FPL Gameweek 17 – Fixtures, Team News, Press Conference Quotes & Predicted Line-ups

Ahead of Saturday's 11:30am deadline, 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 GW17.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 17 FPL content includes Captain Picks, Fixtures, Projections & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 17 FIXTURES

Saturday 15th December

Man City vs Everton (12:30)

Crystal Palace vs Leicester (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Newcastle (15:00)

Spurs vs Burnley (15:00)

Watford vs Cardiff (15:00)

Wolves vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Fulham vs West Ham (17:30)

Sunday 16th December

Brighton vs Chelsea (13:30)

Southampton vs Arsenal (13:30)

Liverpool vs Man Utd (16:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Arsenal are facing somewhat of a crisis at the back for Sunday’s match against Southampton. Rob Holding (£4.4m) and Dinos Mavropanos (£4.7) are both out injured while Sokratis (£5.1m) and Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) are suspended for GW17. The German centre-back also picked up a hamstring injury last weekend and is being assessed.
  • If Emery is set to continue with the three man defence he likes to employ then Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.5m) and Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) would be set to start along with Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m). The Frenchman only just made his return from injury with a 72 minute outing midweek.
  • On Koscielny’s return Emery stated, “We are doing with him our process after the big injury. Today is another step for him, for us. We need to know tomorrow and Saturday how he is going to feel after this match to see if he can help us on the pitch on Sunday.”
  • In a blow to Lacazette owners everywhere, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) got a rare UEL start midweek before getting hooked after 61 minutes. His minute’s midweek would appear to set him up as a high rotation risk this weekend although Emery stated, "Every player who played today can play Sunday" and that the striker just "needs rhythm to play".
  • Emery has also had his say on Aaron Ramsey’s (£7.3m) availability for Sunday’s match: "We think yes. Not today, but the doctor says to me he thinks tomorrow and Saturday he can train and be OK for Sunday."

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Eddie How has said that Callum Wilson (£6.9m) is in contention to play this weekend having “recovered well” from the hamstring injury that kept him out of last weekend’s match against Liverpool: "We're hoping he can play, but we know we have to be careful with these kind of injuries."
  • Lewis Cook (£4.8m), Dan Gosling (£4.8m) and Adam Smith (£4.4m) are all still side-lined through injury. Last week Andrew Surman (£4.6m) stepped in to partner Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) in the centre of midfield and the pair look set to retain their places this week: “I think both Surman and Lerma played well against Liverpool. There's a nice balance when the two of them are together. With more work, they can get even better together."

BRIGHTON

  • Hughton has allayed fears around Glenn Murray’s (£6.6m) injury stating the forward is fine and "has made a full recovery" after suffering a shoulder injury in the win over Palace. Should the Brighton boss want to be cautious with Murray, Florin Andone (£5.0m) will get the start against Chelsea.
  • Shane Duffy (£4.6m) serves the second of his three-match ban. His replacement for the first match, Leon Balogun (£4.2m), has been praised by Hughton for how he performed last time out: "I thought Leon did very well last weekend against two very physical strikers. You have to be part of a good defensive unit as well as standing up to the challenge individually on Sunday."
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) is available for the visit of Chelsea having recovered from injury, whereas a late decision will be made on the fitness of Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) who is hoping to train today following a hamstring injury.

BURNLEY

  • Steven Defour (£5.4m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.8m) are both doubts for the Clarets. Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) could earn a start if the Icelandic midfielder is ruled out. Sean Dyche said: “Steven has a tight calf and Johann has a tight hamstring, so they are both doubtful.”
  • Dyche may not tinker with his line-up any further, considering the win against Brighton last weekend was Burnley’s first victory since Gameweek 7.

