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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Typical Arsenal, playing with the pressure off

  2. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gundo G KDB A

  3. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    King Kev to Gundogan

  4. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    OMG! CITY!!!

  5. BigManZimo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gerrard bottles it again 😉

    1. Djokovic Airlines
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      stfu

    2. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Someone reminded him that Villa get £15m extra if Grealish wins the PL in his first season at Man City.

  6. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Holy moly

  7. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    City winners! Damn rip

  8. No Need
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Dogggggggggy style

  9. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chelsea cleanie gone

  10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Watford goal

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Watford goal. It's all happening!

  12. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gary Neville so happy City are winning. He hates Liverpool more

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Watford goal lol

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      This

  14. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Watford wipe Chelsea cleanie

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Not mine Rudis safely off

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        This! Getting the luck today

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Brilliant.

        Need that too.

  15. Hulk Smash
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    How good is Rodri by the way? Not only a great CDM but he has popped up with some vital goals for City this season.

  16. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gorgeous to see the Triple Threat deliver yet again!!

  17. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    YES WATFORD

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Congratulations city

    Fully deserved. Big character. 2-0 down and come back to win

  19. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    CHE CS vamoos

  20. Sailboats
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gundogan super sub

  21. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    You get the feeling that City were just messing around, making it exciting

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Wanted to relive Aguero 10 years on

  22. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I've got a chance in my King Kebab mini league!

  23. asr
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Gosling Go Masina A

  24. Total Foot 5 - romario 11
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Football man...just soometimes so effin unprediktable

  25. Djokovic Airlines
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    It's all our own fault, we had it in our own hands and if we had won the game early on, City would have seen that and crumbled under the pressure.

  26. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Salah goal

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Of course

  27. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Chelsea such a rubbish team for FPL

  28. BigManZimo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Son YC

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Salah goal

  30. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Salah Goal