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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. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Time to open controls gentleman

  2. Astronaut
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Armstrong benched???????????????????????????????????????????

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        He's done unfortunately. I was hoping hoping last week it was maybe a knock in training we didn't get to hear about. But looks like it's over

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Horrible pick

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Barkley immediately more threat.

    • Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Open controls, my old friend

    • StevenW
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I have 3 of the 5 chelsea players who don’t have a G/A with one of them being captain

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      What's this open controls?

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      What's this open controls?

    • Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      #Pemashite back?

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      In FPL terms Havertz as Captan was a very good call as a one one week punt, not sure about -4 … FPL is a cruel mistress though, especially having to now watch Salah without having the C on him

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Disagree, he isn't effective in that position

    • Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Shite show website back in town….

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Love that Thin Lizzy tune

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Is Marcal injured?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Rudiger about to get an assist.

    • Randaxus
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Chilwell is the best attacking defender in premier league history.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Settle down

        2. have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          why is this website breaking so much?

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It happened when you logged in

        3. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Blew it up, ref.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Love this comment, every week

        4. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The portal is open but all I can hear is a weird squeaky voice

        5. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The portal is open but all I can hear is a weird squeaky voice

        6. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The portal is open but all I can hear is a weird squeaky voice

          1. Jafooli
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Heard you the first time 😉

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              When the elevator is slow I like to hit the button repeatedly

        7. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          With the Havertz blank I think the way to go is permalink Salah

          1. have you seen cyan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            lol

        8. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Havertz cappers crashing the comment feed.

          1. xuwei
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Actually it’s all the annoying “told you so” comments.

        9. Abraham & Cheese
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Chelsea fan with Christensen, Havertz (c), Kovacic. Changed cap from Salah to Havertz last minute and I'm really happy with the result and my prediction that Chelsea would do well against Norwich. Of course I knew that most of their goals don't come from the striker position the last few seasons, but in my humble opinion it was worth taking the punt with Havertz as captain.

          I hope Salah does well, but i'm nervous about Vardy. But that's what makes EPL so exciting! Best of luck to you all this week 🙂

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Can't even reply to comments now.

        10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Open floodgates and controls!

        11. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          There is goes again, where are the expert website designers nowadays?

        12. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Krul trying to steal the baps

        13. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Could be another red card?

        14. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Yuck.. what this control? Cant use button on right top too.

        15. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The stewards are fed up of Chilwell's shite 😆

        16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          looks like pen chelsea

        17. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Pen?

        18. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          RUDIGER WINS PEN

        19. tbos83
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          This site has gone to the dogs

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Does it really make a difference lol

        20. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Havertz has hacked the site this time round.