FPL Double Gameweek 27 predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek. They will be regularly updated throughout and following the press conferences.


Predicted lineup Press Conference -- Pending Evaluation 
  • Emile Smith Rowe (hip) - "Emile was substituted just before half time at Leicester City last Sunday with discomfort in his hip. Assessments and scans this week have shown that it is not a significant injury. Emile will be assessed and checked regarding his availability ahead of Saturday’s match."
Ruled Out -- Banned -- Return to Competition --

Aston Villa

Predicted lineup Press Conference Dean Smith says Jack Grealish is "unlikely" to return this weekend, but the skipper is doing better. "He’s unlikely to play. I’ve not sat down with the medical staff yet, but he was on the AlterG running yesterday. He looks pain-free now, so once I sit down with the medical staff, we’ll decide what he’s doing today." Welsey has returned to full-contact training, and the South American striker will be looking to step up his recovery over the coming weeks: "The problem is arranging fixtures for him to play. He’ll probably get involved in some Under-23 games, but that’s really good news because he’s been out for 14-15 months now." Kortney Hause should rejoin the group from next week. "Matty Cash is still recovering. He’s in rehabilitation now, and it shouldn’t be too long before he’s back with us, so that’s good news." Pending Evaluation
  • Jack Grealish (shin) - "Unlikely" to be involved, but the skipper looks to be working pain-free.
Ruled Out 
  • Wesley (ACL knee) - Began full-contact training this week and will build fitness with the under-23s.
  • Kortney Hause (foot) - Scheduled to rejoin the group from next week.
  • Matty Cash (hamstring) - It "shouldn't be too long" before the full-back is training with the squad.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Brighton and Hove Albion

Predicted lineup Press Conference Graham Potter reveals that Tariq Lamptey has suffered a "little setback", which keeps him out of this weekends' game. "He's seeing a specialist for a hamstring problem. It's disappointing, but we need to get to the bottom of this." Adam Webster is sidelined until after the international break, while Solly March will not play again this season. Aaron Connolly is struggling due to a back spasm which was aggravated in training on Thursday... "So, we'll see how he is tomorrow." Pending Evaluation
  • Aaron Connolly (back spasm) - Problem in training on Thursday. Late fitness test.
Ruled Out 
  • Florin Andone (ACL) - Making good progress with a possible return in late-March.
  • Solly March (knee) - The winger admitted that he is now targeting pre-season to return to full fitness.
  • Adam Webster (ankle) - Taking much longer than initially thought and may not return until after the international break.
  • Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) - Setback. Will now meet with a specialist to determine the precise nature of the problem.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  


Sean Dyche after the draw with Leicester.
  • On the performance of Chris Wood: "I thought [Vydra] and Woody were excellent tonight. Woody looked sharp with his energy and quality. He got into some great areas, and you are just scratching your head as to how he hasn't scored."
Predicted lineup Press Conference Sean Dyche will have one to check on after Wednesday nights' 1-1 draw with Leicester. "We'll have to keep an eye on [Jack] Cork; he's got a tight hamstring. Robbie Brady and Berg Gudmundsson have trained well the last couple of days, but we'll have to make a call on them." Matej Vydra is expected to recover from a minor knock. Pending Evaluation
  • Robbie Brady (ankle) - Sean Dyche confirms the winger has a "chance" of making the squad on Saturday.
  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) - Sean Dyche confirms the winger has a "chance" of making the squad on Saturday.
  • Jack Cork (hamstring) - Complained of tightness after the draw with Leicester. Being monitored.
Ruled Out 
  • Ashley Barnes (thigh) - Confirmation of his absence, but no word on the severity.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  


