Welcome to a new series on predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta brought in three new faces (GW2) – one enforced due to the late withdrawal of Kieran Tierney - and despite the Gunners maintaining their 100 per cent record, it was hard-fought which could prompt a change in personnel. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was unfortunate to miss out altogether – sidestepping for Bukayo Saka -  while Eddie Nketiah grabbed the winner within minutes of his introduction. David Luiz is fully fit, and the question remains, will the Brazilian be handed a recall? With a Carabao Cup tie to be played at Leicester, the starting XI could give us some insight into how Arteta will line-up at Anfield on Monday evening.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Kieran Tierney (tight groin) and Sokratis (calf) should resume full training ahead of the Liverpool game, and with the trip to Anfield taking place on Monday, the additional recovery time could benefit those returners. Cedric Soares (calf tightness) was not be risked in the Carabao Cup, although he hasn’t yet made the matchday squad this season. Emile Smith Rowe is expected to rejoin the group in around 7-10 days.

Pending Evaluation 

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Calf) - Sustained mild strain to right calf. Expected to rejoin the group in full training this week.
  • Kieran Tierney (Groin) - Will train ahead of Monday nights' game.
  • Cedric Soares (Calf) - Assessed ahead of the trip to Anfield.

Ruled Out

  • Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) – Targeting a return-to-training in October.
  • Pablo Mari (ankle) – Hopefully training with the group later this month.
  • Gabriel Martinelli (knee surgery) – RTP in early 2021.
  • Calum Chambers (ACL rupture) – Potential RTT before the end of the year.
  • Emile Smith Rowe (Shoulder) - Protective sling will be removed by the end of this week. Aiming to rejoin the group in 7-10 days.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

No further reported issues.

 

Aston Villa

The Villains got off to a winning start on Monday, and providing those involved can come through this week unscathed, then I see no reason for Dean Smith to change his side.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Dean Smith rang the changes in the cup – eleven in total – which included a start for new boy Bertrand Traore who duly opened his account with a well-taken volley. “I’m very happy to score on my debut. I just decided that when I got the ball I wanted to put it in [with] one touch, I was a bit lucky, but you have to try,” he beamed post-match. However, the Burkina Faso international might have to settle for a place on the bench as I expect Villa to revert to the side which scraped a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sheffield United (GW2).

Pending Evaluation

None

Ruled Out 

  • Tom Heaton (ACL knee) - The goalkeeper is eyeing a return after the international break.
  • Wesley (ACL knee) - Taking part in aspects of first-team training.
  • Bjorn Engels (Thigh) - The full-back was ruled out of game week two. No time frame currently.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

No further reported issues.

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

Graham Potter was thrilled with his sides’ performance at Newcastle on Sunday, and you suspect that changes will be kept to a minimum following a comprehensive 0-3 victory. Yves Bissouma is suspended after receiving a straight red, and with Dale Stephens struggling with injury - and linked with a move away – Adam Lallana could find himself back in the side. The Seagulls feature in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but Potter may opt for a complete change of personnel as he did in Round Two.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

The Seagulls made a host of changes in the cup, but Graham Potter should revert to a similar side which took all three-points on Tyneside. Tariq Lamptey, who went off on the hour mark at St James’ Park, trained normally on Thursday and Aaron Connolly is fine after complaining of discomfort in his thigh. Yves Bissouma serves the second of his three-game ban while Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone and Christian Walton remain long-term absentees. Molumby could be included after Potter confirmed his absence in the cup was "precautionary for the weekend" although he gave no indication to what extent. “Jayson has got some fantastic attributes, great qualities. He’s a really competitive guy, wants to play." The 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League.

Pending Evaluation

  • Tariq Lamptey (Groin) - Took a few knocks on Tyneside. Trained normally on Thursday and should be fine.

Ruled Out 

  • Jose Izquierdo (Knee surgery) – Integrating himself back into full training.
  • Christian Walton (Ankle) -  Hopeful that the injury will be weeks as opposed to months.
  • Florin Andone (Knee) - Ruled out for the remainder of the year.

Banned

  • Yves Bissouma - Serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Return to Competition

No further reported issues.

 

Burnley

With a mounting injury list, Sean Dyche is desperate to bolster his threadbare squad before the transfer window shuts. At Leicester on Sunday, the Clarets included three members of the development side to boost numbers while Jimmy Dunne, 22, made his Premier League bow. James Tarkowski is hoping to feature in the Carabao Cup, but another rib injury for Robbie Brady means the Republic of Ireland international is a slight concern.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Sean Dyche will consider adding new signing Dale Stephens to the squad for Saturday, but Jay Rodriguez looks like he will miss the game after suffering an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup. It sounds as if an ongoing toe issue will keep James Tarkowski out again. “I’ve not been preparing without Tarky," Dyche told reporters when asked about the defender being linked with a move to West Ham. "He’ll get fit and enjoy his time playing with us again." Ben Mee has an outside chance of joining the group next week, but it could be after the international break before the long-termers return. Ashley Barnes enjoyed an hour-long run out for the U23s, and the Clarets striker is pencilled in to feature for the development side again on Friday as he continues his recovery from a hernia problem. Josh Brownhill could play on the right if Robbie Brady fails to recover. "He came into the side after lockdown and did very well for us. We know he can do that. He has a great honesty and worth ethic and if we have to use him elsewhere, I am sure he will adapt."

