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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Omggg

  2. Cilly Bonnolly
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Liverpool it’s there for you.

  3. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Two nil Villa

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Sky too busy showing son goal

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    VARDYYYY

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

    Coutinho G

  7. Zim0
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How funny will it be if Villa do win and Liverpool lose out on goal difference 😉 should have put out a full strength team against Southampton 😆

  8. No Need
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Son haters shhhhhh

  9. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Wow!!

  10. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Sold Coutinho and Cash -4 *smh*

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sold him for Maddison of course

  11. Dannyb
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Of course Coutinho, this is the week you score you absolute whopper

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I know, sold Coutinho and Digne last on my bench!

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I sold Coutinho and Cash for Mount and Sessegnon -4

  12. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Coutinho and Watt man!

  13. PartyTime
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Party 😎

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

      My free hit last week absolutely going OFF

      1. AC Yew
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wish I'd saved mine for this week!

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

          Yeah same. 100% would have picked Cash and Coutinho away at City.

    • Total Foot 5 - romario 11
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Coutinho goal haha. Had the guy for double villa games and balnked and now goal.

      City...scenes...citu scared shytless it seems of tbe moment...sala comin in

    • asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Watkins A

    • KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I TOLD YOU ALL COUTINHO WOULD BE THE HERO!!!

      By the way I’m storming it this week!!!

      1. Zim0
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Liverpool still need to score

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          There we go!!!

    • asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Cornet G

    • AC Yew
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes Sonnnnnnnnnnnn

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Laporte & Stones = Laurel & Hardy

    • Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Crazy last few minutes here

    • PartyTime
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Barnes,Vardy, Maddison rinse & repeat!

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Route 1 football again. Thought City were a decent side.

      • Shultan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Absolute bottle job

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

        My FH last week killing it

      • asr
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Barnes A on that Vardy G

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Salah to win the title and golden boot

        Writing it now

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Taking Cash and Coutinho out for a hit has gone well

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Mount and Sessegnon in for them (-4)

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        C’mon Liverpool. Pep was right, we don’t want him to win.

      • PartyTime
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Benched Cancelo for Barnes. Juuhuuu!