Rotation is the name of the game ahead of Saturday's 11:30am deadline; the start of a third gameweek in nine days. We have combed through all 20 Premier League press conferences to bring FPL managers the need-to-know team news, injury updates and predicted XIs for GW16.
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Saturday 8th December
Bournemouth vs Liverpool (12:30)
Arsenal vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Burnley vs Brighton (15:00)
Cardiff vs Southampton (15:00)
Man Utd vs Fulham (15:00)
West Ham vs Crystal Palace (15:00)
Chelsea vs Man City (17:30)
Leicester vs Spurs (19:45)
Sunday 9th December
Newcastle vs Wolves (16:00)
Monday 10th December
Everton vs Watford (20:00)
Rob Holding (£4.4m) has been ruled out for a significant period of time after rupturing his ACL at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Aaron Ramsey (£7.3m) is less of an issue for the Arsenal boss. Speaking about the Welshman’s ankle injury yesterday, Emery added, “It’s a different injury. It’s smaller than Rob’s. Today it’s very early because this morning we have been working, but with the players who didn’t play yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll train before the game on Saturday and that’s the moment you can know if the players will be OK or not for Saturday.”
The Spaniard was similarly vague on Mesut Ozil (£8.2m), saying, “He had backache and now he’s working with the physio. We are going to look at when he can come back with us. This morning he worked with the physiotherapist on the pitch, running and touching the ball. Tomorrow will be the decision.”
Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) continues to be assessed but may soon return, while Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) can “maybe” make the matchday squad on Saturday with an eye on Europa League minutes next week.
Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) will be pushing for a start against Huddersfield, either alongside or in place of top GW16 captain contender Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.2m). Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) are the other main options in attack. Emery could find space for all four by switching back to a 4-2-3-1. If the three-man central defence is retained, Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.5m) may earn a start after slotting in for Holding against Manchester United.
Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) should edge out Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m) in midfield after serving a one-game suspension.
Glenn Murray (£6.7m) went off after 34 minutes of the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace with a shoulder injury. Chris Hughton said of the 35-year-old forward yesterday: “We'll assess Glenn in the morning – today it wasn't as bad as we thought – we'll give him every opportunity to be fit. He went over on his shoulder but it's not dislocated or anything. It's a bit sore but better than what it could have been.”
Gameweek 16’s differential captain pick Florin Andone (£5.0m) may deputise for the veteran striker. The Romanian has two goals in Brighton’s last two fixtures. Hughton added, “Florin Andone has come in and got two goals in his first two starts - we're really pleased for him because he's put a lot of work in - we have good competition there now.”
Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) is also a GW16 doubt. Hughton explained, “Jose Izquierdo is the same – both him and Glenn should train tomorrow (Friday) and we'll go from there. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) is also fine but Saturday is too early for him. He's trained really well this week but I see him as being available for the Chelsea game next weekend.”
Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m) and Beram Kayal (£4.4m) are options in central and wide midfield, while Dale Stephens (£4.4m) could slot back into the Brighton XI. Of the midfielder, Hughton said, “It's good that we have Dale Stephens back this weekend - he's been a big part of what we do.”
Bruno (£4.4m) may return for Martin Montoya (£4.3m) at right-back, while Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) will aim to displace Bernardo (£4.2m). Shane Duffy (£4.7m) will miss the next three gameweeks after being sent off for a headbutt in the win over Palace. Leon Balogun (£4.2m) will take the Irishman’s place in the Seagulls set-up. Hughton stated, “We'll be without Shane Duffy now, but Leon Balogun proved on Tuesday that he's more than capable of stepping into the side.”
Steven Defour (£5.4m) is still under assessment for the Clarets, while Sean Dyche has reported an otherwise ‘clean bill of health’. Ashley Westwood (£4.5m) will earn another start if the Belgian is ruled out again.
Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) will aim to displace Robbie Brady (£5.4m), while Sam Vokes (£5.3m) may come in for Chris Wood (£6.2m) up front. Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) might keep his place; the striker netted an excellent goal from an offside position against Liverpool on Wednesday. Jeff Hendrick (£5.3m) and Matej Vydra (£5.7m) are further options in attack. Matt Lowton (£4.7m) will battle with Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) for the right-back spot.
Roy Hodgson has no fresh selection worries ahead of the clash with West Ham. The Palace boss said, “We're lucky that we don't have any new injuries to report. We have the same squad of players to choose from as we have done for the last two, barring anything happening tomorrow.”
After going with an unchanged XI as the Eagles’ wings were clipped at Brighton, Hodgson could be tempted to freshen his line-up. Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.4m) and Alexander Sorloth (£4.8m) were used from the bench in the 3-1 loss at the Amex Stadium, while Jordan Ayew (£5.7m) is another attacking option.
