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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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  1. HIT ME!
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 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
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

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

  3. Canary_Kid
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Go on richa, put the icing on the cake

  4. Podge
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Very nice conversion from England there

    1. Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      American football?

      1. Podge
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        6 nations decider

  5. 4-4-who?
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    7 mins of injury time at Goodison??

    1. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Cat pitch invasion earlier

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Cat on the pitch caused a delay

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

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

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

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

    5. sweglet
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      catcatcatcat

  6. how now brown cow
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    7 added minutes for richarlison to harmlessly see out

  7. Batshuayi Golly Wow
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Batman in the points already for Palace

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Hoooooooooooooold Palace!

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        This

    • tucaoneo
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Patricio got save points. Rare.

      • TAT
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 16 days ago

        13 from 3. Any worse?

      • Rainer
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        BURNLEY PEN

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Pva please

      • RFCSPACE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        P*ss off Burnley

      • Samwise
          4 months, 16 days ago

          penalty burnley

        • Regin
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 16 days ago

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

        • Godfrey
            4 months, 16 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
              4 months, 16 days ago

              You don’t know what either will score?

            2. Giggs-Tosun Particle
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 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
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Burnley goal - Get in there !!

            Barnes pen

          • Dr. Rog
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 16 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
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Thought you TCed Haz for a sec

          • JustPark
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Well that's something to cheer up from Luiz.

          • Numb
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            A late late equaliser for Burnley

            1. Fred54
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              I think some people own Bednarek...

          • Podge
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            BArnes scores pen

          • potatoace
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            and crouch is off and running .

          • diesel001
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            1-1

            Barnes G

          • IrishRed
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Bednarek...

          • Monkey Hanger
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Crouch assist.

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Bednarek clean sheet gone! Got to love this game

            1. MTPockets
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              *chuckle*

          • Rainer
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Unlucky Bednarekers, thats rough 🙁

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              As always 😀

            2. Business Cat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              🙁

          • Niho992
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Burnley scored uhh thx God

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 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
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Oh my goodness Burnley scored thank F**k!

            • makaveli123
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Noooo