Team News

The FPL Gameweek 33+ team news and injury updates

We round up the key injury updates and stand-out manager quotes ahead of Gameweek 33+ in our weekly summary of the pre-match press conferences.

We have heard from 18 Premier League managers so far, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho the only two outstanding head coaches – although there is the possibility of embargoed sections from last night’s post-game pressers being released later in the day.

Liverpool v Aston Villa

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There wasn’t much in the way of injury news from Jurgen Klopp’s press conference but the Liverpool boss did respond forcefully to a question on whether he would field fringe players and academy products in the run-in, saying:

They are so close, they are really good. And they are our future, 100%. But they will not play now because I want to see them in a Premier League game.

We don’t give Premier League games as Christmas presents. We cannot do that.

We have to make sure that the best XI on that day are on the pitch.

Matt Targett (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Villans, with boss Dean Smith saying:

He’s struggling. It’s not going be the reported three weeks, it’s not as bad as we first feared. We’re hopeful that he should be back for Crystal Palace [in GW35+].

Everybody else is OK at the moment.

Manchester United v Bournemouth

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t report any new serious fitness concerns but did hint at a change or two, saying:

Of course, there are a couple of knocks. You do start feeling things now after a little bit, so there might be a couple of changes but let’s see today. The boys who didn’t play on Tuesday want to play and are ready to step in if they have to.

I’ve got to wait and see because there’s a couple that’s got some knocks and bruises, so if there’s a couple of changes – don’t be surprised. Just because of fitness but there’s also so many games, I’ve got to look after them.

It’d be nice to play the team that performed so well against Sheffield United at home last time and played so well against Brighton but let’s wait and see how everyone is. I’ve got many reasons to play the same team but also reasons to rotate one or two.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain sidelined with unspecified injuries, with Jones not expected back in training for another couple of weeks and Tuanzebe out for the season.

Eddie Howe says he will make a late check on a “couple of players” ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to Old Trafford but, true to form, refused to name names.

Callum Wilson is still suspended.

Southampton v Manchester City

As mentioned above, we await news from Pep Guardiola following City’s comprehensive victory over Liverpool on Thursday.

Given that any comments would have been made straight after full-time, however, they may be of little use regarding any fresh fitness issues.

We do know that Sergio Aguero (knee) is out, at least, while Fernandinho returns from suspension.

Sofiane Boufal (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (ankle), Jannik Vestergaard (muscle), Nathan Tella (unspecified) and Yan Valery (unspecified) all look set to miss the visit of the Citizens but Ralph Hasenhuttl is at least boosted by the return of Jack Stephens and Moussa Djenepo from suspension.

The Southampton said ahead of the game:

We have a few problems, still with Pierre and also Sofiane. Not available for the weekend. Jannik Vestergaard has a few problems with a muscle injury. Yan Valery also has problems and Nathan Tella.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal

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Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee) and Bernd Leno (knee) remain out, while Mesut Ozil (back) faces a late fitness check ahead of Saturday’s match at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mikel Arteta also reported “a few issues” from the win over Norwich City, adding that the Gunners have been “playing a lot of games in the last few days and some players are recovering”.

Lucas Torreira is fit, at least, and could feature in the matchday squad for the first time since early March.

Nuno Espirito Santo has a clean bill of health ahead of the visit of Arsenal so his main decision will likely once again be over his starting formation and the inclusion of Adama Traore, with the Wolves boss having frequently alternated between a 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2 from match to match and indeed during games.

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Carlo Ancelotti sounded positive about Richarlison‘s (knock) chances of recovery ahead of Monday, saying in his pre-match presser:

Richarlison didn’t train today but I think he will be able to train tomorrow, so he is not going to have problems to play on Monday. I think he will be fine.

We have Sidibe back for this game. Out, Walcott and Delph.

We haven’t heard from Jose Mourinho apart from his post-Sheffield United press conference but there is the chance that more quotes from that media online gathering will be released from embargo on Friday or Saturday.

Japhet Tanganga (back) and Juan Foyth (knee) remain out.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

Brendan Rodgers says that James Maddison is a doubt again after aggravating his hip problem in the defeat at Everton.

The Leicester City boss said Maddison “hopefully” wouldn’t be out for too long if he does miss out.

Roy Hodgson confirmed that Christian Benteke has recovered for Crystal Palace and said:

Martin Kelly is making big strides, so he joined in with the group for the first time today albeit only a part of the session. That’s a step forward, he’s been out for a long time.

