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Alonso returns for Chelsea as Sarri tweaks his defence

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) has returned to the Chelsea starting XI ahead of the Gameweek 25 meeting with Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m) drops to the bench to allow Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) his first start since Gameweek 15.

Gonzalo Higuain (£9.5m) leads the line once again, flanked by Eden Hazard (£10.9m) and Willian (£7.2m).

Those interested in the Double Gameweek players on offer at Everton will be pleased to know that Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) and Richarlison (£6.8m) both start in their favoured positions of central and left attacking midfield respectively.

Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) is back in goal again for Crystal Palace after missing out on Gameweek 23 and returning in Gameweek 24.

Christian Benteke (£6.3m) is the chosen replacement for the suspended Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m), with new signing Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) named among the substitutes.

Chris Hughton looks to have gone with 4-3-3 for Brighton once again, with Jurgen Locadia (£5.3m) and Solly March (£5.0m) flanking Glenn Murray (£6.3m).

Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) gets a second consecutive start at right-back for Watford, while Ken Sema (£4.6m) features from the beginning for the first time since Gameweek 23.

As expected, Gerard Deulofeu (£5.5m) and Troy Deeney (£6.0m) are the strike pairing for the Hornets.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) is on the bench for Burnley as Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) makes a sixth consecutive start on the Clarets’ left wing.

Southampton come to Turf Moor with Nathan Redmond (£5.3m) and Danny Ings (£5.5m) leading the line, while Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.4m) misses out.

That means a first Premier League start for Callum Slattery (£4.5m) alongside Oriol Romeu (£4.3m) in central midfield.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Montoya; Groß, Stephens, Pröpper; Locadia, Murray, March.

Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas, Hughes, Cleverley, Capoue, Sema, Deeney, Deulofeu.

Burnley XI: Heaton; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; Wood, Barnes.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Ward-Prowse, Slattery, Romeu, Targett; Armstrong; Redmond, Ings.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Alonso, D Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Jorginho, Kanté; Hazard, Higuain, Willian.

Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Löwe, Schindler, Kongolo, Smith; Bacuna, Billing, Mooy; Mbenza, Kachunga, Diakhaby.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Ayew, Benteke.

Fulham XI: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie, Chambers, Seri, Bryan; Cairney, Mitrovic, Babel.

Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Baines; Davies, André Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Tosun.

Wolves XI: Rui Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Jonny; Jiménez, Jota.

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  1. fr3ddy
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Some stats from top 10k this GW

    Sané and Salah both on 106% EO
    Agüero on 72%
    Sterling on 36%

    800 played TC chip
    200 played WC
    200 played FH

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling is shockingly low.

      This kind of data makes me wish I TC sterling instead of Kun.

      Absolute madness!

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        All price based I’m sure.

      2. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Owning him is good enough for a green arrow if he hauls

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Oh very true. But then TC could propel someone into the stratosphere.

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Holy cow! Sterling a shocking differential this week. Even more so as a TC.

  2. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Alonso is a lad. Come on my little pumpkin.

  3. OldBenKenobi
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Should have got son in this week 🙁
    Def getting him now.....

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I don’t have a clear way to get him without a -8 unless I downgrade sterling to win. With those fixtures I’m not really wanting too.

      Plus Kun to Auba is something im also keen on.

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Haz to Son for next week here I think

    3. TomSaints
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I got D Silva instead.. then Son in for next week.

      Shame he scored but confident Silva should at least equal him.

  4. david31058
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Good start to this GW.

    Alonso out for Rose

  5. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Who to drop for next GW?
    A. Sterling
    B. Sanè

    1. Ragabolly
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      maybe A for more funds

    2. Mc3
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Easily A due to value

  6. HollywoodXI
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    So far so good. Took a -4 to get Son in for Anderson and ignored City mids (already got Sane). Hopefully the City players don’t kill it this week.

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      It’s going to be a long week for you 😉 but congrats

      1. HollywoodXI
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        #scared

  7. TAT
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Pogba > Son before next GW?

    1. Silecro
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      why pogba? find someone else

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        It's either Salah or Sané if not Pogz…

    2. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      *This gw

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Didn't want to take a hit to bring him in. Should have done so…

        1. how now brown cow
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I held off doing it for free as I thought son would be knackered.

          Bet pogba doesn't play now.

  8. stufail
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    So Dubravka obviously bought Son in this week.

    Frustrating as a non-owner.

  9. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    C'mon 'Udders!

    Their there for the taking.

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      *They're there.

      1. Sharkytect
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Aww, there there

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 16 days ago

          😆 I'd hate to be an English student.

          1. Sharkytect
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah, I no what you meen.

  10. Nas
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    I can’t overstate how much damage son has done to me this season. So many of my rivals seems to own him. I must get him this week for one of pogba or sane.

    1. HollywoodXI
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I got him in this week for the same reason. He pretty much singlehandedly destroyed my rank over Christmas.

