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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, 8 days ago

    Salah G

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

      It's all happening.

      Villa equaliser???

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Salah

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Mount subbed for Chilwell.

  4. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Villa could still nick one here and Liverpool leading now

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He subbed off Coutinho trying to defend the lead. Low chance

  5. diesel001
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Too late for Liverpool.

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

      Never too late.

      Late Villa corner!!

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Golden boot tie.

  7. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Matip assist.

  8. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Salah G Matip A

  9. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Matip A

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Let's go Matip

  11. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hope Matip next season is 5.5M

  12. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Salah and Matip 😎

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

      Lovely

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Matip 🙂

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

    Salah with a proper lower league goal

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Matip killing TAA for points recently!

  16. diesel001
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Big at the back failing again.

    James, TAA / Robbo, Cancelo, Schmeichel all losing their CS.

  17. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Son not close to the baps

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      WTF? I could've sworn he was on 35bps before his 2nd goal.

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

      Dont give a monkeys

  18. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Casuals win again man...

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      can confirm, I have barely touched my team for about 12 weeks, on 85 points this week after a 3 minute free hit 😀

  19. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Barkely G James A

  20. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Well I have thoroughly despised owning Chelsea players this whole season.

    Good riddance

  21. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Barkley goal

  22. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    If I changed nothing I’d have had an incredible week. Too much tinkering

    1. Paulo67
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Same here brought in Toney and Bowen for Watkins and kulu to chase a mini league leader. I live and learn

  23. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    James A Barkley G

  24. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Gerrard taking off Coutinho bad move

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Really slipped up on that one

  25. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Alonso clean sheet wiped.

  26. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    G Barkley
    A James

  27. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    How tf is Son only on 27bps with 2 goals?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yellow, and missed chances

  28. Planet Jo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    C'mon Burnley!

  29. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!

  30. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    City done this against Madrid when they had the lead. Just see it out! You don’t have to commit 6 or 7 players forward?