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30 Nov 2018 by Colm Hayes & Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 14 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Friday's 7:00pm 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 GW14.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 14 FPL content includes Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis, Projections & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 14 FIXTURES

Friday 30th November

Cardiff vs Wolves (20:00)

Saturday 1st December

Crystal Palace vs Burnley (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Brighton (15:00)

Leicester vs Watford (15:00)

Man City vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Newcastle vs West Ham (15:00)

Southampton vs Man Utd (17:30)

Sunday 2nd December

Chelsea vs Fulham (12:00)

Arsenal vs Spurs (14:05)

Liverpool vs Everton (16:15)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Unai Emery picked a second-string Europa League XI last night ahead of Sunday’s North London derby at home to Tottenham. Aaron Ramsey (£7.3m) and Rob Holding (£4.4m) started the 0-3 win. Along with the central defender, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) was the only other player who started in GW13 to make the Kiev trip, with the Armenian not used from the bench.
  • An update on Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) is expected before Sunday but early indications are he may be fit after the Frenchman missed the win away to Bournemouth in GW13 with a groin injury. Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) is not expected back in full training for two weeks.
  • Emery rolled out a 3-5-2 in GW13 as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1. It remains to be seen whether the manager sticks with that system or reverts to a more familiar 4-2-3-1. In the latter set-up, one of Holding or Sokratis (£5.1m) would drop out to accommodate a fit Lacazette up front or Mesut Ozil (£8.3m) in attacking midfield. Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) could retain his place if ‘Laca’ is not deemed match fit, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) playing up front again.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) will be suspended for Bournemouth’s visit to the Champions having collected his fifth booking of the season last time out. Potential replacements include Dan Gosling (£4.8m), who faces a late fitness test due to a knee problem.
  • Other than Lerma, potentially Gosling and Adam Smith (£4.5m), who remains side-lined after surgery until the New Year, Howe has a fully fit squad to choose from as he attempts to become the first club this season to take points off Manchester City at the Etihad.

BRIGHTON

  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) remains out for Brighton, while Dale Stephens (£4.4m) is on game two of a three-match ban. Asked about the status of Glenn Murray (£6.7m) and Mat Ryan (£4.6m), Chris Hughton said: “We have no additional injury concerns at the moment. Everybody is fit and available.”

  • Solly March (£5.0m) will be aiming to win his place back after finding himself on the bench in GW13, as Brighton drew 1-1 at home to Leicester. Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) and Martin Montoya (£4.3m) provide Hughton with options in the full-back positions.

BURNLEY

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) is back in contention for Burnley after missing the Newcastle defeat on Monday. James Tarkowski (£4.7m) and Ben Gibson (£4.8m) played in a behind-closed-door friendly on Tuesday.

  • Sean Dyche said: “We're more or less back [to full fitness] now. Johann was sick the other night, he had an illness, a bug, so he'll be back in the thinking.”

  • On Tarkowski, the Clarets chief added: “On his way to full fitness, he'll be in the thinking. He's only just been training the last week or so but obviously he didn't have too long out and he was fully fit going into the injury.”

CARDIFF

  • Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) is unlikely to be part of the Cardiff squad tonight. On the midfielder’s recovery, Neil Warnock said: “He’s doing well. When you’ve had a bad injury, you have to listen to the experts. When you see him in training, you wonder why he isn’t with us but you have to take your time.”

  • On his choice of front man, the Bluebirds boss added: “I didn’t expect Callum Paterson (£5.2m) to be my number one striker to be honest. Danny Ward (£4.4m) is coming back and looking sharper. I think it’s a reflection that I’m playing Paterson up front. I know what he gives and he never lets me down.”

  • Warnock is set to utilise his squad as the fixture list thickens, while he bemoaned his side’s defending in the season’s early gameweeks. The 69-year-old stated: “I imagine there’ll be changes given there’s three games. If we had defended earlier on in the season like we have recently, we’d be in the top half. It was schoolboy errors. I’ve been happy with that [improvement]. Midfield is more disciplined. It’s just getting goals now.” Josh Murphy (£4.8m) will be pushing for an instant recall after losing his starting spot for the GW13 defeat at Everton.

