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FDR Analysis: Schedule suggests more Chelsea clean sheets

The Scout 23 Mar 2021
Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea

The Scout on why managers should look to invest in Thomas Tuchel’s strong defence

A favourable schedule raises the potential of Chelsea’s key defensive players in Fantasy Premier League.

Chelsea have conceded only two goals in 14 matches across all competitions since Thomas Tuchel was appointed head coach.

FPL managers should back Chelsea to extend their impressive run in defence.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of their next four matches scores more than three in the FDR.

Chelsea's next five Gameweeks
30 WBA (H) 2
31 CRY (A) 3
32 -
33 WHU (A) 4
34 FUL (H) 2

In that period Chelsea face three of the bottom seven sides for goals scored this season in West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Fulham.

They could also face Brighton & Hove Albion during this period.

Although their Gameweek 32 match against Brighton has been postponed due to their FA Cup run, it could still be rescheduled to remain within the same round of fixtures. 

Defensive options

Edouard Mendy (£5.1m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) are the most secure options at the back.

Goalkeeper Mendy offers multiple routes to returns.

He has 31 points across his last four matches, combining four clean sheets with two save points and five bonus points.

Azpilicueta, meanwhile, has played every minute since Tuchel was appointed. He has averaged 6.6 points per match in that time.

Midfield alternatives

Midfield pair Mason Mount (£7.0m) and Kai Havertz (£8.2m) offer further options for those keen to consider Chelsea's attack.

Mount’s 21 shots and 21 chances created under Tuchel are both team-leading totals.

Havertz has played each of their last two matches as a "false nine", providing both FPL assists in a 2-0 win over Everton in Gameweek 27. 

Owned by only 2.7 per cent of managers, he could be a major differential.

See: How the Fixture Difficulty Ratings can help managers

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