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. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 25 mins ago

    Vardy (C) no brainer? Also have Tammy Sterling KdB Salah

    Tia

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 24 mins ago

      Yeah, yeah, yeah
      Qué no pare la fiesta
      Don't stop the party

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

      I'm going Son (c) and Vardy (vc) fwiw, but most are going Vardy so yeah.

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

      No one this week is a no brainer captain.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 23 mins ago

        This season*

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 19 mins ago

          Many "best" captains for the gameweeks have failed, but have been a "no brainer" to some before the deadline. This week, its more difficult.

  2. gryffsonofarthur
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 25 mins ago

    Liverpool Man city and no Vardy makes Captaincy Tricky this week.

    For some bizarre reason Pukki is still on my team. Crazy to hand him the armband this week?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      Crazy enough to have him
      © Mane/Tammy

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      If he blanks it's going to be a long weekend.

    3. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 20 mins ago

      I'm thinking about it. I've given it to every other attacking player I own, and it hasnt really worked out, so why not?

  3. SiJonas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 25 mins ago

    I can't settle on my final 11, this is leading me to consider Bench Boost. Am I nuts?

    Pope
    TAA, Tomori, Lundy
    KDB, Maddison, Mane, Mount
    Auba, Tammy, Jimenez

    Gazzaniga, Rico, Cantwell, Soyuncu

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 13 mins ago

      With Mount being a doubt and Cantwell possibly benched I'd not play it personally

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

    Has anyone been that impressed with the standard of football in the PL so far?
    I think both Pool and Citeh have not played to the standards they set last year. ManU, Spurs, Arsenal have been very poor.
    Chelsea, Leicester, Brighton and Shef have played above themselves but they ain't going to win silverware.
    It is of my opinion FPL has been more difficult due to the uncertainty of performances by the so called "better sides"
    Richa Digne TAA Fraser Siggy Alli Erik and many others have failed to deliver.
    Defenders are not scoring at anywhere near the rates of last season. Most mids are below 7.5 to get value or 12 plus; nothing in between.
    I really think the game needs a shake up to encourage people to stick with it. I would hazard a guess the breakthrough of 7 million players is due to marketing and millions having more than one side.
    I would love to know what income per click the boys at the top are making.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      They are making money of course, but as you said, the PL as a whole has lost a bit of quality this season compared to last. Fpl has been a bit boring in the process.

  5. Ruffio
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 24 mins ago

    Quick survey.

    Otamendi
    Alonso
    Greenwood
    Sterling

    For

    Vardy
    Soyuncu
    Robbo
    Tielemens.

    Or

    Vardy
    Soyuncu
    Lascels
    Alli?

    1. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      Yes, first one

    2. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 18 mins ago

      Vardy
      Soyuncu
      Robbo
      Tielemens

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

    LEI ARS prediction?

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

      4-3

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 20 mins ago

        As long as Vardy Maddison run rampant, Auba is quiet and Soyuncu concedes I’m game 😆

        Unless Mount no shows, in which case I need Soyuncu!

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      1-2

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 19 mins ago

        Would shake things up

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      3-1

    4. gryffsonofarthur
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      3-2 Leicester

    5. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Early Guendozi red card would make things interesting

    6. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      4-0 and the end for Emery

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 19 mins ago

        I would love it if he got sacked at half-time and Bellerin took on a Player-coach role

    7. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      5-2 Emery sacked

    8. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      3-1 and AFTV's Troopz eats his own face with rage.

    9. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      0-1

    10. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 18 mins ago

      2-2

    11. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 18 mins ago

      4-1

    12. F4L
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 13 mins ago

      2-0

    13. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 12 mins ago

      9-0

  7. AgentRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 23 mins ago

    Sterling, Wilson > Son, Vardy?

    Or downgrade VVD (only pool defender) to fund Vardy?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 22 mins ago

      I like the original

      1. AgentRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 20 mins ago

        As in keep Sterling and Wilson? Or transfer to Son+Vardy?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 16 mins ago

          Sorry do the transfers

          1. AgentRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 13 mins ago

            Thanks

  8. Bavarian
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 23 mins ago

    Keep switching Lundstram and Soyuncu for start...

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 mins ago

      I'm Benching both 😮

      1. Arse Biscuit
        • 10 Years
        7 days, 17 mins ago

        Play Lundstram!

        1. Bavarian
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 7 mins ago

          Thank you both

      2. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 7 mins ago

        Hahahhahaha

  9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 22 mins ago

    remember the last friday night football, I feel that there will be goals tonight

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Which is why I want to see if Cantwell starts.

      1. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 19 mins ago

        Don't think so. Hernandez is back.

    2. gryffsonofarthur
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      I'm captaining Pukki, so hope so!

    3. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Revival of Pukki?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 19 mins ago

        it could very well be

    4. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Would you start Cantwell?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 20 mins ago

        the problem with cantwell is whether or not he is out of favour. If he was certain to start I would but also depends on the rest of your team and who you are benching to be honest

        1. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 18 mins ago

          Well I'm starting Rico Soya Mount and Lundy ahead of him.

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      Pukki will defo score but we have to stay strong and stay away from him

  10. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 22 mins ago

    Bench 1;

    A. Tomori (CRY)
    B. Rico (new)
    C. Lundstram (tot)
    D. Mount (CRY) ∠!⦣

    1. Paddy Gooner
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      I'd say D

    2. masyuris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 20 mins ago

      LUNDSTRAM

    3. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      Tomori

    4. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 8 mins ago

      C

  11. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 22 mins ago

    Guys Start Rico or janmaat? Other defenders starting taa lund..

