FPL Gameweek 16 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

Rotation is the name of the game ahead of Saturday's 11:30am deadline; the start of a third gameweek in nine days. 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 GW16.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 16 FPL content includes Captain Picks, Projections & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 16 FIXTURES

Saturday 8th December

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (12:30)

Arsenal vs Huddersfield (15:00)

Burnley vs Brighton (15:00)

Cardiff vs Southampton (15:00)

Man Utd vs Fulham (15:00)

West Ham vs Crystal Palace (15:00)

Chelsea vs Man City (17:30)

Leicester vs Spurs (19:45)

Sunday 9th December

Newcastle vs Wolves (16:00)

Monday 10th December

Everton vs Watford (20:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Rob Holding (£4.4m) has been ruled out for a significant period of time after rupturing his ACL at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

  • Aaron Ramsey (£7.3m) is less of an issue for the Arsenal boss. Speaking about the Welshman’s ankle injury yesterday, Emery added, “It’s a different injury. It’s smaller than Rob’s. Today it’s very early because this morning we have been working, but with the players who didn’t play yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll train before the game on Saturday and that’s the moment you can know if the players will be OK or not for Saturday.”

  • The Spaniard was similarly vague on Mesut Ozil (£8.2m), saying, “He had backache and now he’s working with the physio. We are going to look at when he can come back with us. This morning he worked with the physiotherapist on the pitch, running and touching the ball. Tomorrow will be the decision.”

  • Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) continues to be assessed but may soon return, while Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) can “maybe” make the matchday squad on Saturday with an eye on Europa League minutes next week.

  • Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) will be pushing for a start against Huddersfield, either alongside or in place of top GW16 captain contender Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.2m). Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) are the other main options in attack. Emery could find space for all four by switching back to a 4-2-3-1. If the three-man central defence is retained, Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.5m) may earn a start after slotting in for Holding against Manchester United.

  • Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) should edge out Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m) in midfield after serving a one-game suspension.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Lewis Cook (£4.8m) will be out for between six and nine months after sustaining a serious knee injury as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield on Tuesday.
  • Dan Gosling (£4.8m) is also set to miss the match against Liverpool with the Cherries still “waiting for a diagnosis on his knee problem”. With both Gosling and Cook out injured, Andrew Surman (£4.6m) should come back into the starting XI.
  • Howe has offered the suggestion that he will rotate his squad over the busy Christmas period. The Bournemouth boss stated, “Rotation at this stage of the season is important. We’ve got a good squad and it’s at these kinds of moments when we’ll need to make full use of that.”

BRIGHTON

  • Glenn Murray (£6.7m) went off after 34 minutes of the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace with a shoulder injury. Chris Hughton said of the 35-year-old forward yesterday: “We'll assess Glenn in the morning – today it wasn't as bad as we thought – we'll give him every opportunity to be fit. He went over on his shoulder but it's not dislocated or anything. It's a bit sore but better than what it could have been.”

  • Gameweek 16’s differential captain pick Florin Andone (£5.0m) may deputise for the veteran striker. The Romanian has two goals in Brighton’s last two fixtures. Hughton added, “Florin Andone has come in and got two goals in his first two starts - we're really pleased for him because he's put a lot of work in - we have good competition there now.”

  • Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) is also a GW16 doubt. Hughton explained, “Jose Izquierdo is the same – both him and Glenn should train tomorrow (Friday) and we'll go from there. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) is also fine but Saturday is too early for him. He's trained really well this week but I see him as being available for the Chelsea game next weekend.”

  • Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m) and Beram Kayal (£4.4m) are options in central and wide midfield, while Dale Stephens (£4.4m) could slot back into the Brighton XI. Of the midfielder, Hughton said, “It's good that we have Dale Stephens back this weekend - he's been a big part of what we do.”

  • Bruno (£4.4m) may return for Martin Montoya (£4.3m) at right-back, while Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) will aim to displace Bernardo (£4.2m). Shane Duffy (£4.7m) will miss the next three gameweeks after being sent off for a headbutt in the win over Palace. Leon Balogun (£4.2m) will take the Irishman’s place in the Seagulls set-up. Hughton stated, “We'll be without Shane Duffy now, but Leon Balogun proved on Tuesday that he's more than capable of stepping into the side.”

