Team News

FPL Gameweek 12 team news and injury updates

After previously rounding up Thursday’s eight pre-Gameweek 12 press conferences, we now turn our attention to the remaining media gatherings that were held on Friday.

Liverpool v Manchester City is the stand-out fixture this weekend and there was important news from both camps.

Ederson (muscle) will miss Sunday’s clash, with Pep Guardiola saying:

He is not able to play tomorrow. I don’t know [how long he will be out].

Aymeric Laporte (knee), Leroy Sane (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee) and Rodri (hamstring) remain missing while David Silva (muscle) – who there was no mention of in Friday’s presser – also looks likely to miss out, with Guardiola having said last Sunday:

I didn’t speak with the doctor but when he has some muscular problems and can’t play more minutes it’s because he has something, and muscular problems normally means 10 to 12 days.

Asked about his “defensive” tactics at Anfield last season, Guardiola added:

The plan for Anfield last season was not like this. Let them play maybe the first step but push and try to play as always. But the people forget you sometimes can’t do it because we play against the champions of Europe.

Defensive was not the plan, it’s because they were so good. We are not going to play 90 minutes there because they are an exceptional team. Sometimes you have to defend deep, sometimes you can’t make a build-up as usual because they are incredible.

Jurgen Klopp had more positive news from the Liverpool camp, saying:

Virg [van Dijk] was for other reasons not here [on Thursday] but is completely fine. Jordan [Henderson] is completely fine. Joel [Matip] still out, like Shaq, like Clyney.

Mason Mount (ankle) has been the cause of concern among Fantasy managers over the last 48 hours but Frank Lampard offered his owners a glimmer of hope in Friday’s press conference when saying:

Ross [Barkley] has got an ongoing issue so he’s not in the squad tomorrow. With Mason [Mount], he’s in the squad, we’re giving him another 24 hours, and we’ll make a call on that one in the morning.

Antonio Rudiger (groin) faces another three weeks on the sidelines, however.

Crystal Palace are in good shape as they prepare to visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Roy Hodgson saying that all of his squad are fit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t deliver a press conference today but we have had some of his post-Europa League comments lifted from their embargo.

Asked whether any of his injured players could return this weekend, the Norwegian said:

Hopefully Scott [McTominay]. Hopefully Victor [Lindelöf] as well. He hasn’t trained this week. It’s his foot.

When probed about whether Brandon Williams could start in place of the suspended Ashley Young, Solskjaer replied:

There are options. I’m not going to give the team out now. Ashley is suspended and I felt we needed a strong team tonight and an experienced team. We just wanted the win.

Solskjaer again seemed to suggest that Mason Greenwood wouldn’t be involved on the domestic front, adding:

Sometimes it’s not the right time to play him. We’re taking our time with him. It’s been a difficult period, Anthony’s been away, but to put all the weight on his shoulders wasn’t right. He needs to learn the man’s game.

Brighton’s Adam Webster will miss the trip to Old Trafford after damaging his ankle ligaments.

Spurs reported that Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen (both hamstring) remain unavailable this weekend as they continue their rehabilitation, while Hugo Lloris (elbow) is a longer-term absentee.

Asked specifically about another start for Giovani Lo Celso, Mauricio Pochettino said:

I need to assess tomorrow morning, it is a very short period to recover. Some players suffer some small issues and are maybe not fresh enough to play. We are going to play three games in six days.

Across north London, Unai Emery said that Granit Xhaka won’t be considered for a first-team return after the public fallout between the erstwhile club captain and Arsenal’s fans.

Dani Ceballos is also unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury in the draw with Vitoria on Wednesday.

Dean Smith expressed some doubt about Jack Grealish‘s (calf) chances of featuring against Wolves this weekend, saying of his midfielder:

It’s 50/50, to be honest. I expected him to be training by now but unfortunately, the bleed on his calf was a little bit bigger, so he’s still got a lot of pain.

He’s physically OK. He just needs to make sure that he can get through the training session tomorrow. We’re hopeful but he’s a 50/50 one at the moment.

Nuno Espirito Santo said that Morgan Gibbs-White remains a doubt with a niggling back problem.

Ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to Newcastle, Eddie Howe said:

Dan Gosling has trained and trained well. Still no David Brooks, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels. Andrew Surman is still out, so we’re missing some key players but the squad is still in good shape.

The Magpies will again be without Fabian Schar (knee), Matt Ritchie (ankle), Florian Lejeune (match fitness) and Sean Longstaff (suspended).


Predicted line-ups and more detailed information will be found in the Team News tab.

