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Gameweek 6 team news: Bamford out, Alexander-Arnold fit, Raphinha a doubt

Patrick Bamford (ankle) will definitely miss Leeds United’s Gameweek 6 clash with West Ham United but there is uncertainty surrounding the availability of Raphinha (hip) and Luke Ayling (knee).

Marcelo Bielsa was one of five Premier League managers to face the media on Thursday, with the other 15 top-flight bosses set to hold press conferences on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp is among those 15 managers – but we got a bonus update from the Liverpool head coach today, with the German speaking to in-house media about a number of his walking wounded.

We’ll round up the key updates from today’s virtual conference calls so far in the article below. Don’t forget to keep checking our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans tab, which will be gradually updated between now and Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline.

LEEDS UNITED

There is no timeframe put on Bamford’s recovery just yet but the Leeds striker, along with Robin Koch (pelvis), Diego Llorente (muscle) and Pascal Struijk (suspended), will sit out Gameweek 6.

“Llorente, Koch and Bamford won’t be available. And the rest of them I couldn’t tell you if they will be or if they won’t be.” – Marcelo Bielsa

By the “rest of them”, Bielsa was referring to Jack Harrison (illness/match fitness), Raphinha and Ayling.

“Don’t think I’m holding back information, but the initial response that I gave you: I said that Koch, Llorente and Bamford would not participate. These three cases that you made reference to, they are subject to their evolution on whether that will allow them to participate. If I said that they would definitely play or they weren’t going to play, neither of those things are certain.

“With regards to the protocols, [Harrison] would be in condition to play. But just because the rules say he can does not mean he will be ready to play.” – Marcelo Bielsa

LIVERPOOL

Trent Alexander-Arnold (ilness) is fit to face Brentford but while Roberto Firmino (hamstring) will be back for next week’s Champions League clash with Porto, he is still not certain to feature against the Bees this weekend – raising hopes for Diogo Jota owners that the Portuguese ‘midfielder’ will again spearhead the Reds’ attack in Gameweek 6.

Klopp gave a number of fitness updates to LiverpoolFC.com, with Naby Keita (unspecified injury), Thiago Alcantara (calf) and James Milner (illness) also discussed.

“Trent was not injured, Trent was a little bit ill. He’s back in training, trained yesterday and will be fine. James [Milner] was a similar thing to Trent, so he should be recovered. I saw him running around here, nobody told me differently – I assume he will be in training today.

“Naby [Keita], probably not. It’s not a serious thing but we have to wait until the pain settles, pretty much. We will see about that. Thiago, no chance.

“Neco [Williams] made [his] first steps the day before yesterday; yesterday a [recovery] day; will be in training today, if it’s 100 per cent, we will see how he can cope with it.”

“Bobby [Firmino] trained already for two or three days, so he is back in contention. We used him a little bit as a ‘joker’ [in training]. But he will be in the normal training and then we have to make a decision if we take him with us or not. Porto, 100 per cent. Brentford, we have to see.” – Jurgen Klopp

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Graham Potter is hopeful that Yves Bissouma (knee) and Alexis Mac Allister (back) will be able to train this weekend and be available for the Crystal Palace match on Monday.

Adam Webster (hamstring) is out until after the international break and Enock Mwepu (groin) is “doubtful” but Tariq Lamptey and Pascal Gross will be in the squad after each getting 45 minutes in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, Yves Bissouma can train on Saturday.

“Webster won’t be Monday, he’ll be probably after the international break. Alexis was just sore, just a knee in the back – so hopefully, he can be training with us again Saturday. Enock we will have give him today and tomorrow to see how it settles down, at the moment probably doubtful but we’ll see.

“[Tariq Lamptey] had a long time out. We’re delighted with his 45 mins against Swansea. He looked good, strong, but it’s still another step, I think – so we need to be careful. He will be involved in the squad but we’ll take the decision closer to the game.

“[Pascal Gross] played 45 last night, came through no problem. He’s an experienced guy, knows his body, knows his condition. He’ll recover now over the next couple of days. We’ll think about what his involvement will be but he’ll be in the squad.” – Graham Potter

BURNLEY

Sean Dyche’s team news mostly focused on back-up players, with updates on Wayne Hennessey (ankle), Kevin Long (match fitness) and Connor Roberts (match fitness/groin).

