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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. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Yesterday I said here that it is weird that not many FPL content providers suggesting both Vardy and Maddison in a FH template team.

    1. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I went Vardy and Barnes. But nevermind.

      1. PartyTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I went all 3. Still time for Barnes Goal

        1. TheTinman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah plenty of time!

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        What's the point? Me too.

    2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Went neither. Think I overestimated Watford. Somehow.

    3. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Got both

    4. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Was saying this yesterday. Thankfully went Maddison + Vardy and have Barnes 1st on bench

      1. fplgaruda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Are you counting FH bench. Lol

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hammers goal

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      😮

    2. Assisting the assister
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No need to check scorer

  3. Assisting the assister
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Maddison would have been a good cap choice

    1. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Definitely better than Coutinho

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Vardy + Maddison 🙂

    This is what I wanna see! Now just need Coutinho (c) to get something!

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Camzy smashing it as usual!

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Likewise Camzy

  5. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hammers Bowen lol

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    CITY CS BUSTEDDDDDDDDDD

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Boo there goes my City cs

  8. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    West Ham yesss !!!

  9. Kaneyonero
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Goal fest! Maddy my only Leicester player playing. Smike and Marty on the bench

  10. No Need
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Quadruple on

    1. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      On what?

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Nah Vardy too...

    WTF is happening 😀

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Maddison assist too haha

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Slow stream?

  12. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Liverpool need to go for it vs. Soton big time if it stays like this!

  13. AIRMILES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    OMG Bowen! Come on!!!

  14. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Dangerous game for City now. WHU lethal on the counter.

  15. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Vardy + Maddison + West Ham goal. Get innnn.

  16. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who needs Kane at a Party...

  17. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Cmon Hammers and did not expect anything from Madders!

  18. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Well at least I was right in thinking City would concede so I avoided City def this week, probably getting an OG for Castagne though instead lol

  19. fedolefan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Stupid Watford. ML has gone now.

    1. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Surely your fault

      1. fedolefan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Isn't it always?

  20. Zim0
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    If City lose this and Pool win by 6 goals the last gameweek is gonna be awesome

    1. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lol

    2. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Even as an Everton fan it would be good to see some last day drama

      1. TyroneGAA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No come on now against arsenal I’ll take the 3 today thank you very much

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Surely you don't want Liverpool to win the quadruple 😆

        1. TyroneGAA
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Wait sorry got this wrong thought he was referring to Everton drama and not Liverpool

          1. keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            If results stay as they are & we beat Brentford we will be safe
            Not the end of our problems but need sorting out for next season
            Last day title drama yes please plus CL place up for grabs Spurs/Arsenal would be good

    3. AIRMILES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      There was a similar situation several years ago, and Liverpool went to Palace needing a big swing in their favour. 3-0 up at half time and looked on, but then fell apart in the second half, drawing 3-3.

      1. TyroneGAA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Lmao

      2. Zim0
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It's Southampton this time. The only team I fully have faith in losing by 6 goals

        1. AIRMILES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I agree, and I hope it happens. Would make for an amazing final day.

      3. keefyefc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Gerrard taking Villa to Man City next week a sub plot

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No need to wait until last gameweek. They can win by 6 goals vs Southampton.

  21. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    With hindsight I should have done C Maddison 😉

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Just happy to have him and Vardy

  22. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Benching Cancelo for DWG players feeling slightly better now

  23. Mozumbus
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No city defense in FH, mainly due to low TV, paid off! Didn't Captain Son either. Got Maddison courtesy pushing my folks here. Going nice so far. No Vardy though, wanted to keep Kane.

    • Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who scores the most points GW38? Pick one.
      A. James
      B. Toney
      C. Mount
      D. Kulusevski
      E. Mbeumo
      F. Maddison

      1. Gordon Ramsey for DGW
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        G. Lukaku

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Good shout

        2. Mozumbus
            1 month, 22 days ago

            B

          • Zladan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            James A

          • AIRMILES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            F

          • Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            F

        3. Jon Snow
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Was inches from going Maddo over Zaha at the last minute. Hopefully i won't get completely mugged off

        4. Muscout
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Went Jota over Madd on FH and I can’t think why
          May have been the mins doubts…..

        5. keefyefc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Man Utd currently in the Thursday night farmers league position !

        6. Monty the Magpie
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Stevey G already getting the bus sorted.

        7. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Vardyyyyy Party love u

        8. No Need
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Whats worse, i did xyz so im brilliant posts or i was going to do xyz but the dog ate my homework posts…