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21 Sep 2018 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 6 – 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 GW6.

GAMEWEEK 6 FIXTURES

Saturday 22nd September

Fulham vs Watford (12:30)

Burnley vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Cardiff vs Man City (15:00)

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle (15:00)

Leicester vs Huddersfield (15:00)

Liverpool vs Southampton (15:00)

Man Utd vs Wolves (15:00)

Brighton vs Spurs (17:30)

Sunday 23rd September

West Ham vs Chelsea (13:30)

Arsenal vs Everton (16:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

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

ARSENAL

  • After being rested for the UEL tie midweek, Aaron Ramsey (£7.4m), Mesut Ozil (£8.3m), Petr Cech (£5.0m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) are all likely to come back into the starting XI.
  • Lucas Torreria (£4.9m) is to be assessed after picking up a knock in the UEL win over Vorskla. "He got two hits on his leg. I hope tomorrow and Saturday he is good to be OK for Sunday." His place in the midfield will most likely be taken by Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m).
  • The Gunners are also assessing Henrikh Mkhitaryan's (£7.1m) fitness ahead of Sunday's match. Despite completing 90 minutes midweek the team have come out and said he has taken a knock to the right ankle and is a doubt for the weekend.
  • Sead Kolasniac (£4.9m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) and Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) remain long-term absentees.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Generally, the Cherries are in pretty good shape but Eddie Howe admitted there are a one or two concerns. "Charlie Daniels (4.9m) is still a doubt and Kyle Taylor looks like he’s picked up a calf problem. Apart from that, we’re pretty good." Diego Rico (£4.5m) will continue to play in Daniels absence.
  • Howe has been delighted with the way Bournemouth have started the season but has suggested there could be more to come - "It's been a good start there is no denying that. We're happy with what we've done and delivered, but there is more to come. Individuals can do even better."
  • The manager has however remained coy on Junior Stanislas’ (£6.0m) involvement this weekend. When asked about the winger Howe said, Stanislas 'could' feature after playing his first minutes of the season for U21s on Tuesday. "I’m really pleased for Junior," Howe said. "He’s had a long time out of action, but it didn’t look like that. He did well but you'll have to wait and see what if he features."

BRIGHTON

  • Pascal Groß (£6.9m) is the only player not at Hughton’s disposal for the visit of Tottenham. Other than Groß all players with previous injury concerns have logged minutes. Florin Andone (£5.0m) has played 45 minutes midweek and José Izquierdo (£5.9m) has returned to team training.
  • In order to get a result this Saturday Hughton has stated, "For that to happen, we have to come close to our performances at home here against United and possibly away to Liverpool because of the level we're up against.
  • With Groß unavailable Yves Bissouma (£4.9m) will hope to get is second start of the season after taking his place against Southampton.

BURNLEY

  • Burnley are likely to have the same squad available to them as they did last time out. Both Robbie Brady (£5.4m) and Steven Defour (£5.4m) still require match fitness before being considered, while Ben Gibson (£4.9m) is still recovering from minor hernia surgery.
  • Sean Dyche is refusing to drastically alter the tactics that have led him to success as Burnley manager as he attempts to overcome their awful start to the Premier League season. While open to change he stated, “The balance to that is not going too far away from what’s been successful.

CARDIFF

  • Cardiff have no new injury concerns with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.9m) out until December, while Josh Murphy (£4.8m) is expected to miss out again as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury.
  • Warnock has confirmed Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) has suffered a set back in his recovery after picking up “a knock in midweek”.
  • Harry Arter (£5.0m) has recovered from the bout of sickness that forced him off against Chelsea.

CHELSEA

  • Eden Hazard (£10.9m) and David Luiz (£5.5m) are set to return after not travelling with the squad for their UEL tie. Meanwhile Mateo Kovacic (£6.0m) should be fit after a dead leg.
  • Two of Chelsea’s front three look set, as Olivier Giroud (£7.8m) has settled in as the perfect partner for unlocking Hazard’s attacking threat. The third spot in Chelsea’s attacking trio has seen regular rotation between Pedro (£6.8m) and Willian (£7.4m). Despite indicating it was nothing serious the shoulder injury suffered by Pedro midweek could make Willian favourite for the starting spot.
  • Chelsea’s preparations Sunday’s match against West Ham have not been helped by their flight back from Greece being delayed until Friday morning. With such a short turnaround tiredness could be a factor.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Crystal Palace have no fresh injury returns with Scott Dann (£4.4m), Conor Wickham (£5.0m) and Christian Benteke (£6.4m) all still side-lined with injury.
  • Hodgson was asked continuously about Wilfred Zaha (£7.0m) and in particular about his comment saying it would take “his leg to be broken” before someone gets sent off. Also this should have no impact if he is to win a penalty against Newcastle then Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) owners could benefit.
  • With no Benteke, Jordan Ayew (£5.9m) has been playing upfront and will look to keep his spot following his assist and performance against Huddersfield last time out.

