Team News – Gameweek 7

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Who’s in, who’s out, and what to look out for? Read on for team news for every Premier League match of the Gameweek.

Hull City v Crystal Palace

Steve Bruce is without the services of goalkeeper McGregor; Harper is set for his first league match of the season. Bruce’s team selection is a big question mark. He could revert to three at the back after conceding over two goals per game in the last three matches. Chester would be the one to benefit. Hernández and Jelavic are starters upfront but could rotate in midfield with Ben Arfa and Ramírez battling for a spot against Diamé and Ince.

Neil Warnock can count his lucky stars as his Palace team is injury free and have healthy competition for places as Zaha and Chamakh sweat to replace Ledley and Campbell in the starting lineup.

  • Hull City:
    • Out: Allan McGregor, Robert Snodgrass.
    • Doubtful: None.
  • Crystal Palace:
    • Out: None.
    • Doubtful: None.

Leicester City v Burnley

Veteran defender Upson remains the only absentee as Leicester look to bounce back from their loss against Crystal Palace last Gameweek. Ulloa, Vardy, and Nugent could all retain their starting place. Ritchie De Laet and Esteban Cambiasso are expected to shake off knocks and feature for Nigel Pearson’s team. Pearson gave little information about the starting lineup in the pre-match press conference but Fantasy Managers should not expect many changes from last Gameweek.

Burnley look set for the drop after a miserable start to the season. They offer budget Fantasy options at best, at least while Ings and Vokes are remain injured.

  • Leicester City:
    • Out: Matthew Upson.
    • Doubtful: Ritchie De Laet, Esteban Cambiasso.
  • Burnley:
    • Out: David Jones, Dean Marney, Matt Taylor, Nathaniel Chalobah, Danny Ings, Sam Vokes.
    • Doubtful: None.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

Brendan Rodgers was hopeful that Sturridge could feature, although the deadly striker is more likely to come off the bench than start. Markovic could be benched following poor performances as Rodgers has options in either going two upfront, staring Lambert, or giving Coutinho another shot in the starting lineup.

Wisdom is out as he can not feature against his parent club. Gamboa is likely to be given his first Premier League start after coming off the bench thrice. Berahino is one to watch as West Brom are likely to soak up the pressure and try to break quickly, using the striker’s speed.

  • Liverpool:
    • Out: Mamadou Sakho, Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan, Joe Allen, Emre Can, Jesus Fernandez Saez.
    • Doubtful: Daniel Sturridge.
  • West Brom Albion:
    • Out: Andre Wisdom, Silvestre Varela, Victor Anichebe, Brown Ideye.
    • Doubtful: None.

Sunderland v Stoke City

Gus Poyet confirmed that Wes Brown is fit following recent injury but Coates remains sidelined. Midfielder Giaccherini is a doubt. Wickham has stared all the league games; Poyet gave no indication this would change so Fletcher and Altidore are likely to feature as substitutes at best.

Mark Hughes all but confirmed that Cameron would not feature. Odemwingie remains sidelined alongside Diouf who suffered a hamstring injury against Newcastle. Arnautovic or Ireland are the likely candidates to replace Diouf in the starting lineup. If Stoke can keep clean sheets on a regular basis Wilson is fine value at the back.

  • Sunderland:
    • Out: Sebastián Coates.
    • Doubtful: Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • Stoke City:
    • Out: Peter Odemwingie, Mame Biram Diouf.
    • Doubtful: Geoff Cameron, Victor Moses, Jonathan Walters.

Swansea City v Newcastle United

Sigurðsson and Bony owners will be looking at this game for the pair deliver Fantasy points. After a decent start to the season, Swansea haven’t impressed of late and are showing poor underlying numbers in attack. Rangel serves his ban for the red card against Sunderland and with Tiendalli also a doubt Richards could be handed his first league start of the season.

Taylor is fit again following a long-term injury. He’s unlikely to start but could feature as a late substitute. If Dummett retains his place at left-back he’s a budget option for Fantasy managers looking to save in defence.

  • Swansea City:
    • Out: Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Leon Britton, Rory Donnelly.
    • Doubtful: Dwight Tiendalli.
  • Newcastle United:
    • Out: Davide Santon, Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong, Jonás Gutiérrez, Adam Campbell.
    • Doubtful: None.

