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2pm team news: Schmeichel, Foden and Sa benched as Watkins and Laporte start

Five more Premier League matches follow the lunchtime kick-off between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley.

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford v Leicester City, West Ham United v Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City all kick off at 2pm BST.

There are three ‘Double Gameweek’ sides in action, two of whom meet at Villa Park.

The big team news from that fixture is that Ollie Watkins is passed fit to start, and he’ll take his place in an unchanged Aston Villa XI for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Jacob Ramsey makes the bench after recovering from a groin problem.

Patrick Vieira is proving to be one of the trickier managers to second-guess in the run-in and the tinkering continues again this afternoon, with the Palace boss making four changes.

Tyrick Mitchell, Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jean-Philippe Mateta are recalled, with Joel Ward, Will Hughes and Odsonne Edouard benched and Michael Olise absent.

Marc Guehi is fit to start but Vicente Guaita is only among the substitutes.

The other side who ‘double’ in Gameweek 37 to be in action this afternoon are Leicester, who have made three changes from midweek.

Two of them are predictable, as Daniel Amartey and Ademola Lookman are replaced by Wesley Fofana and Nampalys Mendy.

The other alteration comes as more of a shock, with Kasper Schmeichel replaced by Danny Ward between the posts.

Injury-hit opponents Watford are unchanged.

Manchester City have been boosted by the swift return from injury of Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho, who limped off on Wednesday but who are passed fit to start at centre-half today.

Pep Guardiola has made changes, however: Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish are in for Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

Tomas Soucek replaces Said Benrahma in David Moyes’ only tweak, with Mark Noble on the bench for his final appearance at the London Stadium.

In-form Brighton are unchanged at Elland Road, where hosts Leeds start Mateusz Klich, Junior Firpo and Joe Gelhardt at the expense of Pascal Struijk, Lewis Bate and the suspended Daniel James.

It’s three changes apiece at Molineux.

The hosts give starts to John Ruddy, Toti and Hwang Hee-chan at the expense of Jose Sa, Leander Dendoncker and Chiquinho.

Kieran Dowell, Ben Gibson and Mathias Normann are recalled by relegated Norwich as Milot Rashica, Tony Springett and Lukas Rupp make way.

GAMEWEEK 37 LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, Luiz, Nakamba, McGinn, Coutinho, Watkins, Ings.

Subs: Olsen, Chambers, A. Young, Iroegbunam, Sanson, J. Ramsey, Buendia, Chukwuemeka, Traore.

Crystal Palace XI: Butland, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Eze, Mateta, Zaha.

Subs: Schlupp, Guaita, Ward, Hughes, Benteke, Kelly, Édouard, Ayew, Rak-Sakyi.


Leeds United XI: Meslier, Firpo, Koch, Cooper, Raphinha, Llorente, Rodrigo, Harrison, Phillips, Gelhardt, Klich.

Subs: Gray, Klaesson, Shackleton, Cresswell, Bate, Greenwood, Kenneh, Hjelde, Struijk.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sanchez, Cucurella, Dunk, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Trossard, Gross, Welbeck, March, Caicedo, Veltman.

Subs: Lallana, Webster, Ferguson, Duffy, Offiah, Maupay, Steele, Lamptey, Alzate.


Watford XI: Foster, Ngakia, Kabasele, Samir, Masina, Sissoko, Kayembe, Gosling, Sema, Pedro, Kalu.

Subs: Bachmann, Etebo, Ekong, Kamara, Cathcart, Sierralta, Baah, Morris, Cukur.

Leicester City XI: Ward, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Mendy, Vardy, Barnes.

Subs: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Daka, Thomas, Lookman.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.

Subs: Areola, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Fredericks, Masuaku, Johnson, Král, Echezolachuku Oko-Flex.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish.

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Sterling, Gündogan, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer, Lavia.


Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Ruddy, Jonny, Coady, Boly, Toti, Ait-Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Hwang, Neto, Jimenez.

Subs: Fábio Silva, Chiquinho, Marçal, Trincão, José Sá, Hoever, Podence, Dendoncker

Norwich City XI: Gunn, Giannoulis, Hanley, Byram, Gibson, Aarons, Gilmour, Dowell, Lees-Melou, Normann, Pukki.

Subs: Williams, Rowe, Tzolis, Rashica, Tomkinson, Krul, Springett, Sørensen, Rupp

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1,003 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fplgaruda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Vardy partyyyy

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Barnes again, magic!

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ridiculous how much better Barnes is when Vardy plays. I guess you could say the same for any Leicester attacker.

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    FPL given it to Watkins it seems

    1. Fabreghastly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Surely will be reviewed

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I'd say surely but FPL took a while to actually tweet it. Haven't seen a close enough angle myself.

    2. sunzip14
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Who gets if it's not Watkins?

      1. Fabreghastly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Guehi OG

  5. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Vardy, Barnes & Maddison 🙂

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Don't forget the Charlie!

  6. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Last minute change Ings > Vardy, was inspired. Also moving armband from Richarlison to Son, less so...

  7. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Watford. What a joke of a team. Hoping they go into liquidation to be honest

    1. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not a nice thing top say

      1. ZEZIMA
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I'm angry this afternoon. Sorry

  8. Casualspotted
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Come on Coutinho please

    • Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      DCL starts.
      Better or worse for Richarlison you reckon?

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Better imo. Rich does better playing on the left

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He can do the scoring now

    • dshv
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      This fh would be huge if I wen vardy over kne

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Auntie, Uncle

    • Ruinenlust
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      can’t believe y’all told me to get Ings over Watkins

      1. Norco
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Watkings?

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Watkins was a doubt

    • Al Green Arrows
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ings (c) failing 🙁

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It bounces today for City. How did not Bowen score

    • Norco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wait... Calvert Lewin is starting, who's that?

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Clothing model

    • Randaxus
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Everton fans are being stupid outside of the stadium using flares and blocking the road isn't helping anyone.

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Rich will sort them flares out

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Everton fans and their pyrotechnics smh!

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Benched Barnes so need a Richarlison capt haul to cheer me up.

    • RamboRN
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Need my differential kdb to do something

    • g_jannyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      So is it a Guehi own goal or what?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Haven't seen it but clear Vardy goal!

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Bruno assist tho right?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Foden.

        2. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Ollie Vardkins

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Not according to FPL

    • OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Varrrrddyyyyy Paaartyyyy Haters Gonna Hate

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I admit, I chatted sh#$ and got banged

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Harvey Barnes 1st on bench is annoying. Was 50/50 on starting him or KDB

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        You've got Maddison and Vardy man. Take that as a win.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I know but always want more.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Digne 12 pointer, wow

      3 - Digne (35)
      2 - Watkins (31)
      1 - Martínez (27)

      Cash (22)
      Mings (20)

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Went Mings as Digne was a “rotation risk”

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Same here

      2. No Need
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Lateriser will be full of it

      3. Hect.OR 98th
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Damn. Chickened out of laporte to digne for a hit

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Palace come on > : (

    • OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ings Rest for BUR

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Watkins rested for City chasing.

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      The cool kids had Vardy (c)

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Watkins cap here..if it's an own goal then at least he gets the assist?

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      FH on 44 points, no chip on 18

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pen city.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Palace goal

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Phew

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yes!!

      3. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Schlupp G

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      villa cleanies gone.

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Nooooo

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I thought Leeds would fight to stay up.