Predicted line-ups and confirmed Premier League team news: FPL Gameweek 35

Predicted line-ups and confirmed Premier League team news: FPL Gameweek 35

Our Team News page contains predicted line-ups for all 20 Premier League clubs, with the written section detailing injury concerns, rotation risks and any key manager quotes.

This page will always be updated in more detail after the pre-match press conferences that take place a day or two before an FPL deadline.



  1. Arsenal

    Next Match: Crystal Palace (A)
    • Ramsdale
    • White
    • Saliba
    • Gabriel Magalhães
    • Zinchenko
    • Odegaard
    • Partey
    • Xhaka
    • Saka
    • Jesus
    • Gabriel Martinelli
    • Out:
      • Nuno Tavares
    • Doubts:
      • Smith-Rowe 75%
      • Tomiyasu 75%
      • Fábio Vieira 75%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira and Kieran Tierney are all working their way back from injury ahead of Friday's match against Crystal Palace, with Mikel Arteta saying that three of them stand a good chance of being available for Gameweek 1. The quartet are very unlikely to be bothering the starting XI at Selhurst Park in any case, however, with their manager previously saying that they are "lacking minutes" and that match fitness will be needed to be worked on. The line-up you see here is the one that started the Gunners' final two pre-season friendlies and looks increasingly like the team we'll see on the opening day, with Ben White deputising at right-back and William Saliba getting a competitive debut at centre-half. Eddie Nketiah did his utmost to impress his boss during pre-season and while he and Gabriel Jesus did share pitch-time over the summer, either as a strike pairing or with Nketiah on the left flank, a substitute role beckons for the young striker despite his good form at the back-end of 2021/22.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  2. Aston Villa

    Next Match: Bournemouth (A)
    • Martinez
    • Cash
    • Konsa Ngoyo
    • Diego Carlos
    • Digne
    • McGinn
    • Kamara
    • Douglas Luiz
    • Bailey
    • Coutinho
    • Watkins
    • Out:
      • Hause
      • Philogene-Bidace
    • Doubts:
      • Davis 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Kortney Hause (knee) and Keinan Davis (match fitness) will miss the trip to Bournemouth but Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia look to have shaken off "niggles" to be part of the squad this weekend. The main decisions for the Villa boss seem to be over who partners Diego Carlos at centre-half and who joins summer signing Boubacar Kamara and new captain John McGinn in the middle of the park. Ezri Konsa and Douglas Luiz were given the nod in the final pre-season friendly against Rennes on Saturday, with deposed skipper Mings and Jacob Ramsey both instead part of a team that took part in a behind-closed-doors match on Friday. Eight players - Emiliano Martinez, Carlos, the two full-backs, McGinn, Kamara, Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho - started both of Villa's final two friendlies as Gerrard fine-tuned his starting XI for the new campaign, while Leon Bailey appears to have played his way into the first team at the expense of Danny Ings. Starring as a substitute against Manchester United on July 23, Bailey started and scored in the win over Rennes last weekend as Gerrard traded in the 4-3-1-2 for a 4-3-3.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  3. Bournemouth

    Next Match: Aston Villa (H)
    • Travers
    • Hill
    • Mepham
    • Kelly
    • A Smith
    • Lerma
    • L Cook
    • Zemura
    • Christie
    • Solanke
    • Anthony
    • Out:
      • Fredericks
      • Rothwell
    • Doubts:
      • Brooks 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Joe Rothwell (thigh) is definitely out of Bournemouth’s Gameweek 1 clash with Aston Villa, with Ryan Fredericks is short of match fitness despite returning to training. David Brooks hasn’t yet featured for the Cherries in pre-season, meanwhile, with Scott Parker having previously said that the club would need to “tread carefully” with the Welshman after his successful fight against cancer. Parker has been left frustrated by a lack of arrivals this summer, particularly at the back where the Cherries are crying out for reinforcement at centre-half. The Bournemouth boss said after the defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday that he "wouldn’t want to" return to the back four that he used in the promotion-winning campaign, having favoured a wing-back system in pre-season. However, due to the dearth of trusted stoppers outside of captain Lloyd Kelly, Parker did add that a 4-3-3 "may have to be an option" against Villa. Joining Kelly in the back three against Sociedad were Chris Mepham, who mostly played second string in the Championship last season, and James Hill, a rookie signed from third-tier Fleetwood Town in January. One of those options would drop out if Parker does persevere with last season's set-up, with Philip Billing or new signing Marcus Tavernier coming into central midfield. Tavernier is also an option in both positions down the left flank, with Jaidon Anthony looking most at risk if the new arrival is deemed ready for action after a week with his new teammates. The rest of the side looks fairly settled, with Kieffer Moore and Junior Stanislas expected to provide back-up off the bench despite combining for the Cherries' consolation on Saturday.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  4. Brentford