CARDIFF

  • Kenneth Zohore (£4.6m) continues to work his way back to fitness having returned to training. Warnock however is “not sure” if he’ll be available for selection this weekend as he’s “not had any game time. He’s running about so it’s whether I think he could do half an hour. I honestly don’t know.”
  • No mention on Danny Ward (£4.3m), Jazz Richards (£3.9m) or Greg Cunningham (£4.2m) by Warnock today. Of the three Ward and Richards are likely to be unavailable but Cunningham should be close having started working on his fitness a couple of weeks a go.

CHELSEA

  • Eden Hazard (£10.9m) was left to rest in London as Chelsea travelled to Hungary on Thursday. Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) was named on the bench for the tie against Vidi as Alvaro Morata (£8.6m) started. With the Frenchman being rested and Alvaro Morata being forced off that match with a knee injury Giroud seems a likely starter as Sarri’s only fit forward.
  • Pedro (£6.3m) could challenge Willian (£7.3m) for a spot in the starting XI for GW17 berth as the latter started in the Europa League.
  • A knock ruled Mateo Kovacic (£5.8m) out of midweek contention, with a midfield spot for the Brighton trip potentially up for grabs between Ross Barkley (£5.6m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) and Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m). All three were picked to start in Chelsea’s final UEL group game.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Christian Benteke (£6.3m) remains Hodgson’s only definite absentee after Scott Dann (£4.4m) and Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) returned to training this week: “The rest are all ok.”
  • Connor Wickham (£4.9m) continued his comeback with a run-out for the U23s on Monday. Hodgson will make a late decision on the forward, though he is unlikely to start. "We will see. Anyone in the squad has a chance of playing. I don’t intend to give you the team."
  • James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Wilfred Zaha (£6.7m) are both suspended for the visit of Leicester City. Martin Kelly (£3.9m) has deputised at centre-back this season and would seem the likely replacement for Tomkins while Jordan Ayew (£5.7m) is the most likely to replace Zaha as Palace attempt to win a Premier League game without the striker for the first time since September 2016.

EVERTON

  • Everton and Marco Silva have an almost fully fit squad to choose from as they attempt to become the first side this season to pick up points at the home of the Champions. Idrissa Gueye (£4.8m) is the only potential doubt with the Senegalese midfielder suffering from, “A small problem, nothing special. We need to assess him this afternoon and tomorrow”.
  • Having missed his last two penalties Silva was asked if Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) was still his preferred penalty option. The manager stated that Everton practice penalties every week and haven’t changed any of their preparations due to Sigurdsson’s troubles. If Sigurdsson does relinquish spot duties it will boost Richarlison’s (£7.1m) already considerable appeal.

FULHAM

  • Both Maxime Le Marchand (£4.2m) and Zambo Anguissa (4.4m) are out of Fulham’s match against West Ham. Le Marchand has picked up an injury while Anguissa is suspended following his red card last time out. With Anguissa out Calum Chambers (£4.2m) could step back into his centre midfield role.
  • Other than Le Marchand and Anguissa, Ranieri has a fully fit squad to choose from as he attempts to maintain his unbeaten record at home. Aboubakar Kamara (£4.5m) will be pushing for a starting spot after his goal from the bench against Manchester United. The Frenchman now has two goals in his last two matches.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Huddersfield are suffering from a number of injuries. Tommy Smith (£4.3m) has suffered a hamstring tear that is expected to result in him missing the entire festive period. Danny Williams (£4.5m) suffered a knee injury in training and is expected “to be out for 10 weeks”, while Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.3m) has undergone a successful operation to repair a broken collarbone and is targeting a return to full fitness by February.
  • Aaron Mooy (£5.1m) has been ruled out until February with a grade two tear of his MCL. With Mooy injured Juninho Bacuna (£4.3m) is an option for David Wagner in midfield: "He played well against Arsenal. He was good and calm on the ball, aggressive and we were happy. He has all the qualities and the spirit, he just needs to become more consistent on the pitch.”
  • In better news both Terenece Kongolo (£4.3m) and Jonathon Hogg (£4.4m) are both expected to overcome there minor knocks and be available for the weekend.

