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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. Mysterion
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Solanke wagon

    1. elchilangles
        4 months, 16 days ago

        yeah those 0 points are tempting over Wilson & King!

      • circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        absolutely - Kamara to Solanke

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wtf Hazard shoot

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Not being selfish arghhh

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Team News: CAR vs BOU
      Referee: Jonathan Moss

      CAR: Etheridge, Bamba, Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Bennett, Murphy, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Reid, Niasse
      Subs: Smithies, Cunningham, Bacuna, Hoilett, Zohore, Mendez-Laing, Healey

      BOU: Boruc, Adam Smith, Clyne, Steve Cook, Aké, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas, Fraser, King, Solanke
      Subs: Begovic, Rico, Daniels, Mepham, Ibe, Lerma, Mousset

      1. Deulofale
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Solankeeeee 😀

        Cheers Simma

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I am but your humble servant

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

        Camarasa?

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          You should have gone to specsavers

      3. Brehmeren
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Cardiff with 12 players?

        1. Deulofale
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Hard to believe, but Bruno Ecuele Manga is one man 😀

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

          Ecuele-Manga.

        3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Ecuele Manga is one person 🙂

        4. Brehmeren
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          🙂

    4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Richie should have been subbed

    5. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      NO Camarasa

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Or Morrison ffs

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

          Morrison's appendix went I think, don't expect to see him for a while.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            🙁 poor man he did so well for me

          2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            So only got peltier for bgw

            1. QUEN
                4 months, 16 days ago

                You think peltier will start the blank game week?

                1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Gw27 yes .31 unlikely tho as Morrison might be back then

        2. Son is Rising
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Wildcard ruined

      2. Four Hit Wonder
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Any Higuain cappers?

      3. JammySprat
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Why didnt hazard just shoot! ez hatty

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Too unselfish there

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 days ago

              This and thought higuan was there

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

          Black cat to feature on Match of the Day.

        • TAT
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Finally inside the top 100k again, and now it looks like I'm heading straight out.

        • circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Fair play to my ML rival, he free hit: Haz, Hig, Son, 3 City, 2 Everton, Just shows, you don't have to do it on a cup gw to make it worth it, especially with the double and some tasty fixtures. Need Salah, Red Robbo, Auba, Pogba, Sane to come in to minimise the damage.

        • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Oink oink, its the Higgy

        • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Reckon only casuals have Alonso at this point right?

        • DAVESAVES
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Cam > Son this week worked out pretty well

        • Niho992
            4 months, 16 days ago

            come on hazzo you cant let to higuain be ahead of you in baps

          • Chucky
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Sterling to Hazard,Fanny to Kante and Kun to Higuain ?

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

              Chelsea triple up looks sweet....

          • The Train Driver
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            I can just see it, after this performance plenty are going to TC Haz on a dgw and he's going to blank soooo hard...

          • Weasel Boy
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Yesterday a guy posted his WC team with Higuain in it.
            Somebody replied saying his team looked good but hated his Higuain pick.

            LOL

            1. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              amazing

          • Rainer
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            It is time for Peltier-wagon v2.

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              You don't already have him .. Shocking

          • Rainer
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            AWBooked

          • Iggypop
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Hazard owner since gw6, lovely final appearance! But u gotta go now

              1. 4-4-who?
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Why?

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Noooooo Peltier starts, Bednarek haul stays on bench 🙁

            • Super Saints
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Kept Hazard on my wildcard! Bednarek second on my bench with 9 points already.

            • Weasel Boy
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Everton really are bad

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

                Allardyce laughing?

                1. Weasel Boy
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  I think so

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

                Yes, regretting holding on to Richa, he's gone this week along with Hazard and Aguero.

                1. Weasel Boy
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Yeah rich gotta go at some point

            • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Bednarek the destroyer lining up to get me that sweet 12 pointer for his first appearance in my first team

            • Jindaljain
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Lol I don't have Everton or mancity players this week..m gone!!

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

                No big deal not having Everton players.

                City, on the other hand....

            • Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Crouch on - £4.5m striker 0.3% ownership, the ultimate differential surely.

            • Regin
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Why can't that fool all Alonso get atleast an assist?

            • L'Aeroplanino
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              People sold Hazard before HUD and calling him a troll?

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

                It's a bit of both. Hasn't scored at home since GW7 or so.

                1. L'Aeroplanino
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  agree but you know it could happen

              2. The Train Driver
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                This

              3. 4-4-who?
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                I know. Ridiculous. Why would you sell Hazard vs Hud, when Man City mids have massive rotation risk - let's see the moaning tomorrow afternoon!

            • Numb
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Hazard off

            • Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Haz off