  12. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 22 mins ago

    Martial or Jimenez??

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Martial

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Jimenez

  13. Punty McPuntface
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 21 mins ago

    Who to ship out for mane?

    A KDB
    B Sterling

    1. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 21 mins ago

      Son

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 mins ago

      I dont know mate. I have Mané but ditching one City boy and cant effing decide

      Sterling the most explosive, budget not really important for me so enclined to keep him but... KDB is great value

  14. Paddy Gooner
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 21 mins ago

    Should I play

    A) Mount or
    B) McGinn?

  15. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 21 mins ago

    Bench 2:

    A. Tomori (CRY)
    B. Rico (new)
    C. Lundstram (tot)
    D. Mount (CRY) ∠!⦣
    E. Soyuncu (ARS)

    1. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      DB

    2. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      A&E

    3. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 15 mins ago

      EC, though not a bad headache to have

  16. Eastman
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 21 mins ago

    Which one?
    A. Pulisic
    B. Willian
    C. Thielemans
    D. Maddison

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      A

  17. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 21 mins ago

    Admittedly, I've asked this question a few different ways over the past couple weeks. Responses have been all over the place.

    Essentially, it's Vardy vs. double City mids.

    1) Drop Sterling, get Vardy (not hit necessary)
    2) Keep Sterling, KDB => 433: Vardy + Cantwell/Donck in mid and a hit

    Current squad:
    Pope
    TAA, Rico, Lundstram
    Mané, Sterling, KDB, Mount
    King, Jimenez(v), Tammy(c)
    (Button; Cantwell, Lowton, Otamendi)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      1

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      2

    3. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 mins ago

      Typical. One response for each. 😉
      I should probably just grow a pair and do it.

  18. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 20 mins ago

    Pffffft,

    Who to bench out of:

    A) Soy
    B) McGinn

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      A

    2. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      Soy. Don’t expect him to score again this season.

      1. Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 16 mins ago

        Cheers mate

  19. Spokey
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 19 mins ago

    Pukki C. Who is with me?
    Play Mount or Cantwell?

    1. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 19 mins ago

      No one I'd say
      Mount

    2. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      Mount, Cantwell first sub.

  20. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 19 mins ago

    KDB > Martial for a hit crazy ?

    Considering captaining also

    1. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 18 mins ago

      Yes.

  21. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 18 mins ago

    Anyone else starting Mount who has him? My subs are (in order): Cantwell, Diop, Soy

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      Will probably start him yeah. Not overly confident mi d you but hey, what can you do.

    2. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      Yes. I’m hoping for 0 or 75+ minutes. Rico first bench

      1. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 14 mins ago

        Me too.

    3. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 mins ago

      Yep Lundstram first sub

  22. Red Rock
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 17 mins ago

    Chances of David Silva playing?

    Have Rico and Connolly as subs

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 17 mins ago

      not great

      1. Red Rock
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 mins ago

        How come? Looking at the news roundup it seems only Ederson is out

    2. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 mins ago

      Not great

      1. Red Rock
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 9 mins ago

        I've got one free transfer, was hoping to save it over the international break. Worth shifting Silva to someone like Martial?

        1. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 2 mins ago

          I would make that move based on Utd’s upcoming fixtures but was burned badly by Martial earlier in the season.

          Hope he can stay fit for a good run of games

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 9 mins ago

      Pep said after UCL game that Dilva wont be fit till after the IB

      1. Red Rock
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 8 mins ago

        Ah thanks, worth saving the FT and playing Rico/Connolly or shifting him out?

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I'm keeping as it's a minor muscle strain.

  23. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 17 mins ago

    Going Martial (C).

    Could backfire spectacularly but I can see goals in that game.

    1. DF
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      Yeah, me too.

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 14 mins ago

      naahh... I am expecting 1-1, Brighton have been very good on the ball, it wouldnt surprise me if they pulled off a win at OT - if they play as well as they did at Etihad earlier in the season, it wud be a brighton win

  24. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 17 mins ago

    Gazza
    Robbo Soy Lund Peiters Kelly
    KDB Sterling Mount Mane Donkey
    Vardy Jimmy Tammy

    A) KDB + Pieters ➡ Martial + TAA
    B) Sterling + Pieters ➡ (1. Salah + Rico) OR (2. Son + TAA)

    A or B please?

    1. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 14 mins ago

      Get Mane + Rico

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 14 mins ago

        already have mane

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

    Keep Emery.

    Scrap VAR.

    Good Eboning.

  26. yer old da
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 16 mins ago

    Bringing in Martial for KDB and Jimenez for Connolly, which effectively means I have 4 strikers. Let the good times roll.

  27. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 16 mins ago

    Who to bench from:

    A: Tomori (good chance of cs but limited goal threat (but that was said about soyuncu as well)
    B: Lundy (small chance of cs but on form if sheffield score)
    C: Rico (medium chance of cs, good assist potential)

  28. The_FF_King
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 16 mins ago

    I have a free transfer to use up but have no pressing issues.

    Who is best defender 4.4 and under (already have Rico)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 16 mins ago

      Lascells
      Janmaat

  29. Weasel51
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 16 mins ago

    Last minute decision.

    KDB > Mane for a hit??

    Will be making this transfer soon anyway. Cheers

  30. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 16 mins ago

    Do I play this team or use the cash to upgrade somewhere for a hit:

    A mount to martial (-4)
    B mount to pulisic (-4)

    Pope
    TAA Soy Lund
    Mane KDB Mount tielemans
    Abraham Vardy jimenez

    Pieters, Cantwell, Kelly 4.7 ITB

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 mins ago

      am starting pieters over soy