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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. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Fook off FPL.
    2 BOU goals.. no wilson involvenent.
    Valery loses CS to Hudds..
    Kun scores.. Salah blanking..

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sounds like a normal week

  2. tm245
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    None with 3 assists and TBC with 2 - FPL should just give them all. Live a little, it's GW38.

    1. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      None (triple captain) here

  3. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Milner coming on

  4. TAT
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Worst gameweek ever. Will be happy to reach 30 points at this point.

  5. donlobatto
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lol having to revise my aim. Now just want to stay in top 50k 🙁

  6. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    3-0 Newcastle

  7. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Milner inc, could be for Robbo. He hasn't be right today.

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thatd be fine w cleanie locked in

  8. pingissimus
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Anyone here with treble Brighton and double Southampton defence? That would have been the key play on wc

    • Bartowski
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      can't wait for Sam alladyrce to be man united manager this time next year

    • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sterling tame effort

    • Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Pogba yellow?

      1. Bubz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yep

      2. *sigh*
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Back of the net

      3. Rainer
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Owners happy he did something.

      4. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What an idiot. Useless player

    • SPorting
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Newcastle assets were the obvious choice. Obviously.

      1. Gooner Kebab
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        as does Arsenal def going away

    • Albrightondknight
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Robbo CS locked. Looks like Milner coming on for him.

      1. Team Cruel
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Casuals win again

    • Collie01
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Just remembered that Chelsea and Leicester are playing too

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Vardy disappointing

        1. Gooner Kebab
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          no party so far

        2. tucaoneo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Mahrez magnificent goal

          1. tucaoneo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wrong place. Apologies.

    • Licky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Assist for Schar?

    • Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      This is exactly as disappointed as I expected.

      1. Gooner Kebab
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If only Redmond didnt score then yea

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mili YC

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Crap

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi big miss

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Messes up Salah A

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi back to the norm.

    • Bubz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Babel to stay on bench now game is lost

    • tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Pogba YC just drives home the lesson lol.

    • Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi off

    • HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      5 goals and no fraser zaha or wilson contribution.

      you gotta be fqking kidding me

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Zaha got an assist

    • Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Rashford looking like scoring?

      1. makaveli123
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He's been close two times. But this Man United side is so bad. Jizez

    • Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      TOON!

    • tm245
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi off Milner on

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi rested for Madrid
      Milner on

    • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mahrez g Dilva a I think

    • Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Origi to Milner

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      OMG mahrez