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19 Oct 2018 by Colm Hayes & Trystan Pugh

FPL Gameweek 9 – 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 GW9.

The Stats Zone's other Gameweek 9 FPL content includes Projections, Captain Picks, Fixture Analysis & Team TSZ Discussion.

GAMEWEEK 9 FIXTURES

Saturday 20th October

Chelsea vs Man Utd (12:30)

Bournemouth vs Southampton (15:00)

Cardiff vs Fulham (15:00)

Man City vs Burnley (15:00)

Newcastle vs Brighton (15:00)

West Ham vs Spurs (15:00)

Wolves vs Watford (15:00)

Huddersfield vs Liverpool (17:30)

Sunday 21st October

Everton vs Crystal Palace (16:00)

Monday 22nd October

Arsenal vs Leicester (20:00)

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINE-UPS

ARSENAL

  • Sokratis (£5.2m) looks set to miss GW9. Unai Emery said on Thursday: "Sokratis had one problem, one small injury. Maybe for Monday it’s difficult (for him to be involved)." Rob Holding (£4.4m) appears likely to make a third successive league start at centre-back.
  • Mesut Ozil (£8.3m), Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m MID) are all back in full training. On Petr Cech (£5.0m), the Arsenal boss added: "Petr Cech is getting better from his injury but he’s not training with the group. But I think he’s very close to start (training) with us."
  • Ozil could come straight back into Emery’s XI after missing the GW8 hammering of Fulham with a back problem. Welbeck could go from being ‘Dat Guy’ to the fall guy. Aaron Ramsey (£7.4m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) came on to devastating effect at Craven Cottage, with the starts of Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.9m) and Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) under threat. Alexandre Lacazette (£9.7m), one of the GW9 captain picks, looks the only assured starter in Arsenal’s attacking ranks at present.

BOURNEMOUTH

  • Ryan Fraser (£6.0m) and Josh King (£6.4m) are doubts for Bournemouth’s south-coast derby at home to Southampton. Eddie Howe said: "We'll have to see with Ryan. He's been carrying a hamstring injury for a few weeks, we'll have to see and make a late decision on him, but he's certainly a doubt. I wouldn't say [Josh] is 100%, he's picked up an ankle injury and he's not trained with us. We'll see if he goes out [on Friday] and then we'll make a decision on him. Sometimes it's only after a game that you feel the repercussions of an injury like this, but his ankle's swollen up and we're looking at him carefully. We don't want this injury to stop his momentum with us so we're hopeful he'll be fit."
  • Fraser owners (22.1%) will naturally be wary after the midfielder’s 18-point haul in GW5 after a similar situation over the last international break. Howe’s use of terms could be significant – before GW5, he said Fraser had a “hamstring problem” but is now using the word “injury”. The Cherries boss added on the Scotland man: "If he does miss this one he'll hopefully be fit for the next one. It's not a long-term injury but he's certainly a doubt."
  • Howe will likely go with the same XI that hammered Watford 4-0 in GW8 if Fraser and King are passed fit. Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) is the manager’s most-used attacking substitute and could replace either player if necessary. Jordon Ibe (£5.1m) presents a further option.

BRIGHTON

  • Davy Propper (£4.9m) could be sidelined for several gameweeks. Chris Hughton said of the midfielder: "Davy Propper will miss the game - he got an ankle injury in the last match. He'll be out for a period of weeks. We're not sure on the timescale at the moment."
  • On Pascal Gross (£6.7m), Dale Stephens (£4.4m) and Gaetan Bong (£4.5m), the Seagulls boss added: "Gross and Stephens are back training with us and Bong is back with us but didn't play on international duty - so they're the three we have to make decisions on." If Gross is fit, Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.8m) looks the likeliest to drop out of Hughton’s line-up. Jose Izquierdo (£5.9m) will also be pushing for a start after clocking up some minutes off the bench in GW7 and GW8.

BURNLEY

  • Steven Defour (£5.4m) is “right back in the pack” for Burnley’s away tie at Manchester City. Sean Dyche said: “He’s training really well and his eye looks in, so we look forward to having him back.” The midfielder, along with Robbie Brady (£5.4m), played 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against AFC Fylde on Tuesday. The Irishman will not be ready to play this weekend. Ashley Barnes (£5.7m), who started in GW8, also took part in that midweek tie along with Chris Wood (£6.2m). Stephen Ward (£4.8m) is out for “weeks” after knee surgery, while stopper Nick Pope (£4.9m) is back working on the pitch with the club’s goalkeeping coach with a December return in mind.
  • Taking on the league’s top-scoring side, Dyche could throw Defour in at the deep end for his first Premier League minutes of the season. Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m) is another option if the Burnley boss chooses to go with an extra body in midfield against the champions.

