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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. pingissimus
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Fast start crucial?

    2.5 million week 1.
    7 consecutive green arrows
    Comfortably in top 100k
    Team beautifully set up for fixtures

    Shame it's my zombie team

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      700k GW1, 700k now and dropping like a stone with Ron Rom

  2. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    James on to hopefully block some Liva bench points.

    Azpi off

    1. Lanley Staurel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yeh good point. Safe pick Azpil on my WC so chuffed I went with him

  3. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    The ultimate urine take James on

  4. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    What a surprise, miracle clean sheet for Chelsea while Rudi is out for me and all my rivals have Azpi!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I just find it hilariously entertaining now mate.
      In a way actually enjoying the game more than now I’m too far behind, no stress of trying to get in or stay in top 10k etc

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        How has Lukaku done nothing again, 0 returns in 6 Chelsea games since I brought him in despite Chelsea scoring 8 goals!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It’s unforeseeable isn’t it, maybe we’re just cursed!

          Like as if Brentford haven’t scored, you know for certain had my Alonso or your Rudiger starter they’d have 3!

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I know it's actually crazy, I genuinely believe the whole game is just luck.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              100%

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Azpi banked... CMON BRENTFORD!

  6. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Azpi coming off to secure a CS for James to ruin people’s bench points is the best thing to happen to me this game week so far.

  7. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Now score Mbeumo. Now score boy. Let's gooooooo

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Gotta love a bit of benchwankery - Livramento and Williams on for Raphinha and Alonso

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Williams?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yes Brandon, now don’t you dare hurt me and say he didn’t play…

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Called having a strong bench

    3. Frosti
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Williams didn't play mate

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Oh as if, FFS

  9. Sanchit
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Ronaldo to Lukaku doesn't make a lot of sense now, does it?
    Ronaldo to Vardy?

    1. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yup

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes to Vardy better

    3. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Think I'm doing Ron to Vardy. Kaku has next 2 to convince me to keep.

  10. Brehmeren
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    This is amazing from Brentford!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Brilliant team, very unlucky here.

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        They should be winning this if not for Mendy.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Agree

    3. gogs67
        1 month, 19 days ago

        They're a good team, will be doubling up on them for the next run of fixtures

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Come on Toney! Score that goal ...

    5. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      So wish Brentford to score now that Azpi is taken off

    6. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Reece James could be the worst FPL pick of all time. I've not seen one this bad for many years.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        He'll get points at some stage but honestly looking at his minutes so far this season put me right off on WC. Only played more than an hour once in the league so far I believe.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I don't think he'll play more than 45 mins combined over rest of the season. And he will get another 25+ appearances.

      2. DARE TO BISCAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I dunno. Traore's been doing me proud.

    7. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hoooold Christensen

    8. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Who to get from Brentford for next fixtures ?

    9. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Come on James get that YC my boy

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That would be a thing of beauty 😛

    10. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      ref clearly decided this game, never an offside in the pen situation and now only 4 more minutes
      daylight robbery

    11. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Could have easily been a Jota hat trick and Alonso goal and clean sheet today, but instead their replacements got it

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That makes zero sense except in an alternative universe.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          They would have played in the same respective positions

    12. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I hate Chelsea.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Oil in the road

    13. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What a save mendy

    14. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What a save

    15. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No way...

    16. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Holy crap Mendy.

    17. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What a keeper, wow!

    18. Stejson
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Phew, James is on. Should stop a few people bemoaning that transfer

    19. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      If Chelsea survive this, Chilwell will get max BAPS. But Mendy deserves them.

    20. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Brentford moaning at time wasters is funny though.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Amen to this! Peak shithousery team.

    21. PartyTime
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Brentford should have won this game

      • Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Premium keepers don't get save and bonus points, right?????

      • ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Mendy - the best saver since JC!