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Gameweek 38 team news: Salah benched, Kane starts, Alonso absent

There are 10 more matches of the Premier League season to go and all of them, of course, kick off simultaneously at 16:00 BST.

The destination of the title will be decided by the results of the matches at the Etihad and possibly Anfield, while the fixtures involving Leeds United and Burnley will dictate who drops to the Championship.

The two north London sides are still in a tussle for fourth place, with Tottenham Hotspur the overwhelming favourites to seal the deal this afternoon, while there’s even the final UEFA Europa League qualification spot at stake – West Ham United and Manchester United are competing for that dubious honour.

From a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, the headline team news comes from Anfield.

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are only among the substitutes for Liverpool’s clash with Aston Villa, although it sounds like we’ll be seeing minutes from the pair at some point on Sunday.

“Both [Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah] are ready to come on but not to start. That’s the advice I got from the medical department.” – Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp otherwise goes full strength and makes seven changes from the win over Southampton, with Sadio Mane, Luis Díaz, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold among those recalled.

Jose Sa is back for Wolves.

The feared rotation has materialised at Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel makes five changes from the draw with Leicester on Thursday.

Kenedy, Saul Niguez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are given starts, with Marcos Alonso missing out altogether. Reece James keeps his place.

Daniel Bachmann replaces Ben Foster in the headline Watford news, with Samir, Kiko Femenia, Hassane Kamara, Tom Cleverley and Joshua King all returning after recent absences.

Harry Kane is, as expected, fit to start for Spurs after his bout of illness, with Antonio Conte making just one change from the side that beat Burnley: Dejan Kulusevski is back at the expense of Lucas Moura.

Tim Krul returns between the sticks for the Canaries, while Jacob Sorensen and Milot Rashica are also recalled by Dean Smith.

Pep Guardiola makes two changes to the side that started last week’s draw at West Ham, with John Stones and Phil Foden coming in for Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jack Grealish. Raheem Sterling is among the substitutes again.

Emiliano Martínez misses out due to injury for Villa, as Robin Olsen steps in. Philippe Coutinho for Carney Chukwuemeka is Steven Gerrard’s other alteration, as Danny Ings has to again be content with a place on the bench.

Youri Tielemans, James Justin and Harvey Barnes are the three players recalled by Brendan Rodgers, who goes pretty much full strength against Southampton.

The Saints omit Armando Broja from the matchday squad, with the Chelsea loanee, Ibrahima Diallo and Nathan Tella replaced by Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu and Adam Armstrong.

Cedric Soares, Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli start ahead of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe for Arsenal today, with Tomiyasu absent due to injury.

Dele Alli makes a first Everton start and is one of six changes that Frank Lampard has made, with neither Richarlison nor Jordan Pickford involved in the squad.

Vicente Guaita and Conor Gallagher are among five players recalled for the visit of Manchester United, with teenage winger Jeserun Rak-Sakyi handed a chance to impress on the wing.

Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire, Fred and Hannibal Mejbri start for the Red Devils, with Cristiano Ronaldo not in the squad due to injury. Raphael Varane, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata drop to the bench.

It’s one change apiece at Brentford: Vitaly Janelt is in for the injured Christian Norgaard for the hosts, while Leeds hand a chance to Sam Greenwood at the expense of Mateusz Klich. Patrick Bamford isn’t involved.

Kieran Trippier and Jamaal Lascelles return for Newcastle as Emil Krafth and Fabian Schar drop to the bench.

Opponents Burnley are unchanged, as are West Ham at Brighton.

The Seagulls replace the injured Leandro Trossard with Adam Webster.

GAMEWEEK 38 TEAM NEWS

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Soares, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Nketiah

Subs: Leno, White, Lacazette, Smith Rowe, Pépé, Lokonga, Oulad M’hand, Swanson, Patino

Everton XI: Begovic, Branthwaite, Keane, Holgate, Iwobi, Doucoure, Davies, Kenny, Alli, Gray, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Lonergan, Mykolenko, Coleman, Tosun, Gordon, Van de Beek, Price, Dobbin, Welch


Brentford XI: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Sorensen, Henry, Jensen, Janelt, Eriksen, Mbuemo, Toney, Wissa

Subs: Fernandez, Canos, Dasilva, Onyeka, Jeanvier, Baptiste, Roerslev, Stevens, Young-Coombes

Leeds XI: Meslier, Koch, Llorente, Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison, Gelhardt, Greenwood

Subs: Klaesson, Roberts, Struijk, Bate, Hjelde, Cresswell, Klich, Shackleton, Gray


Brighton XI: Sanchez, Cucurella, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, Welbeck, March, Caicedo, Veltman.

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

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

Subs: Areola, Randolph, Yarmolenko, Noble, Fredericks, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral, Okoflex.


Burnley XI: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Collins, Long, Cork, Roberts, McNeil, Brownhill, Barnes, Cornet.

Subs: Hennessey, McGlynn, Weghorst, Stephens, Lennon, Bardsley, Thomas, Dodgson, Costelloe.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Trippier, Lascelles, Burn, Targett, Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Schar, Krafth, Fernandez, Ritchie, Murphy, Gayle, Wood.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Saul Niguez, Kante, Kenedy, Ziyech, Mount, Havertz

Subs: Kepa, Jorginho, Lukaku, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Barkley, Chilwell, Sarr

Watford XI: Bachmann, Femenia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara, Sissoko, Kayembe, Cleverley, King, Joao Pedro, Sema

Subs: Elliot, Ngakia, Ekong, Masina, Cathcart, Gosling, Cucho, Sierralta, Baah


Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Ward, Mitchell, Gallagher, Hughes, Schlupp, Rak-Sakyi, Zaha, Edouard.