“Big Wayne [Hennessey]… turned his ankle, that’s settling down, so we’ve got a bit more hope in that one. Connor Roberts has got a minor thigh situation on his way back from injury, he wouldn’t have figured anyway, needs a bit more game-time – as does Kevin Long.

Other than that, just a few knocks and bruises, nothing too major.” – Sean Dyche

Dale Stephens (ankle) remains out.

Josh Brownhill (dead leg) has been back on the grass and Dyche had earlier in the week said that the budget FPL midfielder has “got a chance” of featuring against Leicester City.

WATFORD

The Hornets have confirmed that Daniel Bachmann is a doubt for the Newcastle game with a minor knee problem.

Kiko Femenía (muscle) has returned to full training and is in contention, while João Pedro (match fitness) may also be involved.

BRENTFORD

The Brentford team news is nice and simple: Thomas Frank has no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

Shandon Baptiste will be available after serving his one-match ban in the EFL Cup in midweek.

558 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Have got Tierney (TOT), Duffy (cpa) & Livramento (WOL).. What order would you rank them for points this weekend? One must start & the second would be subbed in for Raphinha should he not start..

    1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Livramento = Duffy > Tierney

      Spurs is poor but still they have Kane and Son who can score from a very low xG.

      1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks - I've shifted from Tierney (TOT) > Duffy (cpa) > Livramento (WOL) to Duffy starting then Tierney & Livramento on the bench in that order. Am hoping Palace are vulnerable at corners...

  2. SuperStig
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So looks like Raphinha will be out. Save transfer and play White (or Livramento) or get Sarr? The plan is to wc in gw8. Thoughts?
    Have Salah, Greenwood, Jota, Benrahma in mid. CR7 and Antonio up front (+ Obafemi..)
    Cheers

    1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Save 4 points & take a chance on Livramento getting a clean, sheet &/or an attacking return (plus bonus point(s) if you are planning to WC in wk7/8. If we say the average likely score for the likes of Livramento or White (who has equal chance of clean sheet but virtually no chance of an attacking return/bonus point(s) is 3-4 points then Sarr would have to be getting a score of 8 or above for it to be a worthwhile points hit (& you would be able to get him for free in a week or two on your wildcard if you still fancied him & his subsequent fixtures by then).

      1. SuperStig
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Excellent point! Thx

        1. Tarby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I’m in the same situation. I’m actually starting Livramento anyway, will have Veltman come in if Raphinha doesn’t play which I’m fine with.
          Can bank a transfer and made a double move to Chelsea players for GW7 and withhold WC for a bit

  3. Eggman15
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 6 days ago

    First post
    Got excited and WC GW4. Bad GW5. Too many 4-4.5s. Thinking roll over FT to get City/Chelsea def plus Sarr/Gallagher. Who to drop? Shaw/Ron/Lukaku? Cheers.

    Raya (4.0)
    Shaw TAA Marcal (Coady, Amartey)
    Torres Salah McArthur Allan (Gilmour)
    Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

    1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Shaw for James if you have the money once the weekend is done with I'd say. Then if it looks like Torres won't start in GW7 swap him out for Sarr..

      1. Eggman15
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks. Shaw is ok but Chelsea look very tight at the back. Regretting my change of strategy now

  4. Darthshearer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Man, where do I go from here?!

    Sanchez
    TAA | Shaw | Tsimikas
    Salah | Fernandes | Raphinia | Benrhama
    Aubameyang | Bamford | A Armstrong

    Foster | Amarty | Gilmour | Ayling

    Do I;

    A) Raphinia to Torres & Bamford to Antonio
    B) Bamford to Antonio & bench Raphinia?
    C) Cry in a dark corner.

    1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

    2. Useless
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Is it down to the lake I fear?

      Personally, I'd try to get in CR7.

    3. Tarby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Def Bamford to Antonio
      Tsimikas most likely won’t get any minutes so you’ll be down to only 2 defenders.
      So I’d bring someone in for Amartey or Tsimikas as well, even if its a -4 it’s a better long term move

  5. nishaantk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    On a wildcard atm, had a lot of non starters/injuries coming out of GW5. Any input welcome.

