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Trio of £4.0m defenders start in 3pm kick-offs with Hazard on Chelsea bench

A trio of £4.0m defenders have all earned places in their starting line-ups ahead of the first Saturday 3pm kick-offs of the new seasong.

As expected, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lee Peltier and Ben Hamer are all involved from the beginning for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town respective.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard (£10.5m) has been named on Chelsea’s bench at the John Smith’s Stadium with Pedro (£6.5m) and Willian (£7.5m) starting on the wing. There was no place in the match squad for Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.5m).

Nathan Aké (£5.0m) was passed fit to play for Bournemouth while key figure Josh King (£6.5m) features in a two-man attack with Callum Wilson (£6.0m).

FPL Sol Bamba (£4.5m) gets a start in central midfield for Cardiff after being tested in that role towards the end of pre-season.

Ryan Sessegnon (£6.5m) has kept his place in attacking midfield at Fulham while absences at the back have forced Joe Bryan (£5.0m) into an early debut at left-back. Calum Chambers (£4.5m) also starts at centre-back with Maxime Le Marchand (£4.5m) alongside him.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) looks to be in an advanced position for Crystal Palace, as Christian Benteke (£6.5m) also features from the beginning.

BOURNEMOUTH XI (4-4-2): Begovic; Daniels, Aké, S Cook, A Smith; Fraser, Surman, Gosling, Brooks; King, Wilson.

CARDIFF CITY XI (4-1-4): Etheridge; Bennett, Manga, Morrison, Peltier; Bamba; Hoilett, Ralls, Paterson, Mendez-Laing; Reid.

FULHAM XI (4-3-3): Fabri; Bryan, Le Marchand, Chambers, Christie; Seri, Cairney, McDonald; R Sessegnon, Mitrović, Schürrle.

CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-4-2): Hennessey; van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka; Schlupp, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Benteke, Zaha.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN XI (3-5-1-1): Hamer; Kongolo, Schindler, Zanka; Löwe, Mooy, Billing, Hogg, Hadergjonaj; Pritchard, Mounié.

CHELSEA XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Alonso, Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Kante, Jorginho; Pedro, Morata, Willian.

WATFORD XI (4-4-2): Foster; Holebas, Kabasele, Cathcart, Janmaat; Pereyra, Capoue, Doucouré, Hughes; Deeney, Gray.

BRIGHTON XI (4-4-1-1): Ryan; Bernardo, Duffy, Dunk, Bruno; March, Pröpper, Stephens, Knockaert; Groß; Murray.

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2,916 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 22 hours ago

    Potential 25 from 5.
    22 on bench.
    Brilliant

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 22 hours ago

    Jimenez misses one on one

  3. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Jota any good?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Ok but wolves don't attack much

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    What are you doing there Wally?

  5. Danstoke82
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Dumped Richarlison, Jota and PVA from my final team as felt Shoehorning in Alexis would be more worthwhile. Damn it.

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    OMG Richarlison.

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    What a finish

  8. manchesterisblue
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    rich the kid

  9. Kellz86
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    RICHARLSON!

  10. Agamenmon
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    At least someone is scoring for me. Loads of points on the bench

  11. noahzark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Onward to the championship on the back of Coach Silva and Richarlson

  12. ZeBestee
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Jota worth keeping? They have tough upcoming fixtures as well.

  13. slavkob
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Neves and WB on the bench im gonna kill myself

    1. Patch
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Maybe Pep will rotate everyone and use up your bench

    2. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Probably bit over the top. Sleep on it.

  14. stupendous
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Look...

    Based on today and the p.l

    Richarlison is a far better option than Jota.

    Wolves look average and vulnerable against TEN MEN Everton. Everton would have won this easy with 11 imo. Such is football though. Wolves will struggle lots this year.

    Richarlison has far better fixtures and is far more effective and dangerous.

    There will be a price rise for Richarlison. I'm doing Jota to Ricky for free and moving on.

  15. sirmorbach
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    On the one hand, (i) Jota looked decent, (ii) Richarlison started very well last season and faded as time went by, and (iii) it is indeed REALLY soon (GW1 is not even over yet).

    On the other hand though, (i) we now know Richarlison is playing and playing well, (ii) Everton's fixtures seem a lot better than Wolves', and (iii) Rich's price can increase as the time goes by.

    Tough decision. I'm probably doing Jota-Rich. Maybe it's better sooner rather than later.

  16. Differential (c)
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Just saw the Watford XI vs Brighton. That midfield of Hughes, Doucoure, Pereyra and Capoue are all naturally central players, not wide.
    This would suggest a bigger reliance on their Full Backs, Holebas and Janmaat to run down the wings.
    Didnt see the game, to be fair, but seemed a little strange to see so many Central Midfield players, and no wide players, in an XI.