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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. fedolefan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ugh Luiz. Get lost.

    1. Regin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Seriously. Fook off Luiz. I was hoping against hope Alonso scores or assists but Luiz scores.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Haven't seen it but 100% not a Luiz goal.

  3. HurriKane
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Luiz on target. Surely his goal?

  4. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Luiz now !!!

    Hazard (C) and Luiz - Lovely

    You can stuff your DGW players

    1. RFCSPACE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      They haven't played once yet let alone twice

      1. Podge
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Everton have

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wait till the DGW players have palyed. 😀

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nicely done!

    4. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Lol. I feel bad for rubbing it into hazard non owners. 😉

      Cue mods deleting this post

      1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        It's alright. They're content to give you something after 8 weeks of no goals.

      2. Srv210
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        How old are you mate??
        Not being salty but continuously trying to boast about this is not worth it, it's ok there will be a different player scoring next week

  5. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    luiz outscores alonso again

  6. True Deadzoner
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Luizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  7. BigBillyBass
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bye bye Huddersfield. Enjoy the championship

      1. 4-4-who?
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yes. Today's result will be hard to recover from. So far adrift.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Uhhh Luiz

    • Differentiator
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      YES LUIZZZ

    • La Roja
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Schlupp

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Again or dial up?

        1. Sim Simma
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          It's the sound you make when you realise you sold Haz

    • CHY049
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bednarek and Jota on my bench. Danny Ings grinning at me with his 1 pointer.

    • Canary_Kid
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Better be Luiz assist and not goal

    • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Luis not on bonus, rigged

      1. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Try Luiz.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Hooooooooooold Kante!

      3. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Must get 1 at least

    • tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Luiz I'm proud of you.

    • HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Feel bad for rubbing it into hazard sellers

      Well done for mods deleting my posts ;(

    • grooveymatt65
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      No offense but to people moaning about Hazard... he has a history of trolling people and was home to Huddersfield. Tbf if you brought in Son then your not that bad off anyways. Was always gonna happen!

    • True Deadzoner
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      27p from 2 Chelsea players sweet

      1. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Kante TC and Ross Barkley?

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Can someone explain how Hennessey scored for CP?

    • Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      ML rival has AWB Doherty Luiz Hazard Jimenez so far.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Score a god damn goal Alonso!!!

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      19 from 3, my Gameweek starts tomorrow!

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        8 from 3.
        Ings leasing the pack. AwB and Richa

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Unlucky pal, long way to go though!

          Doherty AWB Jimenez for me

    • Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Sarri should play Kovacic in the Jorginho role. At least Kovacic can defend

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Only saving grace is not many will have Hazard(c).

    • Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Hold SOT

      1. Patch
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Pls Crouch destroy Simma dreams

    • JRO093
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Played Bednarek last week for Bennett’s clean sheet. Reverse this week. 12 pts for Bednarek!

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        12?

        1. JRO093
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Well when he was still in CS and 3 bps. 6 now

    • teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Luizzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!! take that Alonso owners.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Dial up

    • The Big Fella
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Best striker for 5.8m or below? Had Ings but he is made of glass so I am getting rid.

      1. elchilangles
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Crouch!

      2. fusen
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Last 15 games

        Alonso 54 points
        Luiz 77 points

        Luiz 5.9m
        Alonso 6.5m

      3. Numb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Lol Hazard not on 3 baps with a brace

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          15 pts then,?

      4. Bookkeeper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Surely that's an OG and not a Luiz goal?