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830 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bakra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 33 mins ago

    Bench two

    Robertson TAA Rico Lundstram Tomori

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 33 mins ago

      RR

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 30 mins ago

      You play Robbo and TAA for sure.

      Not benching Lund again personally. If you do play Rico and bench Tomori. Palace do tend to score away to top 6 and get involved in high scoring encounters - Chelsea seem set up for that scenario

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Robbo and Tomori - no cleanie for Liverpool for me

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 23 mins ago

        Robbo has 4 attacking returns in last 7 - he is a midfielder really

        1. Bakra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 14 mins ago

          Not much clarity lol but cheers everyone for your opinions

  2. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 33 mins ago

    Nothing better than a Friday night red arrow!

    1. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 31 mins ago

      It will definately happen to me no players tonight

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 30 mins ago

        Same here and a hit

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Should I start Janmaat to probably avoid this? 😀

  3. Henning
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 33 mins ago

    Really tempted to get Son in.
    But is it worth to drop Sterling or KDB for him?

    1. Neves say Never
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      Blades defence is up there. Rest after IB is possible. I would only consider if it’s for a long term hold and you have bench cover post IB

    2. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 31 mins ago

      I swapped out jimenez to get him and i dont even know why i did it i had a brainwave anyway its only a game

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      I had him, but transferred him out after the RC in order to bring in Mane...

    4. Henning
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      Hmmm maby Keep Sterling and KDB .

  4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 33 mins ago

    Rico or Soyuncu?

    1. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      Soy boy

    2. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      Ricoooooo

    3. Neves say Never
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      Rico

    4. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 30 mins ago

      Rico

    5. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 30 mins ago

      Rico

    6. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Rikooo

    7. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Rico

  5. james 101
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 33 mins ago

    Any info? Will mount start?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      None so far
      Maybe

      1. james 101
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 29 mins ago

        Cherrs

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 32 mins ago

      Last min call

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 28 mins ago

      Bench I reckon

  6. TM44
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 32 mins ago

    Team for this gw, Gtg? No ft, £0.8m itb,

    Pope

    TAA Robertson lundstrum soyuncu

    Mount salah KDB maddison

    Vardy abraham

    Subs: button, cantwell, mendy, greenwood

  7. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 32 mins ago

    Play lundstram or soyboy?

    1. Neves say Never
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 31 mins ago

      My approach is go for the one with attacking threat. Therefore Lundy

    2. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 30 mins ago

      Lund

  8. Zlat-man
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 32 mins ago

    Play one::
    A. Rico (new)
    B. Cresswell (bur)
    C. King 'Lundstram' (tot)

  9. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 32 mins ago

    Start one:
    A) Lundy
    B) Soy
    C) Rico

    1. Neves say Never
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 31 mins ago

      ACB

    2. Julesandal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Rico in scout picks. Geordies don’t like corners

  10. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 31 mins ago

    G2g ??

    Ryan
    Tomori/ Lundstram/ TAA
    Mount/ Sterling/ Mane/ KDB/ Barnes
    Vardy(c)/ Abraham

    Bench:: 4.0 / Rico/ Soy/ Connolly

  11. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 30 mins ago

    Hayden or Soyuncu as 1st on the bench?

    1. LFox
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 29 mins ago

      Soyuncu

    2. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Soy

  12. Drogba Legend
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 30 mins ago

    2FT, help would be appreciated

    Pope
    TAA - Azpi - Rico
    kDB - Mane - James - Mount*
    Jimenez - Kun - Tammy (C)

    Button - Cantwell - Lundy - Ota

    Thinking Aguero\Ota out and someone else or two.
    Vardy\Maddison\Auba\Kane\Son\Martial all on watchlist

  13. LFox
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 29 mins ago

    I have done D. Silva to Martial for my one FT.

    Is it worth it to do Wilson to Jimenez for -4?

    I kept Wilson last week against United and wish I hadn't. But Newcastle away seems a tempting fixture...

    Thoughts?

    1. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 24 mins ago

      Yes, do it - Jiminez on fire atm - saw him last night and should have had 2 or 3 - he will defo be on pens on Sunday!

  14. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 29 mins ago

    Which combo best for the upcoming fixtures??

    A. Mane & Salah
    B. Vardy & Mane
    C. Sterling & Salah

    1. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 24 mins ago

      B

  15. Lionac
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 29 mins ago

    King to Abraham now or after Chelsea game with City?

    1. LFox
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 28 mins ago

      Do it now!

  16. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    Got more money then I know what to do with (2.5)
    What would you do?

