EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 7th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 3 covers the teams in positions 7 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 2 looks at the formations for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Crystal Palace Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Spurs Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Sheffield United Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Arsenal Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 6 to 11)

6 Manchester United 21 pts
7 Crystal Palace 21 pts
8 Spurs 20 pts
9 Sheffield United 19 pts
10 Arsenal 19 pts
11 Newcastle United 19 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

CRYSTAL PALACE (home vs. Bournemouth, 1-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. ///   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR ///   Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID ///   McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyaté
DEF ///   Van Aanholt, Sahko, Tomkins, Kelly
GK ///   Guaita
       
Subs ///   (1st half) Schlupp > Van Aanholt (2nd half) McCarthy > Townsend
       
Goals ///   Schlupp (McArthur)

SPURS (away vs. Manchester United, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Son, Alli, Sissoko   Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier   Winks, Sissoko
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier   Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Eriksen > Moura, Ndombele > Winks, Lo Celso > Sissoko
       
Goals ///   Alli (Aurier)

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Newcastle, 0-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset   Sharp, McBurnie
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson   Henderson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Mousset > Sharp, McGoldrick > Norwood, Freeman > Basham
       
Goals ///   ///

ARSENAL (home vs. Brighton, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe   Lacazette
MID Willock, Xhaka, Guendouzi   Özil, Willock, Aubameyang
DEF MID ///   Torreira, Xhaka
DEF Tierney, D. Luiz, Holding, Bellerin   Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Pepe > Willock, Tierney > Kolasinac, Martinelli > Lacazette
       
Goals ///   Lacazette (Özil)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 6

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
   
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita
   
Ruled out Van Aanholt, Ward, Sakho (red card suspension)
Doubtful Meyer, Cahill, Dann
Notes Manager Roy Hodgson is finding himself in the middle of a defensive injury crisis, with Ward and Van Aanholt out injured, Dann and Cahill doubtful for Saturday’s game, and Sakho out suspended for three games. As he did in GW15, Schlupp is expected to fill at left-back, while cheap FPL player Kelly should start on the opposite side. The central pair can be formed by Tomkins and possibly Cahill, who looks set to feature. In the middle, captain Milivojevic is joined by Kouyaté and McArthur, like in gameweek 15. Up front, Zaha and Townsned are expected to support striker Ayew, from the left and the right, respectively. Guaita should continue in goal against Watford.

SPURS (home vs. Burnley)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Lo Celso
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier
DEF Rose, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Lloris, Davies
Doubtful Lamela, Vorm
Notes A tough defeat at Old Trafford last round and just two full days of rest might result in manager José Mourinho making some changes to the starting lineup. Gazzaniga will start in goal, protected by central defenders Sanchez and Alderweireld. On the left, the rested Rose could replace Vertonghen, who is playing a little out of position at left-back and who has played several games in a short period of time now. On the right we expect the improving Aurier. The central midfield block was formed by Winks and Sissoko in GW15, and seeing as Mourinho has been tinkering with these positions, we believe Ndombele and Dier could start against Burnley on Saturday. Three of the four offensive positions are pretty much filled in, with Son, Alli and Kane retaining their starting spots and Alli playing in quite an advanced role. Moura hasn’t been completely convincing at the right side of the midfield, so Mou might see this as a good opportunity to start with Real Betis-loanee Lo Celso in front of his own fans.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Norwich)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful None
Notes Manager Chris Wilder surprised a few of us at the start of this week by beginning with Sharp and McBurnie up front against Newcastle, instead of the usual McGoldrick and Mousset. The disappointing result against the Magpies, the lack of serious injuries in the squad and Wilder’s tendency to stick to a so far proven concept have us expecting a very familiar Blades lineup. We believe McGoldrick and Mousset will be restored at Carrow Road, while it would be logical for Sheffield United to want to bounce back after Thursday’s home loss. Therefore, we expect the strongest eleven and no surprises this weekend.

ARSENAL (away vs. West Ham)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Ceballos
Doubtful Holding
Notes For caretaker manager Ljungberg, it’s currently a balancing exercise between rotating players due to the congested schedule and sticking to his best players in the middle of this gigantic slump in which the Gunners find themselves at the moment. The home loss against Brighton on Thursday evening did not do their already brittle confidence any good and Ljungberg might want to make a statement by benching a few players. In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lacazette and Aubameyang seem to be nailed-on starters, which leaves two offensive spots open. Against West Ham, we feel these will be filled by Özil and Pepe who did look lively when coming on against Brighton. After being rested in GW15, Guendouzi is expected back in midfield, probably to partner Torreira. With Leno in goal, we predict the defence might be formed by Tierney on the left (he replaced Kolasinac in the 73rd minute in GW15), D. Luiz and Sokratis centrally, and Bellerin at right-back (who also started and completed the 90 minutes mid-week). It’s also possible that Ljungberg will opt for Chambers on the right with fatigue and the busy schedule in mind.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 4th to 6th

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 2 covers the teams in positions 4 to 6, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Chelsea Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Wolves Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Manchester United Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 3 to 7)

3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Wolves 23 pts
6 Manchester United 21 pts
7 Crystal Palace 21 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

CHELSEA (home vs. Aston Villa, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Giroud   Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian   Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté   Kovacic, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, R. James
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (Late 2nd half) Batshuayi > Abraham, Hudson-Odoi > Pulisic, Jorginho > Willian
       
Goals ///   Abraham (R. James), Mount (Abraham)

WOLVES (home vs. West Ham, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 5 – 2 – 3   5 – 2 – 3
       
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré   Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho   Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty   Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio   Patricio
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Neto > Jota, Cutrone > Jimenez, Bennett > Traoré
       
Goals ///   Dendoncker (Moutinho), Cutrone (Neto)

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Spurs, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Martial   Greenwood
MID Rashford, Lingard, D. James   Rashford, Lingard, D. James,
DEF MID McTominay, Fred   McTominay, Fred
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka   Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (Late 2nd half) Pereira > Greenwood, Shaw > Lingard
       
Goals ///   Rashford, Rashford (pen)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 16

CHELSEA (away vs. Everton)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek
Doubtful Rüdiger, Barkley
Notes Chelsea will be facing a struggling and manager-less Everton on Saturday. The defence shielding Kepa will likely consist of Emerson, Tomori (who were both rested for GW15), Zouma and Azpilicueta. Seeing as Azpilicueta and Zouma played the full 90 minutes against Villa on Wednesday, Lampard might opt for R. James and/or Christensen again. There are currently three players vying for the two central midfield spots: Kanté, Kovacic and Jorginho. The former two started mind-week, so we can see Jorginho coming on (for Kovacic) this weekend. Up front, even though Abraham limped off late on against Villa he is expected to be fit and starting, with Pulisic and perhaps Willian (assuming fully recovered from his knock against Villa, although CHO could be preferred) on his sides, and Mount in the central number-ten position. If Lampard wants to rest Pulisic or Willian, who played 86 and 90 minutes respectively this week, Hudson-Odoi and Pedro would be top of the list. Another possibility is to move Mount to the wing and have the three of Jorginho, Kanté and Kovacic start against the Toffees.

