Dugout Discussion

Alonso benched again as Havertz leads the line in injured Lukaku’s absence

Chelsea v Norwich City is the first of six Premier League matches to take place on Saturday, with kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 12:30 BST.

As was inevitable, there are a handful of notable benchings to report from Thomas Tuchel’s latest teamsheet.

Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) is only a substitute for the third Gameweek in a row, while Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.2m) make way from the side that defeated Brentford 1-0 last week.

The non-inclusion of Alonso in the Chelsea XI means that the in-form Ben Chilwell (£5.7m), the most-bought Fantasy Premier League (FPL) defender of Gameweek 9, is given another start at left wing-back.

Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m) are back in the side after missing out last weekend, while Reece James (£5.5m) gets a run-out at right wing-back for only the second time in six Gameweeks.

Kai Havertz (£8.1m) looks poised to lead the line in the absence of the injured Timo Werner (£8.6m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m), with the ‘out of position’ German joined by Mason Mount (£7.4m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3m) in the hosts’ attack.

Alonso, Lukaku and Azpilicueta are three of the five most-owned Chelsea assets in FPL, with Edouard Mendy (£6.1m) and Rudiger the only others with double-digit ownerships.

Chilwell and Havertz are the most-backed within the top 10k, however – and Havertz has been handed the armband by over 11% of these leading managers, with only Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) captained by more:

As for Norwich, who are without the ineligible loanee Billy Gilmour (£4.4m) today, they are unchanged yet again following a recent upturn in performances in Daniel Farke’s new 3-5-2 set-up.

GAMEWEEK 9 LINE-UPS

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic,Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz.

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Sarr.

Norwich City XI: Krul, Aarons, Kabak, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis, Lees-Melou, Normann, McLean, Sargent, Pukki.

Substitutes: Gunn, Rupp, Dowell, Rashica, Tzolis, Sorensen, Williams, Idah, Omobamidele.

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1,872 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    You may laugh or not, the best underpriced mid is kovacic. 5-3-2 allows him to more forward..

    1. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He's a good shout.

    2. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      See my post on previous page and the replies.

      None of us were laughing

    3. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yes. Maybe the hidden gem of the season.

    4. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      If you are also willing to play with 5-3-2, then he will be fine

    5. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      My rival had him from the start lol

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Tbf a number of great picks in that price range - e.g. Kova, ESR, Mbeumo

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Duffy > Chilwell looks like a super easy move this week for me.

    Means I have to bench Mbeumo or someone decent but the value of Chilwell is just too high. Get him and then figure out the other places I think.

    1. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      My worry is that I have Alonso and if I change him to Chilwell, Teuchel will decide to give Alonso another run out at Chilly's expense.

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Chilwell firmly first choice, will start majority of games in his form

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

        Get rid of Alonso, he will rarely play as he's rubbish and Chilwell is very good

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Chilwell's form making that hard. You probably don't want to wait, but EFL Cup midweek may give a clue.

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Nah, he has to go, regardless.
          Got 2 FT and, at the moment, the exact money to do Benrahma and Ronaldo to Son and Auba, so Alonso may have to wait until WC.

    2. PartyTime
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Another goal next weekend 🙂

      • Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not sure myself. Newcastle usually score at home. Duffy still looks excellent value.

    3. PartyTime
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A perfectly designed German trap. So many innocent people fell into it

      • Bertonian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Fook that! the highest score this week has 94 from 4!

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          TC Mount?

        2. DT42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wow, and he has good players to come. What’s the record score for a single GW ?

          1. Dthinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Yeah—son, KDB, vardy, Antonio! Plus double city defense!

      • Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Havertz was the only Chelsea starter that blanked today 😆

      • Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Thought us Havertz Capper were going to FEAST

        But of all the che starters he scored the LEAST

        Hate to see it oh yes i do!

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

          At least you take it as well as you give it 😀

          Unlucky.

      • Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Just took Havertz out. It felt so good. So I spent a -8 by putting him back in and getting another dopamine hit of trading him out again.
        Worth it

      • FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Here is what will happen GW10

        Havertz > Mount = Blank.

        Avoid CHE defence. Avoid CHE double defence.

        Get Chilwell.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Sorry, meant avoid CHE attack

      • Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A guy second from bottom in my ML brought in Mount and TCed him this week.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Go look at this weeks highest scorer lol

        2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I can see why he was 2nd bottom

        3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Well done to him

      • jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Christensen is such a headache

        1. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Agree.
          Not many of the Chelsea DEF aren't though.
          Thinking of trying to upgrade to James
          or maybe even a reshuffle to Raphinha

          J

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

          He's not first choice, you need to sell

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Probably a sell
          Will play maybe 50% of games with very low cameo risk
          But doesn't have the upside that James or Chilwell has

      • 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Got Havertz in this week for a hit. Now which is more urgent to do?
        A. Havertz--->Mount
        B. Benny----> Raphinha
        C. Havertz+Mount---> Mount+ Raph (-4)

        Before this game, I was planning to do Benny--->Raph for the Norwich game.

        1. FantasyClub
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I wouldn’t jump on Raph yet, I’ve got him but Leeds look shite atm

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

          Who would you prefer next week?

          A. Raphina
          B. Mount

          Sanchez Steele
          TAA Cancelo Rudiger White Livramento
          Salah Benrahma Gallagher ESR Sissoko
          Ronaldo Vardy Scarlett

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            A

        3. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Top Premium through to December

          Kane, Son, KDB, Mane, Vardy?

          (Have Salah and Ronaldo)

        4. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          More points through to Christmas

          James, Rudiger or Raphinha?

        5. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Disappointment everywhere, how can this keep going like this.
          Doesn’t seem logically possible

        6. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Raph sot

        7. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Noooo double saints clean sheet gone =[

          Against a dog **** Burnley team

        8. FantasyClub
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Is it worth doing Rudiger to Chilwell for free?

            1. Sam (Team Sam)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I just did it for a hit

          • FantasyClub
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Leeds aren’t looking great. Raphinha won’t return much if they play like this

            • CoracAld2831
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Knee jerk:

              I think I will just keep him (Havertz), roll a transfer on GW10 and assess the situation afterwards even though really want to get rid of him.

              Use my 2 transfers on GW11 to fix the situation, if necessary.

              Maybe WC on 12.

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

                Sensible knee-jerk. Why hold transfers till gw11, if wcing in 12 though?

                1. CoracAld2831
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Yeah, now that think about it that doesn't make sense.

                  Probably just use 2 transfers to get Kane and someone else and save WC for GW18 or just use 1 transfer until GW12 and then WC.

            • FantasyClub
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Might do Raphinha to Kovacic. Leeds are looking shite atm