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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. Pulp Minion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    My 7 year old had Madison and Bowen (c)

    (Tbf the rest of his team isn't great :))

  2. Top Mark.S
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Walk on walk on with hope in your heart

  3. LE CHARO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Looks like I made a huge mistake selling Mané. It was already bad enough when I could have sold Kulusevski instead, but now with that result Liverpool will try and score as much as possible against the Saints.

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Whole country want Liverpool to win the league!

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I do hate them both but hate City way more than Pool

  5. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Klopps gonna set up to wreck Southampton now

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bowen proving his value once again.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yeah can’t believe he wasn’t more popular, don’t think I saw him in one team on here

  7. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I told you all but you laughed at me

  8. Top Mark.S
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    You'll never walk alone

  9. Hy liverpool
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    +5 for city if it stays like that... Will be fun ending for the prem.

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

      Imagine if Gerrard did it...

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        And Coutinho scores the winner? Oh my

  10. Top Mark.S
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Just the 9 nil every year team to come next.

    Get in you red men

    1. noissimbus
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hopefully seeing Diaz take home the match ball.

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

      This is a huge problem for City.
      +5 GD is nothing sensational with 2 games to go..

      1. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        When one of them is against Southampton

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

          Who lose 9-0 once a year at home…

      2. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        There's still second half

      3. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        City may still win this

    3. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      City will still Nick it

    4. AIRMILES
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Betfair Exchange have WHam at odds of 1.66 to win. If I was a Liverpool fan I'd be laying that off for a few hundred quid.

    5. The Train Driver
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      People on FH not getting Bowen are just n00bs, enough said...

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        So true. And Pukki. I mean come on!

        1. The Train Driver
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Thpught Pukki was obvious, people on FH don't have him either? *Sigh*

    6. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Salah hat-trick confirmed

    7. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      The last 10 years of Karma for man utd is just the tip of the iceberg. A liverpool quadruple is just the start

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Younger United fans would prefer for City to lose

        1. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Is that so

    8. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      2-1
      22-1
      I told you 2 1/2 hours ago 🙂

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

        No chance it finishes 22-1 mate

    9. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      TAA at 50% EO
      Could be a painful week for FHers
      A certain 24 pointer comes to mind

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I benched him...

        1. noissimbus
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why in Klopp's beard did you bench such a luxury player..

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        The last time Pukki was in the PL he had 11 goals, 3 assists and 6 clean sheet.
        This season Pukki has 11 goals, 3 assists and 6 clean sheet.

        1. tokara
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I held him for weeke

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

          Forwards get clean sheets?

          1. Bartowski
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Beddie byes clean sheets. Six all season....

      3. Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Kdb to score 3 goals later

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Taking his frustration out on FIFA

      4. adstomko
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Pep in the half-time dressing room:
        "The ref's a Liverpool fan, the West Ham fans are Liverpool fans."

      5. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Remind me what the rules are if the top 2 teams finish level on goal difference? Final play-off game for the title?

        1. adstomko
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Heads and volleys raw a*se.

        2. Random Name
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Goals for.

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          DGW38!

        4. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          More goals scored wins. If that's level as well and their head to head is level which it is then playoff

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

          Think after GD it’s goals scored.
          Then a playoff.

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Head to head before playoff.

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              2 2
              2 2

            2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah but both matches were 2-2

        6. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Goal difference > Goals Scored > Head to Head.

          Playoff otherwise.

          1. Top Mark.S
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            At old Trafford

        7. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          West Ham 2-0 Man City
          Southampton 0-4 Liverpool
          Man City 2-1 Aston Villa
          Liverpool 2-0 Wolves

          1. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That's the one ...

            1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Think it was you that sent me that the other day 🙂

      6. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cancelo on FH not my best decision to date

        Saints game is going to be a tough watch me thinks

        1. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          He can still score points

      7. No Need
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        City will get a Desmond out of this

      8. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        fellow vardy owners and son cappers, glass half full or empty? cant make up my mind 🙂

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Half full for sure

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            🙂

      9. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This surely makes this thing very interesting indeed. Klopp is totally effed up now, he has to make a decision about risking injured players on Tuesday...

      10. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yesterday in a premier league office somewhere..

        “Call Pep and tell him he needs to lose 3-0 tomorrow to build up the final day. Remind him how all those financial investigations were made to ‘disappear ’. We’re calling in the favour.”

      11. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        City please win it now because if liverpool loses the league because of GD, this will be painful

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Even if there is a 0.01 percent chance of winning surely you want to take it to the final day

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Grealish g..

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

        Alright lads, what do you think the full-time score will be West Ham v Man City???

        I reckon it'll be 2-1 West Ham....

      13. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        How did City not get a penalty earlier? Wow.

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not a clear and obvious error says VAR 😆

        2. dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          And VAR checked it as well!