WOLVES (away vs. Brighton)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
   
Ruled out Boly, Gibbs-White
Doubtful None
Notes Considering Wolverhampton’s current fifth spot in the league, manager Espirito Santo will have little reason to mix up his squad. Key central defender Boly remains out injured, but Bennett is fit again and there are not other immediate injury concerns. While Bennett was an assured starter prior to his injury, it remains to be seen if he will displace Saiss as part of the central back three. Dendonker has been good centrally and scored in GW15, so we expect him to retain his spot. Neves and Moutinho are expected to once again form the double pivot. In attack, we expect the usual three: Jimenez, flanked by Jota and Traoré. Most of the Wolves players have been playing twice a week for much of the season!

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Manchester City)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Rashford, Martial, D. James
MID Fred, McTominay
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out Pogba, Bailly, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah
Doubtful Matic, Rojo, Martial
Notes We’re tempted to say that manager Solskjaer won’t tinker too much after a home victory over Spurs, but City at the Etihad are another kind of beast altogether. We can imagine a starting 5-man defence consisting of Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, possibly Tuanzebe and Wan-Bissaka. Poga remains sidelined (although is not far away from playing again) and we can’t imagine Matic being thrown into this match after such a long time out, so the two spots in front of United’s defence will likely be filled by Fred and McTominay. Despite the doubt surrounding Martial’s likeliness of starting up front, we have picked him to begin up front, with D. James and Rashford on his favoured left side to cause City some trouble on the counter. If Martial is not fit then Greenwood should again take his spot up front. In the United goal, we obviously expect De Gea.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 3rd

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 3, part 2 covers the lineups for positions 4 to 6, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 16 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 15, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 16.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW16

Liverpool Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Leicester City Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week
Manchester City Gameweek 15 taking place mid-week

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 16 (positions 1 to 5)

1 Liverpool 43 pts
2 Leicester City 35 pts
3 Manchester City 32 pts
4 Chelsea 29 pts
5 Wolves 23 pts

Lineups for gameweek 15: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Everton, 5-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Origi, Mané, Shaqiri
MID O.-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Henderson   Milner, Lallana, Wijnaldum
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold
GK Adrian   Adrian
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Henderson > Lallana, Firmino > Origi, Gomez > A.-Arnold
       
Goals ///   Origi (Mané), Shaqiri (Mané), Origi (Lovren), Mané (A.-Arnold), Wijnaldum (Firmino)

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Watford, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira   Fuchs, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Praet > Ayoze, Choudhury > Tielemans, J. Justin > H. Barnes
       
Goals ///   Vardy (pen, Evans), Maddison (J. Justin)

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Burnley, 1-4)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 15   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 15
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B Silva   Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B. Silva
MID Foden, Rodri, De Bruyne   D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Cancelo   Angeliño, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Mahrez > Sterling, Foden > De Bruyne, Garcia > Fernandinho
       
Goals ///   G. Jesus (D. Silva), G. Jesus (B. Silva), Rodri (D. Silva), Mahrez (B. Silva)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 16

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Bournemouth)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Alisson
   
Ruled out Fabinho, Clyne, Matip
Doubtful None
Notes Last round, manager Jurgen Klopp mixed it up, bringing in Origi, Shaqiri, Milner and Lallana in from the start, instead of the rested Firmino (entered in minute 73), Salah, Henderson (came on in the 72nd minute) and Ox. Alisson is back from his suspension, while we expect the four in front of him to remain intact. Most likely to be rested at some point are Robertson and TAA, but they seem safe for now as Gomez hasn’t exactly been brilliant and Matip still out injured. Up front, Firmino and Salah can be expected to return, while Mané seems immune to congested fixture calenders. Should he be next in line for a rest though, Origi could come on. It’s a bit of a guessing game in the middle, but there seems to be a lot of talk about an Oxlade-Keita-Henderson midfield in the run-up to the weekend, so Wijnaldum can be rested as he’s not had 2 matches in a row. Injury-wise, the situation for the Reds is quite clear, but rotation-wise, keep an eye on last-minute team news.

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful D. Gray, Chilwell
Notes Manager Brendan Rodgers had to tinker with his starting lineup for the first time in a long time last round, as left-back Chilwell needed a last-minute replacement. For the rest, the team remained intact. Rodgers is hoping for his return this weekend, which would mean the bench again for Fuchs. Rotation is always a risk in December, but seeing as the Foxes do not play in Europe, they have a lot less need to rotate. We expect Rodgers to pick a starting lineup that is largely if not completely identical to the one he picked last gameweek, bar Fuchs at left-back. Iheanacho is pushing Perez for his starting place.

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Manchester United)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez
MID D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Laporte, Aguero
Doubtful Zinchenko
Notes Ederson starts in goal. In front of him, Pep should revert to the central duo consisting of Fernandinho and Stones, flanked by Mendy on the left and maybe Walker, whose experience with Manchester derbies might be welcome, on the right even though he has had 2 matches in a row and otherwise you’d expect Cancelo to take his place. In the middle, two spots are expected to be taken up by De Bruyne and Rodri. We’d say that the third spot is between D. Silva, Gundogan and Foden, with Silva being our guess, despite his 90 minutes on Tuesday versus Burnley which was his 2nd match in a few days. Up front, we expect Jesus to be accompanied by Sterling on the left and Mahrez on the right, as the Algerian winger has now scored 2 goals in 3 gameweeks, including the 18 minutes he got on Tuesday. Bernardo Silva started that game, played very well and is naturally in contention for this one as well, but we’ve gone with Mahrez for now.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 16 Preview

“Gameweek 16’s game of the week is taking place at the Etihad, where City are welcoming United on Saturday evening” (CC by 2.0). Image by Riik@mctr.

