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Higuain recovers from illness to start up front for Chelsea at Everton

The last of five Gameweek 31 fixtures takes place on Merseyside this afternoon.

Chelsea are the visitors to Goodison Park, where Everton have only won one of their last eight league fixtures.

Gonzalo Higuain is fit to lead the line for Chelsea, having missed the win over Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday due to illness.

Higuain lines up in a front three alongside Pedro and Eden Hazard, who is the third-most-popular Gameweek 31 captaincy choice among “active” Fantasy assets.

Marcos Alonso returns at left-back at the expense of Emerson Palmieri, while Ross Barkley starts in place of Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

Seamus Coleman returns to the Everton side as Jonjoe Kenny drops out of the match-day squad.

Yerry Mina makes his first Premier League start of 2019 in place of the ineligible Kurt Zouma, while Jordan Pickford keeps his place between the sticks.

The Toffees are otherwise unchanged, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the line ahead of an attacking midfield three of Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuaín, Hazard.

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  1. XabiAlonso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    4 years of Triple captain has produced
    3 + 7 + 9 + 2
    While bench boost gave
    25 + 24 + 14 so far.
    Absolute lottery chip

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I’ve never had a good bench boost

  2. Fernando Torres
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Are Soton playing twice? Why the love for JWP?

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Six goals in his last nine matches. On set pieces and corners.

    2. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Bosh.....GOAL!

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      He is unquestionably the best player in world football right now - name anyone better?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Alonso?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He's up there, but not that level on current form

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Do you still own him?

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              With Cardiff/Brighton in the double GW and with him having won his place back he could suprise people in GW32

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                You think he keeps it after today?

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Cardiff & Brighton are very set piece orientated & Sarri has stated that's one of the big advantages Alonso has over Emerson.

                  Also don't think Sarri really rates Emerson, he's had enough chances by now to win a place, Sarri always goes back to Alonso

                  Wouldn't be shocked to see an Alonso explosion DGW32

  3. Londongeezaa
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Even if I had £200m to spend on my team, I would still be struggling to pick a confident first 11.

    • AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Digne ~> Pereira after GW24 has been deplorable. Props to EVE for turning their defense around with three clean sheets in their last six with a xGC of 8.9 and -2.9 delta. LEI with a +5.8 delta. FML

      Also kicking myself for tooting King's xGI over his last six at home and transferred in Wilson instead for this gw.

      1. ZICO SENNA
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Lost you at ‘last six’....

    • Bielsa's Binoculars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Anyone thinking of Zaha or Bat for their FH in 32?

      1. Fernando Torres
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Considering Zaha if fit.

    • No Leaf Clover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      What is going to be if I transfer out Salah for Mane now and click a FH on the Saturday 30march? What is happening for gw33? Will I have Salah or Mane then?
      Cheers

      1. Would Ed Woodward
          1 month, 9 days ago

          You'll have Salah, enjoy!

        • PÍE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Reverts back to you team from this week, so Salah for you.

        • No Leaf Clover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Cheers guys

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        So much planning to field 11 for this GW and I had 22(-4), sliding down to 45 K now, this game is cruel..

        1. FPL Flop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          This all over, down to 55k though

        2. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          You are definitely winning ‘roughest Gameweek’ Your team looked great on paper heading into the week.

          Just incredibly unlucky. The positive is that it was a low scoring week. Let’s hope next week is a very high scoring one and we can crush people with our FH teams.

      3. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Am I the only one who TCed salah?? All other chips and wildcard intact, couldn't see any other time to play it given all the chips that I had. GW 38 too far to be chasing OR.

      4. Sting in the Tail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Very lucky I made my transfers before all the Mane doubts otherwise I think I would have played safe and gone double pool defence. All the speculation did me a real favour in the end.
        There must be some real tales of woe. I wonder what the worse free hit school was?

      5. Amey
          1 month, 9 days ago

          What do we think about Salah ??
          😛

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I'm not allowed to post those thoughts.

            1. Amey
                1 month, 9 days ago

                😀

            2. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              He's in a rut.

              1. Amey
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Yep

              2. Do I Not Like Orange
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Troll factor turned up to 1000. Always blanks when I own him amd goes mad the second I get rid. Desperate for Madrid to buy him.

              3. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Confidence completly gone and not scoring is clearly playing in his mind.

                The problem is his xG is still right up there, he is getting the chances so at some point he’ll get a big haul which makes selling a risk

                1. AuFeld
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Meh. 2.99 xGI over the last six game weeks.

              4. RFCSPACE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Glad for the international break. Could come back refreshed and in form

            3. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Chelsea really bloody love making things difficult for themselves, don't they?

              1. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                They should go back to whatever they were doing when the season started.

            4. Uncle Gamst
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              62 (-4) from 10 well 9 if we don't count Alonso as a player 😉 can't complain as guy above got 49 from a FH 🙂

              1. twoplustwo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                74 (-4) for me without FH, first proper GW in a long, long time

                1. PÍE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Nice, 68 for me.

                  1. fedolefan
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    You two, teach me your ways.