CHELSEA

  • Eden Hazard (£11.1m) was not part of Chelsea’s Europa League squad for the tie at home to PAOK Salonika last night. Maurizio Sarri reckons the Belgian, who returned to training on Wednesday, should be ready to feature against Fulham on Sunday. The Blues boss said on Wednesday: “Hazard of course it is not a serious injury. He will not be able to play tomorrow but I think he will be able to recover for the Premier League match [vs Fulham].”

  • Sarri added: “I am worried because 25 days ago he had a back injury, now the ankle. I think he has lost a lot of training, so it's normal he isn't in top physical condition. He needs to have one week of training and a couple of matches before going to the best level. This week is useful for him to have training, and then we will see. I think he cannot play ten matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest.”

  • Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) scored a brace against PAOK as Chelsea won 4-0. That selection suggests Alvaro Morata (£8.7m) - who came off the bench to grab a goal last night - may again start in the league, which has been of no benefit to Hazard so far. However, Giroud now has three goals in less than a week which may sway Sarri’s thinking. Asked if Giroud’s performance makes a difference for him to start in GW14, Sarri said yesterday: “No, I don't think so. I don't think so. Two strikers scored in this match so, for us, I think that's really very important to have two strikers with confidence.”

  • Ross Barkley (£5.9m) also began the Europa League tie so Mateo Kovacic (£5.8m) looks set to keep his place in midfield.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Hodgson has a nearly fully fit squad to pick from for the visit of Burnley. Only Christian Benteke (£6.3m) is still unavailable with Hodgson saying, “We don’t have any other than the one with Christian. He is making good progress, and is the one who can’t be considered for tomorrow.”
  • Connor Wickham (£4.9m) and Scott Dann (£4.4m) are both making positive strides in their bid to be fit. "Connor has now been back in training for a week while Dann has been back for the last couple of weeks" – just in time for the festive period.

EVERTON

  • Everton have no injury concerns and therefore a fully fit squad to choose form ahead of their Derby Day clash with Liverpool. Silva has been optimistic given Everton’s recent record in this fixture stating, "These records exist to be broken."
  • Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) is pushing for a start and a real alternative to Theo Walcott (£6.3m) on the right wing. Silva has said Lookman is "doing more than enough to play in our starting XI".

FULHAM

  • After winning his opening fixture last time out the ‘Tinkerman’ may be tempted to keep faith with the same XI that delivered Fulham’s first win in ten.
  • Having missed last weeks victory, Ranieri confirmed that both Zambo Anguissa (£4.4m) and Kevin McDonald (£4.3m) are also set to be absent for Sunday’s local derby against Chelsea.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Zanka (£4.4m) is likely to return to the Terriers’ starting line-up after serving a one-game ban. Tommy Smith (£4.4m) could be ousted from David Wagner’s three-man central defence, though may need to deputise again if Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) is ruled out.

  • Wagner said: “If Zanka is fit then he will be back in the starting XI again. I gave him some rest after playing for Denmark He looks good and sharp. Hopefully he can continue to perform on a high level. Unfortunately, Kongolo is a doubt at the minute after picking up a knock in the Wolves game. Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m) has a groin problem as well. But the only player to 100% miss the game is Chris Lowe (£4.4m).”

LEICESTER

  • Claude Puel has confirmed Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Rachid Ghezzal (£5.2m) will again be missing for Leicester City when Watford visit the King Power Stadium tomorrow. Both are expected to rejoin the main group next week.
  • Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) has fully recovered from a niggling groin problem and the striker is poised to lead the attack against Watford after changing the game from the bench last time out.
  • James Maddison (£6.8m) will return to the matchday squad having served his one match ban from last weekend during the Carabao Cup midweek.
  • Matty James (£4.4m) is on the comeback trail having played for the U23s on Thursday evening. However, Puel doesn't know if the injury-plagued midfielder can feature for the first-team this month. Vicente Iborra (£4.7m) has however recovered from a knee injury and is available.