Alright, first things first. To those who followed our very well-meant, but ultimately unfortunate, back-to-back recommendations of Aubameyang as a preferred premium: we’ve learned our lesson (again). Stay away from Arsenal assets (again). The club seems in serious disarray at various levels and yesterday’s home loss against Brighton did not do much to help us believe that’s going to change any time soon, so that’s our first decision for gameweek 16.

After a relatively high-scoring gameweek 15, the next round of fixtures is already upon us, just 24 hours after the Arsenal game ended. From an Fantasy Premier League perspective, there are a few interesting games, such as Burnley’s visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the clash at Goodison Park between Chelsea and an Everton side currently in the relegation zone, and current leaders Liverpool taking on Bournemouth on the south coast. From a general perspective, and possibly an FPL perspective if the visitors decide to have another off-day, it’s the Manchester Derby between City and United at the Etihad that stands out. With a majority of the clubs in the top-half of the table playing an away game this weekend, it looks like it’s going to be another interesting and hopefully not too upsetting affair.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 16 is set at 11h30 (GMT+0) on Saturday, December 7th.

How did our fantasy picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium P-E Aubameyang Brighton (H) 2
Premium Jamie Vardy Watford (H) 5
Non-premium Raul Jimenez West Ham (H) 2
Non-premium John Lundstram Newcastle (H) 1
Differential James Ward-Prowse Norwich (H) 5
Differential Willian Aston Villa (H) 2
Captain P-E Aubameyang Brighton (H) 4

Premium fantasy picks

Last night, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) became the third player this season to see his price rise by at least a million, after it happened to John Lundstram and Tammy Abraham a few weeks back. The Leicester forward was already a very premium pick as far as his performances and FPL points total went, but by breaking the 10m barrier, he has also joined the elite price-wise. In the middle of a busy week and a busy month, the certainty of Vardy starting up front for the in-form Foxes can be more than valuable in FPL. It can be decisive. The English striker is playing Villa away this weekend before his team are hosting Norwich in gameweek 17. With Vardy currently being the most-owned player in the official game (selected by almost 50% of teams), you can expect his involvement to be huge over the coming weeks. In gameweek 15, he became the first player in FPL history to be captained by more than two million people and he could well break that record again this weekend or the next. That’s what scoring in seven consecutive games (9 goals, 3 assists, 69 FPL points) gets you (Vardy’s record is 11 successive games so he may not be finished just yet). There are alternatives to the man in form, but if you do choose to keep going without Vardy, your alternative choice better be have a good day.

With most of the official game’s premium fantasy picks playing away games this weekend, we have gone with one of the few who have a home game coming up. True, for Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m), that home game is a Manchester Derby at the Etihad, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an interesting prospect. First of all, he is starting against United (right, Pep…?!). Second of all, with 2 goals and 20 FPL points from his last three games, he’s in decent form. Third of all, Man United have played 7 away games so far and from that stretch they have taken just 6 points (only six teams performed worse in away games, surprisingly including Arsenal, Spurs and Everton). Fourth of all, in those seven away games, the Red Devils have scored just 8 goals, while conceding 10. In other words, despite Marcus Rashford’s great form, recent performances point at a Man City victory in this derby. The hope is that Kevin de Bruyne is going to be the one orchestrating that victory.

Non-premium fantasy picks

When Jamies Vardy is in title-winning form and you, as a mid-priced FPL asset, outscore him over the last three gameweeks, then you’re going to end up in this list. Tottenham’s Dele Alli (£8.6m) has been sensational of late, scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist for 29 FPL points over that period. Next up is a Burnley side that are having a decent season, but got outplayed losing 4-1 on their own pitch to Man City in gameweek 15 (and alos lost at home 2-0 to Palace in GW14). The Clarets roll up to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having conceded 11 goals in 7 away games, while the home team has managed to put 14 in the net in 7 home games. Sean Dyche’s men are no push-overs and we’re more than sure that José Mourinho is aware of this, but we are seeing a Spurs victory here, and a good chance on attacking returns for their shadow striker, Dele Alli, who’s clearly enjoying playing in an advanced role (at times well in front of Kane!).

Our second non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 16 is the man who has been on the mind of millions of FPL managers over the past two gameweeks or so. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) missed gameweek 14 due to injury and despite the club, the manager and Tammy himself stating that he was very likely to return to action soon, he was transferred out by so many impatient FPL managers that his price dipped below £8.0m again, but it were the patient managers who were rewarded. Abraham returned in full force last gameweek, scoring a goal and assisting another against Villa at Stamford Bridge, and brought his owners 12 FPL points. This coming Saturday, Chelsea are visiting a struggling Everton side that has taken just 10 points from 7 home games. The Toffees conceded 10 goals over that stretch, while the Blues’ 19 goals scored in 7 away games show that Lampard’s men are more than comfortable netting away from their own ground. It’s not that Everton don’t have quality players, because they do, but their current form has seen them drop into the relegation zone and Abraham might well be the one to make things worse for them this weekend. Do bear in mind that Abraham limped off late on against Villa in GW15 so is a slight injury doubt for GW16.

A differential fantasy pick or two

Our first differential pick is one for the short to medium term, but one that could pay off big over that period. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is expected to be unavailable through injury for at least another two weeks, Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) seems to be assured of starting spots and playing minutes for the Cityzens. While his first game after Aguero’s injury was disappointing, at least in terms of FPL returns, his second game last round resulted in 2 goals and a wonderful 13-point haul. He played the full 90 minutes in that game at Turf Moor, and we see no reason why that shouldn’t be the case for the upcoming games against Man United (home) and Arsenal (away). It’s true that these are, on paper at least, difficult fixtures, but the Red Devils and the Gunners are not in impressive form, and that’s a bit of an understatement. We can easily see City put a few past each of them, and when they do, chances are high that the 3.4% of FPL managers who currently own Gabriel Jesus will be very happy. Man City dominated their match at Burnley in GW15 and with that much possession and control of the ball it’s likely Jesus will see some chances come his way.