                  2. twoplustwo
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Tidy

              2. twoplustwo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                And enjoy!

                1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  ONLY two big scores I've seen this GW. Lol

            5. Flynny
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Spurs have confirmed palace will be the first game in new stadium in dgw32

              This makes me want kane in my free hit team.

              Anyone else getting g kane on this basis??

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Pool game isn't great.

                1. Fernando Torres
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Why not? Kane will probably score in that game.

              2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                The pitch could be a shambles - they'll never have played on it before... second game is liverpool... Kane costs approximately 137.4m of budget... Kun, Jimmy, Bats, Zaha all cheaper with better fixtures...

                Might get Son or Alli but Kane could do well

              3. Suave EU
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Sliding more towards Son for counter-attacks.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Son in bad form and benched last game.

              4. Do I Not Like Orange
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Yes, King Harold has been a rock for me the past few seasons when I've owned, perfect antidote to being screwed over by that lousy Egyptian troll. Will 100% be returning to my old reliable and hoping he punishes Pool for their crimes against my FPL season.

            6. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Will be flat out finishing in the top 50K this season it seems.

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                You’ve still got time to get near to top 10k - just been some very tough weeks recently - it’ll turn around

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Top 10K is probably a miracle.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    You are a quality FPL manager with the record to back it up - you’ve got all your chips left - 7 game weeks with all chips is still a long time to make big gains in OR

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Quality has disappeared.
                      The chips are the only saving grace.

              2. teriyaki 69
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                What's your OR??

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  100K+ I guess.

              3. fedolefan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Bit presumptuous to take the top 50K for granted. There's plenty of room outside it too. 🙂

              4. Amey
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  You have time to show the Magic 😉

                • PÍE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Reckon your target is 47,917 or better.

                • fedolefan
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  This is for you TM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idP5-vtkhBE

              5. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                So when will they realistically announce this DGW fixtures?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  This week.

              6. Suave EU
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Do I really need Robbo and TAA in my WC team?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  What's the GW33 plan?

                  1. Suave EU
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    FH.

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Do you want them 34-38?
                      Maybe 1 is enough.

                      1. Suave EU
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I don't think I do want Robbo. Especially if I have TAA. I am tempted to not even get TAA until GW35 for a normal transfer (with the exception of FH33)

                2. AuFeld
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I'd go TAA and a TOT defender. TOT has four good home matches to: BHA, HUD, WHU, and EVE.

                  1. Suave EU
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    This is what I'm considering. Also thinking of getting Son back in

                    1. AuFeld
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      IMO, Son does not appear to be worth while since Kane returned.

                      1. Suave EU
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I suppose. Just looking Spurs fixtures and thinking fixtures can't be ignored excusing the L'pool and City games (which I reckon they'll play on the break).

              7. Super Saints
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Luiz over Mane sums up my season wonderfully!

                1. TheDragon
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Interesting choice!

              8. teriyaki 69
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                took a hit for Luiz. Let's see what GW 33 brings on the table.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  See above!

              9. Fernando Torres
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Rashford or Zaha?

                1. Bielsa's Binoculars
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I think Zaha just because he is more nailed

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Zaha seems to have struck up a nice relationship with BatMan - i think they could do very well

                  Rashford also good... but two hammer blows for united last two games after the high of PSG and the Barca games also on the horizon...

                  I could see united possibly dissapointing a lot of people in the DGW

                  1. Flynny
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Zaha seems injured.

                    Batshuayi for a little less?

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Either are good i think, obviously if Zaha is injured he's a non-option though

                      Mili also worth a punt for them juicy pens

                  2. twoplustwo
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Totally

                    They still don't pass the eye test for me

                3. Fernando Torres
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Yh I think I would probably go Zaha.

              10. Suave EU
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Don't hate on this post... Thinking of losing Mane this week (WC32) because they have Spurs. I'll then bring him in on FH33 and then he will be out for GW34 vs Chelsea.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Hatty vs Chelsea likely.

              11. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Thoughts on this FH team at the mo?

                Ederson
                Azpi / Lindelof / Boly
                Hazard / Pogba / Eriksen / Sterling
                Kun / Jimenez / Batsyuai

                1. Flynny
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I doubt wolves players will play twice given cup semi

                2. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Looks very good to me

                3. Freddiebell
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Jimmy and most of Wolverhampton 's first team will be rested before cup semi final game

              12. the grinder
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Question:
                I'm playing my FH chip for GW 32.
                Can I make a transfer first, to bolster my GW 33 Team and then play the FH Chip?

                1. PÍE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Your transfer won't matter for Gwk 33 - it will revert to your team from this week.

                2. RFCSPACE
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Nope

                3. barcaa7
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  No

              13. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Do we think D.Silva is a good DGW32 option as he has retired from internationals and will be rested?

                1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Very possibly, yeah. I have him in my current squad and might hold on to him on my F.H. Lot of other options, though.

              14. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Do we think D.Silva is a good DGW32 option as he has retired from internationals and will be rested?

                Thanks