We lost a young player, Nik Tavares, to a muscle injury, earlier this week in training. Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins still remain out, otherwise the rest of the squad are ready.

Chelsea v Watford

Fikayo Tomori (muscle) and Mateo Kovacic (Achilles) are Frank Lampard’s only confirmed absentees ahead of the visit of Watford, with the Chelsea boss saying:

Fikayo is still not fit. He’s hopefully going to be training with us somewhere through next week. He’s doing a lot of work but in terms of the last bit to get him on the training pitch, it’s been tough.

Kovacic is going to be out of this game. He hurt his Achilles during the West Ham game and will miss this one, possibly the next one after that but hopefully, it won’t be too long after that.

Watford assistant boss Craig Shakespeare didn’t report any fresh injury concerns in his pre-match press conference, meaning that Gerard Deulofeu (knee), Isaac Success (Achilles) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) are Watford’s only confirmed absentees for the visit of Southampton.

The Hornets will welcome back Nathaniel Chalobah, Andre Gray and Domingos Quina into the first-team fold, with that trio having been omitted against Southampton “to ensure the health and safety of all players.”

Burnley v Sheffield United

John Fleck (groin), John Lundstram (shoulder) and Luke Freeman (unspecified) will all be missing for the next two weeks, which leaves Chris Wilder short of options in the middle of the park and very likely ensures Sander Berge and Ben Osborn will start again after their impressive performances against Spurs.

Jack O’Connell (knee) seems to be edging closer to a comeback but Wilder remains coy on the matter, having repeatedly said over the last fortnight that he was near to a return whilst also stressing that the Blades wouldn’t take any risks with the player.

Ashley Barnes (hernia) and Matthew Lowton (foot) remain out for the Clarets and Jack Cork (ankle) is a doubt but Jay Rodriguez (hamstring), Chris Wood (Achilles), Robbie Brady (groin) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) are all possibilities to return.

Sean Dyche told the media:

Woody has been training this week but obviously hasn’t trained a lot. Johann has got a chance to at least be involved in some capacity. Robbie Brady maybe, Lowton definitely not, Corky’s a question mark, and Barnsey definitely not.

[Rodriguez] has got a chance. He’s trained two days after the last game against Palace so I’m hopeful that he’ll come through it and be available.

Newcastle United v West Ham United

David Moyes reports that Mark Noble (hamstring), Arthur Masuaku (ankle) and Sebastien Haller (hip) are back in training and he hopes to have “some of them back” for the trip to Newcastle.

Felipe Anderson is a slight doubt after picking up a muscle problem in the warm-up on Wednesday.

Steve Bruce says that Jamaal Lascelles (knock) and Joelinton (calf) will be assessed ahead of the game, with Sean Longstaff (hamstring) likely to miss out.

Norwich City v Brighton and Hove Albion

Daniel Farke has no new injury concerns after the defeat to Arsenal and Timm Klose returns from suspension.

Moritz Leitner (hernia) has joined Grant Hanley (hamstring), Christoph Zimmermann (back) and Sam Byram (hamstring) in being ruled out for the season, however.

Adam Webster (hamstring) and Davy Propper (calf) are expected to be fit for Albion, leaving only Jose Izquierdo (knee) on the sidelines.


More detailed information and predicted line-ups can be found in the Team News tab, which is being gradually refreshed today.


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615 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Son to Mahrez for a hit?

    1. popcoin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      yeh

    2. Lord Flashheart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not sure about the hit

    3. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      If you captain him.

      1. houghmagandie
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I don't usually ask but I need your advice this week!
        Team:
        Pope
        TAA, Lascelles, Taylor
        Pogba, Bruno, Salah, Son, KDB
        Jiminez, Rashford
        (Martin, Connolly, Jack Robinson, Ngakia (I know!)
        2FT 0.2m ITB
        I like my team and originally planned to simply swap Pogba for Martial but if Lascelles doesn't play and TAA is rested my weak defence is exposed so now I'm thinking of selling Son for Pulisic and selling Ngakia for Doherty or Saiss (or someone else?)
        Whatdyathink?

    5. Heres hoping x 6
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      My exact dilemma, opinions plz!

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yeah, my suggestion is if you captain him, take the hit. If you're not planning on giving him the armband, maybe it isn't worth the 4 points. I've got him and am considering skippering him myself.

    6. Yozzer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Daft

    7. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Same dilemma

    8. woodles
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Do it. Son no shots again yesterday

  2. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Captain?

