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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. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Doherty camarasa Boruc benched for AWB Felipe Fabianski

    Ouch!

    1. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Got those exact three player on my bench too... guiata, son and Pereira played...

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pereira played here too - was never gonna bench him though, or Robertson.

        Just a shame that the above 3 were all up in the air and I went the wrong way for all of em

        1. Garlana
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm most anoyyed by boruc...I really went back and fourth with that, the others seemed logical to me. Oh well hopefully it's swings in the opposite direction another week.

    2. Kabayan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Same here.
      + Digne for Pereira, hiks..

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I benched them all too - for Guaita, Fanny and Pereira

  2. GanonTEK
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Raul you beauty!
    Might need to see about getting Jota too soon.

  3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Honestly more tempted in Sterling > Fraser than Sterling > Haz. Chelsea remains a joke with occasional brilliance.

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Was also going to do Sterling > Hazard.

      Could even bench Sterling. BGW31/33 players are cheap, and you will want Sterling back for Man C DGW32. Could then cost 0.2-0.3 more in price rises/lost TV.

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    CHO get in there lad.

  5. donlobatto
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Higuaout?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I can't take another blank build up failure

      1. donlobatto
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I know. Got him, Salah, double ‘pool defence to worry about

    2. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Atm just NoSalah

      1. donlobatto
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Just can’t take him out though not when he plays all those games

  6. Rian23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    what website can i find out how many points i've benched this season?

    1. TEEMU PUKKI
        3 months, 8 days ago

        http://www.howmanypointsi've benchedthisseason.com

      • AVFCChris1984
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FPL Web page

      • FPL DONKEY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        just look at your gameweek history

        1. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This.

    2. Hybrid.power
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Get another one Jimi

    3. The Train Driver
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Chelsea all over the place

    4. tafrère
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Luiz in my XI.
      Sold Jiménez for King.
      Doherty, Jonny and Camarasa in my bench...

      Cheer up little soldiers, GW30 is almost over, it won't hurt us anymore lmao.

    5. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      24 points on my bench currently

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Better than me - I only have 23

        1. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          By better, you mean worse...

    6. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jiminez has put me just 5 places off a grey arrow ! Come on

    7. Slow regard for silent thin…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Do Chelsea look like scoring?

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Not really, Wolves defending well

    8. Bobby
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      can someone remind me again what the main elements of sarriball is. I have forgotten

      1. Mambino
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        The Emperors New Clothes

        1. Mambino
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Emperor's

      2. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Hope Jorginho does something he is probably incapable of

    9. JoeSoap
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Potential transfers this wk included bringing in Mane, Vardy, Fraser, Brooks & TAA. Decided on TAA which meant benching Jiminez. Gotta luv this game.

    10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sarri seems to be the hardest word

    11. Marmalade Forest
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      With this season basically over for many of us, anyone care to speculate with little basis about next season’s FPL?

      Jiminez up at 9?
      Rashford and Lukaku both at 10 with Sanchez at 9?
      Salah a 12m forward?
      Robertson the only 7m defender?
      Zaha back to mid?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If Zaha is a mid Salah is a mid, no?

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Sanchez should be no more than 7.5m

        1. Mambino
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          At the very most

    12. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      In preparing for GW31, has anyone put together a more 'out-of-form' XI?

      Alison
      Lascelles Kola Maguire
      Salah (C) Hazard Anderson Pogba
      Rondon Rashford Lukaku

      Hamer Brooks Doherty Bennett

      It's only my Man Utd players in form, and they don't even play next week!

    13. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      As Bewitched once sang... "The pain goes on. On and on again."

      1. Fred54
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Your restraining order means you have to live in 1990s Ireland?

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          You're thinking of the brother from the corrs

      2. Gregor
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        C’est la vie.

    14. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      For goodness sake score Higuain!!!

      1. donlobatto
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Looking pants. Really disappointed

    15. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Laca and Auba both start with Ozil

      1. TEEMU PUKKI
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Nice

        • Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          No Mustafi, Arsenal CS locked in

          1. adams_6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Absolutely right!
            He’s best sat behind Steve Bould.

      2. fiveyears
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Might play Jiminez in GW31, I still back him to score despite not having a game

        1. Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Wouldn’t put it past the lovely guy

        2. Numb
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          He does seem fixture proof

        3. Mambino
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          yes, a sly pitch invasion and slot one in

      3. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Got Jota to cover Jimenez, but benched him last week and sold this week for Brooks. Transfer fails

      4. Numb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Shouldn’t that have been a Chelsea pen when they got a FK just outside the box earlier? Should have been Chelsea advantage for foul outside the box and then Hazard was fouled again in the box.

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I thought that too when i first seen it.

      5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        ⚽ Team News 📰
        ARS: Leno, Sokratis, Monreal, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
        Subs: Cech, Mustafi, Elneny, Iwobi, Suárez, Guendouzi, Nketiah

        MUN: De Gea, Lindelöf, Young, Smalling, Matic, Dalot, Shaw, Fred, Rashford, Lukaku, Pogba
        Subs: Romero, Rojo, Bailly, Pereira, McTominay, Mason Greenwood, Martial

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers Sim

      6. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Downside - Jimenez will be like 8m next season

        1. Gregor
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Still seems like decent value at that price even.

        2. Would Ed Woodward
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Don't worry, Pukki at 5m or lower.

          • fiveyears
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            It'll be around 7 based on similar players in previous years you'd think

            Depends on how Wolves strengthen I guess!

        3. JohnRoss
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Plenty of people were offloading Jiminez for the blanks. Not straightforward if value built up in him...

          1. Numb
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Not seen many selling him tbh

          2. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Not i!

          3. DandyDon
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I won’t be. Of course that’s why I didn’t have Vardy or Rondón this week hmm. I also blame Aguero for this

          4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Auba starts. Shock

          5. KOKAK
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Eden Hazard overrated?

            1. Mambino
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              No, just one foot in Madrid

            2. Dannyb
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              No, just in a bang average team.

            3. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              On the metaphorical beach

          6. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Emery actually playing all his best players together?

            Wow!

          7. Hybrid.power
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Pogba and Rashers, come on boys

            1. Mambino
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              this

              1. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Everyone has got them, what's the point? Would prefer a hammy in the warm up and get Camerasa off my bench.

                1. Mambino
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  I'm a united fan