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Wednesday team news: Alonso and Mount start, Havertz benched again

Four Premier League matches take place on Wednesday evening as a mammoth Gameweek 36 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) slowly winds its way to a conclusion.

The north London derby will draw the Gameweek to a close tomorrow but there is plenty of Fantasy interest in tonight’s fixtures, with eight of the 12 ‘doublers’ in action.

Leeds United v Chelsea gets us underway at 19:30 BST, with Leicester City v Norwich City and Watford v Everton kicking off a quarter of an hour later. Finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City starts at 20:15 BST.

As for the team news, Thomas Tuchel has made four changes from the Blues’ disappointing 2-2 draw with Wolves.

Mason Mount is recalled along with Jorginho, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah, as Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timo Werner drop to the bench.

Marcos Alonso keeps his place as Tuchel attempts to draw a line under the tiff that he and the Spaniard had in the first half of Saturday’s game, while Kai Havertz has to again make do with a place among the substitutes.

Jesse Marsch has matched his opposite number and made four changes from the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Rodrigo, Liam Cooper, Lewis Bate and Pascal Struijk come in for Junior Firpo, Mateusz Klich, Joe Gelhardt and the banned Luke Ayling.

The changes are plentiful at the King Power Stadium, too. Brendan Rodgers has made five of them, with James Maddison and James Justin both returning from injury to start.

Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman also come into the team, as Wesley Fofana, Kelechi Iheanacho, Patson Daka, Ayoze Perez and Nampalys Mendy drop out. Fofana doesn’t even make the bench.

Dean Smith recalls Angus Gunn, Lukas Rupp, Dimitris Giannoulis and full debutant Tony Springett at the expense of the benched Tim Krul, Brandon Williams, Jacob Sørensen and Kieran Dowell.

Roy Hodgson has beaten all of the above managers for team tinkering, making seven alterations – six of which are enforced.

Jeremy Ngakia, Joao Pedro, Adam Masina, Ken Sema, Dan Gosling, Christian Kabasele and Samuel Kalu all start at Vicarage Road.

Craig Cathcart drops to the bench, while Kiko Femenia, Hassane Kamara, Tom Cleverley, Ismaila Sarr, Josh King and Emmanuel Dennis are absent through either suspension, illness or injury.

Frank Lampard, by contrast, makes just one tweak to his starting XI, and that too is enforced.

Yerry Mina is ruled out because of a minor calf injury, so the Colombian is replaced by Michael Keane at the back.

In the late kick-off, expected recalls for Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden have materialised. The benched Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus and the injured Ruben Dias drop out.

There is again no place in the starting XI for Riyad Mahrez, however; that’s a fourth straight Premier League benching for the Algerian.

A ‘working from home’ Bruno Lage, still ill with Covid, has kept the Wolves changes to a bare minimum, as Chiquinho makes his first Premier League start in place of the injured Romain Saiss.

GAMEWEEK 36 LINE-UPS

Leeds United XI: Meslier, Koch, Cooper, Llorente, Struijk, Bate, Phillips, Harrison, Raphinha, Rodrigo, James.

Subs: Klaesson, Firpo, Gelhardt, Hjelde, Cresswell, Greenwood, Klich, Shackleton, Gray.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pulisic, Mount, Lukaku.

Subs: Kepa, Silva, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Sarr.


Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Amartey, Evans, Castagne, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Vardy, Lookman, Barnes.

Subs: Ward, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Mendy, Daka, Thomas.

Norwich City XI: Gunn, Aarons, Hanley, Byram, Giannoulis, Rupp, Gilmour, Springett, Lees-Melou, Rashica, Pukki.

Subs: Krul, Gibson, Dowell, Placheta, Tzolis, Sorensen, Williams, Gibbs, Rowe.


Watford XI: Foster, Masina, Kabasele, Samir, Sema, Ngakia, Gosling, Sissoko, Kayembe, Kalu, Pedro.

Subs: Bachmann, Etebo, Ekong, Cathcart, Sierralta, Morris, Çukur, Blake, Grieves.

Everton XI: Pickford, Iwobi, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Mykolenko, Gordon, Doucoure, Delph, Gray, Richarlison.

Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Allan, Calvert-Lewin, Gomes, Davies, Branthwaite, Rondon, Alli.


Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Jose Sa, Boly, Coady, Jonny, Chiquinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Jimenez, Neto.

Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Trincao, Mosquera, Silva, Toti, Hee-Chan, Cundle.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, Sterling, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden.

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Jesus, Grealish, Mahrez, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer, Lavia.


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1,909 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Only bad decision was Dennis over Nketiah

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      I jumped on that train also

      1. No Kane No Gain
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 23 hours ago

        Nketiah was the obvious move as well

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 22 hours ago

          One of those ones that felt like it was an easy decision in hindsight

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 22 hours ago

            Now he’s stinking out my team!

    2. Fantabulous KdB
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Sticking with Pukki instead of Nketiah hurt this week, upside is it's FH time!

  2. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    KDB TC here. Oh my days! Went from 22k to 6k OR. Happy Thursday guys!

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Great call. Well done. These are the kind of FPL days you'll always remember

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks man. My first ever decent return from the TC! Indeed i will never forget it.

    2. tokara
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      congrats

  3. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Ouch my eyes hurt after waking up to that.

    Double city defence, havertz, no city attack, no James, no Leicester, no Everton, no Foster

    61 pt ML lead reduced to 8 points and the trauma of blowing a 60 point lead in the final 3 GWs to the same opponent in 2019/2020 resurfaced.

    Hahaha don't we just love FPL

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      For these reasons it is the best fantasy game there is. Madness on both sides of ML everywhere.

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      Love hate relationship, we just can't move on

  4. JonSnow
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    What a morning, just woke up to my highest ever score 142, no chips used and nketiah, kulu to play. Wow, after a horrid season there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Nice one Jon

    2. KUN+10
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Winter is coming

  5. Fantabulous KdB
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Kane and Maddison
    or
    Son and Vardy on FH?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      SV

  6. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Salah to KDB?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Nope

  7. KUN+10
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Pickford
    Digne TAA Robbo
    Son Buendia Coutinho Maddison KDB
    Rich Vardy

    Sanches Mateta Amartey Dias

    Who to (c)? Chasing 30 points and ML had FH. Im f@$cked

    1. KUN+10
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      *ML leader has

  8. fplgaruda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    11 days, 23 hours ago

    Feel so good when you got the highest captain point of the season right.
    KDB(C) GW36.
    Salah 3 pts also helping, served the conservative well

    1. tokara
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      well killed

  9. Ragabolly
    • 12 Years
    11 days, 22 hours ago

    Risers: De Bruyne (12.0) Richarlison (7.6)

    Fallers: Adams (6.5)

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 20 hours ago

      Cheers, Raga.

      I'll take my Kev differential haul now - everyone in my ML will get him in on their FH or WC now.

  10. Bruno Commando
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 22 hours ago

    Would you get Coutinho over Gordon for GW37?

    A) TAA + Gordon
    B) Robbo + Coutinho

    The 9 are:
    Pickford
    Cancelo Cash
    Salah Son KDB Zaha
    Richarlison Ings

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      A nailed for 2 starts

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers!

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 18 hours ago

      TAA definitely isn't nailed for the Soton match - something to think about.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 17 hours ago

        Yes might be his turn to rest again soon? Esp since it seems like the title race is over (kind of)...

  11. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 9 Years
    11 days, 22 hours ago

    Play Kasper (wat che) or Pope (tot avl)?

    1. tokara
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 22 hours ago

      KAS of cos

  12. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 22 hours ago

    Best week in my 5 years of FPL. Cut a 60 pt ML deficit to 3 with Kulu still to go. Taking a second to celebrate it. Lol

  13. Lallana
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 22 hours ago

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2022/05/05/fpl-daily-what-leicester-and-west-hams-european-exits-mean-for-fpl/?hc_page=1&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_24953297

    FPL is rough. Could have finished much higher this week. But of course there's a luck element to it. Right place, right time.

  14. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 20 hours ago

    Kane has 1 goal and 0 assists in his last 8 gameweeks. Why so popular?

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 20 hours ago

      Coz he's Kane.

      Class is permanent.

  15. JonSnow
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 20 hours ago

    is this madness? rank 150k and chasing in ml.
    Mount+gelhardt+jesus+white > zaha(C)+richarlson+toney+guehi/clyne (-12) and bench boost my squad.
    Alternatively i could just do jesus>richarlson(C)

    Team: 1FT. pope/foster
    white/james/amartey/robbo/cancelo
    ramsey/mount/salah/kdb/kulu
    nketiah/gelhardt/jesus