    Next Match: Leicester City (A)
    • Raya Martin
    • Hickey
    • Jansson
    • Mee
    • Henry
    • Jensen
    • Norgaard
    • Janelt
    • Mbeumo
    • Toney
    • Wissa
    • Out:
      • Ajer
      • Balcombe
      • Canos
      • Forss
      • Pinnock
      • Thompson
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Sergi Canos (suspended/hamstring), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring) and Ethan Pinnock (knee) are all out of Brentford's trip to Leicester, with Ben Mee and Pontus Jansson set to deputise in the absence of the latter two. The starting XI you see here is the one that began the win over Real Betis at the weekend, with the influential Christian Norgaard making his return from injury and confirmed as a Gameweek 1 starter by his manager. Thomas Frank switched to a 4-3-3 in the final quarter of 2021/22, saving his usual 3-5-2 for the tougher-on-paper games, so it'll be interesting to see how he rates a trip to the King Power Stadium in terms of difficulty; when the sides met in this corresponding fixture in March, it was indeed the 4-3-3 that was used. Vitaly Janelt and Mathias Jensen looks the favourites to flank Norgaard, having seen off Josh Dasilva, Frank Onyeka and Shandon Baptiste to start against Betis, while Keane Lewis-Potter will very likely have to make do with a substitute's role given the form of Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo over the summer. Wissa would be the probable makeweight if Frank does go with a 3-5-2, however, with Mads Bech Sorensen coming in as the extra centre-half. Thomas Strakosha's arrival adds strength in depth between the posts but David Raya is still the overwhelming favourite for goalkeeping duties on Sunday, with Strakosha yet to see any action for the Bees aside from one B-team friendly.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  5. Brighton and Hove Albion

    Next Match: Manchester United (A)
    • Sanchez
    • Veltman
    • Dunk
    • Webster
    • March
    • Groß
    • Mac Allister
    • Moises Caicedo
    • Trossard
    • Mwepu
    • Welbeck
    • Out:
      • Moder
      • Richards
      • Roberts
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Long-term injury victim Jakub Moder (knee) is the only definite absentee for Brighton's trip to Old Trafford at this early stage, with Graham Potter confirming that Alexis Mac Allister will shake off a groin strain to feature in Manchester. A switch to a 3-5-2 at the back-end of 2021/22 saw Brighton's form take a dramatic turn for the better and it's a system that Potter has stuck with over the summer, culminating in a 5-1 win over Espanyol on Saturday. The friendlies against Reading and Espanyol gave us the biggest clue as to Potter's intention for his Gameweek 1 line-up, with nine players starting both: they were Robert Sanchez, Lewis Dunk, Joel Veltman, all five players across the middle and Danny Welbeck. Adam Webster came in for the now-deperted Marc Cucurella as the left-sided centre-half against Espanyol, while Enock Mwepu's promotion at the expense of Tariq Lamptey prompted a reshuffle that saw Leandro Trossard and Solly March used at left and right wing-back respectively. The fact that Trossard scored a hat-trick from that position, after some excellent form in the final few Gameweeks of last season in that role, suggests he will again feature there. Neal Maupay was again only a substitute on Saturday amid talk of a move away, while budget forwards Denis Undav and Julio Enciso were also among the names on the bench for the five-goal win and look unlikely to be thrown straight in against United.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  6. Chelsea

