Chelsea – wig/RDG, NEW, blank, qpr, STO, ars, NOR
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Chelsea defied all odds last season to win the Champions League by riding their luck and defending with bravery and passion. This taste of success has clearly sparked Abramovich’s interest with him loosening the purse strings once again to splash out on bulking up Chelsea’s midfield with stars such as Hazard, Oscar and Marin. These signings will add some much needed creativity to the Chelsea attack and should give them a chance of winning the title this season.
If they are to do this, they will need to perform better defensively as Chelsea were caught out time and again playing AVB’s high line. Whilst they will also need Torres to regain his goalscoring prowess, especially as Drogba has left for pastures new. Chelsea have a favourable start to the season which includes a double gameweek to kick things off. With this in mind, there are clear advantages to having Chelsea players at the start and this is Fantasy Football Addict‘s take on who you should consider…
The Defensive Options
As expected, Cech will be the number one choice in goal for Chelsea and he comes into the fantasy premier league game at 6.5m. His final score of 127 points was higher than all Chelsea defenders barring Terry (138pts) who is priced a little higher at 7.0m. The backline is expected to line up with Cole (6.5m), Terry (7.0m), Cahill (6.5m) and Ivanovic (6.5m). With David Luiz waiting in the wings, Cahill is the least secure option and with Terry costing an additional 0.5m, we think the best way of covering Chelsea’s defence is by purchasing one of the full backs. Both should be guaranteed starting spots with Cole offering more potential in open play, whilst Ivanovic should provide an attacking threat from set pieces.
The Wealth in Midfield
With Chelsea investing heavily in their midfield over the summer, rotation is likely to be an inevitable outcome over the course of the season. New signings Hazard and Marin have both featured in pre-season and should see some game time at the start of the season, whilst Oscar is still on Olympic duty where he will battle it out for a gold medal. The downside to this is that he is unlikely to see much game time during this favourable start to the season and may be bedded in slowly by Di Matteo.
With so many options (14 listed in the fpl game!) it will be tricky to guarantee significant game time week-in, week-out and as such, investing big in a Chelsea midfielder will always be a risk. Players like Mata (9.5m) and Hazard (9.5m) are likely to start most games but if they prove to be ineffective, RDM will have options waiting on the bench and they risk being substituted at some point. Therefore, it is important to follow form and fixtures to be aware of Chelsea midfielders being substituted or rested. Marin and Ramires are both priced at 7.0m, and could be great budget midfielders if they can produce some form to secure a starting role but this remains to be seen.
With Drogba departing, Torres (10.0m) has been given the opportunity to show the Chelsea fans why he was brought to Stamford Bridge in the first place. He has struggled with confidence since his big money move but at times in the past season, he showed glimpses of his quality and Di Matteo will be hoping that he can push on this season. Despite their wealth in midfield, Chelsea seem a little short up front, which supports the idea that they are likely to play most games with a solo striker up top. Sturridge has often argued that his best position is up front and this season he may be given the chance to prove AVB wrong for pushing him out to the wing. If he does outmuscle Torres for the lone role, at 8.0m, he would be excellent value for a striker at a top team. Lukaku would be the third option but he is set to join another Premier League club on loan, which leaves open the option of bringing in a new striker.
Chelsea will be keen to build on their European success from last season and with fresh reinforcements, they will be looking forward to the start of the season. With Chelsea facing Man City on Sunday in the Community Shield, more will be known on how Di Matteo plans to tackle the new season but of course we must take into account that the team is likely to have a more defensive outlook. Nonetheless, there will be plenty to learn and the match will help us in choosing which Chelsea players should feature in our squads given their favourable start to the season.
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