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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. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 21 hours ago

    Hello Havertz, my old friend
    I've come to Captain you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Of a hattrick left Norwich weeping
    And the vision that was planted in my brain
    Still remains
    Within the sound, of Havertz

    And in the naked light, I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more
    People shunning without thinking
    People avoiding without listening
    People signing guys, whose returns just won’t be there
    And no one dared
    To hear the sound, of Havertz

    "Fools", said I, "You do not know
    Havertz with no Werner grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words, like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed,
    In the sound, of Havertz

    So with Lukaku, Werner’s blown
    And Havertz steps up front alone
    Beneath the halo of the armband
    Receives the ball and then he turns his man
    When the net was stabbed by the flash of a quick toe poke
    A thunderbolt
    That echoed, with the sound, of Havertz

    And then the people bowed and prayed
    To the Havertz God they made
    And then Kai flashed out his warning
    In the words that he was forming
    And then Kai said, "The words of the prophets are written on the Cobham Walls,
    My Norwich Haul"
    Is whispered, in the sound, of Havertz

    1. Bennerman
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      GOOD EFFORT!

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Did you skipper him?

      I did.

    3. Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      That's pretty damn good! I shall call Havertz 'Darkness' from now on...

    4. PartyTime
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        😆

      • MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Great first post

      • Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Well done

      • DT42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        “So with Lukaku, Werner’s blown
        And Havertz steps up front alone”
        Genius right there, love your work

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Very good

      • GoonerSteve
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Bravo!

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Top stuff BPM

      • Fergymac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Phenomenal

      • mojoindojo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Top class

      • tbos83
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 hours ago

        Genuinely one of the best things I've read on the internet

      • BeaversWithAttitude
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 hours ago

        Keep dropping them lyrics, mate! Hahaha!

      • demob
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 hours ago

        I'm crying

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 hours ago

        Friendship ended with Havertz

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 hours ago

          Now Darkness is my best friend

          Hello Darkness...

    5. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      I'm starting a kickstarter to crowdfund therapy for Max BPs

    6. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Let's go Kaptain Kai

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        I think he will blank today though

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          Of course he will

    7. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      If Havertz blanks I'm not going to overreact. Will probably just delete my team, delete Twitter, delete Reddit, cancel Sky and BT sport, smash my phone with a sledgehammer and then catch a flight to Tibet and become a monk.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        This

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Just landed in Tibet after the Christensen benching 😉

        1. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          😛

      3. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Just play your own game. Use Twitter, ffs community for updates,not for suggestions. Your own decision will be 100 percent better

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          I was doing this regardless. Not going to be blaming anyone else. I like to play my own game. Just here for the banter 🙂

        2. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          True. I play my own game most times, but benched ESR yesterday after being influenced by social media. Never again.

          1. BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 hours ago

            Will the Christensen benching get ESR on for you?

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 hours ago

              White comes on, as I played a 343 this week. ESR depends on Armstrong.

      4. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        He won't blank

      5. DT42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        That’s gonna be one crowded monastery

      6. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Don't worry, it's basically impossible for him to blank here. It's Norwich! Only question is whether he scores 3, 4 or 5 goals today...

      7. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Pretty chilled I would say

    8. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Tuchel is so annoying. Doesn't play Mount, James and Chilwell together when Lukaku plays

    9. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Feels good owning Chilwel.

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Would of had him if Lukaku hadn't got injured

    10. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      This game has a feel of a 2-1 with a Jorginho pen and an OG imo

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Hanley loves an OG

    11. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      2-0 to chelsea. Hudson odoi and thiago silva goal

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        No. Should be 2-1 to fkuc cleansheet

    12. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Own Havertz with no Chelsea defence. You know what that means. 1-0 Rudiger G Chilwell A

      1. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Same and agreed

    13. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Havertz was decent in the Euros right? Remember he gotta a couple goals?

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        No biggie

      2. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Yeah the regret I have is not doing lukaku to toney but to vardy instead. Priced me out of havertz for a hit.

        Should have been done with a defence of Trent Cancelo Dias and Azpi.

        Still it was a late thursday call. I have my sword ready to fall upon lol

    14. Emp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Chance of laporte or cancelo not playing to allow esr off my bench ? 🙁

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Brighton tough opposition.
        .
        Pep going to play his strongest team.

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          Ye I agree I'm so mad at myself I played Arnold ahead of esr

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 hours ago

            You do not bench Trent if you own him.

