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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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2,058 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mysterion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Solanke wagon

    1. elchilangles
        2 months, 14 days ago

        yeah those 0 points are tempting over Wilson & King!

      • circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        absolutely - Kamara to Solanke

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Wtf Hazard shoot

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not being selfish arghhh

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Solankeeeee 😀

        Cheers Simma

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I am but your humble servant

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Camarasa?

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          You should have gone to specsavers

      3. Brehmeren
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cardiff with 12 players?

        1. Deulofale
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Ecuele-Manga.

        3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Ecuele Manga is one person 🙂

        4. Brehmeren
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          🙂

    4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Richie should have been subbed

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      NO Camarasa

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Or Morrison ffs

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            🙁 poor man he did so well for me

          2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            So only got peltier for bgw

            1. QUEN
                2 months, 14 days ago

                You think peltier will start the blank game week?

                1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. Son is Rising
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Wildcard ruined

      2. Four Hit Wonder
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Any Higuain cappers?

      3. JammySprat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why didnt hazard just shoot! ez hatty

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Too unselfish there

          1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            This and thought higuan was there

      4. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Black cat to feature on Match of the Day.

      5. TAT
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

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

      6. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 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.

      7. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Oink oink, its the Higgy

      8. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Reckon only casuals have Alonso at this point right?

      9. DAVESAVES
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cam > Son this week worked out pretty well

      10. Niho992
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

        • Chucky
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Chelsea triple up looks sweet....

        • The Train Driver
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 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
            2 months, 14 days ago

            amazing

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It is time for Peltier-wagon v2.

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            You don't already have him .. Shocking

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          AWBooked

        • Iggypop
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. 4-4-who?
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Why?

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Noooooo Peltier starts, Bednarek haul stays on bench 🙁

          • Super Saints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

          • Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Everton really are bad

            1. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Allardyce laughing?

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                I think so

            2. Dannyb
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

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

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Yeah rich gotta go at some point

          • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 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
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              No big deal not having Everton players.

              City, on the other hand....

          • Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

          • Regin
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

          • L'Aeroplanino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            People sold Hazard before HUD and calling him a troll?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

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

              1. L'Aeroplanino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                agree but you know it could happen

            2. The Train Driver
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              This

            3. 4-4-who?
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Hazard off

          • Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Haz off