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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. Zim0
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Maddison has been a good buy this season. Let's see what they price him next time. Might be in my team day 1

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's excellent

  2. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    BHA goal

  3. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Maddison!!! Wow. I'm on fire today!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Well played

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Just dipped into top 10k as it stands, from 18.7k to 9.8k

        Shocked!

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Knew I shoulda done Mount to Maddison

    1. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Zzzzz

  5. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Come on Mount. Do something!

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    If Vardy scored it may well have been a Schmeichel assist.

  7. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    So far an amazing day.
    Kulusevski, (K)ane, Maddison, Vardy, Zaha

    Did sell Cash for a hit but he would have been stuck behind a Holgate 0 on my bench so no big deal.

    Let’s go second half’s!

    Also WH!!!!!!!

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lol as Brighton score.

    2. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Havertz, maddison, mane, Nketiah, (K)ane,

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Niiice. Almost did Kdb > Mane(c) for a hit. Will probably regret not at this rate.

        1. TheTinman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If City get anything KDB will be involved!

  8. ChelseaGuy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Man united back into Europa league qualification spot

  9. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Maddy saving my season recently.

  10. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Veltman goal

  11. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Claims for a push for Wolverhampton penalty.

    Not happening.

  12. GoonerGirl
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Love my decision to get Maddison in a couple of game weeks ago.

  13. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    My rival bizarrely did Maddison to Bowen 🙂

  14. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    De Bruyne out the stadium from 10 yards

  15. Total Foot 5 - romario 11
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Maddison y prob has to be called for english squad at this rate, dude playing solid

  16. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    -72% red arrow in GW38, argh!

  17. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Maddison, Zaha, Mane (C)... Wow, rival closing in the gap!

    Son, Mount, Toney, Nketiah.. DO SOMETHING

    1. Zim0
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nketiah has a goal does he not?

      1. MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Obly I want & need more

  18. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Classic Jesus

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ffs

    2. Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Parted the Red Sea?

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane G
    Jota A

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Offside

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nope.

  20. Cilly Bonnolly
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Liverpool winning title as things stand.

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ah wait…

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane offside.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Tight?

  22. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    2 1 Liverpool

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wiped

  23. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Of course Maddison and Vardy start 4 in a row and haul. Screw you Brendan.

  24. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane Go Jota A

    1. asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Offside

  25. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Quadruple

  26. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Champions??

  27. Jafooli
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bottle jobs…

  28. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ahhhh don't worry Sadio, keep going son, it'll come!

  29. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Zaha, Maddison and the trusty final GW Mane C.

    Lovely jubley.

  30. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Sky Sports through full fibre broadband on Now TV is massively delayed.

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

      As always