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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. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Foster, Nketiah and Mykolenko on my BB, lovely stuff

  2. fantasyfog
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Just looking at Salah's stats before and after AFCON

    Before :
    Games 27 (2252 mins)
    Goals 23
    Goals per game 0.88
    Assists 9
    Assists per game 0.35

    After:
    Games 21 (1503 mins)
    Goals 7
    Goals per game 0.33
    Assists 6
    Assists per game 0.28

    That's some drop off

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      It’s been obvious for weeks he’s not been the same player, but most were too scared to get off

      1. fantasyfog
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Absolutely, they will still cap next week

      2. Old Bull
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I did worse than that, I sold him just before he got that 19pt haul against Man Utd. Subsequently got him back again quick.

  3. dansmusen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    35 points on my bench as i did not confirm my BB. Just my luck i have Havertz/Robertson/Silva playing and Cancelo/Maddison on bench. Lost my ML payback due to this i guess

    1. Shark
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That's tough man. I've learned a few hard lessons with schoolboy errors this season too if it's any consolation. Always next season.

  4. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    If Ralf Rangnick and Jesse Marsch were the answers, then what on earth were the questions asked by these once-great Northern Monkey teams?

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anyone near 200 or potential to get there with popular assets tomorrow?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yep, just need son double hatrick

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah, 200k should be achievable

    3. lil sebastian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      140 with 5 to play tomorrow

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      My 2 ML rivals does, now 150+ points, with Son/Kane/Nkeitah/Saka... left.

    5. fantasyfog
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      There will be a fair few TC kev's 150 alone

    6. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah, just need 100 from 4.

    7. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Outside chance. 145 its so far. KDB (capt), Mount, Alonso still purring along. Kane, Nketiah, Odegaard and Sessegnon up tomorrow.

    8. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Exactly on 100 with 3 to go tomorrow. Not happening, unless spurs-Arsneal ends up 8-9 with my assets involved in all the goals.

    9. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      153 currently, KDB(tc), Sterling, Cancelo with the 2nd half

      Ramsdale, Saka, Nketiah tomorrow

      Foster on the bench slightly annoying

      1. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This includes predicted bps

    10. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Just 101 here and 35 of that is BB.

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Similar. BB saving us.

  6. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Bye bye Son and Kane! Welcome Barnes and Vardy!

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Chasing this weeks points?

  7. SouthCoastSaint
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Kevin still has another half. Unreal

  8. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Salah + King >> Son + Richarlison for a -4?

  9. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    What a gw for those without a chip

  10. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A small green despite not owning KDB. Gotta take it and run.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Same. This is going to be one of those DGWs when a low triple-digit haul will not feel like an opportunity missed as much as a huge sigh of relief. Was sitting on 27 this morning, on 98 now.

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That's a big rise for you

  11. Razor Ramon
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Madden G (Stockport)

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Get in!

  12. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Basically any other about 8 mid would have been better than Jota.

  13. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    KDB off yet?

  14. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Hard to sell Kane for Vardy 🙁

  15. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I just want Schmeichel to get his 6th save

    1. The Last Rolo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Just came here to say the same. Would bag him some baps too.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I love savepoints

  16. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Can Gordon score a goal?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Can Mahrez get on the pitch.

      Don't pay £8.6m to get naff all from a player.

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Get Vardy off and in an ice bath!

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      After his third goal.

  18. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Still waiting for my Mahrez hattrick.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      We'll be lucky to get 3 minutes from him let alone 3 goals.

    2. SINGH
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Do you think he will start on Sunday?

  19. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Laporte potential kneeinjury

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I can’t take it anymore!

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Laporte, not your knee

  20. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Yeah - City defence in tatters

  21. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    The gw that Kdb scores a hatty and you think that you will smash it,Maddison has scored,Barnes has two assists,Mount has 13 points,Foster has 9 points!,Pickford has 6 points!

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I just have Foster.

      1. SINGH
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Lol

  22. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Phil Foden to CB?

  23. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Laporte to Pep done(-8)

  24. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Magnus Carlsen captained KDB he's on 144pts and counting.

  25. djman102
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    An Ake-Fernandinho CB pairing incoming...

  26. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Gonna go for some real differentials on my FH this week!
    May as well have some fun

  27. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    C'mon Richie, wipe out that Foster clean sheet.

  28. The Frenchie
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Pick two for the end of the season:

    A) Salah
    B) Kane
    C) KDB

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      BC

  29. Our Tiny Servant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    In three weeks I’ve come back from 2nd to 1st in my mini league by overcoming 100 points. Pretty f—-ing buzzing.

    1. SINGH
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That's not bad but I recovered a 100 point gap in one ganeweek. TC was a treat

  30. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Foster/Schmeichel hoooooold

    1. Rohirrims
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Just don’t look at those baps