Ahead of Saturday's 14:00 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 GW10.
Saturday 27th October
Brighton vs Wolves (15:00)
Fulham vs Bournemouth (15:00)
Liverpool vs Cardiff (15:00)
Southampton vs Newcastle (15:00)
Watford vs Huddersfield (15:00)
Leicester vs West Ham (17:30)
Sunday 28th October
Burnley vs Chelsea (13:30)
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal (13:30)
Man Utd vs Everton (16:00)
Monday 29th October
Spurs vs Man City (20:00)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) started up front and provided the assist for Danny Welbeck’s (£6.5m) goal as Arsenal won 1-0 away at Sporting Lisbon yesterday evening. Auba – who has bagged a brace from the bench in each of the last two gameweeks – is set to battle it out with fellow Europa League starters Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.9m) and Aaron Ramsey (£7.4m) for a spot in attacking midfield alongside Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) and Mesut Ozil (£8.4m). The German was an unused substitute in Portugal, while Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.7m) were both late introductions.
Neither Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) nor Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) were part of the matchday 18 against Sporting – both players were ruled out of GW9 with tight hamstrings. Arsenal’s update on Friday states that both players are being assessed ahead of the Crystal Palace trip. Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.6m) could earn another start at left-back in the league. However, Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) played in that position on Thursday and might be another option. Sokratis (£5.2m) and Rob Holding (£4.4m) started together in central defence against Sporting, with the former hoping to replace the latter alongside Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) on Sunday. Petr Cech (£5.0m) is available and will compete with Bernd Leno (£4.8m) for the No 1 spot.
Josh King (£6.4m), who started at home to Southampton in GW9 after overcoming an ankle injury, was namechecked by Eddie How as being “okay” for the GW10 trip to Fulham. The Cherries boss did not give much away on Friday morning, stating that one of two of his squad have “little knocks”. Howe said: “We’re in a pretty good position. A couple of players have picked up little knocks but they should be okay. Joshua King had a knock previously but for Fulham he should be okay. On the training pitch it’s a place where we work hard and I set high standards for the players, pushing them to reach their maximum level. I love working with the players, their attitudes are second-to-none and it’s a good place to be.”
Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) may have to settle for a place on the bench again if Howe names the same XI that began against the Saints.
Chris Hughton will make a call on Glenn Murray’s (£6.6m) involvement in the home clash against Wolves today. The striker suffered a concussion during the Seagulls’ 1-0 win away to Newcastle in GW9. The Brighton boss said: "Davy Propper (£4.9m) and Pascal Gross (£6.7m) will both miss the game. We'll make a decision on Glenn Murray today." Jurgen Locadia (£5.3m) should deputise if Murray is ruled out.
On midfielder Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m), Hughton added: "Having Jose back now is like having a new player - we have really good competition in wide areas." The Colombian ousted Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m) last weekend, with Hughton revealing post-match that the Frenchman’s omission was tactical. The manager stated: "I left Anthony out not because of performances but because I can, I can use that competition that we've got." Knockaert will battle with Izquierdo, Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.8m) and Solly March (£5.0m) for a starting spot. Bruno (£4.4m) is 'fine' after a back issue forced him off in the second half at St James's Park.
Robbie Brady (£5.4m) is in contention for the visit of Chelsea, Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) is ‘down’ with a bug and Ben Gibson (£4.8m) remains out. Brady and Dwight McNeil (£4.5m) are Sean Dyche’s wing options if Lennon does not recover in time for Sunday. Alternatively, Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m) could push out to a wider role with Ashley Westwood (£4.5m) recalled in central midfield.
Josh Murphy (£4.8m) and Harry Arter (£4.9m) are both carrying knocks, with the latter “struggling”. Neil Warnock said: “We’ve had a couple of problems this week, we’re definitely going to have to make one change.” If the Irishman doesn’t make it, Junior Hoilett (£5.1m) or Kadeem Harris (£4.5m) could earn a start with Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) moving into central midfield. Joe Ralls (£4.8m), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m), Danny Ward (£4.5m) and Lee Peltier (£3.9m) all remain out.
The Cardiff boss said of the 4-2 win against Fulham in GW9: “It was pretty amazing, there’s been a lot of tension over the past few weeks because we’ve played well. So it’s been disappointing not to get more points but they never let their heads drop. It was a great second 45 minutes. Murphy and Bobby Reid (£5.2m) have been my new signings and it takes some time for young lads coming into the Premier League like that. It’s a whole new ball game and I’m pleased with how they’ve grown up, Callum Paterson (£5.2m) as well is showing his maturity.”
