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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. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Blimey. At least I escaped a Havertz rout. And with zero Azpi mins it’s all set for a Jota 20 min blank. Could be worse.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Brojassential

  3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Well, I had planned Alonso to Cancelo this week but think I might go for Chilwell instead and get Cancelo after City play United, good plan anyone??

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Chilwell looks much better than Cancelo tbh

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I think so too mate, and he has Newcastle away and Burnley at home in next two and Cancelo has Palace at home and United away, both team equipped to score

        1. jason_ni
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Alonso owner, had thought about doing chillwell move this week for a hit.

          Fully convinced whatever point I do it, chillwell is rested and alonso comes back in.

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Exactly the same here mate!!! I said it earlier this week about doing Alonso to Chilwell but just thought I’d I did that Alonso would start and haul

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Ait-nouri back 😎

  5. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Havertz(c)->Markanday for a hit a no brainer?

  6. Randaxus
      2 months, 24 days ago

      People are learning live why captaining Havertz was called a punt.

    • Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      time to pretend that i actually took a hit for ron -> vardy rather than saka -> havertz and I instead need him to score to break even

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Jimenez yes!

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        my captain mate

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Many were warned not to punt Havertz. Not just by me lol.

    • Shoot Lovejoy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      The kind of performance that will put thousands off ever going near Havertz again.

    • Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      No Phillips, so Jimenez haul confirmed

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Get a goal Rudi!

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Hahaaaaa no chance

      2. stuck in a dream 🙂
          2 months, 24 days ago

          don't waste your breath, he was a useless pick

          1. Colonel Wasabi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Assist will do 😀

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        With likely Alonso price fall and Chilwell price rise think just going to pull trigger on move Alonso to Chilwell as Alonso going to play cup game midweek- any reason not to? If goes belly up can always play WC

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I will. Should have done it earlier, but going to do it today anyway. If Chilly needs to go out, I can sell him out for free next week.

      4. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Jimenez, Raphinha start.
        No Marcal.
        Armstrong benched again.
        Olise bandwagon to begin.

      5. jammie26
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Another Chillie goal would be wonderful.

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Or James.

      6. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        How likely one of Walker or Cancelo miss out today?

      7. putana
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        that must be so frustrating for havertz owners.

        5-0 and not even an assist playing as the only forward

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Punk punt.

      8. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        What a bad pick Adam Armstrong was.

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Hope he doesn't come off the bench 😀

      9. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Havertz blank good news. If only Chilwell didn't play and Alonso played got the goal all around good.

      10. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Benched Jimenez in favour of Mbeumo

      11. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Got Havertz as my punt on a WC so no pain, possibly some easy switch to Arsenal or City mid

      12. sandman58
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Sorry...not watching the game but have exact money for Rudi to Chilwell
        Is this a wise or silly move?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          By no means daft. Others will do so - mostly Alonso owners.

          1. sandman58
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Has he been great to watch...compared to Rudi though?
            Thanks for the imput

      13. boc610
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        wow havertz couldnt even get in on that, even the Beatles even let Ringo sing a tune

      14. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        If Chelsea get the clean sheet Havertz will be the only starter not to return 😆

      15. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I did Jota to Zaha (benched) instead of Alonso to Chillwell

      16. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Lesson learned for those who picked Havertz.

        Do not punt and cap a player which has no form!

      17. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        It's not only about Havertz blank, but also his performance is too bad, worst in the team,and not even a big chance

      18. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        The controls are open now. Norwich are officially doomed.

      19. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Sarr shoved out on the wing this time

      20. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I'm the only guy in the top 10 of my mini league with Havertz. Imagine how smug I felt 78 minutes ago.