy season so enjoy it!

          2. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Worse?? I’m on 57 pal

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Sorry mate. Lucks a big part right?

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Your still above the GW average. Those of us with 97 plus are in the top 100k for the GW.

          3. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            97 with only 8 to play now after BB went horribly wrong (5 points)

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Still a huge score matw

          4. im1974
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Got your smug face on I guess

        17. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          which defenders to target for the run in guys?

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            TAA Digne Dallas Coufal Alioski are mine

        18. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Saka, holding and Mitchell on the bench

          Tbf aside from the Castagne failure can’t really complain

        19. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          My bench this week: ESR, Dallas, Lowton

          Put me to bed