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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. Capoue Propper Mings
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ziggy scored yet or what.

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

        Starman's in heaven now

    • Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hazard off.

      1. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 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
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Jota off _Costa

    • Fresh_From_Desh
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Is hazard going to reel me in again

    • Regin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thank I Darrin for getting hazard off.

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

        Thank u sarri

    • ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hows Mitro doing?

    • Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Wtf Hazard off nooo

    • The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

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

    • diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A Huddersfield goal now would be sweet.

    • Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Haz off.

    • Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

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

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

      Disappointing Hazard 🙁

    • Samwise
        2 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          no point in this post

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

            Hazarddddd

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

              😀

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

            stop crying

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

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

        3. The Wise Owl
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Good score. 38 from 6 myself.

        4. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 14 days ago

          25 from 4 prebaps. 5 pts on bench

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

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

        6. elchilangles
            2 months, 14 days ago

            26 from 5, sold Hazard for Son though! 🙁

        7. DAZZ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

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

            Have you seen Hazard’s record against City?

        8. Patch
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

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

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

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            indeed! or sterling, still glad i binned the troll

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

              no you arent

        10. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Haz clean sheet point banked

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

          Go on, Higgyson, kick someone.

        12. Niho992
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Feck of Sarri you fraud...

            1. HurriKane
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Smoking fraud

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

            Hazzo fail

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

              Hardly a fail

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

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

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

            Jota off
            Costa on

          • fedolefan
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Ugh, why sub haz

          • Norfolk&Chance
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

          • True Deadzoner
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Hazard CS locked in

          • Niho992
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Huddersfield goal now would be wonderful, just wonderful.

              1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                This

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

              Rangers 4 pens today 😮

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

                Gerrard taking them?

            • Fred54
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              AWB YC

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

                What time will the clean sheet go

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

                Again? Sent off?

                Brace?

            • The Wise Owl
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              It's only Huddersfield!

              1. The Wise Owl
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Knew it was madness when people were mentioning it.

              2. JustPark
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                I like your Ireland post more.

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

              Chances of a Moutinho Assist for Bennett goal ?