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24 Aug 2018 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 3 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Saturday's 11.30am deadline, we have gone through every Premier League press conference with a fine tooth comb to bring FPL managers the need-to-know team news and predicted XIs for GW3.

GAMEWEEK 3 FIXTURES

Saturday 25th August

Wolves vs Man City (12:30)

Arsenal vs West Ham (15:00)

Bournemouth vs Everton (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Cardiff (15:00)

Southampton vs Leicester (15:00)

Liverpool vs Brighton (17:30)

Sunday 26th August

Watford vs Crystal Palace (13:30)

Fulham vs Burnley (16:00)

Newcastle vs Chelsea (16:00)

Monday 27th August

Man Utd vs Spurs (20:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Team news and predicted line-ups will be updated throughout the day following club press conferences.

ARSENAL

  • Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns for the upcoming fixture against West Ham. Long-term absentee Sead Kolasniac (£4.9m) is aiming for an October return, whereas Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.5m) is hoping to be back by November.
  • While discussing his approach for Saturday, Unai Emery has stated "Saturday is another match, tactically it will be different". The two approaches he is aiming to perfect are 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 but for this week he is likely to stick with 4-2-3-1.
  • He has also ruled out pairing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.0m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) together. When asked whether he would change his formation this weekend to accommodate the duo as a partnership Emery stated "at the moment, no".
  • Laurent Koscielny (£5.5m) has returned to training following his Achilles operation but is still weeks away from returning to first team action.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Bournemouth are likely to be unchanged as they look to win their third match in a row. Eddie Howe has stated his side have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Goodison. "We're pretty good" he admitted.
  • Kyle Taylor (not in FPL) and Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) are still out. "Junior is progressing well but isn't ready yet and Kyle hasn't trained."
  • Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m), Diego Rico (£4.5m), Tyrone Mings (£4.5m), Marc Pugh (£4.5m) and Jack Simpson (£4.0m) played 90 minutes with the under-21s midweek in a bid to improve their fitness levels.

BRIGHTON

  • After limping off early against Manchester United, Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) hasn’t trained all week. Fortunately the injury isn’t as bad as first thought but he is considered highly doubtful for this weekend’s trip to Anfield. If Dunk can’t make it, Leon Balogun (£4.5m) is likely to come in at the back.
  • Bruno (£4.5m), Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) and Florin Andone (£5.0m) all remain out injured for the Seagulls.

BURNLEY

  • Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the weekend visit to Craven cottage.
  • Aaron Lennon (£5.0m), Ashley Westwood (£4.5m), Matt Lowton, (£5.0m) James Tarkowski (£5.0m) and Joe Hart (£4.5m) are all expected to return to the starting line-up vs Fulham, after being rested in the Europa League midweek.
  • Tom Heaton (£5.0m) started in goal for Burnley in their midweek match and will be looking to regain the No. 1 jersey from Hart over the coming months.

CARDIFF

  • Aron Gunnarsson (£4.5m) is still working his way back to fitness and this weekend represents a step too far for the Icelandic midfielder. Warnock will err on the side of caution, declaring "He’ll probably be available for next weekend but we might leave him until after the international break".
  • There has been no mention of Junior Hoilett’s (£5.4m) availability after the player limped off against Newcastle. After the match Warnock was hopeful it was only a "fatigue thing" and he should be available for Huddersfield. Also no mention of why Lee Peltier (£4.0m) wasn’t included in last week's squad.
  • Warnock is looking to try out all of his striking options over the next few matches. Kenneth Zohore (£4.9m) would appear to be in the driving seat to take the lone striker role at the moment with Warnock stating "theoretically Ken Zohore should be my main man when he’s doing well he scores goals left right and centre".
  • Warnock has also suggested Bobby Reid (£5.5m) didn’t deserve to be left out last weekend and will be given a chance to play behind the striker, in what he believes is the player's best position.