CARDIFF

  • Joe Ralls (£4.8m), suspended until GW12, could be out for longer after chipping a bone in his knee against Spurs in GW8. Warnock will be able to call on the services of midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m), however. The Bluebirds boss said: “Ironically Joe Ralls was bad when he got sent off and we’ve done some checks and he’s chipped a bone in his knee, so he’ll be out for a few weeks. He could have told me that. Alex Smithies (£4.4m) has had a bad shoulder injury and he’ll be back on the bench tomorrow. Gary Madine (£4.4m) has got a virus so he’s struggling and on top of Danny Ward (£4.5m) it means we’re short in the striker area. Aron Gunnarsson has done some work and he’ll be involved tomorrow. Start or on the bench, we’ll decide that tomorrow.”
  • On budget midfielder Ward, Warnock added: “Not as bad as we thought. He might start training within a couple of weeks. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) is doing really well in the gym, working hard. They are on the way back but at the moment, we can’t consider these guys.”
  • Gunnarrsson is set to play his first minutes of the season at home to Fulham, while Harry Arter (£4.9m) might not be risked over suspension fears. Loic Damour (£4.4m) is a further midfield option. Warnock said: “Harry has four bookings so I don’t want him to get booked - but then he’ll miss Liverpool so maybe just let him get booked! Harry Arter does what he wants, you can’t stop him. Aron is a leader, a calming influence and I’m going to leave it to him, not put any pressure on him. He’s got that aura about him that we’ve missed. So I’ll definitely play him if he thinks he’s alright. Loic Damour has done really well the past couple of weeks so he’s a bit of a forgotten find.”
  • Bruno Ecuele Manga (£4.5m) is only arriving back from Gabon duty today. Warnock explained: “Bruno isn’t even back until today - they go all the way around the world don’t they. We’re all the same though, some of the top teams have everyone away, we only had seven. It’s recognition for the lads so you can’t stop that - but you can’t do too much for Fulham with some of them away.”
  • If Gunnarsson doesn’t make the starting XI, Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) could slot into central midfield with Junior Hoilett (£5.1m) moving to the wing and Kenneth Zohore (£4.8m) beginning up front. Of the striker, who started up front at home to Burnley in GW7, Warnock lamented: “His training has been good and as a manager you try everything you can to get someone firing on all cylinders. Apart from cooking him a meal I don’t know what else to do with Ken. He’s got to stand up and say, ‘I want that shirt’. He’s got every attribute but it’s disappointing he’s not got to that level. I think Ken will be here longer than me though if I’m honest.”

CHELSEA

  • Maurizio Sarri has 'some’ injury issues ahead of the home clash with Man Utd at 12.30pm tomorrow. The Chelsea boss reported that Ethan Ampadu (£4.4m) is the most serious issue, while Ross Barkley (£5.7m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.3m) have ‘lesser problems’. The Italian said of the latter two: "For them it is only a question of one or two days." England midfielder Barkley will just miss out this weekend. Sarri reckons that Mateo Kovacic (£5.9m) and Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m) should be fit to face the Red Devils.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Wilfriend Zaha (£7.0m) is a big doubt for Palace’s trip to Everton on Sunday after returning early from international duty with a muscle strain. Roy Hodgson said of the forward: “It’s good news that he’s close enough to be assessed to see if he’ll be fit enough to play, but you’re taking into account areas of sports science and medicine that I’m not comfortable talking about. My information is that he hasn’t trained with us since the injury but they’re hoping he’ll be able to train tomorrow and if he does, I guess he’ll be available to play but I won’t know that tomorrow. I don’t know where the information that this is a two-month injury came from, but we’ve never been mindful that it would take such a long time. It’s a strain which players get on a fairly regular basis and some recover quicker than others. Wilf is a quicker than normal recoverer but it will depend on the extent of the injury whether he is a possibility to recover or not.”
  • Max Meyer (£5.7m) and Alexander Sorloth (£4.9m) are both struggling with a virus, while Joel Ward (£4.3m) is ruled out. Hodgson added: “We have one player to assess in Wilf Zaha, and two others who are suffering from a virus and we don’t know quite how they’ll recover – Max Meyer and Alexander Sorloth. We lost Joel Ward on Wednesday to a muscle injury in training so he’ll definitely be out, and we’ve lost Jonny Williams from the game against Dulwich Hamlet so he’s also out."

