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28 Sep 2018 by Colm Hayes

FPL Gameweek 7 – 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, injury updates and predicted XIs for GW7.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 7 FPL content includes Projections, Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 7 FIXTURES

Saturday 29th September

West Ham vs Man Utd (12:30)

Arsenal vs Watford (15:00)

Everton vs Fulham (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Spurs (15:00)

Man City vs Brighton (15:00)

Newcastle vs Leicester (15:00)

Wolves vs Southampton (15:00)

Chelsea vs Liverpool (17:30)

Sunday 30th September

Cardiff vs Burnley (16:00)

Monday 1st October

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (20:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Sokratis (£5.3m) is available after being forced off with a dead leg in the GW6 win over Everton. Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) is fit again and will provide competition to Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) at left-back.
  • Aaron Ramsey’s (£7.4m) failure to agree a new contract with Arsenal could put his starting position under threat. Alex Iwobi (£5.5m), Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) and the fit-again Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0m) all offer options in wide attacking positions. If any of that trio start, Mesut Ozil (£8.3m) would move to a central role.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Charlie Daniels (£4.3m) is not expected to be fit for the weekend, while Sergio Rico (£4.5m) and Dan Gosling (£5.0m) will be late calls for Monday night’s clash at home to Crystal Palace. If Rico fails to make the tie, Simon Francis (£4.4m) could come in at right-back with Adam Smith (£4.5m) switching to the left of defence. Gosling missed GW6 with a calf problem. If fit, the midfielder could return in place of Andrew Surman (£4.8m). Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) will push for minutes out wide.
  • As the Cherries attempted to get back into the game against Burnley last weekend, Howe switched to a 3-4-3 with Ryan Fraser (£5.9) operating at right wing-back. If Francis does start, it could also mean a switch to three at the back, though owners will be hoping the Scot’s influence in the final third isn’t reduced by positional switches.
  • On facing Wilfried Zaha, Eddie Howe said: "Zaha is a player that we need to be aware of, but they've also got excellent midfielders with a lot of experience, so we've got to manage it well."

BRIGHTON

  • Dale Stephens (£4.4m) and Pascal Gross (£6.7m) are both out of Brighton’s daunting trip to Manchester City. Beram Kayal (£4.4m) replaced Stephens after 21 minutes in GW6 and should deputise. Florin Andone (£5.0m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) are available.

BURNLEY

  • Robbie Brady (£5.4m) is nearing a comeback but GW7 will come too early for the Ireland midfielder, while Steven Defour (£5.4m) will be part of Sean Dyche’s matchday squad for the Cardiff clash. The Belgian returned from injury in the Carabao Cup this week.
  • Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) should oust Sam Vokes (£5.3m) at centre-forward after coming on to bag a brace against Bournemouth in GW6. Matej Vydra (£5.9m) also scored in that tie but started again, alongside Chris Wood (£6.3m), as Burnley lost to Burton Albion on Tuesday. Jeff Hendrick (£5.5m) will push the Czech forward for that spot operating behind the striker.

CARDIFF

  • Lee Peltier (£3.9m) will be out for between two and three months after sustaining a dislocated shoulder in GW6. Sol Bamba (£4.5m) should return at centre-half with Bruno Ecuele Manga (£4.5m) moving to right-back. Greg Cunningham (£4.3m) ousted Joe Bennett (£4.5m) at left-back and looks set to keep his place. Of the 5-0 thrashing at home to Man City, Neil Warnock said: “I thought [Greg] was our best player by a mile.”
  • Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) is a long-term injury absentee, while fellow midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) is training but won’t be fit for Sunday. Warnock added: "There are one or two little niggles but that’s all."
  • Josh Murphy (£4.8m) will push for minutes as part of Warnock’s attacking three, while Kenneth Zohore (£4.8m) won’t threaten the start of Danny Ward (£4.5m midfielder) up front for the time being. Of Zohore, Warnock added: “I’ve not seen a lot of him! That’s why he’s not been in the team. He’s got to do better in training every day. He’s got to get the hunger back that he’s had. There’s only one person who can do that. We can only do so much. It’s like the saying of taking a horse to water. He’s in the running. He’s in the 18, but he’s got to do more in training.”
  • There could be a couple of surprises in Warnock’s starting XI, however. The manager stated: “Different players have different scenarios. One or two lads have been a bit low but it’s up to me to get the best out of them. That’s what I’ve got to do, to look at the positives. Training is important. One player has done well this week and haven’t been in my thoughts before. So that’s the best way of catching the manager’s attention. Get on the training ground and give me a nudge.”

