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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

1,730 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    My punt on Alonso has been disastrous, is he knackered as an FPL option now that Chilly has scored? Tempted to hold for Norwich then bring back Trent

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Definitely, an admitted mistake, put it right asap

    2. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I genuinely think Tuchel rates Chilwell as better than Alonso - compare their minutes last season - which is why I brought him in on WC. I'd keep Alonso for Norwich though.

      1. Danstoke82
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Think I’ll keep for Norwich and hope he plays, other things to attend to first like getting rid of Sarr. Hoping Trent doesn’t explode in price now!

    3. PartyTime
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Time to bin

      • Nightf0x
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Will see what happens in the ucl game then decide

      • Wizard of Ozil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hey Marcos, just Chil on the bench from now on

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Azpil given the assist 😆

      What the hell. Just ludicrous even if it is taken off eventually

      Another reason the game has lost credibility

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Permalink

      2. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why do you still play it then?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I don’t play competitively in cash leagues or with friends

          Just in a single family league

        2. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          He loves stirring sht

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No way I’d rely on fpl with money or my mental health at stake considering all the inconsistencies at play

          I’m done with that

      3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Points taken off on FPL

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Open controls 🙂

      5. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        what's the other reasons?

    5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No way in this world should that be an azpi assist. Fantasy world. Who knows.

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Has to be fixed

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Open controls, strikes again

      2. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        There’s no assist in the app

    6. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Someone at the FPL towers brought in Azpi this week

    7. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Lukaku got touch and then ball bounced to Chilwell. This cannot be Azpi's assist....

    8. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Raya save from Lukaku penalty second half.

      1. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Have both,hope you are right

    9. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Azpi assist removed

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why was it even added?

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

          For some excitement.

        2. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          How would I know? I just play this for fun.

        3. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          "just add it in case no-one notices"

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Stevie Wonder is watching the matches

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Sanity back

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Oh well.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          There's a VAR in FPL Towers. Got the right decision in the end.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Lukaku assist given???

    10. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks like Rom and Marcal to Vardy and Chilwell is on

    11. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Assist removed

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Rightly so!

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

      Azpi ROBBED.

      Games gone!

      1. Denis Tueart on the wing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lukaku Robbed

    13. FPL Kaka
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Assist removed, I’m sorry Azpi owners but you know deep down that it would have been a scandal if given

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Not even deep down. Was just hoping I’d get away with it

    14. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why did Luka not get the assist?

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

        Did he shoot?

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I thought it came off him tbh

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Fixed, unlike when the site goes tits up

      4. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        well it's taken FPL towers this long to realise it's not an Azpi assist, I'm sure they'll get there eventually

      5. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He would have needed to touch it.

    15. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mystery solved - Mark owns Azpil

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why would he remove the assist?

        1. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Public outcry

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Alonso and Rudi actually!
        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/56371/event/8

        1. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Also getting Veltman off the bench for Jota….jammy bar steward

      3. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah, I solved that a couple posts above

        1. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          😀 great minds 😉

      4. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        It's been removed but the fact they even tried that is incredible

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          snakes. 😀

    16. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Do you think a Armstrong will get minutes go Burnley?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Versus burnley

      2. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I'm in the same boat, and probably no start, Broja goal and Redmond motm.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Thanks again f4l. Really disappointed by this pick, think I will sell.

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            yeah it's gone south real fast, oh well

    17. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      So many salty Azpi non-owners

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No, just vindicated non owners

        1. TyroneGAA
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah 100% we all knew it was coming off haha

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        and vinegary 😀

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

        I mean, we're never getting that 😆

        How was it even added...

      4. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Speaking for justice gets you labelled as salty. Modern day society, man.

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Here we go again

        2. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yep, reminds me of the "mens rights don't matter" brigade 😀

    18. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Loved the few minutes of distressed moaning here after Azpi got the assist. ”Game has lost its credibility”, ”seriously disgraceful” blah blah blah.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        All justified and valid.

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        If you invest time in something, you want it to be fair

        1. PocketZola
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Trust the proc

    19. LochineFDC
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Now we know why it's called the 'Fantasy' premier league..

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

      Presume Azpi was initially, mistakenly, given the assist as he was the last Chelsea player to touch the ball before Chilwell.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Probably so

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Other than Lukaku?

    21. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hate being mr knee jerk, but Rudi - Chilwell and bank 0.1?

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hell no, you know what’s coming

        1. Athletico Underachieving
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          If Rudi is out I must just go nuts and embrace the pain

          1. Athletico Underachieving
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Might just*

          2. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            If Rudi is out for Norwich then I'm doing it for a hit!

