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08 Mar 2019 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 30 – Fixtures, Team News, Press Conference Quotes & 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 GW30.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 30 FPL content includes Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis, Projections & Team TSZ Discussion.

We also have a featured Eligibility, Suspension & International Duty page which will be updated after each gameweek.

GAMEWEEK 30 FIXTURES

Saturday 9th March

Crystal Palace vs Brighton (12:30)

Cardiff vs West Ham (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Leicester vs Fulham (15:00)

Newcastle vs Everton (15:00)

Southampton vs Spurs (15:00)

Man City vs Watford (17:30)

Sunday 10th March

Liverpool vs Burnley (12:00)

Chelsea vs Wolves (14:05)

Arsenal vs Man Utd (16:30)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Arsenal will be without midfielder Lucas Torreira (£4.8m), who received a red card for a tackle on Danny Rose (£5.8m) in last weekend’s north London derby. Also likely to be unavailable are long-term absentees Hector Bellerin (£5.4m), Rob Holding (£4.3m) and Danny Welbeck (£6.4m).
  • After serving a suspension midweek in the Europa league, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.7m) is likely to return to the starting XI for the visit of Manchester United.
  • Aaron Ramsey (£7.1m), Sead Kolasinac (£5.1m) and Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m) were all on the bench for the midweek match against Rennes and therefore are likely to be drafted into the starting XI at the weekend.

    BOURNEMOUTH

    • Eddie Howe has confirmed that Callum Wilson (£6.3m) is back in contention to face Huddersfield this weekend: "He's done some light training this week and been back on the grass for first time and he's looked pretty good." Howe is however likely to throw Wilson in from the start with the boss indicating he'll be cautious in his approach with the English striker: "We're in a similar position to last week, we'll have to pick and choose the right moment for him to come back. I'm going to have to consult with Callum and the physios to see how he feels."
    • David Brooks (£5.0m) returned from injury last time out and with the absence of Wilson is likely to be the one pushed further forward to support Joshua King (£6.5m) in attack.
    • Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) is set to return from suspension and take his place in central midfield alongside either Dan Gosling (£4.7m) or Andrew Surman (£4.6m).
    • On the injury front Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) is still out, while defender Steve Cook (£4.4m) has been ruled out for another "five to six weeks" after an injection in his groin became infected.

        BRIGHTON

        • Chris Hughton has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from with just Pascal Gross (£6.7m) out: "At this moment only Pascal Gross is unavailable this weekend. We'll see how it goes this week, he's not training but has been doing some good work. He has a chance for [the FA Cup tie versus] Millwall. Leon Balogun (£4.2m) is now back in training."
        • The Seagulls secured their first Premier League victory of 2019 last time out against Huddersfield and Hughton will be tempted to keep faith with the same XI that brought him that victory. If changes are to be made, then Florin Andone (£5.0m) could come in for Glenn Murray (£6.3m) after he netted the winner against Huddersfield. Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) will also be looking to get the start after impressing from the bench.

        BURNLEY

        • Sean Dyche has confirmed that Steven Defour (£5.3m) has had an operation on his calf and is unlikely to be fit before the end of the season. In addition to Defour, Aaron Lennon (£4.9m) and Jonathon Walters (£4.7m) are also sidelined.
        • After completing 45 minutes last time out, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) is expected to return to the starting XI as Dyche looks to turn around Burnley’s recent poor form. Jeff Hendrick (£5.2m) was the man who made way last time out and would seem the most likely to give way again.

