FPL Gameweek 4 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Saturday's 11.30am deadline, we have gone through every Premier League press conference with a fine tooth comb to bring FPL managers the need-to-know team news and predicted XIs for GW4.

GAMEWEEK 4 FIXTURES

Saturday 1st September

Liverpool vs Leicester (12:30)

Brighton vs Fulham (15:00)

Chelsea vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Crystal Palace vs Southampton (15:00)

Everton vs Huddersfield (15:00)

West Ham vs Wolves (15:00)

Man City vs Newcastle (17:30)

Sunday 2nd September


Cardiff vs Arsenal (13:30)

Burnley vs Man Utd (16:00)

Watford vs Spurs (16:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Team news and predicted line-ups will be updated throughout the day following club press conferences.

ARSENAL

  • After being left out of last weeks squad Emery has reiterated that there is not problem with Mesut Ozil (£8.3m) and he has been training all week with the squad.
  • Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) is pushing for his first start of the season with Emery stating, “The possibility of him playing with the starting XI is okay, but I am happy with all of the players and how they are working, not just Lucas.”
  • Not much change in the injury front with Sead Kolasniac (£4.9m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.5m) and Laurent Koscielny (£5.5m) all still out.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Bournemouth have a few injury worries ahead of the weekend visit to Chelsea. Marc Pugh (£4.4m) and Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) remain side-lined and they are joined in the treatment room by Lys Mousset (£5.0m) who suffered an ankle injury midweek.
  • Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) and Diego Rico (£4.5m) are "Premier League" ready and give Eddie Howe a selection headache are impressing in the Carabao Cup. They’re pushing Charlie Daniels (£4.5m) and Dan Gosling (£5.0m) for spots.

BRIGHTON

  • Hughton has confirmed that Florin Andone (£5.0m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) remain side-lined for Fulham’s visit to Brighton, with the pair likely to be available after the international break.
  • Bruno (£4.4m) has trained throughout the week and Hughton will make a late decision on the Spaniard’s involvement, while Lewis Dunk (£4.4m) has yet to be fully ruled out. Much will depend on how he trains today.
  • Pascal GroB (£6.9m) is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up after losing his place last Sunday vs Liverpool.

BURNLEY

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) is expected to be out for a few weeks after limping off against Fulham with a hamstring injury. Is replacement for that game was Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) who is a defender on FPL.
  • Aaron Lennon (£5.0m), Ashley Westwood (£4.5m), Matt Lowton, (£5.0m) James Tarkowski (£5.0m) and Joe Hart (£4.5m) are all expected to return to the starting line-up vs Fulham, after being rested in the Europa League midweek.
  • Now that Burnley have been knocked out of the Europa League it will be interesting if the squad settles down into the familiar team and system we saw last season.

CARDIFF

  • The jury is still out on whether Junior Hoilett (£5.4m) will be available for the Bluebirds this weekend. Warnock has stated he’ll play if he’s near fitness but “won’t risk him if he’s not.” A lot will depend on how training goes on Friday.
  • Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.9m) is expected to be out until December having “done his posterior cruciate” the previous weekend.
  • Better news for Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) with Warnock confirming that the Icelandic international has “trained well” as he bids to return from a knee injury, although he's still unavailable this week.

CHELSEA

  • Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m) is once again the only injury Sarri has to contend with. Other than that he has a fully fit squad to choose from.
  • Despite suggesting that Eden Hazard (£10.6m) could only play for 60 minutes last week he completed the full 90 minutes and he will likely start again this week. The amount of time he plays seems dependant on the match situation.
  • Sarri has spoken about Victor Moses (£5.8m) changing position to become a winger. He’s unlikely to start soon though with the manager saying, “in the new position I think he needs to improve.”
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.4m) has “to improve tactically” if he is to force his way into Sarri’s thinking.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Hodgson has given very little away ahead of the match against Southampton: “We've got most of our players available. I think I'll keep the team news close to my chest for now, you'll find out tomorrow...”
  • James Tomkins (£4.5m) is Hodgson’s biggest concern but he wont make a decision on the defender until tomorrow. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m) is back after his ban and will look to be restored at RB.
  • Max Meyer (£5.9m) is pushing for his first PL start after assisting against Watford and performing well midweek. “Max did well against Swansea, but he wasn't the only one.”

EVERTON

  • With Michael Keane (£5.0m), Phil Jagielka (£4.4m) and Yerry Mina (£5.5m) all unavailable, Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) will partner Mason Holgate (£4.5m) at the heart of the Everton backline.
  • Bernard (£6.0m) is out of tomorrow’s clash after picking up a muscle strain from the bench against Bournemouth. Silva blames this on a lack of pre-season training.
  • Idrissa Gueye (£4.9m) will not be available after picking up a knee injury at Bournemouth last weekend.
  • Ademola Lookman (£5.3) could be involved tomorrow as Marco Silva confirms the player will not join RB Leipzig today. With Richarlison (£6.7m) and Bernard both out, the 20-year-old could be promoted to the starting XI.

FULHAM

  • After making 11 changes for the midweek Carabao Cup match against Exeter, Jokanović is likely to return to a similar line-up to the one that beat Burnley at the weekend.
  • One player looking to break into the first 11 is Alfie Mawson (£5.0m) who made his debut midweek. Jokanović was delighted with “the quality, the power, the experience and leadership” showed by his summer recruit.
  • Tom Cairney (£4.9m) has been ruled out until after the international break with an ankle injury suffered against Burnley. He was replaced that match by Anguissa (£4.5m) who seems the prime option to replace Cairney in this weekends starting 11.
  • Neeskens Kebano (£4.4m), Tim Ream (£4.4m) and Floyd Ayite (£4.4m) all remain unavailable for the weekend.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Ben Hamer (£4.0m) and Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) have both been ruled out until after the international break. Jonathan Hogg (£4.5m) serves the first of his three-match suspension.
  • Erik Durm (£4.5m) impressed manager David Wagner in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night but fullback will not come into "full contention" until after the international break.

