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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. Mike132
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Will Son rise tonight?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      in the morning usually

    2. Numb
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Probably

    3. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      No thats the moon.

    4. SUPERMAN
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      No

  2. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Played Deeney instead of Bednarek.

    Schoolboy error.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      could still work out!

  3. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pogba will definitely start tomorrow wont he

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure

    2. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yes and not tonight. 😉

    3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yes he’s fine.

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Bloody hope not. I have Jimmy first on bench

  4. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Thanks for the partying gift Hazard & Alonso.

    Son and Kolasinac will be coming in for 2ft (assuming no injuries elsewhere) 😉

  5. Numb
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    SCHLUPP

    BATMAN A

  6. Rik Waller
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Hoooooold Palace!!!!

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      This

  7. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Scccchhhlurp goal

  8. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Bednarek 12 pts on bench...

    Hopefully Shaw or Pogba don’t play!!!

  9. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    SHLUPpppppppppppppppppppp

  10. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Any chance it’s an AWB goal?

  11. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Luiz scores

  12. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Luiz goal

  13. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Bats assist.

  14. Good Times
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Thank you for the parting gift Haz

  15. Ruinenlust
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Hazard sellers still crying hahaha love it

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      For me it was Hazard or no City.

    2. Srv210
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Grow up mate, I never trolled anyone here...it's a game every week there's a new scorer can't time it all

    3. Good Times
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Captained the great man!

  16. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Ings is so Ings. 0 goal involvement in these good fixtures and back to his hospital bed.

  17. Srv210
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Bednarek staring from the bench damn !!!!!

  18. bialk
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Luis goal

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Luiz u lovely moppet

  19. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Bissaka and Alonso assists?

  20. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Tell me it's pva assist

  21. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    LUIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz maybe OG?!

  22. Amey
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Ha ha.
    Sane has big boots to fill in now 😮
    Hazard 15 haul is great for owners. Well done.
    Come on Sane !!

    1. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Better to own both 😉

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah.
        Could not though with my team structure

  23. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Batsman tekkers.

  24. Ruinenlust
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    David Luiz

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Palace gonna switch off now 🙁

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Timing

  26. fusen
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    When a player hasn't scored in say 8 games, what do you think is more likely for a player that in previous seasons scores double digit figures over the course of a season.

    A) doesn't score
    B) does score

    People saying "but hazard hasn't scored for so long" well yeah, but 'form' starts and stops at random points. A good stopper of not scoring would be a game against Huddersfield.

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Have you seen chelsea play recently?

  27. EMBOLOFAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    who assisted palace goal?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Batsman

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        damn it. thanks

  28. Fred54
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Scccchhhlurp, need more onomatopoeia in FPL.

    1. BigRedDog
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Groan

  29. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    If this is anything to go by, city seeking revenge after newcastle loss could be a bloodbath vs arsenal

  30. EMBOLOFAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    willian assisted luiz