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11 May 2018 by Colm Hayes & Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 38 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Sunday's 2.00pm deadline, here are the fixtures, predicted line-ups and main team news talking points from the press conferences as we approach the final gameweek of Fantasy Premier League 17-18.

GAMEWEEK 38 FIXTURES

Sunday 13th May (all 15:00)

Burnley vs Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Huddersfield vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Brighton

Man Utd vs Watford

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Southampton vs Man City

Spurs vs Leicester

Swansea vs Stoke

West Ham vs Everton

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

- Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Callum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Alex Lacazette are expected to return for Arsenal after being given the night off on Thursday.

- Konstantinos Mavropanos is suspended after an early sending off against Leicester so Skhodran Mustafi is also expected to play from the start after coming on early in the loss to the Foxes.

- Danny Welbeck was sacrificed in that substitution, so the forward might get the nod ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the attacking three. Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Ozil are unlikely to feature.

BOURNEMOUTH

- Harry Arter, Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas will all miss the trip to Burnley.

- Eddie Howe also said: "There are one or two other knocks that we'll have to check and make decisions on."

BRIGHTON

- No injury concerns for Chris Hughton, who said: "We will have to defend really well on Sunday at Anfield to get something from the game."

- Glenn Murray should come back into the starting line-up after a rest on Wednesday but Leonardo Ulloa's goal could keep him in the XI, while Jurgen Locadia provides another option for Hughton up top.

BURNLEY

- Ashley Barnes is ruled out, along with Bee Mee. No word of Chris Wood, who missed the 5-0 defeat to Arsenal with a foot injury. Tom Heaton could push for a start in the final game of the season.

- Scott Arfield and Dean Marney will be "consulted" over the pair's involvement in their final game for the Clarets.

CHELSEA

- Thibaut Courtois trained on Friday and is in contention to start.

- Antonio Conte must decide whether to revert to the 3-5-1-1 system which saw Chelsea beat Swansea 1-0 in GW36, or stick with the 3-4-3 used during the draw with Huddersfield in GW37.

- With the Blues requiring a win to capitalise on any Liverpool slip-up against Brighton, Willian might get the nod over Tiemoue Bakayoko in a more attacking system.

- Gary Cahill should return in place of Andreas Christensen, while Olivier Giroud is expected to get the nod ahead of Alvaro Morata.

CRYSTAL PALACE

- Just Scott Dann and Bakary Sako remain on the Eagles' treatment table.

- Joel Ward may miss out after being forced off in GW37, so Aaron Wan-Bissaka could earn another Premier League start.

EVERTON

- In the midst of the Wayne Rooney to MLS saga, Sam Allardyce barely had time to offer up any concrete team news. Theo Walcott "could" return to the starting line-up, while Rooney himself is ruled out with a knee problem.

- A strong Toffees line-up is expected, as Allardyce explained: "We want to try and win and reach 52 points. That's no mean achievement from where we started from."

HUDDERSFIELD

- No new injuries for David Wagner but with Huddersfield safe, the Terriers boss can rotate at home to Arsenal. With the pressure off against the Gunners, Wagner may use his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation in place of the back-five system that was used successfully to secure draws against Man City and Chelsea.

LEICESTER

- Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Simpson face late tests but it will be "difficult" for the keeper to return. Shinji Okazaki, Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Ben Chilwell are all ruled out. Marc Albrighton is still suspended.

LIVERPOOL

- Liverpool need a point against Brighton to secure top-level European football for next season but Jurgen Klopp is still expected to name his strongest possible XI, with the Champions League final not until May 26.

- Joe Gomez is a long-term absentee, while Adam Lallana could play some part on Sunday after being ruled "as fit as possible" by his manager.

- UPDATE: Sadio Mane is considered a doubt for Sunday's clash due to a "fresh problem", so Lallana or Danny Ings could join Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah in attack.

MAN CITY

- Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz need one more appearance to qualify for a Premier League medal but Pep Guardiola wouldn't be drawn on any line-up changes: "I didn’t know it but it looks ridiculous for me. If they want my medal, I will give them my medal. They are champions. They have been training with us, like Tosin. From day one, training with us. They are champions. Maybe it is so expensive to give 3,4,5 medals for the young guys."

- Benjamin Mendy could earn a start at left-back, while Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling might all return to the starting XI after missing out against Brighton.

- UPDATE: David Silva boarded a plane on Friday (presumably to England) so may take his usual spot in midfield ahead of Ilkay Gundogan.

MAN UTD

- Jose Mourinho has confirmed a raft of starters for Sunday; Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and Sergio Romero will all be in the first XI.

- The United boss said: "Romero plays on Sunday because he deserves that and some other players are going to play because we as a team achieve the second position and we, as a team, are going to play the FA Cup final.

"It is normal that Michael Carrick is captain at Old Trafford for the last game of his career. David De Gea will be rested, so it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play. I can make changes.

"Marcus and Anthony played against Brighton. Today it was for Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard to play and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford. I also play Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata."

- Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini are out, while Mourinho also mentioned that Chris Smalling requires a rest.

NEWCASTLE

- Christian Atsu and Ciaran Clark remain out. Kenedy is ineligible, while Islam Slimani is suspended.

SOUTHAMPTON

- Mario Lemina and Jan Bednarek face late fitness tests.

- Maya Yoshida returns from a one-game suspension, while Manolo Gabbiadini will push for a start after netting the winner against Swansea on Tuesday.

STOKE

- Bruno Martins Indi is ruled out. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting trained this week but Sunday may come too soon for the midfielder.

SWANSEA

- Swansea need to put up a big score against Stoke to have any chance of PL survival so a more attacking line-up seems likely.

- Tammy Abraham might gain a start, with Connor Roberts perhaps dropping out of the XI as the Swans go in search of goals.

TOTTENHAM

- Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier are being assessed. A report suggests Kieran Trippier will be fit to play despite limping off against Newcastle on Wednesday, but the full-back is likely to face a late fitness test.

- Victor Wanyama was also forced off with injury at Wembley, while Eric Dier is available after illness ruled the England man out of GW37.

- With a top-four spot sealed, players such as Danny Rose, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela could earn starts while Kyle Walker-Peters may begin at right-back in light of the uncertainty over Trippier and Aurier.

WATFORD

- Etienne Capoue will not play due to personal reasons, while Kiko Femenia, Miguel Britos and Andre Carrillo are all doubts.

- Gracia was non-committal when asked if he will continue with a two-man strikeforce of Troy Deeney and Andre Gray: "They played a good game together against Newcastle last week and it's an option. In this moment we don't have many strikers because Okaka is injured, but I'm very happy with the last performance so we'll see.

"I'm not only thinking about the last game though, I need to prepare the next game thinking about United and we'll see if this is the best option or not."

WEST BROM

- Both Gareth Barry and James Morrison remain out. Darren Moore has an otherwise fully-fit squad for the dead rubber against Crystal Palace but is unlikely to make starting XI changes considering West Brom's form.

WEST HAM

- Andy Carroll came on in the second half against Man United on Thursday and could push for a start, possibly shifting Marko Arnautovic into an attacking midfield spot. This scenario would see one of Joao Mario or Manuel Lanzini miss out on the starting XI.

- Edmilson Fernandes provides competition in central midfield, while Patrice Evra could earn a starting spot in place of Arthur Masuaku.

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