Pending Evaluation

  • James Tarkowski (Toe) - Badly bruised. Missed out in the Carabao Cup and Dyche isn't confident that the centre-back will be ready for Saturday.
  • Robbie Brady (Ribs) - Bruised. Recurrence of an injury initially picked up on international duty 50/50.

Ruled Out 

  • Ben Mee (Thigh) - "Responding well to treatment" but not yet back with the group.
  • Jack Cork (Ankle) - Remains unavailable for the start of the campaign with no fixed date for his return.
  • Ashley Barnes (Hernia) - Will look to build fitness with the Under-23s. Two scheduled games for this week.
  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (MCL knee) - Not as bad as first feared but won't be back for a while yet.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

No further reported issues.

 

Chelsea

Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will play against Barnsley on Wednesday as they continue to build fitness, but it may be too soon to consider a start in the Premier League. Andreas Christensen served his ban midweek which means Frank Lampard is likely to keep the faith after his dismissal against Liverpool. Cesar Azpilicueta is yet to start this season, and depending on his minutes midweek; he could be included. With Willy Caballero poised to start in the cup, and Edouard Mendy undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge, Kepa, following another clanger on Sunday is fighting to retain the No.1 jersey.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Frank Lampard will decide between Kepa and Willy Caballero after confirming Edouard Mendy will not start: "He has had a long week when he has not really trained, he flew in yesterday and it feels too tight a turnaround to put him in contention." Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are not ready, but both players are training. "We hope to have them in proper match contention over the next week or two." Andreas Christensen is available after serving his ban in the cup.

Pending Evaluation

  • Edouard Mendy (Fitness) - Only just joined the club and Saturday could come too soon.

Ruled Out

  • Billy Gilmour (Knee Surgery) – Potential RTP in late 2020.
  • Hakim Ziyech (Knee) – Training with the squad again and should be in match contention in either GW4 or 5.
  • Christian Pulisic (Hamstring) – Training with the squad again and should be in match contention in either GW4 or 5.
  • Marco van Ginkel (Knee) - Long-term absentee. No timeline for the player who hasn't played competitively for more than two years.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Ben Chilwell (Achilles) – Played minutes in the Carabao Cup but Lampard suggests he may not start with Tottenham up just three days later.
  • Thiago Silva (Fitness) - Played minutes in the Carabao Cup but Lampard suggests he may not start with Tottenham up just three days later.
  • Andreas Christensen - Served his ban in the Carabao Cup.

 

Crystal Palace

The Eagles were forced into a change at Old Trafford with Scott Dann picking up a late injury, that saw Mamadou Sakho thrust back into action having just recovered from a long-term hamstring problem. Back-to-back wins is likely to mean that Luka Milivojevic, Michy Batshuayi and Eberechi Eze will need to bide their time. Christian Benteke played for the development side on Monday and could make the game-day squad.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Christian Benteke has been training and can be called upon if required, but the striker hasn’t featured since July, and with Michy Batshuayi able to back-up from the bench, he may not make the 18. Roy Hodgson confirms one or two others have started to make a brief appearance on the training pitches: “Not much beyond the warmup and any non-contact passing work,” so don’t expect those who have been out long-term to return anytime soon. Jairo Riedewald should be close after rejoining the group last Friday.

Pending Evaluation

  • Jaïro Riedewald (Muscle) - Training with the group again.
  • Scott Dann (Unspecified) - Missed the win at Old Trafford after suffering an injury in training. No update - expected to miss out.
  • Christian Benteke (Fitness) - Available if required. Building fitness with the U23s and played 45-minutes on Monday.

Ruled Out

  • James Tomkins (Thigh) – Long term absentee.
  • Gary Cahill (Hamstring) – Long term absentee but progressing well. Could return next month.
  • Patrick van Aanholt (Shoulder) – Won't be back before the international break.
  • Nathan Ferguson (Knee) – Individualised programme. No timeline.
  • Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Took part in his first session last week. Non-contact.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

No further reported issues.

 

Everton

There was no update from the player or Carlo Ancelotti after hat-trick hero Dominic Calvert-Lewin was seen icing his leg following the win over West Brom; hopefully, it was only a precautionary measure, and the striker is clear. No fresh injury concerns should see the Toffees unchanged once again.

Predicted lineup

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Press Conference Update

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had a "little problem" with his hamstring after the game against West Brom, and once again in the Carabao Cup midweek, but Carlo Ancelotti said the striker "is OK" and he will play. There are no fresh injury concerns for the Toffees who take on Crystal Palace. Mason Holgate (toe) and Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) remain out along with Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Pending Evaluation 

None

Ruled Out

  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) – Surgery. No definitive timeline currently.
  • Cenk Tosun (ACL rupture) – Not expected to play again this year.
  • Mason Holgate (Toe) – Could spend up to three months on the sidelines.
  • Jarrad Branthwaite (Ankle) - Targeting a return after the international break (GW5).
  • Jonas Lossl (Back) - The extent of his injury is currently unknown.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Hamstring) - Spotted icing his hamstring after the win over West Brom. Ancelotti confirms the striker will play.

 

 

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