After what seemed an eternity, the Premier League is back this weekend following the international break. Alongside the return, we all know it’s back to business with regards to Fantasy Premier League. Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea return to action as they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. We take a look at the players that could prove to be a good fit in your fantasy team.
In their previous match, the Blues picked up a respectable 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield having battled with ten men for 45 minutes. However, in FPL terms, it wasn’t the best of weeks for many managers owning Chelsea players. The only player that made an impact was Kai Havertz after the German’s goal gave him a total of seven points. Elsewhere, other players such as Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku drew blanks.
Chelsea face Aston Villa on Saturday as they aim to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Having brought back Lukaku to the club, Tuchel’s men have had no issues with scoring goals but it is in defence where they’ve been at their best.
The back three of Andreas Christensen (£5.0m), Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0) and Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) have worked very well together since the German’s arrival in January and are worthy options to have if you are looking to get some valuable points for your team. With the suspension of Reece James following his sending-off vs Liverpool, it is likely that we may see Azpilicueta moved to right wing-back. £6.0m may seem quite a hefty price for a defender but if he ends up with the potential assist along with a clean sheet, it could be worth it. The Chelsea captain may play in that role for the next three games. Two cleans sheets for the Blues has left him with 14 points, will he add to that tally on Saturday?
Another defender who has scored high so far is Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard has started all three games ahead of Ben Chilwell due to his involvements at Euro 2020. Alonso has scored 23 points, making him the highest scoring defender on FPL. However, having not been called up to the England squad, Chilwell has had plenty of time to regain match fitness and could be in contention to start against Villa. Regardless, there should really be no reason to drop Alonso, who has started the season very well at left wing-back. The Spaniard would be seen as the better option and comes at a cost of £5.7m.
The return of Timo?
Lukaku’s arrival in the transfer window from Inter Milan is no doubt a brilliant signing to help fix Chelsea’s goalscoring problems. However, with the Belgian being brought in, this has meant less game time for Timo Werner. Despite that, we may see him start on Saturday with Lukaku a doubt after picking up a thigh injury while on international duty.
The German was signed last summer from RB Leipzig for £47.5 million though he struggled in front of goal at times having gone on a 14 game goalscoring drought at one point in the season. Nonetheless, Werner still made some important contributions and also won his first ever Champions League. The forward has faced a torrid time in front of goal at times but this season he’ll be determined to put things right.
Whilst on international duty for Germany, Werner was in brilliant goalscoring form with three goals in three matches. Under new manager Hansi Flick, the striker showed signs of promise and proved he is still worthy of being in the starting eleven for Chelsea. In Germany’s three World Cup qualifying matches, Werner scored in every single one against Lichtenstein, Armenia and Iceland.
If worse comes to worse and Lukaku is ruled out of Saturday’s game, Werner could be set to start. Last season on Fantasy Premier League, he scored a total of 128 points though he did frustrate many of his owners. Heading into this gameweek, he is priced at £8.7m so he may come in handy. Can he carry on his goalscoring form from the international break?
Gameweek 4: Pick of the Week
Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Aston Villa, Dean Smith will be without both Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia with both currently in quarantine. With Martinez unavailable, Villa will have to turn to Jed Steer. Steer has rarely featured much for Villa in recent seasons which could come as an advantage for the Chelsea attack.
Although there is a chance that Lukaku may not be fit enough to play Saturday, he has still been seen as a good choice for Fantasy managers. A total of 20.5% of players have the Belgian in their squad and seems to have a good record against the Villains. However, with that fear of him not starting, he may not be the best option with plenty of owners going for Manchester United’s new signing Cristiano Ronaldo at £12.5m.
Aside from the striker position, another man in attack that could be the difference is Kai Havertz. Owned by 6.1% of managers, the German hasn’t racked up many points as of yet but that could all change. The Champions League final winning goalscorer had an excellent end to last season despite his shaky start. The 21/22 campaign may just be his year in the Blue of Chelsea.
In a match which the Blues are favourites in, we may see plenty of goals across the front three that Havertz could be involved in. The German is great pick to have at only £8.3m and should be able to get a contribution or two.
Written and Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)
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