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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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1,872 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g_jannyg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ahhh CHO off but I'm delighted with thst double digit haul

    Got the fixtures to add more too

  2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    F**k off havertzz

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

    Classic FPL for Havertz owners

  4. Toby Lerone
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Alonso probably my worst ever transfer. Especially seeing chilwell turn into messi

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

      Mine too. And I basically knew, but some stange FOMO made me do it.

  5. King Carlos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    ESR!! WHOOP WHOOP!

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Unless there is a concussion…

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Come again? Azpi not playing means ESR's points coming in...

  6. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Havertz could still outscore Salah

  7. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    HahahahahabahahahahahaVertz

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

    KAI SUK

    That's Thai for cooked egg.

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kai Suk a duck

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

    Alonso/Azpi cameo would be glorious

    1. Babit1967
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No thanks want my Brownhill 2 points off the bench

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

    Did any serious manager actually go for Havertz?

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

      Loads. It was crazy here for a few days

    2. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No

    3. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No but I bought Havertz and Rudiger for a hit before Rudiger got injured and Alonso dropped 😆

      • Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Well the overall 2nd and 3rd place did (c)

      1. Sgt. Schultz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Do u have Patreon?

    4. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Supposed to be a confidence builder for Havertz?

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

      Havertz shocking performance

      1. HEADSY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hanley was just too good as expected

      2. Sgt. Schultz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        made sure he didnt get in the way of his teammates' brilliancy

    6. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hopefully keeping CHO fresh for next week and not Carabao cup

    7. Puntillimon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’m so angry aarghhhh

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

      Havertz almost 40% owned in the top 10k wonder how many captained

    9. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Miguel at the game crying into his pie

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

        Oh dear. Forgot about that.

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

      Ok, Havertz disappointed. Now, Rudiger, score a goal, please....

    11. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This is a tough watch as an Alonso owner.

      Take some comfort in not bringing in Havertz for hit. Had I done so I'd have probably capt him too.

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

        Keep us updated

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Ok, will do i guess?

          Thought that's what the comments section is for, or is it solely for contant rmt posts?

      2. Cilly Bonnolly
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not when Smith-Rowe is your first sub it isn’t.

        Although I did take a hit for Havertz so…

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Nice bit of jam.

          I have Luiz coming in for a 1 pointer.

          Happy days

    12. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz clean sheet banked. Nobody can take that point away now Owners must be relieved.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He'll have a meltdown, hit the 4th referee and receive a red card

    13. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well done Havertz owners.

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

        You life = Lol

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You captained him, when your username and DP is Salah, ouch.

    14. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yesss..havertz cs point confirmed

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      1. tbos83
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Horrendous comment

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Unnecessary homophobic chants

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

        Flagged.

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

        you nob

      5. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Such a guy?

      6. Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Reported. You're an idiot.

      7. xuwei
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wtf

      8. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Feel like I'm back in 1990's school play ground again.

        Why is this still an acceptable insult in 2021?

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

          It's not acceptable

    16. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I should never read this forum. Havertz is on you lot.

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

        Never do most people on here don't have a clue

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

          ...and don't rely on adequate punctuation either !

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

            Never do

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

              😀

    17. SINGH
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chelsea 5th goal an OG by Aaron's so no Chilwell assist

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

        The fact he didnt pass to CHO also a factor

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

          Ah thought he did

    18. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Just switched on and only jav3 Christensen in this match, how I am doing all?

    19. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Alonso, Azpi, Christensen unused sub. Bench points coming in

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

      Chill Chilly...

    21. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      How many managers in the top 10K captained Havertz?

    22. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      well

      that didnt go as planned