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
    7 months, 26 days 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
      7 months, 26 days ago

      Hope so. Doubt it.

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

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

  2. 1569Tippins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 26 days ago

    Mahrez to Richarlison?

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 26 days ago

      Nope

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      as 1 week punt yes.

      he is in my picks for this week

      1. 1569Tippins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

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

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      Maybe.

  3. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      what could go wrong ? 🙂

  4. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 26 days ago

    1 more hour till deadline?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      yep

  5. RVP20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 26 days ago

    Should I do Cantwell & Auba > Martial & Jimenez?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      Benching headache?

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      Do you have caddy and abraham

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Vardy

      2. RVP20
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Yes

  6. Alli
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 26 days 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
    7 months, 26 days ago

    Rico or lundstram who to bench?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

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

  8. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 26 days 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
      7 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        thanks Tempest

  9. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 26 days ago

    Chance of Mount playing this week?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      50%?

    2. NewcastleToon74
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Mount spotted at training and Lampard said he is fine.

        1. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 26 days ago

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

    3. Tmel
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

      This worth a hit?

      Ota, Salah & Greenwood > Lundstram, Martial & Vardy

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        -4, yes. Anything more will be too much

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Absolutely

      3. zotter
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Hmmm. No

      4. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Not for me.

      5. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        Pulisic over Martial

    4. Super Jack Grealish
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 26 days 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)

    5. Mr. Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 26 days ago

        A

      2. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 26 days 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. Wizard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 26 days ago

          Yep, think I’d have to agree.

          1. Mr. Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 26 days ago

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

            1. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 26 days ago

              Thank you 😉

      3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          7 months, 26 days ago

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

      4. Lucas8406
          7 months, 26 days ago

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

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 26 days ago

            A

        • Daniel S.
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 26 days ago

          I have a desire to set up my bus team

          1. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 26 days ago

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

            1. Mr. Wizard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              7 months, 26 days ago

              Go get yourself a hot toddy

              1. Hot Toddy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 26 days ago

                Roughly 2hrs from now, it's on 😀

        • JACK ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 26 days ago

          On a Wildcard

          Pope or Gazzaniga ???

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 26 days ago

            Ga

            1. zotter
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 26 days ago

              Gazza

        • NewcastleToon74
            7 months, 26 days ago

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

            1. NewcastleToon74
                7 months, 26 days ago

                Do I need to make changes?

                1. JohnBlack
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 26 days ago

                  No

              • Holmes
                • 6 Years
                7 months, 26 days ago

                Sure about benching Trent and Kevin? Atleast start one?

                1. NewcastleToon74
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Instead of who?

                2. No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 26 days ago

                  Stick vardy on the bench too

                3. FPL Motty
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 26 days ago

                  Taa and kdb must play. Drop mcginn and james

                  1. FPL Motty
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Or drop digne for james if u want to keep

                  2. NewcastleToon74
                      7 months, 26 days 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
                        7 months, 26 days ago

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

                4. Le Tigre
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 26 days ago

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

                  1. FPL Motty
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Rico vardy

                  2. JoeSoap
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Rico & Vardy, confident the latter will score.

                5. No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 26 days 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
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Who knows, given up caring , all good

                  2. Harper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    5D Chess from Pep.

                6. Nightf0x
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 26 days 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

                7. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  7 months, 26 days 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
                    7 months, 26 days ago

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

                    1. _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      7 months, 26 days ago

                      Cheers

                8. Lumberjack
                  • 5 Years
                  7 months, 26 days ago

                  Who would you start?

                  A - Mount
                  B - Lundstram

                  Ta

                  1. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    A

                    1. Lumberjack
                      • 5 Years
                      7 months, 26 days ago

                      Yep on this, cheers

                  2. Nuno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 months, 26 days ago

                    Going for A personally

                    1. Lumberjack
                      • 5 Years
                      7 months, 26 days ago

                      Thanks

                9. JoeSoap
                  • 6 Years
                  7 months, 26 days 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
                    7 months, 26 days 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
                      7 months, 26 days 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…
                      7 months, 26 days 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
                        7 months, 26 days ago

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

                  3. lordkippe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    7 months, 26 days 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…
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        No. you are GTG

                    2. 11 smelly shirts
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      7 months, 26 days 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
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        B

                        1. 11 smelly shirts
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          7 months, 26 days ago

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

                          1. JoeSoap
                            • 6 Years
                            7 months, 26 days ago

                            Be surprised if he gets that far up against Pool

                    3. Railwayman
                      • 7 Years
                      7 months, 26 days 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
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        I wouldn’t even do those for a +4

                    4. Mr. Wizard
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      7 months, 26 days ago

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

                      1. Teomi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        He Will take the next one at least

                        1. Mr. Wizard
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          7 months, 26 days ago

                          Great, cheers

                      2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                          7 months, 26 days ago

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

                      3. The Red Devil
                        • 5 Years
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        Martial or Jimenez?

                      4. Pedram
                        • 6 Years
                        7 months, 26 days ago

                        Start Lundstram or Lowton?

                        1. Lucas8406
                            7 months, 26 days ago

                            Stuck in the same boat with rico

                        2. shady4revr
                          • 6 Years
                          7 months, 26 days ago

                          Free hit team

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

                          Kane hat trick incoming.

                        3. Holmes
                          • 6 Years
                          7 months, 26 days 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
                            7 months, 26 days ago

                            Amen!