BURNLEY

  • Steven Defour (£5.4m) is still under assessment for the Clarets, while Sean Dyche has reported an otherwise ‘clean bill of health’. Ashley Westwood (£4.5m) will earn another start if the Belgian is ruled out again.

  • Aaron Lennon (£5.0m) will aim to displace Robbie Brady (£5.4m), while Sam Vokes (£5.3m) may come in for Chris Wood (£6.2m) up front. Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) might keep his place; the striker netted an excellent goal from an offside position against Liverpool on Wednesday. Jeff Hendrick (£5.3m) and Matej Vydra (£5.7m) are further options in attack. Matt Lowton (£4.7m) will battle with Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) for the right-back spot.

CARDIFF

  • Warnock is facing a shortage of strikers for the weekend visit of Southampton. “Gary Madine (£5.2m) has picked up a problem and Ken Zohore (£4.7m) has had one day’s training.” Danny Ward (£4.3m) has also been ruled out meaning the absence of that trio will likely result in Callum Paterson (£5.3m) continuing his ‘out of position role’ upfront.
  • With Warnock continuing to use players out of position, such as Callum Paterson up front and Bruno Manga (£4.4m) at right-back, he has firmly highlighted those positions priorities when the January transfer window rolls round.

CHELSEA

  • Chelsea have a fully-fit squad to choose from with Sarri reporting a clean bill of health ahead of the visit of the Champions: “At the moment we have no serious injuries. I think every player will be able to play.”
  • The Chelsea boss was questioned on Marcus Alonso’s (£7.1m) recent form with the Spainard looking jaded in recent weeks. Sarri played down that concern saying, “He has only played league games this season." If the boss does decide to rotate then Emerson (£5.2m) or Davide Zappacosta (£5.1m) could get the nod.
  • After being rested midweek for the defeat against Chelsea, Pedro (£6.3m) and Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) may come back into the line-up while Mateo Kovacic (£5.8m) or Ross Barkley (£5.7m) could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) in the starting XI. Jorginho (£4.9m) is likely to be recalled at the expense of Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m).

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Roy Hodgson has no fresh selection worries ahead of the clash with West Ham. The Palace boss said, “We're lucky that we don't have any new injuries to report. We have the same squad of players to choose from as we have done for the last two, barring anything happening tomorrow.”

  • After going with an unchanged XI as the Eagles’ wings were clipped at Brighton, Hodgson could be tempted to freshen his line-up. Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.4m) and Alexander Sorloth (£4.8m) were used from the bench in the 3-1 loss at the Amex Stadium, while Jordan Ayew (£5.7m) is another attacking option.

EVERTON

  • The Toffees have no new injury concerns. Michael Keane (£5.0m) was rotated in GW15 as Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) partnered Yerry Mina (£5.4m) in central defence. Explaining the line-up switch, Marco Silva said, “Before Newcastle, we played three days before, in an intense match. That’s why I took the decision because I know what Zouma can give us and he performed well, as I expected. Mina is doing well, too. He is in good condition if I decide he is staying in our starting 11.”

  • Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) ousted Theo Walcott (£6.3m) for the draw against Newcastle, as Richarlison (£7.1m) moved into Bernard’s (£5.9m) usual wide-left role to make room for Cenk Tosun (£6.6m) up front. On rotation, Silva added, “It will be a busy month for us. We have strong competition among the players and that is a good problem for a coach. It is difficult, but it is good as well. We will do everything we can to manage the squad, giving some rest to some players, too, if I feel it doesn’t take away too much from our team.”

  • Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.3m) could return to the matchday squad for Monday’s home clash with Watford.

FULHAM

  • Ahead of the trip to face Man Utd, Claudio Ranieri said, “Everybody is in good condition, today the people who played 90 minutes recovered very well and the others make a training session.”

  • On Luciano Vietto (£5.5m) starting ahead of Tom Cairney (£4.8m), the Fulham boss added, “I said yesterday [Wednesday] I wanted to give another striker close to Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) to create more space and more chances – he [Vietto] had a good chance to shoot but his shot was unlucky. In the second half I made a change because I need one midfielder more and it was better, but I am very pleased with the performance of the other striker.”