CHELSEA

  • Cesc Fabregas (£6.4m) is still absent from training with an injury and appears doubtful for Saturday's match. Other than that, Sarri has no other injury concerns.
  • After a couple of appearances from the bench, Eden Hazard (£10.5m) is ready to play for 60 minutes. The Blues boss has said, "I don’t know if Eden is ready for 90 minutes. He can start".
  • Another player ready to play 60 minutes is Mateo Kovacic (£6.0m) who linked "very well" with Hazard when they both came on last weekend.
  • Sarri thinks Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.4m) will remain at the club and says his situation won’t be discussed again until December.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m) is suspended following his red card against Liverpool. Joel Ward (£4.5m) replaced Wan-Bissaka in that game and seems the most likely to do so again while he is suspended.
  • Pape Souare (£4.5m) is a slight doubt having limped out of training with a slight muscle problem
  • Hodgson has stated that he has been impressed by Max Meyer (£5.9m), Cheikhou Kouyate (£4.9m), and Jordan Ayew (£6.0m) at training and he wouldn’t hesitate at putting any of them into the starting line-up.
  • The Palace boss has confirmed Christian Benteke (£6.5m) was taken off at the weekend to freshen the side up and not because he was carrying a knock. He has also reiterated his faith in the Belgium striker opening his account shortly.

EVERTON

  • Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) and Lucas Digne (£4.9m) are both available and pushing for starts. A decision on Bernard (£6.0m) will be taken on the morning of the match.
  • Digne in particular is one to keep an eye and could eat into Leighton Baines' (£5.5m) minutes. Silva had the following to say when discussing Baines and Digne – "There’s a good fight on-going for a place between Digne and Baines".
  • Yerry Mina (£5.5m) and André Gomes (£5.5m) have been ruled out until after the international break. Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m) is also sidelined but expected back next week. Phil Jagielka (£4.4m) serves the second of his three-match ban.
  • Yannick Bolasie (£5.9m) has yet to decide on his future at Everton. Silva has reiterated his desire for the player to stay but says the decision ultimately rests with the player.

FULHAM

  • Following his knee surgery, Alfie Mawson (5.0m) is back on training pitches but still "needs time to build his fitness".
  • Tim Ream (£4.4m) and Floyd Ayite (£4.4m) are unavailable for the weekend but Denis Odoi (£4.5m) is back after completing his two-match ban.
  • After making three changes the previous weekend, Slaviša Jokanović appears to be searching for his best line-up. He has however bristled at the idea he is a "rotator of players" saying any changes are purely tactical.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Huddersfield have a fully-fit squad to choose from - "Injury-wise we are in a perfect situation". Zanka (£4.5m), Jonathan Hogg (£4.5m) and Aaron Mooy (£5.4m) have all returned to training.
  • When pressed on the goalkeeping situation between Ben Hamer (£4.0m) and Jonas Lössl (£4.5m), Wagner remained coy, stating "I don’t like today to speak about individuals".
  • Erik Durm (£4.5m) and Danny Williams (£4.5m) are also back in training but are more likely to feature against Stoke in the Carabao Cup.

LEICESTER

  • Jamie Vardy will be suspended for the Foxes after seeing red the previous weekend. Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m) is favourite to be given the lone striker role, with Shinji Okazaki (£5.4m) set for a late fitness test.
  • An interesting development to keep tabs on is the usage of Leicester winger Demarai Gray (£5.5m). Puel has suggested he could also be an option as a forward, stating "In the future he has all the attributes to play in this position". It was a position Gray was utilised in during pre-season and has the potential to be an interesting fantasy differential.
  • Leicester City fans will have to wait a bit longer to see new signing Caglar Soyuncu (£5.0m) as the 22-year-old is still recovering from an injury sustained prior to his move to the Foxes.
  • The only other injury for Leicester is midfielder Matty James (£4.5m), who remains out following surgery on his Achilles.

LIVERPOOL

  • Liverpool have no new injuries from last week. Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) is making progress but it is likely he’ll be out until after the international break.
  • Klopp has stated that he may make changes for the upcoming match - "We will see if we make changes. It doesn’t make sense to stick to a team only because we won". At the forefront of his thinking will be Fabinho (£5.9m) who has yet to play for the Reds since his big-money move.

MAN CITY

  • Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m) and Claudio Bravo (£5.0m) are both long term absentees, whereas Danilo (£5.3m) is still recovering from a problem picked up at the World Cup.
  • Pep has stated that Fernandinho (£5.5m) had a "little problem with regeneration" after the Huddersfield game but he says, given the lack of pre-season, that it is normal.
  • The likes of Kyle Walker (£6.5m), Raheem Sterling (£11.0m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.9m) and Leroy Sane (£9.4m) were all on the bench last weekend against Huddersfield. They will be desperate to start this week so expect some rotation from Guardiola.

