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

    This could be 8 or 9 now

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      More. Five goals against a full squad.

  2. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Oh, red card Norwich.

    With the OG just need a penalty next.

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Let the floodgates open!

    1. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think they might already be open….

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sluicegates more like

  4. Randaxus
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hey guys remember when Chelsea "Couldn't score goals." LOL

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chilwell not even on 1 bap

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Miles off as well

    • socho
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hours of planning to get Lukaku (c) for that game...ehhh

    • Ode
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      3 points from Havertz isn’t that bad, if you captained him you can pretend he got an assist

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A one point haul for the cleanie is better than A Salah 2 pointer

      2. Plant Based FPLer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nice. But he hasn't been taken off yet, be careful.

    • Differentiator
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Norwich will defend better with 9 men 🙂

      Havertz blank confirmed.

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lukaku could have had a goal this match.

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

        Brace at least

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

        Bold shout.

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I know.

    • Camzy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well that's the clean sheet locked in at least!

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Oh no you didn’t

      2. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        You C Kai, Camzy?

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I don't have him. Didn't want him. Not as keen on him as other folks. Too many unknowns.

          I capped Kane.

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Although I will say he was a good choice for C this week. Just unlucky for owners. Problem is... what happens next week if Lukaku or Werner are fit?

          2. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Well you got it right this time, well done. Thought you went for Mount. Good luck with (K)ane!

      3. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cue a freaky Norwich goal

    • Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He will sneak one and be subbed on 80

    • Ady87
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This couldn’t be going any worse really.

    • NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz to Raph on the cards..

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyone else got Kovacic?

      I was honestly pretty nervous with him and no Hav going into this weekend, just didn’t want the hit.

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Raphinha a must have next week.

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

        Leeds not firing

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Norwich will fix that

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            They are unable to do that

        2. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Neither was Chelsea

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not picking any Che striker this season. Just all these attack going around their strikers, it’s like a curse.

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

        The goals r spread out

      2. Randaxus
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I think more than anything it is that Chelsea have amazing attacking defenders.

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

        Currently riding trains in London, but sounds like Norwich are an embarrassment.

      4. Randaxus
          1 month, 12 days ago

          At this point Chilwell is becoming like Greenwood for me at the start of the season, every game I don't have him he scores points.

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Norwich need a defensive coach to instill some shape. Someone find Tony Pulis

        • Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Petition to deny Norwich promotion from the Championship.

        • Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Well, season over

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

          Havertz doing an amazing impression of the Invisible Man

        • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Havertz Off

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            For Ziyech

        • Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Kai coming off

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

          Havertz & CHO coming off.
          Ziyech & Barkley coming on.

        • Astronaut
            1 month, 12 days ago

            the pain is getting stronger and stronger watching rudiger running around doing nothing......

          • Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yep, season over

          • Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Harvetz. Oh dear.

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Dumb move going Rudiger over Chilwell 3 werks ago

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ziyech and Barkley incoming