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24 Dec 2018 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 19 – Fixtures, Team News, Press Conference Quotes & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Wednesday's 11:30am deadline, we will be combing through all 20 Premier League press conferences to bring FPL managers the need-to-know team news, injury updates and predicted XIs for GW19.

GAMEWEEK 19 FIXTURES

Wednesday 26th December

Fulham vs Wolves (12:30)

Burnley vs Everton (15:00)

Crystal Palace vs Cardiff (15:00)

Leicester vs Man City (15:00)

Liverpool vs Newcastle (15:00)

Man Utd vs Huddersfield (15:00)

Spurs vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Brighton vs Arsenal (17:15)

Watford vs Chelsea (19:30)

Thursday 27th December

Southampton vs West Ham (19:45)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) is the latest Arsenal defender to be struck down with injury as the Spaniard limped off against Burnley. Hopefully he won't miss too much time as Emery stated in his press conference that the problem is not too serious but Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) should be able to step in for him against Brighton.
  • Potentially indicating he'll start in GW19, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) was brought off early in the second half last time out. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) could be in-line for a rest having played three full matches in seven days.
  • The Arsenal boss also revealed that Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) is nearing a return, though this week may come a match too soon with the Gunners set to play Liverpool in GW20.
  • Arsenal's injury list still remains lengthy though with Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) and Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) not yet ready to return, while Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) and Rob Holding (£4.4m) remain long-term absentees.

    BOURNEMOUTH

    • Other than long-term absentees Adam Smith (£4.4m), Lewis Cook (£4.7m) and Dan Gosling (£4.8m), Howe has a fully-fit squad to pick from.
    • Ryan Fraser (£6.3m) is expected to return to the starting XI after being rested for the match against Brighton. Either Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) or David Brooks (£5.0m) could drop out to accommodate the Scotsman.

    BRIGHTON

    • After being sent off against Bournemouth, Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) is suspended for the visit of Arsenal. He will be replaced at the heart of the defence by Shane Duffy (£4.6m) who is available after serving out the remainder of his own suspension.
    • Hughton will still be without the services of Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m), both of whom are expected to be sidelined again.

        BURNLEY

        • Sean Dyche didn't give any updates on the state of play in Burnley's treatment room in his Arsenal post-match press conference.
        • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.7m) and Robbie Brady (£5.4m) are both set to face late fitness tests. If the pair are unable to play then Dyche may opt to go with the 5-3-2 formation he used against Arsenal.

        CARDIFF

        • Cardiff have a number of injury problems as they approach the teeth of the festive period, though Warnock was non-committal on who was struggling: "We're not doing so good at the moment. Without going into names, we've got three or four niggles that we could have done without really at this stage."
        • Harry Arter (£4.9m), Junior Hoilett (£5.0m) and Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) were all brought off in the match against Manchester United and therefore could be set to keep their place against Crystal Palace as opposed to being rested.
        • On the quartet who were out for GW18, Warnock has given an update on each of them: "Danny Ward (£4.3m) is out. He's been injured for four weeks now. I think Gary Madine (£4.4m) has started training. We've got Jazz Richards (£3.9m) who has been out for quite a length of time as well." The Cardiff boss also confirmed that he hopes Joe Bennett (£4.4m) will be available after training yesterday.

        CHELSEA

        • Manager Maurizio Sarri said his Chelsea players reacted with "mental confusion" in the game against Leicester City. Such confusion may indicate some players are in need of a rest.
        • At the back, Andreas Christensen (hamstring) continues to be out with a hamstring injury so David Luiz (£5.8m) and Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) should retain their starting berths. At full-back, Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) and Davide Zappacosta (£5.1m) could be brought in if Sarri decides to rotate.
        • In the midfield, Ross Barkley (£5.5m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) will be hoping for a recall to the starting XI. One of them will likely get the start over Mateo Kovacic (£5.8m).
        • Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) will likely return to lead the frontline though Chelsea could welcome back Alvaro Morata (£8.7m) after the Spaniard returned to training late last week. If one of the two does start, Eden Hazard (£11.0m) will likely move out to the left-wing leaving only one space in the team for Pedro (£6.3m) or Willian (£7.3m).

