Predicted lineups and team news from all Premier League clubs from injury guru Ben Dinnery ahead of the upcoming Gameweek. 

 

Arsenal

The Gunners face Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday, and Mikel Arteta can afford to rest players with a trip to Old Trafford coming up. Selection problems mainly come in defence with David Luiz added to the injury list and flagged as a significant doubt. Rob Holding is a confirmed absentee, along with long-term casualties Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers - Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi are the expected starters. Willian will be available, and with goals scarcer than Mesut Ozil appearances, the decision could be whether to start the Brazilian centrally again or shift Aubameyang from the left to kick start Arsenals' season.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Granit Xhaka was the only survivor from the loss to Leicester when Dundalk arrived at The Emirates on Thursday evening, and Mikel Arteta took the opportunity to try the Swiss international at centre-back with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and David Luiz all carrying injuries. Sokratis was omitted from the Premier League squad. "We need one or two players who are able to drop into that position. We need to try them, and the best way to try them is obviously in training, but sometimes you have to do it in games, so they have a taste, the feeling and the confidence to do it as well." Despite wholesale changes, Arteta was "really pleased" with the way his players went about their business. "It's always a danger that you feel it could be a comfortable game, and then you make it really complicated. That wasn't the case. I think our attitude from the beginning was spot on." Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson caught the eye on the night. "They looked like they could do something different in the game to change it. They were good around the box; they were creative; they had the courage to make the right decision in the right areas. I'm pleased with both of them." But neither player has minutes in the Premier League this term, and I don't expect there to be any change at Old Trafford. Only David Luiz of those currently sidelined has a chance of returning, but he is still considered a "big doubt".

Pending Evaluation 

  • David Luiz (thigh) - Major doubt. Expected to miss the game but not ruled out yet.

Ruled Out

  • Rob Holding (hamstring) - Slightly ahead of schedule. Could train ahead of GW8.
  • Pablo Mari (ankle) – Aiming to rejoin the group during the international break.
  • Gabriel Martinelli (knee surgery) – Targeting a RTP in early 2021.
  • Calum Chambers (ACL rupture) – Back on the training pitches and building fitness.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Aston Villa

Dean Smith's side tasted defeat for the first time this season in week six, a humbling 0-3 defeat to Leeds, and the Villa boss must decide if this was a mere blip following an excellent start or whether the performance was reflective of more underlying issues. With nearly a full squad at his disposal, Smith could keep faith or reward those who have been waiting patiently in the wings. If Villa have aspirations of a Top Half finish, then they must demonstrate one key attribute: bouncebackability.

Predicted lineup

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Press Conference Update

Dean Smith will be looking for a reaction following last Fridays' home defeat to Leeds. "They were disappointed. We’d spoken about how we didn’t want to turn it into a game that favoured Leeds: end-to-end. They’re renowned for their intensity and their fitness levels. As soon as they scored, we got drawn into the trap of going toe-to-toe. I’ve got a good idea of how these players will react because I’ve been with them for a long time. I know their character." There are no fresh injury concerns for Villa who had a behind-closed-doors game this week involving those players on the fringes of the XI who needed minutes. Tom Heaton (ACL knee) was not ready to feature after ten months out, but the goalkeeper is expected to play some part for the under-23s in the near future.

Pending Evaluation

  • Kortney Hause (groin) - Potential return in GW7 but it depends on his response to treatment.

Ruled Out 

  • Tom Heaton (ACL knee) - The goalkeeper is eyeing a return after the international break.
  • Wesley (ACL knee) - Taking part in aspects of training, but it could be the end of the year before the striker is ready for action.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Brighton and Hove Albion

For all their good play against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, the Seagulls picked up nothing and Graham Potter would have been looking to secure three-points versus West Brom. However, a late equaliser left Brighton still looking for their first win at the Amex Stadium. With a tough trip to Tottenham up next, they will find it difficult to add to their five-point haul so far this term. Joël Veltman could deputise for the suspended Lewis Dunk while Adam Lallana's minutes continue to be managed as he builds fitness.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

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Pending Evaluation

  • Davy Propper (Achilles) - Managing an ongoing Achilles issue. Training but will be assessed GW-to-GW.
  • Christian Walton (ankle) -  Back in full training. Building fitness.
  • Danny Welbeck (conditioning) - Recently joined the club as a free agent and needs to improve his fitness. GW-to-GW.