    Next Match: Everton (A)
    • Mendy
    • Azpilicueta
    • Thiago Silva
    • Koulibaly
    • James
    • Jorginho
    • Kanté
    • Alonso
    • Havertz
    • Mount
    • Sterling
    • Out:
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: The only players absent from Chelsea's trip to Udinese last weekend were Ross Barkley (hamstring) and Timo Werner (unspecified issue), neither of whom Thomas Tuchel gave an update on in his pre-match presser. The Chelsea boss hinted at his starting XI against Everton with the selection of the team you see here in Friday's win over Udinese and, for once, there don't look to be too many dilemmas for Tuchel ahead of kick-off. A dearth of options at centre-half and Ben Chilwell's ongoing fight to regain full match fitness - something Tuchel again mentioned in Friday's presser - saw Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso start, and Chilwell's rusty-looking display for the second string at the weekend suggests Alonso will still be needed for one more week before Marc Cucurella enters the equation. Mateo Kovacic and Conor Gallagher are the alternatives in the middle of the park but Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Reece James and the front three look settled, with the strong money being on substitute duty for Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi Malang Sarr, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech. Further updates to follow the pre-match press conference.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  7. Crystal Palace

    Next Match: Arsenal (H)
    • Guaita
    • Ward
    • Andersen
    • Marc Guehi
    • Mitchell
    • Eze
    • Doucoure
    • Schlupp
    • Jordan Ayew
    • Edouard
    • Zaha
    • Out:
      • Matthews
      • McArthur
      • Olise
      • Tomkins
    • Doubts:
      • Butland 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Patrick Vieira confirmed that Michael Olise (foot), James McArthur (groin) and James Tomkins (calf) will miss Friday's game with issues picked up towards the end of pre-season, although he failed to bring us up to speed on Sam Johnstone (thigh) and Jack Butland (hand). Vieira named the team you see here for Palace's final friendly against Montpellier, although we really are only going off the learnings of one warm-up match as vaccination issues forced many senior players to miss the Eagles' tour of Singapore and Australia. Right-back and centre-forward would appear to be the main selection dilemmas for Vieira, with Joel Ward getting the nod over Nathaniel Clyne in the otherwise easy-to-predict back four at the weekend and Odsonne Edouard staking a claim for the striker's role with a brace against the Ligue I side. Jean-Philippe Mateta is the main alternative through the middle. Jeffrey Schlupp looks the favourite to join new signing Cheikhou Doucoure and the in-form Eberechi Eze in midfield, while Olise's absence paves the way for Jordan Ayew to claim the right-wing spot. New signing Chris Richards will give Vieira the option of moving to a back three as the season progresses (or replace Ward/Clyne at right-back) but after just 11 minutes of pre-season action with his new teammates, will likely be given time to bed into his new surroundings.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  8. Everton

    Next Match: Chelsea (H)
    • Pickford
    • Godfrey
    • Mina
    • Tarkowski
    • Patterson
    • Doucouré
    • Iwobi
    • Mykolenko
    • Gray
    • Alli
    • Gordon
    • Out:
      • Branthwaite
      • Calvert-Lewin
      • Davies
      • Godfrey
      • André Gomes
      • Townsend
    • Doubts:
      • Coleman 25%
      • Mina 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Everton will definitely be without Andros Townsend (knee), Tom Davies (unspecified), Andre Gomes (unspecified), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee) and Salomon Rondon (suspended) in Gameweek 1, with Seamus Coleman (groin) set to play for the under-21s on Friday to build match fitness. Yerry Mina and Asmir Begovic are fit, at least, after missing out in recent weeks. Michael Keane and Alex Iwobi are cover for Mina and Davies at centre-half and central midfield respectively if needed, with the versatile Iwobi also a possibility at right wing-back having played there in May's 1-0 win over Chelsea. Dele Alli will be poised to lead the line in the absence of Calvert-Lewin and Rondon, while new arrival Dwight McNeil will be putting pressure on Demarai Gray after firing a brace off the bench in the final warm-up match last week; bench role might beckon for the Burnley winger at first, however, given that the tireless graft put in by Gray and Anthony Gordon when these sides last met will be needed once more against a Chelsea side likely to dominate proceedings. Allan and Ruben Vinagre will likely provide back-up off the bench after limited pre-season involvement, while Mason Holgate seems to be fifth in line at centre-half after beginning the last three friendlies on the bench.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  9. Fulham

