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05 Oct 2018 by Tim Blackwell

FPL Gameweek 8 – Fixtures, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

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Ahead of Friday's 19:00 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 GW8.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 8 FPL content includes Projections, Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 8 FIXTURES

Friday 5th October

Brighton vs West Ham (20:00)

Saturday 6th October

Burnley vs Huddersfield (15:00)

Crystal Palace vs Wolves (15:00)

Leicester vs Everton (15:00)

Spurs vs Cardiff (15:00)

Watford vs Bournemouth (15:00)

Man Utd vs Newcastle (17:30)

Sunday 7th October

Fulham vs Arsenal (12:00)

Southampton vs Chelsea (14:15)

Liverpool vs Man City (16:30)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • After not playing in the UEL win over Qarabag on Thursday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) and Aaron Ramsey (£7.4m) are minor doubts for the trip to Fulham with Emery saying the club “will look Friday and Saturday to see if they can play”.
  • Bernd Leno (£4.8m) is set to continue in goal for the Gunners as Petr Cech (£5.0m) has been ruled out with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Watford.
  • Sokratis (£5.2m) is over the dead leg that kept him out last Saturday and returned to action on Thursday. He is set to displace either Rob Holding (£4.4m) or Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) at centre-back.
  • Longer term absentees Konstantinos Mavropanos (£4.8), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) and Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) remain on the side-lines.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Eddie Howe says his side have no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday’s match at Watford. Charlie Daniels (£4.3m) is the only absentee as he makes his way back to full fitness following his knee injury.
  • Monday night’s win saw captain Simon Francis (£4.4m) coming into the side to begin at right-back, Adam Smith (£4.5m) switching to the left to good effect, with Howe pleased with the performances from the duo.
  • Junoir Stanislas (£6.0m) is pushing for a start following his goal from the bench vs Palace, but the winger may have to bide his time after missing the last six months.

BRIGHTON

  • Pascal Groß (£6.7m) is still out but Hughton is targeting a GW9 return for the player. The Brighton boss has lay to bed any worries that the midfielder had suffered a setback, stating “what you want is somebody who is coming back fully fit with no prospect of them breaking down again. And our hopes are that he will be available for Newcastle. There has been no setback, it’s just taken longer than we initially thought.”
  • Dale Stephens (£4.5m) is nearing full fitness with the Seagulls set to make a game time decision on the player – “Dale is close, very close and we will make a decision”.
  • Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) is pushing for his first start of the season but is still likely to be involved from the bench. The Colombian winger scored twice last season against the Hammers.

BURNLEY

  • After limping off injured last time out Dyche has rated James Tarkowski (£5.0m) as "touch and go" for Saturday. A decision is set to be made during Friday’s training sessions. If the defender does sit out, his likely replacement is Kevin Long (£4.3m), who replaced Tarkowski last weekend.
  • One player definitely set to miss out is Steven Defour (£5.4m) - "Steven Defour has a personal situation he’s attending to, so we’ll leave him with that for now."
  • In better news for the Clarets, Ben Gibson (£4.8m), who underwent surgery to remedy a hernia complaint, is set to feature for the development side at some point during the international break.

CARDIFF

  • Junior Hoilett (£5.2m) is in contention after overcoming the sickness bout that kept him out of the Burnley match.
  • Not much has changed on the injury front for Cardiff with Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) still side-lined. When asked about the squad and player Warnock stated, We don’t have anything new as such. Gunnarsson will hopefully be involved against Fulham, he’s not far away."
  • Warnock is aware that if the Bluebirds continue there winless run his job will come under more and more scrutiny. The manager thinks he will still be given plenty of time though saying, “Intelligent people know the situation we’re in and we know it’s going to be difficult.”

CHELSEA

  • For the first time this season Sarri has a fully fit squad to choose from following the return of Pedro (£6.5m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) and Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) in the UEL Thursday night. The trio are expected to be among the substitutes Sunday though as they look to up there fitness.
  • Sarri has spoken about the need for Cesc Fabregas (£6.3m) to “improve his physical condition” so that he can play the Jorginho (£5.1m) role as the number of matches’ increases.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Crystal Palace have no fresh injury returns with Scott Dann (£4.4m), Conor Wickham (£4.9m) and Christian Benteke (£6.4m) all still side-lined with injury.
  • Max Meyer (£5.7m) was preferred to Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.8m) for the match against Bournemouth and Hodgson was pleased with the German’s performance as he looks to keep his spot for the upcoming match against Wolves.