EVERTON

  • Everton welcome back Richarlison (£6.6m) back following his three-match ban with the Brazilian likely to slot straight back into the first team with Silva stating, “It’s very important for us that he’s back”.
  • Silva has stated that Yerry Mina’s (£5.5m) condition is improving every day but has refused to confirm whether he will be involved at Arsenal on Sunday.
  • Phil Jagielka (4.4m) will miss Sunday’s match but is due to return to training next week. Andre Gomes (£5.4m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) remain longer-term absentees.
  • Michael Keane (£4.9m) is back in training following a hairline skull fracture, although this game may come too soon for the centre-back.

FULHAM

  • Both Tom Cairney (£4.8m) and Kebano (£4.4m) have been ruled of the Fulham squad for this week's visit of Watford.
  • Better for news for Tim Ream (£4.4m) though as the American has started working with the first team again. Saturday's match comes far too soon for him.
  • Pundits have praised Fulham this season for their attacking approach to matches. This approach has also seen them already concede 12 goals but when asked about changing tactics Jokanovic has vowed to continue this way – “Why are you scared and not a little bit brave and trust in yourself? For me being pragmatic is to be more brave and to choose the best way to win the game.” Good news for owners of Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m), Jean Michael Seri (£5.4m) and André Schürrle (£5.9m).

HUDDERSFIELD

  • David Wagner has a near fully fit squad to pick from this week. “Everyone is healthy apart from Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m). We have a real intensity in training; you can see it and you can sometimes hear it!"
  • Terence Kongolo (£4.4m) has shaken off a minor knock while Erik Durm (£4.5m) is also “ready” to be called upon if required after recovering from a back injury.
  • Jonathon Hogg (£4.4m) is once again available for selection after serving the last of his three-match ban. When asked if the player is likely to feature a the manager stated, “Aaron Mooy (£5.3m) and Phillip Billing (£4.5m) have performed consistently on a very high level together. It’s great that Hoggy is back too; he’s one of our leaders. It’s important he’s back in our group.

LEICESTER

  • Leicester have no new injury concerns for the Foxes. Wes Morgan (£4.5m) is suspended following his red card against Bournemouth and Matty James (£4.5m) is recovering from surgery on his Achilles.
  • With Morgan suspended Puel has stated that Jonny Evans (£4.9m) will take his place at the heart of the Leicester backline, saying the Northern Irishman “deserves his chance”.
  • A note of caution for Harry Maguire (£5.5m) owners, Claude Puel may consider resting him on Saturday: "Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it," he said during Thursday's press conference.

LIVERPOOL

  • Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) is fit and ready to start on Saturday. When asked about the possibility of Firmino and Daniel Sturridge (£5.8m) playing together the Liverpool boss said, “Yes, of course.”
  • Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) will miss out yet again but is getting “close” to a return. Klopp stated he "looks really fit. He's on an OK level, good work from the fitness department. We will see how soon we can use him again."
  • The Liverpool boss has been passionate in his defence of Mo Salah (£13.0m) instead focusing on the players “outstanding” defensive contributions this season over his attacking returns.
  • Dominic Solanke (£4.8m) has trained today for first time after concussion. Divock Origi is still struggling and will maybe train with the team on Sunday. “Adam Lallana (£6.9m) gets closer and closer. Still doing rehab. Not too far away.”

MAN CITY

  • BIG NEWS for FPL managers with Pep Guardiola declaring Benjamin Mendy (£6.5m) out of the Cardiff game with “a little problem in his ankle”. Guardiola also stated “I don’t know [how long he’ll be out].” It is thought to be a bruised metatarsal. Fabien Delph (£5.3m) will likely continue at left back in his absence.
  • Fresh from signing his new contract Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) is likely to take his spot up top after starting on the bench midweek.
  • Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) continues to recover from his knee injury and has stated that he is hoping to back for the Manchester derby on November 11th.
  • With Delph likely to start at left-back it is very possible Pep falls back on the tactics used last season, which would potentially see Leroy Sané (£9.2m) being brought in on the left wing in order to provide width to the side.