  • Andre Schurrle (£5.8m) and Cairney will both be battling for starting spots. Aboubakar Kamara (£4.3m) may retain his place in Ranieri’s XI after netting against Leicester.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Chris Lowe (£4.4m) returns to contention for the Terriers. David Wagner said, “Chris Lowe trained the whole week with the team and could be back in the squad on Saturday. Terence Kongolo (£4.3m) is available and back in training. Hamid Sabiri (£4.3m) unfortunately has broken his collar bone; he will be out for eight weeks.”

  • Steve Mounie (£5.8m) serves the second game of a three-match ban, while Philip Billing (£4.5m) is suspended for GW16 after picking up a fifth yellow card in the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday. Danny Williams (£4.5m) may earn a start in midfield if Wagner opts to retain a 3-5-1-1 formation.

LEICESTER

  • Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) is once again injured and won’t be available to be called upon. The English striker has however avoided sugery with Puel hopeful “he can recover in 10 days and be available for the next game.” With the congested fixture list coming up Vardy won’t be rushed back with Puel set to ‘be careful’ on how quickly his main forward returns. Vardy’s absence should open up a prolonged run in the first XI for Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m).
  • In better news for the Foxes Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Rachid Ghezzal (£5.1m) and Jonny Evans (£4.8m) should be fit to face Spurs after missing the Fulham game: “About the squad, Harry Maguire has come back in the training session and will be in the squad for Saturday, also Ghezzal and also Evans.”
  • Puel has been pleased with the form of Wilfried Ndidi (£4.9m) and Papy Mendy (£4.5m) stating that the pair are “fantastic to manage”.

LIVERPOOL

  • Joe Gomez (£5.1m) could miss up to six weeks of action after suffering a fracture to his lower left leg in the win at Burnley on Wednesday.
  • Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) has also been ruled out of the trip to Bournemouth due a concussion so Joel Matip (£4.9m) is likely to keep his place at the heart of the Liverpool back four.
  • After being rested midweek both Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.5m) are expected to return to their customary full-back positions. Klopp has stated that Robertson “is fine” after not making the squad against Burnley.
  • Sadio Mane (£9.7m) is unlikely to be fit for Bournemouth with Klopp saying, “Sadio is trying to run today”. Nathaniel Clyne (£4.6m) is also unavailable but Dominic Solanke (£4.7m) is getting closer and could train with the team on Friday. Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) has been declared “fine”.

MAN CITY

  • In extremely helpful news Pep Guardiola has declared both Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) out of the weekend clash with Chelsea: “No, both cannot play tomorrow” but “Both will be back soon.” With Aguero injured Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) is set to continue upfront.
  • On selecting two of Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Leroy Sane (£9.5m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), the Spaniard stated: "We choose for the best for the team."
  • Other than De Bruyne, Aguero and long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m), Pep has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
  • Following his first missed league match of the season Aymeric Laporte (£6.1m) is set to retake his place in the City backline at the expense of Vincent Kompany (£5.2m).

MAN UTD

  • Jose Mourinho has revealed he is still waiting to discover if Anthony Martial (£7.6m), Chris Smalling (£5.7m) and Phil Jones (£5.1m) will be fit for Saturday’s game against Fulham stating, “It’s a difficult selection again. Still waiting for conclusions, still waiting for people like Martial, Smalling, Jones - people with these kind of doubts.”
  • Ashley Young (£5.7m) is available for United after completing his one match ban for picking up five yellow cards this season.
  • There was no mention of Luke Shaw (£5.0m) or Antonio Valencia (£6.4m) by Mourinho but the latter was on the bench during the midweek tie against Arsenal.
  • Mourinho was pleased with the intensity of his side last time and in particular Ander Herrera (£5.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) saying, “Here are special players with special characteristics and just to give you a couple of examples, Herrera, Rashford are the kind of players that even if their game was not phenomenal, that intensity, that desire, that passion, that sacrifice is always present."

NEWCASTLE

  • Good news for Newcastle and Benitez on the injury front as both Paul Dummett (£4.4m) and Kenedy (£4.9m) are in contention for the weekend. Dummett is “back in training” and “should be available if he gets through training tomorrow without any problem”, while Kenedy “is fine, he has been training... hopefully he can train tomorrow, and then he will be available.”
  • Fabian Schär (£4.6m) is suspended for the weekend visit of Wolves having picked up his fifth booking of the season last time out. During that match, Newcastle lined up with a back five. If Benitez sticks with the same formation on Sunday, it could mean a recall to the starting XI for Ciaran Clark (£4.5m).
  • Matt Ritchie (£5.8m) returns to the squad following his one match ban and will be pushing for a place in the starting XI.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Saints are likely to be without Danny Ings (£5.4m) and Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) for the trip to Cardiff, while Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) is still recovering from an injury sustained against Manchester United. Mario Lemina (£4.8m) is available again following his suspension. New Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl did not provide injury updates yesterday, with doubts still hanging over Shane Long (£4.8m).