MAN UTD

  • Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) and Alexis Sanchez (£10.4m) are all back training and in contention to play Monday night. With a response needed from their defeat at Brighton, Jose has the players available to ring the changes.
  • Diego Dalot (£5.5m) has also begun training with the first team but he is not going to be considered for selection just yet.
  • United played three at the back against Spurs last season and it is not unreasonable to think Mourinho may do it again with Chris Smalling (£5.8m) the most likely extra CB to play.
  • No mention of it by Mourinho but it has been reported Luke Shaw (£5.1m) is nursing a foot injury picked up against Brighton. Given United don’t play until Monday, he should be fine to face Spurs.

NEWCASTLE

  • Newcastle will be without Isaac Hayden (£4.5m) and Kenedy (£5.0m) for the visit of Chelsea. Rafa Benitez has hinted at the possibility of Salomón Rondón (£6.0m) or Yoshinori Muto (£6.0m) getting the start instead.
  • Rafa has also confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) is fit to play for Newcastle this weekend. Javier Manquillo (£4.5m) is also nearing a return to action.
  • Florian Lejeune (£4.5m) remains the only long-term absentee.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m) is fit and available after missing the trip to Goodison Park through illness with boss Hughes stating "by Monday he was perfectly free from the virus that he had and he's had a good week".
  • Hughes is also hopeful Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.4m) will be ready to go at St Mary's on Saturday, but explained he will not be sure until he is assessed further.
  • Stuart Armstrong (£5.4m) is pushing for a start after overcoming the calf issue which restricted him to a role from the bench at Everton.

TOTTENHAM

  • Pochettino is expected to be able to pick from the same squad he had last week.
  • Victor Wanyama (£5.0m) has returned to full training but the game at Old Trafford on Monday evening will come too soon. Heung-Min Son (£8.3m) remains on international duty and hence is also unavailable.
  • The Spurs manager expects both Toby Alderweireld (£5.9m) and Danny Rose (£5.9m) to remain at the club beyond the current transfer window.
  • The big question this match is whether Pochettino sticks with the back three he used against Fulham or reverts to the four-man defence he used for most of last season. The Spurs manager has given no indication of his tactics leading up to the match.
  • Following the press conference it has been reported that Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) has been charged with a drink driving offence. This should have no impact on his availability for Monday.

WATFORD

  • Javi Gracia has no new injury concerns so is likely to stick with the same 11 he has picked for Watford’s previous two matches.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m), Tom Cleverley (£5.0m), Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) and Stefano Okaka (£5.0m) all remain out with injury.
  • Marc Navarro (£4.4m) and Adam Masina (£4.4m) are pushing Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m) and José Holebas (£4.6m) hard for a starting role.

WEST HAM

  • Long-term injuries Winston Reid (£4.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) and Andy Carroll (£5.5m) are all unavailable for the Hammers. The only other potential doubt is Mark Noble (£5.0m), who is nursing a back issue.
  • Still no word on the chance of Issa Diop (£4.4m) or Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) making an appearance. When asked about them being given an opportunity soon, Manuel Pellegrini gave the following answer – "we will see if we use Diop or Cresswell soon". Enlightening.
  • Asked about last week's surprise absentees from the squad - Declan Rice (£4.5m) and Michail Antonio (£7.0m) - Pellegrini stated "we have most of the squad fit and that means some players will not play" indicating they’re not injured but were just not included.
  • Assessing West Ham’s previous two matches, Pellegrini indicated he was "disappointed with the way we played" in the first game but thought "we improved a lot in the second game, especially in the first 45 minutes, when we played how I want us to play". This perhaps gives us the clearest indication of how West Ham will line-up come Saturday.

WOLVES

  • Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the weekend visit of Manchester City.
  • After impressing from the bench last time out, Adama Traore (£5.5m) is in line to start against Manchester City. He replaced Hélder Costa (£4.9m) at half-time last weekend.
  • Deadline day signing Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) is closing in on full fitness but the Wolves boss would not confirm his availability this weekend. He "could be" in the squad.
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