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Paul Lambert welcomes Benteke back after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon but Vlaar remains a doubt. Lambert confirmed that, given Benteke comes through on Friday, he’ll be in the squad facing Manchester City although the Belgian powerhouse is likely to be handed a spot on the bench. After a fine start to the season a dreadful fixture list containing Arsenal, Chelsea, and City this Gameweek has seen them fall in the table. Fantasy Managers should stay clear of Villa players for this Gameweek but they should become a options for next Gameweek onward.

Nasri’s groin problem is the only injury troubling Manuel Pellegrini’s talent-laden squad. Jovetić and Fernando are likely fit but, given City’s squad depth, Jovetić could have to settle for a spot on the bench. Agüero has started four league games in a row and is one to watch out for if he remains injury free. The man is a Fantasy monster.

  • Aston Villa:
    • Out: Libor Kozak.
    • Doubtful: Ron Vlaar.
  • Manchester City:
    • Out:  Samir Nasri, Fernando Reges, Steven Jovetić.
    • Doubtful: None.

Manchester United v Everton

Wayne Rooney starts his three-game suspension against Everton and Louis van Gaal hinted that Juan Mata will take his place in the number ten role. United have a slew of players out injured, the most recent being Herrera; Fletcher will likely start in his place. Van Gaal confirmed that McNair will retain his place in the starting lineup alongside Rojo, with Blackett taking up a spot on the bench. Fellaini is back in contention but isn’t fit enough for a place in the staring eleven.

Barkley and Mirallas are rules out, McCarthy and Coleman face a late fitness test, but Pienaar should be fit to start despite being a slight doubt. Look out for Lukaku to test McNair’s mettle as Martinez is likely to focus on United’s defensive problems in an effort to engineer a back-to-back victory at Old Trafford.

  • Manchester United:
    • Out: Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Reece James, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, James Wilson.
    • Doubtful: None.
  • Everton:
    • Out: Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley.
    • Doubtful: Séamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, James McCarthy, Steven Pienaar.

Chelsea v Arsenal

José Mourinho’s record against Arséne Wenger reads six wins and five draws so Chelsea are favourites. Costa remains Chelsea’s the best Fantasy asset but the midfield offers a buffet of options with Fàbregas and Hazard standing out, both in potential and price. Ramires remains sidelined and Drogba is a confirmed injury casualty.

Wenger’s Arsenal face their biggest test of the season against table-toppers Chelsea. Unlike in games last season, Arsenal have a huge threat on the counter with the speed of the likely front three; Sanchez, Welbeck, and Oxlade-Chamberlain; looking to cause the Chelsea defence problems. Despite Welbeck’s hattrick against Galatasaray he is no Thierry Henry, but could yet prove a valuable Fantasy player. Ramsey and Arteta are out for several weeks after suffering injuries in the match against Tottenham.

  • Chelsea:
    • Out: Ramires, Didier Drogba.
    • Doubtful: None.
  • Arsenal:
    • Out: Mathieu Debuchy, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo, Olivier Giroud.
    • Doubtful: Nacho Monreal, Vassiriki Diaby.

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino faces his old team after moving to the Spurs in the off-season. In a big test of Spurs’s progress they face the current second place team in the league. Fantasy Managers will be noting the performances of Lamela, Eriksen, and Chadli in particular while keeping an eye on the Tottenham defence.

Can Ronald Koeman keep Southampton in the hunt for the top four spot? Unlikely, but they could cause Tottenham problems on Sunday. Pellè is already a Fantasy favourite while Tadić is a differential option in midfield.

  • Tottenham:
    • Out: Kyle Walker.
    • Doubtful: Danny Rose, Étienne Capoue.
  • Southampton:
    • Out: Maya Yoshida, James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez.
    • Doubtful: Florin Gardos, Lloyd Isgrove, Sam Gallagher.

West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers

West Ham are a different team this season with Valencia and Sakho leading the line with Downing moved from the wing to support the attack in the number ten role. Sam Allardyce’s unlikely diamond setup is looking fluid from an attacking perspective but has seems to leave West Ham open at the back. Demel is unlikely to feature after suffering a knock in training but Jarvis is nearing full fitness.

Mutch and Barton are doubts but Sandro and Fer are fit to start. Vargas looks like a useful player but an unlikely Fantasy pick.

  • West Ham:
    • Out: Joey O’Brien, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll.
    • Doubtful: Guy Demel.
  • Queens Park Rangers:
    • Out: Alejandro Faurlin, Adel Taarabt.
    • Doubtful: Jordon Mutch, Joey Barton.

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