Another win and another clean sheet for Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side. The Blues are unbeaten in 10 games under the German, and you wouldn't back against them continuing that run this weekend. But while results on the pitch have been pleasing, fantasy managers frustratingly try second to guess his selection decisions with varying degrees of success. Ben Chilwell has emerged from the cold, starting both fixtures in the DGW resigning Marcos Alonso to the bench. Olivier Giroud also missed out, and even with Tammy Abraham sidelined, the Frenchman is not a nailed starter.
  • Andreas Christensen earning plaudits: "Andreas stepped in during the middle of the first half versus Tottenham, which was a tough thing to do, and from the first minute, he is absolutely impressive. He is strong in individual challenges and very brave and intelligent in our build-up. He plays with a lot of confidence, and I am absolutely happy with his performance. How he has stepped up is a big part of our performances."
  • On breaking into the Top Four: "There are still 11 games to go, nothing is decided. We are in the race, we closed the gap quickly, which was a big effort, and with this competition, the Champions League and the FA Cup, it gives us no time to lay back and become too relaxed - I have a hungry group. I am hungry, and we are not finished."
Predicted lineup Press Conference  -- Pending Evaluation
  • Thiago Silva (hamstring) - The veteran defender is taking part in full training. Needs to build fitness.
Ruled Out -- Return to Competition --  

Crystal Palace

Predicted lineup Press Conference Wilfred Zaha has trained well this week, and Roy Hodgson sees no reason why he can't consider him for the game at Tottenham. "He’s missed lots of games for us in that period of time, but he’s still come back quicker than the medical department thought might be possible because of his incredible powers of recovery." Sunday comes too soon for Nathaniel Clyne, who hasn't responded as well as initially hoped. "The initial prognosis was very positive. It was only a minor strain and wouldn’t take very long at all. It’s been more than two weeks now. The problem is that the scan didn’t show any major problems, but he still feels discomfort." James McCarthy needs to be assessed after suffering a setback on his return midweek, and James McArthur is still nursing a calf injury. Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are no closer to returning. "I think the ones we've got fit we're hoping to keep fit, but the others we probably won't see until after the international break." Pending Evaluation
  • Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) - Modified training. Waiting for the "green light" from the medical team to step up his recovery.
Ruled Out
  • Nathan Ferguson (thigh) - Progressing nicely. Back on the training pitches with the U23s. After the international break.
  • Wayne Hennessey (Undisclosed) - Back on the training pitches.
  • Mamadou Sakho (thigh) - Hodgson will not be drawn on a timeline, but media reports suggest around 2-3 months.
  • James Tomkins (eye) - Surgery. Will not be rushed back. Long-term.
  • James McArthur (muscle) - Roy Hodgson suggests it could be after the break before the midfielder returns.
  • Nathaniel Clyne (muscle) - Has not responded to treatment as hoped, will be sent for a second scan.
  • Tyrick Mitchell (undisclosed) - Minor issue that will keep the full-back out for a "week or two".
  • James McCarthy (groin) - Looks like a recurrence of the injury which kept him out for the past month.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  


Predicted lineup Press Conference -- Pending Evaluation 
  • Seamus Coleman, James Rodriguez, Robin Olsen and Tom Davies are all expected to recover from minor knocks.
Ruled Out
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) - Progressing well, although Ancelotti will not give a definitive timeframe.
  • Yerry Mina (calf) - Will be sidelined for at least another two weeks.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  


Predicted lineup Press Conference Tom Cairney and Marek Rodak are definitely out of Sundays' game, while the remainder of the squad will be assessed after the narrow defeat to Tottenham. "The boys are still recovering; we'll have a better idea tomorrow on their fitness." Selection decisions will be left until after the final session, but De Cordova-Reid, Kenny Tete and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa will be hoping to return the XI. Pending Evaluation -- Ruled Out
  • Tom Cairney (knee) - Adopting a different approach to his treatment. Assessed week-by-week.
  • Marek Rodak (arm) - Met with a specialist this week. To be determined.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Leeds United

Predicted lineup Press Conference  Marcelo Bielsa refuses to rule Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo or Jamie Shackleton out of the game against West Ham. "It depends on how they evolve in the following days. Some players [which are] coming back from injuries will play in the [U23s] game." Gaetano Berardi made his long-awaited return for the development side on Monday after recovering from a serious knee ligament rupture. There is still no timeline for Adam Forshaw, but Bielsa insists the midfielder is giving "maximum effort" to come back and play. "He’s in a positive moment in his recovery, but that moment has to be extended without any setbacks for this to allow him to return to competitive football. He works tirelessly and continuously." Pending Evaluation
  • Jamie Shackleton (groin) - Closing in on a return, and his involvement will be determined over the coming days.
  • Kalvin Phillips (calf) - A return is dependent on how his injury evolves ahead of Monday.
  • Rodrigo (groin) - Should be there or thereabouts. May feature for the U23s on Friday night.
Ruled Out
  • Adam Forshaw (hip) - The player is still hopeful that he can play some part this season.
  • Gaetano Berardi (ACL knee) - Playing for the U23s following a long-term injury.
  • Robin Koch (knee surgery) - Initial timeline indicates a return to play around February or March 2021.
  • Ian Poveda (ankle) - Injured playing for the U23s. To be determined, but Bielsa feels it will be weeks, not days.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Leicester City