The second differential pick for gameweek 16 is Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m). This is, in essence, another pick for the short to medium term, considering that the Saints are facing Newcastle away this weekend, followed by West Ham at Saint Mary’s and Aston Villa at Villa Park. Saints striker Danny Ings has been taking up most of the spotlight of late, which is logical considering he has scored a goal in four consecutive Premier League games now (and picked up more than one 3 point bonus), but JWP has been just as instrumental for his side. He is their main creator, which is why he is also on most set-pieces, including penalties. The Saints are finding a bit of form, illustrated by a draw at Arsenal and two home victories in the last three PL games. Newcastle at Saint James’ Park are no walk-over (6 goals conceded in 7 home games), while West Ham have conceded 11 in eight away games and Villa 7 in seven home games. JWP and co have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t mean that the playmaker is not an outstanding option as a fifth or even a fourth midfielder in your squad for the weeks to come.

For further GW16 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the latest FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Jimenez (150,000 sold), Aubameyang, Kane & Aguero (injured) to fund the buying of Abraham (225,000 buys but did limp off at near the end of the match against Villa), Rashford, Vardy (ownership now 48%), and Ings (8%).

Midfielders – Martial & Sterling are the big sellers (about 125,000 each) followed by Salah, Pulisic and KDB (!) and the money instead is being used on buying Alli (235,000 buys), Mane, Son, Maddison & Zaha.

Defenders – Chilwell (injury doubt), PVA (injury), Digne, Robertson & Tomori are being sold (but lowish numbers) with the proceeds then spent on the cheap (£4.1m) Kelly, Soyuncu, Pereira, Aurier, Dunk & TAA.

Goalkeepers – Ederson tops the sold list next to Pope. Schmeichel & Ryan top the most bought.

The captaincy

With so many of gameweek 16’s “favourites” playing away from home, picking a captain wasn’t easy. Eventually we went with Kevin de Bruyne, who seems to be combining good form with a winnable (but still derby) game at home this weekend. Tottenham stars like Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli are high up the list as well, seeing as they are playing a home game against Burnley that they are expected to win comfortably.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW16 has Vardy leading the way but this gameweek there are other good options.

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THE SEASON DEFINING PERIOD IS HERE – AND HERE’S HOW TO COME OUT ON TOP

The football season is well and truly underway now with the table more than taking shape and form patterns establishing but, as in the real world, the period from now up until the New Year can be a defining month for your side with so many points up for grabs.

Whether your aspirations are cementing your place at the top, breaking into the top four or even just battling to get your head above the relegation zone then the below tips will see you through.

Say hurrah to Tammy

Frank Lampard has been an almost instant hit since jetting into Stamford Bridge and England striker Tammy Abraham has been a key component of their good form having contributed 11 goals and three assists. So why is now the time to get shot of him?

Well firstly, the key to fantasy football is about getting in as a player hits their hot streak and bailing before the dip and we think Abraham’s drop off could be on the horizon. He’s still a youngster, for one thing, and it would be a huge ask for him to replicate his form up to now for too much longer – especially, given he’s been out with a knock – and that’s also true of the players around him so the whole side could suffer a little tail off.

A shaky defence and King Kev

Manchester City are trailing league leaders Liverpool by what, to some, looks like an insurmountable margin. Pep Guardiola’s men have looked untouchable over the past two seasons but the loss of long serving captain Vincent Kompany combined with the injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte mean City have a vulnerability about them.

Teams who face City now set up knowing they can get at the Champions’ backline, which means if they keep it tight at the other end then they can take points. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight games across all competitions so you might want to keep away from any City defenders.

Regardless of teams lining up with a defensive, counter attacking mentality though you still fancy the Citizens to find a way through; Kevin de Bruyne is the key player in those scenarios with a range of passing that would rival that of a NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback. No matter how tight a match is you fancy – or even expect – the Belgian to conjure up some magic either in terms of providing a defence splitting pass or thumping home an unstoppable strike himself.

So far this season De Bruyne has averaged 2.7 shots per game that have yielded four goals and he’s central to a lot of the teams’ creativity with nine assists to his name as well as creating at least one clear chance per game for his teammates.

Jose’s Spurs Dele-ightful

A few weeks ago, it would have been a mammoth call to load your team with Spurs players but now Jose Mourinho is at the helm it looks a wise move to get them in. He’s already motivated Dele Alli enough to rediscover his form of old; the ex-MK Dons man has now scored three and assisted two in just three games. Another player who has stood out under Mourinho is Son Heung-min.

Son has been singled out for praise by his new boss after winning a record breaking third Asian player of the year award and the midfield duo, along with obvious choice Harry Kane, have all the ability in the world and they’re all ‘Mourinho players’ in the sense that they have physical attributes, technical quality and work hard in both directions. If their gaffer can continue to keep them on their upward trajectory then the sky is the limit for what they, as individuals and a team, might achieve.

There you have it, three key things to consider as the busiest period of the season gets underway. Wait to make your move and you might live to regret not acting more swiftly.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 15 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 7th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 3 covers the teams in positions 7 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 2 looks at the formations for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 15 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 14, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 15.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW15

Sheffield United GW14
Arsenal GW14
Manchester United GW14
Burnley GW14

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 15 (positions 7 to 10)

7 Sheffield United 19 pts
8 Arsenal 19 pts
9 Manchester United 18 pts
10 Burnley 18 pts

Lineups for gameweek 14: Predicted vs. confirmed

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Wolves, 1-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset   McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson   Henderson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) McBurnie > McGoldrick, Robinson > Mousset, Freeman > Lundstram
       
Goals ///   Mousset (Baldock)

ARSENAL (away vs. Norwich, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Lacazette   Özil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe   Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   ///
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Mustafi, Chambers
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Torreira > Willock, Saka > Guendouzi, Martinelli > Özil
       
Goals ///   Aubameyang (Mustafi), Aubameyang (Özil)

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Aston Villa, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Martial   Martial
MID Rashford, Pereira, James   Rashford, Mata, James
DEF MID Matic, Fred   Pereira, Fred
DEF B. Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka   B. Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Lingard > Mata, Shaw > B. Williams, Greenwood > Martial
       
Goals ///   Heaton (OG, Rashford), Lindelof

BURNLEY (home vs. Crystal Palace, 0-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 4 – 2   4 – 4 – 2
       
FOR Barnes, Wood   Barnes, Wood
MID Brady, Cork, Hendrick, McNeil   McNeil, Cork, Hendrick, Brady
DEF Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley   Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley
GK Pope   Pope
       
Subs ///   (1st half) Pieters > Taylor  (2nd half) Rodriguez > Barnes, Lennon > Brady
       
Goals ///   ///

Predicted lineups for gameweek 15

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Newcastle)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful None
Notes Manager Chris Wilder has no new injury concerns that are relevant to the starting eleven. With Egan back fit, Jagielka will remain on the bench. Despite the short turn-around time between matches, we expect Sheffield United to extend their current unbeaten run to 8 Premier League games with the same starting eleven as in gameweek 14 although McBurnie could start instead of McGoldrick.