Ruled Out 

  • Jose Izquierdo (Knee surgery) – Continues to build fitness with the Under-23s.
  • Florin Andone (Knee) - Ruled out for the remainder of the year.
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Hamstring) - The winger has not returned to the training pitches. No definitive timeframe.

Banned

  • Lewis Dunk - Serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Return to Competition

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Burnley

The Clarets have been much improved of late and were unlucky not to take anything from Monday nights' game. Sean Dyche said his side were finally showing signs of "true sharp fitness" and that recent performances would stand his side in good stead over the season. The return of Matt Lowton against Spurs was a bonus as the Burnley treatment room begins to empty.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) needs to clear testing before he can be considered for a return, but health-wise, the defender is fine. A "niggly" calf problem continues to hamper Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sean Dyche rates the winger as "touch and go" for the visit of Chelsea. Saturday will come too soon for Erik Pieters, and while Ben Mee successfully completed 70 minutes in a training-ground game earlier this week, he isn't ready to make the step up. "We are trying to get him another game as soon as possible. He is training with us all the time now so that is good news." Jack Cork is a "bit behind" them but making steady progress.

Pending Evaluation

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) - Rated as 'touch and go' due to a niggly calf problem.

Ruled Out 

  • Jack Cork (Ankle) - Making "good progress" but will not be available until after the next international break.
  • Ben Mee (Thigh) - Played 70-minutes in a behind-closed-doors game and Sean Dyche will be looking to arrange another ASAP.
  • Erik Pieters (calf) - Saturday will come too soon for the defender who also missed the defeat to Tottenham.
  • Phil Bardsley (COVID-19) - Health-wise the full-back is fine but he needs to pass a second test before being considered for a return.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Chelsea

Frank Lampard made a raft of changes in the Champions League which included a rare start for Antonio Rudiger and a full debut for Hakim Ziyech. Owners will have been pleased to see fantasy assets Christian Pulisic, and Reece James benched while Ben Chilwell and Jorginho were replaced with 20 minutes remaining as the Blues swept their Russian counterparts – FC Krasnodar - comfortably aside 4-0.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Those players who were involved in the Champions League had not been assessed by the time Frank Lampard faced the press on Thursday. However, there doesn't appear to be any "clear injuries" which includes Callum Hudson-Odoi who appeared to suffer a knock. "It hasn't been flagged to me that there is a problem, so I assume, and I hope there is nothing wrong." Thiago Silva did not travel midweek, but he is available for selection at Turf Moor. "Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him, and I spoke to him about it." Kepa is showing "some progression" in his recovery from a shoulder injury. "We are hopeful, but we'll see with that one." Lampard indicated that there would be changes. "We do have a bit of a tired group," and Hakim Ziyech is unlikely to make the XI after starting against FC Krasnodar.

Pending Evaluation

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga (shoulder) - Returned to the training pitches on Thursday.

Ruled Out

  • Billy Gilmour (Knee Surgery) – Lampard expects the young midfielder to return after the break.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Crystal Palace

Palace kick-off GW7 and the Eagles arrive at Molineux full of confidence following their victory over London-rivals Fulham. Roy Hodgson made three changes last time out, and while we know Gary Cahill (shin) was injured, there was no explanation either pre or post-match regarding the absence of Joel Ward or James McArthur.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

James McCarthy is back in training following the hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty. Roy Hodgson has been further boosted by the return of James Tomkins (thigh) and Gary Cahill (shin) who rejoined the group this week. Furthermore, Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland (both COVID-19) are available making a grand total of five returners this weekend. On the flipside: "We've got an injury to Joel Ward and [we] need to assess Tyrick Mitchell [who] took a knock in training." In Patrick van Aanholt, the Eagles have a readymade replacement at left-back, although his match fitness is a slight worry having played only 20 minutes this season, and on the right, Nathaniel Clyne could continue to deputise.