LIVERPOOL

  • Having been rested midweek Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) seems likely to regain his starting berth at right-back. This will most likely be at the expense of Dejan Lovren (£4.9m), with Joe Gomez (£5.1m) reverting to centre-back.
  • Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) will be suspended for the Reds after getting his marching orders last time out. Klopp wouldn’t be drawn on how this will impact the starting XI stating he doesn’t “like to talk too much about players we don't have available.” Fabinho (£5.5m) looks like a strong candidate to line up in central midfield, with James Milner (£5.6m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) having started in midweek.
  • Sadio Mane (£9.9m) is fine after overcoming illness midweek, but Sunday is likely to come too soon for Adam Lallana (£6.9m) who only returned to full training on Thursday. Dominic Solanke (£4.7m) is struggling with a groin injury and Divock Origi (£5.0m) is also doubtful.
  • The biggest decision for Klopp is whether he lines his team up in the 4-3-3 formation used against PSG or revert back to 4-2-3-1. With Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m) rested midweek it would appear likely that Klopp will bring him back into the starting XI and role with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

MAN CITY

  • The news is positive for Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) with Pep saying, “the doctor says Gabriel is much better and he’s going to play a lot of minutes in this period.” While good news for Jesus personally, this is maybe a foreshadowing of the start of Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) being rotated throughout the festive fixtures.
  • Pep was coyer on the fitness of Bernardo Silva (£7.5m), Ilkay Gündogan (£5.4m). The boss is unsure of their availability stating, “we have training in a few hours and we will assess and see how they are.”
  • The weekend comes too early for Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) who is targeting a return to first team action in the next couple of weeks.

MAN UTD

  • Both Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) and Paul Pogba (£7.9m) were benched for United’s midweek clash against Young Boys. Given United's tepid display midweek the pair is likely to be restored to the starting line-up for the trip to Southampton.
  • Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) is likely to be out for at least six weeks having picked up what Mourinho called an “aggressive muscular injury."
  • Mourinho confirmed earlier in the week that Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) would miss the next three weeks with a muscle injury. Phil Jones (£5.1m) replaced the Swede midweek in the UCL and is likely to get the nod while Lindelöf is injured. Last season when playing, Jones was a bonus point machine when United kept a clean sheet. Valued at just £5.1m the Englishman may make a shrewd investment if Mourinho can sort out United’s defensive frailties.
  • Luke Shaw (£5.0m) is ready to be recalled to the starting lineup after serving his one match suspension. Diego Dalot (£5.3m) is also available if required for his Premier League debut.

NEWCASTLE

  • Great news for Newcastle on the injury front as no fewer than five players have made a return to training and are in contention for the match against West Ham. Jamaal Lascelles (£4.7m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m) Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m), Jamie Sterry (£4.0m) and Karl Darlow (£4.4m) have are all ready to be called upon.
  • One player not on that list is Paul Dummett (£4.4m) who despite being “close” to a return is still struggling with a troublesome hamstring.
  • With two wins in their last two matches, changes may not be at the forefront of Rafas thoughts. Most likely to come in would be captain Lascelles or Shelvey, though Shelvey may have to be content with a place on the bench as the boss has been effervescent in his praise of Ki Sung-yueng (£4.7m): “Ki has done well in these games. We know he has composure on the ball and can dictate the tempo. He needed more time after the World Cup, but he knows the PL, he knows some of our players, and now he is ready.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Danny Ings (£5.4m) is not fit for this weekend due to an ongoing hamstring injury. Mark Hughes said: “We’re still missing Danny unfortunately, who hasn’t been on the grass yet. We’d hoped to get him back at some point this week but it hasn’t been possible. He had a slight setback, nothing too great, and he wasn’t quite ready so we’ve given him a little bit more time. We’re hopeful that for the games next week he will have been out on the grass and he’ll become an option again. We’ve been a little bit careful with him if we’re honest and hopefully that extra time will allow him to come back fit and sound for the games right through to the New Year.”

  • Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m), who missed the 3-2 loss away to Fulham in GW13 through suspension, is a doubt for the visit of Man United. Hughes added: “Ryan Bertrand is struggling a little bit as he’s got an issue with his back that has flared up again. We’ve managed it in the past but it’s giving him a bit of anxiety at the moment so he hasn’t trained for a number of days. We’re hopeful we can get him out training tomorrow but he’s a little bit of a doubt. If he misses this game then we hope we’ll have him available for Wednesday.” Matt Targett (£4.2m) departed Saints' midweek Carabao Cup loss with a head injury but Hughes made no mention of the defender in his presser. If fit, Targett could again deputise at left-back if Bertrand is ruled out.

TOTTENHAM

  • Sunday’s derby against Arsenal comes a week too early for Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) who remains side-lined. Serge Aurier (£5.8m) will continue at right-back in place of the absent Trippier.
  • Davinson Sanchez (£5.8m), Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) and Mousa Dembele (£4.9m) remain out for Spurs. Erik Lamela (£6.4m) is also set to have a late fitness test.
  • Danny Rose (£5.9m) is now fit again and was named on the bench for the UCL victory over Internazionale. The Englishman is set to compete with Ben Davies (£5.6m) for the left-back spot.

WATFORD

  • Jose Holebas (£4.8m) is fit after missing the Liverpool defeat in GW13 with a calf injury. Javi Gracia, who penned a long-term Watford contract this week, said: “Jose is ready. He didn't train the first day of this week, but the second he did and he is available. Jose is important because he is a very good player. This season he is playing really well, but it wasn't a problem if Jose is not available as we have Adam Masina (£4.3m) who is always ready to play.”

  • Alberto Penaranda (£5.0m forward) is out of GW14, while Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) and Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) are set to contend for places in Gracia’s XI soon. The manager added: “At this moment only Penaranda is maybe not available. He had a little pain in his foot. Maybe one, two or three days he will be available. The rest of the players are fit and available for the next game. Maybe they [Cleverley and Janmaat] need to be in the best condition, but they are training with the team every day. It is good all of them are fit and we have options to see different players in different games. I'll see the first game [of the spell in December] and then we will take decisions about who can help us each time. All of them being fit is good for me.”

  • Isaac Success (£4.6m), who has also just signed a new deal with the club to 2023, will contend with Troy Deeney (£5.9m) and Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) for a start in attack.

WEST HAM

    • Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m) is available after leaving the pitch late in GW13 with injury. Manuel Pellegrini said: “Marko Arnautovic worked the whole week without any problems. He has one day more to recover for the game, but he's OK. Marko is fit to play.”

    • After using Michail Antonio (£6.8m) in an advanced role against Man City, Pellegrini may revert to his more usual 4-1-4-1 formation. Mark Noble (£4.9m) could come back into the starting line-up, with Antonio battling Grady Diangana (£4.5m) for a right-wing spot. Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) replaced Arthur Masuaku (£4.4m midfielder) at half-time against Man City and may be in pole position for the left-back berth.

    • Ryan Fredericks (£4.6m) is a long-term loss. Pellegrini reckons he will have to find an auxiliary right-back in his squad to help Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) over the fixture pile-up. The Hammers boss added: “The rest of the injuries are all long injuries, so we have no new news about Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez or Fredericks. Unfortunately we have just one right full-back. It's impossible for Pablo, at his age, to play seven games in December, so we'll see what we will do in that position because we will be without Ryan which is a very serious thing. First we have to win at Newcastle and we are working during the week with different players because, I repeat, Pablo cannot play seven games in December.”

    • Andy Carroll (£5.4m) and Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) could both make the GW14 matchday 18. Pellegrini explained: “Andy Carroll is one step further forward than Wilshere because he played 45 minutes in the game against Brentford and he was on the bench last week. Both worked without problems this week so may be in the squad on Saturday.”

    WOLVES

    • After a 2-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield in GW13, Nuno could make changes to what has been a fairly settled line-up. The Wolves boss said: “We're not in a good moment. There's no point staying in the past. We've decided the team already.”

    • Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.3m) will push for a start in central midfield, while Diogo Jota (£5.9m) and Adama Traore (£5.3m) are options in attack. Jonny Otto (£4.5m) is not expected to return until January but Nuno has no new injury worries. He added: “Aside from Jonny, all fit.”

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