ARSENAL (home vs. Brighton)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe
MID Willock, Xhaka, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, D. Luiz, Holding, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Ceballos
Doubtful Holding, Bellerin
Notes Without digressing too much from a familiar tactic, caretaker manager Ljungberg did make some personnel changes in gameweek 14 and he could do so again this week for his second game in charge. He chose a variation of the 4-3-3 formation, so we’re assuming he will continue to build on that. Mustafi was declared fit and started in place of Sokratis in GW14, but considering the German’s performance, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him replaced by either Sokratis, Chambers or (if fit again) Holding. We feel Tierney and Bellerin (if recovered from injury) will get their chance at the full-back positions, while D. Luiz seems to be the most assured starter out of all Gunners defenders. Ljungberg seems to have given Xhaka another chance and in a three-man midfield, he should have Guendouzi on his right side and we expect Willock (or possibly Saka) on his left. Up front, Lacazette leads the line, flanked by Aubameyang and one of Özil or Pepe.

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Spurs)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Martial
MID Rashford, Lingard, D. James
DEF MID McTominay, Fred
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out Pogba, Bailly, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Matic
Doubtful McTominay
Notes After a few roller-coaster weeks, young left-back B. Williams could lose his spot to Shaw, who is fit again after injury. Centrally, Maguire and Lindelof are expected to retain their spots, as is Wan-Bissaka on the right. Solskjaer has already stated that they are monitoring McTominay’s fitness and that he will return as soon as he is able, which might be this gameweek. Pogba is still out, so the Scot will be accompanied by Fred in the middle. Attacking impulses should come from Martial, Rashford and D. James, plus either Mata (who started gameweek 14 on 10) or Lingard (who replaced Mata after 74 minutes).

BURNLEY (home vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 4 – 2
   
FOR Barnes, Wood
MID McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick
DEF Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley
GK Pope
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful Gudmundsson, Westwood, Pieters, Taylor
Notes The Clarets went through a disappointing gameweek 14, but manager Sean Dyche is not expected to make any more changes than strictly necessary. Westwood is back from his suspension and, if fully fit, should slot right back in, at the cost of Brady. Hendrick will move back to the right side of the midfield as a result. In defence, Taylor was taken off injured in the 38th minute last weekend and replaced by Erik Pieters (who also picked up a knock). The Dutchman should keep his place at left-back. Up front, Barnes and Wood are going to battle out with Man City’s brittle defence. Will Fernandinho cope with their height and strength?

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 15 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 4th to 6th

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 2 covers the teams in positions 4 to 6, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 15 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 14, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 15.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW15

Chelsea GW14
Spurs GW14
Wolves GW14

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 15 (positions 4 to 6)

4 Chelsea 26 pts
5 Spurs 20 pts
6 Wolves 20 pts

Lineups for gameweek 14: Predicted vs. confirmed

CHELSEA (home vs. West Ham, 0-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Pulisic, Batshuayi, Willian   Pulisic, Giroud, Pedro
MID Mount, Jorginho, Kanté   Kovacic, Mount, Jorginho
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, James
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Willian > Pedro, Kanté > Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi > Giroud
       
Goals ///   ///

SPURS (home vs. Bournemouth, 3-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Son, Alli, Moura   Son, Alli, Sissoko
DEF MID Winks, Dier   Dier, Ndombele
DEF Rose, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier   Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Moura > Ndombele, Lo Celso > Son, Winks > Alli
       
Goals ///   Alli (Son), Alli (Alderweireld), Sissoko (Son)

WOLVES (home vs. Sheffield United, 1-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 5 – 2 – 3   5 – 2 – 3
       
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré   Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Moutinho, Neves   Moutinho, Neves
DEF Jonny, Bennett, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty   Jonny, Kilman, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio   Patricio
       
Subs ///   ///
       
Goals ///   Doherty (Jimenez)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 15

CHELSEA (home vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Giroud
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek, Rüdiger
Doubtful Abraham, Barkley
Notes The four defenders in front of Kepa are likely to be Emerson, Tomori, Zouma and Azpilicueta, as the latter was rested over the weekend and replaced by R. James. Kanté came on after 63 minutes to replace Jorginho in gameweek 14, so we expect the Frenchman to start this time, together with Jorginho and instead of Kovacic, who played the full 90 minutes against West Ham. Up front, we expect Willian to enter in place of Pedro, and for Pulisic and Mount to retain their spots as Hudson-Odoi and Pedro hope for playing time as substitutes. In terms of the striker, we expected Batshuayi last weekend and it turned out to be Giroud, so we’re sticking with the French forward this time but will Lampard?

SPURS (away vs. Manchester United)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Sissoko
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Lloris, Davies, Lamela, Vorm
Doubtful ///
Notes Looking back on gameweek 14 and keeping Mourinho’s first three games for Spurs in mind, there are more or less 3 starting spots up for grabs: left-back, now that Davies is out and Vertonghen replaced him against Bournemouth, right-wing, where Sissoko replaced Moura to start in that same game, and one side of the double pivot in the middle, which has been filled in by both Winks and Ndombele. Seeing as Vertonghen filled in well, he should keep his place, and we expect the same for Sissoko given the away game to Man Utd, who scored the winner against the Cherries and put down an overall good display but Moura will be fresher. We see Dier being accompanied by Ndombele in the middle, while Son, Alli and Kane are all part of the now potent Spurs offense.

