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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling has to get 19 otherwise its a fail.

    1 like = 1 cry

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Ouch

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Hazard & Son have thrown down the gauntlet

      Salah could do similar Monday night

  2. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hazard is right tease 🙂

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      he's an idiot

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        You just know if you sell him he will haul 🙂

    2. Flynniesta
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I can think of more appropriate words beginning with t

  3. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    AWB booked? >:(

  4. Danstoke82
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Sucked in by the DGW fun and dropped Hazard for Sane despite his plum home fixture after weeks of owning him and getting nothing.

    I swear this game is cursed.

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Why?

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        To be fair, everyone went a bit mad for this DGW.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Sane playing the 2 defences as bad as Huddersfield dw

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 22 days ago

        not true and no guarantee he starts both

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yawn

    3. Les Bleus
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Damn. That’s rough. The DGW ruined everything so far.

      1. Danstoke82
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        It has when your leading your cash ML and you thought a DGW player was better than Hazard v Huddersfield. Here’s to hoping for a Sane supershow.

    4. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Could still pay off. Espescially if you captained Sane.

      1. Danstoke82
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Captained Aguero. Hoping for a bit of luck.

    5. Tanglebrain
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      The player 3rd in the world has Digne (c). Must be a mistake - amateur!

    6. The Big Fella
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Still think that was the right decision. Chelsea been shite and Sane has a double against two poor defences.

    7. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I swear you don’t look at the fixtures......

  5. HurriKane
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Disappointed as hazard owner. Shouldve been a hatty.

    (Tried to be unselfish and passed to barkley 1 on 1)

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      A salty owner! I’ve seen it all.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Captain?

  6. Niho992
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Richa my only player who blank so far

    1. Podge
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Me too and I captained him

      1. Niho992
        2 months, 22 days ago

        ouchh

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hopefully Kamara doesn't come on, Hazard 1st sub 😮

    1. Geezer
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t worry

  8. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Come on Fulham wipe that cleanie

  9. the Penman
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hazard subbed. He can’t hurt us any more, people...

    1. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Until next week. Did someone say City have a blank in the next couple of GWs?

  10. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    The troll strikes back 😮

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      next fixtures and blank

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 22 days ago

        points banked 😉

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          2 goals over how many games, lol

  11. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Batman Begins

  12. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Still think binning Haz was right choice, Sterling (C) for this GW could still bring more

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If he plays both

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        City are chasing hard, pep will play him in both and Arsenal could be a goal fest and by looks of Everton today, I’m hopeful

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      course it was the right choice

    3. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Depends how your captain choice if you hadn't of purchased Hazard does also.

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Hold judgement until the gw is over

  13. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone getting Hazard?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Can't wait to sell the dud.

    2. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Too late. This was the gw to own him

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      City away and a blank in the 2 next two. But after that probably.

    4. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      why would you get him now with blank and hard fixtures? what's going on?!

    5. fedolefan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Those fixtures GW28 on. Get while no one's looking?

  14. Fred54
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Everton look in disarray, who do they have next league match?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Sanè(c)

    2. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Man City.

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      City

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Damn should've thrown in TC.

    5. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You guys flat batted me, heh.

  15. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Thanks for the farewell points, Haz.

    Son on his way now.

  16. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Is Richarlison on the pitch? I can't see him.

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Scores soon

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Looking on the wrong pitch.. do you see Higuain?

    3. Rik Waller
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Can't miss that nose

  17. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Groß on for 3 bonus 2017 style

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Magic 😮

  18. stupendous
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Huddersfield are gonna win this 5-4!

    Hulk it!

  19. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Camoon Richarlison do one now...

    1. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah come on lad.

  20. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hazard and City mids enjoy. Wish I binned Rich instead.

    1. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      *owners

    2. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Keep your head up. He'll get a run out against City for 1 or 2 points....

  21. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Bennett lucky not to get a YC

  22. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Please Pogba don't play so I can get Bednarek points off the bench 😆

    1. Podge
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Tut tut

  23. Business Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Who needs Hazard when you decide to play Jan Bednarek this week? 😎

    1. Samwise
      2 months, 22 days ago

      why not have both

  24. TallestJohn
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Hmm interesting FH for me so far. Brought in Hazard and Jimenez but got rid of Redmond and Alderweireld. Played Zouma and Keane but benched Ryan, Townsend, AWB, Bednarek.

  25. jr3jonny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    No Camarasa in the squad for Cardiff?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Got an injury.

    2. jr3jonny
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If so I've been dead lucky with Bednarek first sub.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        2nd sub 🙁

  26. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    The only solace is I have just 2 playing today, of which one is getting me a 9 pointer

  27. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Holllld palace please

    1. KukaVain
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      this is all i want right now

  28. Alfa romeu
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Can i call DGW25 a trap yet?
    If it was a SGW would've kept haz, captained salah & rich>son

    Instead did haz > sane (C) & kept rich

  29. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    No Pogba tomorrow and there will be some healthy autosubs!

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Oh yes. Looking forward to it

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Doherty for me
      My rival will get bednarek ... Hope pogba starts

    3. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I have Kola. Not sure how that will work out.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t get their hopes up likebthat

  30. andrewe63
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    R.I.P. England's 2019 Grand Slam ambition.

    awwww. such a pity eh!