MAN UTD

  • On the injury front Mourinho has stated that Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) and Ander Herrera (£5.0m) are both unavailable for the weekend. “Phil Jones (£5.2m) is ok” for Saturday.
  • Marcos Rashford (£6.7m) and Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) are both suspended for the visit of Wolves at Old Trafford. Fred (£5.7m) will be looking to earn a recall in the midfield alongside Paul Pogba (£8.2m) and Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m)
  • Despite impressing midweek against Young Boys in the Champions League, Diego Dalot (£5.4m) will not get his Premier League debut this weekend. “I want him in this process of adaption to play totally fresh, so he’s not playing tomorrow, he plays Tuesday again.” Expect Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) to start.

NEWCASTLE

  • Florian Lejeune (£4.4m) is the only confirmed injury absentee for Newcastle who travel to Palace on Saturday. Jonjo Shelvey (£5.4m) and Jamaal Lascelles (£4.9m) have trained as normal and come into Rafa's thinking.
  • If Shelvey is to come back into the starting XI it’ll most likely be at the expense if Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) in the midfield.
  • Benetiz was in a confident mood ahead of the game against Crystal Palace stating, “Every game is an opportunity to get 3 points for us. Watching these games, on paper they were difficult. On paper these ones are ‘easier’, but every game is a challenge for us. It is a difficult game but I’m confident we can win.”

SOUTHAMPTON

  • With Danny Ings (£5.7m) ineligible and Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.7m) nursing a hamstring injury, Mark Hughes will need to pick between Shane Long (£4.8m) and Charlie Austin (£5.7m) for who will spearhead his attack when Southampton travel to Anfield. After starting Monday night against Brighton, Long would appear to be in the driving seat.
  • Alternatively Hughes could stick with the 4-4-2 system they’ve used the majority of this season and pair Long with Austin up front. If he decides to pack the midfield then it is likely James Ward-Prowse (£5.3m), Oriel Romeu (£4.4m) or Stuart Armstrong (£5.3m) could come in.

TOTTENHAM

  • Despite being back in training Dele Alli (£9.0m) is to be assessed Friday before a decision on his inclusion can be made. Pochettino stated he’d wait to "see if he’ll be part of the squad", suggesting he may be on the bench even if passed fit.
  • Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) remains sidelined following the thigh injury he suffered prior to the international break.
  • The Spurs manager has stated he will make changes following Spurs’ third defeat in a row with Toby Alderweireld (£5.9m), Kieran Trippier (£6.0m) and Lucas Moura (£7.4m) most likely to return to the starting 11.

WATFORD

  • Javi Gracia has revealed that Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) is still struggling for fitness and will not make his return against Fulham this weekend.
  • Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) remains Watford’s only long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
  • Gracis has now named the same starting line-up for each of their Premier League matches. When asked about rotation the Spanish manager said, “I don't know. In the next 7 days we have three important games and I'm sure all of the squad is going to play.”

WEST HAM

  • After being forced off the previous weekend with a knee injury, Marko Arnautovic's (£7.0m) fitness is a concern for Sunday. When pressed on his percentage chance of playing, Pellegrini said, “he played very well that game, we hope he will be recovered for the next game.” Enlightening.
  • With Arnautovic out, Javier Hernandez (£6.3m) would normally earn the call-up but he is also doubtful following a bout of sickness. If both Aruautovic and Hernandez are unable to go, Lucas Perez (£6.3m) could earn his first start of the season.
  • After impressing in the Hammers’ first win of the season Declan Rice (£4.4m) and Pedro Obiang (£4.4m) will look to keep their starting spots at the expense of Carlos Sanchez (£4.5m) and the injured Jack Wilshire (£4.9m).
  • Andy Carroll (£5.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) and Winston Reid (£4.5m) remain the Hammers’ long-term injuries. Jack Wilshire (£4.9m) is also out as he recovers from surgery on his ankle.

WOLVES

  • Wolves are likely to name the same starting XI for a sixth consecutive league game. Only Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) is expected to be absent from their squad as he continues his recovery from a back injury.
  • When questioned about his approach to the game at Old Trafford Nuno has promised to continue the attacking ways that have bought the midlands club plaudits so far this season.
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