CHELSEA

  • Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) and Pedro (£6.7m) both took part in Chelsea’s second training session on Thursday. Both players will be late decisions. Maurizio Sarri said: “Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) was not injured [in the cup tie against Liverpool], he only had stomach ache during the match. Pedro yesterday had the last part of the training with the team like Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m). We need to see the last training.”
  • If Rudiger, who has “the possibility to recover”, is not available then Christensen could be set to partner David Luiz (£5.5m). Sarri is unsure whether Gary Cahill (£5.2m), as well as Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m) can manage another start on Saturday. The Chelsea boss added: “Fabregas and Cahill played 90 minutes after a long time, so I’m not sure if they’re ready to play another 90 minutes. They will be very useful for me over the season.”
  • On Eden Hazard (£11.0m), who scored a magnificent winner against Liverpool during the week, Sarri said: “He is one of the best. I’m absolutely convinced he can improve. I think we’ve only seen 75-80% of his potential. If he can improve, he can be the best in the world.”

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Christian Benteke (£6.4m) and Jairo Riedewald (£4.4m) are unavailable for the Eagles. Talisman Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) suffered an injury scare in the warm-up last weekend but went on to complete 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle. Hodgson said of the forward: "It was only a slight spasm but it didn’t affect him in any way and he has trained all week.”
  • Max Meyer (£5.8m) and Alexander Sorloth (£4.9m) both played 90 minutes in the 3-0 cup win away to West Brom in midweek and may have to settle for minutes off the bench once again in GW7.

EVERTON

  • Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) remains sidelined for GW7. Marco Silva hopes to have the defender, along with Andre Gomes (£5.4m) and Yerry Mina (£5.4m) back in training next week. Of the Colombian centre-back, the Everton boss said: "Yerry Mina suffered a stamp in training. It was painful yesterday and today but we hope next week he will be training. It's nothing serious."
  • On the possibility of Richarlison (£6.6m) playing up front, Silva added: "We have three strikers in our squad, and from the first moment I told you we have Richarlison as well. It's something he's already done with me. It's possible, everything is possible depending on my decision as well. What I know is that he's performing really well where he's playing now, and he can perform well as a striker. It's not a position where he's played many times. He played sometimes in Brazil in that position, here in the Premier League maybe just two or three games and of course he had a fantastic debut for the national team as a striker. Maybe because of that everyone is talking about this situation, even with in the last game us creating a high number of chances we didn't score.”
  • There is a possibility that Silva will select Bernard (£5.9m) in his first XI on Saturday, which would see Richarlison move to centre-forward with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) – who started up front ahead of Cenk Tosun (£6.8m) in GW6 – drop out. The Portuguese manager explained: "It’s one solution when you have players like Bernard and Richarlison as well, and I will make the decision tomorrow. For a player to play as a striker he has to work more time there, but he's working this week and I can tell you he works some moments as a striker as well. It's for me to decide tomorrow."

