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

    Salah inc

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

    Just need Pukki to complete the attacking returns set!

    Mane
    Havertz
    Maddison
    Saka
    Nketiah
    (K)ane
    Pukii (off bench for Alonso)

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      We get it man your having a good week, 1 post per page is plenty

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

        Yeses Spuds! We love it son

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Andy's team is spot on! Looks like another top 10k finish for him

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Should keep the bills paid for another few seasons 🙂

  4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Terrible tackle on Gallagher

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

    Soo, Raphinha -> Luis Diaz (-4) worked out well.

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

      Why would you even have Raphinha haha

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

    Mane could have had a hattrick here

  7. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arsenal having fun now

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

    Arsenal 4

    Mo Salah coming on

  9. Our Tiny Servant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Do Brentford look like scoring?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No, rubbish

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        shame 🙁

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

    Gabriel G

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Any assist for that goal?

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

        Cedric

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          ta

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

    Jota doesn't make 60, Salah on.

  12. Dammit_182
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mo is on. Boss mode for Wolves.

  13. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bruno dive lol

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

    I stayed neutral in the 1st half watching/listening to BBC & this site updates but
    Now watching game at Anfield just one goal needed to lead the title race

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

    I've never seen Cancelo play this badly before

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

      Lol

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

    Kulu sitter

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

    Jota jogs off

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

    Salah coming on to score now I've taken him out for crap Son.

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

    Goodbye Burnley

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

      Wow.

      Massive for Leeds and West Yorkshire sport.

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

    Salah brace

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    People are forgetting City don't have Dias. They were likely to bottle

  22. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Girooooooooooudddd

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

      Milan gonna win a title after so long 😮 feels weird but nice too

  23. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Burnley need Brentford back from the beach.

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

    Burnley are playing wide open now. Newcastle 2nd goal coming soon

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

      And there it is
      ASM A
      Wilson G

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

      And it's here

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bang

  25. RedRo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Crazy pressure from Utd

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

      Palace holding on

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

    Wilson 2nd G

  27. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Liverpool probably score last minute to clinch league

    Luckiest club in history

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

    Farewell Burnley

  29. tambourineman
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kulu goal x 2

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

    Kulu goal banger