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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. Tempestic
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bringing in Pogba, Wilson and Vardy (c) (instead of mane) killed me

  2. potatoace
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Sane injured

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

      Should be back for the DGW.

  3. mr messi
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Won my league by 10 points! Thanks to Mané and TAA!

    1. Tomthewise1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Well done mate

    2. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Was 48 points ahead so no real dramas for me.

  4. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    7 saves for lloris dang

  5. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Robertson & Shaw over TAA & Laporte for GW37&38 was a 37point swing.

    It is ridiculous for that point difference for those combos. It’s single handedly ruined my season

    I literally can’t believe it. Laporte suddenly becomes Mr Baps and TAA suddenly assists 50%+ of all Liverpool goals.

    Aggghghhhhhhhhhhh

    PS. see you next season

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Learn from these- fine margins of FPL

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is there anything to learn though? Just extreme off the charts variance - the expected points of those combos
        Would be broadly similar

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      yeah it was a disaster

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      TAA has been the ultimate troll for me this season as I went with Robertson through the season.

    4. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I havent looked at the exact numbers but TAAs points when Ive had him vs when I havent are just an insane difference. I even called TAA at the start of the season as the most underpriced value player in the game, but when Ive had him hes either gotten yellow cards or been injured randomly, like the long period where Klopp lied about him being fit for weeks before he finally returned. Culmination in not keeping him on wild card in gw 32 which probably cost me 50-60 points.

  6. fr3ddy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Anyone in here paid 12.8m or more for their Liverpool mid?

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Very good.

      Where were you in GW36?

      1. fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        😆

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

      Surely not.

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      o/ brought in for a -4 and captained the wrong bloody one

    4. Pras United
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I did for free. But didn’t captain and had Mane + TAA too.

    5. Becks
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I paid 5.3 for their defender around christmas and captained him this week

  7. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Getting in Rashford was a bit silly in hindsight.

    And Haz cameo took away my Deulofeu bench points.

  8. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Disappointing end. Oh well.

  9. Hect.OR 98th
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Perhaps the media can finally dial down the Man Utd coverage a bit next season. The constant coverage is out of keeping with what's been happening on the pitch for a few years. I'll be glad when they're back challenging because they're a remarkable club but they've been an ordinary team for a while.

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Theyre obssessed with us bitter ABUs

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      What a final game. 84 points -4.

      Enjoyed that but ready to have a break from fpl.

      Lol@sane.

      Thanks for all the chats this season guys ! It’s been a roller coaster

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Too bad about Vardy huh?

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yep. Should have just taken the 2 points from Jimi or Llorente. Not as fun as I imagined 😉

          Should have had a goal or assist in the first half

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        84 is huge. How?

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Matip. TAA. Laporte. Redmond. Sterling c. Aguero. Mane. Siggy

          Lots of returns !

      3. Pras United
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Where did you finish flap? Think I got to 4.1k in the end - very happy with that!

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Fpl live has me at 2.9 k with bonus pending of course. I’m pleased of course !

          Congrats to you. It’s been such a tough year and it’s so bunched up in the top 25k

          1. Pras United
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Indeed - we’ll done mate!

          2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Great rank - I'll be taking your advice next year!

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Thanks all.. my minleague came down to

      Perrira Bonus.. if he keeps his 3 baps.. I win

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Wow that's close!

      2. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Congrats !! Fingers crossed for you

      3. Gobigorgohome
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I cant breath for Leicester CS at final mins lol

    4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      When will liverank work?
      I'm gagging to know if I at least secured my measly recent goal of sneaking into the top100k (crud I know - terrible season).

    5. elchilangles
        1 month, 5 days ago

        first time bournemputh have scored 3 and neither fraser nor wilson was involved?!

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Possibly. One of those seasons mate! I own both

        2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ridiculous isn't it?

      • Rainer
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Did anyone have a hit pay off?

        When you include the autosub.

        1. HammersFan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lindeloff to laporte

          Bednarek first sub

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

          Nope. Cost me a lot.

          27 points worse off than if Suarez didn’t injure Robbo and I’d pulled the trigger on Jim to Zaha on Tuesday like I’d planned.

        3. Manani
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          not taking a hit to take out those Wolves guys hurt me a lot.

          can't complain though as I still got Mane (C)

        4. MTPockets
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          -8 to get VVD/Deulofeu/Redmond/Bernardo for net +4

        5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Jota to Redmond

        6. ceejay106
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Nah. Bottled going for Antonio and “played safe” with Bilva instead.......

      • SkeletONv01
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Dial-up. Rondon(C) get in! Switched from Salah yesterday, and people called me crazy 😛

      • Punty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        2436 not going to be enough for top 1k is it?..

        Almost for both Liverpool and me 🙁

      • Tempestic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The golden boot is shared if they are on joint goals

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Uff was 4.6k now i hope i stay in 10k,Pogba(C) fail switch from Mane...41pts pre baps

        1. Tomthewise1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ouch ouch ouch

        2. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Why would you do that lol

      • STRANGER INGS
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        67 all out. Switching the C from TAA to aguero hurts. Trust your instinct

      • Tomthewise1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Final 3 transfers of the season - Laporte, Redmond (last week) and TAA this week. Always nice to finish season on a high!

      • TAT
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Final GW. One point lead. Me: 50 points. Rival: 73 before bonus points.

        I hate FPL.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Need to have things wrapped up before GW38. Too risky going to last day of season.

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Indeed. Every move my rival made paid off, while none of mine did. Just so bloody typical.

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Any chance that Kun can get at least 1 bps?

      • Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Finally this crap season is over. Cant believe how many captaincy fails Ive had while VC hauled. Another again today with Salah (C) Auba (VC)

      • SM001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Never thought I'd be happy to see City win the league.

      • FPL Pillars
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        YES I GOT INTO THE TOP 100. 93 🙂

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Brilliant rank!

        2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Huge, well done

        3. sminkypinky
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Well done!

        4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Amazing, don't look at my rank 🙂

      • Rainer
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Python out 🙁

        1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Back in

      • BobbyDoesNotLook
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        (F)PL:
        - Inside 1k ranking - really happy.
        - 97p and 2nd in league - proud but disappointed.

      • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Delighted to sneak into the top 10 as a West Ham fan. COYI 🙂

        Hopefully a few places higher next time, though tough on Watford (probably better in many ways this year)

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

        The golden boot will be shared by the looks of it.

      • AccountAnt80
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I think me and my ML leader are exactly level after bonus!

        Will Alexander Arnold end up on 3bps and Mane 2bps?

        Will Eriksen get in the bps?