FULHAM

  • Alfie Mawson (£5.0m) is unavailable for Fulham due to back problem, while Neeskens Kebano (£4.4m) remains sidelined. Tim Ream (£4.3m) played 60 minutes in Tuesday’s win over Millwall but is set to miss out in GW7 as he builds up fitness. Slavisa Jokanovic said of the American centre-back: “He needs a little more time to be at his best level, but he'll be available soon."
  • The Cottagers boss added that “the rest are ready”, which means Tom Cairney (£4.8m) should return to contention. A GW7 start could be a stretch too far for the midfielder, who has missed three gameweeks with injury. On whether Cairney might begin against Everton, Jokanovic stated: “I cannot answer you. He started working with us, which was positive, but we must assess him and make a decision when is the right moment to give him the opportunity to play.”
  • Ryan Sessegnon (£6.2m midfielder) has started the last two league games at left-back ahead of Joe Bryan (£4.9m) and Maxime Le Marchand (£4.4m). The latter is an option at centre-back, though Dennis Odoi (£4.5m) replaced Mawson for the second half in GW6 and is expected to partner Calum Chambers (£4.4m). Cyrus Christie (£4.3m) will challenge Tim Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) at right-back in what is an unsettled, leaky Fulham defence.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Midfielders Danny Williams (£4.5m) and Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) are Huddersfield’s only absentees. David Wagner said: “Apart from [those two], we have everyone in full contention for tomorrow’s game.”
  • The German manager’s first XI is fairly unsettled; though with a leaky defence and just three goals scored, FPL bosses are unlikely to invest too heavily in the Terriers. A five-at-the-back system used in GW6 looks likely to be rolled out again as Spurs visit the John Smith’s stadium. Erik Durm (£4.5m) and Chris Lowe (£4.4m) were tasked with providing extra width during the 3-1 loss to Leicester, though Florent Hadergjonaj (£4.5m) and Tommy Smith (£4.4m) present further options.
  • Jonathan Hogg (£4.4m) may earn an instant recall on his return from suspension, potentially turning last weekend’s 5-4-1 into a 5-3-2. Rajiv van La Parra (£4.9m) has started the last four but has plenty competition for an attacking berth. Laurent Depoitre (£5.3m) was favoured ahead of Steve Mounie (£5.9m) against the Foxes, though the latter had started each of the previous five gameweeks.

LEICESTER

  • Demarai Gray (£5.5m) is out for a minimum of three weeks after sustaining an ankle injury midweek. Claude Puel said: "He will be out of the squad for between three weeks and six weeks, then we shall see if he can recover quick. It's not a serious injury, he needs rest and rehabilitation. He is not available for us for three weeks, minimum."

    Gray did not start in GW6 as Rachid Ghezzal (£5.3m) and James Maddison (£6.8m) flanked Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m), who operated behind Jamie Vardy (£8.9m).

  • Ricardo Pereira (£5.1m) lost his place at right-back to Daniel Amartey (£4.5m midfielder) and could threaten Ghezzal’s start, while Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) presents a further option. Wes Morgan (£4.5m) returns from suspension and will look to oust Jonny Evans (£4.9m) at centre-back.

LIVERPOOL

  • Virgil van Dijk (£6.0m) has not trained this week after going off early in GW6 with a rib problem. Klopp said: “We have to wait, he didn’t train with the team so far. We can play without Virgil, thank God. But I prefer if we can. Virgil is a world class player and when you miss a world-class player it's not cool. Dejan played his first game in 10 weeks and most of that time he couldn't train. If Virgil is fit, Virgil plays. If not, then obviously we have options.” Joe Gomez (£5.1m) and Joel Matip (£4.9m) are the likeliest centre-back pairing if VVD doesn’t make the Chelsea clash, with Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) only making his return from injury midweek. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.1m) was ill during the week but is ‘fine to return’, as is Gini Wijnaldum (£5.5m).
  • On losing 2-1 to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this week, Klopp added: “We try to use the information from Wednesday to be better on Saturday. Striking back is a nice opportunity. Striking back is a duty in sports. That’s the plan.”

MAN CITY

  • Pep Guardiola said Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m) is "going well" but the defender is definitely out of GW7. The City boss explained: "I expect him back when he's fit. Now he's injured, he's not a problem with physical condition, he's quick. He's injured and when he's ok he's coming back and when he decides to play he's going to play."
  • The left-back was mentioned at the same time as Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m), who could begin training next week. The City boss said: "[De Bruyne] is making the last steps (to recovery). He could start training in the next few days. Everything is going well. Same process [for Mendy], he is going well.” The manager then revealed that the Frenchman arrived late for treatment on his metatarsal injury on Sunday, having been at the Anthony Joshua fight on Saturday night. After playing the incident down by blaming traffic, Guardiola added: “They have to be here on time.”
  • David Silva (£8.6m) started against Oxford United on Tuesday, playing 63 minutes. Neither Fernandinho (£5.4m) nor Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) were part of Guardiola’s Carabao Cup squad, so a 4-3-3 should include that pair and one of David Silva or Ilkay Gundogan (£5.6m). However, with a trip to Hoffenheim on Tuesday followed by an away clash against Liverpool in GW8, FPL bosses (as always) should be prepared for surprises in Guardiola’s teamsheet.

