Team News

Team news, injury updates and predicted line-ups for FPL Gameweek 5

Gameweek 5 is upon us and we’ve got all the important team news information in our second press conference summary of the week.

You can catch the headline updates from Thursday’s pressers in the link below:

For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed plus Joe and Neale’s video:

LIVERPOOL

Roberto Firmino (hamstring) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) will be unavailable for the visit of Crystal Palace, with the former set to return to training next week but the latter poised for a long period on the sidelines.

“He’s not ready. Bobby [Firmino] didn’t even start training with the team, it will happen sometime next week. Then we will have to see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Divock Origi will be assessed, meanwhile, after suffering cramps in the win over AC Milan.

“Sadio looks really good, really sharp. We talk about these kinds of things when strikers miss some chances. The amount of chances he had, that’s actually the important stuff. Sadio’s in a good moment.” – Jurgen Klopp

MANCHESTER CITY

Aymeric Laporte and John Stones will both miss the visit of Southampton because of muscle problems, so Nathan Ake looks set to line up alongside Ruben Dias providing a midweek family bereavement doesn’t affect his availability.

“They are] injured. [It’s] muscular. John Stones didn’t play with us and then played 90 mins with national team and came back injured and Laporte came back with a little disturbance, some niggles.

“He wanted to play against Leicester, where he made an extraordinary game, but after that game his niggles were worse and we did not want to take a risk.

“Both are not able to play. I don’t know [if they will play] against Wycombe or Chelsea but hopefully, they can be ready after. Right now, I don’t know.” – Pep Guardiola

ASTON VILLA

Carney Chukwuemeka (groin), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (ankle), Trezeguet (knee) and Keinan Davis (knee) will all miss the visit of Everton, while Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia will return from their spells in quarantine on the day of the game and be assessed. 

“We’re expecting them to join us tomorrow morning. I’ll assess it then and see whether they’re involved or not.

“We’ve got the numbers of what they’ve been doing each day, that gets sent straight to our performance department and passed onto our coaches. They’re in a good place physically.” – Dean Smith on Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Nuno Espirito Santo has a selection crisis on his hands ahead of the visit of Chelsea, with Japhet Tanganga‘s suspension the tip of the iceberg.

Nuno’s tight-lipped nature plus the lack of a dedicated pre-Gameweek 5 press conference thanks to Thursday night’s involvement in the Europa Conference League means that we are in the dark over many of the walking wounded, with the Spurs boss saying he didn’t know if Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn would be fit for Sunday after their midweek fitness issues.

“I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department. But it’s been tough.” – Nuno Espirito Santo on Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn

With the conditions of Eric Dier (dead leg), Son Heung-min (calf) and Ryan Sessegnon (knock) unknown, plus the previously quarantining trio of Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez only set to return to training on Saturday, there is a great deal of uncertainty over who will get the nod against the Blues.

CHELSEA

Christian Pulisic (ankle) will miss the trip to Spurs but N’Golo Kante has been passed fit and should come back into contention.

“No fresh injury concerns, Christian [Pulisic] is in individual training and trying to come back as fast as possible to team training. He will not be in the squad. N’Golo [Kante] is back in full shape and ready to play.” – Thomas Tuchel

LEICESTER CITY

Ayoze Perez (suspended), James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain out, while Brendan Rodgers said after Thursday’s Europa League clash with Napoli that Jonny Evans would “probably” miss the trip to Brighton with a recurrence of his foot problem.

“We just need to wait and see. He’ll probably struggle for the weekend, I would say. He’s felt his foot again, so we’ll see medically how that looks over the next couple of days.” – Brendan Rodgers

WEST HAM UNITED

David Moyes declared a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb and there doesn’t seem to have been any fresh injuries picked up from that clash, with the Hammers’ only previous absentee, Arthur Masuaku, making his first matchday squad appearance of the campaign.

“I see him playing [numbers] 7, 10 or 11. I think we can use him in all those positions. What I want is his goals, I want his assists. I want all that, whether he plays 7, 10 or 11.

“What I’ve seen just now I really like the look of. I think we need to give him a bit of time to settle with us, our speed, the movement, how we play. But he’s a brilliant boy. Fantastic attitude, committed, determined, he’ll be good for us.” – David Moyes on Nikola Vlasic

NORWICH CITY

Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) and Przemyslaw Placheta (illness) will miss the visit of Watford, while Daniel Farke said he had doubts over whether Josh Sargent (hamstring), Pierre-Lees Melou (illness) and Jacob Sørensen (dead leg) could last 90 minutes despite declaring them all available for selection. Dimitrios Giannoulis (back) is fully fit.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Eberechi Eze (Achilles), Nathan Ferguson (Achilles) and Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) will all miss the trip to Liverpool, with Schlupp set to rejoin training next week. 

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Tariq Lamptey (hamstring), Adam Webster (hamstring) and Pascal Gross (self-isolating) will all miss the visit of Leicester but Enock Mwepu and Dan Burn have been passed fit, with Graham Potter reporting no other fresh concerns from the Gameweek 4 win over Brentford.

