FPL Gameweek 33 predicted lineups and team news for all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the Gameweek. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.
ArsenalThe Gunners' focus has well and truly shifted towards the Europa League, knowing that victory will guarantee a place at the top table. Mikel Arteta signalled his intent last time out, making five changes, and expect more of the same while Europe is still on the agenda. If available, Sunday could be used as a fitness exercise for Martin Odegaard ahead of the semi-final tie against Villareal. Predicted lineup Press Conference Mikel Arteta insists the upcoming Europa League tie versus Villareal will not be a distraction. "No, I want to focus on Everton. We still have more than five days to prepare, and how we get on there will depend on how we do against Everton, and that is the only focus today for the team." Regarding his squad, only Odegaard stands a chance of recovering. "It is, unfortunately, the situation we have at the moment. They are all doing really well, to be fair; they are a little bit ahead of schedule. We don’t expect them for Everton, I think; we have a doubt with Martin a little bit; let’s see how he is in training. The rest will be out and get them back in the team as quick as possible." Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is hoping to resume light training before the end of the week, while Alexandre Lacazette is working with the medical team. David Luiz is making "very good progress", and he could rejoin the squad next week. However, Kieran Tierney is still around 3-4 weeks away. Pending Evaluation
- Martin Odegaard (ankle) - A decision on his availability will be made after training on Thursday.
- David Luiz (knee) - Looking to rejoin the group in light training from next week.
- Kieran Tierney (knee) - Targeting a return to training in around 2-3 weeks.
- Alexandre Lacazette (hamstring) - Working with the medical team and assessments will continue ahead of next weeks matches.
- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (illness) - Admitted to hospital after contracting malaria while on international duty. Hopeful of a return to light training this week.
Aston VillaVilla still have Champions-elect City to play on Wednesday evening, and this weekends' line-up could be determined by the result/performance. Fortunately, Dean Smith hasn't been a manager of many changes so far this term. Predicted lineup Press Conference There's no change in the Villa treatment room as Dean Smith confirms Jack Grealish and Morgan Sanson remain out. Wesley is available for the squad despite a lack of fitness. "We’ll have a good look at him today and tomorrow. It’s been really tough. It’s as significant an injury as I’ve seen on a player, and it shows the strength of character for him to come back from it. During a pandemic, we haven’t been able to arrange the amount of games we would normally get for someone recovering from an injury. We’ve had to improvise, but he’s certainly a willing lad, and everyone will be pleased to see him getting back.” Elmohamady is expected to start at right-back with Matty Cash suspended. Trezeguet has been ruled out for the season following knee surgery. Pending Evaluation
- Wesley (fitness) - Playing for the Under-23s to build match-fitness.
- Jack Grealish (shin) - Suffered a setback in training. The skipper is said to be "itching" to play again, but he isn't training yet.
- Trezeguet (knee) - Sustained a ligament injury against Liverpool. Successfully undergone surgery. Season over.
- Morgan Sanson (knee) - Impact injury. Ruled out with no timeline on a return.
- Matty Cash - Must serve a one-match ban following his dismissal on Wednesday that will keep him out of the Black Country derby.
Brighton and Hove AlbionThe dismissal of Ben White forces the Seagulls into a change when I suspect Graham Potter would've been happy to stick with the same XI. The reshuffle could mean starts for Adam Lallana and Neal Maupay, who were impressive from the bench on Tuesday night. Predicted lineup Press Conference The Seagulls will be forced into at least one change as Ben White is suspended. "He was ever-present for Leeds, and he has been for us as well. He has the ability to play a number of games in a row. We will have to find a solution without him, but we will miss him," mused Graham Potter on Thursday. No fresh injury from the hard-earned draw at Stamford Bridge, but Danny Welbeck, Dan Burn and Adam Webster will be checked - the latter having just returned from long-term injuries. "Percy Tau had a tight hamstring, so that’s why he missed out on the group against Chelsea." Otherwise, Brighton should arrive at Bramall Lane with a similar group... Aaron Connolly is training but failed to make the matchday squad midweek. Pending Evaluation
- Percy Tau (hamstring) - Reported tightness before the game at Stamford Bridge and missed out as a precaution.
- Aaron Connolly (fitness) - Building fitness after injury. Graham Potter confirms the Irishman is involved in full training.
- Danny Welbeck, Adam Webster and Dan Burn - No injury, but all three will be checked due to their recent injury issues.
- Florin Andone (hamstring) - Suffered a slight setback playing for the U23s, which will delay his return.