        CRYSTAL PALACE

        • After the energy sapping victory against Manchester City, Hodgson may look to rotate his side this week in a bid to keep everyone fresh over the festive period. Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.7m) is a prime candidate to return to the Palace side after not being risked against City. Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.4m) could be the one to make way.
        • No update has been provided by Hodgson on the injury to Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) so Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) is expected to continue in goal.
        • Christian Benteke (£6.3m) is still out but is expected to be back at the start of January as the striker continues to build up his match fitness.

        EVERTON

        • Andre Gomes (£5.4m) limped off early in the GW18 match against Spurs and is now doubtful for the festive period. His replacement in the starting XI is likely to be Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.2m) who came on for Gomes at the weekend.
        • Silva is hoping Idrissa Gueye (£4.8m) will be be able to overcome his recent groin issues and be involved in some capacity against Burnley.

        FULHAM

        • Ranieri has close to a fully-fit squad to choose from with only Zambo Anguissa (£4.4m) set to miss out on the match against Wolves. The Fulham boss also has doubts over Ryan Sessegnon (£6.0m) but was hopeful in his last press conference of his availability for the Boxing Day match.
        • Fulham rolled out a 3-4-3 formation in their last game against Newcastle and it resulted in their first clean sheet of the season. The Tinkerman may choose to keep the faith in the formation and defence that brought him that first shut-out.
        • Up top, Aboubakar Kamara (£4.4m) will be looking for a recall after being benched against Newcastle. André Schürrle (£5.7m) could be the one to make way.

        HUDDERSFIELD

        • Jonathan Hogg (£4.4m) is in-line for a return to the matchday squad for the trip to Old Trafford with Wagner revealing in his post match conference that he is “hopeful Jonathan Hogg is back next week." The Terriers midfielder picked up a knee injury in training.
        • Wagner gave no update in his post-match press conference on Tommy Smith (£4.4m), Danny Williams (£4.5m) and Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.3m) with the trio all unlikely to be involved against Manchester United.
        • With Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m) now fit again, the striker could come in for Steve Mounie (£5.8m) as Wagner has historically rotated them during busy periods.

        LEICESTER

        • Matty James (£4.4m) is stepping up his comeback from injury with an appearance for the under-23s but is unlikely to feature this weekend. Daniel Amartey (£4.4m) is Puel's only other absentee for the match against Manchester City.
        • Demarai Gray (£5.4m) will be pushing for inclusion from the start after having to settle for a spot on the bench last time out, while Rachid Ghezzal (£5.4m) was not even in the previous matchday squad.
        • Jamie Vardy (£8.8m) and James Maddison (£6.8m) are likely to keep their spots in the starting XI after both were brought off early against Chelsea.

        LIVERPOOL

        • Naby Keita (£7.2m) is expected to be okay after being taken off against Wolves as a precaution: "He has a proper cut on his foot. Then he had another one on his ribs, so that's obviously why it didn't work out. But it should be good. Two things which are a bit painful but I don't think will be a problem for him." Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) will be hoping for a recall after being rested last time out.
        • Klopp has confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) is "back in full training" and "will see" about his availability for GW19. Two defenders that are definitely "still out" are Joe Gomez (£5.0m) and Joel Matip (£4.9m).
        • After not starting against Wolves, Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.1m) will be pushing for a recall to the starting XI, particularly with the number of fixtures to be played over the festive period.
        • With matches against Arsenal and Manchester City coming up, this could be the fixture Klopp decides to rest members of his first choice XI. Alberto Moreno (£4.2m) is in-line to replace Andrew Robertson (£6.6m), while Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) could be rested with Daniel Sturridge (£5.7m) and/or Divock Origi (£5.0m) coming into the starting line-up.

        MAN CITY

        • After their surprise defeat against Crystal Palace, Guardiola could ring the changes for City's match with Leicester. Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) is continuing his comeback and could replace Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) up front, while Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) will be pushing for a first league start since his injury.
        • Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) was replaced by Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) for the final 20 minutes against Crystal Palace, while Leroy Sane (£9.7m) completed the full 90 minutes. If Pep is going to rotate, it would appear that Mahrez and Sterling would be the likely starters.
        • Fernandinho (£5.4m) is expected to come back into the centre of midfield after Pep confirmed the reason he missed out last week was because he was not fit for the game and needed a rest. There was no suggestion of an injury though.
        • Outside of Fernandinho, City still have David Silva (£8.5m) and Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m) missing from the matchday squad. Guardiola confirmed before GW18 that Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) is close to a return.