            1. Brehmeren
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 21 hours ago

              Do you bench him if you don't own him?

      2. swanseag55
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Possible Cancello as played midweek but I think he massively in favour with Pep. I have ESR 1st sub and Christensen and Alonso so hoping one doesn’t come on

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          You will get esr on unlike me. The chances of Alonso coming on are low and Christensen next to 0 barring injury

      3. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        It’s Pep. Always a chance.

    15. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      If this ends 0-0 there will be SCENES!

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

        Havertz red for maximum carnage

    16. Tic Tacs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Getting in Alonso for a hit in GW7 was my worst FPL decision so far

      1. swanseag55
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Same here. If only I waited until the Champions League game and not taken the drop on shaw. Oh well….

      2. Tic Tacs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Indeed, needed to show more patience. Going to stick with him for a couple more games though, would be even worse if I get rid and he bangs against Newcastle!

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          Please don't do that to yourself. I had similar thoughts about getting rid before Norwich, but here we are.

          1. Tic Tacs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 hours ago

            True, I'm currently happy getting bench points for now though as the rest of my defence is strong!

      3. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Well.
        I sold ESR before this GW.
        I brought in Ronaldo and Lukaku on WC after their double goal galore GW just to watch them go MIA (brought in Schmeichel as my keeper on WC too - don't think he has even given me a save point so far :D)

        And just because I'm a horrible manager I've had and started Pukki in GW5-8 (finally got rid, but atleast he matched Ronaldo and Lukaku in points over that period of time :D)

        1. Tic Tacs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          Wow that is definitely one for 'rough with the smooth'! But thanks for making me feel better about myself, I'm sure things will improve for you!

    17. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Let’s go Chilwell!

    18. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      All pro pundits on Twitter YouTube suggested Saka over ESR in gw5.

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

        Saka has often looked more threatening.

        They're giving advice. They're not time travellers.

        1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          But did they copy each other, all of them went with saka

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        To be fair Saka was very unlucky not to have hauled yesterday

        1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 hours ago

          Est more direct, saka spend so much time on the wing

      3. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Tbf, Saka still the better long term pick

    19. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Hits are like faping. Very attractive before doing, bad feeling after the deadline

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

        Less sticky though.

    20. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      How much damage will the Norwich bus avoid today?

      1. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        The only man capable of finding a way through the bus is one Antonio Rudiger. I don't make the rules. That's just how it is.

    21. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Rudiger goal imminent

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

        ... in Chelsea's net?

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Could really use some points somewhere between now and GW38 - would love a goal.

      3. GoonerSteve
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Certainly hope so

    22. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Mount is the one who should be C'd for this match.

    23. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      With zero Chelsea, I am really hoping the curse of the Lunch time kick off strikes again, and it's Norwich 1-0

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Norwich score 2 goals in 8 games

    24. Hy liverpool
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      James Owners.. You well deserve what is going to happen this game for your patience 😉

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Red card?

      2. Podge
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        I chickened out of Alonso to James, not worth the hit, hopefully I get away with it.

      3. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Thanks.

    25. Arvin-ation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Yikes no Christensen again rip.....no Azpi too wow

    26. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Its gonna be fun when Pukki slots in that pen...

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Then rips apart his shirt in celebration with a Christensen pictured tshirt underneath.

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Sold him and ESR before this GW.
        I cried yesterday, but if Pukki scores I might just Sh!7 myself

    27. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Hopefully azpi will be subbed in for 10 minutes. ML leader captained him.

    28. BigBillyBass
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Anyone taking a punt on Alonso?

    29. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Is this the part where we admit that Havertz is much better when playing second fiddle than having the pressure of leading the line?

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 hours ago

        Only applies to harder fixtures, he'll happily lead the line Vs weaker teams

    30. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Chilwell, Edouard, Gray, Raphinha and Cancelo for me today.

      Monster hauls please!

    31. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Let's go Cobra Kai

    32. Babit1967
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 hours ago

      Sorry to be that guy but come on Norwich wee 1-0 will do

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 hours ago

        Think 80% of us on here want this to happen

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 hours ago

          80% of 20%

    33. Ruinenlust
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 hours ago

      Rudiger shot on target

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 hours ago

        It's actually hilarious how Chelsea defence is a bigger goal threat than the attack lately. Considering how much money they've spent on attack.