No start for Sterling, Valdes takes De Gea's place for Utd

All of today's team news for the final games in the Premier League.


Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere have been given an opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the FA Cup final by starting Arsenal’s last Barclays Premier League match against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.

No start for Sterling, Valdes takes De Gea's place for Utd

Gabriel comes into central defence as manager Arsene Wenger selects a couple of changes from the midweek goalless draw with Sunderland. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes an unexpected appearance on the substitutes’ bench having been sidelined since the start of March with injury.

West Brom are unchanged from the side which beat champions Chelsea 3-0 earlier in the week. Manager Tony Pulis has handed places in the matchday squad to 18-year-old goalkeeper Alex Palmer and 16-year-old Tyler Roberts.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Cazorla, Coquelin, Wilshere, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott.

Subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Monreal, Flamini.

West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Morrison, Yacob, Fletcher, McManaman, Berahino, Brunt.

Subs: Baird, Gardner, Ideye, Anichebe, Gamboa, Roberts, Palmer.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)



Goalkeeper Jed Steer is handed his Barclays Premier League debut for Aston Villa against Burnley two years after signing for the club.

The 22-year-old had played in the cup competitions but Shay Given and Brad Guzan are being rested ahead of next week’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, while Nathan Baker returns from a knee injury and Gabby Agbonlahor is also recalled.

Relegated Burnley have handed Fredrik Ulvestad his full debut after he joined in March while Michael Keane replaces Michael Duff.

Aston Villa: Steer, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, N’Zogbia, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Grealish.

Subs: Guzan, Sinclair, Weimann, Hutton, Sanchez, Green, Robinson.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Keane, Shackell, Mee, Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Ulvestad, Barnes, Ings.

Subs: Duff, Vokes, Kightly, Taylor, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Gilks.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)



Didier Drogba captains Chelsea on his final appearance as the Premier League champions played Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

No start for Sterling, Valdes takes De Gea's place for Utd

The 37-year-old striker earlier in the day announced his one-season second spell was at an end and he is joined in the starting XI by goalkeeper Petr Cech, another who could leave this summer after long and distinguished service.

Eden Hazard also starts despite requiring emergency dental surgery during the week, while Sunderland, for whom manager Dick Advocaat could be bidding farewell, start with Vito Mannone in goal, Jack Rodwell in midfield and Steven Fletcher up front.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard, Drogba.

Subs: Luis, Courtois, Remy, Costa, Christensen, Boga, Solanke.

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, Coates, O’Shea, Van Aanholt, Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham, Defoe, Fletcher.

Subs: Cattermole, Pickford, Reveillere, Graham, Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)



Crystal Palace recall Brede Hangeland, Wilfried Zaha and Mile Jedinak for their Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea.

There are four changes to the Swansea side defeated 4-2 by Manchester City, with Kyle Bartley, Kyle Naughton, Marvin Emnes and Leon Britton starting at Selhurst Park.

Swansea are guaranteed to finish in eighth place while Palace could finish as high as 10th.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare, Puncheon, Jedinak, McArthur, Zaha, Chamakh, Bolasie.

Subs: Speroni, Campbell, Murray, Mutch, Lee, Delaney, Kelly.

Swansea: Fabianski, Richards, Fernandez, Bartley, Naughton, Cork, Britton, Emnes, Dyer, Montero, Gomis.

Subs: Grimes, Rangel, Tremmel, Hanley, Fulton, Barrow, Gorre.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)



Roberto Martinez has handed a home debut to teenage left-back Brendan Galloway for Everton’s final game of this season against Tottenham at Goodison Park.

Kevin Mirallas replaces Spurs loanee Aaron Lennon in the only change from the XI which started in the victory at West Ham while outgoing defender Sylvain Distin is included among the substitutes.

Retiring goalkeeper Brad Friedel is not part of the Spurs squad, with the club confirming he is missing because of a shin injury, and left-back Danny Rose is also absent due to a dead leg, with Mousa Dembele coming into the starting line-up instead.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Osman, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, McGeady, Kone, Naismith, Distin, Besic, Atsu.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Lamela, Bentaleb, Mason, Dembele, Chadli, Eriksen, Kane.

