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09 Nov 2018 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 12 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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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 GW12.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 12 FPL content includes Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis, Projections & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 12 FIXTURES

Saturday 10th November

Cardiff vs Brighton (12:30)

Huddersfield vs West Ham (15:00)

Leicester vs Burnley (15:00)

Newcastle vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Southampton vs Watford (15:00)

Crystal Palace vs Spurs (17:30)

Sunday 11th November

Liverpool vs Fulham (12:00)

Chelsea vs Everton (14:15)

Arsenal vs Wolves (16:30)

Man City vs Man Utd (16:30)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Arsenal has released a statement saying that Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) suffered a "significant" right ankle injury in the 0-0 draw with Sporting. "Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed. A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours." Expect him to be out for the foreseeable future.
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.6m) is also expected to miss out on Sunday. The right back is "being assessed," ahead of the Wolves game. Better news on the other side of the defence as Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) is training with the group and could make the squad.
  • Konstantinos Mavropanos (£4.8) and Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) remain on the side-lines but are expected to return later this month.
  • Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m) returns to the squad following his suspension and if selected in the middle could result in Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) being once again deployed as an auxiliary left back.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Eddie Howe has revealed that a late decision will be made on Joshua King (£6.3m), ahead of the weekend's game against Newcastle. The Norwegian international picked up an injury while representing his country in October and has missed his side's last three games against Fulham, Norwich and Manchester United. Speaking in Friday morning's press conference, Howe said, “At the moment, we're not sure if he'll play or not, so we'll have to see.”
  • Other than King, Bournemouth have no other injury or suspension concerns. When asked about the rest of his squad Howe stated, “I think that's pretty much it, apart from King. We're looking OK as things stand.”

BRIGHTON

  • On the injury front Pascal Gross (£6.7m) and Davy Propper (£4.8m) will miss out this weekend, but Hughton is hopeful that the pair can return shortly after the break. Gross trained with the squad on Thursday while Propper is expected to re-join the group on Monday.
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) has picked up a "slight" hamstring strain and hasn't trained this week "so, will probably miss out." The injury to Jahanbakhsh could mean a return to the starting line-up for Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m).
  • Hughton has stated that he has no plans to rest Glenn Murray (£6.6m). “Glenn always trains really well - he rarely misses a session and has always been available. My feeling with him is that if he does need a rest it won't be down to his age, it might be other circumstances.

BURNLEY

  • James Tarkowski (£4.9m) is set to have a late fitness test on a recent groin niggle he has picked up in the week. The defender is set to “see the specialist” and the Clarets will “make a call” after that.
  • If Tarkowski can’t play on Saturday Kevin Long (£4.2m) is the most likely to take his position in the heart of the back four.
  • Long-term absentee Nick Pope (£4.9m) is targeting a return in December whilst Stephen Ward (£4.7m) is still recovering from knee surgery. Ben Gibson (£4.8m) went back under the knife this week. “It went well, he shouldn’t be out long. He should be up and it on, on the grass in the matter of days.” Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) is likely to overcome a hip flexor problem that has kept him out for the last couple of months.

CARDIFF

  • Cardiff will be without suspended midfielder Harry Arter (£4.9m) against Brighton after he picked up his fifth booking of the season the previous weekend against the Foxes.
  • Arter could be replaced in the starting line-up by Joe Ralls (£4.7m) who has served his three match ban after being sent off at Tottenham. However, Ralls has only just returned to training himself having injured his knee during his suspension.
  • Kenneth Zohore (£4.7m) and Jazz Richards (£3.9m) have joined Lee Peltier (£3.8m) and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) in the treatment room and will miss the clash with Brighton.

CHELSEA

  • Chelsea have an almost fully fit squad to choose from with Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m) the only doubt as he missed the midweek UEL fixture with illness.
  • Having rested his entire back four for the midweek UEL fixture, Sarri is expected to recall Marcos Alonso (£7.0m), David Luiz (£5.5m), Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m) and César Azpilicueta (£6.3m) to the starting line-up for the visit of Everton.
  • Sarri opted to start Eden Hazard (£11.3m), Jorginho (£5.0m), Pedro (£6.3m) and Ross Barkley (£5.9m) in the UEL with N'Golo Kante (£4.9m), Mateo Kovacic (£5.9m) and Willian (£7.4m) left on the bench. Hazard was brought off after 60 minutes indicating he is primed to start in what is a plus fixture this weekend.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Crystal Palace have no fresh injury concerns with Scott Dann (£4.4m), Joel Ward (£4.3m), Conor Wickham (£4.9m) and Christian Benteke (£6.3m) all still side-lined with injury.
  • Max Meyer (£5.6m) was preferred to Jordan Ayew (£5.8m) for the match against Chelsea last time out with Hodgson going with a front two of Wilfred Zaha (£6.8m) and Andros Townsend (£5.7m). Given Townsend scored he could persist with the same two again this week.

