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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. Gunneryank
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Signs of life this week finally! Missed out on Cancelo by 0.1 for waiting too long, so just went Rudiger>Dias instead, because of course i did. But...i started Coady and Livramento alongside Dias and Trent. 😀 After 3 dreadful GWs a little luck finally. Jumped from 1m to 500k, with Antonio left. Jota and Ron are still ongoing issues though. Time for Vardy maybe?

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Check them tasty Vardy fixtures

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Two clean sheets in a row for Norwich. Defence improving or Burnley and Brighton attacks useless?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yes!

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

        Switched to a back 5... Mix of both.

        Lets see how they do vs Lukaku!

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          And also started benching Williams

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

        Norwich fan here. Bit of both. I guess if you needed a cheapie to cover GW 10-14 you might bring someone in but I wouldn't go out of my way. You might get a CS here or there but there's little sign of a goal/assist threat

    • Londongeezaa
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I’m losing patience with premium players. Salah the only exception.

      A load of bench fodders keep outperforming half my team.

      Think I will go cheap and invest the spare £10-20m in Cryptos 🙂

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

        Talk to me . I have Duffy Livra Tsimikas and Perica since GW3 🙂

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

        Good one! 🙂

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Why do Chelsea always insist on 5 defenders & 2x DM’s?

      It’s just so… boring

      1. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Defense first philosophy

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

        Cause the CBs aren't good enough, would be exposed in a back 4.

        Decent wingbacks and lack of wingers help the case too.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It’s the kind of formation Harry Maguire would be more comfortable in - where he would just have defensive bodies everywhere he looks - two to his left, two to his right, two in front of him

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            OGS should actually try that, at least when Varane is injured. Shaw and AWB could attack more.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              God no, don’t give him ideas

              Utd are bad enough to watch as it is without switching to the dreaded 5 defenders get out clause

      3. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        0% flair in this team today

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Oddly, Kovacic becomes an FPL pick in this setup...

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yellow lol

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Too fond of YC

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

            Really?

            With 2.1 XGi from 7 appearances?

            Not much of an option in my book

            1. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I said in this setup. Chelsea haven't played like this for a few weeks. But if this is the setup they go... He's the midfield chance creator.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Tuchel has played 5 defenders in every game he’s managed at Chelsea

      4. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ome big reason putting me off getting Lukaku next GW.. so defensively structured.. FOMO might kick in though

    • Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Kaku -bps

    • NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Can't wait to get rid of Ronaldo..

    • No Need
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Rom should have gone with a double hooved back kick there

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Rom may have to go , much better value upfront

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        In who though?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Vardy, Toney, Jesus, Aubameyang

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Only Vardy there showing value and only one that would interest me imo

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            The forgotten DCL can be added soon as well I’m sure

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Oh yeah DCL

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Vardy

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Maybe even Werner

      2. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Reading his latest interview, very low confident

    • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Jota owners, hold for United, yeah? Had every intention of getting rid but could be golden if Ole survives the week.

      1. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I'm keeping I think.

      2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Maybe.

      3. Gunneryank
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Because it's United, probably yeah. Watching Liverpool slice them to pieces will warm my cold heart.

      4. No Need
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Salah TC next week not as dumb as it sounds…

      5. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Jimenez - sensibly rested and back next week?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yep. Had a Mexico match on Thurs.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          yes

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

        Mbeumo hits post can be ticked off

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Always same guy

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          AGAIN?!

          Brought him in this week lol

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

        Lukaku goal offside.

      8. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        OFF kaku

      9. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lukaku offside

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

        Rom loves an offside goal.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          As does Werner , wonder what they should work on in training?

      11. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        3 hours ago, it looked downhill for me with Jimenez and Armstrong both not starting. Sitting here now with a 45% rank increase post auto subs, as things stand.
        *Could still have gained 6 more points if hadn't tried to be cheeky going KDB over Salah for the armband. But it is what it is. You win some you lose some I guess.

        Now for a Chelsea CS and a Lukaku haul.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Why 6?

          1. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Salah got an assist as well

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              So 3 😉

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

          K

          1. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            F

        3. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It's only 2 more points picking Salah over KdB. Just the fact you had both is huge.

      12. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lukaku is the new Werner

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

        Mbeumo on a mad one lately!

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

        Wooooow unlucky Mbeumo and Lukaku owners

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I have both so sorry all co-owners

      15. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        My luck is horrid. Bring in Dias cause he’s nailed and he’s benched. Comes on then to block Livramento off the bench. Mahrez hits the crossbar and misses a sitter. Now Mbeumo and Lukaku are denied in the space of a minute

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          You dabble with Pep, you prepare to be roasted

          I’ll never forget him bringing Otamendi on in the 90th minute for a 1 pointer to block Lundstram’s 20 point haul in GW7-ish of two seasons ago

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Those were the most jammy bench pts I have ever gotten, thx for reminding 🙂

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I almost vomited when he did it - looked to be smoothly coasting to a lovely 21 point Lundstram first sub... Then... PEP

      16. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        WC active now. Need a fwd line. Other notables: Mbeumo, Salah, Trent.

        1) Toney, Antonio, Lukaku
        2) Vardy, Antonio, Jesus
        3) Toney, Antonio, Jimenez (with Mane)
        4) Lukaku, Vardy, Hwang (4 mid-price mids)

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          1.

        2. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          1)

      17. Halftime
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Who should go with my FT this week -Grealish or Mount?

      18. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Flat track bully or flat track donkey?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Fat Track Donkey

      19. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Malang Sarr only 1m82, how can he play cb at epl

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          How tall was puyol?

          1. Werner Brothers
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Puyol didnt play at EPL

          2. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Puyol played at epl?
            Even barca hold the ball whole time

          3. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Or Fabio Cannavaro ….

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Know what you mean but if you have other attributes I guess Somme can get away with it at the highest level.

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Just about to say this

              Won World Player of the year, and a world Cup and pretty much everything else playing centre back

              He is 5 foot 9 and a half (174cm)

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

        Offside goals in Lukaku’s last two games, small margins 🙁

        1. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It wasn’t like a finger from Bamford fella

      21. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ronaldo to Lukaku was my intention for weeks, but now tempted by Vardy. He has some tasty fixtures coming up and actually scores goals too

      22. Nightf0x
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        what to do with alonso ??

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Sell to Azpi

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

          Sell

        3. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Out he goes, but not certain about Azpi.

      23. LEVLS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Irritatingly sideways moves:
        Alonso + Grealish > Azpi +
        A) Foden
        B) Bilva

        Thoughts?

      24. tangtastic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Mbeumo hits the post.

        Lukaku goal offside.

        This game is such a troll.

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yup, time to write this GW off and find some mundane TV to watch.

        2. FPLShaqiri
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Amazing how Mbeumo hits the woodwork in every match