MAN UTD

  • Paul Pogba (£8.2m) will start for Manchester United in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off away to West Ham. Jose Mourinho said: "Our player-manager relationship is good. Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - they trained as well [as him] - but not better. He plays tomorrow." Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m) has begun the club’s last three fixtures in midfield, while the final spot in Mourinho’s midfield three could be up for grabs between Fred (£5.7m) and Nemanja Matic (£5.0m). Ander Herrera (£5.0m) presents a further option.
  • Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) remains sidelined while Sergio Romero (£5.0m) serves a one-game ban after a red card in United’s penalty-shootout defeat to Derby on Tuesday. Mourinho added: “Only Marcos Rojo is still out. And obviously Romero now with a one-match suspension. Apart from that, in a 26-player squad, everybody is available.”

NEWCASTLE

  • Salomon Rondon (£5.8m) is unavailable for the Magpies. Rafael Benitez said: “Rondon cannot play. We have to assess him next week, and see how he is getting on. He felt something in the warm-up (against Crystal Palace). He wanted to impress, but he couldn’t. Now, he is injured and we have to manage with the rest of the players.” Joselu (£5.0m) replaced the Venezuelan – who could be absent until after the upcoming international break – at half-time in that GW6 clash against the Eagles and looks set to start up front against Leicester.
  • Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m) is another option in attack for Benitez. Asked when the Japan international will start for the Magpies, the manager added: "You never know. It could be tomorrow. But it is a matter of time." Jacob Murphy (£4.9m) and Christian Atsu (£5.3m) will both be looking to earn minutes on the wings, as will Ki Sung-yeung (£4.8m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) in midfield. Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) and Fabian Schar (£4.8m) look to be behind Federico Fernandez (£4.4m) in the battle to partner Jamaal Lascelles (£4.9m) when Benitez uses a 4-4-1-1 formation.
  • The Mail are now (Friday evening) reporting that Fernandez and Paul Dummett (£4.5m) are both set to miss out tomorrow with hamstring issues. That would likely see Schar come in at centre-back with Clark used on the left of defence.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Shane Long (£4.8m) is a major doubt for Southampton. Mark Hughes said: “We’ve only got a doubt on Shane Long who has got a problem with his toe again. He hasn’t trained today or at all with the group this week. It’s not settling down as well as we would like so it needs a bit of further investigation. As it stands now he unfortunately will miss out. Mohamed Elyonoussi (£6.3m) and Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.7m) weren’t available for Liverpool but thankfully they trained today. As long as they don’t get a reaction overnight, they should be an option for us. It’s a strong squad; the only negative from that situation is that you have to disappoint a lot of guys who have trained very well during the week.”

  • Danny Ings (£5.7m) returns after being ineligible for the trip to Liverpool. Hughes added: “It was a loss last week without Danny, he has brought an edge to what we can offer at the top end of the pitch. His ball retention and ability in possession brings people into the game and you will always miss someone of his quality. He’s had two weeks of solid work having had a bit of a fragmented schedule beforehand. It’s been the best fortnight leading into a game that he’s had since he joined. The continuity of his work at the training ground is good and it’s promising to think that he’s been scoring without that so far.”

  • Hughes opted for a 4-5-1 system against the Reds but may revert to 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 with Ings back. Charlie Austin (£5.6m) would likely earn a start in that system, with Oriel Romeu (£4.4m) the probable drop-out from the more defensive set-up. If Elyonoussi, who started both GW4 and GW5, is not fit enough to begin a wide-midfield spot will be up for grabs between Matt Targett (£4.3m), Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.2m).