    Next Match: Liverpool (H)
    • Leno
    • Tete
    • Tosin
    • Ream
    • Robinson
    • Reed
    • João Palhinha
    • DeCordova-Reid
    • Pereira
    • Kebano
    • Mitrovic
    • Out:
      • Chalobah
      • H Wilson
    • Doubts:
      • Bryan 50%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Harry Wilson (knee) won’t be reunited with his old club, with the winger and Nathaniel Chalobah picking up injuries in last Friday’s behind-closed-doors kickabout with Aston Villa. Joe Bryan (hand) wasn't mentioned in Marco Silva's pre-match presser, however, while there was no word on Kenny Tete after the full-back was spotted clutching his hamstring after Sunday's defeat to Villarreal. Such is the small nature of Silva's squad that he doesn't have too many selection conundrums for Saturday's game but left winger Manor Solomon could potentially get a look-in out wide, particularly with Wilson out: Solomon only officially became a Fulham player on August 1 and hasn't played any pre-season games but has at least been training with his new teammates for the best part of a month. Terence Kongolo, Josh Onomah, Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro are all surplus to requirements despite the Cottagers struggling for numbers but Tom Cairney is a possibility in midfield given that Fulham will have to look after the ball in the rare moments they gain possession against Liverpool. New signing Bernd Leno will be expected to be deployed between the sticks, with Marek Rodak making way.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  10. Leeds United

    Next Match: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
    • Meslier
    • Kristensen
    • Koch
    • Diego Llorente
    • Struijk
    • Adams
    • Roca
    • Aaronson
    • Rodrigo
    • Harrison
    • Bamford
    • Out:
      • Ayling
      • Cooper
      • Dallas
      • Raphinha
      • Firpo
      • Forshaw
      • Roberts
      • Shackleton
      • Sinisterra
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Daniel James (suspended), Stuart Dallas (leg), Luke Ayling (knee), Junior Firpo (knee), Adam Forshaw (knee) and Luis Sinisterra (hamstring) are all out of Leeds' clash with Wolves, while the game comes too soon for Liam Cooper (Achilles) despite his return to training. That doesn't leave Jesse Marsch with much to play with outside of the XI you see here and even if this team hadn't impressed against Cagliari in a 6-2 win last weekend, they would have likely got the nod anyway. The slightly unconvincing back four picks itself with so many options unavailable, with Mateusz Klich the only available senior midfield option not to get a look-in due to the burgeoning double-pivot partnership of Marc Roca and Tyler Adams and the hat-trick that Rodrigo plundered further up the pitch last weekend. Academy products like Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville will again be on the bench and will stand a very decent chance of more game-time in the injury-hit short term, with the 'five substitutes rule' set for implementation in 2022/23.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  11. Leicester City

    Next Match: Brentford (H)
    • Ward
    • Amartey
    • Fofana
    • Evans
    • Castagne
    • Maddison
    • Ndidi
    • Dewsbury-Hall
    • Justin
    • Vardy
    • Daka
    • Out:
      • Ricardo Pereira
      • Barnes
      • Bertrand
      • Schmeichel
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Ricardo Pereira will be out for up to six months with an Achilles injury picked up in Sunday's win over Sevilla, while Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Harvey Barnes (knee) were both ruled out for "weeks" by their manager on Friday. Danny Ward is on the comeback trail, however, having featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday after recovering from a groin problem. Ward's services look set to be required immediately, with Kasper Schmeichel now departed. Rodgers previously hinted that Ward would get the nod over fellow shotstopper Daniel Iversen to replace Schmeichel, saying that he had “every confidence in him to go in and do a great job" and that he had "always said we’ve got a number one keeper there". Pereira’s injury should make the back four easy to predict, if it is indeed a back four: James Justin or Daniel Amartey could alternatively play as a third centre-half, with Luke Thomas, Marc Albrighton or Justin fielded at wing-back. Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall effectively pick themselves but how Rodgers circumvents the loss of Barnes is the next question, with a switch to a 3-5-2 and a recall for Patson Daka or Kelechi Iheanacho a possibility. A word on Youri Tielemans: he was with the weaker half of the squad when two friendlies were contested on the same day on July 23, while he was only a substitute for the final warm-up match against Sevilla on Sunday. He was, however, the first man off the bench when Pereira got injured early on, so could still feasibly start against Brentford.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  12. Liverpool

