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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.


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1,806 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PartyTime
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I don’t see City bottling this unfortunately

      1. Dannyb
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        *fortunately

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Me neither

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        City have to score 2 goals if Liverpool is on the verge of winning their game.

        They will bottle

      4. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yea. Not like citeh to bottle it.

    • HashAttack
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Is it true that Son has never scored on the final day of a season? (Think I heard it on some podcast)

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Kane always does.

        I switched my captain off him on his stomach bug.

    • Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      In which minute does Salah make an appearance?

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

        57 for Jota.

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yes I have Jota, so of course it will be 57-59 mins for a 1 pointer

      2. Ron_Swanson
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        62

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

      Pukki goal would be huge

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ahh, that's more like it.

      The sounds of fpl hopes being junked in reality.

    • asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      King sitter

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

        JPedro*

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Liverpool need 1 goal to win the league

      Manchester City need 2 goals to win the league

      1. Slouch87
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thanks .

      2. Shultan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Exactly!
        Liverpool can easily score 2 whilst city don't look like getting 1

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Unless their opponents score, than the equation changes.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Of course

      4. Cojones of Destiny
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        degree in math?

    • Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Still find it difficult to believe how Arsenal completely bottled fourth

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Cause it's Arsenal

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

        Probably injuries.

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

        Injuries to Tomiyasu, Partey, Tierney were crucial. Sudden loss of confidence. Not taking our chances. Not strenghtening in winter transfer window. Sticking with Lacazette too long. There's plenty of reasons...

        1. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Referees, VAR and so on.

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

          Sticking with Auba for too long was way more costly imo

    • Babit1967
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      As a Martinelli, Nketiah owner delighted with the points but why didn’t Saka hit the penalty?

    • Levi's 501
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Any chance Son, Kdb, Mount do anything 2nd half? Rank is free falling!

    • GoonerGirl
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who is everyone wanting to win the league? I was on Liverpool over City due to being completely against the City money. But after the Liverpool fans booed the National Anthem, it's changed my mind a bit. Now I don't really care.

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

        If only there was a way neither of them win

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

          That would be the ideal.

    • Spirit of 1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Grealish to come on to score the winner to spoil the hopes of pool and stevie g

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Or to slip up 1 on 1?

    • Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ferandinho off

    • Cilly Bonnolly
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Leicester goal.

    • NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      OMG ML leader"s 25 points lead now cut to only 1 point! Mane (c), Martinelli and Eddie are doing the job for me.

      #believe

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Maddison goal

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

        Vardy A!

    • asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Madders G

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

        Vardy shot saved, Madders rebound

    • AIRMILES
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      So I think I'm going to stop socialising with people for a year so i don't run the risk of bumping into a Liverpool fan.

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Maddy

    • PartyTime
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Maddison!

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Loads more goals and points to he in the next 49 minutes or so...

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        lol at Maguire 😀

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

        Maddy doesn't stop!!!

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Vardy assist

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

        Sa subbed.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Sabbed

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Knee injury

          The x Everton keepers

      • Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Nice to see that Antonio goal - I brought him back in for a little GW1 nostalgia 🙂
        It's not surprising but interesting that he's owned .26% in Top 10k, but 24% overall.

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

        Matip yellow

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Get some cream…

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        lol Atkinson - never a freekick

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Holy cow one of my players did a goal

      • Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Ruddy on for Sa and Milner for Thiago