    2. Amey
        4 months, 16 days ago

        +1
        Thankfully i have Siggy & funds for that

      • Cilly Bonnolly
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        So glad I had him for the festive period when I didn't have Salah.

    3. Amey
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Come on Siggy.
        I've kept the faith & not gone for Son. Time to repay 😮

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Good luck mate 🙂

          1. Amey
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Thank you 🙂

        2. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Puncheon bandwagon derailed?

        3. Gw287
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Why has Pereyra been left out for Watford?

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Calf injury. Raging as I held off on getting Son this week due to Pereyra having a “decent” fixture 🙁

          2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            because i own him

          3. Gw287
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Oh that's not good. Who have you got coming in for him? I have Mitrovic which could work out

        4. OldBenKenobi
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Pereyra + Anderson > Son + Camarasa for free?

          Would give me

          Fab
          Trippier Robertson Digne
          Salah Sterling Pogba (Son)
          Mitro Jiménez Rashford

          Boruc (Camarasa) Bennett AWB

          1. Whats the Mata?
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Looks good

        5. Sharkytect
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Spurs fan with Son in my FPL team and only one city player.

          Can we end the gameweek now, please?

          1. Mc3
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            You must be on cloud nine with that jammy goal!

            Sick av btw

        6. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Any particular reason Pereyra not even in Watford squad?

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Calf injury

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks

        7. Amey
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Next gw team looks great 😮

            1. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              What's it looking like?

              1. Amey
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Serious question ??
                  Or pun intended 😛

              2. Hect.OR 98th
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Yes, I'm almost in bench boost territory but saving that for a big dgw.

                1. Amey
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Kamara+hamer here so not possible 😀
                    Great 11 though with Digne,kiko on the bench

                2. Whats the Mata?
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Yes. It's a shame transfers have to be made to get Son/Auba in.

                  Template teams with saved fts will go well regardless Son/Auba

                  1. Amey
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Yes
                      I'm going for Son in with Siggy out

                3. Brosstan
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  lol, benteke is back?

                4. The Dogs Love Leeds
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Most of the time this games is so frustrating..................was just thinking why did I get Son so early should have got Siggy.............then boom 11 pointer for Sonny from nowhere !

                5. Pad Randa
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Welp, looks like not banking a transfer worked out well last-minute (Alli >>> Son). Guessing it’s all downhill from here? 😀

                6. Hybrid.power
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Every season there's a player I ignore because I think their form can't last. This season it's Son. I can't believe the form he's in. I think it's Hazard to him next week.

                7. Brosstan
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  That white (C) makes me nervous. Sane has to start both games!

                  1. BDA Shadow
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Fingers Crossed!

                  2. Amey
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      +1

                    • Whats the Mata?
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      I really hope it words out for all of y'all. I know what it is to be down and wouldn't want any of my fellow FPL manager to feel the same 🙂

                      1. Amey
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          You are a great man just like the one in your grav 🙂

                      2. Chelsea91
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          i think he will start both games because get rest in most of the games.

                      3. Chelsea91
                          4 months, 16 days ago

                          Guita
                          Bennet,VVD,Robbo
                          Sane ,Salah(C),Son,Sane,Jota
                          Jimenez ,Rashford

                          Ederson Bednarek,David luiz,Kamara

                          Good to go for GW26? All the suggestion are most welcome.

                          1. Chelsea91
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Pogba*

                          2. BDA Shadow
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            Why the hell is CHO not getting a start against the worst team in the league. It's like they want to ruin these young players.

                          3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 16 days ago

                            5 minutes until the Hazard show. Gets popcorn. This is going to be funny.

                            1. Chelsea91
                                4 months, 16 days ago

                                Chelsea will win

                            2. the german
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Oh comon' Hazard hatty

                            3. DA Minnion
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Please Eden . Anything will do apart from a blank today.

                            4. Jafooli
                              • 7 Years
                              4 months, 16 days ago

                              Watch Chelsea vs Huddersfield or

                              Everton vs Wolves?

                              1. Jafooli
                                • 7 Years
                                4 months, 16 days ago

                                Have Trollonso & Fudcharlison respectively....

                              2. Chelsea91
                                  4 months, 16 days ago

                                  Everton vs Wolves will be great game

                                • how now brown cow
                                  • 4 Years
                                  4 months, 16 days ago

                                  Toffees.

                                  Switch over if trouble is brewing.

                                • Skull And Gnomes 9
                                  • 1 Year
                                  4 months, 16 days ago

                                  DGW

                              3. Whats the Mata?
                                • 4 Years
                                4 months, 16 days ago

                                Hazard gonna punish me and every last guy who took him out for City players who'll probably play a combined total of 90 mins.

                              4. Differentiator
                                • 3 Years
                                4 months, 16 days ago

                                (C) Sterling. HUUUUUUUUGE differential. Cmonnn