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 GW11.
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Saturday 3rd November
Bournemouth vs Man Utd (12:30)
Cardiff vs Leicester (15:00)
Everton vs Brighton (15:00)
Newcastle vs Watford (15:00)
West Ham vs Burnley (15:00)
Arsenal vs Liverpool (17:30)
Wolves vs Tottenham (19:45)
Sunday 4th November
Man City vs Southampton (15:00)
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (16:00)
Monday 5th November
Huddersfield vs Fulham (20:00)
Unai Emery has issues in defence ahead of Liverpool's visit. Nacho Monreal (£5.5m), Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m), Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) and Sokratis (£5.1m) all require assessment/late fitness tests ahead of the Reds’ visit tomorrow evening. The Arsenal boss said: “We are playing a lot and injuries are normal. We will wait on full-back. We will see if a player can make it for tomorrow.”
Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) began at left-back in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace in GW10 and could be used there again if none of that full-back trio are passed fit. However, Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m) is serving a one-game ban after a sending off during Wednesday’s 2-1 cup win over Blackpool, so the Swiss may be required in midfield. Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.6m) looks set to earn a start at either right-back or left-back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) and Carl Jenkinson (not listed in FPL) are further options in those positions.
Josh King (£6.4m) has been ruled out of Bournemouth’s home clash with Manchester United with an ankle injury. Eddie Howe said: "We're okay for team news. Josh King will definitely miss out, which is a blow. It's not a long-term injury but Joshua is disappointed to miss out and is fully focused on his recovery.”
Simon Francis (£4.4m) is a doubt after picking up a groin injury during the midweek Carabao Cup win over Norwich City. Howe added: “We'll also have to make a late call on Simon Francis, but we're quietly confident he may make the game.”
With King out, the Cherries boss may stick with the 3-4-3 used to good effect in a 3-0 win away at Fulham in GW10. If Francis does not make the early kick-off tomorrow, Charlie Daniels (£4.2m) could be used as a left-sided centre-back as he was on Tuesday. Sergio Rico (£4.3m) is another wing-back option, while Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) owners will be hoping the Scotsman is not utilised further back the field by Howe. The manager could also revert to a four-man backline with Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) used in midfield or attack.
Harry Arter (£4.9m) is available for the Bluebirds. Neil Warnock said: “We’ve only got a couple of injury problems, Harry Arter is back, Jazz Richards (£3.9m) isn’t going to make it this week but Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) is back. We’ve got a decent squad with Harry back - fortunately this week he hasn’t got booked in training.” The Irish midfielder could make an immediate return at the expense of Junior Hoilett (£5.1m), with Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) pushing out to right midfield.
Joe Ralls (£4.8m), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m), Danny Ward (£4.5m) and Lee Peltier (£3.9m) all remain out.
On Eden Hazard (£11.3m), who missed GW10 with a back injury, Maurizio Sarri said: “I don't know [if he is fit]. Yesterday he had a large part of his training with the team. Maybe he will not be ready to play for 90 minutes at the moment. It was his first training for two weeks. Maybe he can play for 40/45 minutes. I want to speak with him first.” The Chelsea boss has no fresh injury worries but Olivier Giroud (£7.8m) was ruled out of the Palace tie with muscle fatigue.
On Ross Barkley (£5.9m), one of the top GW11 transfer targets, Sarri said: “In the first weeks [as manager], I saw some matches of Chelsea and some matches of Everton because I wanted to see him on the pitch. He has great technical quality, great physical quality and he is improving after his injury. He has improved tactically.” The midfielder is expected to start ahead of Mateo Kovacic (£5.9m), who began the midweek game.
On another midfield contender, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m), Sarri added: “He has improved but I think he needs to improve more from a tactical point of view. All the rest is good. Physically he is great. Fast, solid and has impact. Technically very good. If he wants to play as a midfielder, he needs to improve defensively.” RLC or Pedro (£6.3m) could deputise for Hazard if the Belgian is not deemed fit enough to start.
Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) was absent midweek as Palace lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup but is fit for GW11. Roy Hodgson said post-match on Wednesday: “He took a bang on the shoulder [vs Arsenal] which will be fine by the Chelsea game. It would have been difficult to play him [against Middlesbrough] with that knock anyway.”