The Toffees have no new injury concerns. Michael Keane (£5.0m) was rotated in GW15 as Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) partnered Yerry Mina (£5.4m) in central defence. Explaining the line-up switch, Marco Silva said, “Before Newcastle, we played three days before, in an intense match. That’s why I took the decision because I know what Zouma can give us and he performed well, as I expected. Mina is doing well, too. He is in good condition if I decide he is staying in our starting 11.”
Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) ousted Theo Walcott (£6.3m) for the draw against Newcastle, as Richarlison (£7.1m) moved into Bernard’s (£5.9m) usual wide-left role to make room for Cenk Tosun (£6.6m) up front. On rotation, Silva added, “It will be a busy month for us. We have strong competition among the players and that is a good problem for a coach. It is difficult, but it is good as well. We will do everything we can to manage the squad, giving some rest to some players, too, if I feel it doesn’t take away too much from our team.”
Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.3m) could return to the matchday squad for Monday’s home clash with Watford.
Ahead of the trip to face Man Utd, Claudio Ranieri said, “Everybody is in good condition, today the people who played 90 minutes recovered very well and the others make a training session.”
On Luciano Vietto (£5.5m) starting ahead of Tom Cairney (£4.8m), the Fulham boss added, “I said yesterday [Wednesday] I wanted to give another striker close to Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) to create more space and more chances – he [Vietto] had a good chance to shoot but his shot was unlucky. In the second half I made a change because I need one midfielder more and it was better, but I am very pleased with the performance of the other striker.”
Andre Schurrle (£5.8m) and Cairney will both be battling for starting spots. Aboubakar Kamara (£4.3m) may retain his place in Ranieri’s XI after netting against Leicester.
Chris Lowe (£4.4m) returns to contention for the Terriers. David Wagner said, “Chris Lowe trained the whole week with the team and could be back in the squad on Saturday. Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) is available and back in training. Hamid Sabiri (£4.3m) unfortunately has broken his collar bone; he will be out for eight weeks.”
Steve Mounie (£5.8m) serves the second game of a three-match ban, while Philip Billing (£4.5m) is suspended for GW16 after picking up a fifth yellow card in the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday. Danny Williams (£4.5m) may earn a start in midfield if Wagner opts to retain a 3-5-1-1 formation.
Saints are likely to be without Danny Ings (£5.4m) and Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) for the trip to Cardiff, while Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) is still recovering from an injury sustained against Manchester United. Mario Lemina (£4.8m) is available again following his suspension. New Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl did not provide injury updates yesterday, with doubts still hanging over Shane Long (£4.8m).
On his style, the Austrian said, “The character and mentality of the team is ok. I think what they need now is a match plan that fits them – to find the perfect formation and tactical summary, so we can be less easy to play against, and force the opponent more than they did yesterday. Ok, it was Tottenham and they are a very good team, but for me tactical flexibility is a main part of our game. 4-2-2-2 is my preferred system, but I can also play with 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 so the main goal is to be very active and press very early. It also depends on how many quick players you have and how much speed they have, so we need to look at the guys and how they compare with the system we want to play.”
Charlie Austin (£5.5m) will aim to oust Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) up front, though Hasenhuttl’s pressing plan may not suit either striker. Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.1m) is seeking a first start since GW10.
Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m) is set to be sidelined until January with a hamstring injury. Manuel Pellegrini said, “Arnautovic has a muscle injury. He will probably be out for around one month. We know how important he is for this team. We know we have to play seven games in December and six games more in January. Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) is not 100% comfortable so he won't be available, but I think it will just be for this game. We have a squad and now is the time for other players to take their chance. Perez scored two goals on Tuesday.”
The Hammers boss could retain a 4-4-2 formation for the visit of Palace. Lucas Perez (£6.2m), fresh off that brace against Cardiff in GW15, is set to battle with Andy Carroll (£5.4m) for a starting spot. Pellegrini explained, “I'm pleased because he [Lucas] is a player I brought in this season to this team. We know he's a good striker and the important thing is, when he has a chance, he takes it. With Marko's injury, we have Lucas in this position. We have Andy Carroll too. We hope he will play games in a row now.” Chicharito (£6.2m) may also be under pressure this weekend after starting two games in four days.
Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) made the bench on Tuesday so could make an immediate return, while Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) was not part of the matchday squad but could “maybe” be available for GW16. Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) was given his signalled rest midweek and should displace Michail Antonio (£6.8m) at right-back. The midfielder will be pushing for minutes higher up the pitch after scoring against the Bluebirds. Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) provides competition in central midfield, while Grady Diangana (£4.5m) is another option on the flanks.