WOLVES (home vs. West Ham)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Neves, Moutinho
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
   
Ruled out Boly, Gibbs-White
Doubtful Bennett
Notes Wolves have no new injury concerns and manager Espirito Santo is not known for rotating much, so we expect pretty much the same team this week as the team that lined up from the start in gameweek 14. Saiss is back from suspension and will likely replace Kilman, and that should be it. Also keep an eye on Bennett, as he was an undisputed starting defender before getting the injury that he has now recovered from. Should Espirito Santo decide to rotate a bit this week, then the likes of Vinagre (instead of Jonny), Neto and Cutrone come to mind.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 15 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 3rd

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 3, part 2 covers the lineups for positions 4 to 6, and part 3 looks at the formations for positions 7 to 10. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 15 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 14, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 15.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW15

Liverpool GW14
Leicester City GW14
Manchester City GW14

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 15 (positions 1 to 3)

1 Liverpool 40 pts
2 Leicester City 32 pts
3 Manchester City 29 pts

Lineups for gameweek 14: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Brighton, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson   O.-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold
GK Alisson   Alisson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Lallana > Salah, Origi > Firmino, Adrian > O.-Chamberlain
       
Goals ///   Van Dijk (A.-Arnold), Van Dijk (A.-Arnold)

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Everton, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira   Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Iheanacho > Ayoze, Albrighton > H. Barnes
       
Goals ///   Vardy (Iheanacho), Iheanacho (Pereira)

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Newcastle, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 14   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 14
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva   Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez
MID David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne   David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker   Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson   Ederson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) B. Silva > Mahrez, Foden > D. Silva, Rodri > G. Jesus
       
Goals ///   Sterling (D. Silva), De Bruyne

Predicted lineups for gameweek 15

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Everton)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Adrian
   
Ruled out Fabinho, Clyne, Matip, Alisson (suspended 1 match)
Doubtful None
Notes As a result of Alisson’s red card, Adrian will start in goal for the Reds. Rotation could be turned up a notch by Klopp from now on, as Liverpool have the busiest December month of all clubs coming up, but we expect largely the same lineup as the one that started gameweek 14. Amongst the players most likely to be introduced should Klopp rotate are Keita (instead of Oxlade or Wijnaldum), Gomez (instead of A.-Arnold) and Origi (instead of one of the front three). Robertson is playing through pain due to a sore ankle which has meant he has minimal training.

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF MID Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful D. Gray
Notes While the positive results keep rolling in and there is no sign of extreme fatigue, Brendan Rodgers is expected to stick to his successful lineup. The absence of serious injuries to key players makes this a lot easier for the Scottish manager. The Foxes have no European obligations this month, either. We expect an identical starting lineup in comparison to the one last weekend although Iheanacho may well get the nod ahead of Perez after his impressive sub appearance yesterday.

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Burnley)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, B Silva
MID Foden, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Cancelo
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Sané, Laporte, Aguero, Gundogan (1-match suspension, yellow cards)
Doubtful Zinchenko
Notes With the Burnley game following a little over two days after the gameweek 14 game versus Newcastle, we’re expecting rotation galore for this one. Ederson will start in goal. Seeing as Mendy started at left-back and Walker at right-back in the weekend, we might well see Angeliño and Cancelo replace the Frenchman and the Englishman, respectively. Fernandinho and Stones should form the centre. Gundogan’s suspension should lead to Rodri starting as defensive midfielder, with De Bruyne on his right. On the left side, we have a feeling Foden might start instead of D. Silva, who is rested frequently. Up front, Gabriel Jesus leads the line, with Sterling to his left and either B. Silva or Mahrez to his left. Seeing as Mahrez started against Newcastle, failed to make a real impact and was replaced by B. Silva, we feel the Portuguese technician could get the nod this time.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 15 Preview

“Is Jamie Vardy making it 7 Premier League games with at least one goal in a row in gameweek 15?”
(CC by 4.0). Image by Sisto Micheli.

With gameweek 14 behind us, we have now officially entered FPL’s December period, one of the season’s busiest periods as Premier League games come flying in thick and fast now. Including gameweek 14, England’s elite clubs are turning up no less than seven times before the 1st of January, 2020, and that’s not including cup games and European football. Just take this week: by the end of it, we will have two more gameweeks behind us. As if the season wasn’t unpredictable enough yet, squad depth and good planning are going to be especially important keywords for Fantasy Premier League managers over the coming weeks. In that light, also check out our lineup prediction articles in the build-up to each gameweek.

Ine gameweek 15, we see Manchester City visit Burnley, Chelsea host new boys Aston Villa, and, of course, José Mourinho’s Spurs roll up to Old Trafford (will he know which dug-out to sit in?), just to name a few games. Oh, and there is a Merseyside Derby at 20h15 (GMT+0) on Wednesday night. Plenty to look forward to, so here are our fantasy picks for gameweek 15.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for FPL gameweek 15 is set at 18h30 (GMT+0) on Tuesday, December 3rd.

How did our fantasy picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Jamie Vardy Everton (H) 6
Premium P-E Aubameyang Norwich (a) 13
Non-premium Marcus Rashford Aston Villa (H) 5
Non-premium Tammy Abraham West Ham (H) 0 (injured)
Differential Danny Ings Watford (H) 9
Differential Dwight McNeil Crystal Palace (H) 1
Captain P-E Aubameyang Norwich (a) 26

Premium picks

If you read our preview for gameweek 14, you might remember that one of our two premium fantasy picks for that round was Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m), for whom the Away game against Norwich was the very last chance he got from us to show that he is still worth consideration as a premium asset. Well, a brace and 13 FPL points later we can say that the Gunners striker took that chance and with Brighton at the Emirates up next, he’s faced with the perfect opportunity to really put himself back into the fold. Only Norwich have fared worse than Brighton in Away games this season, as the Seagulls have just taken four points from seven games away from Home. Over that run, they conceded 13 goals, which equals to an average of just under two goals per game. Aubameyang, on the other hand, seems to have found back some of his earlier-season form with 3 goals and an assist in the last four gameweeks. Despite Arsenal’s issues, the Gabonese forward has still manage to score 10 goals and provide 2 assists for a total of 87 FPL points. With Brighton up next and West Ham away next, we can see him building on those tallies in the very near future.