“Pascal Gross and Adam Webster will miss the game, Dan Burn is back in contention, as is Enock Mwepu. 

“Tariq Lamptey has made really good progress, he’s looking better and better each day. He’s still on target to be involved in the Carabao Cup next week.

“Adam [Webster] will probably be back the other side of the international break – it’s not the best news, but not the worst news.” – Graham Potter

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Long-term injury victims Jonny (knee) and Pedro Neto (knee) remain sidelined for Wolves but there are no other fitness issues ahead of the visit of Brentford.

BRENTFORD

Thomas Frank has also declared no new fitness concerns ahead of the trip to Molineux.

“Everyone that was available for Brighton is available for Wolves.” – Thomas Frank

767 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who else is starting Billy Gilmour?

    1. Apwilkin
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I am… its him or coufal or livramento…

    2. trimpos
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Its him or coufal

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Those are exactly my choices. I'll probably go with wee Billy.

  2. KingOllie
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I still have Mahrez (lol), do i HODL or transfer? Got 0.5 ITB and no clue who to get:

    Salah / Mahrez / ESR / Raphina / Jota

    1. Scotty84
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      When your not sure hodl

  3. Bobby_Baggio
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Evening all. Which one please? 1.2m ITB. Cheers all.

    Sanchez
    Coufal - TAA - Shaw - White
    Salah - Jota - Raph - Benrahma
    Toney - Ronaldo

    Livramento - Brownhill - Antonio

    A) Save
    B) Coufal > Marcal
    C) Coufal + Toney > Marcal + Bamford -4
    D) Anything else

    1. KingOllie
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      save

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Not keen on Marcal over Coufal?

        1. KingOllie
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Probably, but im not sure its worth the FT. I think having 2 FT next week will be more beneficial

    2. Popcornharen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B

  4. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    only took a week but finally "settled" on this wildcard

    Guiata
    Trent James Semedo White
    Salah Jota Torres Gray
    Lukaku Bamf
    Steer Gilmour Livra *Antonio

    I somehow never leave any money itb on wc, not exactly happy about that

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What draws you to Guita can i ask? Rest looks good.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        feel like hes got good saves and improved team so possible increase in cs/bonus
        plus I don't think sanchez is very exciting and mixed fixtures + he faces mci/liv soon in succession

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          True about Sanchez. I have him in my WC team right now and Im not stoked about him. Id prefer Raya at 4.6 who has a lot of saves in him but cant get to that price. Mind you, Id prefer to see CP a bit more before i call them an improved team.

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            For sure. No standout 4.5
            I did say feels like improve team 🙂
            Fixtures after pool are decent

    2. Lenny
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Just transfered in Torres then looked at the predicted line ups and no Torres. Hope they are wrong.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I know! He’s on the fantasy football hub lineups which bloody knows with pep
        With midweek games coming as well maybe that’s where rotation kicks in, same for Liverpool

  5. Mikei
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Play Livremanto or Amartey?

    1. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Liv

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        actually, no. I don't know. Neither looks promising

    2. KingOllie
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      think Amartey will start due to Evans injury?

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Soy

  6. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What do we think about a front three of Pukki, Bamford, Jimenez?

    Full team would be:
    Sanchez
    TAA Alonso White
    Salah Jota Bruno ESR
    Bam Jimmy Pukki

    Steele, Ayling, Digne, Gilmour

    1. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      or, maybe I'd bench Alonso

  7. ScratchingTheMud
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Bamford + Livra

    Or

    Jimenez and James -4

    ?

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Stick with the first 2

    2. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Thinking about selling Bamford?

      1. ScratchingTheMud
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I have DCL. The team as it is, it’s either a straight swap to Bamford or Jimenez and a def upgrade.

    3. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      James will be scared to leave his house because of burglary

      1. KingOllie
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Di Maria left the country because of this!

        1. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Did it happen to him aswell?

      2. Silecro
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Tuchel quote:
        'The club is very supportive and we are supportive emotionally. Sometimes it helps to focus on something else and that not everyone tries to help you and wants to talk with you about it again and again and again.

        'Sometimes it helps to keep the focus on the game and on training and what to do to have the best distraction. It's clear that everyone here supports him.'

        Sounds to me like starting 11 vs TOT confirmed

  8. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    On a wc

    Cancelo or James?

    If Cancelo would plan to get James in 2-3 weeks time

    1. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      James

    2. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Then James. Save them transfers.

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks both

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      James, save that tranny.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Might as well go with James. I shouldn't be this confident, but not sure how Spurs will score against us with all of their injuries. Not a promise though.

      Cancelo has CHE too after this week, so it's just another week where you might as well just already have James instead of booking in the transfer.

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks guys

  9. HEY JUDE
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Raphinha injured?? Really??

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Rumour has it...

