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14 Sep 2018 by Colm Hayes & Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 5 – Fixtures, Team News & 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 and predicted XIs for GW5.

The Stats Zone's other FPL content this week includes the GW4 Optimum Squad & XI along with GW5 Projections, Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 5 FIXTURES

Saturday 15th September

Spurs vs Liverpool (12:30)

Bournemouth vs Leicester (15:00)

Chelsea vs Cardiff (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Palace (15:00)

Man City vs Fulham (15:00)

Newcastle vs Arsenal (15:00)

Watford vs Man Utd (17:30)

Sunday 16th September

Wolves vs Burnley (13:30)

Everton vs West Ham (16:00)

Monday 17th September

Southampton vs Brighton (20:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) is back in full training after missing out through illness in GW4. Unai Emery no fresh injury problems - Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) is hoping to return in October, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny are longer-term absentees.
  • After grabbing a goal and an assist against Cardiff City, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) looks set to keep Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.2m) on the bench. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) was the beneficiary of Lacazette’s creativity, scoring from a role on the left of Arsenal’s attacking three.
  • Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) picked up a knock during Uruguay’s friendly against Mexico on Saturday. However, Emery made no mention of the issue on Thursday but did say that Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) is one of four players – along with Sokratis (£5.3m), Stephan Lichsteiner (£4.8m) and Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) – who he hoped would train well after playing for their countries on Tuesday.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Ryan Fraser (£5.6m), who has not trained since returning from international duty, and Charlie Daniels (£4.5m) are considered ‘major doubts’ for Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) is not fit for first-team duties yet. Eddie Howe said: “Ryan Fraser had a hamstring problem so has been working with our medical team since he returned here. Joshua King (£6.4m) played two games for Norway but came through no problem. Charlie Daniels picked up a niggle and we’ve not seen him during the international break. Junior is still working his way back to fitness, he won’t be ready for this weekend.”

  • In Fraser’s likely absence, Howe may retain the 3-4-3 used at Chelsea with David Brooks (£5.0m) coming in as a straight swap. Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) will face competition from Andrew Surman (£4.9m) and Lewis Cook (£4.9m) in central midfield.

  • If Howe reverts to 4-4-2, players such asJordon Ibe (£5.2m) and Lys Mousset (£5.0m) could push for a start on the wing. Alternatively, Adam Smith (£4.5m) could be used on the right-hand side of midfield with Simon Francis (£4.4m) at right-back. Diego Rico (£4.5m) is set to earn a second start at left-back/left-wing back.

BRIGHTON

  • Ahead of Monday’s trip to Southampton, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has no injury issues. The Seagulls have one of the most settled line-ups in the league.

  • Yves Bissouma (£4.9m) could threaten the start of Pascal Gross (£6.9m), though that switch might be likelier in GW6 (Spurs at home) and GW7 (Man City away).

BURNLEY

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) and Stephen Ward (£4.9m), who returned early from Ireland duty, have both been declared fit by Sean Dyche. Ben Gibson (£4.9m) is out with a groin problem, while Steven Defour (£5.4m) and Robbie Brady (£5.4m) are at different stages of rehabilitation.

  • Dwight McNeil (£4.5m) started the defeat to Man United in GW4 but could lose out to Gudmundsson. Ward will rival Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) for the left-back spot, while Matt Lowton (£4.9m) may return in place of Phil Bardsley (£4.4m). After three losses in a row, it would be no surprise to see Dyche continue to tinker with his XI in search of a first league win of the season.

CARDIFF

  • Neil Warnock has previously suggested his team are not good enough to park the bus. The Bluebirds boss said on Friday: “Sometimes you can say you’re gonna go for it, but you’ve got 10 men behind the ball. The top sides always have a lot of possession so we’re gonna be under the cosh for a long time, but we’ve got to find a remedy. We’ve been working on how to score goals. But it’s not going to be Chelsea or Man City that define our season. But I don’t want to go there and not have a shot on target.”

  • Warnock could possibly revert to a more solid 4-3-3 at Stamford Bridge, though a two-man strikeforce looks set to be his preferred formation. The manager added: “The best strike force is Danny Ward (£4.5m) and Bobby Reid (£5.4m) at the moment. They’ve been improving in training and they’re relishing it. They’ve both stepped up and with Danny it’s been like having a new player with the amount of time he’s been injured. Everything’s changing for him. Who would have thought 18 months ago at Rotherham that we’d be scoring and managing against Arsenal. And now we’ve got Bobby in the right position, it’s great for him.”

