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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Havertz has been my worst transfer of the season. Barely started lately and when he has he misses chance after chance.

    Never touching that lizard face again.

    1. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      DGW22 for me, when Rangnick said Ronaldo is fine, so I transferred him in when I had wanted Bruno all week.

      Ronaldo injured and plays the second game, blanks. Bruno 46 point captain haul. Variance or what…

    2. GC123
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I feel ya. Couldn’t have put it better myself. There’s 3/4 FF players that have scarred me for life who I’ll never get again out of principle. Kai has just joined the list! Can only hope he plays the 2nd half and actually hits a cowMs ar@e with a banjo for a change!

    3. Feanor
      • 13 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      City team news any minute now

      1. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Noooooooooooooooooo

      2. Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Well that's just great, brought him in as part of a -8

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          So did i.

          For Sterling too...

      3. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mahrez in for a hit hasn’t paid off yet.

    4. Bonus magnet
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      4 of my players in one night

      1. Bonus magnet
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Benched

        1. g40steve
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Crap week topped off with Salah C!

    5. Im New Here
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mount starting blocks Trossard coming on from the bench, with his 17 points. Please commiserate with me.

      1. ToffeePot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mount could get 18pts

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        It's better than Mount coming off the bench.

    6. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Evening guys. Just wonders what peoples thoughts are on Salah starting GW37. I got him in my team currently but am FH GW38 so am weighing up a switch for Mane (whose carrying the better form of the 2)

      1. Athletico Timbo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Almost certain to start I’d wager

    7. Athletico Timbo
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      UTFT

      1. NorCal Villan
          2 months, 28 days ago

          That is still illegal in a handful of southern states

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        For next week - Salah or KDB to Son?

        1. Athletico Timbo
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Salah

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Kdb in case he’ll get a rest

          1. putana
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            kdb not resting against west ham lol

      3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sterling starts again. I swear to God.

        1. Athletico Timbo
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I know. I fh him out ffs

          1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I hit him out

        2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          It really does feel like a parody sometimes doesn’t it

        3. The Tinkerman
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Got rid for Mahrez at last min on free hit, just left the cash in the bank…

        4. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Tbh, after 2 goals in his last match he was not going to be dropped.

        5. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          You bought the Pep Roulette ticket, now you know what the ride feels like.

      4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Jesus wept

      5. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        My Jesus being nailed theory being de-bunked, damn

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Looked so plausible during Easter

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Looked good going up for a cross...

          2. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            🙂

        2. NorCal Villan
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Too soon

        3. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          6/6 starting tonight... small mercies. Would love a nice 100K finish.

        4. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          At least Cancelo starts, every cloud and all that

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Captain (C)ancelo!

          2. SonnyPikey
              2 months, 28 days ago

              He always starts

            • NorCal Villan
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Every silver lining got a touch of gray

            • Athletico Timbo
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              And I fh Mahrez in. My old team would’ve prolly scored more lol. Pep roulette. What you gonna do!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Play it or stick to Son and Kane and Liverpool etc.

            • The Tinkerman
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Well Mahrez on Free hit isn’t looking great…

            • Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              #1 rule of Pep roulette: There are no rules.

              1. sulldaddy
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Actually, its we dont talk about Pep roulette

              2. Echoes
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Makes tweaks to his team according to who they're playing that week

            • Athletico Timbo
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              The important thing about fpl though is take it all with a pinch of salt because there’s always far more lows than highs

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                This is true.

                .... a team selection for a team i don't support disappointing. It's a double edged knife this game.

              2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                You guys are having highs?

                https://images.app.goo.gl/w65f9DAinkbttcqk9

                1. NorCal Villan
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Love that movie!

              3. Arteta
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                If Laporte scores again, I'm gonna be the grumpiest poster on FFS until the end of this season.

                1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  He will

                  1. Arteta
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    😡

                2. sulldaddy
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  I may have a party to keep the universe balanced

                  1. Echoes
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Just let me know if the grumpiness increases and you need some more party for balance

                3. NorCal Villan
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    How would we know?

                4. Well you know, Triffic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Sterling to get another double digit score and end the week as the highest scoring DGW36 player.

                  That's how fpl works lol.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    I expect so.

                5. sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Hoping for a world class performance from De Bruine. Repay the faith Kevin! Pint for a hat trick on the table if that gets you going!

                  1. Athletico Timbo
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Same

                6. The-Red-1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Arrrrgh.
                  Mahrez (c).

                  1. SonnyPikey
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Mahrez rotation worry every game tbf

                  2. Hairy Potter
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Mahrez bound to get a cameo and block my Matip points off the bench.

                  3. Not again Shirley
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    I am amazed Mahrez not starting. Maybe pep saving for west ham.

                    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Never try to second guess Pep

                  4. Feanor
                    • 13 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Bernardo starts, thank god.

                  5. Hy liverpool
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Sterling to mahrez(c) for a hit is my season summary this year.

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Didn’t you used to be good? 😉

                      1. Hy liverpool
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        *Used to*

                    2. SonnyPikey
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Ouch.

                      • KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Just bad luck

                    3. No Need
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Pep holds grudges he was incandecent with Mahrez in both CL legs being selfish or wasteful

                      1. GreennRed
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        It's Wednesday.

                      2. Scots Gooner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Think you’re right

                      3. Feanor
                        • 13 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Hope Mahrez is on another team next season

                    4. AC/DC AFC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Rodri is probably a safe play into Manchester City midfield at the moment.

                      1. GreennRed
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Bound to score a load of goals.

                    5. Jet5605
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Best option for BB this week: Will FH in 38 so these transfers are essentially one week punts:

                      A - Mitchell & Dennis > Holgate & Weghorst for -4
                      B - Mitchell, Cancelo & Dennis > Digne, Holgate & Ings for -8
                      C - Other suggestion?

                      Schmeichel
                      TAA - Cancelo - James
                      KDB - Mount - Son - Saka - Maddison
                      Richarlison - Dennis

                      Foster - Mateta - Mitchell - Schar

                    6. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Safe to say brining in Werner was a complete and utter trap, sucker

                    7. Athletico Timbo
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I tried to post the swear word for poo but it gone to review 😀 Cmon guys seriously. Anyone who doesn’t know that word has already gone to bed.

                      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Just say shite instead

                        1. Athletico Timbo
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          A seasoned pro I see 😆

                          1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            😀

                        2. GreennRed
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          For fx sake 🙂

                      2. GreennRed
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        It's $h1+€

                      3. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Add an e.

                      4. NorCal Villan
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          I had a post in which I was referring to legendary NASCAR driver Richard Trickle as “nickname for Richard” Trickle and it went to review

                          I $h!t you not