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Alonso absent for Chelsea as Saïss comes in for Bennett

Marcos Alonso (£6.4m) misses out on a place in the Chelsea starting XI for the second Gameweek in a row this weekend.

That’s the first time he has not played a single minute in back-to-back Gameweeks all season.

In his place is Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) who makes his second start in a row, having played all 90 minutes against Fulham in Gameweek 29.

Joining the Italian in Chelsea’s back-line is the usual suspects of David Luiz (£5.9m), returning after a Gameweek 29 benching, Antonio Rüdiger (£5.9m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.3m).

With Eden Hazard (£10.8m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m) coming back into the side following a rest in the Europa League, they are joined in the front three by Pedro (£6.3m).

The key Wolves assets are all in the starting line-up with Matt Doherty (£5.4m) restored to the starting line-up on the flanks of midfield.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.8m) and Diogo Jota (£6.1m) lead the two-man attack while Rui Patricio (£4.5m) reclaims the goalkeeper jersey from John Ruddy (£4.2m).

As Ryan Bennett (£4.2m) serves the first of a two-match suspension, Romain Saïss (£4.2m) fills in for him at centre-back.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson, Rüdiger, D Luiz, Azpiliceuta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Hazard, Higuaín, Pedro.

Wolves XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saïss; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Doherty; Jota, Jiménez.

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  1. Les Bleus
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Where is Salah? 🙁

  2. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I know this has been asked to death but which teams are likely to have a DGW in GW32 apart from United and Wolves?

    1. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The ones not playing in 33

  3. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So, Salah out?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No. Chances are there. Id worry if they werent

  4. SM001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Jimmy and Gonzo hatricks please!

    1. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Assisted by Luiz

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hell yes

  5. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Downgrading Salah to Mane so I could afford Sterling wasn’t a bad plan then 🙂

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think you're selling yourself short. It seems to have been a good plan

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Having all 3 was the better plan.

  6. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sorry just logged on. Mate of mine says salah will get another assist for one of the goals. Is that likely?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No

    3. YEAH PITCH!
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Your mate hasn't got a clue.

      • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers everyone. Good luck with the rest of the gameweek

      • LǝgleSs e|even
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Unless your mate works for the FPL towers, its a rubbish claim

    4. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cmon Kepa, save a few shots and boot it up to Hazard for a goal.

    5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Waiting all week to find out if TAA will play in 31 is going to be agonizing. The only upside is that I can get Mane if he's out. Anyone else in a similar boat?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Similar but not the same. Own TAA, Robbo & Mané - not sure who I'll bring in for TAA if injured as no WC left.

      2. Alpharius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A little knock and missing the Bayern game may be a blessing. I was worried he’d play 90 midweek and miss the Fulham game anyway

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          That's true. Mind you, it will be anxious 🙂

      3. L'Aeroplanino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        a nice excuse to free up slot for Mane

    6. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Finally breaking past 30k this gw. So hard to make ground this season

      Thx Man(e)

    7. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maybe Salah ➡️ Hazard and keep Sterling

      Or maybe

      Sterling ➡️ Mane
      Rashford ➡️Higuain
      Jimenez ➡️ Wilson

      Ummm I like that last one. Exact mitb

      1. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Stering > Mane this GW, then Salah > Sterling next?

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Yeah FH

          1. Bam Bam Bigelow
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            then yes, the 2nd option

    8. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Likelihood of 16 points from Doh, Pog and Rash?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Borderline, could happen. Thoughts on 21 from Hazard & Pogba?

        1. Pras United
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          25% i’d Say. Needs a Haz brace + Utd win

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Need 2 goals, 1 assist & decent BAPS basically.

      2. Hubert
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        50/50

    9. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      3-3 goalfest with Gonzalo and Jimenez hattricks? Yes pls

    10. Willmissudimitrypayet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Higuain will score how many today?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        1. 2-0 scoreline.

    11. The Baby-faced Assassin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Which 1 for 31? (FH 32)

      A) sterling to hazard (have 10 players)
      B) Salah to Mane (have 9 players)

      1. Pras United
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Of c A!

    12. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lost Schar yesterday, will be down to 5 if Arnold also is out. Su much for blank planning!

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        That's randomness for you.....

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Nothing a -12 can't fix 😎

    13. Tsparkes10
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Worth a - 4 to do VVD to Ake so I can bring in Mane instead of Madisson or Brooks for Son?

      • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Did anyone get a glimpse of TAA injury or him coming off?
        Did it look bad or hard to tell?

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Looked like a knock to the shoulder.

          1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            But precautionary, or wincing in agony?

            1. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Precautionary + minutes management IMHO.