EVERTON

  • In particularly worrying news Richarlison (£6.9m) is a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea after missing training yesterday and training alone this morning. In even more unhelpful news the 21-year-old will not be assessed until tomorrow. Should the Brazilian be unavailable either Cenk Tosun (£6.6m) or Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) would likely step into the forward role.
  • Phil Jagielka (£4.3m) and James McCarthy (£4.4m) have now resumed full training after featuring in Tuesday’s win over Gor Mahia. Jonjoe Kenny (£4.3m) remains a doubt to play.
  • Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) is ineligible to play against his parent club. His absence could mean a first league start for Colombian international Yerry Mina (£5.4m).

FULHAM

  • Fulham have an almost fully fit squad to choose from for the weekend trip to Anfield. As of writing this no updates have been provided on the injuries to Joe Bryan (£4.8m) or Kevin McDonald (£4.4m) but the rest of the squad is available.
  • Slavisa Jokanovic has come out fighting in the press conference demanding more from his players as they try to turn around their current winless streak. The Fulham boss has said, “If we are jogging on the field and expect people are going to give us presents, nobody is going to give us anything. We need to make effort to regain the ball and recover each other.”

HUDDERSFIELD

  • For the first time this season David Wagner has a fully fit squad to choose from though Danny Williams (£4.5m) won’t be risked until after the international break having missed the previous two months with a knee issue. The midfielder only returned to full training on Thursday.
  • Eric Durm (£4.4m), who missed the win over Fulham with a slight groin problem, has returned to training.
  • Having recorded their first win of the season against Fulham last time out, Wagner is likely to stick with the same XI that got him those three points.
  • Wagner said Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) "looked tired" on Monday after his recent injury problems. There are no plans to drop the defender who looks fresh enough to start again. "Terence is a real warrior. Once he puts on the shirt on, he is a different person to what you see off the pitch."

LEICESTER

  • Claude Puel has said that Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and James Maddison (£6.9m) are injured and will miss the game on Saturday, as well as England's games against USA and Croatia. “Harry is not fit for this game and Maddison also. They will miss this game and England. Maguire is a little more serious than Maddison, I think, we will see if they can make it back after the international break.”
  • Puel says the knee injury suffered by Harry Maguire is slightly more serious than that of James Maddison. "It will be a few weeks, we will discuss his comeback after the international games. We don’t have any other information."
  • Maguire will most likely be replaced in the starting XI by Jonny Evans (£4.8m) who came on for the Englishman last weekend.

LIVERPOOL

  • Klopp has stated that both Joe Gomez (£5.1m) and Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) are fit to face Fulham on Sunday. In fact “pretty much the first time all the midfield players apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.4m) are available.” Potential doubts over Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.0m), Nathaniel Clyne (£4.6m) and Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) are unwarranted with the trio all training with the group.
  • Liverpool are expected to play a strong line-up for the visit of Fulham following their upset defeat midweek in the UCL. Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m) didn’t make the trip midweek for personal reasons and will be well rested should the Swiss midfielder be called back into the starting line-up at the weekend.

MAN CITY

  • Following the return of Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m) only Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) and Claudio Bravo (£4.9m) remain injured for City. Other than that Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the weekend visit of Manchester United.
  • Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) are likely to return to the starting XI after being rested for the midweek victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UCL.