        CARDIFF

        • Warnock has confirmed that Sol Bamba (£4.7m) suffered ligament damage against Wolves and will miss the rest of the season: "Unfortunately our biggest fears have been confirmed regarding the injury Sol suffered at Wolves on Saturday. Scans have shown that Sol has ruptured his ACL; he will have an operation on Wednesday and therefore miss the rest of the season. It is a major blow to the squad but I know all of our supporters will join me in wishing him the very best during his recovery."
        • The absence of Bamba means Warnock has stated that the back four now picks itself: “[Bamba’s absence] makes my job easier. The back four takes care of itself tomorrow. We’re a bit thin on the ground at times. Striker-wise we’re not taking our opportunities. But we’ve got to work harder.” Ecuele Manga (£4.4m) is expected to come in alongside Sean Morrison (£4.7m).
        • Warnock has also spoken about Josh Murphy (£4.8m) and why he’s been left out recently: “I left Josh out because he’s been very poor for a couple of weeks, in training. It’s lack of confidence.”

        CHELSEA

        • With no press conference scheduled for Sarri, we must turn to the Europa League for clues on his potential selection for the weekend. After being rested for the midweek Europa League, Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m), Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.3m), Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m), Eden Hazard (£10.8m) and Gonzalo Higuain (£9.6m) are all expected to be recalled to the starting XI. Meanwhile midfielders N'Golo Kante (£5.0m), Jorginho (£4.6m), Ross Barkley (£5.1m) and Willian (£7.1m) all had their minutes managed on Thursday.
        • Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) is expected to continue between the sticks after Sarri described the situations between the two as "closed".

          CRYSTAL PALACE

          • After starting Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) last time out against Burnley, Hodgson explained after the match that it was down to rotation and a tactic to help counter Burnley’s high balls into the box: "When it came to the goalkeeper [Wayne] was unlucky to lose his place in the instance but of course today we knew there would be a lot of high balls coming into the box and we thought maybe he would be the one most adept to deal with it." After almost keeping a clean sheet the Welshman will be hoping to retain his position ahead of Vicente Guaita (£4.2m).
          • Scott Dann (£4.4m) was another drafted in last weekend and with Mamadou Sakho (£4.9m) still on the sidelines following knee surgery, the defender will expect to keep his place alongside James Tomkins (£4.3m) at the heart of the Eagles defence.
          • Further up the field Wilfred Zaha (£6.9m) will likely continue his partnership alongside Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m), while Andros Townsend (£5.9m) will be hoping to earn a recall at the expense of Max Meyer (£5.5m).

          EVERTON

          • Everton are expected to be without Leighton Baines (£5.0m) and Phil Jagielka (£4.3m) for the trip to Newcastle. Other than the two Everton stalwarts, Silva has no injury concerns.
          • Richarlison (£6.5m) was relegated to a role from the bench for the Merseyside Derby but is expected to return to the side this weekend, most likely at the expense of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) up top.
          • Andre Gomes (£5.4m) was another who has seen the bench in the last couple of gameweeks as Everton have become more defensively minded. While Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.2m) has been excellent in the midfield for the Toffees, a match against Newcastle may require a little more guile if their defence is to be unlocked.

          FULHAM

          • After pushing Chelsea all the way in a 2-1 loss last time out, Fulham caretaker manager Scott Parker has said the squad “seem upbeat” ahead of their trip to Leicester.
          • There are likely to be few changes for the match this weekend with Parker confirming “there are no fresh injuries: Marcus Bettinelli (£4.3m), Alfie Mawson (£4.8m) and Andre Schurrle (£5.5m) are out. Andre has a virus, and could be back in contention next week.”

          HUDDERSFIELD

          • Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert has confirmed the club still have a number of injury concerns and “are short on numbers at the moment”. Jonathon Hogg (£4.4m) is still out with a rib problem, Chris Löwe (£4.4m) is sidelined with a foot issue, while Demeaco Duhaney (£4.0m) and Isaac Mbenza (£5.9m) are also unavailable. To add to the injury issues, Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m) has picked up a foot injury during training.
          • After reports surfaced of a bust-up between Siewert and Jason Puncheon (£4.2m), the Terrier’s boss has said that Puncheon "trained this week" and is available for selection, adding that there were no problems between the two.
          • Tommy Smith (£4.4m) serves out the final game of his three-match ban.

