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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. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Wait til salah hauls tomorrow night though !

  2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KdB the ledge!!!

  3. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Do we tell Salah cappers that it most definitely is not safe to come out of hiding from behind the sofa?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      at least 80 odd per cent of us are in the same boat.

  4. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Captaining Salah instead of KDB cost the minileague

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This

  5. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Son and James to Laporte and KDB for a hit was my original plan, looking like I should have done it.

  6. Sif
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Pukki post, could have had a couple by now

    1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      He's beyond useless

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Rank drop as a KDB owner? Can’t be right?

    1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No chance

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It’s updated thankfully haha

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Depends if u don't have James or kount too

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Mount yes

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Did you bench him?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Haha! Might just be the rank rank updating

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Live fpl not updated yet I think...

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Well done everyone who went KDB over Salah...

  9. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB could win me my ML with another return. Was 17 points behind and leader captained Salah and me KDB. Was having a poor BB until this too.

  10. Shultan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Salah to haul next week as I won't have him on my FH team

  11. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    King Kev x

    I love you xxx

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      O’Connor lives you too

  12. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Wow. KDB might finish my season??

  13. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB killing us non owners here. Big ranks jump for cappers.

  14. The-Red-1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Desperately hoping Mahrez (c) stays on the bench with KDB (vc).

    I'm going to get a 2 pointer, aren't I?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Might not be needed if ahead

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Mahrez in has destroyed my last hope of a good finish in this nightmare season

  15. Nightcrawler
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB only owned by 18% in the top 10k

  16. BrockLanders
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Goodness, I detest DeBruyne

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Laporte, Cancelo and Mahrez. Getting a new hobby.

  17. Al Green Arrows
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Kdb TC here 🙂

    On 87 points

    Too bad the rest of team is awful

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      57 🙂

    2. Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      112 🙂

  18. Snake Juice
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KDB (C) delivering

  19. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    So everyone owns KDB now?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Surprised at how most seem to own him based on the comments section here!

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Everyone on right now 🙂

    3. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yeh obviously no brainer ! Crying in my milk !!

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kevin 3/4

  20. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hardly anyone in my MLs owns KDB, maybe says more about me and the leagues I’m in hmmm

  21. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cheers Kev. Pulled me up to the magic 40 point mark.

  22. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Congrats to the managers with Kdb(c).No guts no glory.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Thanks x

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Amartey CS tonight and you're in heaven, KK!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I know! But partly want a Pukki party!

  23. TimoTime
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    This might change my mind about Lane over KDB on FH

    1. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kane*

  24. Fantabulous KdB
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KdB is just fantabulous!!

  25. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    The amount of 50/50 decisions wrong with FH this week.

    - Jota and Richarlison over Son and Matip. - Jota over L Diaz when Pool mid was decided.
    - Dias over Laporte for safety.
    - Playing too safe with covering Salah C instead of KDB C that I had all the week.
    - Let's see how Schmeichel vs Pickford ends.

    Where can I buy a service where someone takes the blame for these decisions?

  26. Free Hat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hopefully we cpters will feel better when Salah puts 5 past Sou next gw...
    We can only hope!

  27. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    KAPTAIN KEV could be a new one!

  28. SouthCoastSaint
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Mini leagues have just been turned on their heads

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Leader had a 20 point lead before GW started, I leapfrogged him into a 7 point lead before tonight. And he's back in the lead again tonight after the KDB madness.

  29. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    As everyone is a Liverpool fan, I suppose we want a couple more Wolves goals?

  30. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    OMG kdb.