EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 13 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. 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

Arsenal International break
Manchester United International break
Wolverhampton Wolves International break
Bournemouth International break
Burnley International break

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 13 (positions 6 to 10)

6 Arsenal 17 pts
7 Manchester United 16 pts
8 Wolverhampton Wolves 16 pts
9 Bournemouth 16 pts
10 Burnley 15 pts

Lineups for gameweek 12: Predicted vs. confirmed

ARSENAL (away vs. Leicester City, 2-0)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   5 – 2 – 3
FOR Lacazette   Aubameyang, Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe   Özil
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Chambers, Holding, Bellerin
GK Leno   Leno
Subs ///   (2nd half) Pepe > Holding, Willock > Torreira
Goals ///   ///

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Brighton, 3-1)

Form. ///   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR ///   Martial
MID ///   Rashford, A. Pereira, D. James
DEF MID ///   Fred, McTominay
DEF ///   B. Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK ///   De Gea
Subs ///   (2nd half) Lingard > A. Pereira, Greenwoord > Rashford, Rojo > Williams
Goals ///   A. Pereira (Martial), Pröpper (OG), Rashford (Martial)

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

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

BOURNEMOUTH (away vs. Newcastle, 2-1)

Form. ///   4 – 4 – 2
FOR ///   King, Wilson
MID ///   Fraser, Billing, L. Cook, H. Wilson
DEF ///   Rico, Ake, S. Cook, A. Smith
GK ///   Ramsdale
Subs ///   (2nd half) Francis > H. Wilson, Solanke > Rico, Danjuma > Smith
Goals ///   H. Wilson (Fraser)

Burnley (home vs. West Ham, 3-0)

Form. ///   4 – 4 – 2
FOR ///   A. Barnes, Wood
MID ///   McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick
DEF ///   Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley
GK ///   Pope
Subs ///   (2nd half) Rodriguez > A. Barnes, Brady > Wood
Goals ///   A. Barnes (Tarkowski), Wood, Roberto (OG)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 13

ARSENAL (home vs. Southampton)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
FOR Aubameyang, Lacazette
MID Özil
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Chambers, Bellerin
GK Leno
Ruled out Ceballos
Doubtful Kolasinac, Holding
Notes With Kolasinac an injury doubt, Tierney could slot in right from the start. At the centre, Sokratis could replace the slightly injured Holding, while Bellerin is expected to continue at right-back. Torreira and Guendouzi should form the double pivot in the middle. We believe that Emery will be doubting between Özil and Pepe for a spot in the starting eleven. With the German, Auba and Laca should play up front with him in their backs. With the Ivory Coast international, Auba could drop down a bit and play in Lacazette’s back together with Pepe. If Emery decides to start with four defenders, Chambers will probably have to give up his spot to accomodate fitting in both Özil and Pepe, in which case they would play with Auba supporting Lacazette.

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Sheffield United)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Martial
MID Rashford, Andreas Pereira, James
DEF MID Matic, Fred
DEF Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
Ruled out McTominay, Pogba, Bailly, Rojo
Doubtful Matic, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Dalot
Notes United have to deal with a full infirmary at the moment, though we could see the returns of Young (from suspension) and Matic (from injury) in the places of Williams and the injured McTominay, respectively. After seemingly having found a working approach at United (5 wins from the last 6 games) and the return of Martial, we don’t expect Solskjaer to make too many more changes to his starting eleven in comparison to GW12.

WOLVES (away vs. Bournemouth)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Moutinho, Neves
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
Ruled out Boly
Doubtful Traoré, Gibbs-White
Notes Manager Espirito Santo stated that a few players need assessing in the build-up to GW13. Jimenez played for Mexico late on Wednesday, but the in-form striker is expected to start. We expect Jota and Traoré to join him up front, but the good display by Cutrone for Italy U21 over the international break could see him replace Traoré, should the latter not be fit. In the engine room, we see Moutinho and Neves keep their spots. Bennett is back from injury and could replace either Saiss or Dendoncker in defense (the latter might move into midfield in that case, replacing Neves, but that doesn’t seem likely at the moment). For the upcoming game though, we expect Santo to stick to the same five defenders he started in GW12.

BOURNEMOUTH (home vs. Wolves)

Form. 4 – 4 – 2
FOR Solanke, C.Wilson
MID Fraser, Billing, L. Cook, H. Wilson
DEF Rico, Aké, S. Cook, A. Smith
GK Ramsdale
Ruled out King, Brooks, Daniels, Stanislas
Doubtful Fraser, Kelly, Surman
Notes Josh King is injured and likely to be replaced by Solanke up front. The rest of the team is expected to remain intact in comparison to GW12. Fraser got a minor injury while playing for Scotland and if he doesn’t make it for the game on Saturday, the free spot could be taken up by Danjuma Groeneveld or even Ibe. Lerma is a candidate for a spot on the central midfield as well, but we expect Howe to stick to Billing and Lewis Cook.

BURNLEY (away vs. Watford)

Form. 4 – 2 – 2
FOR Barnes, Wood
MID McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick
DEF C. Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley
GK Pope
Ruled out Gudmundsson
Doubtful Drinkwater, Vydra
Notes In GW12, manager Dyche surprised some by replacing full-backs Pieters and Lowton with Taylor and Bardsley. Burnley went on to beat West Ham 3-0, so it’s very possible that Dyche will go for this set-up again. Rodriguez has been pushing for a starting spot up front, but we expect Barnes and Wood to start. The rest of the starting eleven should be the same as the team that started against the Hammers just before the international break.