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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.

Our YouTube/podcast round-up can be viewed below.



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830 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Arsenal has scored just one goal at home to Bournemouth, Palace and none at sheffiled, other goals have been mostly from corners.....Leicester to keep a clean sheet, anyone?

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Hope so. Doubt it.

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Soyboy on my bench for now. Those numbers were without Laca

  2. 1569Tippins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Mahrez to Richarlison?

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Nope

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      as 1 week punt yes.

      he is in my picks for this week

      1. 1569Tippins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Two weeks I'm thinking... Sou(a) and Nor(H)

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Maybe.

  3. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    So many options and ideas when you have two free transfers. One hour to decide what to do 🙄

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      what could go wrong ? 🙂

  4. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    1 more hour till deadline?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      yep

  5. RVP20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Should I do Cantwell & Auba > Martial & Jimenez?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Benching headache?

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Do you have caddy and abraham

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Vardy

      2. RVP20
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

  6. Alli
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    GTG or do either for a hit?

    A) Cantwell > Maddison/Martial
    B) Greenwood > Jimé

    Heaton
    Lundstram - Diop - Rico
    Mané - Sterling - KDB - Mount - Cantwell
    Vardy(vc) - Tammy(c)

    Ryan - Söyüncü - Dunk - Greenwood

  7. How About Baked Beans?
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Rico or lundstram who to bench?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Rico for me, just in case Lundstram has another haul 🙂

  8. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    bottomed, any advice please

    GTG? correct bench order? thanks in advance...

    Pope
    TAA/Tomori/Lundstram
    Salah/KDB/Maddison/Pulisic
    Abraham/Jiminez(vc)/Vardy(c)

    Button/Soyuncu/Rico/Cantwell

    1. tempest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      So hard. Have exactly the same back 5. I’ve gone TAA/ Tomori/ Rico

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        thanks Tempest

  9. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Chance of Mount playing this week?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      50%?

    2. NewcastleToon74
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Mount spotted at training and Lampard said he is fine.

      1. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        He said they will check on him tomorrow. Sounds like a late fitness check.

  10. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    This worth a hit?

    Ota, Salah & Greenwood > Lundstram, Martial & Vardy

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      -4, yes. Anything more will be too much

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Absolutely

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Hmmm. No

    4. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Not for me.

    5. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Pulisic over Martial

  11. Super Jack Grealish
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Gaz
    TAA, Tamori, Lundy
    Sterling, Mane, KDB, Mount
    Vardy (C), Abraham, Connolly

    Button, Soyu, Rico, Nakamba

    1 FT 1.6 ITB

    A) Nakamba > Grealish/Mcginn/Trossard/Barnes
    B) Connolly > Jota
    C) Save (Play Soyu/Rico over Connolly)

  12. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Who to captain? and why?
    A Vardy
    B Tammy
    C Mane
    D Jiminez

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I whittled it down to A or C and went A as I think that will be a more open game and Arsenal are very weak.

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Yep, think I’d have to agree.

        1. Mr. Mystic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Btw, love the name, only learnt what one was this week

          1. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Thank you 😉

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I have the same players. Easy Vardy for me. Form.

  13. Lucas8406
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Last hour
    Bench 1
    A) Lundstram
    B) Rico
    C) Robertson
    D) Lowton (Already have Pope)

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

  14. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    I have a desire to set up my bus team

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I have a desire to walk away for a couple of weeks and forget about this game 😀

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Go get yourself a hot toddy

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Roughly 2hrs from now, it's on 😀

  15. JACK ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    On a Wildcard

    Pope or Gazzaniga ???

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Ga

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Gazza

  16. NewcastleToon74
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Pope
    Rico Tomori Digne
    James Mane McGinn Maddi
    Jimenez Abraham Vardy
    Bench: Rams TAA KDB Soy

    1. NewcastleToon74
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Do I need to make changes?

      1. JohnBlack
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 1 day ago

        No

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Sure about benching Trent and Kevin? Atleast start one?

      1. NewcastleToon74
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Instead of who?

    3. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Stick vardy on the bench too

    4. FPL Motty
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Taa and kdb must play. Drop mcginn and james

      1. FPL Motty
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Or drop digne for james if u want to keep

      2. NewcastleToon74
        8 months, 1 day ago

        I don’t fancy a good City result as for Liverpool is a must win and no Ederson. So TAA instead of McGinn sounds good?