On Friday, the Palace boss added: “Three players who suffered minor knocks on Saturday weren’t able to travel to Middlesbrough with us. They were James McArthur (£4.8m), Cheikhou Kouyate (£4.7m) and Wilfried Zaha. They’ve recovered, which I thought they would. Connor Wickham (£4.9m) has picked up a thigh strain which stopped him from taking part on Wednesday night. It’s a shame and it’s disappointing because he’d been training on a regular basis and we’d been harbouring the notion that he’d be available but he isn’t.”
Jonjoe Kenny and Phil Jagielka (both £4.3m) are out of GW10 but should return to training next week. With Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) ineligible to face parent club Chelsea in GW12, Yerry Mina (£5.4m) could earn a start at home to Brighton this weekend. Marco Silva said: “We know that Kurt Zouma can't play against Chelsea. Yerry Mina is ready to play if I make the decision – our ambition and focus is on tomorrow’s match. The friendly match next week [against Gor Mahia FC] could be a good solution.”
On Richarlison (£6.8m) playing up front, the Toffees boss said: “He has some things to improve, which is normal. It is not something he did in the last two seasons. But he can give important things for us.”
On Ademola Lookman’s (£5.1m) chances of starting, Silva added: “He is pushing Theo Walcott (£6.4m) and Bernard (£5.9m), with the way he is working now.”
Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) could return to the Terriers' line-up in GW11. The defender started each of the first seven gameweeks before sustaining a hamstring injury. David Wagner revealed on Friday that Danny Williams (£4.5m) is his only injured player: “Apart from Danny, everyone is in contention for the squad. Rajiv van La Parra (£4.8m) and Hamid Sabiri (£4.3m) had illnesses but are back in training. I have 22 players in training and all are in contention.”
If Kongolo does start, it could be at left-back or as part of a three-man central defence. While Wagner does have numerous options, none stand out in FPL terms despite the visit of leaky Fulham.
Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) and Naby Keita (£7.2m) remain out for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp said: “Being without two midfielders should always be possible to deal with. A third one would be more problematic. It’s good for us that we could deal with it the way we did, the boys did well with the change of the system. “We are not that stubborn system wise, we never were. We’ve already played a diamond this season and nobody mentioned it. We try to use the players in the best way and allow them to shine. Players shouldn’t lose rhythm with a little change, it really isn’t that massive a difference.”
Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) is fit – the midfielder was seen wearing a wrist support/splint, which Klopp stated is due to an “inflammation of the tendon” in the area. The manager said: “Mo...it's nothing really serious. It's some kind of inflammation of the tendon. It's only protection, the pictures you saw. It has no influence.”
Adam Lallana (£6.9m) earned a start in GW10 at home to Cardiff as Klopp switched to a 4-2-3-1 with Salah operating as the lone forward. James Milner (£5.7m) looks a likely returner to the starting XI for the trip to Arsenal, with the Liverpool boss expected to revert to a more solid 4-3-3. Joe Gomez (£5.1m) was the Reds defender rested last time out and may replace either Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) or Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.1m).
Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m) is out for between five and six weeks after suffering ligament damage to his left knee during City’s 2-0 win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night. Pep Guardiola said: “Unfortunately he's injured but fortunately there's no surgery and the doctor says he'll be back in 5-6 weeks.” The City boss further added: “This kind of injury is so unlucky. He’s strong and recovered so well from his previous injury that was more dangerous. I think he will recover well because we have an excellent department. I think he’s unlucky. I’m more concerned with muscular injuries but when it is a trauma it’s unlucky. We are a stronger team with Kevin but we have to live without him.”
Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m) are working towards full fitness. Guardiola said: “Gundogan is training with the team but before the game against Fulham in the Carabao Cup he said he was much better but not 100 per cent and Nico still has a little problem in his tendon and didn’t train today. But Nico is a surprising guy because he’s so strong and he plays a lot of time with pain so maybe he will be ready tomorrow.”
Of the XI that started the 1-0 win away to Spurs in GW10, only John Stones (£5.3m) was retained for the cup tie. Leroy Sane (£9.2m) and Gabriel Jesus (£10.2m) both played 90 minutes against the Cottagers, so there is the possibility Guardiola could name the same starting line-up for the visit of Southampton – though don’t put the house on it.
Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) are “ready” to play for the Red Devils against Bournmeouth. Jose Mourinho said: “A very good week. We work tactically, we improve some fitness levels. We improve some of the players that were almost there but not there – Lingard, Alexis – these kind of players, that were already available but not yet at a good level. Diogo Dalot (£5.3m) and Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m) are still out. The only one that went one step behind was Antonio Valencia (£6.4m) with some problem in his knee. But Lingard and Alexis, now I can say ‘ready’.”
Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m) was dropped in GW10, with Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) used in the lone-striker role as part of a 4-3-3 system. Mourinho could accommodate both players in a 4-2-3-1, though an extra body in midfield could be used again in GW11 against a goal-hungry Cherries outfit. The Belgian could be preferred to the Englishman against a physical three-man Bournemouth backline. Mourinho was asked if Lukaku will start tomorrow but unsurprisingly declined to confirm or deny.
Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) has returned to Newcastle training but will not be ready for GW11, while Florian Lejeune (£4.4m) is on the comeback trail. Rafa Benitez said: “Lejeune is doing some rehabilitation - he is getting closer. Jamie Sterry (£4.0m) and the rest are available, and that is good news. Ciaran Clark has been training the last two days and he is fine, but he is not in the squad.” Salomon Rondon (£5.7m) will push forwards Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) for a start.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.5m) is available again after missing GW10. Mark Hughes said: “We’ve got a clean bill of health. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is over his illness – he’s trained, so he’s available, and everybody else is fit and available.” The Dane could oust one of Charlie Austin (£5.5m) or Danny Ings (£5.6m) if Hughes opts for a more defensive set-up for the trip to champions Man City.
Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m), Victor Wanyama (£4.9m), Eric Dier (£4.8m) and Danny Rose (£5.9m) are all out for Spurs, with the England duo not expected back until after the international break (GW13).
Christian Eriksen (£9.2m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Heung-min Son (£8.3m) all started Spurs’ Carabao Cup clash against West Ham. The South Korean attacker scored twice, with Alli assisting the first while Eriksen’s corner set up a Fernando Llorente (£5.7m) goal as Tottenham won 3-1. Any of those three midfielders could earn starts away to Wolves tomorrow night, with the places of Lucas Moura (£7.2m) and Erik Lamela (£6.4m) under threat. With Dier out, Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) could drop into a deeper midfield role considering Harry Winks (£5.5m) played 90 minutes on Wednesday.
Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) was named on the bench in midweek but came on to play the last half hour as West Ham lost to Spurs. Manuel Pellegrini said
post-match on the striker: “Marko just worked one day during the week so it was too risky to play more than 30 minutes. He has no problem but he always has some sort of disturbance with his knee but it is not an injury.” The manager added
at his press conference on Friday afternoon: “In this moment we are managing with the medical staff to try and give him a little bit more rest after the game. Last week he worked just one day, with his knee and then with the virus, so it was not good for him to play Saturday really. I was just talking with him and his knee is improving a little bit every week.” Asked if the issue is the type that will require surgery, Pellegrini said: “No.”
Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) returns to contention for the Hammers, while another two Englishmen are set to be available after the upcoming international break. Pellegrini said: “Andy Carroll (£5.4m) and Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) will be working with the squad fully during the international break and should be available in the first game after the break. We have four other players with long-term injuries - Reid, Lanzini, Sanchez and Yarmolenko - and they will not be able to play for a few months more, at least. Aaron Cresswell recovered from a small injury that caused him to miss the last game, but we don't have any other new injuries.”
Grady Diangana (£4.5m) started out wide for West Ham in GW10 and could begin again at home to Burnley. Pedro Obiang played 58 minutes in the midweek cup loss and looks a likely replacement for the suspended Mark Noble (£4.9m). Robert Snodgrass (£5.3m) looks set to continue in a more central role, with Declan Rice (£4.4m defender) operating as a defensive midfielder. On Felipe Anderson (£6.8m), who did not impress in a 45-minute cup showing, Pellegrini said: “He can do more. He has had good moments and bad moments but he is not the first player to need some time to understand the league. What I cannot question is his commitment to the team. He knows he must improve but he is doing his best to do it, I trust him.”
On GW11 visitors Burnley, the Irons boss added: “They have the same manager for a few years, yes they have conceded a lot of goals but they play always the same four defenders. I respect Burnley.”
Diogo Jota (£5.9m) is out of GW11 with an unspecified injury. Adama Traore (£5.4m) looks set to continue in attack for Nuno’s side at home to Spurs tomorrow night, with no other injury worries for the Wolves boss.