LEICESTER

  • Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the King Power stadium. Only Matty James (£4.5m) is out injured. His return is expected in “a few weeks”.
  • Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) serves the final game of his three-match suspension. Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m) scored last week when stepping into the main striker role and is expected to keep his place on Saturday.
  • Caglar Söyüncü (£5.0m) recently played 90 minutes for the U23s on Monday as he works his way back to full fitness following his summer transfer from SC Freiburg.

LIVERPOOL

  • Liverpool have no new injury concerns from last week. Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) is once again absent with a pelvic issue. Joe Gomez (£5.0m) is expected to keep his place, while Joel Matip (£4.9m) will have to settle for the bench.
  • Despite naming the same side for three successive games, Klopp says he is “pretty open” to change and decisions will be based on how players perform in training.
  • On the need to rotate his squad in the future Klopp stated, “We have started 3 times in a row with the same line up - that won't be possible too often in the future.”

MAN CITY

  • City have no new injury concerns with Pep stating, “Everybody’s okay, everybody’s fit.”
  • Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m) and Claudio Bravo (£5.0m) are both long-term absentees, whereas Danilo (£5.3m) is still recovering from a problem picked up at the World Cup.
  • Pep is expecting Newcastle to follow the same approach they took last year and play extremely defensive. When this was expected previously vs Huddersfield, Guardiola removed his pacey players and instead replaced them with technicians capable of unlocking defences.

MAN UTD

  • Phil Jones (£5.2m) will miss the match against Burnley with a hamstring injury. Diego Dalot (£5.5m) and Sergio Romero (£5.0m) are to play for the U23s tonight but will not be considered for Sunday.
  • Marcus Rojo (£4.9m) has begun training with the first team following his injury layoff but Sunday comes to soon for him.
  • Alexis Sanchez (£10.2m) has been left out of the Chile squad on the request of Manchester United. Although appearing from the bench against Tottenham, this would suggest he’s not going to start at the weekend.

NEWCASTLE

  • Two key players will be missing for Newcastle when they visit the Champions. “In terms of injuries, Jonjo Shelvey (£5.5m) is out, so is Matt Ritchie (£6.0m).”
  • Jamaal Lascelles (£5.0m) has recovered from the ankle injury, which ruled him out of the Chelsea clash. Javier Manquillo (£4.4m) is also back on the training pitches. Kenedy (£5.0m) is available after being ineligible against his parent club.
  • Judging from his passionate defence of last week’s tactics against Chelsea, Benitez is likely to deploy a similar defensive approach for Manchester City.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Danny Ings (£5.6m) is the only potential doubt, with the forward missing Southampton’s midweek trip to Brighton with severe blisters to his left foot. Having trained Thursday, Hughes is expecting him to be available.
  • Other than Ings, Hughes has a full squad available to him. "We're in a good place in terms of our fitness," the boss revealed. "For the most part, we're all available.
  • Charlie Austin (£5.9m) was rested for the midweek cup action and looks likely to start up front. The only question is whether Ings is partnered with him or Hughes plays a lone striker.

TOTTENHAM

  • The big news is that Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) is unavailable for this weekends clash with Watford. Poch is hopeful “he will be ready to play against Liverpool. It is not a big issue.” Michel Vorm (£4.9m) will likely don the gloves in his absence.
  • Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) has returned to full training and is expected to at least make the bench. Erik Lamela (£6.5m) faces a late fitness test meaning Lucas Moura (£7.1m) will likely start again.
  • Kieran Trippier (£6.0m) is available after going off early at Old Trafford on Monday night.

WATFORD

  • Watford boss Javi Gracia is likely to restore his first choice XI after changing his entire team for the Carabao Cup win over Reading in midweek.
  • The manager has a near fully fit squad to choose from when Tottenham visit Vicarage Road. "It is good news, we only have Cleverley injured. The rest of the players are available.
  • Although returning to full training this week Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) is likely to given more time to recover with Garcia stating he’s no need to rush players back given how well the squad is performing.

WEST HAM

  • Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) looks to have overcome the problem that forced him off against Arsenal and will be fit to play at the weekend. Pellegrini was quoted saying, “Marko had a small problem behind his knee in the last game. He's worked all week” when asked about the Austrians fitness.
  • When questioned on the battle at left-back Pellegrini was pleased with what he saw from Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) on Tuesday night. He’s unlikely to replace Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) for the weekend though with Pellegrini stating, “Arthur is doing very well too”.
  • Other than a few "small things" West Ham have no fresh injury concerns. Andy Carroll (£5.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) and Winston Reid (£4.5m) remain out long-term but Mark Noble (£4.9m) has recovered from a minor back problem to be fit for the weekend.

WOLVES

  • Adama Traore (£5.5m) started his first game in a Wolves shirt on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, but despite the 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, manager Nuno Espírito Santo may stick with the same side that drew 1-1 with Manchester City.
  • Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.4m) is hoping to train with the squad during the break as he continues his recovery from an on-going back problem.
  • Nuno confirmed that Jonny Castro (£4.4m) hobbled off with cramp last weekend but is fine to play this weekend. Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) is hoping to make the PL squad for the first time