        1. FPL Motty
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah at least one in for mcginn, tough match for villa, wolves good defensively and likely to win

  17. Le Tigre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Play Rico (newc a) or soyuncu (ars h)
    Captain vardy (ars h) or jimi (Villa h)

    1. FPL Motty
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Rico vardy

    2. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Rico & Vardy, confident the latter will score.

  18. No Professionals
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Pep says ederson won't play tomorrow. Is he playing games, they don't play tomorrow.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Who knows, given up caring , all good

    2. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      5D Chess from Pep.

  19. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Help which in each??

    A) 1. Ota to wilems, gw13 kely -4 to taa
    2. Ota to taa, kely 5th def. May upgrade later

    B) 1. Get son, next gw get jimenez
    2. Get madison, next gw get auba

  20. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    KDB/Cantwell to Maddison/Martial - 4 yay or nay? Bench Maupay

    Pope
    TAA - Lund - Rico
    Sterling - Mane - KDB - Mount
    Vardy - Tammy - Maupay

    Button Cantwell Soy Montoya

    1. Lumberjack
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      No, I wouldn’t for a hit. Would be happy to play KDB and Maupay

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

  21. Lumberjack
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Who would you start?

    A - Mount
    B - Lundstram

    Ta

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

      1. Lumberjack
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Yep on this, cheers

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Going for A personally

      1. Lumberjack
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks

  22. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Any thoughts on WC? Have 1.8m to play with for any future changes.

    Pope, Gazza
    Rico, Robby, Lund, Soyu, Tomori
    Mane, Maddy, Mount, KDB, Dendo
    Abraham, Vardy, Jimmy

    1. 11 smelly shirts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      looks good. I would keep the 1.8 for possible changes in the next GWs depending on injuries. Upgrades for Dendo or Rico/Tomori and potentially double up on Sheffiled with Henderson could be an option, but for this GW you're good

      1. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks for input. Tempted to bring Henderson in. Keeping an eye on Martial/Rashford/Son and possibly doubling up on Pool defence.

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Almost the same team I have. You should imo swap Robby for TAA since he is creating far more. I wouldnt upgrade Dendocker, then you would have massive benching dilemma each week. Otherwise looks very good!

      1. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks. Hard to call Robby v TAA. Won't be upgrading DD, will upgrade elsewhere.

  23. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Anything worth a hit ? .1 ITB

    Pope

    TAA - Lascelles - Tomori

    Salah - Sterling - KDB - Mount - Mcginn

    Abraham - Vardy

    Button - Lundstram - Soyoncu - Wickham

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      8 months, 1 day ago

      No. you are GTG

  24. 11 smelly shirts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Who would you rather play out of the three:

    A Walker
    B McGinn
    C Harry Wilson

    Thanks for your feedback

    1. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      B

      1. 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 1 day ago

        That's my tendecny as well. Walker last week was an exception, right?

        1. JoeSoap
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Be surprised if he gets that far up against Pool

  25. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    2 FT, Sterling and Connolly out for Jimenez and one of Maddison/Tielemans/Martial ?

    Should I do it or just to make one transfer and bank the other one ?

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I wouldn’t even do those for a +4

  26. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Is Jiminez now nailed pen taker? Or do Wolves still rotate?

    1. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      He Will take the next one at least

      1. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Great, cheers

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      8 months, 1 day ago

      All I know is Neves took one in the last Europa League match

  27. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Martial or Jimenez?

  28. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Start Lundstram or Lowton?

    1. Lucas8406
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Stuck in the same boat with rico

  29. shady4revr
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Free hit team

    Pope
    TAA Emerson Aurier
    Mane Pulisic Maddison Martial
    Vardy Jimenez Kane(c)

    Kane hat trick incoming.

  30. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    "Choose. Whether you should believe in yourself, or believe in others. I myself don’t know… I never have. Whether I believed in my own abilities, or whether I believed in the decisions of fellow managers, in the end no one ever knew what the outcome would be. So I guess… you have to do your best to make a decision that you won’t regret."

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Amen!