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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    James haul this gameweek...
    Price rise and benching next gameweek...

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yay!

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yup

    3. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I’ll bank it. Just get Azpi in for the double up

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Oh yes. If you have him already, lap it up!

  2. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Havertz do something FFS!

  3. Cookie Kid
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    James and Mount scenes

  4. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Was that Michael Gambon?

  5. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Azpi owners robbed

  6. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Not having a Chelsea attacker in this feels horrible.

  7. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Everybody but Havertz great

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think you are mistaken, Havertz isn’t playing by the looks of it

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

    Havertz or Have Hurts?

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

    OMG Where’s Bemba for this mauling?

  10. Begbie.
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    As a Mount and James owner, this has been rather enjoyable.

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

      i hate you

    2. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Damn. Well played sir

  11. Ligdon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Theres quite literally nothing better than your wing back fpl defender scoring !

  12. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Why did people pick Havertz over Mount by the way?

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

      Why is your life so sad?

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Its not, im enjoying this game.

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

          Lmao course you are, coats the miserable’ness of your life in reality

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

        If you comment on every single comment relating to Havertz he just might score!!

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Didn't know Mount would start

      1. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        He was always gonna start.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        With the injuries we have, almost a guaranteed starter.

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ohhh these comments....

    4. Ligdon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lol

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

      0.7 cheaper too. My oh my.

  13. Art Vandelay
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    That would have been too much 😆

  14. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Come on james make it two and cleanie

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

      No

  15. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Well done Mount and James owners

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

    Norwich tactics are wierd. Whenever a midfield player gets beaten (or thinks they are beaten), they move to a counter attacking position rather than moving to a new defensive position.

    Probably worked well in the champ where the defenders were on par with the attackers they faced, in the prem though its suicidal.

  17. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    My transfer of Ronaldo, James and ESR to Vardy, Son and Chilwell is starting to look quite inspirational 😀 Congratulations I guess are in order to Ronaldo owners for his upcoming hat-trick

    1. Astronaut
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Jesus Christ

      • TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wild transfer

      • Hutchiniho
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This was the right move. Vardy, Son and Chilwell better set than the first 3.

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      It's just excruciating

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Knew Havertz was a trap

      1. Beanz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Massive trap

    4. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Azpi owners, let's embrace.

    5. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Well, that's slightly frustrating, R James was coming in for me until Lukaku got injured.

    6. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      EFL Championship is shite isn't it?

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

        Not at all. Its just playing as if you have the best team in the league only works if you actually do

    7. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      It’s going to take an absolute tanking of my rank to finally understand you don’t buy never mind captain Chelsea forwards.

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

      Who could come on for Havertz?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ziyech

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ziyech

      3. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Magic bean

      4. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Put Rudiger up there and bring on Azpi 😉

        1. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Defo… let’s get a 1pter for owners

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

        Ziyech, but he could come on for any of the front 3

    9. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Havertz to be subbed on the 59th. Would be just my luck

    10. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rival kicking off his week with esr and Mount

      At least he’s on a minus 8 I suppose

    11. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I give up.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Welcome to the club bro

    12. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Azpilicueta owner and Havertz(c) ugh

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wild captain pick. Just having him was enough differential.

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        That's just tough

      3. Sgt. Schultz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        add a (-4) having sold ESR
        first red GW incoming

    13. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Chelsea 3 South Africa 0

    14. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      This is becoming more and more painful.

      Lukaku would have scored 6!