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)

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)

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)

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)

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?