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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.

2,058 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Sterling has to get 19 otherwise its a fail.

    1 like = 1 cry

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Ouch

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Hazard & Son have thrown down the gauntlet

      Salah could do similar Monday night

  2. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Hazard is right tease 🙂

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      he's an idiot

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        You just know if you sell him he will haul 🙂

    2. Flynniesta
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I can think of more appropriate words beginning with t

  3. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    AWB booked? >:(

  4. Danstoke82
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 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
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Why?

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

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

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Sane playing the 2 defences as bad as Huddersfield dw

      1. EMBOLOFAN
          4 months, 15 days ago

          not true and no guarantee he starts both

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yawn

      2. Les Bleus
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

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

        1. Danstoke82
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 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.

      3. Royal5
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Could still pay off. Espescially if you captained Sane.

        1. Danstoke82
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Captained Aguero. Hoping for a bit of luck.

      4. Tanglebrain
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

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

      5. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

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

      6. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

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

    3. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 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
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A salty owner! I’ve seen it all.

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Captain?

    4. Niho992
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Richa my only player who blank so far

        1. Podge
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Me too and I captained him

          1. Niho992
              4 months, 15 days ago

              ouchh

        2. Rainer
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

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

          1. Geezer
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Don’t worry

        3. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Come on Fulham wipe that cleanie

        4. the Penman
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

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

          1. 4-4-who?
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

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

        5. tucaoneo
            4 months, 15 days ago

            The troll strikes back 😮

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              next fixtures and blank

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  points banked 😉

                  1. ZICO SENNA
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    2 goals over how many games, lol

            2. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Batman Begins

            3. jimmyabs1987
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 15 days ago

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

              1. Garlana
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                If he plays both

                1. jimmyabs1987
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 15 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
                4 months, 15 days ago

                course it was the right choice

              3. Amsterhammer
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 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
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Hold judgement until the gw is over

            4. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Anyone getting Hazard?

              1. Rainer
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Can't wait to sell the dud.

              2. HurriKane
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Too late. This was the gw to own him

              3. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

              4. ZICO SENNA
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

              5. fedolefan
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

            5. Fred54
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

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

              1. Skloppy Kops
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Sanè(c)

              2. The Wise Owl
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Man City.

              3. Brosstan
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                City

              4. tucaoneo
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Damn should've thrown in TC.

                • Fred54
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  You guys flat batted me, heh.

              5. Nomar
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Thanks for the farewell points, Haz.

                Son on his way now.

              6. Daniel - The Veteran
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

                1. HonestBlatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Scores soon

                2. Skloppy Kops
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

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

                3. Rik Waller
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Can't miss that nose

              7. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Groß on for 3 bonus 2017 style

                1. Rainer
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Magic 😮

              8. stupendous
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Huddersfield are gonna win this 5-4!

                Hulk it!

              9. HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Camoon Richarlison do one now...

                1. Amsterhammer
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Yeah come on lad.

              10. JustPark
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

                1. JustPark
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  *owners

                2. 4-4-who?
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

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

              11. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Bennett lucky not to get a YC

              12. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

                1. Podge
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Tut tut

              13. Business Cat
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

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

                1. Samwise
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    why not have both

                2. TallestJohn
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 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.

                3. jr3jonny
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  No Camarasa in the squad for Cardiff?

                  1. diesel001
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Got an injury.

                  2. jr3jonny
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

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

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      2nd sub 🙁

                4. The Red Devil
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

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

                5. Hy liverpool
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Holllld palace please

                  1. KukaVain
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    this is all i want right now

                6. Alfa romeu
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 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

                7. Rainer
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  No Pogba tomorrow and there will be some healthy autosubs!

                  1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Oh yes. Looking forward to it

                  2. Hy liverpool
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

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

                  3. Amsterhammer
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

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

                  4. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Don’t get their hopes up likebthat

                8. andrewe63
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

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

                  awwww. such a pity eh!