Subs: Butland, Kelly, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze, Ayew, Benteke, Mateta.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Elanga, Mejbri, Fernandes, Cavani.

Subs: Heaton, Bailly, A. Fernandez, Jones, Varane, Mata, Savage, Garnacho, Shoretire.


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

Subs: Ward, Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Albrighton, Perez, Lookman, Daka, Iheanacho.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Stephens, Salisu, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, S Armstrong, A Armstrong.

Subs: Caballero, Bednarek, Valery, Djenepo, Smallbone, Walcott, Diallo, Long, Adams.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Thiago, Jota, Mane, Diaz.

Subs: van Dijk, Milner, Firmino, Salah, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Kelleher, Elliott.

Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Boly, Coady, Gomes, Jonny, Dendoncker, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ait Nouri, Pedro Neto, Jimenez.

Subs: Hoever, Marcal, Daniel Podence, Trincao, Mosquera, Silva, Chiquinho, Ruddy, Hwang.


Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.

Subs: Carson, Ake, Walker, Sterling, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Palmer, McAtee.

Aston Villa XI: Olsen, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho.

Subs: Sinisalo, Sanson, Traore, Young, Nakamba, Ings, Chukwuemeka, Chrisene, Iroegbunam.


Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley, Dowell, Normann, Rashica, Sorensen, Lees-Melou, Giannoulis, Pukki.

Subs: Gunn, Zimmermann, Rupp, Placheta, Tzolis, Tomkinson, Gibbs, Springett, Rowe.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Royal, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Son, Kane.

Subs: Gollini, Winks, Rodon, Bergwijn, Moura, White, Scarlett, Devine, Craig.

1,806 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Critical Observer
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    When does the FPL open for registration for 22/23? Asking for myself.

    1. lugs
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      fixtures are released on 15th of June so around then i reckon

      1. R.C
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        Doesn't it start before the fixtures are released?

        1. lugs
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 9 months ago

          normally yeah, but with such a quick turnaround this year they will probably wait, and tease prices and such

        2. Deulofail
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 9 months ago

          Last season the fixtures were announced first

          1. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 9 months ago

            As in, last year, this season just finishing now

  2. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Piggybank won around £500k on Fanteam with double digit winners in the top 30

    Must be a full time job.

    1. JJO
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Must be a Fanteams bot
      That site is rigged as hell

      1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        Evidence?

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    What a player son is, another absolutely magnificent curler for his 2nd today

    He’s become a lot better this season at getting on the end of the tap ins which has boosted his tally

    1. Critical Observer
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Among the most underappreciated stars in the league for sure, would have richly deserved more than 2 goals today.

    2. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Will he look back on his career as a failure with 0 trophies? Serious question

  4. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    When you think you've done well and then see your overall rank has dropped further 🙁

    1. moonrise tuna
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      What was your score?

      1. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        64 all out. Dropped like 7k

    2. Firminooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Same. Brought in Barnes, Vardy, KdB. Captained Son, have Matip, Saka and Nketiah. Still big red arrow with 70(-8).

      1. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        It's been one of them seasons where I've learned nothing. I suppose other than luck can go for or against you. The amount of weeks I've had where the decision was sound but the outcome burned me. Only thing I feel I can take is that, go again next year, do the same and hope lucks with me more than it is against me

  5. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Scotty Carson 😆

  6. Ten Season Wonder
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Anyone know where I can find out my final OR?

    1. putana
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      live fpl

    2. jason_ni
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Live fpl rank, and put in your team code

    3. Ten Season Wonder
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      thanks chaps

  7. putana
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    36k overall. First season back playing in 7 years. The chips are interesting but prefer when there was only wildcard.

    1. Ten Season Wonder
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Same really.

  8. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Terrible OR for me this year, 230k, but won a cash ML and Scout picks champion here on FFS unless anyone beat my score this week. COYS

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Congrats for that!

  9. putana
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    two teams failed to score today. Not a surprise who they were.

    Norwich and Manchester United

    1. Grande Tubarão
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Man Utd were playing vs a low block and Atkinson was never going to do them any favours to be fair to them.

      1. NorCal Villan
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        You’ve been singing the Atkinson song for days now. Please stop. Let it go. Take the L and move forward

        1. Grande Tubarão
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 9 months ago

          Ok mate. Won’t mention him again.

  10. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Caah and Coutinho top trolling on my bench chaps

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      I sold them for Sess and Mount (-4), lost 11 pts and top 5k

      1. Not again Shirley
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        Good moves on paper in fairness

  11. BIG TONES
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Top 5k this season - highest finish by a long way. Thanks for all of your help this season!

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      Congrats! I lost it with 1 pt.

      1. Baps hunter
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        But this isn't as bad as losing top 10k two years ago 😉

        1. Baps hunter
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 9 months ago

          With 1 pt

        2. Baps hunter
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 9 months ago

          Next season top 100k and after that I lose top 1k with 1 pt I guess...

  12. Athletico Underachieving
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Clung on to win both my MLs despite going from 60k to 150k in recent weeks…grueller of a season!

    1. dansmusen
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 months ago

      150k got me 6th palce in my ML

      1. Athletico Underachieving
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 9 months ago

        Definitely feel I was the best of a bad bunch!

  13. Neto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    I can't start celebrations until official rankings are published. The longest wait ever.

  14. dansmusen
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    Around 150k this year and not happy at all. Biggest mistake selling Son GW 34 and having 39 points on the bench in a disaster BB failure GW36. Was near top 10k and well in the money in my ML before those magic moments. Well next year can only get better. Had fun at least

  15. Not again Shirley
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 months ago

    If I play this game again next year I will really make an effort not to take so many hits. Yes some pay off but more often than not they don’t. Probably cost me over 100 points in hits. Ludicrous really.