MAN UTD

    • Jose Mourinho has revealed Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Manchester Derby this weekend. “No new injures,” Mourinho told MUTV. "So from Juventus we don’t bring important injuries. We have touches but I don’t think any player that was available for Juventus will be out." Diego Dalot (£5.3m) and Antonio Valencia (£6.4m) remain United’s long-term absentees.
    • The United boss also provided an update on injured forward Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m). The Belgian is back “training with the team” but at the moment “does not know” if he’ll be available for the weekend.
    • Normally in these big games Mourinho deploys Ander Herrera (£5.0m) to man mark their opponents most creative player. The United manager did it twice last season against City as the Spaniard was tasked with marking David Silva (£8.5m). If Herrera does start it will most likely be in place of Brazilian Fred (£5.6m).

    NEWCASTLE

    • Benetiz has stated that all three of Jamaal Lascelles (£4.8m), Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£5.4) are likely to be out. Lascelles has a slight chance, but Rafa says it will be “difficult” for them to play. The trio are likely to be replaced by Fabian Schär (£4.7m), Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) and Ki Sung-yueng (£4.7m) who were instrumental in last week’s victory over Watford.
    • Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) has trained all week after recovering from illness and injury so is another option at centre-half.
    • Benitez has named a few areas where the team need to improve but particularly upfront – “We must improve in defence, but more so in attack. We need to be more clinical. For me I think we have good balance, we just need to take our chances. If so, we can have a very good goal difference this season, which could be crucial.”

    SOUTHAMPTON

    • Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt (£4.4m) is a major doubt for the team's Premier League game against Watford, due to a foot infection. Saints boss Mark Hughes explained he had a concern over the Dutch international, although stopped short of ruling him out. Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) will look to regain his starting place if Hoedt can’t go on Saturday.
    • Hughes also revealed that midfielder Mario Lemina (£4.9m) has had a slight issue too, but was positive he would be fit to take his place in the squad this weekend, at St Mary's.
    • Other than that the Saints boss has a fully fit squad to choose from as Southampton look to bounce back from the mauling they took at the Etihad last time out.

    TOTTENHAM

    • Mousa Dembele’s (£4.9m) ankle scans have confirmed ligament damage to his right ankle and he is unlikely to be available again until the New Year. It represents a big opportunity for Harry Winks (£5.5m) to have a sustained run in the first XI. In addition to Dembele, Danny Rose (£5.9m) and Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) are also sidelined.
    • In better news Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) and Eric Dier (£4.8m) have both returned to training and will be pushing for a starting berth at the weekend.
    • Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m), Erik Lamela (£6.4m) and Kieran Trippier (£6.3m) were all rested for the midweek UCL fixture and will likely come back into the starting XI here. Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) continued their road to full fitness with 90 minutes each against PSV but Pochettino has spoken about handling both of their comebacks with care.

    WATFORD

    • Long-term absentees Sebastian Prodl (£4.2m) and Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) remain sidelined. Along with the injuries Etienne Capoue (£5.1m) serves a one-match suspension having picked up his fifth booking of the season in last Saturday's 1-0 loss at Newcastle. The loss of Capoue means Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m) is set for his first league start of the 2018/19 season.
    • Things are improving on the injury front though with Garcia confirming captain Troy Deeney (£5.9m) is available to make his return to action at St Mary's having missed the last three games with a hamstring problem. If the captain comes straight into the starting XI, Isaac Success (£4.6m) would seem to most likely at risk.
    • Good news also for Tom Cleverley (£5.0m), who has been out since January due a combination of hamstring and Achilles problems. The midfielder is back in training and is expected to be involved after the international break.

    WEST HAM

    • West Ham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the weekend encounter with Huddersfield but the treatment room remains full. Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.8m), Andy Carroll (£5.4m), Jack Wilshere (£4.8m), Winston Reid (£4.4m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) and Carlos Sanchez (£4.4m) are all out for the foreseeable future.
    • Mark Noble (£4.9m) is also unavailable for the Hammers as he serves out the final match of his suspension.
    • Pellegrini is likely to keep faith with the same XI that comfortably beat last weekend, though Arthur Masuaku (£4.4m) is an option to replace Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) at left-back.

    WOLVES

    • Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Arsenal on Sunday. Never one to rotate too much, expect Wolves line-up to be extremely similar to the one that played last time out.
    • The only potential change may be Diego Jota (£5.9m) who has returned to training with the first-team squad after missing last weeks match through injury. Nuno Espirito Santo says the Portuguese midfielder is "an option" for the trip to the Emirates. If Jota is thrown straight back into the starting line-up then it will most likely be at the expense of Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.2m).
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