However, Warnock was honest in his assessment of the Bluebirds’ chances of winning away to Liverpool. He added: “It’s massive. It's virtually impossible for any team in the current game. I think the front three is probably the best around the world. We’ve all got to play at the top of our potential to give them a good game and hope they have an off day. But I think we can go there and cause problems. I hope the lads are looking forward to it, it’s a special place in football, a remarkable place.”
Maurizio Sarri failed to provide a fresh update on Eden Hazard (£11.4m) after Chelsea’s 3-1 win over BATE on Thursday night. On Wednesday, the Chelsea boss said: “Tomorrow, he is out for sure. He has a back problem. We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday, it is not very easy.” If the Belgian is not passed fit, Pedro (£6.4m) appears his likeliest deputy in attack.
Ross Barkley (£5.7m) looks primed to begin away at Burnley considering Mateo Kovacic (£5.9m) started on Thursday. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) has put himself in the frame for a midfield spot with a hat-trick against the Belarusian outfit. Olivier Giroud (£7.8m) was also in Sarri’s Europa League starting XI, suggesting Alvaro Morata (£8.7m) could begin in the league for a second gameweek in a row.
Max Meyer (£5.7m) and Alexander Sorloth (£4.8m) are available after missing out on the 2-0 defeat away to Everton in GW9. Christian Benteke (£6.3m) and Joel Ward (£4.3m) remain sidelined. On Connor Wickham (£4.9m), who made a first PL appearance since November 2016 against the Toffees, Roy Hodgson said: “Connor is doing OK. Naturally we are a little bit reticent. It’s right from his side and our side that we are careful with him. But to be honest, he’s come through every training session, so there’s no reason for me to have any fears about him.”
If Jordan Ayew (£5.8m) is left out again, Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) could continue in an unorthodox two-man frontline with Andros Townsend (£5.7m). Wickham and Sorloth are further options up front for Hodgson, while Meyer will aim to displace Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m). Despite his spot-kick miss at Goodison Park, Hodgson expects Luka Milivojevic (£6.1m) to continue as Palace’s first-choice penalty taker. The manager added: “He's our designated penalty taker. I'd be disappointed if he had said he didn't want to take the next after missing one. He's scored plenty for us in the past.”
Marco Silva has confirmed that Everton have no injury worries ahead of the visit to Old Trafford. Yerry Mina (£5.4m) is available, while James McCarthy (£4.4m) is in full training. Silva could well name the same starting XI that began at home to Palace in GW9, though game-changing substitutes Cenk Tosun (£6.7m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) will all be pushing for game time.
Joe Bryan (£4.8m) is Fulham’s only unavailable player. On midfielder Tom Cairney (£4.8m), manager Slavisa Jokanovic said: “Tom is an important player for us. He's started working with us and needs a little bit of time to reach his best level.”
On GW10 visitors Bournemouth, the Cottagers boss added: “They have fast and big strikers, who will try and get behind us and do damage. We need to be organised in these situations, find defensive discipline and be competitive.”
Jokanovic’s leaky side have conceded 25 goals so far, as the manager chops and changes his backline in an effort to shore things up. The Fulham boss has several options in defence, though none are advisable for FPL investment. On the topic of letting in so many goals, he seemed to suggest that a more defensive set-up might be employed against the Cherries. The manager said: “We have less problems in the offensive side but this goal doesn’t help so much - our target is to stay in the game, find more discipline and work altogether. This is our target, we need to make one step backwards to be available to make two steps forward.”
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.4m) and Luciano Vietto (£5.5m) could push for starts in midfield and attack respectively, while Cairney could replace Kevin McDonald (£4.4m) or Stefan Johansen (£5.2m) if deemed fit enough.
David Wagner could keep faith with the 3-5-2 set-up that saw Huddersfield impress as the Terriers lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool in GW9. Terence Kongolo (£4.4m) and Tommy Smith (£4.4m) have returned to training. If the three-man defence is retained, Kongolo could come straight back into Wagner’s XI with Florent Hadergjonaj (£4.4m) perhaps dropping out.
Wagner said at his press conference today: “The one who will miss the game is Danny Williams (£4.5m). Tommy & Terence are back in training with the group. They are ready to be in contention for the Fulham game. Rajiv van La Parra (£4.8m) felt ill yesterday, but we will see how he looks today. Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) is fit; he was close to making the Liverpool squad but I wanted to give him another week of training. If everything goes to plan in training today, he will be back in the squad. He looks sharp in training.” Isaac Mbenza (£5.9m) presents a further option in attacking midfield if Wagner decides to revert to a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formation.
