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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. Hybrid.power
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    8 goals in that game and nothing for Wilson. Typical

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Or Fraser!

    2. Özil
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I'd take own goal at this point tbh.

  2. Ha.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    WTF IS GOING ON

  3. Lukakuna
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    How has Wilson or Fraser not been involved?

  4. Super Saints
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    FFS brought Mili in, no involvement despite it being a great shout.

  5. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Vardy over Zaha biggest mistake ever

    1. Hybrid.power
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Same

  6. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Suarez ruining my gameweek

  7. ZICO SENNA
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Sterling why didn’t you just shoot?! Ffs!

  8. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    So Antonio, Zaha, Arnie all good punts.

    Of course Fraser and Vardy here 🙂

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

    MANEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    TRENT A

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Mané good. Trent bad.

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

      another assist?

  10. tm245
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Mane brace

  11. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Mane g

  12. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    MANE BRACE

  13. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Saw a few people predicting a lot of goals in Palace v Bou game. Good call

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Glad I played Wilson and benched PVA...

  14. Business Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Is the Vardy party going to start?

    1. Tempestic
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Its taking a long time :/ Glad I brought in him for a hit and capped him over Mane, genius move

      1. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes...looking great from here too 😎

  15. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Should have captained Mane and forgot Salah...

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

    Mane with no pens, level at the top.

    WOW!

  17. Tempestic
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    How does the golden boot get chosen if they're joint?

    1. Andy'81
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      They share it.

      1. Tempestic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Sounds cosy

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      They get a silver boot each instead.

  18. Kevin 11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Come on Vardy your the only one not at the party

  19. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    VAR needed.

  20. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Trent omfg stop

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Sorry but i love him, how people don’t own him by now is shocking

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        If they own 3 Liverpool already maybe...

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          He’s worth booting a pool player for

  21. LIARS POKER
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Need one more Aguero goal to put me into the top 100. Come on!!!!

  22. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Mane, capitano!

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

    Mane & TAA owners unit o/

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Everyone owns. More about f you captained Mane

  24. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Trent, how many A, blowing Robbo away

  25. Mika-eel
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    TC Mane get in!

  26. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Mane TAA and Matip

    Go on boys

    1. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Wish I switched cap to Mane after all! Not really bothered about that but I can't believe Wilson is blanking, lol.

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          You picked the right game to do it. It’s just sheer bad luck! I dunno how Wilson has blanked ?!

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

      No -1 for Doherty.

    3. HMC
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Trent is nasty

    4. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Horrible horrible final week, all that hard work undone.

    5. Licky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Please Salah, PLEASE.