Gameweek 25: Chelsea Fantasy Premier League Preview-Mendy-shank Redemption?

Another match passes us by and we’re now onto Gameweek 25 for most teams. Chelsea have got a nice run together heading into the most challenging run of fixtures they’ll face this season and Thomas Tuchel is still experimenting with his team selection.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for claiming Edouard Mendy would be the best pick for Gameweek 24, I’m not promising I won’t do the same thing for Gameweek 25, though.

The Blues do face a tricky test in Southampton, but it provides Tuchel with a chance to once again express his ability to be tactically adept. Some will say this is his biggest task so far, but really we aren’t bothered about that. We just want some Fantasy Premier League points and that’s what I’m here to deliver. Your one stop guide to Chelsea’s team ahead of their Gameweek 25 fixture at Saint Mary’s.

Keep the faith, Mendy is still the man

This isn’t going to be an extension of the apology about Mendy not playing against Newcastle United on Monday. Nobody could have quite predicted the move to play Kepa from the start. It goes without saying but Kepa has just 15 points this season, 9 of which came against Newcastle. He isn’t an option.

Mendy however, has 10 cleansheets in 19 games and has conceded just the 15 goals in that time. Thomas Tuchel has already made it clear that Mendy is his number one, he should be yours as well.

This also isn’t just a regurgitation of why you should have had him last week. It’s extra reassurance that the tiny 5.1m you spend on Mendy, will be repaid in an appearance this weekend.

Barring injury, he will start. The Blues have also still yet to concede a goal from an opposing player. Their opponents have also only won two league games since December 13th. Beware the wounded animal, but, Tuchel will be hopeful that his side can make the most of the Saints’ insecurity.

Kepa punching a cross clear as he kept a clean sheet against Newcastle United, Mendy is still our number one pick for Gameweek 25
Kepa punching clear to help Chelsea keep a clean-sheet against Newcastle United. Image Credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC Via Getty Images.

Danger signs hover over Ziyech and Pulisic

Unfortunately, two of Chelsea’s more creative players have struggled to hit form this season. Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have both been plagued by injury since the start of the new campaign.

This is reflected in the duos Fantasy Premier League points return. Ziyech has accumulated just 40 points, with a solitary goal and three assists. The Moroccan hasn’t contributed a goal scoring action since Gameweek nine, we’re now moving onto matchday 25.

His American teammate hasn’t fared any better. Pulisic has only 38 points with only one goal and two assists. A stark contrast to the 17 goal contributions the pacey winger put up last season. The one positive for Pulisic is that he has proved himself in the Premier League and has shown that he can be a match-winner. Ziyech however, hasn’t been able to consistently cement a place in the Chelsea side.

At 8.2m (Pulisic) and a further 7.9m for Ziyech, this duo aren’t deadly and also aren’t efficient. There are many better options out there, with a few of those coming from the Chelsea team itself.

Gameweek 25: Pick of the week

The full flip has finally taken place. Timo Werner has gone from being a no-go in any Fantasy Team to possibly one of the most in-form attackers. He is certainly Chelsea’s most likely forward-thinking point-scorer.

The German striker added another goal contribution to his tally for the season with a goal and a dubious assist not given against Newcastle. This takes his total up to a respectable five goals but an impressive nine assists. He also now has 21 points in his last three games, averaging seven points per game, a stark contrast to his previous five games which brought about a total of seven points.

He is gradually starting to appear in people’s teams again. At 11.7% TSB (teams selected by), this is almost certainly his highest figure since the new year.

Timo Werner celebrating his first goal since November. He is our pick of the week for Gameweek 25
Werner celebrating his goal against Newcastle United. Image Credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC Via Getty Images.

For all his struggles this season, an overall ranking of 19/670 for ICT (influence, creativity, threat) and a current forward ICT index of 7/89 is a good representation of the strikers upturn in form.

If Southampton chose to attack Chelsea and press high, Werner could find himself with space to run into behind the defence. Even if the home side don’t take the game to Chelsea, Werner has shown that he is starting to develop the weapons to hurt teams, even in a low-block.

Written and edited by Tom Coley @tomcoley49

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