- Solly March (knee) - The winger admitted that he is now targeting pre-season to return to full fitness.
- Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Surgery will keep the full-back out for the remainder of the campaign.
- Ben White - Took one for the team earning a late, second yellow card in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea. One-game ban.
BurnleyPredicted lineup Press Conference No Ashley Barnes (again!) for the Clarets who travel to Molineux. "He's been back with the team this week training [but we have to be careful]. He is not ready yet, but making real progress." Robbie Brady is still struggling, and there are no guarantees that the Irishman will feature in the remaining fixtures. Kevin Long isn't quite there yet. "We're just trying to settle down an Achilles." Nick Pope is back in contention after coming through training. "I suggested last week that we felt he was over the biggest hurdle of it, and he has come through training. He's trained fully - if there's no reaction, then he's back into consideration." Pending Evaluation
- Nick Pope (shoulder) - Trained all week. Should be fine, barring a reaction.
- Ashley Barnes (thigh) - Making good progress and taking part in aspects of training with the group.
- Kevin Long (Achilles) - Already beyond his initial timeline. No definitive update on a possible return.
- Robbie Brady (Achilles) - No guarantees that the Irishman will be back before the end of the season.
ChelseaTuchel is quickly becoming the new Pep, making 25 changes across the previous five gameweeks. But while Guardiola can be relied upon to start Ederson in goal, Mendy is no longer considered a shoo-in. Real Madrid is up next for the Blues, so expect the tinkerman to cut his cloth accordingly. Predicted lineup Press Conference The injury news from Stamford Bridge is that there is no (new) injury news... Mateo Kovacic remains on the sidelines, but Thomas Tuchel remains optimistic that the midfielder can return in GW34. Thiago Silva returns to the squad after he was rested midweek due to muscle fatigue. Pending Evaluation
- Thiago Silva (muscle fatigue) - Tuchel warns against overloading the veteran centre-back following his recent return from injury.
- Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) - Tuchel feels the veteran centre-back can return in GW34.
Crystal PalaceKeep one eye on Thursday nights' encounter with Leicester City. The Eagles will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing home defeat to Chelsea 11 days ago. With the pressure off, and players closing in on a return, Roy Hodgson could make changes. Predicted lineup Press Conference The Palace treatment is looking much healthier. "We’ve got a lot of players back, which is good news," Roy Hodgson told reporters in his pre-match press conference. "Mamadou Sakho – even James Tomkins is out there training. So, in fact, this is as big a group as we’ve had training for a long time." James McArthur is still missing, though, and Conor Wickham is working on an individualised programme, which also applies to Nathan Ferguson. "Gary Cahill has not trained for the last two or three days. He’s nursing a minor problem, but we’re hoping he can recover from that by the time Monday comes around." Michy Batshuayi returns after missing the game against his parent club, and Jeffrey Schlupp is working normally. Pending Evaluation
- Nathaniel Clyne (muscle) - Back on the training pitches and hoping to be involved on Monday.
- Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Working with the squad - Monday may come too soon following a lengthy lay-off.
- James Tomkins (eye) - Hodgson confirms the defender is back in contention. Could make the bench.
- Jeffrey Schlupp (knock) - Passed fit and ready for action.
- Gary Cahill (undisclosed) - Missed training earlier in the week, but Hodgson is hopeful that the centre-back will recover in time.
- James McArthur (calf) - No definitive timeline for the Scottish midfielder. Ruled out.
- Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Suffered another setback while training with the U23s. Unlikely to feature this season.
- Connor Wickham (knock) - Continues to work away from the main group.
EvertonPredicted lineup Press Conference The Toffees injury problems are finally beginning to ease, and ahead of the Arsenal trip, only Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Abdoulaye Doucoure are ruled out. "We have a lot of players available," said Carlo Ancelotti. "Almost all the squad. Not only [Calvert-Lewin and Mina], we have back Gomes, Delph and Bernard." The Everton boss described Fridays' game as "really important, not decisive but important" as his side pushes for a European qualifying spot. Pending Evaluation
- Andre Gomes (hamstring) - Pictured in training on Thursday and confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that he is in contention.
- Fabian Delph (tendon) - Pictured in training on Thursday and confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that he is in contention.
- Bernard (undisclosed) - Pictured in training on Thursday and confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that he is in contention.
- Yerry Mina (groin) - Pictured in training on Thursday and confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that he is in contention.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (groin) - Pictured in training on Thursday and confirmation from Carlo Ancelotti that he is in contention.
- Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) - Expected to return before the end of the season.
- Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) - No surgery required, but Ancelotti believes the injury-plagued midfielder will be out for the season.
FulhamPredicted lineup No game. Free week. Press Conference -- Pending Evaluation
- Kenny Tete (COVID-19) - Could train ahead of the game but unlikely to be involved.
- Marek Rodak (finger) - Met with a specialist. No word on the severity of the injury.
- Tom Cairney (knee) - Back out on the training pitches. Showing signs of improvement, but he will be assessed weekly.
- Terence Kongolo (knee) - Injured following a heavy collision with Adama Traore. Surgery will rule him out of the remaining games.
Leeds UnitedPredicted lineup Press Conference Marcelo Bielsa confirms Raphinha and Rodrigo will miss Sundays' game against Manchester United. "With Raphinha, we are controlling his evolution on a daily basis. And up until now, he hasn't recovered sufficiently to be able to train again. Rodrigo is in the last stages of his recovery but not well enough to feature this weekend." Adam Forshaw suffered a setback on his return for the under-23s. "He picked up a muscular injury in that last game, and this will keep him out for an undefined period of time." Liam Cooper serves the second game of his three-match ban. Pending Evaluation
- Raphinha (thigh) - Impact injury. Yet to train and evaluated daily. Likely to miss out.
- Adam Forshaw (muscular) - Suffered a setback on his return for the U23s. Ruled out for an undefined period.
- Rodrigo (muscle) - Bielsa confirms the Spaniard is in the final stages of his recovery.
- Liam Cooper - The skipper will serve a three-match ban following his dismissal for a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
Leicester CityJames Maddison and Luke Thomas started for the first time since February on Thursday evening, and the pair will be checked to make sure they came through the encounter with West Brom okay. The Foxes blew their relegation-threatened counterparts away, particularly in the first half, prompting opposing manager Sam Allardyce to say: "They are only behind Man City on that performance." Ricardo Pereira was rested following his exertions at Wembley and expect Brendan Rodgers to freshen his side again with a Champions League qualification place firmly within their sights. Predicted lineup Press Conference: Post-match on Thursday On Wesley Fofana, who was replaced on the hour mark: "He’s fine. He’s a young player in the middle of Ramadan, so he’s not eating during the day. It’s remarkable. If you think of his performance, he's not eaten all day or drank, and he can still perform to that level. It was just one where I thought if I could get him off, then he could get some food into him on the bench and just protect him a little bit." On the 3-nil victory: "We weren't as good as you are probably making us out to be. In the first half, I wasn't happy at all. We weren't precise enough with our passing; in the second half, we controlled the game. Overall, really pleased as a win in the Premier League is always huge. We were good, but we can be much better." Iheanacho improving: "Jamie Vardy has done it throughout his career, and Kelechi is now showing his qualities - he can still improve as he is still making too many mistakes, but he is getting in there." Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
- Justin James (ACL) - Ruled out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his knee.
- Harvey Barnes (knee surgery) - Still a few weeks from a return to training. It could be May before the winger is playing again.
LiverpoolI've been championing Klopp to deploy the Fab Four since game week 30, and the visit of Newcastle may provide the ideal opportunity with Nat Phillips struggling and Fabinho expected to drop into the back four. Despite a recent upturn in form, the Magpies shouldn't cause the home side too many problems. Update: Nat Phillips and Curtis Jones were pictured at the AXA Training Cente on Thursday, suggesting that both players stand a good chance of returning to the matchday squad. Predicted lineup Press Conference Liverpool will be without Nat Phillips once again, but Curtis Jones is back in contention. "All the others not," Klopp said during Fridays' pre-match press conference. "Do I know when Jordan Henderson is coming back? Not really, I don't know. Nobody told me, so it's for sure not in the next couple of weeks." Diogo Jota is fine despite speculation of a setback. Pending Evaluation
- Curtis Jones (muscle) - Closing in on a return. Good chance of making the squad.
- Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) - Jurgen Klopp believes the Dutchman will not play again this season.
- Joe Gomez (knee surgery) - Likely to be season over after suffering a non-contact patellar tendon rupture.
- Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery, ruling him out of the remaining fixtures.
- Jordan Henderson (groin) - Jurgen Klopp remains tight-lipped. Feels the skipper will not be back within the next few weeks.
- Caoimhin Kelleher (stomach) - Ruled out. He may not play again this season.
- Divock Origi (muscle) - Missed the win at Molineux (GW28) due to a muscular issue. No further details.
- Nat Phillips (hamstring) - Pictured with the group on the training pitches... but won't make this one!
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