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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. Planet Jo
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    No Rich. No Alonso.
    Liverpool clean sheet gone.
    Time to sit back and enjoy the football.

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      THIS

    2. Futureform
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Same!

  2. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Alonso -> Robbo (-4) going well

  3. Nightcrawler
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    MUDDTIP

  4. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Have to head to in laws for Sunday lunch.. tempted just to disconnect and do motd challenge tonight.

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Don’t do that mate

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

      It is the best day for motd as they cut the games together

  5. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    TAA and Robertson owner here, what a start.... 🙂

  6. tommo-uk-
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    That wolves goal has messed me up already in my ML

  7. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bring Salah on!!

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Trent Robbo double up been a failure overall, not enough cs or attacking returns between them over the last few weeks

    Trent been bloody useless

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bachmann denies Havertz G Mount A
    Going to be a long afternoon...

  10. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Duno what to watch haha

  11. Jafooli
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Matip gonna get 2 months rest after this…..

    1. Alan The Llama
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Your tip's been having a rest for 40 years

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ha, rue enough….

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          *true

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

    Castagne misses sitter. Would have been Maddison A

  13. MyNameIsBigManRedro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 23 days ago

    That Neto goal probably good for us Mane captainers

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Great for everyone bar double defence owners.

      1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        That’s me too 🙁

      2. Monty the Magpie
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Spesh if one of them's Allison.

      3. Silecro
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        If only Trent and Robbo had any attacking potential whatsoever....we double owners are sure in the mud

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

    Hojberg sitter. Would have been Kulu A

  15. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Really poor defending there

  16. Essan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    That's it, I have had enough. Not gonna bother any more this season. Can I delete my team?

    😀 😛 😉

  17. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Season over.

  18. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Did the Wolves goal seem Jimmy offside? I didnt have a proper view on it.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No.

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks

  19. Nightcrawler
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Why is Gerrard not starting Martinez?

    Rubbish management

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Injured

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Diaz big miss

  21. DF Team
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Who the f* started the rumour James wouldn’t start?

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Sam Martin

      1. g40steve
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        This

    2. have you seen cyan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Your ML rival

  22. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    No goal

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      None assist?

  23. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Doesn't look like it's gonna be a goal fest...

  24. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Olsen looks shakey. Just start popping in crosses and long range shots

  25. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    No one got Jimi

  26. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Diaz so overrated

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No offence but you have some truly bizarre opinions. I can’t tell if you’re just not really into football or looking for attention

      1. Brehmeren
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        He is troll

  27. Not again Shirley
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Double City defence and sold Coutinho. Odds of Coutinho scoring? Would be the trolliest of troll things ever to happen.

  28. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Havertz G
    Kenedy A

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

      Kenedy essential

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        This!

        All the pundits missed it too.

  29. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Havertz goal

    1. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mount involved (in the celebrations)

  30. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Martinelli so close