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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. Capoue Propper Mings
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Ziggy scored yet or what.

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

        Starman's in heaven now

    • Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Hazard off.

      1. Fred54
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Sarri is gonna get it so bad for subbing him off at 4-0 by the know it better media.

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

      Jota off _Costa

    • Fresh_From_Desh
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Is hazard going to reel me in again

    • Regin
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Thank I Darrin for getting hazard off.

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

        Thank u sarri

    • ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Hows Mitro doing?

    • Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wtf Hazard off nooo

    • The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Sigurdsson showing us his quality with only 2 points. What is going on Everton?

    • diesel001
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      A Huddersfield goal now would be sweet.

    • Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Haz off.

    • Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Just need a Higuian booking to Guarantee 3baps for Haz?

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Disappointing Hazard 🙁

    • Samwise
        4 months, 16 days ago

        43 points so far - 6 played... everyone else?

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          no point in this post

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

            Hazarddddd

            1. EMBOLOFAN
                4 months, 16 days ago

                😀

            2. EMBOLOFAN
                4 months, 16 days ago

                stop crying

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

              13 from 3. Expecting a big fat arrow after that Hazard punishment.

            4. The Wise Owl
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Good score. 38 from 6 myself.

            5. EMBOLOFAN
                4 months, 16 days ago

                25 from 4 prebaps. 5 pts on bench

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

                41 from 7, loads of points on the bench though!

              • elchilangles
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  26 from 5, sold Hazard for Son though! 🙁

              • DAZZ
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                With city away and a blank, Haz still has to go!

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

                  Have you seen Hazard’s record against City?

              • Patch
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Come on Crouch, score or assist and you make it to my team!!!!

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

                Now all Sane has to do is score 2 goals in 2 matches

                1. ZICO SENNA
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  indeed! or sterling, still glad i binned the troll

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      no you arent

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

                  Haz clean sheet point banked

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

                  Go on, Higgyson, kick someone.

                4. Niho992
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Feck of Sarri you fraud...

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Smoking fraud

                  • Jafooli
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Hazzo fail

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

                      Hardly a fail

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

                        It is if you were hoping for 50pts....

                  • Rainer
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Jota off
                    Costa on

                  • fedolefan
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Ugh, why sub haz

                  • Norfolk&Chance
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Not good enough Hazad... just the 2... ugh.

                  • True Deadzoner
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Hazard CS locked in

                  • Niho992
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Huddersfield goal now would be wonderful, just wonderful.

                      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        This

                    • Rainer
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      Rangers 4 pens today 😮

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

                        Gerrard taking them?

                    • Fred54
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      AWB YC

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

                        What time will the clean sheet go

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

                        Again? Sent off?

                        Brace?

                    • The Wise Owl
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 16 days ago

                      It's only Huddersfield!

                      1. The Wise Owl
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 16 days ago

                        Knew it was madness when people were mentioning it.

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

                        I like your Ireland post more.

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

                      Chances of a Moutinho Assist for Bennett goal ?