EVERTON

  • The manager has reiterated his support for Tom Davies (£5.3m) after the midfielder has come in for some fan criticism following his recent performances - “He’s winning some confidence which is important at this level and we have to help him along the way. I’m supporting him.”
  • Silva was asked about the possibility of Bernard (£5.9m) starting after his impressive performance midweek in the Carabao Cup. He seems unlikely to displace Richarlison (£6.7m) or Theo Walcott (£6.6m) in the short-term with the manager stating, “Richarlison and Theo are doing a really good job. Lookman and Bernard are different but are ready to help the team.”
  • Yerry Mina (£5.4m), Andre Gomes (£5.4m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) are all still out but are on course to return for the Blues after the international break.

FULHAM

  • Joe Bryan (£4.9m) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) are both expected to be out for the next few weeks with the pair nursing hamstring and shoulder problems respectively. They join long-term absentee Kebano (£4.4m) in the treatment room.
  • Better news for Alfie Mawson (£4.9m) who has trained all week and is set to be part of the squad for the weekend.
  • Jokanovic is set to make a late call on Tom Cairney (£4.8m), with the Fulham boss stating “we will see whether Tom will be available. We have a couple more training sessions ahead of us and I will take more time, then make a decision.”

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Huddersfield has a number of injuries ahead of their trip to Turf Moor. “Unfortunately we have some injury problems; Terence Kongolo (£4.4m) will miss the game with a hamstring injury, he’ll be out for 4-5 weeks. Danny Williams (£4.5m) and Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) are still returning. Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.4m) has a knock on his ankle and Tommy Smith (£4.4m) has a groin problem.”
  • Kongolo's absence means Chris Lowe (£4.4m) could start at centre-back, though another option is to go with Jon Stankovic (£4.0m).
  • On the positive side Christopher Schlinder (£4.4m) trained on grass yesterday and will be with the squad on Friday – “The signs are good. He will have a last test today before we decide.”

LEICESTER

  • Puel is happy at the competition for places at centre-back. “Wes Morgan (£4.5m) played and trained well. With Harry Maguire (£5.5m) they made a good performance. But I am happy with all our centre-backs. It is difficult for me to manage all these good players. I would prefer to have this problem.”
  • Leicester City winger Demarai Gray (£5.5m) is recovering well following his ankle injury but will still miss the Premier League match against Everton. Gray was ruled out for between three to six weeks after he went over on his ankle late in the Carabao Cup victory at Wolves last week.
  • Puel may leave his side unchanged after the win over Newcastle United, though Ricardo Pereira (£5.1m) has started on the right wing only in away fixtures this season and Rachid Ghezzal (£5.3m) or Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) may be preferred on the flank.

LIVERPOOL

  • Liverpool will check on Naby Keita’s (£7.3m) condition ahead of the game at Anfield but Klopp has no other fresh injury concerns to consider as it stands. Other than Keita “They are all in full training.”
  • Given the visit of City, Klopp is likely to name his strongest line-up, though there is the possibility of tired legs after the midweek match against Napoli.
  • Klopp insists he is ‘completely relaxed’ about Mohamed Salah’s (£12.9m) strike rate so far in 2018-19 as the forward aims to add to the three goals he’s already bagged this term.
  • Adam Lallana (£6.9m) has finally returned to full training but there has been no decision made yet as to whether the midfielder will play a part on Sunday. “We’ll have to wait and see” was the party line from Klopp.

MAN CITY

  • Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m) is back training with the squad following the injury to his fifth metatarsal three weeks ago. He trained with the squad on Thursday and Guardiola said: "He came back today to train.”
  • Guardiola has also hinted that Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) could be in the squad to face Liverpool at Anfield following a return to full training. "We will see" after the final session on Saturday.
  • Pep was less confident on the fitness of Ilkay Gundogan (£5.6m) who has "a little bit of a problem and could not train today. We will see tomorrow." One player set to definitely miss out is Fabien Delph (£5.3m) who “is not available” following a knock.