    1. Mane
    2. Bruno

    Dont have salah

    1. andres
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Bruno

  3. andres
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    anyone playing FH this GW?

  4. CBS
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hey

      A or B?

      A: Foden - Robertson, Alexander Arnold, Doherty

      B: Mahrez - Boly, alexander Arnold, Gomez

    • Aaa
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good to go?

      Pope
      TAA/Doherty/Taylor
      Mane/Fernandes(c)/KDB/Pulisic/Saint-M
      Jimenez/Rashford

      Button/Lascelles/Nketiah/Holgate

      1. PascalCygan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yep. I’m going to be making moves to end up with something similar. GL

    • andres
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Best striker up to 7.7 (not greenwood)

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Consider Giroud. Chelsea have goals and fixtures, and Tammy is floundering.

      2. MyFriend
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Has to be Ings

    • Lord Flashheart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Doherty, son, Davies (4.3 villa mid)

      To

      Saïss/cresswell , mahrez, pulisic

      A is it worth -4?
      B Saïss or cresswell?

      1. popcoin
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yes if you're happy with whoever will take Davies' place on your bench.
        Saiss

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          DCL will be benched this week

    • popcoin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Salah, Mahrez, Pulisic.

      Which, and how do I get them in my team?

      Dubravka
      TAA Taylor Soy Saiss
      KdB Mane Bruno Martial
      Jimenez Rashford

      Button DCL Henderson Lundstram

      £0.0 itb, 2 FT's

      1. ididnt
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        you can't

        1. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          KdB -> Mahrez
          Henderson -> Pulisic
          3-5-2
          ?

          1. Big Ronnie
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            You'll want KDB back. DCL & Henderson out for Nketiah & Puli. Not sue if that is enough £

            1. popcoin
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              This is the most likely move. But I'd go Connolly instead of Nketiah

              1. Big Ronnie
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Yeah they'd be on the bench most weeks so probably doesn't make a difference. I shipped DCL this week, might bring back in for the last few games if he shows something

    • stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      What would you do with this? Had planned to roll a transfer and then get rid of Vardy next week.

      Pope
      TAA - Saiss - Lascelles - Taylor
      Salah - KDB - Bruno - Foden
      Vardy - Jimi
      (3.9 - Traore - DCL - Holgate)

    • Jay Jay Okocha
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A) Doherty, Pulisic, Jesus
      B) Aurier, Pulisic, Kane
      C) Aurier, Mahrez, Jesus

      1. popcoin
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A but I like Mahrez most

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Martial or Rash?

      1. Kitman
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Rash i'd say

      2. popcoin
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Martial

      3. Firminoooo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Martial

      4. SkySporks
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Rash

        • JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Rashford.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          In isolation Martial. Looking at options in midfield, it seems the team would look like stronger with Rash (assuming Bruno + Utd defender another two). Less striker options than Rash. Own Martial here not Rash.

      5. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hi...what would you do here ease with 4.2m and 2ft?

        Thinking of fleck to mahrez and playing 352. Saving 2nd ft

        Hendo Mccarthy
        Taa maguire boly soy stephens
        Salah kdb fernandes martial fleck
        Jiminez dcl nketiah

        Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

        1. Teror
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Fleck > Mahrez / Foden / Saint Maximus

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Thanks

      6. Kitman
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Who is the better bet for the rest of the season;

        Aurier or Saiss (or Boly/Coady)

        1. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Saiss

        2. Stuart_UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Saiss or Boly

      7. SkySporks
          1 month, 8 days ago

          GTG? On a WC...

          Pope
          Fernández, Alonso, Alexander-Arnold
          Fernandes, De Bruyne, Martial, Pulisic
          Jiménez, Rashford, Jesus

          Bench
          Button, Foden, Dunk, Saiss

          1. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I'm a Chelski and we don't really have a defence capable of a CS. I sold Alonso after GW30+. He's big money for 2,1,1.

        • Winston.
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Who’s your captain?

          1. popcoin
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Sadio

          2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Martial atm for me!!

          3. SkySporks
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Bruno

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Mo

            • Kitman
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Mahrez

            • Firminoooo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Think I have gone from Bruno to Mo.

            • MyFriend
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 8 days ago

              With no Matt Targett, I'm going Salah.

            • MosF94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Kane - 4 braces in his last 4 games against Everton according to Transfermarkt, he'll probably end up blanking this time but I like the punt!

