• Pierce O'Malley

Chelsea FPL Options

Here we are, FPL has returned with the first game being Aston Villa vs Sheffield United on June 17th. If you are looking to add Chelsea players to your first FPL team since the restart then this is a perfect game to watch not only because the Premier League has returned but you can see exactly how Villa plays and any adjustments they have made over the very strange pause.


Let's get right into it starting from goalkeepers up to the forward options. It is no surprise that Chelsea has struggled in the goalkeeping area with Kepa being extremely disappointing at certain points in the year and Frank Lampard calling on Argentinian veteran Willy Caballero to hold it down between the sticks. If you are looking for a Chelsea keeper to bring in the points for your FPL team I would highly recommend not picking any of them cause there are just far better options out there from other teams. However, Chelsea has had two fairly decent in-house games against Reading and QPR with only conceding one goal from those two matches. Both Kepa and Caballero both featured in the in-house games but it looks like Kepa may still have the spot of Caballero. So in the off chance, you do pick a Chelsea goalkeeper, better bring in Kepa.


On to the defenders. This position has been hard to understand for many Chelsea players and it seems like Frank Lampard is in the same boat as them. Starting with the right-back position it's either Cesar Azpilicueta or Reece James for this, but with the ever so rotating left-back position it could leave Reece James as the set on starter and moving Azpilicueta to the left side. Reece James can whip in unbelievable crosses and also compete in the air fairly well. On a comparative basis to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Manchester United right-back has won eighteen aerial duels while Reece James has won twenty-one. This is not a major difference but Reece is only superior to the United right back in that facet of his game. For the right-back position, it looks like it will be Reece James starting over, well, anyone else.


Carrying on with the central defenders. Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Toni Rudiger are all fairly strong options. Zouma, Rudiger, and Christensen all seem to be the ones that are rotated the most in the center back position which is quite strange since Tomori looked to be outcasted before the Premier League was halted. Not sure why since I think he's above Rudiger and Christensen but that's for another day. If I had to put money on it I would say that it will be Kurt "happy" Zouma and Toni Rudiger starting in a back four for Chelsea against Aston Villa. They were both playing fairly well together keeping two clean sheets against Everton and Liverpool right before the break. Zouma and Rudiger are both targets for Chelsea corners with Rudiger scoring just two goals this season. However, if Chelsea were to play a back three as shown in glimpses this season, Azpilicueta is thrown into the mix with those two. Your best option for a Chelsea center back is in Kurt Zouma and Toni Rudiger.


The left-back position is Chelsea's weakest point on the field with Alonso quite frankly forgetting how to defend and Emerson struggling with staying consistent. If Chelsea plays a back four you will see Emerson and Azpilicueta there because they are far superior to Alonso who has an addiction to playing up-front trying to be a third winger. In a back three though, Alonso is your man as always. He banged in a goal against Spurs, as he always does, one against Newcastle as well, and two against Bournemouth. He is also on freekick duties whenever on the pitch and has an excellent left foot for curling it up and over the wall. With Chelsea looking to secure a top-four spot, Alonso and Azpilicueta are your most likely players for that position. With that said, Azpilicueta is extremely versatile defensively and can play any position. It is super close with Alonso and Azpilicueta here so it's a complete gamble with whoever you take, but the smart and safe decision would be to have Azpilicueta on your team.


Now the midfielders. In this section, players such as Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, and Gilmour will not be included as they are not considered as FPL assets. Chelsea fans and FPL players alike know that Frank Lampard has a soft spot for Mason Mount as he has been featured in every game for The Blues this season as well as bagging six goals and complementing four assists with it as well. Along with Mason Mount as a mid-fielding option, Chelsea has Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Pulisic, Barkley, Anjorin, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has fully recovered from his horrible Achilles injury last season. Making this quick and easy for you it would be best to scratch off Barkley and Anjorin as they are mainly bench players as well as Pedro who seems to be out of favor with Frank Lampard in his hope to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season. Important and impactful players would be Pulisic, Willian, and Hudson-Odoi as they all will get a good amount of minutes for the rest of the season. Pulisic looks to be the first option on the wing for Frank Lampard as Willian and Hudson-Odoi could be fighting for either side as well. Pulisic could be rotated out in the same fashion, but not as often as Manchester City's, with Lampard looking to see how the American will perform in the final stretch of the season. The option of Loftus-Cheek is not a terrible idea as scored six goals and two assists in just twenty-four appearances during the 2018/19 season. Loftus-Cheek will most definitely have his minutes limited for the game against Aston Villa and then Leicester City but he should be closely watched by Chelsea fans and FPL managers. The best Chelsea mid-fielding options would be Willian, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, and possibly Pedro. Personally, Pulisic and Willian are the best options as they are fantastic players with Willian being quite brilliant at some points this season.


Finally onto the forwards. Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi, and Armando Broja are the options for Chelsea up-front for the remainder of the Premier League season. Tammy Abraham is Lampard's first choice up front and definitely, his easiest as the twenty-two-year-old has bagged thirteen goals in twenty-five appearances this season. Abraham has been quite fantastic this season as he seems to have broken the famous number nine curse at Chelsea this season. He is your best option from a Chelsea forward for the remainder of the FPL season. However, Olivier Giroud, who was thought to be leaving Stamford Bridge this season, has made a resurgence upfront scoring a goal against QPR in the 7-1 win earlier this week. Tammy Abraham might have to battle the World Cup-winning Frenchman for the striker spot as he has been playing well in the weeks leading up to the restart of the Premier League. Michy Batshuayi looks to not even be an option for Frank Lampard as he was not featured in any in-house games this past week and looks to already be out the door. So, forget the Belgian as an option. Armando Broja is a young and exciting talent but for FPL he just is not convincing enough to bring in or leave on your bench as his minutes will be limited and might not even see the pitch for the remainder of the season.


Chelsea Insider's top picks for each position go as follows:

GK: Kepa

Defenders: Reece James & Azpilicueta

Midfielders: Willian & Pulisic

Forwards: Tammy Abraham


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