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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. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    C'mon Leeds! _wipe that cleanie.

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

      Want this tol, but can't see it happening now with 10 men

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

        *too

  2. GE
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Salah/KDB -> Son maybe?

    (1FT, 0.8 itb)

    Schmeichel
    TAA/Cancelo/Laporte/Matip
    Salah/KDB/Mount/Kulu/Gordon
    Richarlison

    Bench: Foster, Alonso, Nketiah, Dennis*

  3. TyroneGAA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    What position did Leeds finish last year when everyone was saying how unreal they where?

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      9th won 18 games I think

  4. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    No James, don't hurt too much please.

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

    Standard Leeds red card

  6. TyroneGAA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Leeds red

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

    James red

  8. ZimZalabim
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    red card

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

      James

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

    James and mount are going to feast. Shame Werner wasn’t in to grab a bite

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

      uh oh...

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

    Dirtyyyyy

    1. NorCal Villan
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sanchez

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

      Mahrez hasn’t turned up again.

      Lads are fuming.

    3. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Jeees! What a chuffing idiot.

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

      Man United agent has done well in getting Leeds relegated.

    5. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      No argue. It's a red. Crazy tackle.

    6. thegame983
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Disgusting tackle

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

      Make 60' Reece!

    8. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      My ankle hurts watching that

    9. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      That's the Chelsea CS locked then

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

        Christensen will find a way.

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

        thats what assenal thought on the weekend

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

      Brainless tackle from a brainless player

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

        Ridiculous challenge - breaks that leg on another day

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

        Leeds blew 20m on this guy. Could used that money better elsewhere.

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

        Obviously wound up by not getting anything from his earlier dives
        Still no excuse
        Horrible tackle

    11. Razor Ramon
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Pray for Meslier (again)

    12. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mount should HT now

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        and James

    13. EDUARDO DA SILVA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      If james wasnt british, he would be uber driver in romania at best.

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        U ok hun

        1. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Haha. He’s great for Wales

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

        U wot m8

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

        lol

        harsh one

        1. EDUARDO DA SILVA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          True, just speed and extra dumb face.

    14. Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Sorry. Couldn’t work out if (R) James was saw by off or in the points for a moment then!

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        U ok hun

        1. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Not since he left us for United but.

          1. Dammit_182
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 28 days ago

            D James, that is

    15. ididnt
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mahrez on a FH worked out well. What the hell is Pep saving him for?

      1. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Next season…

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

        Tired legs v Wolves?

      3. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Champions League final

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

        Keeping him fit for the training sessions

      5. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A rainy day

      6. Utopsis
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Pre season training in warm weather climates

      7. zon
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lol I got him in for a hit instead of KDB

    16. ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      how bad is Kova ?

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Should be missed in FA Cup Final.

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lucky it wasn't a break. Was able to hobble off.

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

          so like contusion dead leg type situation ? could play saturday u reckon ?

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Can't really say bu If I were a betting man I'd say unlikely to play the cup final.

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

              cheers

          2. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Gashed leg/heavy bruising. I would have thought he has a chance.

    17. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      This Lukaku ruins Mount's points again and again.

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

        Need to bring Havertz on

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        And ruins James' points as well

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

      Raphinha at RWB is ridiculous.

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

      Lukaku so close from James cross.

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        He wastes assists from Mount and James.

      2. Baps hunter
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        (Big?) chance created only 🙁

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

      I think us Reece James owners deserve a decent return in this game after the way he has treated us over the last 6 weeks or so!

    21. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Jekyll and Hyde again. As crappy as my start to the week was, Mane, Matip and now Mount are hauling me back up. Picking King instead of Nketiah hurts, though.