          4. Pep Roulette
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Will Greenwood start this game?

            1. Firminoooo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              74%. He playes for me, Foden benched.

          5. Lord Flashheart
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Salah (TC)?

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              What are you going to do ?? I was convinced that I would this GW but LFC did not look good last night and Villa defence looks better....however Klopp clearly rattled and I can see first home game as Champs being a riot......or do I wait on KDB V Norwich GW 38

            2. gauzah
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yes. Bloodbath incoming.

          6. dshv
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Mane or bruno captain ?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Form/fixture say Bruno so Mane

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Lol you are not helping the blokes decision..
                🙂

          7. Big Ronnie
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Who would you captain? Currently on Bruno.

            A) Mane
            B) Bruno
            C) Rashford
            D) Mahrez
            E) KDB

            1. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              B

            2. SkySporks
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Bruno

            3. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              McCarthy Aurier Cantwell Lascelles

              Good enough for the bench boost?

              1. Firminoooo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Lacelles out with cut, would say no.

            4. Rinseboy
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Really struggling with this. 40 points ahead in ML.
              Rival will get Mahrez I think.
              Do I take another -4 and do Son to Mahrez? (already on a -4 this week)
              Thanks!

              Pope
              TAA Maguire Doherty
              Salah KDB Bruno Martial Son
              DCL Jimi
              Martinez Nketiah Aurier Fernandez.

              1. ididnt
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                perhaps

            5. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Still hurting from transfering out Sterling!
              Henderson
              TAA Saiss Aurier
              Salah KDB Martial Bruno Traore
              Jota Rashford

              Martin Egan Connolly Lundstarm

              Take a hit and BB? Maybe last chance before Liverpool rotation?

              1. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I'm in a similar situation. With the fixtures GW33+ I can't see a better GW to BB with some confidence. I think I'll be on a -8 but only playing 14 (Button).

                1. Oggle22
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Not sure who I'd get in though as clean sheets are looking few and far between?

            6. Aurora
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Do we expect to hear from Pep before the deadline?

            7. Rasialdo10
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              What should I do with this lot? Took too many punts , now 90 pts behind in main mini league ..

              2FT, 0 ITB

              Foster
              TAA Doherty Lascelles
              KDB Mane Bruno Ali Sarr
              DCL Jimi

              Martin, Kiko, nketiah, Robinson

              Any advice welcome

              1. suddenorgan
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Alli + Sarr + DCL -> Martial + Mahrez + Greenwood affordable?

                1. Rasialdo10
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Unfortunately missing 0.1 .. pulisic instead of mahrez ?

            8. Stimps
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I've no pool attack but have KDB, Sterling, Foden.

              Sterling -> Salah (c) (-4)?

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Won't sell Sterling this week.

              2. ididnt
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I would

              3. The Littlest Robbo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                As you will captain Salah then yes

            9. suddenorgan
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              so is the Nketiah party over? or just put on hiatus until tomorrow?

              1. Firminoooo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Yes, join the Greenwood and Foden party. More fun.

                1. suddenorgan
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I'm chock full of Man Utd sadly, Foden coming in GW34

            10. Big Ronnie
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Start Saiss or Lacselles?

              1. suddenorgan
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Lascelles, think he plays 90 or 0

              2. Firminoooo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Saiss. Lascelles is probably out with a cut.

                1. Big Ronnie
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  He'll either start or not play at all, still Saiss?

            11. dopellganger
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Pope Button

              Taa Doherty Laporte Stevens Kelly
              KDB Pulisic Pepe* Bruno Guendouzi
              Auba Jimenez Greenwood

              Thinking about moving Pepe for Mahrez or Son , any advice on team?
              Thanks!

            12. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Scared of Greenwood, TAA and Kdb benching :/

              2FT 0.1ITB

              Foster
              TAA Doh Aurier
              KDB Son Rich Mahrez Bruno
              Jimenez Rash
              (Martin, Greenwood, Lascelles, Kiko)

              Tempted by Foster, Lascelles, Rich to Ederson/Alisson, ?, ASM (-4)

            13. Tmel
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Martinez
              Lascelles Doherty TAA
              KDB Salah Fernandes Son
              Rashford Jimi Greenwood
              (3.9 Saiss Holgate Davis)

              2FT & 0ITB

              a) Son > Mahrez
              b) Son > Pulisic
              c) Salah & Son > Mahrez & Pulisic
              d) Lascelles > Taylor
              e) One of a/b + d

              1. Big Ronnie
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                a. Definitely not Salah out

              2. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                b)