  • If Warnock moves away from 4-4-2 the same personnel could be retained, with Reid pushed out to an attacking midfield role and Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) operating more centrally. Kenneth Zohore (£4.9m) offers another option in attack, while the manager must make a decision on Josh Murphy (£4.9m). The winger was not part of the GW4 squad due to a minor knock. Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) is unlikely to feature.

  • On injuries, Warnock said: “I’m not aware of anything untoward. Murphy is training but whether he’ll be involved on Saturday, I’m not sure. He wants to be but with Mendez-Laing out for a long time we’ll have to be careful.”

CHELSEA

  • Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m) could make the bench for GW5, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.3m) is a doubt after picking up a knock on England duty. Second choice full-backs Davide Zappacosta (£5.2m) and Emerson (£5.3m) are struggling with sore throats.

  • Having scored after being introduced from the bench against Bournemouth in GW4, Pedro (£6.8m) may get the nod ahead of Brazil international Willian (£7.4m).

  • Asked about where Chelsea can get better, Maurizio Sarri said: “My feeling is now we are not a very solid team in the defensive phase. We need to improve and my feeling is we can improve.”

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • On Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), Roy Hodgson said: “It was his first training session today; it was debatable as to whether he should train or not but he was anxious to try, and it was the same with James Tomkins (£4.4m) so it was really good to see them back out with us again. We’ll have to wait and see how they react to tomorrow’s training session to see if they will be available. If we listen to our medical department, both are coming back as early, if not earlier, than should have been expected.” Zaha’s importance to the Eagles may see him get the nod but Alexander Sorloth (£5.0m) could earn a start if the striker is ruled out. Martin Kelly (£4.0m) has deputised for Tomkins in the last two gameweeks and may retain his start to give his fellow centre-back further recovery time.
  • Luckily for FPL bosses, Hodgson was much more conclusive on Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m). The budget defender is fully fit, though Christian Benteke (£6.5m) is out of GW5 at least with an “ongoing” knee injury.
  • Max Meyer (£5.9m) and Cheikhou Kouyate (£4.8m) may have to settle for minutes off the bench one more. Hodgson added: "Max and Cheik are in my opinion ready at any moment to go in, but up to now the other players who have kept them out have done a good job so the competition is very healthy. Everyone knows that the positions are contested now, and if you want to keep your place in the team then you have to perform every week.”

EVERTON

  • Theo Walcott (£6.7m) is “available” for Everton after being forced off in GW4. Marco Silva said of the winger: “He's ok. We'll see. We have one more session tomorrow to see how he is. Worked with the team today and we'll see tomorrow how he reacts.” Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) is fit to play after picking up a knock on England U21 duty. Bernard (£5.9m) is also in contention, while Andre Gomes (£5.4m) is continuing his recovery. Idrissa Gueye (£4.9m) returns to the squad and could replace Tom Davies (£5.4m) in central midfield. James McCarthy (£4.5m) is back with the group but a way off match fitness.

  • Seamus Coleman (£5.4m) has a stress fracture in his foot and is set to miss “one or two weeks”. Jonjoe Kenny (£4.4m) is a likely deputy. Yerry Mina (£5.4m) trained on Friday but is not ready for first-team action. Mason Holgate (£4.5m) will continue at centre-back alongside Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) with Phil Jagielka (£4.4m) still out. Lucas Digne (£4.8m) grabbed an assist on first start against Huddersfield in GW4 and could keep Leighton Baines (£5.4m) out of the side. Richarlison (£6.6m) serves the final match of a three-game ban.

FULHAM

  • Slavisa Jokanovic is without Tom Cairney (£4.9m), Tim Ream (£4.4m) and Neeskens Kebano (£4.4m). Joe Bryan (£5.0m) will push Maxime Le Marchand (£4.5m) for a start at left-back, while Ryan Sessegnon (£6.3m) is set to rival Luciano Vietto (£5.5m) for a start in attack.