      • Özil
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Salah was bossing it before I got him. Now it's 7th gameweek of disappointment and counting. New season can't come soon enough...

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Lol

        2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Yep - reading Salah and Hazard incorrectly have downed me this season

      • DA Minnion
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        My Salah to Sterling last week and Son to Mane this week has just been lovely.

        1. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Well done sir

        2. Bam Bam Bigelow
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Nice!

        3. g40steve
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Good choices, what you doing next week 😉

          1. DA Minnion
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Free hitting.

        4. TyroneGAA
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Hahaha I’m not even going to tell you my team just tell me what to do with it lol

      • TAT
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Need Jimmy to save my mini league season!

      • Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        If TAA injured, best replacement to keep from now til the end?

        1. Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Valery

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Not sure how serious this is haha.

        2. gaurava1216
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          no chips?

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No WC. So every week aside FH32 i guess i should say.

        3. L'Aeroplanino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Matip
          Kolasinac

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Kolasinac is very much on the radar - cheers.

      • NUFCAndrew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        2 FTs. 0.2 ITB. What transfer should I make? I’m worried about lack of Chelsea & Leicester.

        Ederson Boruc

        Robbo Periera Schar WB Bednarek

        Salah Sterling Mane Pogba Jota

        Rashford Jiminez Rondon

      • Tsparkes10
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Stuff it. Taking a - 16 this week.
          - 12 means so I field 11 instead of 8 and the final - 4 so that I can bring in Mane as my 3rd pool (VVD to Ake)

          1. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Don't do it!

          2. gaurava1216
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Dont do it!!

          3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I'm doing -8, -12 if TAA's injured. Having a mare this season, so may as well roll the dice.

          4. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Don't listen to them. Do it.

          5. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Do it!

          6. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Think of the children!

          7. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Go for it~ I say!

          8. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Do it !

          9. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I say do it. You have to play the lottery if you want to win it. The question you have to ask though is do the players you are bringing in have it in them to score massively.

            Players like Vardy, Hazard, Higuain, Wilson, Fraser and even Arnie could pay off. Someone like Fabianski less so IMO.

          10. ...al - Leave your comments…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Prob not worth it

            I've 2 ft for this week and I'm happy to just write it off

            If most players just getting 2's and 1's you're done

            1. Tsparkes10
                1 month, 16 days ago

                -16 = Pogba, Son, VVD, Moutinho, Rashford to Haz, Mane, Ake, Fraser, Wilson. Worth it imo. Will FH in 32

                1. diesel001
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Why not. One haul and you are covered with good players for GW33 too.

                2. ...al - Leave your comments…
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Sounds like you've already made your mind up 😉

                  1. Tsparkes10
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I have mind my mind up :). Just depends on when to do it as don't want to have to go Brooks over Fraser for example

                      1. Mambino
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        don't sabotage yourself on a whim

                        1. Tsparkes10
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Sabotage? If I don't take hits then I'll have 7 for GW 31 and 33. I think 4 players in 2 gws will get 16 points

                            1. Mambino
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              no free hit - fair enough

                3. fedolefan
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Do it now, if that means fewer posts.

              • seewhyaxe
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thanks for subbing TAA out earlier. 1 more precious pt.

                1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  That might be slim consolation if he's injured

              • LǝgleSs e|even
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Higuain brace might be a wonderful gift top my ML this gw. Cmon Gonz!

                1. Dakes.
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Oh it’d be GLORIOUS.

              • Bam Bam Bigelow
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                First time Luiz owner, what can I expect?

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A brace or a red card. Nothing in between.

                2. VeryHairyBabyParade
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Itchiness

                3. LǝgleSs e|even
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Red card

                4. g40steve
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Rollercoaster

              • Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                On what minute will the Wolves clean sheet be wiped out ?

                1. Mambino
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  42

              • Chucky
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                My last 2 transfers in: Alonso and TAA... One dropped and other injured.. Season over 🙁

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  If your season is over will you stop complaining after today? See you in August, eh?

                  1. Mambino
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    a bit snide

                    1. Make Arrows Green Again
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Hardly snide 🙂 straight to the point. It's been all he's done today.

                      1. Mambino
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        a bit - come on

                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  We got an extra point for TAA lol

                3. L'Aeroplanino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  why would you buy Alonso??

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    High ceiling

                    1. Fred54
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      What's the Sistine Chapel got to do with this?!

                      1. Mambino
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        they're both cornerstones of high renaissance art?

                4. Klein
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  You lost me at Alonso. Why would you ever do that?

              • fedolefan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Could do with a haul from that turd Hazard in this high scoring week.

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Matt Doherty is actually a legend.