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The Gameweek 34 Team News

Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears destined for a spell on the sidelines, while Andy Carroll has been ruled out of West Ham’s home clash with Everton. Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen could return to face former club Swansea City, but Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan are all injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s home encounter with Crystal Palace.

The headline team news undoubtedly surrounds Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who suffered a knee injury during last night’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League.

The striker had been the top attraction in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) transfer market ahead of United’s double Gameweek fixtures at Burnley and Manchester City, with more than 82,000 managers swooping early for the Swede.

But post-match, United boss Jose Mourinho was far from hopeful regarding the injury, or the one suffered by Marcos Rojo, who was also forced off with a knee problem. While there is no confirmation of a Mourinho press conference, we would still expect some further information on both injuries from the United camp later today ahead of Sunday’s Turf Moor trip.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will make a late call on Dan Gosling, who has missed the last three matches due to a calf complaint. Howe revealed the midfielder hasn’t done a lot of training, so Lewis Cook may earn a rare start in place of Jack Wilshere, who will miss the rest of the season following a hairline fracture to his leg suffered in the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew revealed the knee injury suffered by Fabio in Monday night’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal isn’t as bad as first feared. The defender will be assessed this morning to see if he is available for tomorrow’s trip to Bournemouth.

Rudy Gestede did suffer a kick to his heel against the Gunners, but he trained well on Thursday, and should for available for selection. Victor Valdes (rib) and Grant Leadbitter (hamstring) are both ruled out.

Jack Cork (ankle) and Wayne Routledge (hernia) will both miss Swansea City’s home clash against Stoke City. Head coach Paul Clement is hopeful Cork could return for the Gameweek 35 trip to Old Trafford, however.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful Joe Allen (hamstring) and Glenn Whelan (illness) will be available for the trip to south Wales. Both players came through training yesterday, and look set to be available. Jonathan Walters has yet to train this week as the Potters continue to manage his knee problem. The Republic of Ireland international was due to train today though, and may be able to feature. Hughes has also hinted at a first-team return for the fit-again Jack Butland between the posts.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will be without Andy Carroll for the home encounter against Everton, with the forward sidelined due to a knock. Sam Byram and Mark Noble are also unavailable due to suspension, but there is some good news, with Winston Reid back following a groin problem, although Bilic has yet to decide if he will start against the Toffees. Diafra Sakho was due to return to training yesterday, with the forward’s fitness levels to be assessed to see whether he can feature in the matchday squad.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to the London Stadium, although on-loan forward Enner Valencia is ineligible to face his parent club.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva (both knocks) and Ragnar Klavan (knee) are all injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s home meeting with Crystal Palace. The trio had all failed to train prior to Thursday, although Matip is hopeful he’ll be able to overcome a minor muscle issue to face the Eagles.

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has been boosted by the return to training of James Tomkins and Loic Remy. Tomkins’ return looks particularly well-timed given on-loan defender Mamadou Sakho is ineligible to face his parent club.

All this and more has now been updated in the Team News section ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. Keep an eye on our official Twitter Stream for breaking news – as the day unfolds, we will issue updates from Friday’s press conferences and refresh our Team News tab accordingly to keep you informed.

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  1. Kuyt Hero
      5 days, 23 hours ago

      What did I miss re Mourinho's comments on Bailly? Is he not so nailed now? Blind better option?

      1. El Nino -The Kid
          5 days, 23 hours ago

          I think Blind..
          Bailly might just miss 1 of the next 3

          1. Kuyt Hero
              5 days, 22 hours ago

              Yea, was all set on doing Baines to Bailly -4, might do Blind now

        • Gudjohnsen
            5 days, 23 hours ago

            Rashford or Negredo in for Carroll for a -4?

            1. Kuyt Hero
                5 days, 23 hours ago

                Negredo

              • Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 days, 22 hours ago

                Negredo

              • The ORIGINAL Uncle Bens Reu…
                  5 days, 57 mins ago

                  You lot are crazy. Rashford is gonna exploit 2 shaky defenses in this dgw

              • El Nino -The Kid
                  5 days, 23 hours ago

                  Have Alonso* Valencia* in starting 11
                  Also triple Spurs attack of which im not really confident about!!( For this week)

                  Bench is: Ibra Amay Brunt!!
                  So if a player fails to start i dont have someone to come on
                  Is it worth doing Brunt> Gibson(-4)??

                  1. El Nino -The Kid
                      5 days, 23 hours ago

                      And then bench Valencia?

                  2. Rasping Drive
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 days, 22 hours ago

                    Hs the font changed in the last few mins?

                    1. Rasping Drive
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      5 days, 22 hours ago

                      Ignore me

                      1. Prof
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        5 days, 21 hours ago

                        Who said that?