    22. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Thinking Dias to Chilwell next week as I have Cancelo already but I can already predict what will happen. Cancelo and Chilwell will probably get benched.

    23. vova
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      How are Chelsea looking?

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

        As boring as ever.

      2. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        no one is breaching the gap between the front 2 and the mid 3, so pretty bad.

      3. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Azpil passing is sublime, reaching intended target every time

    24. Firminoooo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Where is my Mahrez(C) and Lukaku assists?

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This

    25. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Just come in any update on Dias? Wildcard could happen tonight after a bottle of plonk lol

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He'll start most weeks.
        He came off bench second half

        1. shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yes I agree. Pre-CL breather I guess.

    26. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Bloody Chillwell… of course it had to be him haha

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Sold him this week! Classic

    27. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Lukaku showing he has not really improved since leaving Man Utd. All it was is Serie A is easier, especially for a guy with his physical attributes in a less physical league than the PL.

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Same as Ronaldo, too many space for him there

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A bit on the harsh/kneejerk/snap-reaction side

        Do you not think he was incredibly unlucky not to get multiple returns vs Southampton? He did everything right, just got bad luck

        And he had 3 goals in 5 league starts prior to that game, a run of games that included home to city and away to Arsenal, Liverpool & Spurs

        Actually the more I think about it, sorry I don’t agree at all (yet) and this definitely bears all the hallmarks of a classic FFS boards results-otenitated kneejerk, to me at least, imvho (hopefully I’ve added enough caveat there that I don’t get banned for expressing my opinion)

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Maximis Replius

        2. Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Six games now with nothing, he is not a world class player, he wasn't unlucky v Southampton, his finishing was poor as was his positioning. All this started when I brought him in mind as a differential

          1. Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Why do you keep making these bad management decisions week after week?

            1. mynameisq
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Luck

            2. Super Saints
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Bringing in Lukaku for 2 3-0 wins out of 3 games? Brilliant decision just incredibly unlucky.

              1. Miniboss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Admit it that you’re just bad at this. You’re great at moaning though.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  I am fantastic at moaning, my last 7 season finished suggest otherwise but it does feel like it!

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I respect your right to that opinion Super Saints but I just don’t agree that he wasn’t unlucky vs Southampton

            He strayed marginally, marginally offside for his disallowed goal from rudigers pass, as a forward he was in absolutely the right position waiting for a tap from Azpi’s cross on the goal Werner scored, the ball came back off the post from his shot in the run up to chilwell’s goal…

            On another day he double or treble returns in that game with exactly the same level of performance & everything is rosy in the garden

            As I said, he’s not the best forward in the world, but to my eye he has improved a lot since he was at Utd

        3. EL TANO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          It’s the eye test prompting the Lukaku comments dude, not fantasy stats or points…they are just the bi product and the source of everybody’s disappointment

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            He’s been generally fine - it’s just frustration at his lack of returns vs Southampton that is boiling over - if his marginally offside goal from Rudiger pass had stood, or if Werner hadn’t been in line before him for a tap in for his goal, or any other number of near misses vs Southampton people would be shouting from the rooftops about how great he is

            It’s just the way things go

            The amount of bodies Lukaku kept drawing to him vs Southampton helped Chelsea(and Werner enormously)

            He’s not the best striker in the world, but I think he is much better now than when he was at Utd - to my eye at least

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Does that make Kane and Vardy the best strikers in the world?

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Annoyed I didn't just go with Vardy in hindsight!

    28. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Just need to give that assist to James now and all is forgiven

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Agree

    29. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      What are Diogo Jota owners planning? I’m considering keeping for Man Utd and Brighton. Do we think he starts the United game?

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

        No.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No he’ll start against Athletico

      3. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Keeping him. Likely move will be Greenwood to Raphinha.

      4. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Might keep long term

      5. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Firmino is so much better for the team. We look so fluid with him compared to Jota. I’d expect Jota to start against Athletico and then Firmino back for United. If Jota does start midweek and Firmino doesn’t I’d definitely sell

        1. Alexis Nonsense
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          How often is 4-2-3-1 going to happen you think?

          Jota is so good in that system

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Never

      6. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers.

    30. VIVA_RONALDO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Glad I switched Chilly to Dias

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Same here. Elite management skills

    31. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Vote.
      A. Rom touched it.
      B. Rom didn’t touch it.

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B

      2. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Show me on the doll where he touched it?