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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Ings over Barnes a few weeks ago. Pathetic.

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

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

    2. Adriano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

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

  2. teneighty
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 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
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bednarek lost CS and 3 bonus 😆

    1. jason_ni
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Heart breaking!

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lovely stuff

  4. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Boly holding his balls

    1. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He must have big hands

  5. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sane will outscore Hazard.

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      he will for sure

  6. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Palace CS!

  7. 4-4-who?
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

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

  8. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Good evening fellow Hazard keepers 🙂

    1. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Evening 😎

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      now binners

    3. derdourily
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Evening

    4. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hello there. We deserved it 😉

    5. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

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

    6. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Evening, feels good.

  9. wulfranian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Ashley Barnes is a true legend!

  10. Niho992
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Still 90 minutes for Richa to score !

      1. 4-4-who?
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Good luck with that

        1. Niho992
            2 months, 14 days ago

            just joke mate

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. jason_ni
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

      3. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why was Ings so popular?

        1. Adriano
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Underlying stats are very impressive

      4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Guaita, thanks!

      5. sweglet
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        36 from 5, can't complain

        1. All Out of Mounie
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

        3. jason_ni
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

        4. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Too embarrassed to post.

        5. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          30 for 4 before baps for hazard and Jimmy

        6. acesingh
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          27 from 4

        7. Godfrey
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

        8. EL tridente
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Hazard to Son and ends there.

        9. Monkey Hanger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Bednarak still on 2 BAP's.

        10. Fergus1107
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Hazards third double digit haul in 9 game weeks

        11. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          BOOOooooooooooooooooooo Everton!

        12. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Rich back to normal 😎

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Looks it.

              Auba in a must now.

        13. Auboomerang
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          Yummy bummy

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Pva was on 3 bps before schlupp goal

          2. ZICO SENNA
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            You had all those playing? Free hit?

            1. Auboomerang
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              WC.

              1. ZICO SENNA
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                wow, were you playing just for this GW?

                1. Auboomerang
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

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

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

          27 from 5, what’s everyone on

          1. Hect.OR 98th
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            26 from 5

          2. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            19 from 3

          3. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            40 (-4) from 5

          4. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            39 from 6 =[

            Late saints goal a real kick in the balls

        15. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Foster you beast!

        16. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          Luiz should get 1.

          1. Weilong7
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            hopefully.. prays hard lol

        17. Wirbelwind
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

        18. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          That penalty just gives Redmond the 3 bonus I was after

          1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

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

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Was only on 1 though

              1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Ah, my bad

                1. Warby84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Redmond doesn’t lose a point as he was subbed

        19. Weilong7
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. bialk
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Do it. Hazard has City and blank.

          2. Dannyb
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Selling for Son and not looking back.

          3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Everton dgw failure

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Surprise!

          2. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Digne getting a red was a blessing

          3. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Could you not see that one a mile off?

        21. Bookkeeper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            One place better. Improvement then?

        22. seewhyaxe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Binned hazard for sterling tc

          Hope it pays off

          1. HurriKane
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Rip

        23. Dacra
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            looks like he could still hold onto some bonus tbf