EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 13 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 5th

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 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 5, part 2 covers the lineups for positions 6 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 13 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 12, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 13.

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 GW13

Liverpool International break
Leicester City International break
Chelsea International break
Manchester City International break
Sheffield United International break

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 13 (positions 1 to 5)

1 Liverpool 34 pts
2 Leicester City 26 pts
3 Chelsea 26 pts
4 Manchester City 25 pts
5 Sheffield United 17 pts

Lineups for gameweek 12: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Manchester City, 3-1)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson   Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold   Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, A.-Arnold
GK Alisson   Alisson
Subs ///   (2nd half) Milner > Henderson, Oxlade > Firmino, Gomez > Salah
Goals ///   Fabinho, Salah (Robertson), Mane (Henderson)

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

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, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira   Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
Subs ///   (2nd half) Ayoze > D. Gray, Praet > H. Barnes
Goals ///   Vardy (Tielemans), Maddison (Vardy)

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

Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
FOR Pulisic, Abraham, Willian   Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
MID Kovacic, Mount, Kanté   Kovacic, Mount, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta   Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, R. James
GK Kepa   Kepa
Subs ///   (2nd half) Batshuayi > Abraham, Hudson-Odoi > Pulisic, Gilmour > Mount
Goals ///   Abraham (Willian), Pulisic

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Liverpool)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez   Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo Silva
MID De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva   Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker   Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson   Bravo
Subs ///   (2nd half) Jesus > Aguero
Goals ///   Bernardo Silva

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

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

Predicted lineups for gameweek 13

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Crystal Palace)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
FOR Mané, Firmino, Origi
MID Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson
DEF Milner, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold
GK Alsison
Ruled out Clyne, Matip
Doubtful Salah, Robertson, Gomez
Notes In regard to the current doubts in his squad (and especially in regard to Salah), Jurgen Klopp has stated Liverpool need to be sensible about the current injuries. Salah could sit this one out. Last time Salah missed a PL game (GW9), it was Origi who started in his place, in which case it just remains to be seen whether he starts on the right wing or switches wings with Mané. If Robertson misses out, Milner is likely to replace him. Lovren will continue to replace the injured Matip. Henderson and Van Dijk had some minor issues over the past two weeks, but both are ready to feature against Palace.

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Brighton)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
Ruled out None
Doubtful None
Notes Seeing as Brendan Rodgers has no injuries of relevance to his starting eleven, we don’t expect him to change his winning team for the match at Brighton. Evans and Maddison were in the news with seemingly very minor issues over the international break, but both are expected to feature from the start.

CHELSEA (away vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Kovacic, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta
GK Kepa
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek, Rüdiger
Doubtful Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Pulisic
Notes Emerson is expected to keep his place at the cost of Alonso, while on the opposite side, captain Azpilicueta should replace James after being rested for GW12. In the middle, Lampard has an abundance of choice: Mount, Kovacic, Kanté, Jorginho, and even Willian. We expect the return to fitness of Kanté means Jorginho is out of the starting eleven. Pulisic got a minor hip injury in GW12 and did not travel with the USA national team over the international break. Lampard has stated he is ready to feature against the reigning champions.

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Chelsea)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez
MID David Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Angeliño, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson
Ruled out Zinchenko, Sané, Laporte, Bernardo Silva (suspended)
Doubtful None
Notes Ederson has been pictured in training over the break, so he is expected to return in place of Bravo. Mendy could feature at left-back, but Angeliño was one of the better City players in GW12 versus Liverpool. Cancelo could replace Walker on the opposite side, but we see the Englishman starting. Fernandinho will probably continue as a central defender after disappointing displays by Otamendi in the past months. Rodri and De Bruyne should keep their place in midfield, while David Silva could be replacing Gundogan in the starting lineup. Up front, Sterling and Aguero will likely be joined by Mahrez to replace Bernardo Silva. Jesus is fit, but we would be surprised to see him start against Chelsea.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Manchester United)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Moore
Ruled out Henderson (Can’t play against parent club),
Doubtful Egan
Notes Goalkeeper Henderson is contractually unable to face his parent club; his likely replacement is Moore. We expect the Blades to start with the same successful eleven as   in GW12. Central defender Egan is the only doubt. Manager Wilder has stated that they will do anything to get him fit for the game against United, that it’s going to be a last-minute call, and that Jagielka will be his replacement in case he doesn’t make it in time.

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