    Next Match: Fulham (A)
    • Alisson
    • Alexander-Arnold
    • Matip
    • van Dijk
    • Robertson
    • Henderson
    • Fabinho
    • Thiago Alcántara
    • Salah
    • Firmino
    • Díaz
    • Out:
      • Davies
      • Jones
      • Kelleher
      • Konaté
      • Oxlade-Chamberlain
      • Diogo Jota
      • Tsimikas
      • Rhys Williams
    • Doubts:
      • Thiago Alcántara 25%
      • Keita 75%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Alisson is fit for Liverpool’s season opener but Diogo Jota (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Caoimhin Kelleher (muscle), Ibrahima Konate (muscle), Curtis Jones (muscle) and Kostas Tsimikas (knock) are all out and Naby Keita is only just back in training after illness. Konate's fitness issues mean that Joel Matip will get the nod alongside the usual backline at Craven Cottage, while the central midfield three that started the Community Shield against Manchester City look favourites to make the cut again; Keita for Jordan Henderson is one possible alteration if the former has recovered. Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah look like near-certain starters in attack, which leaves Klopp with the dilemma of which of Darwin Nunez or Roberto Firmino gets the nod up top. The starting XIs for the games against RB Leipzig and Man City saw Firmino join Salah and Diaz in a three-man attack but Darwin came off the bench in both matches and scored, to put pressure on the long-serving Brazilian. Given that Klopp has used words like "impact", "being “patient” and getting “better with time” with regards to Darwin, and with the Uruguay international yet to play more than 45 minutes in pre-season, Firmino may still get the nod here. Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho have mostly been used as back-ups in the front three over the summer and could see more game-time than they would in any other season, with the new five-substitute rule increasing the prospect of second-half cameos.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  13. Manchester City

    Next Match: West Ham United (A)
    • Ederson
    • Walker
    • Rúben Dias
    • Aké
    • João Cancelo
    • Rodri
    • Bernardo Silva
    • Mahrez
    • De Bruyne
    • Foden
    • Haaland
    • Out:
      • Laporte
      • Mcatee
      • Steffen
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Aymeric Laporte (knee) will be out until September but Pep Guarduila didn't provide any other City injury news in the broadcast section of his pre-match presser, with questions on injuries lacking. The team for last Saturday's Community Shield will likely closely resemble the one sent out by Guardiola for Sunday's trip to West Ham although as always seems to be the case with the reigning champions, there are question marks over one or two spots. The back four looks settled, with Oleksandr Zinchenko's departure, Laporte's injury and the failure to recruit Marc Cucurella effectively leaving Guardiola with few alternatives. John Stones is an option at centre-half, of course, but hasn't played a single minute of pre-season football after missing the tour to America and then remaining unused on the bench at the King Power Stadium. Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan were similarly absent from the transatlantic trip, only making cameo appearances against Liverpool last weekend. Foden's lack of game-time would seemingly hand the initiative to Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez on the flanks but Foden and rookie recruit Julian Alvarez were more effective than the starting pair after replacing them in the Community Shield, so the two slots out wide look to be the most at-risk positions. Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Rodri and Bernardo Silva appear more assured starters, with De Bruyne playing close to the Nordic meat-shield in their two outings together so far. Just as an aside, Guardiola started Gameweek 1 of last season with the likes of Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Laporte and Walker on the bench, with that group of players late back from international duty in Euro 2020. While the situation regarding Gundogan, Foden and Stones is different this time around (they were training with the under-23s in Croatia this summer while the seniors were in the US), a lack of rhythm could be a deciding factor.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  14. Manchester United

    Next Match: Brighton and Hove Albion (H)
    • De Gea
    • Diogo Dalot
    • Maguire
    • Martínez
    • Malacia
    • Fred
    • McTominay
    • Sancho
    • Bruno Fernandes
    • Rashford
    • Cristiano Ronaldo
    • Out:
      • Martial
      • Alex Telles
    • Doubts:
      • Pellistri 75%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Luke Shaw has returned to training this week after missing the friendly double-header at the weekend through illness, although the situation is less clear with Jadon Sancho after he too fell ill. Definitely out is Anthony Martial, who Erik ten Hag confirmed had picked up a hamstring injury. The wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo likely wouldn't have troubled the starting XI anyway after just 45 minutes of pre-season action and with Sancho, Martial and Marcus Rashford all fit but Martial's absence does leave a hole to be filled, with either Ronaldo, Rashford or maybe even Bruno Fernandes having to be asked to play though the middle. New arrivals Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez were passed fit to start by ten Hag but Raphael Varane's peripheral involvement over the summer points towards bench duty for the Frenchman, with Harry Maguire being trialled in a right-sided centre-half role. The Fred-Scott McTominay-Bruno Fernandes midfield trio have been favoured by ten Hag over the summer, while Diogo Dalot will be a shoo-in at right-back after an impressive pre-season. Shaw v Tyrell Malacia is a closer call but the latter's impressive showing against Atletico may well give him the edge at left-back.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  15. Newcastle United