                        😉

                  3. Chewy Suarez
                      5 days, 22 hours ago

                      Used my FT so any of these worth a -4 hit?
                      A) Grant to De Gea
                      B) Nyom to Valencia/Bailly
                      C) Origi to Rashford

                    • Winston.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      5 days, 22 hours ago

                      Which of these?

                      A. Bailly, Zaha, Origi

                      B. Chambers, Siggy, Negredo/Rashford

                      Thanks.

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                          5 days, 20 hours ago

                          B

                      2. Contegious
                          5 days, 22 hours ago

                          Grant
                          Alonso Valencia Davies
                          Alli Zaha Haz Erik Sane
                          Luk Ibra

                          Heaton Stephens Barnes Simpson
                          1FT 1.1 Itb

                          Ibra > ?
                          1.) Rashford
                          2.) Benteke or
                          Ibra > Kane and Davies > PVA for a -4
                          Any other suggestions welcome too

                        • naanda
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          5 days, 22 hours ago

                          I'm an idiot and got Rojo in for a hit (-4) this week. Do I take another to switch him out?

                          1. Jackyboy
                              5 days, 22 hours ago

                              Wasteful. Only really worth it for bailly. Who else you have?

                              1. naanda
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                5 days, 17 hours ago

                                Alonso Davies yoshida Ake

                            • Winston.
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              5 days, 22 hours ago

                              no

                          2. The EJJ
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            5 days, 22 hours ago

                            Want to get rid of Baines but would have to be for a hit? Worth it to get in Gibson?

                          3. RealSocialDads
                              5 days, 22 hours ago

                              From GW36 onwards:

                              A. Hazard, Aguero, Walcott
                              B. Costa, Sane, Sanchez

                            • PistolPeter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              5 days, 22 hours ago

                              The FA Cup ties leave another risk in picking any player in a semi final as your Captain.

                              Is this making people look at other options apart from these and poor DGW options?

                            • steadyeddy127
                                5 days, 22 hours ago

                                negredo or rashford for captain?

                                1. Boris Bodega
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  5 days, 22 hours ago

                                  HOT TOPICS

                              • MHG
                                  5 days, 22 hours ago

                                  I have a midfield of
                                  Sanchez
                                  Siggy
                                  Son
                                  King
                                  Alli

                                  I could take a -4 hit and swap one for Negredo this week but I still have to bench one (I used my WC in an earlier week)

                                  Current plan is to bench Son and leave it at that . Any comments?!

                                  1. Dthinger
                                      5 days, 21 hours ago

                                      I would be more inclined to Bench Siggy

                                      1. MHG
                                          5 days, 21 hours ago

                                          Thanks DTHINGER And not be tempted to bring in Negrendo for say Song?

                                          1. Dthinger
                                              5 days, 20 hours ago

                                              not for a hit. I don't think Negredo will outscore Son by 4 points, even with a double GW

                                        • JIC
                                            5 days, 21 hours ago

                                            I'm similar with;

                                            King, Son, Alli, Siggy and Firmino
                                            Up top with Kane, Kaku and Origi (currently on bench).

                                            Not got AOA but still got WC. Tempted to leave it or go Origi to Negredo and bench one of midfielders but no idea who?

                                            At the back it's Baines, Alonso, Valencia and DDG - so leave me with only two DGWs, and Valencia won't play both.

                                            Thoughts?

                                            1. MHG
                                                5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                Yes JIC - it's the same problem - I'm assuming a trf will cost you -4 . Does one bring in Negredo at the expense of a quality midfielder.

                                                1. JIC
                                                    5 days, 20 hours ago

                                                    No, I have 1FT but if bring in Negredo for example, then have to bench one of the Mids. Origi on bench as it stands.

                                                    1. JIC
                                                        5 days, 20 hours ago

                                                        Tempted to leave the 5 minds and play as is - with Kane and Kanu up top.

                                                        Just leaves me with little DGW coverage and only DDG and Valencia (who won't play both). Leave as is have 2FTs next week though I guess. Then WC, then BB, then TC.

                                                        1. Pep says
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          5 days, 20 hours ago

                                                          Kanu, nice.

                                              • Yank Revolution
                                                  5 days, 22 hours ago

                                                  Bring in Zaha or Townsend? (Townsend would be a nice diff!)

                                                • Dthinger
                                                    5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                    Help! Pick 4 of these Midfielders:

                                                    Sterling, Sigurdsson, J.King, Traore, Dele

                                                    I brought in Traore because he was so cheap, never really planning to play him, but now he has a tempting double....IF he actually plays more than 30 minutes. And King has punished me every time I bench him. Forwards are Rashford, Kane, Lukaku, so I don't really want to play 3-5-2.

