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. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Which

    A) Get son, next gw get jimenez
    B) Get madison, next gw get auba

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Hmm neither. A out of the two

  2. BullDogTevez
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Aguero OUT
    Kane IN

    Kane (c)

    *Done*

    Let’s have some fun.

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Bang! Good luck

      1. BullDogTevez
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Very much needed

    2. shady4revr
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Kane hat trick incoming.

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Not a bad move

    4. tempest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Lovely. Just done exactly the same

  3. zotter
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Right starting XI. Right bench order

    Pope
    Rico. Pieters. Trent
    Moura. Mount. Salah. Kdb
    Vardy c. Abraham. Jimi

    Button. Lund. Cantwell. Cancelo

    1. BullDogTevez
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I’d drop Pieter for Lund

    2. Effe
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Good to go

  4. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Play TAA and Robbo bs MCI?

    Or spread the risk and play Rico/Lund?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Play Rico over robbo

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      play them both

    3. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      play both

    4. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I think you have to play them both, otherwise you risk leaving Robbo's attacking points on your bench

    5. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Play both, think of them with wingers who get big clean sheet bonuses

  5. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Repost
    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?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      A

  6. chriscosta
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    I Cant make my mind up for the captainacy !!
    help Please

    A) Martial
    B) Vardy
    C) Salah
    D) Abraham

    So Far it on Martial

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      A

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      B

    3. 11 smelly shirts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      C

    4. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      D

    5. Effe
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Close call but I’d captain Vardy

    6. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      lol, no please so far

  7. HD7
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Using my WC , mates
    Last check up
    All the feedback is welcome 🙂

    Gazza
    TAA Lund Robbo
    Mane Mount KDB Maddy
    Abraham Jimenez Vardy

    Subs: Button, Willems, Rico, Hayden

    1.3M ITB

    *Decided to downgrade Chilwell to Willems because I play mostly 3-4-3

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Get donk over Hayden.

      1. HD7
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Isnt Hayden with more chances of assist or goal?

    2. 4-4-who?
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      You need Matt Doherty in there - he is looking awesome and with Wolves's fixtures is the next Def band wagon...

  8. Gentle_Turks
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling to Mane and captain Mane for -4? Crazy? Got TAA and Robbo but no Pool attackers.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I would'nt. But if you want to Cpt Mane then do it

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Planning to cap Vardy but if I take a hit to get Mane then I'd captain him to try to cover the hit.

        Probably a crazy move but the Ederson news is making my knee jerk...

        1. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          A Mane blank, a Sterling goal and a Vardy hat-trick .. you could lose a lot of points on that deal

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      u cud go without mane for this GW imo...u cud get him new week

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah that was the plan, just nervous because of the City defence problems...

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          even liverpool arent at their best so sterling cud get something as well

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah good point. It is a sideways move I suppose.

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Bench one:

    A. Rico
    B.Mendy
    C. CHO

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Mendy

  10. Reeker
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Don't think there's a wrong choice in captaining Vardy, Jimenez or Abraham but what are your thoughts if you had all 3?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Difficult one. Probably Vardy

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I have all three. Going vardy with Abraham vice. As you say all three are viable

    3. 11 smelly shirts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I would go with Vardy (don't have him, but the other two)

    4. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Dunno, when in doubt go for the safest which is Vardy

    5. 4-4-who?
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I have all 3 - HELP!

      1. 4-4-who?
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        I'm on Jimmy - 12 goals in 22 appearances this season!

    6. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Wolves less likely to dish out a hammering in my opinion so that rules out Jimenez for me. Now watch them hockey Villa 5-0 😀

      1. 4-4-who?
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        45 shots on goal in the last two games - only two goals, but a missed penalty and a penalty that we should have had vs Arsenal - Wolves are starting to fire.

  11. Del FPL-iero
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Traore or Moutinho?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      mou

    2. 4-4-who?
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Traore (from a Wolves season ticket holder here)

  12. Five Season Wonder
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    G2G? Who should I have as capt?

    Pope
    Soy - TAA - Rico
    Sterling - KDB - Sonny - Mount(i)
    Vardy - Tammy - King

    Subs: Button: Cantwell, Janmaat, Lundstram

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Vardy

  13. DS29
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

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

    Or just do dilva to Maddison

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Dilva to martial ?

      1. DS29
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        I have martial.. I can get kdb instead of son but I expect son to do better in the next few weeks

    2. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I did Dilva to Martial.

  14. Eirern
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Ok forum, show me what you got.
    Which option and why?