LEICESTER

  • Jamie Vardy (£8.8m) could return to the Foxes’ set-up on Saturday. Claude Puel said: “He [Jamie Vardy] came back this morning with the squad. I think he will be available for the game. Harry Maguire (£5.4m) was in the squad for the last game. Ben Chilwell (£5.2m) felt a pain in his knee, we’ll make a decision tomorrow. It is not serious.”

  • Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) may continue up front for Leicester, with Puel adding that “I think Vardy will be in the squad this weekend”. Christian Fuchs (£4.2m) could earn his first league minutes of the season if Chilwell is ruled out, though Jonny Evans (£4.8m) is an option to shift across to left-back. Maguire may displace the Northern Irishman at centre-half.

LIVERPOOL

  • Joel Matip (£4.9m) is out for around six weeks after he fractured his collarbone in Liverpool’s win over Napoli on Tuesday. With Joe Gomez (£5.0m) also out injured a return to the starting XI for Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) is expected.
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.4m) is also set to miss out but his injury is “not as serious as the other two boys.” There are a number of options for Klopp to replace Alexander-Arnold at right back. While Klopp has talked up Rafa Camacho (not in FPL) and stated Nathaniel Clyne (£4.6m) “is ready for Sunday”, the favourite to play there is James Milner (£5.6m).
  • Further forward Klopp has no new injuries to worry about after Sadio Mane (£9.7m) returned midweek from a foot injury. His biggest decision would seem to be whether or not to include Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.1m) which will likely dictate if Liverpool line-up in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

MAN CITY

  • Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have been boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) to training. On the pair he stated Aguero "did the last two training sessions. On Thursday, he trained with the team. He has no pain and we will decide. With KDB, it is the same case as Sergio – he has no pain but we will see.”
  • John Stones (£5.3m) is set to be assessed today following the injury he picked up in the win against Hoffenheim midweek. If the Englishman can’t go he’ll likely be replaced by Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) or Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m).
  • David Silva (£8.6m), Danilo (£5.1m), Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m) and Claudio Bravo (£4.8m) are all set to remain on the sidelines. With the injury to Silva, the midfield trio is likely to consist of lkay Gundogan (£5.4m), Fernandinho (£5.4m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.5m).

MAN UTD

  • Jose Mourinho has stated during his press conference that up to nine of his squad could be out of the visit to Anfield. Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) and Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) are guaranteed to miss out, while doubts circulate over the fitness of Anthony Martial (£7.4m), Marcus Rojo (£4.9m), who was forced off at half-time in Valencia, Chris Smalling (£5.7m), who has been playing with a hair line fracture of the foot, Luke Shaw (£5.0m), Matteo Darmian (£4.6m), Diego Dalot (£5.3m) and Scott McTominay (£4.3m).
  • Of the nine Smalling, Shaw, Dalot, Martial and Darmian were all absent from the midweek squad at Valencia with Mourinho stating they "didn't train yesterday again" but will today have a "little introduction to training" in the hope of being available for the game at Anfield on Sunday.
  • David De Gea (£5.7m) and Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) were rested for the midweek match against Valencia and are certain to come back into the starting XI this weekend. Along with De Gea and Matic, Mourinho confirmed in his post match press conference against Valencia that Ashley Young (£5.7m), Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) and Marcus Rashford (£6.9m) are set to start Sunday’s match.

NEWCASTLE

  • Newcastle will be without Frederico Fernandez (£4.4m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m) for the trip to Huddersfield: “Fernandez has a knock in his calf, he is progressing but isn’t available. Shelvey will be assessed in the next 10 days.”
  • Benitez was asked if Florian Lejeune (£4.4m) had a chance of featuring this weekend: “He is not available for this game, but he is getting closer. For Florian, it is good news. Normally with a cruciate ligament injury, it is six or nine months (out). In four months, he is back playing and that is good news for us.”
  • DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) is suspended for the weekend following his red card against Wolves last time out. Javier Manquillo (£4.3m) is likely to deputise for Yedlin at the weekend.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Southampton have been boosted this week by the return to training by a plethora of players. Danny Ings (£5.4m), Shane Long (£4.7m) and Cedric Soares (£4.4m) have all “ trained twice this week with the team, first as a smaller group at the beginning and they were able to join up with the whole squad today. None of them have had any problems after that.”
  • Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) is set to miss out once again as he continues to recover from monor surgery and faces a race to be involved at all over the festive period. Bertrand could be joined in the treatment room by Jack Stephens (£4.3m) who “has had a problem with his knees after a collision; we can’t say how bad it is or not for now but I hope it is not too serious for him.”