Post-match comments from Brendan Rodgers:
  • On the withdrawal of Kelechi Iheanacho: "It was just tactical. At the beginning of the second half, we were starting to get exposed on the sides, and for that, we needed to make the change to 4-3-3. The move saw Marc Albrighton deployed on the left with Ricardo Pereira in an advanced role on the opposite flank.
Predicted lineup Press Conference -- Pending Evaluation
  • Jonny Evans (calf) - Missed the draw at Turf Moor. Awaiting update.
Ruled Out
  • James Maddison (hip) - Could return to training later this week but unlikely to be involved vs Brighton.
  • Dennis Praet (hamstring) - Hoping to begin normal training by mid-March.
  • Wes Morgan (back) - Ruled out. No definitive timeline. Possibly late-March.
  • Justin James (ACL) - Ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on his knee.
  • Ayoze Perez (knee) - Being monitored with the club reluctant to give a timeline.
  • Harvey Barnes (knee surgery) - Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of a return by mid-April.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  


Post-match notes from Thursday:
  • On substituting Mo Salah: "I am happy when the boys are disappointed [to come off], that’s not a problem. I could have changed other players as well, that’s true, but the reason for the substitution was he looked in that moment like he felt the intensity really, and I didn’t want to risk him, that’s all. That’s the situation. It’s really rare; I have known him now long, and usually, Mo looks really surprisingly fresh until the end. He didn’t look fresh anymore, and I thought that’s a sign in our situation; I didn’t want to risk him. That’s it."
Predicted lineup Press Conference  Jurgen Klopp said playing Fabinho in midfield (vs Chelsea) would've been great, but the absence of Nat Phillips due to a back issue meant he was unable to... The good news - Phillips should return; however, Ozan Kabak has picked up a "little problem", and it doesn't look like he's going to be ready. "It could be difficult, or the [Fulham] game could come too quick for Ozan." Ben Davies can be called upon if required... and in response to questions about Mo Salah's substitution last night. "He looked in that moment like he was feeling the intensity, really. I didn't want to risk him. That is all. That is the situation. It is really rare, I have known Mo long enough now, and he usually looks surprisingly fresh until the end." Pending Evaluation
  • Caoimhin Kelleher (undisclosed) - Should be back after missing the previous three weeks.
  • Ozan Kabak (undisclosed) - Major doubt after picking up a knock against Chelsea.
  • Nat Phillips (back) - Missed the game on Thursday due to a minor issue and could return to the squad.
Ruled Out
  • Virgil van Dijk (ACL knee) - Klopp believes the Dutchman will miss the remainder of the season.
  • Joe Gomez (knee surgery) - Likely to be season over after suffering a non-contact patellar tendon rupture during England training.
  • Joel Matip (ankle) - Confirmation that the centre-back will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
  • Jordan Henderson (groin) - Confirmation from the club that the skipper has undergone surgery. Hoping to be back within 6-8 weeks.
Banned -- Return to Competition --  

Manchester City

City head into another DGW at The Etihad with the home side intent on stretching their current unbeaten run. A late flurry of goals on Tuesday night saw Pep's men secure a club-record equalling 28-games unbeaten (21 wins in a row), and what better way to surpass that record than three-points against rivals United on Sunday? With four full days of recovery, fatigue should not be a factor, and you would think Guardiola will prioritise this fixture over Southampton and go strong. Expect Pep to name a similar side to the one that lined up in the 4-1 victory over Wolves, although John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan will be pushing for a return, and possibly Phil Foden. DGW26 saw three and six changes, respectively, and with close to a full squad at his disposal, there are plenty of options to consider. Predicted lineup


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