Premier League Fantasy Football Tips 2021/22 – Chelsea

Premier League Fantasy Football Tips 2021/22 for Chelsea by @CoysFPL.

In this team preview series, Dan previews all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the 2021/22 season including season expectations, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems, and players to avoid.

Find all our other Premier League 2021/22 Team Previews here which will be continually updated as the season draws closer!

Chelsea 2021/22 Season Expectations

Thomas Tuchel came in mid-season and completely transformed Chelsea’s fortunes, securing a top four finish and winning the Champions League. Therefore, expectations for this season have been raised significantly.

If the season had started when Tuchel has arrived Chelsea would have finished second, ten points behind Manchester City. In that time they conceded the fewest goals (only 13 in 19), but scored the tenth most – a record bettered by Newcastle United.

A lot have tipped Chelsea to win the title next season but I’m not convinced. They probably have the best defence in the league, but I don’t think they have enough fire power too seriously cement a title charge. I can see them holding off plenty of the top sides, but beating low-block teams will be their issue.

That all being said, they should comfortably secure a top-four spot.

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Chelsea 2021/22 Expected lineup:

chelsea starting xi for the 2021/22 season

Tuchel uses the unorthodox approach of occasionally rotating the goalkeepers. Edouard Mendy will play the majority of games, but Kepa Arrizabalaga will probably start occasionally.

Antonio Rudiger only missed four of the 19 Premier League games under Tuchel, and Cesar Azpilicueta only missed two. Thiago Silva had a relatively long injury but played the majority of games when fit. Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma got a fair share of minutes but won’t start every week. Azpilicueta can also play at wing-back, moving Reece James out of the line-up and Zouma or Christensen in.

Reece James appeared in all but one Premier League game under Tuchel, although six appearances were off the bench. He should start most games, but is prone to the occasional benching.

Ben Chilwell only started eleven of the nineteen ties, but I think he would have started more in a more relaxed schedule. Unlike James, Chilwell remains on the bench when he doesn’t make the line-up.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will partner each other for the majority of games, but for easier games Tuchel sometimes drops Mason Mount into one of their spots and plays a more attacking player in the front three.

Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner will be the most frequent attacking treble.

Chelsea Best Players:

Ben Chilwell is a particular good option given his advanced position and Chelsea’s excellent defence. He scored three and assisted five in 27 Premier League appearences last season, and I think he should start every Premier League game until the schedule becomes tougher.

Other sided wing-back Reece James is also a very good option but as mentioned he is more prone to coming off the bench, which means in the official Fantasy game because he often won’t get automatically subbed out of your eleven.

That being said, like Chilwell, he should play the vast majority of early-season games. James also takes some set-pieces, but only scored one and assisted twice in the Premier League last season. Despite those numbers, he actually offered better underlying stats than Chilwell last season, with an extra 0.4 key passes, 0.2 accurate crosses and 0.2 shots per 90 mins.

Kai Havertz began to show his value towards the end of the season and in the European Championships, scoring twice for Germany and scoring three and assisted two in seven Premier League starts under Tuchel.

He would have started more under Tuchel if not for the crammed schedule and a knock that kept him out for four games. Havertz had the most shots in the penalty area in the squad per 90 minutes other than the three centre forwards.

In all competitions last season, he actually scored or assisted every 140 minutes which is a very good record. I’m expecting him to kick on from last season.

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Chelsea Under the Radar Players:

Of the remaining defensive options, Cesar Azpilicueta is the third best option in my eyes. As mentioned he has the potential to play in the wing-back role, will play nearly every game and had the most goal involvements of the back three with a goal and two assists. He also gets into the box for set-pieces, which is rare for a full back.

Jorginho was Chelsea’s Premier League top scorer last season, which to be honest reveals more about their lack of a top forward rather than his goal-scoring potency. All seven of his Premier League goals were penalties, and he actually only one shot from open play in the whole season. Assisting only one Premier League goal doesn’t really add to his credentials either. He isn’t an option for me, but he can’t be ruled out completely.

Mason Mount had an average Fantasy season last time out, scoring six and assisting five. He gets a good share of set-pieces and when playing in the front three will find himself in some promising positions. He only scored four and assisted twice in 14 Premier League starts under Tuchel. The fact that he was sixth and ninth respectively for assists and goals per 90 minutes in the Chelsea squad further puts me off him. He did top the Chelsea charts for key passes per game, however.

Timo Werner was involved in the most Premier League goals in the squad last season, scoring six and assisting an impressive 12. He actually only scored twice under Tuchel in the league, despite starting on 13 occasions. I personally don’t think that’s enough to be genuine option, but that could change. He does get a lot of big chances, with 2.1 shots in the penalty area and 0.46 xG per 90 minutes.

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Chelsea Players to Avoid:

N’Golo Kante doesn’t offer enough attacking output to be a genuine option.

As mentioned, Edouard Mendy was subject to the occasional surprise omission from the line-up, and if that stays the same he might be worth avoiding.

I don’t think the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic will get enough minutes to be options from the start.

Find all our other Premier League 2021/22 Team Previews here which will be continually updated as the season draws closer!

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