    Soy, Lund, Pieters, Rico, Ota*
    Sterling, KDB, Mane, Mount, Cantwell*
    Vardy, Rashford*

    A Ota > Trent
    B Cantwell > Perez/James
    C Rashford & Cantwell > Abraham & Martial -4
    D Anything else?

  17. Rossaldinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    8 scout picks in my team this week - not bad and could have been 9 but I opted for Perez over Maddison or Martial as a differential...bound to be a mistake of course!

  18. makaveli70
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    Play Mount or Rico??

    1. LFox
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Start Mount and have Rico as first sub. Can't hurt.

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Mount.. He either starts or doesn't play at all imo

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        You can't possibly know that....

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 15 mins ago

          Nope. But that is the most likely scenario.

          IMO = In my opinion

    3. skilldave
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Mount, not even close.

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        Cameo not likely??

    4. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      Ive started Rico as i cant stand cameos.... but probably not a logical stance

  19. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    This was my ''dilemma'' this week:

    A) Jim, Son, Robertson
    B) Kane, Martial, Tomori

    I went with option A. Was this the right call in your opinion? And am I GTG?

    Gazza
    TAA Tomori* Lundstram
    Mane KDB Son Mount
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez
    __
    Button; Hayden Soy Kelly

    2.5 ITB

    *Robertson after IB

    1. LFox
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 26 mins ago

      Six of one, half dozen of another ...

      I think you're good. Can't cover all the points but those are three good players with three good fixtures!

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 23 mins ago

        Not sure what you meant with the first sentence

        Well, I was really not sure on what to do here. Got really frustrated. Was actually convinced B was the right move. But after Son ban got uplifted and people on here advising me to go with A, I changed my mind.

      2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 17 mins ago

        I googled it. Got it.

  20. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 28 mins ago

    Start Cantwell or Mount?

    1. shady4revr
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Both playing.

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 26 mins ago

      Mount

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 24 mins ago

      Mount.

  21. shady4revr
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 27 mins ago

    Cresswell to Aurier for -4?

    1. Birds of Prey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      dicey and pricey

  22. Five Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 27 mins ago

    Anyone feeling Janmaat at 4.3m?

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 26 mins ago

      Not really no.

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 25 mins ago

        lol

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        He is a good option mate.

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 18 mins ago

          So many better options imo... Tomori, Soy, Rico, Lundstram etc. Obviously a bit more expensive.

          But he is as good as it gets for 4.3 I suppose

  23. Aladdin Sané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 25 mins ago

    Play one:

    A) Lundstram
    B) Maupay
    C) Soyuncu

    1. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      C

    2. Birds of Prey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      c

    3. Julesandal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      A

    4. skilldave
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 min ago

      C

  24. rohaansunil
      7 days, 25 mins ago

      Aguero+dilva to son+jiminez? Won't have any city cover tho

      Or do dilva to Maddison and keep kun

      1. rohaansunil
          7 days, 24 mins ago

          Or get kdb instead of son

      2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 25 mins ago

        Son to reclaim his points.

        Some sold after red card. Lol

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 24 mins ago

          Hope not tbh. Blades cleanie

          1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 23 mins ago

            Kane will start, highly unlikely this week.

        2. 4-4-who?
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          I did, but needed to in order to get Mane before his price rise... Son is a great option for next few GWs but had to have Mane now I'm in Top 5k

          1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 17 mins ago

            Mane borderline essential tbf.

      3. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 25 mins ago

        Will Cantwell get back in the starting lineup?

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          Who Knows. If you don't need him just hold. Talk though is he wont start

        2. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 21 mins ago

          Folk need to let this go. He was always holding Hernandez's place for him.

      4. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 25 mins ago

        G2G? 3.5m ITB, 0FT.

        Pope
        TAA Lundstram Rico
        Mane KDB Mount** Maddison
        Vardy(c) Abraham Jimenez

        McGovern Soyuncu Dendoncker Kelly

        🙂 thanks! Good luck all

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 23 mins ago

          Your g2g. Kelly to Robbo next time.

        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          Looks good. Flexibility with the cash in the bank. You have plenty of choices during IB

      5. masyuris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        Can we get leaked Norwich line up before deadline?

      6. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        Captaining Mane against City's depleted defence doesn't look bad actually. Quite the opposite.

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 23 mins ago

          Yeah Mane always going to give you points.

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 23 mins ago

          Tempted, I am. But I’ll be boring and stick it on my new JV asset

      7. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 24 mins ago

        Is Deulofeu worth a punt? May as well Captain him! 😮