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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. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    GGs

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

    NO QUAD

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

    And Burnley are going down!

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

    City champs

  5. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Harrison!!!!!!!

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

    Well done leeds

    Good riddance Burnley

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

    Well done Leeds. No one likes Burnley anyway

  8. HashAttack
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    So just the 39 goals this gw

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

      So long as no gw39

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

    Okay, now starts time to wait and see final OR...

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

    Goodbye Burnley

  11. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Fans in the pitch ruining the players celebrations. They have to get ushered off…

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

    Season over.

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

    Somebody must have a ton today ive got 90!i think

  14. Sailboats
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    RIP Burnley

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      They won't be missed.
      Perfect bottom 3.

  15. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    It’s over, it’s finally over.

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

      For a few weeks

  16. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Had to bench two of Jesus, Laporte, Martinelli and Matip and took home the minimum possible points! Woo!

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

    Doubled my rank in GW38, brilliant!

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

      You mean halved?

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

        No, doubled!

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

          Had a terrible GW too if it helps. 🙂

    2. Paulo67
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I’m afraid to look at livefpl but it’s been a disaster day for sure for me

  18. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What a final day of the season! Been one of the best ones in awhile!! So much still to play for today, thoroughly enjoyable!

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

    Scenes at Etihad

  20. GoonerGirl
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Glad Leeds have stayed up over Burnely. Don't like City or Liverpool but glad Liverpool can't win the treble now. Well don Money City, amazing what loadsa money can do.

    1. GoonerGirl
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Quadruple *

  21. AIRMILES
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    AAAAAHHHH. I was hoping to break into the top 100k today. LiveFPL has me as 100,010th at the moment 🙁

    1. AIRMILES
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Oooh, but now 99,976th! COME ON!!

      1. AIRMILES
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        99,958

    2. PartyTime
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I was hoping to break in there. Glad I’m not as close as you are.

      • BUZZBOMB
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        101707 here. Was 96k 20 mins ago.

    3. PartyTime
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mount cappers. Come join me in the mud, I captained Trent instead of Vardy 😆

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          That be me.
          Unlucky.

          1. PartyTime
              1 month, 10 days ago

              We feast next season 🙂

        2. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wow, what a finale!

        3. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          102p (-4) all out and challenge to TOP10k succesful

          1. Sailboats
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Nice one, congrats

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

            All out lol Ive got 4 left to play

          3. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wow that's an amazing score

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

            Nice!

        4. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A GW38 green arrow and a Scudetto, I'll take it

          1. PartyTime
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yep. Would take the green arrow too

          2. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            So what's a score for a grey arrow?

          3. Zladan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            The nation can finally breathe.

            Quadruple yeah?

          4. Old Bull
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            It’s a wrap everyone. Time to find something to do through the summer. Hate cricket.

          5. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Cracking final GW for me. 86 (-4) to seal no. 1 in Cambodia. I can retire now.

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

            How has Son got 27 BPS with 2 goals. Think I’m going to lose minileague by a point with rival getting DeBruyne bonus point x2!