Demarai Gray (£5.4m) could be part of Claude Puel’s 18 on Saturday. The Foxes boss said on Thursday: “Dimi can come back with the team. I hope he can be in the squad on Saturday.”
Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) is a GW10 doubt, having only returned to training today after being further affected by the stomach issues that caused him to leave the pitch late on in Leicester’s GW9 defeat at Arsenal. Puel added: “Two days later, he was not well. He has stomach problems. He came back today in the training session. We will see if he can start for this game. We will see if he can make progress. He had a problem and he needed a little more time and we will see if he can be available.” Vardy declared himself ready for the GW10 visit of West Ham via Twitter on Tuesday.
Shinji Okazaki (£5.3m) could earn a start if Vardy is not passed fit, though Rachid Ghezzal (£5.3m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.2m) are options on the wing if Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) was to play centre-forward. Wes Morgan (£4.5m) serves the second game of a two-match ban.
Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) and Naby Keita (£7.2m) are both out for GW10 with hamstring injuries. Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m) looks set to battle it out with Fabinho (£5.6m) for a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield three. Adam Lallana (£6.9m) provides a further option.
The Reds boss could stick with the same backline that has started the last two league games, meaning Trent-Alexander Arnold (£5.1m) would miss out again. The right-back, who can also play in midfield, lasted the full game as Liverpool beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 on Wednesday night. However, TAA’s attacking ability could be a valuable weapon at home to Cardiff, so it would be no surprise to see Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) on the bench for this fixture. On the Bluebirds, Klopp added: “They have unbelievably long throw-ins. So difficult. It makes this game so interesting. On top of that they can play football - both wingers quick and direct.”
Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) remains out for City. Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) admitted this week that he has concerns over playing on the Wembley surface 24 hours after it has been used for an NFL game. The midfielder, who played 69 minutes on Tuesday as City won 3-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk, told the Guardian: “Yes [I have done it before], in a preseason, and it’s not nice. It’s going to be difficult. I’m not sure how it’s going to be. We hope it will be OK and that we can play like we normally do.” Pep Guardiola added on the pitch situation: “(Wembley pitch condition) is what it is. Hopefully Tottenham can finish the stadium as quickly as possible but it’s not necessary to complain. We have to adapt quickly. The pitch will not be in perfect condition. We have to play that way.”
If De Bruyne is not risked, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) should retain his midfield start. Leroy Sane (£9.2m), like Sergio Aguero (£11.3m), was an unused substitute on Tuesday. The German will again contend for a spot in attack with Raheem Sterling (£11.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), with Gabriel Jesus (£10.2m) and Bernardo himself providing more options in attack.
Kyle Walker (£6.6m) was used from the bench midweek and should displace deputy right-back John Stones (£5.3m), who could partner ever-present Aymeric Laporte (£5.8m) in central defence. Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m) are also contending for places in defence, with the possibility that Guardiola could use a three-man backline.
On City’s opponents, the manager explained: “Spurs play with five at the back sometimes, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again. When you know a team does the same thing, it’s easier to control it. They sometimes play Son with Dele Alli, they can change it. You have to be prepared.”
Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) and Scott McTominay (£4.3m) are in contention for GW10. Diogo Dalot (£5.3m), Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m) and Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) are all ruled out. On Lingard, Jose Mourinho said: “Can he help us in the next match? That's the question we have to answer tomorrow, or wait one more week.” On Sanchez, the United boss added: “In this moment he's struggling, because he's injured and because he came to the Chelsea match to try to help the team, but his physical condition was not good and then he had to stop and he was not available for Juventus. He is not available for tomorrow again. So now the point is to be physically in the best condition. I think he's the kind of player that needs to be really sharp to play his best game.”
Despite Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) seemingly being available, Ashley Young (£5.7m) looks set to continue at right-back. Mourinho said of the Ecuadorian earlier this week: “Not an injury, but a problem that he had very complicated surgery on his mouth. 10 days without training and needed time to recover after that.”
The Red Devils chief suggested that the club’s injury situation means he will retain the same XI that started the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in GW9 and played all 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday. He added: “At the moment, we are not in the best situation to think about resting players. The solution now is to play with the players we have.”
On the form of Romelu Lukaku (£10.9m), Mourinho said: “I always feel this game is the game. I feel that every game. One day, it will be and one day he will score and, I'm sorry, and one day his confidence level will be back to normal which clearly they are not there, but I always feel that every game is the game.”
