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
    1 month, 19 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
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Do you post anything positive ever?

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

    James down

  3. Bertonian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 19 days ago

    So 2 premium mids is the answer after all!

    Mane or De Bruyne

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

    Reece James could have been killed!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

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

      1. Gunneryank
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Haha i remember that game.

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

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

      1. PartyTime
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Alisson, better goal threat & better passer imo

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

          Alisson would love 8 defenders protecting him weekly.

          1. Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

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

          2. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            This

      2. tobz102
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 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 month, 19 days ago

            B

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

            A

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

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

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Ah chocolate talk

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

          Mbeumo or Toney
          Toney + KDB
          Mbeumo + Kane

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

          Bring back, Kepa!

        5. have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

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

        6. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Massive 3 points. Got out of jail there Chelsea.

        7. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          “Member when this game was fun?

          - Member berry

        8. ManofKent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Mendy & Raya have both been great.

        9. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 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
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Lukaku blank too

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

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

            1. SINGH
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hotel? Trivago

        10. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Blinder by Mendy! Man of the match.

        11. Ibralicious
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

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

          1. Maverick 11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Kane?

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

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

        13. mcginnntonic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 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
            1 month, 19 days ago

            😆

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

            1. mcginnntonic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 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
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            That's a great score still

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

              thanks

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

          Well that was obvious, Rudi Lukaku owner!

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

            You don’t have much Luckaku do you

        15. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Livra on for Alonso. Joy

        16. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Blankaku.

          Thank heavens I got rid 🙂

        17. Maverick 11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Harry Kane anyone?

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

            Had him ages 😉

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

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

          1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No . He's way off the pace.

          2. Del Griffith
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

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

          3. We Go Again
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

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

          4. Maverick 11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Honestly think he might get rested

        19. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thank you Christensen. Lucky clean sheet.

        20. Dammit_182
            1 month, 19 days ago

            2-2-2-2….

          • ZeBestee
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Lukaku hasn't changed much has he?

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

              Was he a top scorer in Italian league?

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Werner says hi from the German league

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

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

          • CR7 is Home
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

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

            A or B ?

          • We Go Again
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 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…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 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
              1 month, 19 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?

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

              We love the pain!

            2. SINGH
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Personal fav is scratching eyeballs with broken glass

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

                Rubbing caustic soda in open wounds is fun too.

            3. CAVEAT KING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 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
              1 month, 19 days ago

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

          • dshv
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 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
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Stick, they will go ballistic next week 😆