Game week five of the Premier League season sees a new round of games just days after the midweek action, meaning the roster of the roster could be just around the corner. Manchester United will look to build on their impressive form as they take on high-flying Arsenal, as Chelsea meet West Ham in a London derby, Spurs host Fulham in another clash in London, Manchester City travel to Aston Villa and Liverpool’s Stanley Park crosses to beat Everton.
Fantasy football managers will be keeping a close eye on team news ahead of the 11am BST FPL TBEN on Saturday. Here we take a look at the top team news from the pre-match press conferences and the predicted lineups to help make our Fantasy Premier League decisions.
Manchester United and Arsenal
Luminaire: Manchester United vs Arsenal, Sunday 4 September, 4.30pm
Team news: Anthony Martial remains injured, but big money asset Antony could make his Manchester United debut against Arsenal on Sunday. Martial missed the previous two games with an Achilles tendon and boss Erik ten Hag confirmed he will be absent again this weekend.
Midfielder Casemiro is pushing for his first United start and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could be in the squad after being hired from Newcastle. Ten Hag is unsure whether full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be fit, but Facundo Pellistri, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams remain injured.
Mikel Arteta will make a late call regarding the availability of captain Martin Odegaard and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. The pair will be assessed on Saturday, but the Gunners manager hoped they would be fit enough to be included in the match roster. Defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is unlikely to play with a knee problem that has already sidelined him for Arsenal’s last two games.
Provisional Arsenal squad: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Alencar, Turner Smith
Preliminary squad Manchester United: De Gea, Dubravka, Heaton, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw, Malacia, McTominay, Casemiro, Fred, Van de Beek, Eriksen, Fernandes, Garnacho, Antony, Elanga, Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo.
Man United predicted line-up: DeGea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Sancho, Rashford, Elanga.
Arsenal predicted line-up: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka; Jesus.
Luminaire: Everton vs Liverpool, Saturday September 3, 12.30pm
Team news: Everton have new signings Neal Maupay, Idrissa Gana Gueye and James Garner available for the Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Goodison Park. Former Brighton striker Maupay was unable to register in time for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Leeds due to Premier League requirements, with midfielders Gana Gueye and Garner both signed on the TBEN. Abdoulaye Doucoure (hamstring) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee) are back in training but will remain out for the time being alongside Mason Holgate (knee), Yerry Mina (ankle), Ben Godfrey (fibula fracture) and Andros Townsend (knee).
Liverpool are without midfielder Jordan Henderson due to a hamstring injury he sustained against Newcastle mid-week. New signing Arthur Melo will not be involved as he is still awaiting international approval, but striker Diogo Jota could make his comeback after a long-term hamstring injury. Striker Darwin Nunez returns from his three-game suspension, but Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Caoimhin Kelleher and Calvin Ramsay all continue to miss.
Everton Provisional Squad: Pickford, Tarkowski, Keane, Coleman, Coady, Onana, Iwobi, Mykolenko, Patterson, McNeil, Gray, Gordon, Maupay, Begovic, Vinagre, Davies, Gana Gueye, Garner, Mills, Welch, Allan, Rondon.
Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Robertson, Phillips, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Van den Berg, Fabinho, Jones, Elliott, Milner, Carvalho, Clark, Salah, Firmino, Diaz, Davies , Nunez, Jota.
Liverpool predicted line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Elliott; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Luminaire: Aston Villa vs Man City, Saturday September 3, 5:30 PM
Team news: New signing Leander Dendoncker is in doubt for Aston Villa’s clash with Manchester City. The £13million midfielder has a throat problem, having switched from Wolves, but Jan Bednarek, on loan from Southampton, is confused. Fellow defender Diego Carlos is out with a long-term Achilles tendon injury that is likely to sideline him for most of the season.
Manchester City playmaker Jack Grealish is fit to take on his former club. The 26-year-old has not shown up since the 4-0 win over Bournemouth three weeks ago, nor has defender Nathan Ake, but Pep Guardiola said they both trained well on Thursday. Kalvin Phillips and Aymeric Laporte stay out, while Manuel Akanji arrived on Borussia Dortmund’s TBEN.
Aston Villa preliminary squad: Martinez, Olsen, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Chambers, Augustinsson, Bednarek, Young, Guilbert, Digne, Luiz, McGinn, Dendoncker, Sanson, Buendia, Nakamba, Coutinho, Ramsey, Kamara, Ings, Watkins, Traore , Bailey, Sagittarius.
Preliminary squad Manchester City: Ederson, Ortega, Walker, Stones, Dias, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Gomez, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Gomes, Mahrez, Palmer, Grealish, Foden, Knight, Alvarez, Haland.
Man City Predicted Lineup: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Haaland, Bernardo.
Luminaire: Chelsea vs West Ham, Saturday, September 3, 3 p.m.
Team news: Wesley Fofana could make his Chelsea debut on Saturday in the Premier League game against West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The £69.5 million signing trained with the Blues following his move from Leicester.
N’Golo Kante is absent with hamstring problems, but Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are fit to perform. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss out due to his broken jaw, while Denis Zakaria has not yet received his work permit application.
West Ham will assess the fitness of Gianluca Scamacca, who missed the draw with Tottenham due to a virus. Ben Johnson is out with a hamstring injury and fellow fullback Aaron Cresswell is in doubt with a groin problem. Craig Dawson is still out with a thigh problem and Nayef Aguerd is out for a long time with an ankle injury.
Preliminary Chelsea squad: Mendy, Arrizabalaga, James, Silva, Koulibaly, Fofana, Chalobah, Azpilicueta, Cucurella, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chukwuemeka, Mount, Havertz, Sterling, Pulisic, Ziyech, Broja.
West Ham preliminary squad: Fabianski, Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Emerson, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio, Areola, Ashby, Ogbonna, Downes, Lanzini, Cornet, Benrahma, Paqueta, Scamacca.
Chelsea predicted line-up: mendy; Fofana, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Sterling, Broja.
Luminaire: Spurs vs Fulham, Saturday September 3rd, 3pm
Team news: Cristian Romero is set to return for Tottenham’s home game with Fulham in the Premier League. The Argentine defender has missed the club’s last three games with an adductor problem but is back in training and fit.
Rodrigo Bentancur missed the midweek draw at West Ham due to concussion protocols, but is back. Fellow midfielders Bryan Gil and Lucas Moura remain sidelined with minor muscle injuries.
Fulham can add Carlos Vinicius, Dan James, Layvin Kurzawa and Willian to their squad on the day of the TBEN. Defender Shane Duffy returns after serving against parent club Brighton. Manor Solomon and Harry Wilson (both knee) are still out.
Tottenham preliminary squad: Lloris, Forster, Austin, Doherty, Emerson, Spence, Dier, Sanchez, Romero, Tanganga, Lenglet, Davies, Perisic, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Skipp, Sarr, Wit, Kulusevski, Son, Kane, Richardson.
Fulham preliminary roster: Leno, Tete, Ream, Diop, Tosin, Robinson, Palhinha, Reed, Decordova-Reid, Kebano, Pereira, Mitrovic, Rodak, Hector, Onomah, Cairney, Willian, Muniz, James, Kurzawa, Mbabu, Chalobah, Francois, Vinicius.
Spurs predicted lineup: Lloris; Romero, Animal, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison.
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