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

    Chilwell playing CF..

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

      (at times)

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

    Azpilicueta owner here with Livramento first sub. Does anyone else In the same situation have that sinking feeling he is going to be subbed on and block Livramento?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      If they’re coasting like this. I don’t see a reason why he’ll be subbed on.

    2. fantasist
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Same. Hopefully others like Ziyech, Barkley, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek are the 3 subs they put on

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

        Hopefully that is the case.

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

          Exactly what happened - let's hope Livramento does well.

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

            And he did! Get in!

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

        Phew. Excellent prediction. 2/3.

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

    Raphinha vs Norwich GW10 says hello captain?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah vs Brighton

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

      Im on Salah set and forget

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

      If Leeds have some major bodies back, maybe he'll be my VC over Son

      Not touching Salah C for a while

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

    Haverdinho is amazing

  5. Astronaut
      1 month, 11 days ago

      rudiger making me smile.....

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

      When to expect Azpis one point cameo?

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

        Soon please

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

        next week

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

      Kabak satellite launching service

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

      Where's Cantwell these days?

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

        At hair dresser

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

        Brushing his golden locks in front of a mirror somewhere

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

        At home in his bedroom managing his online hair comb business. I’m a CEO he tries to convince himself.

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

      Havertz sot

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Havertz fail

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

      Hahahahavertz

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

        Hahah your life

    • JariL
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Havertz gets a good chance, decides to pass it to Krul.

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

      Havertz with back pass to Krul

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

      Havertz close

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

        Limp

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

      Weak shot Havertz. Looks like a boy amongst men out there

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

        Ok

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

      CHO keeps losing the ball, could be 1st sub off

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

      Remember Cantwell to Pukki a few years back what’s happened to him?

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

        Keeps missinng out due to personal reason, i think he wanted to leave but they didnt allow

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

        Cantwell played in U23s yesterday. I think hes recovering from injury

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

        Played for u23's last night. Getting back to fitness after being out with personal issues.

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

      HaHavertz

    • Hutchiniho
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Really stuck on
      KDB, Mane, Son, Vardy or Kane ?
      (Telegraph so still can swap out Lukaku)

      Mbeumo, Raphina or Broja?

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

        Raph

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Bloody hell Alonso would have had a field day here

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

        Just like Havertz is…

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Typical luck as per

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

      Reece James G
      Mount A

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

      G James

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

      Zzzzzzzz

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Why didn’t James square it to Havertz wtf?

    • OLEgend
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Jamesssssss you herooo

    • Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Chilwell is the only one who won’t get something today as I captained him!

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

      Should have went mount

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

      3 nil

    • BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Woo-wee, baby! x

    • Cilly Bonnolly
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Where the f**k is Havertz?!