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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. Eriksen Maestro
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Joshua King hype for blank weeks so disappointing ...

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Can still come good....

      If buying now I’d go Wilson though. Always favoured him

    2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Do you think a straight swap to Wilson is best move?

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Only if its free and you have 10 other players already

    3. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He could still deliver in the blanks.

    4. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Was unlucky not to score yesterday. Also might've been because he's rubbish, one of the two.

        1. Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          2 big misses... would've meant assist points for Brooks too

          1. Eriksen Maestro
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            good to know thanks

      • Eriksen Maestro
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        He is not as good with Wilson in the side - all the points will go Wilson's way now

    5. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If I played BB I'd be on 100+ pts with Pogba and Rash to go.

      Boruc/Jimmy/Doh /Jota on the bench. 2 wks in a row benched over 25pts.lol at me

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Boruc(6) Doherty(5+) Camarasa(8) benched for AWB(1) Fabianski(2) Felipe(1) 🙂

        Not counting Pereira and Robbo as never would’ve considered benching them

    6. MidTableFantasy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What would you do with this kit, you have three transfers:

      Alisson (Speroni)
      TAA Doherty Duffy (Rice AWB)
      Hazard Pogba Salah Almiron (Puncheon)
      Rashford Agüero Jiménez

      I cannot for the life of me figure out what makes the most sense

      Thanks

    7. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Chelsea: 16 shots, 4 on target
      Wolves: 1 shot, 1 on target

      😀

    8. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Jota YC, he absolutely loves a booking.

        1. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          So does Doc

      • DA Minnion
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Keep going Ireland. We want more.

        1. GanonTEK
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Here here!!

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Chelsea can't score with all of these players on the pitch:

        - Higuain
        - Hazard
        - Pedro
        - Willian
        - Hudson-Odoi
        - Loftus Cheek

        Troubling for Chelsea, but also a testament to Wolves...

        1. VeryHairyBabyParade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Relatively average list there

          1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yep - apart from hazard

        2. Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sarri should have brought on Giroud for Kovacic

      • BIG TONES
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I sold Jiminez for King lol

        1. Eytexi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Same here. Many did it for a hit.

      • Uppercut Panda - A legend i…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Patricio the troll

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yes - I was glad to be rid of him

      • The 5% Team
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Rudiger suspended for next match? That's what commentator said...can't be right

          1. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No he's on 5yc not 10

            1. The 5% Team
                1 month, 10 days ago

                yeah, that's what I thought...watching Dutch commentary, the guy probably doesn't know about that rule as it's different here in the Netherlands

            2. Mysterion
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Commentator is a filthy casual

          2. tucaoneo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Is Hazard (31&33) a trap?

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Who else do you want ?

              1. tucaoneo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yesterday someone was talking about Sterling > Fraser and I thought it was a joke. Rethinking.

            2. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              More like a (gw1 to gw38) trap.

            3. QueefParkRangers
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Huge trap, I did son to him and wish I got Fraser

            4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              No

            5. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Probably - but who else is there? Seems a total lack of consistency in the PL teams this year, Man City and Liverpool apart. (and Huddersfield and Fulham of course)

              1. FPL DONKEY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Bournemouth have two tasty home fixtures over the blanks. People are just getting Hazard to use up their cash.

            6. fedolefan
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He is always a trap. Only got him in for Son because of fixtures (Fulham and the blanks).

            7. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              ... umm ... 😉

              1. tucaoneo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Aha 🙂

          3. Gaffa914
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Jiménez to Wilson this GW will be popular

            1. FPL DONKEY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I have a lot of money tied up in Jimenez, and I want him back. He's the physical manifestation of fixture proof.

          4. QueefParkRangers
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Chelsea are going to be a bottom half table team when Haz leaves this summer

            1. Game Over
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              don't be ridiculous

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                This assertion might not be so daft as you think - especially if they cannot make any transfers.

                1. Mysterion
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  There will probably be a loophole to get the ban postponed... like an appeal to CAS or something of that nature, I'm sure they'll find a way

                2. Game Over
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Nah, don't worry about it. Chelsea will be fine. People love writing them off every year, but they still keep winning things. Funny that! They can recall on loan players too.

            2. Gaffa914
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Swear hazard has been leaving for the last 5 years running?

            3. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Average player out. Young kid in. Might work the other way.

          5. g40steve
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Kante is rubbish up front

            1. LǝgleSs e|even
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Sarri ball

          6. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Jota off for Gibbs-White

          7. KOKAK
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wolves often concedes against weaker teams, but keeps a clean sheet against Chelsea?! What a joke? Is this game fixed? 😀

            1. Daniel - The Veteran
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              They have 1 shot in total and are lucky till now

              1. KOKAK
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Did you also count the shots made by Chelsea?

          8. Daniel - The Veteran
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Pogba in attack. *Gulp as I sold him for Hazard. Obviously a wrong move. He is so gonna punish me

            1. AVFCChris1984
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I very nearly did, FFScout convinced me not to, hoping Pogba and Rashford do the business

              1. FPL DONKEY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I nearly sold Pogba for Mane. Wish I did now as I'm an Arsenal fan.

                1. AVFCChris1984
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Yeah was torn between hazard and mane for Pogba but decided to wait and see how they get on. Hard choice now Hazard has returned

          9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wolves love conceding last minute goals.

          10. EDUARDO DA SILVA
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Hoping for Sarrisack tonight, poor manager, open book, same tactics every game, poor Hazza's small back, playing alone. Arsenal fan

            1. Gaffa914
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              ‘Poor manager’

            2. L'Aeroplanino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              as an Arsenal fan I don't want him to be sacked

          11. Salarrivederci
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Boruc, Rondon, Jimenez and Jonny on my bench..... happy days. Will be lucky to stay in top 10K.
            42 points with Rash and Pogs to go...
            Almost the same amount of points on my bench!

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Very similar apart from the 10K bit. I'll be lucky to stay in the top 250K

          12. Bossworld
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Benched Jimenez but otherwise good game week and very happy with the current score line as a Wolves fan.

              Got 2FT but so much value tied up in Jimenez and Pogba I daren't get rid. may just find two cheap defenders for GW31

            • Ady87
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I think I’m just gonna have to start both JWP/Jota instead of this constant benched points situation.

            • The Train Driver
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Higuain will start growing roots on the pitch soon...

            • RFCSPACE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Was lining up sterling to Haz but after this I might just get Fraser and save the cash

              1. TAT
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Thinking about the same…

            • Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Hazard again is a disappointment

              1. MTPockets
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                yep

            • Chucky
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Higuain goal please asap

            • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Pat the Hero

            • Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Emerson looks very average

            • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Jimi subbed

            • Flapjack ✅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              The thing with Jiminez is he’s a BAP machine. That’s made him so good this year.