        1. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Its Harrison

    • The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Have both Torres and raphinha on WC
      Subs- Sissoko, omobamidele, Scarlett
      Do I change Torres/raphinha?
      Can't upgrade bench players

    • jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Ronaldo captain over salah anyone? Mane, jota, trent can still his points, not to mention screamer from Henderson

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Steal *

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          bruno, Pogba, or Bruno could *steal* Ronaldo's points too.

          1. Dthinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            second Bruno was supposed to be Greenwood

      2. kenzo.
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        They could have last four seasons too

    • Crazy Train
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Which defensive trio is better?

      a) Marcal Semedo
      b) Matip Marcal

      (other defs: James TAA Omo)

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        b

    • Silecro
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Last decisions on WC:

      A) Ronaldo, Coady, Gallagher, Raphinha
      B) Antonio, James, Jota, Greenwood

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Prefer the balance of b

    • Mo Salah No Mane
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Who else is captaining Bamford with me?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        no but good vc

        1. Mo Salah No Mane
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Boo

        2. Mo Salah No Mane
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Captain?

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Went Mo. the team is creating a lot so every chance.
            I’ll take a goal not greedy ha

            1. Mo Salah No Mane
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Makes sense

      2. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I really want too but don't have the stones

        1. Mo Salah No Mane
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I feel that the big hitters won't hurt so much this week so it's worth a shout. Think I'm going to close my eyes and pray for a Bamford hatrick

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Just the VC for me.

        1. Mo Salah No Mane
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Captain?

    • Messiah Hazard
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Gilmour at home or Dennis away - who to start?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Dennis.

    • Alli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A. Toney > ASM
      B. Tsamikas > Amartey / Livramento / Williams
      C. Save FT

      Sanchez - Steele
      TAA - Shaw - Ayling - White - Tsamikas
      Salah - Torres - Greenwood - Benrahma - Bissouma
      Ronaldo - Antonio - Toney

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      WC:
      0.2ITB

      Anything you would change?

      Ramsdale
      Trent James Dias Marcal
      Salah Raph Gray Sarr
      Ronaldo Lukaku

      Steele Sissoko Livra Scarlett

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Play one:

      Omobamidele (WAT)
      Ayling (new)

      Thanks

    • yiidddoo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Is it worth a -4 to get another player in so I don’t have to start Brandon Williams ? *

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        If it's only this GW for Williams and Antonio would be back in next GW, save the -4 and hope.

        1. Meechoo115
            2 months, 17 days ago

            This

          • yiidddoo
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Cheers, had DCL and Antonio, transferee DCL for bamford

      3. Müller Light
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1438890662154412032

        Ben Dinnery: "Raphinha has travelled with the squad. Believe Harrison is not with the group."

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Good news that.

        2. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          The rumour is, it's actually a cardboard cut-out of Raphina glued to the coach window.

      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Play Ayling or Gilmour? Aware both likely duds

        1. Meechoo115
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Gilmour

        2. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Transfer in Jimenez or Bamford for DCL?

          Already have Raphinha

          Thanks

          1. Meechoo115
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If you need to save up for something maybe go Pukki. Otherwise Bam

          2. Meechoo115
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Who to bench? (With Antonio and Brownhill. Starting Tsimikas in the off chance)

              A. Toney
              B. White
              C. Semedo
              D. Bench Tsimikas to avoid potential cameo 1 pointer

            • Calculated Risks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              RMWCT

              Ramsdale
              Trent, James, Marcal
              Salah, Mane, Sarr, Townsend
              Bamford, Jimi, Vardy

              Couple of weeks then Mane out and Lukaku in. Think Vardy will outscore Ronaldo in next 2 hence decision

              1. Meechoo115
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Risky. But I like risks…and i like that team

              2. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Chances of Amartey playing?

                "Ayoze Perez (suspended), James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain out, while Brendan Rodgers said after Thursday’s Europa League clash with Napoli that Jonny Evans would “probably” miss the trip to Brighton with a recurrence of his foot problem."

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Soyboy & Vest.

                  1. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    So small i guess

              3. FPL Kaka
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Is Llorente likely to miss the West Ham game too?

              4. Old and Slow
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Sarr or Traore.... Who has more upside? Is Watford going to score much at all this year?

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Sarr. Talisman and potentially on Pens.

              5. ballsy_b
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Hi,

                Which is the better combo for next few game weeks :

                A) Reece James & Traore
                B) Reece James & Sarr
                C) Duffy & Torres

                WC team is:

                Ramsdale
                TAA - Semedo - Duffy - Williams
                Salah - Jota - Torres - Raphina
                Ronaldo - Lukaku

                Gunn - Livramento - Sissoko - Scarlett

              6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                GTG?

                Sanchez
                Ayling TAA Shaw Duffy
                Raphinha Salah(c) Pogba Torres Traore
                Ronaldo

                Bench: Coufal Antonio Perica
                0 FT, 1.1m ITB

              7. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Thoughts on Ings >> Jimmy?

                1. Dthinger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  do it