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James, Mount and Alonso benched as Lukaku leads the Chelsea line again

Relatively few Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers will have escaped some rotation pain on Saturday and the teamsheet bombshells continue at Brentford this evening.

Chelsea make the short journey across west London to meet their neighbours in the 5.30pm BST kick-off.

Taking inspiration from Pep Guardiola’s starting XI selections earlier in the day, Thomas Tuchel has thrown a few curveballs our way.

Malang Sarr‘s debut wouldn’t have been predicted by many and the effect of his inclusion at centre-half means that Cesar Azpilicueta once again lines up at right wing-back, so the fit-again Reece James has to be content with a seat on the bench.

Marcos Alonso and Mason Mount will be alongside the defender, while Callum Hudson-Odoi drops to the bench, Antonio Rudiger misses out with a back problem and Thiago Silva isn’t involved following his late return from World Cup qualifier duty in South America.

Andreas Christensen and N’Golo Kante return to the starting XI.

It’s a relatively serene picture with regards to the Brentford team news, as Thomas Frank has made only one change to the side that started the win at West Ham. It’s an enforced one, too, with Mathias Jensen coming in for the injured Shandon Baptiste.

Kristoffer Ajer is only among the substitutes.

GAMEWEEK 8 LINE-UPS

Brentford XI: Raya, Canos, Jorgensen, Pinnock, Jansson, Henry, Norgaard, Jensen, Onyeka, Toney, Mbeumo

Subs: Fernandez, Thompson, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Ajer, Bidstrup, Roerslev, Maghoma

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Sarr, Christensen, Chalobah, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell, Lukaku, Werner

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso5Jorginho, Níguez, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James, Havertz

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  1. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 12 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Lots of goals for Lukaku, Toney and Mbuemo please

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    What a mad Chelsea defensive line up. I can’t see a clean sheet.

    1. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yep, jizz everywhere….

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I’ll get the mop

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        skeet skeet

  3. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Next Man Utd manager?

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Conte

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Has to be

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Far too sensible. United would be winning things with ease under Conte.

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Big Sam is fat & ready

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Roy Keane

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bruce!

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        If only!

    5. TKC07
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      SAF to join Ronaldo for the last dance.

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Rodgers

      I wanted Brendon to take over from Van Gaal so better late than never.

    7. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Roy Hodgson out of retirement.

    8. PartyTime
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Hopefully Ole stays

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Howe

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Like for like.

      • El Matador
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Conte. A serial winner. 3 years then re-evaluate.

    9. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Lukaku bags 3

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not with Werner alongside.

        1. Abaddon
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Agree. Werner will score them. He is the better striker

    10. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Having an absolute shocker and NEED Livramento points off the bench……..what are the chances both Alonso and James don’t come on?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 12 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        1%

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        James will come on for sure

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Chilly injury or early YC and him being extremely poor basically the only possibilities for Alonso to come on.

      3. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not impossible actually. They could bring on Mount, Havertz, Jorginho depending on how the game goes.

    11. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Whose got the Chelsea double defence?

      That's Chalobah and Sarr, by the way.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Just went with the obvious choice and got Azpi but I can’t see a clean sheet.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I'm more concerned that I can't see where a Chelsea goal comes from.

    12. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Where is third save and 2baps from Sanchez? They have to fix that

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Duffy stopped one SOT.

    13. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      What a supersub Livra's been

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Absolutely. Who's Rudiger anyway?

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Simply the best.

    14. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Duffy on any bonus before that last minute yellow? Would probably be happier not knowing, but might as well.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        He was on for 2 when I looked after 80 mins.

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Think he lost the 2 before the yellow. That’s what I saw.

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah -3 YC...

      4. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        duffy with 5 points I think I will keep him

    15. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Days or weeks ago, easy to go deciding which Chelsea defenders to own for this few matches run.

      Rudiger? Alonso? James? All failed. Not easy to avoid any of these 3.

    16. Etihader
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Tuchel says in each interview how important is Mount for the team and benches him when he says he is fully fit.

