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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. Nightcrawler
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    85 with 10 players to end the season

    LOVE to see it oh yes I do

    1. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      83 here with cash second on bench . Holgate coming in. Annoying.

  2. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Wow, that City comeback scoring 3 goals in 5 minutes is just incredible. What a finale, what a season this was!

  3. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    No more Nick Pope

    1. D.r.a.c.o
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Newcastle will sign him if they don't sign Hendo

    2. lilmessipran
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Too good a keeper for a championship side imo

  4. ToffeePot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Did Son miss a lot of chances or something? only 27bps with 2 goals?

    1. Planet Jo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      yellow card didn't help.

      1. ToffeePot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        oh? didnt know that..thanks

  5. Planet Jo
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Rewind.

    A. Zaha > Maddison
    B. Zaha > Bowen
    C. Keep Zaha.

    I'll go B. I think...

  6. rupopo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    After 15 seasons and 12 top 100k finishes, FINALLY get a top 10k...sitting around 4k after all is done and dusted. Perseverance!

    There's a mighty slice of luck needed, but the more you play and try, the luckier you get I guess

    1. D.r.a.c.o
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Well done

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers!

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Congrats

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers!

    3. Brehmeren
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Well done

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers Brehmeren....let's do it all again next season...

        1. Brehmeren
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Definitely!

  7. Leaf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Can everyone stop checking live fpl so I can check my rank

    Thank you

    1. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      😉

    2. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I wondered who was stopping me checking my rank, get off and wait your turn. 😉

    3. have you seen cyan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      check in 3 hours, the site is having a major brain fart

  8. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Got overtaken in my cash ML by a rival that racked up 18 bonus points. None for his captain. Has 5 players that got 3baps.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Well played him

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I lost £50 because Matip got 3baps and he didn't even get a clean sheet

        1. The Last Rolo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          You lost £50 because a rival picked better players.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Should have played Cash

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Last on my bench. Sold Coutinho and Richarlison for Foden and Jesus -4. Cash would have autosubbed on if I did nothing. My final day moves cost me 14 points

  9. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Robbo Raphinha Pukki out for 37 probably ruined my top 10k finish 🙁

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

    Generally a terrible season but think I have won my ML, just, after the Son brace so if you happen to be on this forum Sonny, cheers mate!

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Narrator: "He did, once again, let it slip"

    1. NorCal Villan
        2 months, 27 days ago

        As Lowell George sang, it’s so easy to slip, it’s so easy to fall

    2. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Toney the gw 38 trap

      1. fplgaruda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gw 1 trap

        1. Dammit_182
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Still 4th best striker this season though!

    3. AARON-1
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Nice end to the season with a score of 90.
        Overall rank 68K
        Happy with that.
        Hope everyone enjoyed the season - it was frustrating at times. Now, a break and then we'll be back.

      • have you seen cyan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        live fpl is annoying. No criticism of ragabolly, but the website is unusable anytime anyone actually wants to use it. If you don't fix this issue its pointless.
        500 reloads and still cant load, and yes I know my reloads don't help, but everyone else also doing the same.

        1. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Ah now, of all the gameweeks this was always going to be the worst.

          1. have you seen cyan
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            bored of it, I know its free, but its unusable at the the time people want to use it.

        2. ToffeePot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          just wait a bit
          score will be the same

        3. Baps hunter
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Well... This sort of traffic spikes are impossible to handle unless customers are ready to pay much more

        4. Zimo
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Cuz everyone is trying to access at the same time.

        5. D.r.a.c.o
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          why dont you donate to a free website for the server issues

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Exactly this 🙂

        6. lilmessipran
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          It's not easy for a free service to handle this volume during absolute peak time

          1. have you seen cyan
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            checking back in 3 hours seems reasonable, Games finished like 25 mins ago ffs, I will go walk the dog before finding out my mini league fate.

      • Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        The top 4 will be the exact same again next season. Conte will surely getting backing in the transfer window after pulling top 4 off.

        Unless Ten Hag turns United completely in their head

        1. MyNameIsRedro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Not a chance. With Atkinson, Dean and Moss retiring, Utd will be right up there

      • fplgaruda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Primitive fans

      • Buck The Trent
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Is it okay to call OR 10,800 as 10K ? 😆

        1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          10,200 here. I'm claiming it.

          1. Jeremy Corbyn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Awww

            1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              James and Robbo late points like a dagger to the heart. Whole season rendered pointless in the space of a minute.

        2. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          11K is the new 10k (to allow for current inflation)

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

          Has to have 4 digits max 😉

      • D.r.a.c.o
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Congratulations to Jamie Pigott for winning FPL

        1. Shultan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Great covering transfer to get sessegon
          OR2 poor decision to get dias

        2. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          yes absolutely!!

      • Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Any RMGW1 threads active yet?

        1. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Manè at Bayern, start again 😉

      • Tokyo Locomotive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        My mini league rival was in first place going into today with a 7 point cushion, and he took a 16 point hit.

        I've won the league by 1 point

        1. NorCal Villan
            2 months, 27 days ago

            That’s a life lesson for your rival 😎

        2. CRAZY TRAIN
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Veltmans 8 pts off the bench has won me my ML by 2 points

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

            I'd be sickened if I was your mini-league rival 😆

        3. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Puhed up to 8k, 9k in gws 33 and 34, then got down to 40k due not owning Son and KDB. Great last two rounds, 17k+ finish, I can say that I am satisfied with the season.

        4. Jeremy Corbyn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          388 OR and now in the top 100 hall of fame

          1. AIRMILES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Excellent work!

        5. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Ederson down injured for at least 2 mins so the corrupt official adds on 30 seconds. Unreal. No doubt it was the same official that didnt award Everton a pen for the Rodri handball.

        6. pundit of punts
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          OR 674

          Buzzing 😀

          1. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Nice

          2. Il Capitano
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Tidy!

          3. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Amazing!!

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

            What a season you've had

          5. AIRMILES
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Great job - well done.

        7. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I switched over to the Pool game after the second Villa goal and missed all three City goals ! Anyboby else do the same ?

        8. AIRMILES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Fabio Borges has ended on 222nd

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

            Ridiculous

          2. NorCal Villan
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Multiply that x3

          3. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            I don't like Roy Keane but he's right - Burnley should not have sacked Sean Dyche.

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

              Agree. Short sighted decision and for what they deserved in my opinion.

          4. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            11k going into Gw37, finished 39k. Terrible last 2 weeks but never mind. Looking forward to a couple of months break now

          5. Hiiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            79 here, few bonus points also coming, maybe 7. I guess it was a first time my taking a hit paid off. Gordon to Kulusevski.

            Hopefully it's enough to get me 100k finish. Rightnow 126k after gw 37 and was 22 points behind with hit.

            1. Hiiler
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Missed 100k with 1 point if Live FPL is correct. So close. 😀