Subs: Soldado, Yedlin, Vorm, Townsend, Stambouli, Winks, Onomah.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (W Yorkshire)



Victor Valdes makes his full Manchester United debut as Louis van Gaal’s side look to send Hull down with victory at the KC Stadium.

No start for Sterling, Valdes takes De Gea's place for Utd

David de Gea has failed to overcome his hamstring injury and is left out of the squad, which means Valdes makes his first start since suffering a serious knee injury for Barcelona 14 months ago.

Angel di Maria replaces Marouane Fellaini in midfield and captain Wayne Rooney comes in for Radamel Falcao, who does not make the bench.

Hull, who must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, have named the same starting XI that lost to Tottenham last weekend.

Hull: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady, N’Doye, Jelavic.

Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Hernandez, Sagbo, Aluko, Robertson.

Man Utd: Valdes, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Mata, Ander Herrera, Di Maria, Young, Rooney.

Subs: Januzaj, Lindegaard, van Persie, Fellaini, McNair, Blackett, Wilson.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)



England new boys Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin are set for a head-to-head shoot-out at the King Power Stadium as both strikers start in the Barclays Premier League game between Leicester and QPR.

Vardy is part of an unchanged Leicester team which secured their top-survival with a goalless draw at Sunderland last weekend and could finish the season as high as 14th.

Relegated Rangers make three changes with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy coming in for Rob Green (concussion), Yun Suk-young replacing Steven Caulker (broken hand) and Republic of Ireland youth international Reece Grego-Cox getting the nod over Junior Hoilett to make his first full first-team debut.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso, King, Schlupp, Mahrez, Ulloa, Vardy.

Subs: De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood, Kramaric.

QPR: McCarthy, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Yun, Phillips, Henry, Barton, Fer, Austin, Grego-Cox.

Subs: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Comley, Petrasso, Kpekawa.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)



Frank Lampard has been given the honour of captaining Manchester City for his final competitive appearance in England before moving to the United States.

The New York City-bound former England midfielder takes the armband as City host Southampton in their last Barclays Premier League game of the season. Fellow midfielder James Milner, who could leave the club this summer, also starts while regular skipper Vincent Kompany remains on the bench.

For Saints, veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis returns in place of Paulo Gazzaniga to make his 300th appearance for the club and midfielder Filip Djuricic also features.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Lampard, Milner, Toure, Silva, Aguero.

Subs: Sagna, Kompany, Dzeko, Caballero, Bony, Jesus Navas, Jovetic.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Steven Davis, Long, Djuricic, Mane, Pelle.

Subs: Yoshida, Gardos, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Gazzaniga, Reed, Targett.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)



Leading scorer Papiss Cisse returns to the Newcastle starting line-up for the final-day clash with West Ham as the Magpies look for a victory to end their Barclays Premier League relegation fears.

The 11-goal striker replaces Ayoze Perez, who is named among the substitutes, in one of three changes to the side which lost at QPR with Mike Williamson returning from suspension along with Vurnon Anita in place of Ryan Taylor and Remy Cabella.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce makes two changes for what is rumoured to be his final game in charge as he replaces the injured James Collins and Mark Noble with Reece Burke and former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Riviere, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse.

Subs: Ryan Taylor, De Jong, Gouffran, Perez, Cabella, Ameobi, Woodman.

West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Jenkinson, Burke, Cresswell, Song, Nolan, Valencia, Kouyate, Downing, Cole.

Subs: Tomkins, Jarvis, Nene, O’Brien, Amalfitano, Jaaskelainen, Lee.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)



No start for Sterling, Valdes takes De Gea's place for Utd

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has been left out of the starting line-up for the club’s final match of the season at Stoke after a week of headlines about his contract negotiations.

The 20-year-old is left on the bench for the first time in 18 matches as manager Brendan Rodgers makes three changes, with Dejan Lovren and Jordon Ibe also left out as Mamadou Sakho plays his first game since April 8 and Steven Gerrard makes his 710th and final appearance for the club.

Stoke make one change, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic returning at the expense of Jack Butland.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Adam, Diouf, Walters.

Subs: Ireland, Odemwingie, Wilson, Sidwell, Butland, Crouch, Wollscheid.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Lallana, Coutinho.

Subs: Toure, Lovren, Lambert, Sterling, Ibe, Markovic, Ward.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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