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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Ings over Barnes a few weeks ago. Pathetic.

    1. tucaoneo
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Same. But I feel that for these players every penny saved counts. So.

      • Adriano
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Tell me about it. Although Ings would have been golden without his injuries. Lesson learned

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

      Thought Digne was out for two games so didnt bother about bench order...AWB should of course have been first on my bench instead of after Digne and Kamara the beast. Well well

    3. True Deadzoner
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Bednarek lost CS and 3 bonus 😆

      1. jason_ni
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Heart breaking!

      2. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Lovely stuff

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

      Boly holding his balls

      1. Bees4Lyf
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        He must have big hands

    5. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Please tell me Sane will outscore Hazrad os I can sleep tonight peacefully.

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Sane will outscore Hazard.

      2. ZICO SENNA
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        he will for sure

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

      Palace CS!

    7. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wolves fans haven't stopped singing this half...

    8. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Good evening fellow Hazard keepers 🙂

      1. J - Gimme your Mané …
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Evening 😎

      2. ZICO SENNA
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        now binners

      3. derdourily
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Evening

      4. HurriKane
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Hello there. We deserved it 😉

      5. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Holding this week.. It's Aguero>Auba time!

      6. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Evening, feels good.

    9. wulfranian
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Ashley Barnes is a true legend!

    10. Niho992
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Still 90 minutes for Richa to score !

        1. 4-4-who?
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Good luck with that

          1. Niho992
              4 months, 16 days ago

              just joke mate

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Please Pogba play tomorrow so I don't get Bednarek points off the bench.

          1. jason_ni
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            No guantee pogba gets 5+ points! I have dunk with 6 waiting..

        3. teriyaki 69
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Why was Ings so popular?

          1. Adriano
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Underlying stats are very impressive

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

          Guaita, thanks!

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

          36 from 5, can't complain

          1. All Out of Mounie
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            33 from 5 here. Doh on the damn bench. Small green up to top 8k

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            31 from 5 pre-baps...most all of my attackers left to play.

          3. jason_ni
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            24 from 4 pre baps... bednaerk cleanie would have been perfect!

          4. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Too embarrassed to post.

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

            30 for 4 before baps for hazard and Jimmy

          6. acesingh
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            27 from 4

          7. Godfrey
              4 months, 16 days ago

              43 from 5. Lately everything seems to work. 8th green arrow in a row

          8. EL tridente
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Hazard to son?
            And then get Hazard back for GW 27/28

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Hazard to Son and ends there.

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

            Bednarak still on 2 BAP's.

          10. Fergus1107
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Hazards third double digit haul in 9 game weeks

          11. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            BOOOooooooooooooooooooo Everton!

          12. Rainer
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Rich back to normal 😎

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              It's just Hudds are so bad that even Richarlison and Hazard score against them.

              1. Rainer
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Looks it.

                Auba in a must now.

          13. Auboomerang
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Ryan - 6
            Holebas - 6
            PVA - 6
            Groß - 6
            Son - 11
            Batman - 4

            Yummy bummy

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

              Pva was on 3 bps before schlupp goal

            2. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              You had all those playing? Free hit?

              1. Auboomerang
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 16 days ago

                WC.

                1. ZICO SENNA
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  wow, were you playing just for this GW?

                  1. Auboomerang
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    You play your wildcard when your team needs it. Go be a sheep somewhere else peasant.

          14. niallbonner
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            27 from 5, what’s everyone on

            1. Hect.OR 98th
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              26 from 5

            2. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              19 from 3

            3. grumpyman
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              40 (-4) from 5

            4. TomSaints
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 days ago

              39 from 6 =[

              Late saints goal a real kick in the balls

          15. Bees4Lyf
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Foster you beast!

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

            Chelsea top BAPs will be close, maybe Hazard might sneak a draw with Higgy.

            Luiz should get 1.

            1. Weilong7
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              hopefully.. prays hard lol

          17. Wirbelwind
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 16 days ago

            After keepign Hazard for so long, he punished me properly for swapping out with Sane. Yikes

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Sane not played yet, and likely to out score him anyway

          18. Warby84
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            That penalty just gives Redmond the 3 bonus I was after

            1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              He got a cs point taken away so it is the same result you realise

              1. Warby84
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 16 days ago

                Was only on 1 though

                1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 16 days ago

                  Ah, my bad

                  1. Warby84
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 16 days ago

                    Redmond doesn’t lose a point as he was subbed

          19. Weilong7
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            what to do with hazard after the brace? planning to change for son if he blanks today

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

              Do it. Hazard has City and blank.

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

              Selling for Son and not looking back.

            3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Keep next week I think.Can easily haul vs city too.U can get more news on gw31 and can plan chip strategy after

          20. Hybrid.power
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Everton dgw failure

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

              Surprise!

            2. Bees4Lyf
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Digne getting a red was a blessing

            3. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Could you not see that one a mile off?

          21. Bookkeeper
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Everton only one place better at this point of season compared to last.
            Silva is a fraud.

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

              One place better. Improvement then?

          22. seewhyaxe
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Binned hazard for sterling tc

            Hope it pays off

            1. HurriKane
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Rip

          23. Dacra
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            That late Burnley goal hurt, Bednarek lost lots of points.

            1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              looks like he could still hold onto some bonus tbf