Salomon Rondon (£5.7m) is available for the Magpies and could come straight back into Rafa Benitez’s XI in place of Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m). The manager said: “Rondon is available. He is in the squad. It gives us more competition, and that has to be good news for us.” Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) also returns to contention.
Mario Lemina (£5.0m) was forced off in GW9 but is in contention to play this weekend. Mark Hughes said: “We're okay, Mario Lemina came off against Bournemouth and was sore early in the week. But we're pleased as it doesn't look like he's sustained any significant damage. It was jarring of the knee and a bit of hyper-extension. But it looks like he'll be fit as long as he doesn't have any reaction to the work we've done today. Other than him, we have nobody unavailable."
Shane Long (£4.8m) and Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) were both introduced in the Saints’ stalemate against Bournemouth last weekend as Hughes searched for a winner. The pair are set to battle it out with Danny Ings (£5.6m) and particularly Charlie Austin (£5.5m) in Hughes’ preferred 4-4-1-1/4-4-2 set-up.
Dele Alli (£8.9m) is in contention for the Man City clash on Monday, while Danny Rose (£5.9m) and Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) remain out. On Alli, Mauricio Pochettino said: “Yes I think it’s good news but we need to be careful because he was re-injured against Watford after his first injury. Now we need to be careful. We are happy that he started today with the group. Yes, sure we hope he will be available for Monday but not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.”
Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) returned from injury as Spurs drew 2-2 with PSV on Wednesday night. The Dane provided the assist for Harry Kane’s (£12.5m) header and looks set for a first PL start since GW6. Erik Lamela (£6.4m), who is managing training in an effort to be fully ready for games, came off the bench in Holland so may begin ahead of midweek starters Lucas Moura (£7.3m) and Heung-min Son (£8.3m) in GW10.
Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) has started the last two league games and could feature from the beginning if Alli is used from the bench. Mousa Dembele (£4.9m) was in the first XI against PSV so Harry Winks (£5.5m) may partner Eric Dier (£4.8m) once more. Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) is another central midfield option for Mauricio Pochettino, while Dier could be used in a three-man central defence if the Spurs boss opts for a formation change against the league leaders.
Troy Deeney (£6.0m) has been training away from the group after missing GW9 with a hamstring injury. Javi Gracia said: “We have Daryl Janmaat, Tom Cleverley and Sebastian Prödl out of the squad. Troy and Nathaniel Chalobah are working out of the team on their own. We'll see tomorrow if they can help us or not. At this moment they are training out of the team. We thought maybe Troy would be ready for the Wolverhampton game, but at the end he wasn't available and now this week he is working out of the team again. He is working and we'll see as we have another day.”
Christian Kabasele (£4.5m) and Jose Holebas (£4.8m) return for the Hornets after serving bans, though Gracia has selection headaches after the 2-0 win away to Wolves. He added: “The problem is to choose only 11. They can know, they can feel that I trust them, that if they don't start, they can do what Andre Gray (£6.0m) did. He came on and helped the team a lot. That is the mentality. It's not a problem to have different options.”
Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) will miss out again in GW10 for the Hammers but could return for next Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Spurs. Andy Carroll (£5.4m) is also nearing a return. Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.8m) is set for at least five months on the sidelines following surgery on his Achilles. Manuel Pellegrini said: “Yarmolenko has had surgery and he will be out for around five months. It’s very disappointing. He’s an important player for us. He’s one of the players who arrived this season, so we could have more technical players. We also have Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere out so the three players in the same position are out. It’s a real pity and it’s really difficult for the team.”
Grady Diangana (£4.5m) replaced the stricken Yarmolenko in GW9 as West Ham lost 1-0 to Tottenham. The young attacker could earn a first start away to Leicester this weekend, though Michail Antonio (£6.8m) will also be in the frame for a start. Chicharito (£6.2m) is another option if Pellegrini opts to use a 4-4-2 system. Arthur Masuaku (£4.4m) will be aiming to reclaim his place at left-back ahead of Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m).
Having named the same starting XI for nine gameweeks in a row, Nuno could alter his line-up for the trip to Brighton. The Wolves boss said: “We have to improve. Let's see (if we make changes tomorrow). We have a fully-fit squad.”
Ruben Vinagre (£4.3m) replaced Jonny (£4.5m) at half-time during Wolves’ 2-0 home defeat to Watford in GW8. Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) and Adama Traore (£5.5m) were also brought on at Molineux, with the pair representing the biggest threats to Nuno’s currently preferred starters in attack.