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Salah and Robertson start but Hazard, Shaw and Lacazette drop out

The final Fantasy Premier League deadline of the season passed at 14:00 BST today and now all we can do is sit and wait.

There are ten fixtures kicking off at 15:00 BST but there are essentially only two matches with anything riding on them – Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City and Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The team news from Anfield is a positive one for owners of Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, with both fit to start after recovering from head and calf injuries respectively.

Roberto Firmino misses out as expected but the other popular FPL assets – Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane – all make Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

Nuno Espirito Santo has named a full-strength side for Wolves, with Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota all starting.

The key Fantasy assets among Manchester City’s ranks are all on the team-sheet for their trip to Brighton.

Sergio Aguero leads the line and has Raheem Sterling to the left of him, with Riyad Mahrez a surprise starter on the other flank.

Bernardo Silva and David Silva start in central midfield with Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.

Manchester City face a Brighton side that does not raise too many eyebrows.

Bruno gets a start in his final appearance for the club and will be tasked with keeping the shackles on Sterling.

Glenn Murray starts up front and has the support of Pascal Groß behind him.

Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw miss out entirely for Manchester United but Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and youngster Mason Greenwood all start.

Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter haven’t recovered in time to feature for Cardiff, meanwhile.

Chelsea’s exertions on Thursday night have indeed caused Maurizio Sarri to ring the changes for the trip to Leicester.

Eden Hazard has been named on the bench, as has goalkeeper Kepa Arrizibalaga.

That sees Pedro and Willian starting either side of Gonzalo Higuain, while Willy Caballero is between the sticks.

Leicester are unchanged from the Monday night game against Manchester City.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura all start for Spurs against Everton, with Kieran Trippier only on the bench.

The injured Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin make way for Yerry Mina, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun for the visitors.

Danny Ings and Shane Long will be leading the line for Southampton, with Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse supporting them from midfield.

Angus Gunn returns in goal and Yan Valery starts.

The dreaded pre-FA Cup final rotation hasn’t materialised at Watford, with Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu again leading the line.

For West Ham, Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson have both recovered from a virus to start.

Like Sarri, Unai Emery has rotated with the Europa League in mind.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line but his colleague Alexandre Lacazette finds himself among the substitutes.

Sead Kolasinac is also on the bench as Nacho Monreal takes up the left-back slot.

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Joe Willock are two youngsters trusted with a start at Turf Moor.

That could play into the hands of Burnley who, fresh from no midweek commitments name a full-strength side featuring Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood up front.

Owners of Bournemouth assets will be pleased to see that Crystal Palace are as short-staffed at the back as feared in the week.

Without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho already, Scott Dann is also missing from the starting line-up.

Martin Kelly and Joel Ward are the centre-back pairing today.

Patrick van Aanholt, a Gameweek 38 hero from last season, gets a start at left-back.

Wilfried Zaha also starts with Michy Batshuayi leading the line.

Bournemouth have included Callum Wilson, Josh King and Ryan Fraser in their starting line-up.

Fulham have dropped Ryan Babel to the bench in the only piece of noteworthy FPL news from Craven Cottage.


Brighton XI: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Murray.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.

Burnley XI: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Monreal; Elneny, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Willock, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Ward, van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic; Townsend, Meyer, Zaha; Batshuayi.

Bournemouth XI: Travers; Clyne, S Cook, Simpson, Smith; Fraser, Lerma, Aké, Ibe; Wilson, King.

Fulham XI: Rico; Christie, Mawson, Le Marchand, Bryan; Chambers, Zambo Anguissa; Ayité, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Hayden, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie; Ayoze Pérez, Shelvey, Diamé, Atsu; Rondón.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Evans, Maguire, R Pereira; Ndidi; Maddison, Choudhury, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy.

Chelsea XI: Caballero; Alonso, D Luiz, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Pedro.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Origi.

Wolves XI: Rui Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Jonny; Jiménez, Diogo Jota.

Man Utd XI: de Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Diogo Dalot; Andreas Pereira, McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Rashford, Lingard.

Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett; Mendez-Laing, Gunnarsson, Bacuna, Murphy; De Cordova-Reid; Zohore.

Southampton XI: Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Højbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings.

Huddersfield XI: Coleman; Smith, Schindler, Stankovic, Kongolo; Mooy, Bacuna, Hogg; Mbenza, Grant, Pritchard.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Lamela, Lucas, Llorente.

Everton XI: Pickford; Zouma, Keane, Mina; Walcott, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Digne; Sigurdsson, Bernard; Tosun.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Rice; Antonio, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.

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  1. tucaoneo
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ibe G
      Smith A
      WTF is this...

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Witchcraft

    • SPorting
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Oh Valery.

      AWB on my bench too.

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      IBEE ARE YOU KIDDING MEEE

    • Merlin the Wraith
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Oh my wordy! Utd navel gazing. This is embarrassing as their 'noisy' neighbours writing their own glory

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      SMITH assist

      High fives from Wilson & Fraser to Ibe.

    • Bubz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Hudds goal

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      5 goals in Palace v Bournemouth. I expected it to have plenty of goals. I didn't expect that having Zaha and Fraser would only get me 1 assist from 5 goals 🙁

      1. XabiAlonso
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Ace, I brought Wilson in how many does he have

    • GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Damn Fraser

    • Fpl Cursed
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      How is that not a back pass by Walker to Ederson?

    • Jafooli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Does golden boot get decided on away goals?

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Assists

    • seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      sigh the antonio pick that slipped away

    • Jafooli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Screw you Valery

      1. unitednations
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        ?

    • Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Aguero air shot from Sterling pass

    • Game Over
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      We've got our United back.

      🙂

    • Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No way... F off Huddersfield

    • Ha.
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Feeeerk

    • Mikeharbrw
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      In retrospect Menendez-lang was an obvious captain pick

      1. tucaoneo
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Son replacement. How did I not see that?

      2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Fook off Valery

      3. fedolefan
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Only fitting Bednarek ended the season conceding again.

      4. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You stupid Pri...tchard

      5. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        HUD goal was inevitable

      6. Would Ed Woodward
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Double Southampton defence looking solid.

        • Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Bugger Salah Robbo Bednarek Fraser Pogba

          And Trent!

          1. Ha.
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Who’s Bugger?

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Well I’m buggerED

          2. fedolefan
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Surprised moaning myrtle just stopped after so few names.

        • Bubz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Clean sheets for nobody

          1. Jafooli
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Cardiff 😉

          2. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Who cares? Goal and assist already from defs

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Hassenfefferfutl OUT

        • pingissimus
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Wow Holebas really can’t help himself can he? Perhaps he doesn’t like cup finals

          • Rainer
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Gunn howler it seems

            1. SPorting
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Fire that Gunn!

              1. Rainer
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                One shot, bang bang.

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Gunn shocker!

          • moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Any sign of Hazard coming on?

          • Rainer
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Cardiff taking the piss now.

            Jazz Richards on.

            1. Jafooli
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              😆