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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. HIT ME!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Early thoughts on what to do til next week

    Patricio
    Robertson TAA* Bednarek
    Salah Sterling Sane Pogba
    Agüero Rashford Jimenez

    Speroni AWB Digne* McNeil

    A) Save
    B) Digne -> 5.2
    C) Agüero -> Auba
    D) Aguero, Digne -> Auba, Pereira (-4) tonight or outpriced
    E) Other

  2. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Going to be some monster scores this week. Perfect results today

  3. Canary_Kid
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Go on richa, put the icing on the cake

  4. Podge
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Very nice conversion from England there

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

      American football?

      1. Podge
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        6 nations decider

  5. 4-4-who?
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    7 mins of injury time at Goodison??

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cat pitch invasion earlier

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cat on the pitch caused a delay

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Cat-as-trophic lol! Time for a Wolves 4th

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      There was a stoppage for a black cat on the field...

    5. sweglet
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      catcatcatcat

  6. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    7 added minutes for richarlison to harmlessly see out

  7. Crystal Alice
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Batman in the points already for Palace

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Hoooooooooooooold Palace!

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        This

    • tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Patricio got save points. Rare.

    • TAT
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 19 days ago

      13 from 3. Any worse?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      BURNLEY PEN

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Pva please

    • RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      P*ss off Burnley

    • Samwise
        8 months, 19 days ago

        penalty burnley

      • Regin
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Whenever there is a dgw, those with single games haul. Last year gw 34 all over again.

      • Godfrey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 19 days ago

        43 points with 6 left. Glad I kept faith in Hazard and did the Mane > Sane transfer

        1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          You don’t know what either will score?

        2. Giggs-Tosun Particle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          51 with 5 left, also glad about Haz! Currently into the top 5k for the first time ever! No City coverage though so not expecting that to last

      • Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Burnley goal - Get in there !!

        Barnes pen

      • Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        48 with 10 to play (Sane*6 Salah Richi Auba Rashford) and 12 on the bench just in case.
        not a bad game week lol

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Thought you TCed Haz for a sec

      • JustPark
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Well that's something to cheer up from Luiz.

      • Numb
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        A late late equaliser for Burnley

        1. Fred54
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          I think some people own Bednarek...

      • Podge
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        BArnes scores pen

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        and crouch is off and running .

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        1-1

        Barnes G

      • IrishRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Bednarek...

      • Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Crouch assist.

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Bednarek clean sheet gone! Got to love this game

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          *chuckle*

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Unlucky Bednarekers, thats rough 🙁

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          As always 😀

        2. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          🙁

      • Niho992
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Burnley scored uhh thx God

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Need either a Salah or VVD no show to get Bednarek points, not going to happen is it?

        Though I suppose there is always the chance Peltier matches or beats it!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Oh my goodness Burnley scored thank F**k!

      • makaveli123
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Noooo