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. ZeBestee
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Havertz so far has been sh*t.

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

      How?

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

        Doesn't make movements, weak, can't control well and pass under pressure etc

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

          Cough* 25 mins in

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

            So far*

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

              I own him btw

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

      Surprise of the century

  2. Holmes
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    CHOoooooooo

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

      Owner? 😛

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

        cheering for an owner 😉

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

          Aaawwww you shouldn't have 🙂

  3. Jon Snow
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is this one if those games where the defenders won't even need to bomb forward and get involved in the goal?.

    Although i should probably just be happy that my Chelsea defender escaped the roulette

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

    How’s lolvertz doing so far?

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

      dodging points pretty well, long may it continue....

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

      Oi….

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

        😛

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

          😉

    3. Astronaut
        1 month, 11 days ago

        turns out that he was the imposter

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

        My C will score. Floodgate open

    4. Woy_is_back
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Havertz :DDD

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

      Not Kai's day is it

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

        He says 20 mins in

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

        Lol.

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

      Captain hindsight but if I had taken a hit I’d have got Hudson-odio or mount.

      Decided to play it safe! =[

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

      Havertz should drop down a little. Heavily marked

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

      Norwich must be worst EPL team in history

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

        They are utter dog chocolate

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

        They are

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

      Wierd, isn't it, how Norwich can be so dominant in the Championship and the be utter dog chocolate in the Premier League?

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

        What happens when you sell your best player before coming up

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

          They were turd with Buendia last time too.

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

        Dog chocolate 😆

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

          Funnily enough, shite seems to be one of the few that makes it past the filter 😀

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

            Yeah, true enough….

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

        West Brom, Fulham and Norwich all exist at the space between EPL and EFL

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What happened to Cantwell too? I remember loads of people had him in FPL a few seasons ago

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

          Moved to Palace and changed his name to Gallagher.

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

            😀

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

      Havertz + xGAvoiding Points

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

        Lolvertz + shite

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

          *xShite

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

            😀

    11. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Nothing better than having a low owned player score. Another one for CHO would be the icing on the cake!

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

      Have feeling Rudigers gonna score

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

        Yes please 💡

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

        Playing well

      3. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        As long as Chilwell assist, I'm in

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

      Rudiger is on one today, wants a goal even more than usual.

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

        Playing in the free role.

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

      Lukaku won't be missed.

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

        Sold to West Brom by Xmas

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

          Good for GW38

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

            Hatty bags…

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

        Against norwich he wont be

    15. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      So every single midfield player has returned... except for Havertz.

    16. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Havertz doing most of his work out wide.

      CHO looking likely most times and Rudiger adventurous.

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

        At this rate CHO might extend his stay in my team

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

        I was a little confused by the Havertz hype compared to cheaper and more direct Hudson Odoi

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

      Why didn’t Mount square it to Havertz?

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

        He’s an idiot

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

        You never warned me

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

        Bookmark the brag at 32mins

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

          I take it back.

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

        Still 60 mins left, he'll get some chances.

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

          He's literally walking around the pitch, hiding between defenders. He's getting nothing, as usual.

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

            Oh dear

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

        Yet you were considering him?

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

          Didn't get him, though. Thats all that really matters.

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

      Rudiger is hilarious to watch

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

        at some point this season one of those is going to come off

    19. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Super-Havertz-playing-out-wide, Rudiger-precocious.

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

      Rudiger carrying more of a threat than Havertz

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

        Sad

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Not if you only own Rud and not Hav…

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

            And yet not really

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

      Norwich are a bunch of ball watchers.

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

        They should all be given the sack...

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

      Havertz at centre dragging centre backs so that cho gets space

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

      Rudiger is a man possessed

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

      Loving this Rudiger

    25. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Some people on here are going to look very silly if Havertz ends up scoring 😆

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

        That’s where the fun is 😀

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

        No he won't, he's been awful

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

          Lol at you

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

        This Bubz, this.

      4. JJO
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        After those 13 points from ESR i need him to score twice

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

        Easy sell

    26. JJO
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dking Chilwell is playing in front of Havertz

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

      Even funnier is that I replaced Kov with Havertz