          LEICESTER

          • In news that will settle the nerves of his FPL owners, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) will be fit to play Fulham this weekend: “He’s fine, he took a bad knock, he needed a couple of stitches in his tongue, which was part of the collision”.
          • Vardy was the only potential new injury for the Foxes this weekend, as Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) and Daniel Amartey (£4.3m) remain the only long-term absentees.
          • In Rodgers’ first official game as Leicester manager, he wasted little time in placing his own stamp on the side. Wes Morgan (£4.5m) was brought in alongside Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Jonny Evans (£4.8m) in a back three, while Harvey Barnes (£5.5m) and James Maddison (£6.7m) flanked Vardy up front. Demarai Gray (£5.4m) will be hoping he’s given the chance to impress from the start after having to settle for an appearance from the bench last time out.

          LIVERPOOL

          • Jürgen Klopp has given an injury update on both Joe Gomez (£4.8m) and Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) ahead of the match against Wolves. The manager told his pre-match press conference: “It’s a rather positive moment, it looks really good. Dejan trained yesterday for the first time, [in] full, completely normal. Joe is now running with 100 per cent of his weight, because we have different opportunities to run. Now he is really at 100 per cent and it’s good, it looks good.” Both are expected back after the international break.
          • Klopp is also set to make a late decision will be made on the availability ofJames Miler (£5.6m): "He was already outside yesterday. He had a little muscle issue, but there are still two days to go until the game. I think if you ask Millie he would say, 'I will be ready' but we have to see."
          • Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) returned last time out in the Merseyside Derby and is expected to start in place of Divock Origi (£5.0m) as Liverpool attempt to return to the top of the Premier League.

          MAN CITY

          • Sadly there was no news from Pep on his plans to potentially rest Sergio Aguero (£11.8m). Having had no match last midweek and a game against Swansea in the FA Cup next weekend, Aguero has a strong chance of starting this weekend.
          • Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) and John Stones (£5.2m) are set to miss tomorrow’s match against Watford. However, despite previously ruling the defender out until after the international break, Pep says Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m) has an outside chance of making the game. "All of [our injured players are] getting better. Kevin De Bruyne is right now not fit. Fernandinho (£5.3m) is out. John Stones is not ready but the other ones are okay."
          • The absence of both Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho could mean Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) returns to a central role. This move would open a spot on the flank for one of Leroy Sane (£9.4m) or Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) to occupy in the coming weeks.

          MAN UTD

          • After the heroics of midweek, Solskjaer has been given a quadruple injury boost ahead of the match against Arsenal. The boss has suggested Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Ander Herrera (£5.0m), Eric Bailly (£5.0m) and Anthony Martial (£7.2m) should be available for selection: “Eric's fine,” said the boss. “Anthony will be available and, hopefully, we'll have Nemanja and/or Ander ready as well, so we're looking better for it. They just need to have another couple of days' training with the team. They've done well in their recovery work.”
          • Given the success United had last time at Arsenal in deploying a 4-3-3, Solskjaer will have to decide to revert back to that formation, or stick with 4-4-2 and the partnership struck up by Marcus Rashford (£7.7m) and Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m).
          • The manager has also been effervescent in his praise of Fred (£5.4m) after his midweek performance in Paris: "That was probably his breakthrough for us. You can see why we signed him. He's got the mentality of a Brazilian international."
          • No update was provided by Solskjaer on Jesse Lingard (£6.7m), Juan Mata (£6.1m), Phil Jones (£5.1m), Antonio Valencia (£6.4m) and Matteo Darmian (£4.6m).

          NEWCASTLE

          • Sean Longstaff (£4.5m) will not play again this season after suffering a partial tear of his cruciate, ruling the midfielder out for 2-3 months. Rafa has stated how “disappointed” he is with the loss: "When you have a young player doing well, it’s even worse. His reaction has been positive. Hopefully, in a few months he will be fine."
          • Benitez has remained tight-lipped on who may replace Longstaff: “We have four midfielders so we have to make a decision. It is bad news for Longstaff, but it could be good news for somebody else.” Though he didn’t mention names the four are likely to be Jonjo Shelvey (£5.3m), Ki Sung-yueng (£4.7m), Mohamed Diamé (£4.8m) and Christian Atsu (£5.1m). Of these four Ki is the most similar in playing style to Longstaff.