Pending Evaluation

  • James Tomkins (thigh) – Back on the training pitches and now injury-free. Fitness.
  • James McCarthy (hamstring) - Missed the previous two matches after picking up an injury with Ireland. Cleared for a return.
  • Joel Ward (groin) - Confirmed as a muscle injury which may keep him out for another week.
  • James McArthur (calf) - Hodgson confirmed the midfielder was "touch and go" before failing a late test ahead of GW6. However, he has returned to training.
  • Jairo Rielewald (knock) - Forced off at Fulham due to an unspecified injury. Seems to be minor, no mention during Thursdays' press conference.

Ruled Out

  • Nathan Ferguson (Knee) – Individualised programme. No timescale at the moment.
  • Connor Wickham (Muscle) - Suffered a significant setback. Out long-term.
  • Wayne Hennessey (Undisclosed) - Injured playing for Wales. Out until January 2021 at the earliest.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Jordan Ayew (COVID-19) - Cleared to resume normal activities.
  • Jack Butland (COVID-19 - Cleared to resume normal activities.
  • Gary Cahill (shin) - Returned to full training earlier this week.

 

Everton

The Football Association upheld referee Kevin Friend's decision to dismiss Lucas Digne for dangerous play but admitted the three-game suspension was a little harsh resulting in a reduced one-match ban. Fabian Delph has played at full-back before, and he is an option for Carlo Ancelotti; otherwise, Niels Nkounkou, who started in all three Carabao Cup fixtures is the pick. On the opposite flank, Jonjoe Kenny is better placed in terms of his fitness following another week on the training pitches, and he will deputise for the hamstrung Seamus Coleman. No wins in two for the Toffees who travel to Tyneside without the suspended Richarlison.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Carlo Ancelotti revealed on Friday that James Rodriguez would miss the match at Newcastle. "He had a little problem so he needs to rest for this game." The Colombian should be okay for GW8. Jonjoe Kenny is vying with Ben Godfrey for the right-back spot while Jarrad Branthwaite returns to bolster numbers in defence. Seamus Coleman (hamstring) is also out along with long-term absentees Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Mason Holgate and Cenk Tosun. Richarlison serves the second game of his ban, and Lucas Digne will be available from next week after his red card was downgraded, meaning he will only miss the trip to Tyneside.

Pending Evaluation 

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Ruled Out

  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) – Could make a return to First-Team action in late November.
  • Cenk Tosun (ACL rupture) – Training individually. Not expected to play again this year.
  • Mason Holgate (Toe) – Individualised rehabilitation programme on the training pitches.
  • Seamus Coleman (hamstring) - Not likely to feature before the break.
  • James Rodriguez (muscle) - Ancelotti confirmed the player will need to rest with an expected return in GW8.

Banned

  • Richarlison - Serves the second-game of his suspension following the sending off against Liverpool.
  • Lucas Digne - Red card upheld following the Toffees' appeal, but the full-back will only serve a one-game ban.

Return to Competition

  • Jonjoe Kenny (ankle) - The full-back has been training for over 10 days and will be in contention to start.
  • Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) - After more than six weeks out, the young defender will provide backup from the bench.

 

Fulham

The pressure is beginning to mount on Scott Parker after another defeat at Craven Cottage left the Lilywhites bottom of the table due to their inferior goal difference. Palace were the perfect opponents after an excellent display at Bramall Lane, but having made just a single change, Fulham failed to deliver. Ivan Cavaleiro was the player to miss out – omitted from the 18 altogether – with no update offered on the players status.

Predicted lineup

 

Press Conference Update

Neeskens Kebano is ruled out of the game but Scott Parker remains "hopeful" of a return to training before Monday. Joachim Andersen is working again. "Albeit in a modified session," and the new signing will be monitored over the coming days. "We’ll see how he goes. He’s progressed very well and that’s a credit to the medical team." Terence Kongolo (foot) is still getting up to speed and Aboubakar Kamara begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against Palace. Regarding everyone else. "We are where we are...." which means Kenny Tete is still struggling.

Pending Evaluation

  • Ivan Cavaleiro (unknown) - Omitted from the matchday squad (GW6). Status is unclear.
  • Joachim Andersen (ankle) - Took part in a modified session for the first time on Thursday.

Ruled Out

  • Kenny Tate (calf) - Scott Parker reveals it will be a "few weeks" before the Dutchman is back in contention.
  • Terence Kongolo (foot) - Hasn't played since breaking a bone in his foot in February.
  • Neeskens Kebano (knock) - Missed out in GW6 due to an unspecified injury but should train ahead of GW8.