    Next Match: Nottingham Forest (H)
    • Pope
    • Trippier
    • Schär
    • Botman
    • Targett
    • Willock
    • Bruno Guimarães
    • Joelinton
    • Almirón
    • C Wilson
    • Saint-Maximin
    • Out:
      • Clark
      • Gayle
      • Hendrick
    • Doubts:
      • Fernández 25%
      • Lascelles 75%
      • Lewis 25%
      • Shelvey 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring), Federico Fernandez (calf) and Jamal Lewis (calf) are all sidelined for the Forest game, although only Shelvey of that trio is part of his manager's first-team plans at present. Nick Pope, the two full-backs, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin look the securest starters in Gameweek 1 if there are no further injury issues, while Miguel Almiron‘s pre-season form may put him in the driving seat for the right-wing slot at the expense of Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy. Shelvey would have been a probable starter too were it not for injury, so Howe will either use Sean Longstaff as the deepest-lying midfielder or redeploy Guimaraes into the ‘number six’ position and recall Joe Willock. It’s at centre-half where the main confusion lies, with Howe not helping us by splitting his first-teamers across two pre-season friendlies last weekend. Logic would suggest that it would be Sven Botman and one other given the amount of money spent on the Dutch stopper but Howe did make Guimaraes wait for his full debut earlier in the year, and Fabian Schar and Dan Burn haven’t done an awful lot wrong in 2022. Schar and Burn, indeed, started against Atalanta last Friday, as fourth-in-line Jamaal Lascelles partnered Botman against Athletic Bilbao a day later. Botman prefers to play on the left, suggesting Schar would be the likeliest partner.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  16. Nottingham Forest

    Next Match: Newcastle United (A)
    • Henderson
    • Worrall
    • S Cook
    • McKenna
    • Williams
    • O'Brien
    • Colback
    • Toffolo
    • Lingard
    • Johnson
    • Awoniyi
    • Out:
      • Panzo
      • Richards
      • Samba
      • Yates
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: New signing Omar Richards (leg) will miss the start of 2022/23, while Ryan Yates has failed to recover from a knock he picked over the last fortnight. There are few doubts about the system going into the opening weekend, with Cooper using the same 3-4-1-2 set-up in pre-season as he did in the promotion-winning campaign of 2021/22, while a good six or seven of the starting XI look settled. Cooper's main conundrums appear to be whether Taiwo Awoniyi or Sam Surridge partners Brennan Johnson up top, which combination of Jack Colback, Lewis O'Brien and Elan Mangala lines up in central midfield, and who of Moussa Niakhate or Steve Cook gets the nod as the middle centre-half. Colback and O'Brien may be the slight favourites in the engine room given that Mangala has just arrived, while Cook and Surridge were selected in their relevant positions in last weekend's final pre-season friendly - although the latter in particular was in need of game-time after a spell on the sidelines.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  17. Southampton

    Next Match: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
    • Bazunu
    • Bella Kotchap
    • Bednarek
    • Salisu
    • Walker-Peters
    • Ward-Prowse
    • Lavia
    • Perraud
    • Aribo
    • S Armstrong
    • A Armstrong
    • Out:
      • Livramento
      • Smallbone
      • Tella
      • Walcott
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has switched to a back-three system and stuck with it throughout pre-season, suggesting the formation is here to stay. There are decisions to be made at centre-half (Yan Valery v Jan Bednarek), central midfield (Romeo Lavia v Oriel Romeu) and up front (Che Adams v Adam Armstrong), while there's even a selection dilemma of sorts at left wing-back: Romain Perraud has been struggling for fitness in pre-season, so Moussa Djenepo could continue to deputise if the former isn't quite ready to start. Gavin Bazunu seems to have edged ahead of Alex McCarthy in the goalkeeping pecking order, while the rest of the team not already mentioned look fairly settled. Joe Aribo and Stuart Armstrong have actually spent time 'out of position' up front over the summer but here may instead be flanking one central striker. Tino Livramento (knee), Nathan Tella (knee) and Theo Walcott (unspecified) are all out.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  18. Tottenham Hotspur