  • On his style, the Austrian said, “The character and mentality of the team is ok. I think what they need now is a match plan that fits them – to find the perfect formation and tactical summary, so we can be less easy to play against, and force the opponent more than they did yesterday. Ok, it was Tottenham and they are a very good team, but for me tactical flexibility is a main part of our game. 4-2-2-2 is my preferred system, but I can also play with 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 so the main goal is to be very active and press very early. It also depends on how many quick players you have and how much speed they have, so we need to look at the guys and how they compare with the system we want to play.”

  • Charlie Austin (£5.5m) will aim to oust Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) up front, though Hasenhuttl’s pressing plan may not suit either striker. Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.1m) is seeking a first start since GW10.

TOTTENHAM

  • Both Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) and Juan Foyth (£5.0m) have been ruled out of Tottenham’s clash with Leicester at the weekend. Trippier's absense should see Serge Aurier (£5.8m) recalled to the starting XI, whilst Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) is the most likely to replace Foyth following his return from suspension.
  • Mousa Dembele (£4.9m), Erik Lamela (£6.2), Davinson Sanchez (£5.8m) and Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) all remain side-lined for the game against Leicester. Pochettino is hoping Lamela will be back in training tomorrow and be available for selection for the Barcelona tie next week.
  • After being rested midweek Dele Alli (£8.9m) is likely to return to the starting XI. With a must win fixture against Barcelona in the UCL on Tuesday it could be Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) that makes way, with Pochettino still managing the Dane's minutes following his return from injury.

WATFORD

  • Watford and Javi Gracia have no injury concerns ahead of their Monday night fixture against Everton. Gracia anticipates “all of my players will be available for the next game.” Will Hughes (£5.0m) appears to have overcome the problem that saw him exit early against Manchester City.
  • Adalberto Peñaranda (£5.0m), Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) and Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) are all injury free but given the trio are well short of match fitness it is unlikely any will start against Everton.
  • Watford’s only definite absentee is Etienne Capoue (£5.0m) who serves the second of his three match ban.

WEST HAM

    • Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m) is set to be sidelined until January with a hamstring injury. Manuel Pellegrini said, “Arnautovic has a muscle injury. He will probably be out for around one month. We know how important he is for this team. We know we have to play seven games in December and six games more in January. Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) is not 100% comfortable so he won't be available, but I think it will just be for this game. We have a squad and now is the time for other players to take their chance. Perez scored two goals on Tuesday.”

    • The Hammers boss could retain a 4-4-2 formation for the visit of Palace. Lucas Perez (£6.2m), fresh off that brace against Cardiff in GW15, is set to battle with Andy Carroll (£5.4m) for a starting spot. Pellegrini explained, “I'm pleased because he [Lucas] is a player I brought in this season to this team. We know he's a good striker and the important thing is, when he has a chance, he takes it. With Marko's injury, we have Lucas in this position. We have Andy Carroll too. We hope he will play games in a row now.” Chicharito (£6.2m) may also be under pressure this weekend after starting two games in four days.

    • Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) made the bench on Tuesday so could make an immediate return, while Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) was not part of the matchday squad but could “maybe” be available for GW16. Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) was given his signalled rest midweek and should displace Michail Antonio (£6.8m) at right-back. The midfielder will be pushing for minutes higher up the pitch after scoring against the Bluebirds. Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) provides competition in central midfield, while Grady Diangana (£4.5m) is another option on the flanks.

    WOLVES

    • Wolves have no fresh injury concerns for their Super Sunday match against Newcastle. Only Jonny Otto (£4.4m) remains on the treatment table.
    • Following their 2-1 come from behind victory against Chelsea midweek Nuno could keep faith with the same starting XI, though it is more likely that Ruben Neves (£5.0m), following his return from suspension, will retake his place in the centre of midfield at the expense of Romain Saïss (£4.2m).