There really isn’t any surprise when Chelsea defenders dominate a gameweek anymore, three of them were part of the Kings of the week for matchday 5 as Chelsea’s second half blitz saw off Spurs, but now for gameweek 6 and the visit of reigning champions Manchester City, what is the best direction to go?
With all three of the Blues kings rested in midweek against Aston Villa that makes them more likely to start at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunch time but…beware the early kick off!
Chelsea’s record when playing first under Thomas Tuchel has been almost as average as it is under most managers. Last season saw Chelsea drop points at Southampton and Leeds United in the 12:30 kick off. That’s enough waffling about fixtures though, all you’re interested in is the fantasy points!
Defiant defence still dominant
Chelsea keeping a clean sheet? Yawn. We’ve seen this before. 24 shut outs in 38 league games under Thomas Tuchel is extraordinary and at the heart of that is a defence full of consistent warriors. Andreas Christensen is boasting a frankly ridiculous clean sheet record of his own with 38 clean sheets in 46 matches for club and country.
However, when it comes to point scorers, Chelsea’s three goalscorers against Tottenham were all defenders. Antonio Rudiger banked himself 14, Marcos Alonso racked up another 10 and Thiago Silva took home 15 of his own.
Not often will all three of your defenders score, but when it comes to consistency in clean sheets, there are no defenders that come close to Chelsea’s current crop. When you consider Marcos Alonso’s attacking impetus as well (one goal and one assist this season in five games) he really must be a go to option.
At just 5.8m, 1.8m cheaper than Trent Alexander-Arnold who has less points than the Spaniard, and also 0.8m better off than Virgil Van Dijk, he isn’t only a cheap option, he’s the highest scoring defender. Alonso continues to keep out Ben Chilwell from the squad and with his current form that is no surprise and it doesn’t look like it will stop.
Manchester City are misfiring without Sergio Aguero and although they looked in control at home to Norwich, they struggled to impress against a resurgent Southampton. Breaking down Chelsea’s stubborn back line will be a huge task.
Full steam ahead
The Tuchel train is on course for an exceptional start to the season. Having navigated away trips to North London (coming away with five goals scored and none conceded) and taken six points from Arsenal and Tottenham, Chelsea have already played Liverpool at Anfield and will have ticked off Manchester City and a strong Aston Villa side off their midseason list before gameweek 7 starts.
With this in mind, Chelsea now have a run of five rank 2 matches in a row after this weekend. It’s time to look ahead to their upcoming run and back Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and the goalscoring defence for the long run. If you were holding off due to Chelsea’s tough start then fair enough, but having seen them explode through the opening fixtures with relative ease, it might be time to back the Blues.
Chelsea have seven defenders with 20 or more points, for comparison Liverpool have just four, Manchester City only three and Manchester United have none. The Blues have also had 10 separate goalscorers in the league already this season, proving that there are goals and points coming throughout the side this season. Using all of your limited three Chelsea players should be a first choice option in the coming fantasy football gameweek, starting with matchday 6.
Gameweek 6: Pick of the week
Someone told me a few weeks ago (after a certain someone hit a half volley somewhere into the Chelsea hotel behind the Shed end) that Rudiger is simply building his xG up game per game and once he reaches 1.00 he will score.
Well, he finally got there. With all his mystifying, terribly comedic bulldozing lasers from distance, Rudiger scored. And he did it at the home of Tottenham Hotspur. Despite all the contract talks surrounding the German, he still remains as impressive as he ever has been in his career. This is the purplest of purple patches for a player that plenty had high hopes for, but probably still never imagined him being a key, undroppable component for a Champions League victory or even a full on title siege.
His fantasy record? Ever improving. He’s Chelsea second highest point scoring player, behind only Alonso. He costs just 5.6m, less than Alonso, and is only selected by 10.6% of managers, he could be a consistent difference maker. Although the trend is to pick full backs not centre backs, Rudiger’s hustling mentality and current startling consistency make him a man that should be picked.
He’s certain to be up for the top of the table clash against Manchester City and will be backing himself for a clean sheet and a shot at goal to start rebuilding that xG.
Last season, Rudiger scored a disappointing total of 93 points. The season before that was even worse with 63. That’s a combined total of 156 points of two seasons, Rudiger will be hoping that he can surpass that joint total this season alone. He already has four clean sheets (he racked up 11 last season thanks to the end of season transformation). He only managed five in the 2019/20 season despite playing the same amount of minutes. He has also matched his goal tally for last season and is just one off of matching his best scoring season.
Rydiger’s form is now becoming the benchmark and if it continues, he could be a mainstay for points in your FPL set up.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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