    Next Match: Southampton (H)
    • Lloris
    • Romero
    • Dier
    • Lenglet
    • Emerson Royal
    • Bentancur
    • Højbjerg
    • Perisic
    • Kulusevski
    • Kane
    • Son
    • Out:
      • Bergwijn
      • Parrott
      • Rodon
      • Scarlett
      • Skipp
    • Doubts:
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Oliver Skipp (foot) and Richarlison (suspended) are definitely out for the visit of Southampton, while Antonio Conte's pre-match comments about Yves Bissouma (hamstring) seemed to imply that the former Brighton midfielder won't be risked here. The front three almost picks itself in Richarlison's absence, while Bissouma's issue cements the starts of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur in the engine room. Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero also seem like assured starters so it's the left-sided centre-half role and the two wing-back spots that appear most up for grabs on Saturday. Davinson Sanchez hasn't totally convinced at the back and looks at risk, with Ben Davies passed fit after a limited pre-season and new arrival Clement Lenglet impressing in a 45-minute showing against Roma last weekend. Ivan Perisic and Matt Doherty would seem to be the first-choice wing-back options on paper, meanwhile, but like Davies the pair have had disrupted pre-season preparations. The consensus seems to be that Perisic stands a better chance than a rusty Doherty of making the starting XI but Conte did stress that the veteran Croatian was "struggling a bit to come back in the best physical condition", so there's every chance that Ryan Sessegnon may get the nod instead at left wing-back.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  19. West Ham United

    Next Match: Manchester City (H)
    • Fabianski
    • Dawson
    • Zouma
    • Cresswell
    • Coufal
    • Soucek
    • Rice
    • Johnson
    • Bowen
    • Fornals
    • Antonio
    • Out:
      • Aguerd
      • Ogbonna
    • Doubts:
      • Dawson 75%
      • Fabianski 75%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Summer signing Nayef Aguerd (ankle) will miss the curtain-raiser against Manchester City, while Gianluca Scamacca and Angelo Ogbonna are both short of match fitness and boss David Moyes reported "quite a lot of concerns" in his pre-match presser - it remains to be seen whether Michail Antonio or Aaron Cresswell, who missed last weekend's friendly against Lens, are among the doubts. Moyes played with a back four in this corresponding fixture back in May but the trial of a 3-4-3 in the second half of the final warm-up game against Lens may have been hinting at the deployment of a similar shape against the reigning champions. Cresswell - if fit - could thus tuck in as a third centre-half rather than play at left-back, allowing Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal to take up wing-back roles. Successive benchings for Manuel Lanzini in the final two pre-season friendlies perhaps suggests substitute duty beckons for the Argentine here, while Said Benrahma is frequently the sacrificial lamb when a surplus attacking midfielder has to be culled upon a formation change.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug
  20. Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Next Match: Leeds United (A)
    • José Sá
    • Jonny
    • Collins
    • Kilman
    • Ait Nouri
    • Dendoncker
    • Ruben Neves
    • Moutinho
    • Gibbs-White
    • Podence
    • Neto
    • Out:
      • Raúl Jiménez
      • Fabio Silva
      • Chiquinho
      • Traoré
    • Doubts:
      • Moutinho 75%
      • Semedo 25%
    • Banned:
    • Latest News: Wolves have mainly used a five-man defence since returning to the Premier League but pre-season has signalled a change, with Bruno Lage opting for an attacking 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 formation. Without the injured Raul Jimenez (knee), he has turned to a fluid front three of Morgan Gibbs-White, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence recently, all of whom have impressed. Jonny and Rayan Ait-Nouri will surely start at full-back as Nelson Semedo (hamstring) works his way back to fitness, while Lage all but confirmed that Conor Coady would be watching on from the bench as new signing Nathan Collins and Max Kilman were preferred at the back in the two most-recent first-team friendlies. Adama Traore (hamstring) and Chiquinho (knee) are out.

    • Last Updated Fri 5th Aug


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