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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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    • 13 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Lots of goals for Lukaku, Toney and Mbuemo please

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Yep, jizz everywhere….

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        I’ll get the mop

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        skeet skeet

  3. Jafooli
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Next Man Utd manager?

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Conte

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        Has to be

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Big Sam is fat & ready

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Roy Keane

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Bruce!

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        If only!

    5. TKC07
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      SAF to join Ronaldo for the last dance.

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Rodgers

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

    7. FOO FIGHTER
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Roy Hodgson out of retirement.

    8. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Hopefully Ole stays

    9. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Howe

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        Like for like.

    10. El Matador
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  4. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Lukaku bags 3

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Not with Werner alongside.

      1. Abaddon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

  5. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 5 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™
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      • 13 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      1%

    2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      James will come on for sure

      1. Baps hunter
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  6. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Whose got the Chelsea double defence?

    That's Chalobah and Sarr, by the way.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

  7. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Duffy stopped one SOT.

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    What a supersub Livra's been

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Absolutely. Who's Rudiger anyway?

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Simply the best.

  9. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

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

      Yeah -3 YC...

    4. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      duffy with 5 points I think I will keep him

  10. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 5 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.

  11. Etihader
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 5 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
      10 months, 5 days ago

      not better than Pep

    2. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  12. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Oh, I thought he scored.

    3. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

    4. Gunneryank
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  13. D.r.a.c.o
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Lol RLC starting, Brentford will win here

  14. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 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!

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 5 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
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Haha. That’s is pretty funny.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Its luck. Shocker!

  16. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Lukaku brace & Azpi CS + assist needed desperately

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      No chance. Werner nullifies Lukaku.

  17. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

  18. Bushwhacker
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. OPTA FPL
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Ever heard Guy Demel?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        I have not.

  19. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    How’s 51 with 5 to play?

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 13 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      shocking

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Tasty.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        I imagine most are around that with 26 from Salah.

    3. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Delicious

    4. Superflymonk
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Ffs

    6. TheTinman
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Good I think

  20. No Need
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Jeez Someone told Azpi hes Alonso. Way up

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Not in the 3 at the back today

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  21. dshv
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

  22. BrockLanders
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Does Alonso cameo often from the bench??

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      prolly only if the match is won or lost

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Mount Havertz Jorginho
      my guess

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

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

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

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

  25. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 5 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 hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Ronaldo for sure

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

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

        1. PartyTime
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 5 days ago

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

        2. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 5 days ago

          I’m selling him tonight, doing absolutely nothing

          Vardy or Antonio for me

    3. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Ronaldo, easy. He is so cheap...

  26. TKC07
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    Ben Foster captained Salah

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

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Guilty!

    2. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Got a cheeky one point for his good self!

  27. Etihader
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

    This Chelsea midfield is only good for Championship.

  28. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 days ago

      Raya?

  29. pjomara
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

  30. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 5 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 5 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
        10 months, 5 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