Fantasy Premier League team news: Predicted lineups for Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and more ahead of the FPL deadline


The Premier League is back on Friday night when Arsenal take on Crystal Palace – and that means Fantasy Football is back too.

The Fantasy Premier League has become a phenomenon in recent years and could surpass 10 million for the first time this season – although many will no doubt be surprised by the earliest start of a Premier League season, as well as the always difficult Friday night closing, which starts at 6.30pm BST which means there can be a lot of late registrations after the first week of play.

As fantasy managers put the finishing touches on their teams, they’ll no doubt be following team news closely and are hoping to glean some information from Friday’s press conferences. Here we take a look at the most popular FPL teams, what their (real life) managers are saying and how they might line up this weekend.


Game week 1 game: Crystal Palace – Arsenal, Friday 5 August 20:00 CET.

What Mikel Arteta said: “Three out of four of these players [Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Fabio Vieira] train and if all goes well they are available for selection and in the squad. Hopefully we can start to recover because they missed a lot of minutes and time in preparation and they are really important players for us.”

News from the FPL team: With Tomiyasu and Tierney still recovering, new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko will start the season at left-back, while Ben White is looking to switch to right-back and William Saliba will join Gabriel at centre-back. Emile Smith Rowe’s unfitness means Gabriel Martinelli will lose at the left wing position.

Expected Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale; Weiss, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus.

Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard model Arsenal’s new third kit


Manchester City

Game week 1 game: West Ham v Manchester City, 4.30pm, Sunday 7 August.

What Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t know how many goals [Erling Haaland is] gonna score and i don’t care. From what I’ve seen, he’s going to adapt incredibly quickly.”

On left-back: “Nothing special. Josch [Wilson-Esbrand] Is there. yeah [Cancelo] it’s here, nathan [Ake] can play there. We can make some surprises. We will see.”

On Bernardo Silva’s future: “I would love for Bernardo to continue, but I don’t know what will happen. Players have cravings sometimes, and I’m not the person to stop a person’s cravings. I want Bernardo to stay here 100%. We’ll see what happens”.

News from the FPL team: With Aymeric Laporte injured and John Stones absent for most of preseason, Nathan Ake could be a cheap route into City defence, although rotation could be just around the corner for the Dutch defender. Phil Foden didn’t start the Community Shield but was able to force his way into the squad to face West Ham.

City line-up: Ederson; Wanderer, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealisch.

Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s new striker

(Getty Images)


Game week 1 game: Spurs vs Southampton, Saturday 6 August, 3pm.

What Antonio Conte said: “On the right flank we have a similar situation as Ivan [Perisic] to Matthew [Doherty]. Matthew had a serious injury and I think worse than Ivan. Now he works a lot. He’s had a bit of time to get back into shape like last season. I hope to put him in the same situation as last season because I think Matthew he played really well. At the moment we need a little more patience. He needs some patience but is working very well to get fit quickly.

“Then we have [Djed] Expenditure. Spence, I told you he’s an important investment for the club’s future, he’s a really good prospect and a young player. It’s certainly important that he gets on very well with us to adapt to Tottenham’s demands.”

News from the FPL team: Ivan Perisic will certainly take on the role at left-back but Antonio Conte’s comments suggest his minutes could be limited initially, similar to Matt Doherty, as the duo build fitness. Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal are likely to get plenty of chances, especially when the Champions League gets underway around matchweek six. With Ben Davies just back from injury, new signing Clement Lenglet could start well in the opening game.

Expected Spurs line-up: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, son.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min remain Spurs’ big stars

(Tottenham Hotspur via Getty Imag)


Game week 1 game: Everton vs Chelsea, 5.30pm, Saturday 6 August.

What Thomas Tuchel said: “Marc [Cucurella, new signing from Brighton] will be an option at left-back and he can play very well in a back three. His profile is like that of Cesar Azpilicueta but with a left foot. It helps us at depth, and it helps Ben Chilwell escape the pressure of delivering. Ben is very ambitious. He’s getting better looking but at the same time he needs a little more time to get used to the physicality of the game itself.”

News from the FPL team: Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly were set to make their debuts but although Marc Cucurella was signed in time to be included in Chelsea’s squad, the left-back is unlikely to feature. Timo Werner is doubtful with a hamstring injury but the striker has also been the subject of speculation about his future and may not have played anyway. Tuchel’s comments suggest Chilwell could be relieved into the new season – Marcos Alonso played most of the pre-season minutes at left-back but he is reportedly close to joining Barcelona so Emerson Palmieri could start.

Estimated line-up of Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Kante, Jorginho, Emerson; Mount, Havertz, Sterling.

Reece James chats with Raheem Sterling during training

(Getty Images)


Game week 1 game: Fulham v Liverpool, 12.30pm, Saturday 6 August.

What Jurgen Klopp said: “Darwin [Nunez] is ready, but does that mean he has to start? I do not know. We have different options and we’re going to take advantage of that and Darwin takes time to get used to a lot of things but he’s already a real help and it went really quickly from the first (pre-season) game when I was like, ‘What are What do we do with him?’. Not because of him, but because of the passes we played for him. It was a real pre-season training session for him and we gave him a lot of runs.

“He has settled in completely. He said himself that he was very nervous at the beginning and I understand that, it’s normal. But he settled in pretty quickly because of all the players, not just the Spanish speaking ones, and that was very helpful and he felt at home after a short time. He made a real impact in the first final we could have played, but the work won’t stop and he’s in the best possible place.”

On resolving injuries with transfers: “A lot of unfortunate situations. Starting with Caoimhin [Kelleher] and Diogo [Jota], pretty much one was injured and one had a re-injury. They’ll be back in a few weeks but they missed pre-season and that’s not cool. ibu [Konate} in a challenge in the game against Strasbourg, what happened there we have to see how long it will take but he’s out for a while. But we cannot solve a problem we have for four weeks with a transfer for a full year. That makes at the moment no sense to us.

“The transfer window is still open and we will see but the plans are not to go in that direction.”

FPL team news: Liverpool will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Alisson Becker but have a number of players unavailable, including Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate. Jurgen Klopp said new signing Darwin Nunez is “ready” to start but warned that he may not as the striker still gets up to speed.

Liverpool’s predicted line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz.

Luis Diaz is set to fill Sadio Mane’s void

(PA Wire)

Manchester United

Gameweek 1 fixture: Man United vs Brighton, 2pm, Sunday 7 August.

What Erik ten Hag said: “I told you before, we plan with the season [with Cristiano Ronaldo]. We have a top striker and I’m very happy he’s here, he’s in the squad and we’re sticking to that plan. I’m happy with the signings so far. We don’t need just any player, you need the right players and that’s what we’re working on together.”

News from the FPL team: Anthony Martial’s hamstring injury and Cristiano Ronaldo’s limited pre-season have opened the door for Marcus Rashford to lead the line in United’s opening game against Brighton. Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez are both “ready” for their debuts and could be there from the start.

Expected line-up of Man United: DeGea; Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw; Eriksen, Fred, Fernandes; Sancho, Rashford, Elanga.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the bench against Brighton

(Dave Thompson/PA) Fantasy Premier League team news: Predicted lineups for Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and more ahead of the FPL deadline

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