EVERTON

  • Idrissa Gueye (£4.9m) is a doubt for the Toffees. Marco Silva said: "We followed all of our internationals closely. Idrissa picked up a problem, which isn't a good time for us but we were prepared for the schedule. Everyone else is okay." The manager added that the midfielder is ‘getting better’ and he has two days to decide if the player features or not.
  • Silva also revealed that Yerry Mina (£5.4m), Andre Gomes (£5.4m) and James McCarthy (£4.4m) are all in contention for GW9. Seamus Coleman (£5.2m) could return to the matchday squad. Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.4m) could also come into the frame if Gueye is ruled out.
  • On attackers Bernard (£5.9m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) and Richarlison (£6.8m), who all impressed as Everton beat Leicester 2-1 in GW8, Silva said: “It is really important for me to see what they did. Everybody is happy with this situation. It is important they enjoy what they are doing too and they are. Lookman and our three strikers are there too. The players did well and it is up to us to continue in this way and get better every time. We have to find solutions to score and win the match.”

FULHAM

  • Tom Cairney (£4.8m) and Joe Bryan (£4.9m) are unavailable for the Cottagers. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “At the moment we cannot use Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney for the next game. The other players are available for working with us. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) is working with us but he has a shoulder problem from the last game he played against Everton. Still he’s not 100 per cent available to play football, but you don’t need to be 100 per cent ready. You need to be strong, and with a clear mind you can help. He’s helped himself on the training ground, and he can be available to help us in the competitive games too.”
  • After that 5-1 thrashing at home to Arsenal, Jokanovic said: "It is without any doubt a hard defeat for us, we tried to create things but showed many weaknesses as they scored easy goals. We tried to be offensive and play high with two full-backs to find a solution - but from the second goal it is clear the plan was not working. We really need to work on the weaknesses in the defensive side. It [conceding goals] has to be a worry always. It is a hard result, but today Arsenal showed their quality and pace. We have 90 [possible] points ahead of us and we need to be brave and keep on fighting."
  • Calum Chambers (£4.3m) is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club, though the defender has not been a regular feature for Fulham. Fosu-Mensah could replace Cyrus Christie (£4.3m) at right-back if deemed fit enough.
  • Jokanovic used a 3-4-2-1 formation against the Gunners but may revert to his normal 4-3-3 for the clash at Cardiff. Kevin McDonald (£4.4m) and Stefan Johansen (£5.2m) are both options in this system. If the Fulham boss decides on a 4-2-3-1, Ryan Sessegnon (£6.1m) could be used further up the pitch.

HUDDERSFIELD

  • Popular budget pick pick Philip Billing (£4.5m) picked up a knock early this week while on Denmark Under-21 duty. David Wagner said of the midfielder: “Philip had treatment and has worked with our rehabilitation coaches. He will train with the team today and hopefully he will be fine afterwards. All the signs are positive.”
  • The Terriers do have three definite injury absentees, however. Wagner added: “There’s three players, unfortunately, I can rule out; Tommy Smith (£4.4m) (groin), Terence Kongolo (£4.4m) (hamstring) & Danny Williams (£4.5m) (knee). There’s a question mark over Isaac Mbenza (£5.9m), but Ramadan Sobhi (£4.8m) is back in training; we have to see how he looks in training.”
  • Aaron Mooy (£5.2m) missed Australia’s friendly against Kuwait due to a groin issue but looks set to be available, as Wagner made no mention of the midfielder. The manager also passed no comment on Chris Lowe (£4.4m), who is flagged with a knock. Florent Hadergjonaj (£4.4m) will push for a full-back spot, though is also an option in midfield if Wagner decides to roll out a more defensive set-up for the visit of Liverpool. Steve Mounie (£5.8m) is a real threat to the start of Laurent Depoitre (£5.2m) up front.

