Dugout Discussion

West Ham v Chelsea team news: James returns, Lukaku and Benrahma subs

The dust of Gameweek 14 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) has barely settled but we’re already up and running for Gameweek 15, which gets underway in east London this lunchtime.

A tasty-looking clash between West Ham United and Chelsea kicks off at 12:30 GMT.

Reece James – who rather curiously dropped in price last night – is back for this clash as expected and is one of four changes that Thomas Tuchel has made from the Blues side that unconvincingly beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road in midweek.

Thiago Silva, Jorginho and Hakim Ziyech also return, with Christian Pulisic, Saul and Cesar Azpilicueta dropping to the bench and Trevoh Chalobah missing out altogether with a hamstring injury.

Romelu Lukaku is again only a substitute.

Hammers boss David Moyes makes two alterations to the team that drew 1-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Issa Diop and Manuel Lanzini return to the starting line-up, with Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma dropping to the bench. That will see the hosts turn to a wing-back system, a shape Moyes has adopted in the past when up against the big guns.

Aaron Cresswell remains out with a back injury.

GAMEWEEK 15 LINE-UPS

West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Diop, Johnson, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lanzini, Antonio

Subs: Areola, Yarmolenko, Fornals, Vlasic, Noble, Benrahma, Masuaku, Kral, Ashby

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Thiago Silva, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz

Subs: Kepa, Lukaku, Pulisic, Werner, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Sarr


Pre-season price offer extended for FFScout Premium Membership 10

Full-year memberships, monthly subscriptions and a FREE trial are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT


1,332 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    What a finish that was from Mount.

    1. MikeS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Evidence is mounting we should make the transfer, mason In?

      1. Moonlight Marv'
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Swing and a miss it seems Mike. Tough crowd.

        1. DARE TO BISCAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The 3rd Mount pun will be the one that hits the home run.

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sort of like like that Bernardo Silva goal the last day - long pass first time - bang,

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Bernardo was pure power, Mount was precision.

        Bernardo's look better!

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I would probably agree with you there. Bernardo's is likely goal of the season - the pass from Cancelo leading to it was the cherry on top.

      2. Zalk
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Agree, very similar and great control.

  2. Zalk
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    You see that type of pass from Jorginho to Mendy 15 times per game. That goals is all on Mendy.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Jorginho seen Bowen and still passed it directly to Mendy instead of into space.

      Two errors.

      1. Zalk
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No, the error is trying to hold off Bowen as a goalkeeper. There's no winning in that situation, only losing.

    2. PartyTime
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Both at fault

    3. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Shocking defending by Antonio on Silvas goal

    4. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Jorginho and Salah should have swapped Ballon D'or finishes. 7th is looking generous

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Jorginho is tripe

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Where did Kante finish in the Ballon D'or as a matter of interest?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          4th because he doesn't have an Italian passport.

          1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I looked it up there now - Kante was fifth even worse.
            Would love to see Kante win it in future think he deserves it.

      3. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Jorginho isn't top 10. Anyone who disagrees has a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Ballon d'Or represents

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          You have the fundamental misunderstanding. Success in major trophies like the Champions League and Euros have always been a big part of the criteria for the Ballon d'Or.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            He nearly lost Italy the shootout.

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Right so let's judge the whole year on one penalty miss.

          2. Zalk
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            He does, doesn't he.

          3. Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            It's for the best players in the world. Not the common denominator from CL winner and Euro winner. Varane won the CL and WC in the same year too. Ben Mendy won the PL and WC without even playing. A 6-year-old with no football knowledge could google who won 2 trophies and vote for him

            1. Zalk
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              It's a subjective prize, stats and silverware aren't.

              1. Cok3y5murf
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Silverware have already been given to the teams who won the tournaments. This prize is for individuals, not teams.

    5. JPSpurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Too early to do Rudi + Jota to Reguilon + Mount (+£1m ITB) for a free?

      1. Podge
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Don’t lose Jota

      2. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Up there with the worst moves i've seen

        1. MikeS
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          How do you rate that against my son and vardy to mount and cr7?

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Pretty bad

      3. JPSpurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks - it’s the rage transfers that have got me into trouble - maybe just Rudi (have James) to Reguilon

    6. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Losing double CS today and against United is that little bit more frustrating when it’s a howler both times

      1. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This. It's been painful to lose CSs to such stupid mistakes.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          United were completely not effectual as well otherwise

      2. Bishopool
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Have to say its pretty optimistic to see CS-s against ManU and WHU

    7. Randaxus
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Next week Gallagher to Foden or Mount?

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Foden if playing

        2. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          What if Gallagher scores today?