TOTTENHAM

  • Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) and Serge Aurier (£5.8m) have a chance of featuring in GW17. Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) could earn another start at right-back if neither of the first-choice full-backs are deemed ready. Mousa Dembele (£4.9m) is back on the training pitch, while Davinson Sanchez (£5.8m) and Juan Foyth (£5.0m) could also return on Saturday. Questioned on whether or not Trippier could feature, Mauricio Pochettino responded: “Yes, maybe, yes. We'll see [about] Juan, Davinson, that's three, I think. Aurier, I missed Aurier.”

  • Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) is still sidelined. Ben Davies (£5.6m) may earn another league start considering Danny Rose (£5.8m) began against Barcelona. Lucas Moura (£7.0m) came on at the Nou Camp to grab the goal that sent Tottenham through to the Champions League knockout rounds, while Erik Lamela (£6.2m) made his comeback from injury in that 1-1 draw. The pair will be pushing for starts ahead of Heung-Min Son (£8.5m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.3m), with Harry Kane (£12.5m) set to return to Spurs’ league XI after being rested in GW16.

WATFORD

  • Andre Gray (£6.0m), Will Hughes (£5.0m), Adalberto Penaranda (£5.0m) and Sebastian Prodl (£4.2m) are all out for the Hornets. Javi Gracia said: “I like to have all my players available, but in this case, even with two, three, four players out, we have enough players to play in the next game. The squad is ready and some of them have been waiting for their chance for a long time. Maybe in the next games they will get their chances. We have to play a lot of games, so we must be patient and trust our players. [Gray] had a contusion in a training session on his fibula. We have to wait in this moment, but he is out for the team for sure. I don't know if he will be ready in a couple of weeks or a long time. [Hughes] has a little problem in his knee. We'll see. He is doing a test.”

  • Domingos Quina (£4.4m) could earn another central midfield start with Etienne Capoue (£4.9m) serving the final game of a three-match ban. Ken Sema (£4.6m) began on the wing against Everton on Monday but has real competition from Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) for the spot usually occupied by Hughes.

WEST HAM

    • Lucas Perez (£6.2m) is a doubt for the short trip to Fulham after picking up a foot injury in GW16. Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think one of the merits of this team is having six or seven injuries, and winning the last three games. I hope we continue with the same spirit. Lucas Perez has a pain. We are reviewing it. Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) continues his treatment. He will not play in this game. Tomorrow we will know exactly who will be in the squad. Every player who recovers from injuries is an important player for us.”

    • If Perez is ruled out, Andy Carroll (£5.4m) or Michail Antonio (£6.8m) could partner Chicharito (£6.4m) in the 4-4-2 that has seen West Ham score three times in each of the last three gameweeks. Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) and Grady Diangana (£4.5m) are options if Pellegrini decides on a formation switch.

    WOLVES

    • Other than long-term injury Jonny Otto (£4.3m) Nuno has a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Bournemouth.
    • Wolves come into the game on the back of two victories during which the manager has rotated his squad. When asked about rotation Nuno said, “I don’t agree with the word rest. We made a decision to change and look at other options, like we will for tomorrow. It’s not about resting. It’s about taking the right decisions that we think is better for the game.
    • If rotation does occur it’s likely to occur futher forward then at the back. Joao Moutinho (£5.3m), Raul Jimenez (£6.1m) and Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.3m) will all be pushing for recalls to the starting XI.