Banned

  • Aboubakar Kamara - Not eligible to play again until late-November following his dismissal against Crystal Palace.

Return to Competition

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Leeds United

Pascal Struijk was sacrificed early on at Villa Park having picked up a yellow card, and following the introduction of Jamie Shackleton, making his second top-flight appearance, Leeds ended the leagues only 100 per cent record. Marcelo Bielsa has been fully transparent regarding team news thus far, so expect more of the same in this weeks' press conference. United do not play again until Monday, which gives skipper Liam Cooper every chance to prove his fitness.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Marcelo Bielsa confirms Liam Cooper is back in contention after recovering from a groin injury. "He is fine. He's at a very good level, but I haven't picked the team yet. [But] being able to rely on him as an option is good." Diego Llorente remains sidelined. Jamie Shackleton comes into the managers' thinking after impressing at Villa Park having replaced Pascal Struijk with barely 20 minutes on the clock. Adam Forshaw (hip) will build confidence and fitness with the under-23s before rejoining the first-team squad. Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) remains out. Still nothing definitive in terms of a timeframe after Bielsa dismissed suggests of a six-week absence.

Pending Evaluation

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Ruled Out

  • Adam Forshaw (Hip) - Marcelo Bielsa reveals the midfielder will look to build fitness and confidence with the U23s before rejoining the first team.
  • Gaetano Berardi (ACL knee) - Long-term. Hopeful of a return in early 2021.
  • Diego Llorente (Groin) - Injured on international duty and could be missing for around three weeks.
  • Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) - The clubs' website suggested he could be out for around six weeks although Bielsa has dismissed these as inaccurate.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

  • Liam Cooper (Groin) - Passed fit and will come into the managers' thinking.

 

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers took a strong squad to Athens on Wednesday which included Jamie Vardy, and the Leicester boss insists the in-form striker is in contention despite his ongoing calf problems which have been hampering him recently. Cengiz Under provided his first assist at Arsenal but the Turkish winger "needs to get fitter" before being considered for a starting berth. Ayoze Perez was a surprise omission from the squad last time out, and the reason behind his absence remains unclear.

Predicted lineup

Press Conference Update

Ricardo Pereira travelled with the group to Athens midweek, but Brendan Rodgers explained that the full-back was continuing with his rehab. "We're hopeful that after the break he’ll be available. It's great news for us; he's progressed really well." Timothy Castagne will not play again until GW9, at the earliest, after imaging confirmed the full-back has "tweaked" his hamstring which is likely to result in a slight formational change. Jonny Evans was due to play in the Europa League before he aggravated a back problem in training, thankfully the Foxes do not play again until Monday and the additional time will aid his recovery.

Pending Evaluation

  • Jonny Evans (back) - Was due to play in Athens before a setback in training. Rodgers will give the centre-back every chance to prove his fitness.

Ruled Out

  • Ricardo Pereira (ACL rupture) – Rodgers is "hopeful" of a return after the international break.
  • Wilfried Ndidi (Groin) - Successful surgery which will keep him out for around three months.
  • Daniel Amartey (Hamstring) - No definitive timeframe currently, but it will be a "number of weeks".
  • Caglar Soyuncu (Hamstring) - The Turkey international is not expected to play again this year.
  • Timothy Castagne (hamstring) - Rodgers reveals the full-back will not play again before the break after "tweaking" his hamstring.

Banned

None

Return to Competition

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Liverpool

Having lost Virgil van Dijk for the season, the last thing Jurgen Klopp would have wanted was another injury in defence… but against FC Midtjylland, Fabinho pulled up with a suspected hamstring strain which is sure to keep him out of this one. It was hoped that Joel Matip and/or Konstantinos Tsimikas could make this weekend, but with the fixtures coming thick and fast, Klopp suggested that he wouldn't be prepared to risk either, even if they are injury-free due to a lack of training during the build-up. England under-21 defender Rhys Williams looks poised for his Premier League bow. Jordan Henderson was taken off at half-time as a precaution as Klopp wanted to protect his captain ahead of this one.

Predicted lineup

 

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