Dugout Discussion

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. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    He's the best shot stopper

    I said I'd bet 1 million pounds on a Chelsea clean sheet, easy money with Rudi out for me

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Do you post anything positive ever?

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        He's the best shot stopper is literally positive.

        Nearly all my predictions are right based purely on my FPL team.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Take up gambling then. Bet against your FPL team and you'll be rich.

          Maybe you'll also be too busy to post here.

  2. Trent Robbo 66✅
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 2 days ago

    James down

  3. Bertonian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 2 days ago

    So 2 premium mids is the answer after all!

    Mane or De Bruyne

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

    Reece James could have been killed!

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

      I missed it. What happened? Or is this a Ferguson reference on RVP?

      1. Gunneryank
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Haha i remember that game.

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 2 days ago

      Who is better, Mendy or Alisson? I can’t choose

      1. PartyTime
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Alisson, better goal threat & better passer imo

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

          Alisson would love 8 defenders protecting him weekly.

          1. Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            Were they even protecting him though? He did this against Liverpool and Villa too

          2. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            This

      2. tobz102
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Who scores more points next 4-5 GW

        A) Raph and Vardy
        B) Mbeumo and Vardy
        C) Son and Toney

        1. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 2 days ago

          B

        2. Hulk Smash
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          A

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

        Just like it has caught up on United, the good luck with run out on Chelsea...

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Ah chocolate talk

      4. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Mbeumo or Toney
        Toney + KDB
        Mbeumo + Kane

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

        Bring back, Kepa!

      6. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        40 with Doucoure, Saka, Auba and Ramsdale left. Hopefully it works out ok

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

        Massive 3 points. Got out of jail there Chelsea.

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

        “Member when this game was fun?

        - Member berry

      9. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Mendy & Raya have both been great.

      10. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        • Dias coming on for 1 point to block Livramento
        • Mahrez blank after hitting crossbar + missing sitter
        • Mbeumo and Toney both somehow blanking
        • No Chelsea and Brighton defence and they get jammy clean sheets

        Disaster of a WC.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Lukaku blank too

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Captain Salah? Then it's decent consolation ...

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

            Hotel? Trivago

      11. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Blinder by Mendy! Man of the match.

      12. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Is Ronaldo -> Vardy a no-brainer now with the next few fixtures?

        1. Maverick 11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Kane?

      13. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Delighted with the win.
        Also jutted as a Mbeumo new owner.

      14. mcginnntonic
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Well that game couldn’t have gone much worse.
        James on for one point with ESR on the bench.
        Lukaku blank.
        Will take 65 with Antonio left tho. 10k OR

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          😆

          Just flex and lose the fake modesty, it’s embarrassing

          1. mcginnntonic
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            sorry lol had a drink.

            v happy to be this high tho lol, not been since season before last

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          That's a great score still

          1. mcginnntonic
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            thanks

      15. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Well that was obvious, Rudi Lukaku owner!

        1. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 months, 2 days ago

          You don’t have much Luckaku do you

      16. MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Livra on for Alonso. Joy

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

        Blankaku.

        Thank heavens I got rid 🙂

      18. Maverick 11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Harry Kane anyone?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Had him ages 😉

      19. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Who will captain Lukaku next week? Lukaku (NOR) Salah (mun) ...

        1. DA Minnion (Former great)
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          No . He's way off the pace.

        2. Del Griffith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          If ever there was a time for Lukaku to score its againts Norwich surely?!

        3. We Go Again
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Depending on how he does tomorrow I might put it on Antonio (TOT)

        4. Maverick 11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Honestly think he might get rested

      20. DA Minnion (Former great)
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Thank you Christensen. Lucky clean sheet.

      21. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 2 days ago

        2-2-2-2….

      22. ZeBestee
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Lukaku hasn't changed much has he?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Was he a top scorer in Italian league?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            Werner says hi from the German league

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 2 days ago

              Werner had no PL experience before joining. Lukaku has had plenty, would expect better but who knows whether it's first season, second or never ...

          2. ZeBestee
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            It doesn't matter, different league, different intensity, different challenge. He has improved but not enough to be a huge success in the PL

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 2 days ago

              That's my point, is it not a mistake to come back to PL? He should have stayed put there ...

      23. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        A) Ronaldo + Benrahma ➡ KDB + Toney
        B) Ronaldo ➡ Lukaku

        A or B ?

      24. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Lukaku has been the worst transfer I've made this season. 4 blanks in a row for 11.5m, yikes

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Yep, should have stayed with Vardy which i started with. Mourinho looks like a free flowing attacking manager compared to this german dry bread.

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Classic FPL is just about to happen. People fed up with him and getting rid. Next week NOR (H) ... really classic isn't it?

      25. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        Can somebody remind me please why we doing this to ourselves?

        Why not try some less painfull hobby like eating broken glass or sshagging hedgehogs.

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

          We love the pain!

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

          Personal fav is scratching eyeballs with broken glass

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 2 days ago

            Rubbing caustic soda in open wounds is fun too.

        3. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Yep. Reece James, Jota, Jimenez, Raphina all trouble. What makes it worse is I took -8 to get 3 of them!

        4. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          The pain is the investment and the brag when (if) results coming in is the obsession 😛

      26. dshv
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 2 days ago

        So what now… on WC my choices were Lukaku and James

        Now i have to go for Vardy? Haha

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 2 days ago

          Stick, they will go ballistic next week 😆