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. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    How do we pronounce Tuchel?

    1. Mo Mane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Roh-Tass-shone!!

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Haha

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

      Took-el. As in, Fool of a Tuchel!

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

      touche 🙂

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

    Mount haul this week, bandwagon incoming and then blank GW10.

    Get ready.

  3. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Alonso officially a non option now then yeah?

    Chillwell being brought in tonight

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

      G CHO
      A Kovacic

      Lovely pass Kovacic!

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        ?

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

      Oops sorry. Yeah, maybe.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Haha it’s ok

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He was never an option. Said it last week and the week before and will do next week when all the others ask.

  4. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Who’s the curly redhead?

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

      Does he have a soul?

  5. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    CHO Goal

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

      Seems I got my call right. Was saying CHO was a good pick.

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

        Did you pick him?

      2. Optimus.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Did you transfer him in?

    2. Doug McCasual
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      crickets

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

    CHO G
    Mount A

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Kovacic wssist?

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

      Kova assist sorry

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

      Kovacic assist

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

      Kova assist

  7. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hudson Odoi goal

  8. DavidBadWillie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Kovacic assist,

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

    Hahaha thats not Havertz

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wait Man

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yeah we know

  10. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Geez that feels good as a CHO owner

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yeah ok

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

    Cobra involvement in celebration 🙂

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

    So easy. Good finish CHO.

  13. Astronaut
      1 month, 11 days ago

      c'mon rudiger surprise me

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        With an own goal?

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Why didn’t Hudson Odoi square it to Havertz?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Well it was a goal, so that’s why.

    • g_jannyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yessss CHO owners stand up!!

      5.3m bargain

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

        Bad week for ESR to haul

      2. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No

    • Ha.
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Imagine Lukaku (c)

    • Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not suprised if Havertz blanks while Chelsea won 10:0

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

        surprised*

        1. KarlosTheJackal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Exactly, I can see 10 players not blanking here, only Havertz(c)!

      2. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        It’s one goal…….

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Commentators are like franchise trains, the lack of competition lets the quality stagnate.

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

        So true

    • Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Kai involved in the celebrations again?

    • NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      CHOOOOO

      Bring it home, baby!

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Owners unite!

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Told ya it's our time 😀

      2. mojoindojo
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        tia...

    • Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Kavacic 4th assist

    • Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Havertz trap working well so far.....

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Just oh dear

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

          Haven't got him. Still paying for falling for the Alonso trap, so lesson learned.

    • DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I bet at the end of the game Tuchel says Lukaku is back next GW

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

        Should not be playing as he does not fit.

    • 272MK
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hows James?

      1. OLEgend
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Every attack through the left

      2. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Bit of a nervy start. Almost got caught switching off a couple of times but starting to settle now

    • Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Knew I should have picked Hudson-Odoi, Juninho, and Kovacic.

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        *Jorginho

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Now Norwich might come out and play a bit.

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

        Or parked the bus to avoid a disaster

    • Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Lukaku was holding them back

      1. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Duh, they won a Champions League without him

    • Silecro
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Since when did Kovacic turn into 2019 KDB

    • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Right I've already assumed it. Havertz won't get returns today this type of stuff where we hype a player that hasn't done much and then disappoints happens all the time

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Nice jinxing

      2. Whatever100
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        You are correct sir.

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

      Farke - I want to go home now please.