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        not better than Pep

      2. PartyTime
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Tuchel sucks tbh. Can’t trust a word from his mouth

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        5 returns from 6 played so far with Ronaldo the only one blanking

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Just Sarr for me. Delighted with my 5 clean sheets.

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Oh, I thought he scored.

        3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Likewise apart from my blank was from Mahrez(c) 🙁

        4. Gunneryank
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Keeping Ron or moving him on ahead of these terrible fixtures?

        5. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Lol RLC starting, Brentford will win here

        6. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          No Mount again in the Chelsea team and again a negative line up with no players in that Chelsea midfield with any creativity. Who is going to supply Lukaku? Eff sake!

        7. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          After all his xG, xA, xLively... Traore gets his attacking return by winning a free that's going into the keepers hands before Targett deflection puts it in...

          FPL is so weird!

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Haha. That’s is pretty funny.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Its luck. Shocker!

        8. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Lukaku brace & Azpi CS + assist needed desperately

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            No chance. Werner nullifies Lukaku.

        9. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Steffan must of had 50 passes to get a BAP with 2 saves

        10. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Six points from Matty Cash is like the dirtiest points ever.

          1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Ever heard Guy Demel?

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I have not.

        11. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          How’s 51 with 5 to play?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            • 12 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            shocking

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Tasty.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I imagine most are around that with 26 from Salah.

          3. PartyTime
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Delicious

            • Al Moon Yeah
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Wildcard team? It's a healthy green for now.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yes it is. Although I don’t feel like I changed much.

            • Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Ffs

            • TheTinman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Good I think

          4. No Need
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Jeez Someone told Azpi hes Alonso. Way up

            1. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Not in the 3 at the back today

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Playing a back 3 so I would hope he’s far up.

          5. dshv
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Reece James in starting XI
            Mbeumo first sub, hope not to join the game than 1 point

          6. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Does Alonso cameo often from the bench??

            1. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              prolly only if the match is won or lost

            2. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Mount Havertz Jorginho
              my guess

          7. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Probably should have used FH this gw with only 9 of my players playing.

          8. BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Sanchez makes 2 saves for the 4th match in a row.

            1. No Need
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              If he keeps it clean not much he can really do about the volume he gets at him

          9. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Bench 1:

            Ronaldo, TAA, Tierney

            Currently benching Tierney but Ronaldo looked so bad. Genuinely think he could be the best bench option.

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Ronaldo for sure

            2. Salah’s Sonnet
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              You don’t bench 12.5m, just sell, he’s useless

              1. Camzy
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah fair. Could buy anyone really. Will probably go Vardy.

                1. PartyTime
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Don’t know why you refused to get me earlier 🙁

                  • Salah’s Sonnet
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I’m selling him tonight, doing absolutely nothing

                    Vardy or Antonio for me

              2. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Ronaldo, easy. He is so cheap...

            3. TKC07
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Ben Foster captained Salah

              https://twitter.com/FPLFocal/status/1449407868675964938

              1. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Guilty!

              2. PartyTime
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  One could tell tbh. He didn’t even bother to dive for the Salah goal lol

                • Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Got a cheeky one point for his good self!

              3. Etihader
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                This Chelsea midfield is only good for Championship.

              4. NateDog
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Sanchez has City and Liverpool next, best 2 week keeper punt?

                1. ManofKent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Raya?

              5. pjomara
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Sweet. 2nd sub Livramento in for Grealish and Raphinha.
                That brings me to 57 pts

              6. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Dodged many bullets by not WCing this week.

                Dias, James, Raph, Jack, Jimmy, Hwang, Armstrong were all considered.. plus the fact that Son Laporte and Rudi were not to be picked.

                Hindsight I know but last season's COVID fiasco taught me to hold the WC a bit longer

                1. Camzy
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Depends on your squad.

                  My team had a defense of Rudiger, Shaw, Coufal, Ayling Livramento. I'd have been destroyed if I didn't WC this week. I've picked up 4 clean sheets so far.

                  1. NABIL - FPL otai
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Yeah team dependent really. You made the right choices, some may not be that lucky.

                    My team atill has Kasper ward combo, tsimi, sarr, benny perica.. I'm sure it looked WC worrhy, but unlike you I managed to hold my WC