LEICESTER

  • Club captain Wes Morgan (£4.5m) is suspended for GW9 and GW10. Jonny Evans (£4.8m) should deputise, though Caglar Soyuncu (£4.9m) is another option. Claude Puel said on Thursday: "I think Caglar is ready. He has to compete with experienced players. He’s a young player, but a young player with a lot of attributes."
  • The Leicester boss confirmed he has no fresh knocks in the squad ahead of the trip to face Arsenal on Monday. He added: “We don’t have any problems with the international players.” Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m), Wilfried Ndidi (£4.9m) and Rachid Ghezzal (£5.3m) are all due back today.
  • On Demarai Gray (£5.4m), who has missed the last two gameweeks with an ankle injury, Puel said: "Demarai improves a lot in training sessions. I think he will start (full) training sessions next week, on Monday."

LIVERPOOL

  • Naby Keita (£7.2m) is the only of Liverpool’s injury doubts that Jurgen Klopp has ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), Virgil van Dijk (£5.9m) and James Milner (£5.7m) were all pictured in training yesterday, with the former two reportedly passing fitness tests. Asked if he had an updated on that quartet and Sadio Mane (£9.8m) – who underwent minor hand surgery earlier this week - the Liverpool boss said: “Not really. We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that. The only thing that is pretty sure is that Naby will not be available; with all the rest we have to see how it develops. That’s it, pretty much.”
  • Klopp added on Van Dijk: “You saw when he went off – everybody saw when he went off – in the home game against Southampton, Virg would not leave the pitch without any major problems. It settled pretty quickly. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important. It’s all good, he has no problems with that anymore.”
  • With Milner only just recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabinho (£5.6m) could push for a start in midfield. Klopp said of the midfielder: “[He is] close. I didn’t see him for 10 days so that’s not the best thing to judge exactly how he is. But he is very close, he is never far away. We spoke about it that he needs to get used to different things – that’s how it is for all the players.” Adam Lallana (£6.9m) is also back in contention.

MAN CITY

  • Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) returns to contention for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola said: "I don't know if he is able to play for 90 minutes but he has trained really well for the last two weeks and has no pain, so he is ready to be part of the group again. "He is an important player for us," said Guardiola. "Every player that is out and comes back makes us stronger. There is no doubt how important he is for us."
  • Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) is out for “two to three weeks”, while Fabian Delph (£5.3m) is now available. The England man and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.8m) are alternatives to Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m) at left-back if Guardiola decides to rotate his troops.
  • Leroy Sane (£9.2m) could be favoured ahead of Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), though Guardiola seems reticent to pair the German with Mendy in a starting line-up. If KDB comes in from the start, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) could move from midfield to a more attacking position. With a trip to face Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, the Spanish manager is likely to upset a decent portion of FPL managers by 2pm tomorrow.

MAN UTD

  • Apart from stating that Ander Herrera (£5.0m) is back in contention, Jose Mourinho was extremely coy in his press conference. Diogo Dalot (£5.3m), Marouane Fellaini (£5.0m), Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Scott McTominay (£4.3m) and Luke Shaw (£5.1m) all suffered varying issues during the break. The United boss said: “The squad shape is that everybody available is selected. [I had] a bit of everything [in the international break]. We work here with the players that stayed here. I went to an international match [in Serbia] as you know. Then we came back and we were waiting for the boys to come back from their national teams. Some came back in good condition and the happiness of some good results. Some came back with injuries, injuries that we were aware of when they happened and the national teams were correct in sending the boys back. We also had surprises with players that we had no idea that they were injured and they arrived with important injuries.”
  • Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has said Fellaini ‘should be fine’, while Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) admitted recently that his recovery ‘will take time’. Juan Mata (£6.2m) and Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) will be pushing for starts after impressing from the bench against Newcastle in GW8. Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) and Anthony Martial (£7.2m) are the attackers under threat. Fred (£5.7m) or Herrera could earn a start in midfield if either of Matic or Fellaini are ruled out.

NEWCASTLE

  • Salomon Rondon (£5.8m) and Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) are out for the Magpies but Paul Dummett (£4.5m) is available. Rafa Benitez said: “Rondón is still not available, Clark has had some treatment for a muscle problem and will not be available, and Dummett has been training normally.”
  • GW8 scorers Kenedy (£4.9m) and Yoshinori Muto (£5.7m) have trained since picking up knocks. Joselu (£5.0m) will challenge the Japan international for the striker spot in Benitez’s line-up.