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            He won't

        3. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          You can but it’ll probably backfire with a Gallagher haul against awful Everton

        4. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Were you considering Mount 45 minutes ago?

          1. Randaxus
              1 month, 15 days ago

              a few weeks ago when he was at the top of the midfield stats tables I was considering getting him, I was put off by people saying that he was not nailed, I am not sure that is correct.

        5. Gunneryank
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I'd like to take personal responsibility for Chelsea conceding after getting James in way, way too late. It had to happen. Sorry. Now that i have Cancelo you might as well sell too.

            These things happen.

            1. Randaxus
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Leeds Everton and Wolves in the next 3 look like clean sheets to me.

                1. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Touché salesman.

                2. TheBiffas
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Cheers for the heads up fella

              • Rabb05
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Was all set to sell mount this week but decided to hold. Thank you Mason!

                  1. Salah’s Sonnet
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Ok

                  2. Danno - Emre Canada
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Cool story but why on earth would you have?

                    1. Rabb05
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Didn't see a better option tbh this week. Have salah foden and jota and did not want to double up on city with silva. Will downgrade mount to bowen/fornals next week so I can bring Ron in but was a v nice parting gift!

                  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    lukaku on

                  4. Gunneryank
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Anyone else bench Antonio to start Livramento?

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        No, but I put Antonio 3rd on bench and Livramento 2nd.

                      2. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Yes

                      3. scubasmithy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        yup

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Lukaku on
                      Havertz off

                    • Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Starting both James and Alonso over Toney and ESR was always going to fail. But choosing between James and Alonso would have been a coin toss just like choosing between ESR and Toney. Hindsight is always easy.

                      1. Camzy
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Can't account for dumb mistakes. It was fine to start both attacking wingbacks. They're practically midfielders.

                        1. Baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          I know, basically 😉 I have my decision making system that I always use, so shouldn't even write stuff like that, and Whu was always more likely to score than not, but losing double cs like this is still just annoying.

                      2. Kun Tozser
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Always James for ceiling

                      3. Zalk
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        6 goals conceeded in 14 games, I'd have done the same.

                    • Camzy
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      I bought Lukaku in two of my FanTeams this week. Come on!

                    • Lord of Ings
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Any city team news so far?

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Ederson starts.

                        1. Kun Tozser
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Let’s hope he can keep a CS, been a while

                      2. PartyTime
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Benched

                      3. JariL
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Lukaku in. If he looks sharp, Kane & Raphinha to Lukaku & B. Silva for free is on the cards.

                        1. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Prefer Bowen & Ronaldo. But Bilva a good shout.

                          1. JariL
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Yep, that's a good alternative. Just not sure I want to double up on West Ham attack with Antonio and if Ronaldo plays enough.

                        2. Not again Shirley
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Well he was about as sharp as a blunt spoon when I owned (and captained ) him lol

                      4. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Ziyech needs to feck off corners!

                      5. PartyTime
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Pep roulette imminent

                          1. Danno - Emre Canada
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Still a few hours of that torture left

                          2. Camzy
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Game is at 5:30 not 3:00

                          3. Scots Gooner
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Let the meltdowns commence

                          4. Salah’s Sonnet
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Lol

                        • Grounderz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Lukaku's form in the beginning of the season wasn't exactly rampaging but I think he will do soon if he can prove his sharpness in this game.

                        • Eastman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Raph >
                          A. Bilva
                          B. Mount

                          1. Salah’s Sonnet
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Bilva, Mount won't keep this up

                            1. Eastman
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Why both in top teams and in form

                        • Randaxus
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Mount just looks like a better player this season.

                            1. Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Only in the last few matches. Money Mase is back.

                            2. Moonlight Marv'
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              His career is definitely is ascension. It will be interesting to see when he reaches his peak.

                            3. AMBELLINA PRISE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Mount will become one of the greatest British players of all time

                              1. Moonlight Marv'
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                If he doesn't, you'll really have to climb down from that statement.

                                1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Chances are with me though so let's see

                            4. Danno - Emre Canada
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              He’s only played four full matches

                          • Royal5
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Dear God Ziech

                          • Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Bowen essential

                          • Randaxus
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Rudiger is one of the best runners with the ball in the premier league, he constantly runs though everyone.

                            • Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Wow Bowen.

                              Was my transfer this week anyway but bandwagon damn.

                            • Randaxus
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Bowen is in my team 100%

                              • Rainer
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Coufal assist

                                1. Hazz
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Finally.

                              • Sailboats
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                disaster GW so far

                                1. Salah’s Sonnet
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  It's literally the first game lol

                              • Bishopool
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Nice! Classic derby

                              • Alexis Nonsense
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Should we target Chelsea now?? 😛