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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. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Redmond goes off and Burnley score, not only does he not lose a point but he gets the triple Bap

  2. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    hazard dropping tonight (currently 60 odd percent as per fplfix) and son rising tonight?

    1. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      hazard wont drop
      Son wont rise

      1. Weilong7
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        that will be great! to have more time to think lol

  3. fedolefan
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Are the Burnley Southampton bonus final? Think McNeil has 2 dispossessed so was hoping for 2 Bednarek bonus.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Bedernak should get 2 I think

      1. fedolefan
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        He's on 1 right now. FPL has Mcneil on 23, but the bonus sites are showing 24. So I'm guessing some calculations were done.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Think McNeil will drop down

  4. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Richarlison rising tonight!

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      People who bought him this morning.

      Probably the same people are selling him for Haz tonight!

  5. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Omg. Imagine if Hazard had DGW this week which was very likely.
    Perfect TC option.

    1. Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      If he had had one this week I was planning to TC with those fixtures. Shame he didn’t!

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Ha true 🙂

    3. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yep I’d have been all over it

    4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah if he had bha at home with it it was a nailed on tc.Still not going away from the policy of capping a nailed on player for tc.Haz Kane salah my only options

    5. Amey
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Brighton ruined everything !!!
      Never Forget

  6. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Son surely the ideal replacement for Haz to go alongside Salah Pogba Sane Camarasa, eh?

    Auba Jimenez up top

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      That’s my current midfield so I agree. Mane worth considering as well

    2. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      keep hazard for future dgw, he has played very good today

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Man City, blank and spurs in next 3

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Just scored vs spurs in the cup.see below.Better to wait one more week anyway to know about gw31 blanks

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Disagree with you but good luck keeping hazard for those 3

    3. TAT
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Got rid of Hazard for Sané this GW (looking like a terrible move), but looking to field that mid and front two (plus Rash) after transferring out Richarlison for Son.

    4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Still not sure on that.Son likely to blank gw31 with palace having Doncaster and Chelsea may not blank if they lose to utd

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        We know hazard has a blank! And you’re concern with a potential blank in 6gws

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          No it will equal up the blanks of son and haz.Both play next week anyway so can't see the hurry.Salah hazard city assets all have blanked vs Leicester not exactly pushovers and city haven't been watertight

    5. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Oh yes!!

    6. Patch
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Still keen to keep Richarlison?

    7. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      That’s my team too with Rash up top as well! 😀

  7. TAT
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Best 4.8 defender going forward? Would ideally want Pereira, but can't stretch that far if getting Son for Richarlison.

    1. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Holebas worked out well for me this GW

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        How many YC away from sitting on bench?

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 17 days ago

          That's my question re. Holebas too. Otherwise a decent pick (yellow card magnet aside)

    2. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      -4 to get pereira

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        It's a -4 to get Son; a -8 would be too much unfortunately!

  8. GuillermoDickero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    I cannot wait to get rid of Richarlison - should have gone for Son this week.

    Would you do next week.....
    Laporte + Richarlison ----> Kola + Son

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yep

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Yes.Shame I don't have the cash for it

  9. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Fudcharlison & Mitroshit stinking out my team since GW14.

    Get out you gits....

  10. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Another red arrow. The rot never stops. Sane is being benched tomorrow for sure.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Don't say that.

    2. TAT
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Got Sané for Hazard this GW, so that's a Sané benching pretty much confirmed.

  11. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Is TAA coming back anytime soon. Brought him in on an early transfer and not played a game for me yet...

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Supposed to be in full training next week so looks positive for Bournemouth game

    2. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      season keeper, LIV have good fixtures til the end and no blank

  12. Nunoooooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Assuming no injuries this week, I’m definitely doing:

    Aguero - Haz - Laporte > Auba - Son - Robertson

    Then Shaw > Kola. Done!

  13. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Son or Auba this week?

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Both! See above ^

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Auba with how gash hudds were

  14. Salah4Ever
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Any news about Ings injury?
    He has Car Ars and Fulham next, i kept him for these fixtures

  15. Rahulio
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Haz and rich > Son and Pogba

    • Rahulio
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Luke Shaw replacements? I have 0.5 ITB