SOUTHAMPTON

  • Mark Hughes says the Saints have no injury worries ahead of the clash with Bournemouth. The manager told the press on Thursday: “Thankfully everybody seems to have come through their international games fit and well. Maya Yoshida (£4.2m) and Mario Lemina (£5.0m) were last back, late last night (Wednesday), but in training this morning so that’s pleasing. Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) came back early from the England squad, he had a bit of tightness in his hamstrings. It was a bit uncomfortable after one session, so it was the right decision for him to return. All in all we’re OK.”
  • The boss made no mention of Shane Long (£4.8m), who was only fit enough for a bench role in Ireland’s 1-0 loss to Wales on Tuesday. Both the Irishman (if available) and Charlie Austin (£5.6m) will challenge the start of Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m).
  • After using a three-man central defence away to Chelsea in GW8, Hughes could revert to a more familiar 4-4-1-1/4-4-2 against the Cherries. Jan Bednarek (£3.9m) was replaced at half-time against the Blues as Oriel Romeu’s (£4.4m) introduction saw the 3-4-1-2 set-up quickly shelved. Jannik Vestergaard (£4.8m) was dropped to the bench for GW8 and could come back into contention, while Mohamed Elyonoussi (£6.3m) might make an immediate return after missing out on the St Mary’s fixture with an injury.

TOTTENHAM

  • Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) is available for Spurs, as is Mousa Dembele (£4.9m). Dele Alli (£9.0m) is out of GW9, along with Danny Rose (£5.9m). Mauricio Pochettino hopes that Alli will only be out for another 10 days, so a return for the Man City clash in GW10 is a possibility. Rose is expected to recover in a week’s time. Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) is a longer-term injury loss.
  • On Eriksen, Poch said: "It is our decision if he will play from the start or from the bench on Saturday.” If the Dane goes straight back into the manager’s starting line-up, a move from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 could be on the cards. Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) could be the player to drop out for Eriksen, though both the Frenchman and Dembele will challenge England pair Eric Dier (£4.8m) and Harry Winks (£5.5m) for midfield starts. Victor Wanyama (£4.9m) suffered a minor hamstring issue on Kenya duty but is thought to be available, while Serge Aurier (£5.8m) featured for the Ivory Coast over the break.

WATFORD

  • Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) is available for Watford after making his return from the bench in GW8. Javi Gracia said on Thursday: “I think he is ready. He has been working hard in these last two weeks and he is in his best condition. I don't know if he is able to play 90 minutes at his best level, but I think he is in good condition to play.”
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m) is a doubt while Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) remains out. Fellow right-back Marc Navarro (£4.3m) returns to contention, while Christian Kabasele (£4.5m) and Jose Holebas (£4.9m) are suspended. Watford’s media release states that Adam Masina (£4.3m) is “certain to make his first Premier League start”, while one of Adrian Mariappa (£4.3m), Miguel Britos (£4.4m) and Sebastian Prodl (£4.2m) will fill in for Kabasele.
  • On the trio, Gracia added: “The three players are the options to play with Craig Cathcart (£4.5m). All of them have the possibility to play. We'll decide tomorrow, but all of them are available. Britos has trained this week and the week before as well and Prödl came yesterday [from international duty] so all of them are available.”
  • On his international contingent, the Watford manager said: “All the players have come back in a good condition."

WEST HAM

  • On Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m), who has been managing a knee problem in recent weeks, Manuel Pellegrini said: “Marko is OK, he worked when he returned from the squad, he played just one game (for Austria). He worked with the squad without any problems, he must be careful with his knee but it allows for him to play games.”
  • Arthur Masuaku (£4.4m MID) picked up an ankle knock on his DR Congo debut last Saturday. Pellegrini said of his first-choice left-back: “Arthur was away with his national squad this week, he worked today with the squad and we'll see what will happen.”
  • Asked about the prospect of back-up Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m), the manager added: “I knew about Aaron when I was here with Man City. Arthur may be more of an attacking player but he has improved a lot defensively as well.” With no other fresh injury worries, Pellegrini could name an unchanged line-up from the 1-0 defeat away to Brighton in GW8 if Masuaku is passed fit.

WOLVES

  • Nuno has confirmed that no Wolves players picked up any injury issues on international duty. The manager looks set to name the same XI for the ninth gameweek in a row.
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