                                                    1. Prof
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                      It's between Siggy and Trarore.

                                                      1. Dthinger
                                                          5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                          Yeah that's what I was thinking too

                                                    2. Prof
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                      Replace Sanchez with Townsend and leave out Eriksen?

                                                      Midfield of Townsend, Zaha, Alli, King

                                                      1. Dthinger
                                                          5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                          Aren't you going to want Sanchez back in two weeks?

                                                      2. Oddjobleff
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                        Bailly or Blind worth a -4 to play over Ben Davies?

                                                        1. Gudjohnsen
                                                            5 days, 20 hours ago

                                                            Not for me.

                                                          • Cloud Perspective
                                                              5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                              No

                                                            • Dthinger
                                                                5 days, 14 hours ago

                                                                no

                                                            • Alfies leg
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                              Are any Boro defenders nailed on bar Gibson? I already own him and would like to double up but can't see any of the others as nailed....

                                                              1. Dthinger
                                                                  5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                  What about Guzan?

                                                                  1. Alfies leg
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                    Had a look at him but I don't think the Valdes injury is that serious. I guess its likely that if he's not fit for Saturday he won't be fit for Wednesday so its an option.

                                                              2. Cantona90
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                Starting to think the best course of action this week is to do nothing. Bank the transfer. Do 2FT punts next week. Then wildcard.

                                                                1. Alfies leg
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                  Perhaps. Somehow feels wrong though.....

                                                              3. chris.sheron2011
                                                                  5 days, 21 hours ago

                                                                  Prepared to take a -4 and money isn't really an issue . Was looking towards ibra , as I've had Vardy , short term as my third striker . Is it worth the -4 for Bailly & bring Rashford in ? Nobody in the united midfield really seems worth the minus so do I just bring in the defender ?

                                                                  I can't see the value in a -4 for palace players , I've already got Zaha , or a boro defender .

                                                                  Thoughts ?

                                                                • 1justlookin
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  5 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                  Is Hennessey worth a hit for this DGW only?

                                                                  I have Pickford for GW 35 before WC.

                                                                  1. BBC_TF
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    5 days, 19 hours ago

                                                                    same question

                                                                  2. Dthinger
                                                                      5 days, 14 hours ago

                                                                      who is he replacing?

                                                                  3. Krisbee
                                                                      5 days, 17 hours ago

                                                                      Any Zaha captainers? Seems to do better against the big teams?

                                                                      Or should I play safe with Negrado?

                                                                      1. Cloud Perspective
                                                                          5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                                          My choice is Negredo if this helps..

                                                                      2. Tmel
                                                                          5 days, 17 hours ago

                                                                          Anyone done a comparison between Zaha & Townsend?

                                                                        • Cloud Perspective
                                                                            5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                                            My front 8: Zaha, Son, Alli, King, Sanchez - Kane, Lukaku, Negredo

                                                                            Who to bench?

                                                                            1. Pocky
                                                                                5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                                                I have the same, but with Sanchez not Zaha....nightmare!!! Currently benching Son.

                                                                                1. Pocky
                                                                                    5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                                                    Sorry....Hazard instead of Zaha.

                                                                                2. Johnny Leghorn
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  5 days, 15 hours ago

                                                                                  Son

                                                                                3. Pep says
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  5 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                  You dug yourself a hole here. AOA if you have it. Son if not

                                                                              • myboycharlie
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                5 days, 14 hours ago

                                                                                Hi All is Origi to Bentekke worth a -4

                                                                              • dvdguy
                                                                                  5 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                  GW 37 BB team

                                                                                  Cech/Pickford
                                                                                  Davies/Valencia/Alonso/Yoshida/Stephens
                                                                                  Hazard/Sanchez/Alli/Sane/Albrighton
                                                                                  Vardy/Kane/Rashord

                                                                                  Good to go? Or should I keep Kaku in place of Vardy?

                                                                                  1. Pep says
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    5 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                    It's gw34 mate. Rose will be back.. Valencia will still be tired and possibly getting rested.. Double Southampton defence is asking alot.. Leicester have rubbish fixtures and nothing to play for... Vardy same as Albrighton..

                                                                                    Jesus will be back, King, Benteke, Zaha, Lukaku, Holgate, Liverpool and more all gave a good fixture. Don't be blinded by the sight of a dgw

                                                                                    1. dvdguy
                                                                                        5 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                        Cheers,was thinking Kaku at home against Watford is as plum as it gets.

                                                                                  2. Baked baines
                                                                                      4 days, 22 hours ago

                                                                                      Red card boro

                                                                                      Hopefully no Negredo goal and King hatttick