  • The Fulham boss aimed to use the international break as a “mini pre-season” for his back-line, as most of the club's defenders were not on international duty.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • After using a 5-4-1 system away to Everton, David Wagner must decide whether to stick with five defenders or revert to a 4-2-3-1 against Crystal Palace. The latter would likely see Chris Lowe (£4.5m) make way with Terence Kongolo (£4.5m) shifting out to left-back. Alex Pritchard (£4.9m) could earn a start in attacking midfield if Wagner opts for a four-man defence.

  • Adama Diakhaby (£4.9m) is a slight doubt for the Terriers. Wagner said: “”There’s a small question mark over Diakhaby, but he should train today. Juninho Bacuna and Collin Quaner (both £4.4m) have picked up minor injuries.”

  • If Diakhaby is not fit for Saturday, Isaac Mbenza (£6.0m), Elias Kachunga (£4.9m) or Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) could take up the wing position opposite Rajiv van La Parra (£4.9m), who has started the last two fixtures. Wagner made no mention on Friday of Ben Hamer (£4.0m), who missed GW4 with a knee issue. The budget keeper will rival Jonas Lossl (£4.5m) for the No 1 spot. Steve Mounie (£6.0m) has been an ever-present at centre-forward for Wagner so far. Jonathan Hogg (£4.5m) serves the last game of a three-match suspension.

LEICESTER

  • Defender Caglar Soyuncu (£5.0m) is now available for Leicester, while Claude Puel has a fully-fit squad to choose from after all of his international players returned healthy from the break. Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) returns to the squad after a three-game suspension.

  • The striker should spearhead the Foxes’ attack, allowing Demarai Gray (£5.5m) to drop back into a more familiar role on the wing. He will compete with Rachid Ghezzal (£5.3m) – who scored after Alisson’s mistake in GW4 – and Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) for the spots either side of James Maddison (£6.6m).

  • Ricardo Pereira (£5.1m) could also be in contention for the right-wing berth if Puel chooses to play Daniel Amartey (£4.5m) at right-back. Jonny Evans (£4.9m) will rival Wes Morgan (£4.5m) to partner Harry Maguire (£5.5m) in central defence.

LIVERPOOL

  • Despite a hectic upcoming schedule, Jurgen Klopp may not make too many changes as Liverpool look to make it five wins from five away to Spurs. The midfield three may see change again, with Naby Keita (£7.4m) battling with Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) for a spot in the XI after the England man started in GW4. Adam Lallana (£6.9m) and Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) remain out but could return soon, while Simon Mignolet (£4.9m) has recovered from a finger injury.

  • On rotation, Klopp said: "Of course we have to [rotate]. We go to the next game and then see. You always try to have your best team but it's clear with the number of games we have, we have to rotate. We used the players that had the longest pre-season so far, the most stable. Now we train today and we make a line-up for tomorrow."

MAN CITY

  • Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) was absent from England duty but has been declared “fit” by Pep Guardiola. Apart from further stating that Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) is “progressing well”, the City boss was sparse on team news.

  • Guardiola went with a 4-1-3-2 formation against Newcastle but could opt for Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) in a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 for Fulham’s visit. That would see either Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m) or Gabriel Jesus (£10.4m) make way, while Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) and Leroy Sane (£9.2m) are also seeking game time. With a variety of attacking options and formations up his sleeve, Guardiola looks set to keep FPL bosses on tenterhooks ahead of any given fixture.

MAN UTD

  • Luke Shaw (£5.1m) is available for selection after suffering concussion on England duty but Jose Mourinho said: "The only situation I have to analyse is if we are going to play him when during the week, he wasn't training with the team." Ashley Young (£5.8m) will deputise if Shaw is not risked.

  • Phil Jones (£5.2m) missed out in GW4 through injury so Victor Lindelof (£4.9m) could continue in central defence with Chris Smalling (£5.8m) after Mourinho’s side kept a clean sheet at Turf Moor. Eric Bailly (£5.4m) is another option while Marcos Rojo (£4.9m), along with right-back Diogo Dalot (£5.4m), could come into contention from GW6.

  • Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m) began ahead of Fred (£5.8m) away to Burnley but the Belgian is a doubt, as is Ander Herrera (£5.0m). However, Andreas Pereira (£4.8m) could be in line for a start with Mourinho remarking on Fred: “Fred progress, I don’t know because I don’t see him for 15 days. I don’t know about his progress.” Marcus Rashford (£6.8m) is suspended until GW7.