They say the sweet spot for FPL player picks is located right there where form meets fixtures. That’s why we can’t ignore Jamie Vardy (£9.9m) for the third time in the last four gameweeks. The Leicester forward has scored an incredible 11 goals in his last eight Premier League games, a run that includes at least one goal in each of the last six games. He was the first player to reach 100 FPL points this season last weekend and he’s currently still the only player to have crossed that milestone. As a result of all this, Vardy has also become the most-owned player in the official game (ownership of 46%). With the rest of the Foxes, he is welcoming bottom-of-the-table Watford to the King Power on Wednesday. The Hornets have fired manager Sanchez Flores last weekend after just three months in charge, so it remains to be seen how they turn up against Leicester, both tactically and mentally, but what’s certain is that Vardy will most likely be causing them all kinds problems. Only Newcastle have conceded more goals in away games (16) than Watford’s 15 in seven games, so don’t be surprised if the English attacker makes it seven FPL returns in a row.

Non-premium picks

After four gameweeks with consecutive returns and with a home game against West Ham coming up next, this feels like as good a time as any to recommend Raul Jimenez (£7.7m). The Mexican striker has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in his last four Premier League games for Wolves, helping him to a current FPL points total of 73. As a matter of fact, when looking back further, Jimenez has returned 4 goals and 3 assists over the last seven games, and he returned 49 FPL points in that time. The only forward to do better over that same period is Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. We will see soon enough if West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has found a permanent solution to his team’s troubles or if the 0-1 victory over Chelsea last Saturday was just an accident, but Wolves will be hoping to meet the Hammers side that lost 2-3 at home to goal-shy Newcastle in gameweek 12, lost 3-0 at Turf Moor in gameweek 13 and lost 2-3 at home to Spurs last weekend. We’re betting on Jimenez making it five consecutive gameweeks with attacking returns in gameweek 15.

The second non-premium fantasy pick for this week is a defender, but not really. John Lundstram (£5.0m) is not a defender, but a box-to-box midfielder with scoring abilities in the form of his life who was classified as a defender by FPL at the start of the 2019-20 campaign. And not just any defender, but the cheapest possible kind, with a starting price tag of £4.0m. Oh, if they had only known… The highest-scoring defender in the official game after 14 gameweeks (Lundstram that is, tied with Ricardo Pereira at 75 FPL points) is facing Newcastle at home in gameweek 15 and returns at both sides of the pitch could be on the cards. No team in the entire league has conceded more goals in away matches than the Magpies (16 in 7 games), while they netted only six times in those games. Only Norwich (3) and Watford (5) have scored less away goals. Sheffield United is not the most prolific team in front of goal either (9 goals in 7 home games), but their 7 conceded goals in seven games do not bode well for Newcastle. We count on a Sheffield United clean sheet and at least a few chances for Lundstram to get some attacking returns. Lundstrum is the 2nd most owned player in FPL just behind Vardy at 45.6%.

A differential pick or two

Our first differential fantasy pick for gameweek 15 is Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m). The young Englishman’s form has been picking up considerably over the past four gameweeks, considering the three goals he scored over that period. His season tallies now stand at 4 goals and no assists, which is a  bit odd considering the fact that JWP is in charge of most set-pieces for the Saints. He hasn’t missed a single minute of Premier League football yet this season and Southampton have one of the kinder fixture schedules out of all clubs for this December month. After Norwich at Saint Mary’s this Wednesday, they are facing Newcastle (away), West Ham home) and Aston Villa (away) before the fixtures turn more difficult. Southampton have so far taken just four points from seven home games and scored just 7 goals during that run, while the Canaries have taken 7 points from seven away games, a run over which they conceded a worrying 18 goals. This bottom-of-the-table clash could go anywhere, but don’t be surprised if JWP finds some FPL returns for the 1.8% of FPL managers who own him in the process.

Our second differential pick and final fantasy pick overall is Chelsea’s Willian (£7.1m). The Blues suffered a disheartening home defeat against West Ham in gameweek 14, but their 66% of possession and 19 attempts on goal (6 of which hit the target) should give them something to hold onto. Last weekend, Willian was somewhat surprisingly omitted from the starting eleven for a Premier League game for the first time since gameweek 5. This probably has to do with the cramped upcoming schedule and the availability of other players who deserve playing time, so we expect the Brazilian winger to return against Aston Villa this Wednesday. His 2 goals and 3 assists are somewhat underwhelming for Willian, but so is his current ownership (2.9%), especially when considering he is a starter and a principal set-piece taker for a team that knows how to find the goal. The likes of Mount, Abraham and Pulisic have overshadowed the Brazilian so far, and perhaps deservedly so when looking at their current tallies, making him a differential to seriously consider against Villa.

For further GW15 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the latest FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Abraham (325,000 sold but he could play in GW15) & Aguero (injured) and buying Jimenez ( ownership now 23%), Mousset (5.5%), Vardy (46%), and Ings (8%).

Midfielders – Mount is the big seller then Martial, James & Salah and the money instead is being used on buying Alli (only 3.6% ownership), Zaha, Son, Cantwell & KDB.

Defenders – Digne, AWB & Pieters are being sold (but low numbers) with the proceeds then spent on Lundstram, Soyuncu, TAA & VVD (who had been sold a lot recently).

Goalkeepers – After his red card, Alisson tops the sold list (but it’s just a 1 game ban) next to Pope. Henderson & Schmeichel top the most bought.

The captaincy

After his brace at Carrow Road, which followed his assist in gameweek 13 and his goal in gameweek 11, we feel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be a good option for the captain’s armband. With Arsenal being who they are, the result against Southampton at the Emirates is far from certain, but PEA seems to be on the way back to some good form again. A third return in three gameweeks could well be on the way for the differential pick amongst the premium assets in FPL.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW15 puts the armband firmly on Vardy.