          SOUTHAMPTON

          • Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed striker Danny Ings (£5.4m) will not be fit for Saturday's game against Tottenham: "No, he is not in the group at the moment," Hasenhuttl said. "We have not taken any risks. We want to give him the time to come back in this three-week break we have after the Tottenham game." With Ings still absent, Charlie Austin (£5.5m) or Shane Long (£4.7m) are set to lead the line.
          • Elsewhere, there was good news for Mario Lemina (£4.7m) who trained with the rest of the squad for the first time on Thursday since reporting an abdominal strain at the end of December. It’s doubtful though that the Gabonese midfielder will play any part at the weekend.

          TOTTENHAM

          • Dele Alli (£8.8m) could be available for the first time since GW23 after returning to training this week: "It is very good news that he is going to be available. We need to wait till tomorrow, the last training session. I hope that he's going to be available and maybe he can play Saturday."
          • On the injury front, Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) will miss out as he undergoes treatment for a gluteal muscle strain. With Trippier out injured, expect Serge Aurier (£5.7m) to come in on the right side, while on the opposite flank both Danny Rose (£5.9m) and Ben Davies (£5.6m) will be fresh after neither started in the UCL victory over Dortmund.
          • Harry Winks (£5.5m) is also a doubt after a groin ailment forced him off in the early stages of the midweek match against Dortmund. If the Englishman is unavailable, Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) is likely to partner Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) in the centre of the park.
          • Other than Trippier and Winks, Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he attempts to bring Spurs’ Champions League form to the Premier League.

          WATFORD

          • Javi Gracia has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of their visit to the Champions: “Today is a good day for me as I can tell you all my players are available for the next game."
          • Kiko Femenía (£4.2m) has fully recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained against Burnley and will challenge Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) for the right-back spot: “It's good for us as he was playing really well before the injury,” said Gracia. “He is a good option for us for the rest of the season.”
          • Given the 5-0 mauling Watford suffered in their last away game against Liverpool, Gracia may reconsider the use of his favoured 4-4-2. Though personnel changes are unlikely, the manager may opt to roll out a 4-5-1 formation in order to increase defensive stability.

          WEST HAM

          • Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) is set to retain his place in the starting XI after his man of the match performance in the 2-0 win against Newcastle. Pellegrini has stated the midfielder is “ready to go again” after completing 90 minutes in that match.
          • On the injury front, the Hammers' manager has declared that both Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Fabian Balbuena (£4.2m) are fit and available for selection: "The injuries... Aaron Cresswell worked with the team the last two days so he won't have any problems. Fabian Balbuena played 45 minutes for the U23 team on Monday, also without any problems. I think they are both available for selection."
          • Pellegrini has also been delighted with Javier Hernandez’s (£6.1m) recent form: "I am pleased with Javier. He is in a good moment and is making good movements in the attacking areas. Every striker wants to score more goals but he is contributing well.” The return of Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) could potentially mean fewer minutes for the Mexican but Pellegrini has hinted it’ll be Hernandez who will get the starting role, with Arnautovic set for a place on the bench: “We also have Marko coming back, so I think we have options not only in the starting XI but on the bench as well.”

          WOLVES

          • Other than the suspension to Ryan Bennett (£4.2m), Wolves have no injury concerns and have a fully fit squad to choose from. Romain Saïss (£4.5m) is likely to step in for the suspended Bennett.
          • Nuno rested multiple players last time out with Rui Patricio (£4.5m), Matt Doherty (£5.5m) and Jonny Castro (£4.4m) all being relegated to the bench. With a trip to Chelsea these three are expected to be recalled fro the starting XI, with Nuno has confirming Patricio will start in goal with John Ruddy (£4.2m) back on the bench.
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