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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. asr
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bentancur A on Kane G

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Trent Robbo owner here. But, got Mané in for Salah. And benched Cout for Martinelli 2mins before deadline. Oh, and Nketiah too

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My mouth goes SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No Kane though. That hurt my rank a lot

  3. RN - Lyon Fan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    The way nketiah celebrated that was a disgrace

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

      What did he do

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What did he do?

    3. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What did he do??

    4. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I’ve phoned the police

    5. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      🙂

    6. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'm already offended.

      What did he do?

    7. Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      5th place a huge achievement for Arsenal…let them celebrate

  4. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ahhh p off Kane

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Martinelli & Bentancur were the ones...

  6. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Tim Krul getting subbed at half time, I know it.

  7. Union_Jacks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Saka assisted the assister 🙁

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Wow just saw the Kane goal. Absolute gift from Norwich.

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Salah getting warm.

    1. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Excellent

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Vardy please...

  11. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Martinelli!

    Come on though Son

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

    Son on pens soon maybe now

  13. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Closed the gap on my ML leader from 21 to 9 so far! All the way from 150+ 4 or so weeks ago! One more good week, come on!

    1. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Good luck. Anything can happen.

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Noooooo Kane goal. He captained Kane. I don't own Kane. Season over.

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Season literally over 😆

  14. sinik
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    AA is not terminology.

    Don't write player G player AA, you just confuse people and give false hope.

    1. TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yep, it suckered me in too 🙁

  15. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kane repays the -4 at least. I need him to outscore Mane though.

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Talk sport said kulu cross? Ffs

    1. Sailboats
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      fake news

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bentancur 😉

    3. sinik
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      FPL has it as Benta

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mistaken identity. It came from the sort of area Kulu is usually in.

  17. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Livefpl down as expected. What was Kane's EO?

    1. asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      57% top 10k

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      57

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thx. C Son, but have him. So that was good news.

  18. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Forwards these last two GWs.

    Kane, Vardy & Richarlison
    Kane & Eddie

    They are back!

  19. SAY MY NAME
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Took out Martinelli last night, oops!

    Neither of my goalies playing, ah well, just a bit of fun isn't it!

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    LiveScore says saka assist. Guess not?

    1. asr
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No, it was a Saka corner but slight defelction from Martinelli

  21. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Wait, wasn't Saka on pens?

  22. RedRo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Utd doninating

    1. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      *dominating

  23. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I'm on 49pts so far according to LiveFPL 😮

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How?

  24. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Wow villa

  25. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Holy cow

  26. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    OMG

  27. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Matty Cash get in!!!!!!

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    VILLA GOAL

  29. Feanor
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Cash goal

  30. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Palace goal