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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. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Captain KDB reporting for duty!! Boom!!! How are all you Salah cappers feeling now?

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Terrible, thanks:)

    2. Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      117 with nketiah and son to go with salah(c), BB success and still got FH for gw38

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

      I was never going to get KDB so pretty good, ta

      1. Nightf0x
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Dame

      2. Nightf0x
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        *s

  2. mixology
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Does it get any worse?

    GW35: Sterling (c)

    GW36: on FH: Deadline swap of KDB (c) to Salah (c).

    And Mahrez in for KDB to strengthen elsewhere. Sterling out

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

    Stop, Kevin. People have a family.

  4. Subzero (-4)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Just logged in tonight guys. Have KDB captain. Has anyone mentioned anything? 😉

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

    Coutinho out for zaha?

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

      I think so. Saka the other possibility.

      1. Fefguero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes already have Saka cheers man. Limited money in bank so might pull the trigger on zaha now as I’m pre empting price rise.

  6. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    with KDB playing 90mins, assume doesnt mean he is benched GW37?!

    1. Feanor
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I doubt it. Pep doesn't want the title race to go to the last day

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        true its just strange he played full 90 when been out injured

  7. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Can anyone beat this?

    Started the gameweek ranked on top 4000. Now outside top 11000.

    Started the gameweek ranked top of mini leagues. Now no chance of winning, losing over £300.

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

      No cash mini league, but doubled my rank to 150k with Kane and Kulu to play 🙁

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

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/48391/history

    I’ve had a decent GW I suppose!

    KDB(tc), Sterling & Cancelo!

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

      Oof the TC as well. Well played.

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

      200 is within reach

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

      Go and do the lottery

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

        I did put £10k in crypto 5 years back, quite a jammy ‘fu**er’ I am haha

    4. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      *clapping*

    5. Utopsis
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sterling got 26! Wow

  9. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Going for Liverpool assets instead of City assets has totally killed it. When everyone was expecting City to crumble and Liverpool to rise up it was exactly the opposite. Funny game this one.

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

      True

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

      I disagree about "everyone"

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

        Agree

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes "everyone", except FH's and people looking for extreme variance. Robbo/Salah vs Laporte or Cancelo/KDB is absolutely massive this DGW and that was not expected at all.

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yet Salah will be a firm hold.

      There's no point asking on here as most held him through his 5 goal drought last season.

      He's ingrained and rightly so for many reasons.

  10. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I wanted that fifth goal for Kevin (not for myself, lol.)

  11. fantasist
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    160pts so far and still got 3 players tomorrow

    1. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Jog on

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

    Composed play again by Grealish. Chance wasted.

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

    Mahrez goal to finish it off please!

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Disgusted with myself for buying him… for a hit!

      What was I thinking 🙁

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

        You weren't.

  14. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Could've been 5 goals + 2 assists for KDB (c).
    Too bad Foden and Sterling missed those big chances...

    That would've been 39 * 2 = 78 points for DGW36

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

      Correction... +3 bonus.... would be 84 points.

  15. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Can we start with the Rough and Smooth HT? I’ll start…before this GW, I had a 74 point lead in my ML…today I’m losing by 1 point

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      ML rival gained 103 points on me in one single GW and still has Nketiah to go

      1. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That is rough. My rival has Nkrtiah and Son to play! My differential is Saka

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

      Damn

  16. fusen
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Foster probably hurts most of all.

    He scores absolutely nothing for many many gameweeks and then the week lots of people play their bench boost he gets a 14 point score.

    Killer for those that don't own him

    1. NorCal Villan
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Killer for those who did 😎

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      You *idiot*, Cancelo. That could really have sorted my season

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

      Cancelo CC..

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

        Might sneak back to 2 BAPS.

    4. Jump in Micah
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Generally speaking, people ahead (c) Salah and those chasing (c) KDB - sets up a good last couple of weeks across many leagues

    5. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Haaland deal off, Kev up top next season

      1. fantasist
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Haha yep

    6. BullDogTevez
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Massive fail Salah (c) 135 points with Eddie to go. *sigh*

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

        135 is still a great score

      2. Nightf0x
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        117 salah (c) with eddie & sonny

    7. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Season ruined if you owned no KDB.

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

        Not even highly owned, if it was salah on the hand

      2. NorCal Villan
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Speak for yourself

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cancelo was poor tonight

        Should have laid it back at least 3 times for an assist. Poor

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          looks like lost his 1bp!

      4. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        TC Salah earlier this season was the wrong call after all, who knew!

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

          No it wasn't tbh

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

          Yeah, I remember the smack talk. Kevin triple cap for my last minute dive across the line, woo wee!

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

            Well done mate! Only (C) here but a mate of mine did it that's 4th in my.ML and battling for 2nd, looked out of it after the guy in 2nd's BB points so far, properly turned it around now!

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

        My greatest FPL GW. Thanks KDB (c), reminding me why I love this silly game

        1. fantasist
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nice. Hopefully we can celebrate securing 4th tomorrow

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

            God I hope so. Will be a nervous wreck tomorrow evening though

      6. TeddiPonza
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How is this FH team?

        Pickford
        Cash Digne Van Dijk (or Mykolenko)
        Son Kdb Zaha Diaz (or Jota)
        Watkins (or Ings) Richarlison Kane

        Thanks

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

        Cancelo messed up massively there...now out of the bonus. I really, really needed that. Will he get +1 for Mahrez chance at the death???

      8. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        FH G2G?

        Martinez
        Digne Robertson Cancelo
        Zaha Gordon Salah De Bruyne Son
        Nketiah Richarlison

        Subs: Foster, Andersen, Clyne, 4.5 striker

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

        Still on a small green despite no KDB(on a BB). Would've probably been inside 50k if KDB madness didn't happen. Congrats to all who owned and more so to those who C and TC.

      10. No Need
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sonny hope you were taking notes

        1. Nightf0x
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yes need him to minimize kdb damage