TOTTENHAM

  • Michel Vorm (£4.9m), Serge Aurier (£5.8m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) have all been ruled out of GW7. While the club officially stated Hugo Llloris (£5.4m) is unavailable, Mauricio Pochettino said the keeper is being assessed and has a chance of featuring against Huddersfield. If the Frenchman doesn’t make it, Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) will again deputise in goal.
  • Kieran Trippier’s (£6.1m) Premier League place looks assured for GW7 at least, with no timescale given on Aurier’s thigh injury that was sustained against Watford on Wednesday night. Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.3m) provides a back-up option for Mauricio Pochettino at right-back.
  • Dele Alli (£9.0m) will replace Eriksen in attacking midfield. Poch hopes to have the Dane available for the home clash against Barcelona next Wednesday. Alli scored a penalty against the Hornets with Erik Lamela (£6.4m) getting Spurs’ second. The Argentinean netted what turned out to be Tottenham’s winner in GW6 away to Brighton and will provide real competition to Lucas Moura (£7.4m) and Heung-min Son (£8.3m) for a starting spot on the wings. Harry Kane (£12.4m) was handed the night off midweek.
  • On Lamela, Pochettino said: “He made a big impact against Brighton. He started against Inter. He scored in the last few minutes against Liverpool and yesterday he scored. Of course you always expect from a player like Lamela, who is not young, that we didn’t sign in the last six month, who has been here now six seasons, more than us, at the club you expect him to have an impact always when he’s on the pitch.”
  • A late report on Friday from iSport claims Alli will miss GW7 and could be out for a month with a hamstring injury. Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) and Harry Winks (£5.5m) could come into contention for a starting role if Alli is indeed sidelined.

WATFORD

  • Christian Kabasele (£4.5m) is available after having a midweek red card overturned. According to his management group, Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m) will be sidelined for several weeks after surgery to repair minor meniscus damage in his right knee. Javi Gracia only stated that the Dutchman is out of GW7. The Watford boss said: “We have always played with the same XI but the next game I can tell you we are going to change the team. I am always sad when I have injured players. In this case we have lost Janmaat and he is an important player for us. But I prefer to not complain about the players I don’t have; I prefer to choose players I have in this moment and I am very proud of them. They are showing a high level in all the games we are playing. I am focused for the next game knowing we will be ready with the players we have.” Kiko Femenia (£4.3m) should benefit from Janmaat’s absence, though Marc Navarro (£4.3m) offers another option on the right-hand side of defence.
  • Troy Deeney (£6.1m) is available for the trip to the Emirates despite picking up a foot injury in GW6. On the striker and other absentees, Gracia added: “He is available and he has trained very, very well this week. He is fit. Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) is training with the team and maybe we will see him before the international break. He needs time but we will see his evolution in the next days. Stefano Okaka (£5.0m) and Sebastian Prödl (£4.3m) are training with the team, and Miguel Britos (£4.4m) is out but maybe in the next week he will come back with the team. We will see how long they need when they come back.”

WEST HAM

  • Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) is fit to face Manchester United. Manuel Pellegrini said: "Marko worked on Wednesday. He worked with the squad, so I think he is 100 per cent fit for tomorrow."
  • Having kept Chelsea scoreless at the London Stadium in GW6, Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to make too many starting XI changes – apart from the introduction of ‘Arnie’ – despite an 8-0 hammering of League Two’s bottom side Macclesfield on Wednesday. But 20-year-old Grady Diangana (not listed in FPL) could make the Hammers’ squad after a midweek brace. Pellegrini added: "I don't think Grady's age is a problem. Players must take their chances. I try to analyse the performances, so I will see if he will be included tomorrow."

WOLVES

  • There were some concerns in the community this week that Matt Doherty (£4.4m) might not be fit but Nuno has a fully-fit squad available for the visit of Southampton.
  • The Wolves boss has named the same starting XI in all six Premier League fixtures so far this season. Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m midfielder) started in midweek as Wolves lost to Leicester on penalties in the Carabao Cup and offers strong competition to Ryan Bennett (£4.1m) in Nuno's back three.
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