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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. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    This is crazy. I wish every week we had all games played at the same time

    1. have you seen cyan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      not all, but they need to bring back the mass 3PM games.

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

    Decent returns from (S)on, Kane & Kulu!

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

    James assist right at the end

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

    Liverpool 3-1

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

      Robertson

  5. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robbo G?

  6. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robbo

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

    Robbo Go Firmino A

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

    Liverpool 3

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

      Robbo

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robbo G
    Bobby A

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

    TAA useless

  11. Pukki Party
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I have no idea what a good score is

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

    Yessss Robbo

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

    Welbeck G

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

    YESSS ROBBBO

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

    TAA failure

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

    Robbi, Matip and Salah woohoo

  17. The Last Rolo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robbo goal might cost me the ML, so close >_

  18. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robbo and James late goals have cost me big time. Always next season eh.

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

    Leicester 4-1

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

      G Perez
      A Ricardo

      Boo

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

    TAA losing his mojo.

  21. User Unknown
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Meaningless Robbo goal just cost me ML by a point I think

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Nasty

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

      Not meaningless for your rival 😉

      1. User Unknown
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        He had a FH left, and copied my team (only difference was Robbo / Toney for him, and Laporte / Wilson for me).

        Still, no title for Liverpool so all is well with the world

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

    Lookman A Perez G

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Points for everyone!

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

      Commentator said Lookman but think it was Ricardo

  23. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    As a neutral, all I need to make this day perfect is a Villa goal in the 3rd minute of stoppage time...

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      CoutinhOOOOOOO

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

        Is on the bench yes

  24. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Ederson injured. City out of subs

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

    in other news AC Milan win Serie A after almost a decade!!

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

      Very close title race v Inter

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

      Noice. One last trophy for Zlatan as well

    3. Iwantmorepointsthanks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Giroud with a brace already

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

    Only players in my team to blank were my 3 City boys

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

    Matip 3 bps wow

    1. Old Bull
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      So much for the pick TAA over Matip every time advice I chose to ignore this week

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

    Congrats to Spurs for winning the 4th place trophy.

    It can go in the cabinet with the rest of the invisible ones.

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

      Arsenal fan I presume? 😛

    2. have you seen cyan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      LOL so bitter, I probably would be too if I supported Arsenal!

    3. Ginola14
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Need a hug?

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

    Leeds goal

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

    Harrison G
    No A

    Well done Leeds!

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      🙂