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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. Becks
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Trent captainers unite

  2. Flying Dutchman
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    United the worst team in the league right?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes

    2. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Confirmed

    3. MeatPieSausageRoll
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Weve won the premier league more times than anyone bro so by definition we are the best

      1. LSP
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Nah, they're the worst in the league

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Your getting us mixed up with Arsenal

      2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Only as good as your last game

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Oh Trent! What a transfer in!

    1. Becks
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Just 38 gameweeks too late

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Are you always late to parties ?

  4. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Zaha still might not be in the bonus 🙁

  5. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Dijk bar

  6. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Old man Bruno feeling the love 🙂

    1. Says
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Pep applauding how much time he's wasting

  7. Numb
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Mane nicked that goal off Salah (who needs one for Golden Boot)!

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

      :/

    2. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mane also needs 1 for golden boot.

    3. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      It’s not his fault Salah can’t jump 😉

    4. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He has been so selfish all season, pathetic amount of assists

      1. Tempestic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        He's also been absolutely superb. Joint top scorer in the league and with no pens

    5. Tempestic
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Well now they're both on for the golden boot

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What a...

    7. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Deserving.

    8. Ross From Friends
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Aren't they both at 22 goals now?

  8. ☻ Jon Snow ☻
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Was leading my ML since GW1. Finished 2 on the last gameweek. This game..

  9. Collie01
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Another Kun goal would be great now...

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sterling*

  10. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Come on Mo, just one

  11. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Palace score 5 and Miliojevic decides not to be involed!
    Need a penalty asap

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Brought Mili in, absolute joke

  12. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Robbo subbed

  13. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ferk...Almost VVD..At least I have TAA + Mane also 😀

  14. tm245
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Robbo off Joemez on

  15. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    So Mane does cover Salah after all 😉

  16. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Anyone else switch off from Mane to Sterling or Kun?
    Absolute killer

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

      Mane to Salah here

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Never intended to cap him, went with sterlo instead, ah well, ML won and decent rank, happy days

    3. Afghanistanislas
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yep, switching it from him to Sterling has cost me my mini league 🙁

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

    Score now Jimenez

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      THIS

  18. YEAH PITCH!
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Mane the man

  19. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    TAA > Robbo

    I was right about something for once !

  20. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Come on Vardy. Finish the season with your party

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

    Vardy... 🙁 cmon

  22. Dante
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    How much will TAA be next season...!? The man's an assist machine.

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      6.5 or 7.0

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      6.5m. Same as Robbo and VVD.

    3. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He was just 5.0 this year. Insane.

    4. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Barcelona

    5. Marvinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alonso was 7 this year was he not?

    6. Fpl Cursed
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      7

    7. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      7.5 with Robbo.

  23. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is TAA for real? It;s been said many times - but Him & Robbo & VVD are all the Liverpool defence/attack you'll ever need for next season - worth 21.0 between them easy

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What if Liverpool suffer a hangover next season?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Transfer them out when/if this becomes apparent

        1. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Then you are already on the back foot and FPL has generally been a leader's game. Much harder to chase in FPL than hold onto a lead.

          1. Slouch87
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Listen to this guy everyone he's a professional.

            1. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No. I'm not. I am 'professional' with my betting, but not FPL. As I said earlier - professionalism is not about how long you spend on it. It is the mindset, the process etc.

              My FPL process is terrible - sometimes I look at stats, sometimes I go with guts etc. If my FPL approach was more 'professional' I would be more successful. But I don't make any money on FPL, so for me it is not as important as betting (don't do football though - bookies are very good at pricing the main football markets).

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

      Him and Robbo nailed in my team whole season bar injury

  24. The Duffy Dunk Shaw
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Oh please take that kun!

  25. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    TAA has 4 double point scores in a row. That must be a first for a defender. Not even sure Bale managed it.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      4 in a row and 9 in his last 23 starts - absolutely digusting level of FPL'ery out of the wee man

      And he hasn't even scored a DFK yet I don't think?

      His bandwagon hasn't even begun to peak

  26. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Kompany subbed

  27. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sims on.

    From poster to player.

  28. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Another captain blank... sums up the season. Wish captaincy bollocks was removed completely.

  29. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Need a Gunn save otherwise going to lose my ML League on making more transfers ugh

    1. Disturbed
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Comes down to a Gunn save. Epic

      1. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Level on points, sickener

  30. sminkypinky
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Would’ve won my ml if I went with Mane cap but nooo had to bring in Mo for a hit and cap.
    Own mistake. Idiot.

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Weren’t exactly on fire was he