        MAN UTD

        • Some rotation could be on the agenda for Solskjaer as he stated before the Cardiff match that he plans to give a number of players a chance over the festive period so that he can assess his options moving forward. The Norwegian will need to find the right balance between resting players and continuity as the team against Cardiff scored five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's last match.
        • Diego Dalot (£5.2m) could be one to be called upon to start at right-back, while Eric Bailly (£5.0m) is an option at centre-half. Further forward, Juan Mata (£6.2m), Marouane Fellaini (£4.9m) and Fred (£5.5m) will be hoping for a chance to impress the new boss.
        • Solskjaer is still set to be without Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) through injury, and Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m), who has yet to return from compassionate leave. Marcus Rashford (£7.0m) would appear set to continue up front.

        NEWCASTLE

        • Newcastle will be without the services of Ki Sung-yueng (£4.7m) who is set to depart to the AFC Asian Cup. When asked about the midfielder before GW18m the manager said “Ki will play this game then afterwards he will go because he is going to training in Abu Dhabi on December 26. I wanted to keep him longer but no chance."
        • Kenedy (£4.9m) is set to be handed a recall after being used only as a substitute against Fulham.

        SOUTHAMPTON

        • Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg (£4.4m) will miss out for Southampton after collecting his fifth booking of the season against Huddersfield. He will likely be replaced in the line-up by one of Oriol Romeu (£4.3m), James Ward-Prowse (£5.0m) or Steven Davis (£4.6m).

        TOTTENHAM

        • Dele Alli (£8.9m) is a doubt for the match against Bournemouth having been withdrawn by Pochettino at the weekend as a precaution: "He didn't feel a big problem. Maybe a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it's not a big issue. It was a precaution." Erik Lamela (£6.2m) is set to step in if the Englishman is unavailable.
        • Tottenham issued a statement earlier in the week confirming Serge Aurier (£5.8m) is continuing "on-field rehabilitation" and is therefore expected to be available imminently. Having just returned from injury himself, Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) may be rested at the expense of Aurier, if available, or Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) if Pochettino decides to rotate.
        • The continued absence of Eric Dier (£4.8m), Moussa Dembele (£4.9m) and Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) should mean Harry Winks (£5.5m) and Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) continue to partner each other at the centre of Tottenham's midfield.
        • After being an unused substitute against Everton, Lucas Moura (£7.0m) could be recalled to the starting XI, potentially at the expense of Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) whose fitness is still being constantly monitored and managed.

        WATFORD

        • Gracia is still expected to be with out a number of players for the visit of Chelsea. Will Hughes (£4.9m), Andre Gray (£6.0m), Sebastian Prödl (£4.2m) and Adalberto Peñaranda (£5.0m) are all still set to be sidelined.

        WEST HAM

        • Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m) was taken off with an injury in the last game against Watford. When Pellegrini was asked about the injury, he stated "Fabian has a problem with his knee, we will see tomorrow. I cannot answer just yet what the problem is yet." Balbuena was replaced by Angelo Ogbonna (£4.2m) against Watford, with the Italian set to step in again.
        • Pellegrini also revealed that Javier Hernandez (£6.5m) is another who will be assessed before the match against Southampton after suffering from a tight hamstring.
        • Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) should be nearing a return after Pellegrini stated in last week's press conference that he thinks “will be back working with the team” this week.

        WOLVES

        • Diogo Jota (£5.9m) is still out with the hamstring injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago. Adama Traore (£5.2m) replaced Jota last time out though Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.2m) and Helder Costa (£4.8m) will be pushing for a return to the starting XI.
        • Other than Jota, Nuno Espirito Santo has no other injury concerns as Wolves attempt to rebound from their loss to Liverpool.
        • Jonny Castro (£4.3m) could be be rested after only just returning from a month long lay-off. Ruben Vinagre (£4.2m) would be the obvious replacement if Jonny is benched.
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