    Sanchez, Foster
    TAA, Rudiger, Alonso, Livramento, Duffy
    Salah, Jota, Benrahma, Gallagher, Bissouma
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Armstrong

    1M ITB

    1. dynamike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      looks good, but will have to play one of biss/gall every week, maybe upgrade to say Gray?

      1. nishaantk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        That's a good point, so take Gray over Gallagher then?

        1. nishaantk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Or potentially Biss to Doucoure/Townsend?

        2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Gallagher better than Gray for sure

          1. nishaantk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Are we confident with his run of fixtures though? In the next 5 GW's he plays LEI, ARS & MCI.

    2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Very good team

    3. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Very good team & with both 4.0+ 4th & 5th defenders being starters might it be worth plumping for James long term over Rudiger for the points potential? What are your planning thoughts for transfers in GW7 & GW8.. (rollover the FT) & do Ronaldo to Lukaku in GW8 & use the £2m (approx) ITB to upgrade someone like....

      1. nishaantk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah that's the plan, roll the FT next week and then Ronaldo to Lukaku with money ITB to fix any issues that come up.

        I did think about James, but I want to give it a week or two to see if he hits the ground running. Might not be in the best form to begin with. Also might be a rotation risk, so want to see how much Tuchel uses him in the PL.

  6. The Darkest Knight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Which 4.5 GK for a Wild Card team guys?

    1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Is Ramsdale an option for you?

  7. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Coady & Traore > Rudiger & Bissouma 2FT?

  8. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Bamford and Raphinha to Antonio and Sarr?

    Considering WC too, not happy with a good few of these, Reguilon, Shaw, Toney.

    Sanchez
    Coufal Shaw TAA
    Gray Jota Salah Raph*
    Bamford* Toney Ronaldo

    Foster Bissouma White Reguilon

    0.3 ITB, 1FT.

    1. Heard Island Tangerine Exil…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      It doesn't seem that bad tbh. Maybe wait for GW7 or GW8 & use this weeks FT to get a predicted starter in such as Bamford for Antonio?

    2. Tarby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I’d just get Antonio in for Bamford and leave it there.
      I could see Arsenal v Spurs being 0-0, so White and Regulion are fine options

  9. Penners_36
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Sense tells me to stick with Jota but based on fixtures - thoughts on who to play please:

    A) Jota (Vs Brentford Away)
    B) Dennis (Vs Newcastle Home)

    1. masewindu
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Ouch...i sold Dennis and regretted it but Jotta is due..so Jota

      1. Penners_36
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        yeah, was on my bench last week - killer!

  10. Hazardous1983
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    bamford to ??? own antonio

    1. 1984 TC
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      St. Maximus

    2. Tarby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I’d be tempted with King, I wonder if he’ll be on pens as he has a great record and if he is then 5.5 on pens is a bargain! If you have Sarr already then I wouldn’t want a Watford double though

  11. Hazardous1983
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    start livramento white or semedo

    1. 1984 TC
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Semedo

  12. Hazardous1983
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    start coufal or torres

  13. Hazardous1983
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    torres to gray/townsend/barnes/zaha for a hit?

    1. masewindu
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Townsend

    2. Tarby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Avoid the hit

  14. masewindu
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So many questions.
    Marcel or Smith Rowe?

  15. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Sanchez, Foster
    TAA, Shaw, Veltman, Ayling, Tsimikas
    Salah, Mahrez, Benrahma, Raphinha, Sissoko
    Ronaldo, Toney, Antonio

    £0.3m itb. 2FT

    A) Mahrez —> Sarr (roll 1 transfer)
    B) Mahrez + Raphinha —> Sarr + Pogba
    C) Mahrez + Ayling —> Sarr + Rudiger

    Or any other suggestions?

  16. Return of the FF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Raphina out for...

    A. Roll FT
    B. Sarr
    C. Townsend

    Own Jota, and max £7.2m

  17. StingRay
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Is it time to sell TAA?

    U cud ship him out for Chelsea and a Man City defenders.

    TAA looked well off it today, maybe cos of his illness or just Brentford made them look poor.

    Liverpool have sum tough fixtures ahead

    Cud go Cancelo Rudiger Alonso.

  18. StingRay
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    WoW it looks like loads of people are transferring in Cancelo.

    To me it’s a gamble to make a transfer this early esp as their are European games this week.