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EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 14 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 6th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over two articles (this part 2 covers the teams in positions 6 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 5). We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series but the top 10 clubs have by far the largest amount of players that are of interest to Fantasy Football managers. As far as gameweek 14 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 13, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 14.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW14

Sheffield United None
Burnley None
Arsenal Europa League group stage vs Frankfurt (H) on 27/11: 1-2 loss and Manager sacked.
Manchester United Europa League group stage vs FC Astana (a) on 27/11: 2-1 loss but a young team fielded
Spurs Champions League group stage vs Olympiacos (H) on 25/11: 4-2 victory

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 14 (positions 6 to 10)

6 Sheffield United 18 pts
7 Burnley 18 pts
8 Arsenal 18 pts
9 Manchester United 17 pts
10 Spurs 17 pts

Lineups for gameweek 13: Predicted vs. confirmed

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Manchester United, 3-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset   McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Jagielka, Basham, Baldock
GK Moore   Moore
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) McBurnie > Mousset, Sharp > McGoldrick, Robinson > Basham
       
Goals ///   Fleck (Lundstram), Mousset (Fleck), McBurnie (Robinson)

BURNLEY (away vs. Watford, 0-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 4 – 2 – 2   4 – 2 – 2
       
FOR Barnes, Wood   Barnes, Wood
MID McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick   McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick
DEF C. Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley   C. Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley
GK Pope   Pope
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Rodriguez > Wood
       
Goals ///   Wood (Tarkowski), Barnes, Tarkowski

ARSENAL (home vs. Southampton, 2-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR Aubameyang, Lacazette   Aubameyang, Lacazette
MID Özil   Özil
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers, Bellerin   Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers, Bellerin
GK Leno   Leno
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Pepe > Chambers, Willock > Torreira, Martinelli > Bellerin
       
Goals ///   Lacazette (Aubameyang), Lacazette (Martinelli)

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Sheffield United, 3-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   5 – 2 – 3
       
FOR Martial   Rashford, Martial, James
MID Rashford, Andreas Pereira, James   Fred, Andreas Pereira
DEF MID Matic, Fred   ///
DEF Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka   B. Williams, Jones, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Lingard > Jones, Greenwood > Pereira, Tuanzebe > Martial
       
Goals ///   B. Williams, Greenwood (Rashford), Rashford (James)

SPURS (away vs. West Ham, 2-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 13   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 13
Form. ///   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR ///   Kane
MID ///   Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID ///   Winks, Dier
DEF     Davies, D. Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier
GK ///   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Rose > Davies, Eriksen > Alli, Sissoko > Moura
       
Goals ///   Son (Alli), Moura (Son), Kane (Aurier)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 14

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Wolves)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out None
Doubtful Egan
Notes The only doubt in manager Chris Wilder’s team is still Egan, who is expected to come back into the starting eleven after missing gameweek 13. Should that not be possible, then Jagielka will fill in for him again. For the rest, we expect the lineup of this successful Sheffield United team to remain the same as last week when they ride up to Molineux this coming Sunday. Henderson was contractually prohibited from playing against his parent club Man United last weekend, but he will be back between the sticks against Wolves.

BURNLEY (home vs. Crystal Palace)

Form. 4 – 4 – 2
   
FOR Barnes, Wood
MID Brady, Cork, Hendrick, McNeil
DEF Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley
GK Pope
   
Ruled out Westwood (suspension, 5 yellow cards)
Doubtful Gudmundsson, Drinkwater, Vydra
Notes Burnley have no new injury concerns to deal with, just the one-match suspension of Westwood due to an accumulation of yellow cards. We would expect Hendrick to move from the right to a central midfield position in order to open up a place on the flanks for Brady. In this scenario, McNeil could move to right-midfield, so Brady would play on the left. Manager Dyche can also opt for a straighter swap with fit-again Drinkwater instead of Westwood, but the ex-Leicester man has not played a single Premier League minute for the Clarets this season. For the rest, when considering Dyche’s preference to stick to his starting eleven combined with the fact that Burnley are sitting in 7th place currently, we expect the starting lineup to remain the same when comparing it to gameweek 13.

ARSENAL (away vs. Norwich)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin
GK Leno
   
Ruled out Ceballos
Doubtful Kolasinac, Bellerin, Holding, David Luiz, Mustafi
Notes The die is cast: Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fired this week after yet another more than disappointing result (a 1-2 loss at home against Frankfurt). His assistant Freddie Ljungberg will be temporarily replacing the Spaniard when the Gunners roll up to Carrow Road on Sunday, so a logical scenario for them would be to broadly stick to what has been trained under Emery at least for another gameweek. David Luiz should be fit in time to partner Sokratis centrally in the back. Considering Kolasinac’ fitness issues, Tierney (who played the full 90 minutes vs Frankfurt) should start at left-back again. On the opposite, we expect Bellerin (who was rested mid-week) to be fit in time for the Norwich game as Arsenal pick a four-man defence against the Canaries. The double pivot in the middle is likely to be formed by Torreira and Guendouzi, though Xhaka has been welcomed back to the team and featured in the Europa League (90 min). Arsenal’s interim-manager would be wise to line up his strongest offensive assets on Sunday, which would mean Lacazette (who didn’t play mid-week) up front, backed by Aubameyang (who played the full 90 minutes on Thursday), Özil (who replaced Martinelli after 60 minutes against Frankfurt) and Pepe (who was on the bench for 90 minutes mid-week).

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Martial
MID Rashford, Pereira, James
DEF MID Matic, Fred
DEF B. Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Dalot, Rojo, Pogba
Doubtful Matic, McTominay
Notes The mid-week Europa League loss against Astana gave us little information as to how United might lineup against Aston Villa coming weekend as manager Solskjaer picked the youngest United team ever to play in an international competition. This could mean, on the other hand, that this weekend he is switching back to what broadly was last weekend’s lineup. It’s worth mentioning that Shaw returned from injury and played 90 minutes mid-week. For a home game against Villa, the hope amongst the Red Devils faithful is a four-man defence, which we expect would consist of Williams on the left (apparently Shaw was told that he will have to fight to get his spot back), Maguire and Lindelof centrally, and AWB at right-back. With McTominay probably returning in gameweek 15, the defensive midfield could be formed by Fred and Matic, who is fit again. The offensive three players backing Martial up front should be Rashford on the left, James on the right, and Pereira in the number ten slot. Lingard or Mata could play instead of Pereira but the former played 90 minutes mid-week, while the latter hasn’t started a Premier League game since gameweek 8.

SPURS (home vs. Bournemouth)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Winks, Dier
DEF Rose, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Lloris, Davies, Vorm, Lamela
Doubtful None
Notes José Mourinho now has two games under his belt as Spurs manager and in both games, he started with the same eleven players. Only the left-back position saw some variation as Davies started in gameweek 13, but got injured and was replaced by Rose, who also started against Olympiacos this week. That’s why we’re not expecting too many changes for Saturday’s game either. The defensive set-up should consist of Rose, Sanchez, Alderweireld and Aurier, with Winks and Dier starting in front of them. In attack, Son, Alli and Moura are supporting Tottenham’s very own Harry ‘Hurrican’ Kane.