MAN UTD

  • Manchester United will have largely the same squad as last week to choose from. Jesse Lingard (£6.8m), Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) and Ander Herrera (£5.0m) are still all set to be on the sidelines.
  • Ashley Young (£5.7m) looks to have overcome the knock that kept him out of the midweek UCL fixture against Valencia and could feature for United.
  • Mourinho did not give much away about the state of the Old Trafford outfit after not winning in four matches. After pulling the conference forward by five hours, the manager was asked just six questions (he only answered five) in a 212-second transcript before leaving.

NEWCASTLE

  • Salomon Rondon (£5.8m) and Florian Lejeune (£4.4m) have been ruled out of Newcastle’s trip to Old Trafford while Paul Dummett (£4.5m) and Federico Fernández (£4.4m) face late fitness tests to determine their availability.
  • With Rondon absent, Joselu (£5.0m) looks set to continue leading the line, though the striker looked bereft of confidence against Leicester last week.
  • Benitez employed Kenedy (£4.9m) at left back last time out. Should Dummett recover to retake his position it is likely Kenedy will be moved forward to his traditional left-wing spot. Jacob Murphy (£4.9) is also an option.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Mark Hughes has confirmed that the only selection issue he’ll face this weekend stems from the impressive performances of the six changes to Saints’ midweek team against Everton. “Shane Long (£4.8m) is back, he trained today. Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.3m) also trained today, Ryan Bertrand (£4.9m) trained and Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) also. They’ll all be available as long as we don’t see a reaction overnight.”
  • If Long does start it is likely that Charlie Austin (£5.6m) will drop to the bench.

TOTTENHAM

  • Tottenham have a plethora of injuries ahead of their trip to Cardiff at the weekend. Dele Alli (£9.0m), Serge Aurier (£5.8m), Mousa Dembele (£4.9m), Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) and Jan Vertonghen (£6.0m) are all out.
  • Vertonghen in particular looks set to be absent for a number of weeks after the injury that forced him off last time out appears to be worse than first thought.
  • In better news Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) returned to the starting line-up midweek and will likely start at the weekend. Fellow goalkeeper Michel Vorm (£4.9m) is also back in training and will hope to be back in contention for a place on the bench at least.

WATFORD

  • Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m) is expected to be out for up to a month following his knee injury that kept him sidelined at Arsenal last weekend. His replacement for that match, Marc Navarro (£4.3m), has also picked up a knock meaning one of Kiko Femenía (£4.2m) or Adrian Mariappa (£4.3m) will start at right-back this weekend.
  • Javi Gracia has revealed that Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) is in contention to make his first appearance of the season after the Hornets boss announced the winger is available for selection.
  • Along with Janmaat and Navarro, Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) is the only other absentee for Watford as Sebastian Prödl (£4.2m), Miguel Britos (£4.4m) and Stefano Okaka (£5.0m) all returned to training this week.

WEST HAM

  • Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) is expected to start despite his ongoing knee issue. When asked about the Arnautovic injury, Pellegrini said “I think the important thing with Marko is, maybe he had a little bit of pain, but he didn’t work too much and he played with a lot of intensity. That’s very important for us.”
  • Javier Hernandez (£6.2m) has overcome the sickness bug that had kept him out for the last couple of weeks. Lacking match fitness, he is unlikely to start but could be on the bench – “Javier worked this week with the whole squad. I think he will recover already from his virus and now I think that he may need some more days to recover his best shape, but he is not having any problems with his disease.”
  • Pellegrini is also hopeful the perennially injured Andy Carroll (£5.4m) will be back in a few more weeks after upping the intensity of his rehab.
  • Pellegrini confirmed Carlos Sanchez (£4.5m) will go under the knife after suffering a knee injury in the cup win over Macclesfield. "Carlos will need to wait a couple of weeks before he has the surgery he needs." There is currently no timescale for his return.

WOLVES

  • Nuno Espirito Santo has reported a clean bill of health for the match at Selhurst Park as the manager is set to name the same starting XI for the 8th match in succession. Helder Costa (£4.9m) has overcome the minor knock sustained against Southampton.
  • Both Adama Traoré (£5.5m) and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) seem the most likely to be rotated in if Nuno does make any changes. Traore has been brought on for Costa in each of the last three matches, while Cavaleiro scored from the bench last time out.
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