NEWCASTLE

  • Jonjo Shelvey (£5.4m) and Matt Ritchie (£5.9m) are available for Newcastle. Rafa Benitez said: “Shelvey and Ritchie are training. There are no big issues – everyone was training. We have to decide now who can play, but both Ritchie and Shelvey are in the squad.”

  • The pair may slot back into Benitez’s XI in place of Ki Sung-Yeung (£4.9m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.3m) in a 5-4-1 system. If the Magpies boss rolls out a 4-4-1-1, Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) or Federico Fernandez (£4.5m) could miss out, with Perez playing in support of Salomon Rondon (£5.9m).

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Mark Hughes said: “None of the internationals have reported injuries as we stand, so we’re hoping none are reported today. We have concerns with Shane Long (£4.9m) [toe] and Charlie Austin (£5.8m) [hamstring], who haven’t trained this week, but we’re hoping to have them back over the weekend. Danny Ings (£5.6m) has a bad blister. He tore a chunk of skin off his foot against Everton and he was taking painkillers to stop the pain. He’s not having injections anymore and he’s back in training, so we’re hoping there are no more problems with that.”

  • If neither Long nor Austin are able to train this weekend, Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.8m) is an option in Hughes’ 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation. The manager could also field Ings at the tip of a 4-2-3-1, with James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong (both £5.3m) and Steven Davis (£4.8m) all seeking minutes.

TOTTENHAM

  • Ahead of the clash with Liverpool at Saturday lunchtime, Mauricio Pochettino ruled out Dele Alli (£9.1m) and Hugo Lloris (£5.5m). The England midfielder is unavailable this weekend due to a hamstring strain, while the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and captain is “expected to miss several weeks”. Moussa Sissoko (£5.0m) is also not an option in GW5, with the midfielder aiming to return to full training next week.

  • On Heung-min Son (£8.3m), who has returned to Spurs after his Asian Cup heroics, Pochettino said: "He's travelled a lot, and yes, I hope that for the weekend he'll be available to play or be on the bench. If not, we're not going to take a risk because he missed a lot of games and we have a lot to play. It's not a moment to take risks now."

  • With a distinct lack of midfield options available, Pochettino may go with a 3-5-2 system against the Reds. However, the manager made no mention of Erik Lamela (£6.4m) who had been struggling with injury. The Argentine or Son offer Spurs the option of going with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Eric Dier (£4.9m) should be recalled with Alli out.

  • Michel Vorm (£4.9m) should continue to deputise for Llloris. Serge Aurier and Danny Rose (both £5.9m) offer alternatives to Kieran Trippier (£6.0m) and Ben Davies (£5.8m) in the wing-back/full-back positions.

WATFORD

  • Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) and Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) are the only players in the Watford treatment room. Having won four in a row, Javi Gracia looks unlikely to change much ahead of Manchester United’s visit on Saturday evening.

WEST HAM

  • Four defeats in a row means it would no surprise to see Manuel Pellegrini tinker with his starting XI. Jack Wilshere (£4.9m) is out for GW5 so Mark Noble (£4.9m) should start in midfield, though Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang (both £4.4m) are other options. Javier Hernandez (£6.4m) has had a virus this week. The West Ham boss said: "We have nothing special other than Hernandez is sick and has had a virus for the last ten days, so he's at home. Jack injured his ankle two days ago, so we'll see how he is on Tuesday after he has had a medical review. He is not going to feature on Sunday."
  • Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.8m) was introduced at half-time against Wolves in place of Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m) but Pellegrini added: "I think Andriy needs time to know the Premier League and its high pace. He is a winger and he's always attacking, he's improving a lot, so we'll see when he can start a game." Aaron Cresswell (£5.3m) made his first start of the season in GW4 but Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m midfielder) has recovered from a knock and may oust the English defender. The Congo man is also an option in a wide-left midfield position.

WOLVES

  • Nuno has said that all nine of Wolves’ international players have come back “healthy”. Raul Jimenez (£5.5m) missed Mexico’s friendly against the USA on Wednesday but has trained since returning from international duty.

  • After coming on to score the winner against West Ham in GW4, Adama Traore (£5.5m) could earn a start ahead of either Diogo Jota (£6.2m) or Helder Costa (£4.9m). Otherwise, the Wolves XI is fairly settled.

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