EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 17 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 17 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 16, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 17.

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 GW17

Spurs Champions League group stage vs. Bayern Munich (a) on 11/12: 3-1
Sheffield United None
Arsenal Europa League group stage vs. Standard Liège (a) on 12/12: 2-2
Crystal Palace None

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 17 (positions 6 to 11)

6 Wolves 24 pts
7 Spurs 23 pts
8 Sheffield United 22 pts
9 Arsenal 22 pts
10 Crystal Palace 22 pts
11 Newcastle United 22 pts

Lineups for gameweek 16: Predicted vs. confirmed

SPURS (home vs Burnley, 5-0)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Son, Alli, Lo Celso   Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Ndombele, Dier   Sissoko, Dier
DEF Rose, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier   Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
Subs ///   (2nd half) Sessegnon (Moura), Skipp (Aurier), Parrott (Alli)
Goals ///   Kane (Son), Moura (Alli), Son (Vertonghen), Kane (Alli), Sissoko (Kane)

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Norwich, 1-2)

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) Besic > Norwood, Robinson > Mousset, McBurnie > McGoldrick
Goals ///   Stevens (Baldock), Baldock

ARSENAL (away vs. West Ham, 1-3)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Lacazette   Aubameyang
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe   Martinelli, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi   Xhaka, Torreira
DEF Tierney, David Luiz, Sokratis, Bellerin   Tierney, Sokratis, Chambers, M.-Niles
GK Leno   Leno
Subs ///   (1st half) Kolasinac > Tierney (2nd half) Guendouzi > Xhaka, Reiss-Nelson > Pepe
Goals ///   Martinelli (Kolasinac), Pepe (Aubameyang), Aubameyang (Pepe)

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Watford, 0-0)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1   4 – 3 – 2 – 1
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend   Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur   Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly   Schlupp, Tomkins,  Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita   Guaita
Subs ///   (2nd half) Riedewald > Schlupp, Benteke > Townsend, McCarthy > Kouyaté
Goals ///   ///

Predicted lineups for gameweek 17

SPURS (away vs. Wolves)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Kane
MID Son, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Dier, Sissoko
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
Ruled out Lloris, Vorm, Ndombele, Davies, Lamela
Doubtful Winks
Notes For the mid-week clash with Bayern, manager Mourinho rested a few of his squad’s stars, including Kane, Son, Alli, Vertonghen, D. Sanchez and Aurier. The outlines of Mourinho’s Spurs are becoming more visible after the first few weeks with the Portuguese manager at the helm. Due to unsuccessful contract negotiations, it looks like Rose will need to accept Vertonghen taking his spot at left-back with Davies out injured. On the opposite side, Aurier returns, while the central duo will be formed by Alderweireld and D. Sanchez. With Ndombele out injured and Winks having just returned from injury, we expect Mourinho to stick to a double pivot consisting of Sissoko and Dier. Up front, Son, Alli and Kane return. Seeing as Moura was taken off after 65 minutes mid-week, the Brazilian should be filling in the last available starting slot.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (home vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
FOR McGoldrick, Mousset
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
Ruled out None
Doubtful Mousset
Notes With almost a full week of rest and no major injury concerns, manager Chris Wilder, we expect little to no changes to the starting lineup when the Blades welcome Villa. Mousset got a knock last weekend that forced him off in the 66th minute, but the striker is expected to start this weekend. Should he not be fit in time, then the likes of McBurnie, Sharp or Robinson will be hoping to get the nod, but it’s hard to say who of the three.

ARSENAL (home vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
FOR Lacazette
MID Aubameyang, Özil, Pepe
DEF MID Torreira, Guendouzi
DEF Kolasinac, D. Luiz, Chambers, Bellerin
GK Leno
Ruled out Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Holding
Doubtful Bellerin, Pepe
Notes Caretaker manager Ljungberg completely mixed it up against Standard Liêge mid-week. Compared to GW16, only Sokratis and Maitland-Niles started both games, with the Europa League game taken as an opportunity to let lesser-utilised and young players get game minutes. For gameweek 17 against City, Leno returns between the sticks. Tierney injured his shoulder and will be replaced by Kolasinac, while Bellerin (if fit) will fill in on the opposite side. In the centre, D. Luiz will partner Chambers, who should provide a comfort with the ball in his feet that Sokratis does not. With Xhaka ruled out, the defensive midfield block should consist of Guendouzi and Torreira. Martinelli’s first goal and Lacazette’s 90 minutes versus Liège could indicate a first start for the former, but considering this weekend’s opposition, we’d expect Ljungberg to line up his strongest eleven. That’s why we believe Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe and Özil have the highest chance of starting on Sunday.

CRYSTAL PALACE (home vs. Brighton)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
FOR Zaha, Ayew, Townsend
MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Riedewald, Tomkins, Cahill, Kelly
GK Guaita
Ruled out Sakho, Ward, Van Aanholt, Schlupp
Doubtful Meyer
Notes The Eagles are going through a defensive injury crisis, so a bit of a makeshift back-line can be expected. Guaita is in goal, Riedewald will probably fill in at left-back, Kelly continues to replace Ward on the right, and the duo Tomkins-Cahill starts centrally. We expect the rest of the team to remain unchanged in comparison to GW16. That means a three-men midfield consisting of Kouyaté, Milivojevic and McArthur, and Ayew up top with Zaha and Townsend in his back.