    2FT
    a) Keep Sterling + play Lundstram (must play 442)
    b) Maddison + Martial (352)
    c) Maddison + Jimenez (343)

    Team:
    Heaton
    Taa / Soy / Rico / Lundstram (Kelly)
    Salah / STERLING / Kdb / Mount / (DENDOCKER)
    Vardy / Tammy (GREENWOOD)

    Any input would be much appreciated!

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      C

  15. Ghost86
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Play Rico or Mendy?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      mendy

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Rico

    3. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      rico

  16. No Totti No Party
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Will Cantwell start ?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Doubt it. Will he do anything even if he does ?!

      1. 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        agree, wouldn't invest in Norwich until I see them doing something again

  17. 11 smelly shirts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    That's a repost: Would you rather play
    A Walker
    B McGinn
    C Harry Wilson
    for this GW?

  18. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    A. Pulisic
    B. Willian
    C. Maddison

    Have Tammy & Vardy

    1. 11 smelly shirts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      given the current form I would go for A, but for the long term C is safer as he plays every game

    2. tempest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      C

  19. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Starting Pieters and Soy over Lund is a bad move?

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Pieters probably is.

    2. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I'd go Pieters and Lundstram (as shield).

      Pieters may not play anyway.

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Please help above, thanks.

  20. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Start Lundstram or cho?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      cho

    2. RoboVanBasten
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Cho, if he starts

      • 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Lundy will play, but unlikely to get a CS.
        CHO will most likely come from the bench
        Both could score, so listen to your gut feeling and be prepared that we're just talking about 1 point vs 2 points

    3. RoboVanBasten
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Who thinks CHO will start?

      • yer old da
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        So here’s how it is, your head probably says Rico but it’s just so much more fun having Lundstram and his marauding runs in your team. Lundstram starts, Rico first sub.

        1. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          And I’m fancying Martial as a pick, means I’m basically playing a 3-3-4 this week (shades).

        2. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Probably both get a point apiece

        3. PlumaPiedra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Rico is just as exciting.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Yep
            Will explode in one of future gw

          2. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            As exciting as Lundstram? Nah.

            1. PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah. Is on freekicks and takes corners and has a wand of a left foot.

      • HD7
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        WC last changes:

        Gazza
        TAA Lund -
        Mane Mount KDB Maddy
        Abraham Jimenez Vardy

        Subs: Button, Willems, Rico, Hayden

        1.3M ITB

        A) Robbo
        B) Doherty

        *B gives me the chance to have enough money to do KDB to Salah in next weeks...

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 23 days ago

          I would do A

      • shady4revr
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Any idea about Emerson starting over Alonso?

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Emerson will be first choice according to some fpl pundits

      • JACK ARMY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Final decision on a Wildcard, backup ‘Keeper

        McGovern £4.0m or McCarthy £4.3m???

        Just the £0.3m difference for the Southampton player that started last time out

        All input gratefully received

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          saints have gud run of fixtures coming up...u cud go for him if you feel he wud start those games

      • andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        A mount to martial (-4)
        B mount to pulisic (-4)
        C hold on

        Pope
        TAA Soy Lund
        Mane KDB Mount tielemans
        Abraham Vardy jimenez

        Pieters, Cantwell, Kelly 4.7 ITB

        1. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Hold definitely if for a hit

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Hey guys.

        Sorry I don't post to often. I was going to WC after IB But i don't think i can wait really.

        Bravo in means City will have to win every game 5-3 it seems.

        Current team

        Pope/Heaton
        VVD,Mendy,Cresswell,Lundy,Rico
        KDB,Salah, Mount, Tielemans, Dendo
        King, Aguero, Abraham

        Thinkng of going to

        Gazza/Button
        TAA, another attacking fullback (Chilwell atm), Willems, Lundy, Rico
        Mane,KDB, Mount, Tielemens, Pulisic
        Vardy, Jiminez, Abraham

        Fed up with VVD 2's every week.

        Dont like chelsea triple up, but they look so good going forward then i plan to bring in Trossard and free up some cash? Or get Pereira and Trossard now? Form over fixtures?)

        Good idea? Or Wait?

        1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Who are you benching from MID/ATCK? thats a massive problem for you in my opinion. Trossard?

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah it would be trossard. I thinking a good squad is better than rotation risk. Then when Leicester /fixture turn i an see what happens then, or i might get in Tossard latter, takes out the Pulisic risk.

              1. Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 23 days ago

                Also thinking Janmatt instead of Leicester defender, as seems to be doing well.

        2. Five Season Wonder
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Start Soy or Janmaat this week?

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Janmatt

        3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Next gw. Who would you swap

            a) Aurier
            b) Tomori

            -> TAA?

          • Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            My def. Kely ota lund Lowton soy
            Which

            A) ota to taa, keep kelly 5th def. May upgrade him later
            B) Ota to wilems, gw13 kely -4 to taa