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Fantasy Football Team News and Predicted Line-ups GW17

Fantasy Football Team News and Predicted Line-ups GW17

FPL Team News and Predicted Line-ups Gameweek 17

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Fantasy Football TipsArsenal






AWAY – Southampton Sunday 16th December 13:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Emery was questioned on why he played Sokratis and Lacazette vs Qarabag. He responded with “First we needed to have the mix of the first XI with young players. For example Sokratis, he cannot play Sunday & he could play today. Lacazette, I think he needs rhythm to play & it’s not bad for him to play today” Funnily enough, no one questioned why he started Ozil.
  • Emery might be forced to shift into a back 4 as he is very low on available CBs vs Southampton. If he wants to keep his back 3, Koscielny is an option, but he played 72 minutes in the Europa so there is some doubt if Unai is willing to start him this weekend, then again is not like he has a ton of options. If Lolo doesn’t go, the Gunners could have 3 or 4 natural fullbacks (depending on formation) playing on the backline.
  • Ramsey over Mkhitaryan for me, but what do I know. Ozil is said to have a Fortnite qualifier therefore could be unavailable.
  • Sokratis and Mustafi miss out via suspension.
  • Mavropanos could be back with the team shortly. Holding and Welbeck still have months of recovery before they see the pitch again.

Current form: DDWWDW

Fantasy Football TipsBournemouth






AWAY – Wolves Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • On Wilson, the gaffer said “Callum Wilson has recovered well, so we’re hopeful he’ll be OK. You need your best players fit and available, physically he’s been good as this is the first problem he’s had. We’re going to be careful with the problem and wait and see.” Hard to gauge what kind of minutes he gets based on Howe’s response, but with the Cherries having lost five of six, if he can go from the start that be ideal.
  • Eddie had this to say on his midfield pairing “I think both Surman and Lerma played well against Liverpool. There’s a nice balance when the two of them are together. With more work, they can get even better together.” That’s interesting, last two times they started together they lost 4-0.
  • Lewis Cook and Adam Smith are obviously out and Gosling has had an operation on his knee so he will also miss out, but Howe doesn’t expect him out for too long.

Current form: LLLLWL

Fantasy Football TipsBrighton






HOME – Chelsea Sunday 16th December 13:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Chris Hughton was hopeful that Jose Izquierdo would train this morning.
  • Hughton confirmed that Alireza Jahanbaksh is available for the visit of Chelsea having recovered from a hamstring injury.
  • Leon Balogun will be expected to keep his place in the absence of the suspended Shane Duffy. Hughton felt that Balogun did very well last weekend.
  • Glenn Murray has made a full recovery from his shoulder knock and will be expected to return to the starting XI.
  • Hughton could opt for a more defensive 4-5-1 formation in a bid to frustrate Chelsea and this could see Dale Stephen start in place of Pascal Gross.

Current form: LLDWWL

Fantasy Football TipsBurnley






AWAY – Spurs Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Burnley were back to their old selves last time out with a 1-0 win over Brighton. Dyche “It was a good win and it just reminds the lads that although this league can be tough, we know how to win games.” “We’ve come almost back to the base level, so now it’s about the players going out and expressing themselves.”
  • Burnley website was bemoaning the fixtures as they wrote the following: Sean Dyche’s men have been dealt a raw deal by the fixtures’ computer, travelling to face Spurs this weekend, followed by a similar journey next weekend, to Arsenal.
  • Defour and Gudmundsson are major doubts. “Steven has a tight calf and Johann has a tight hamstring, so they are both doubtful,” confirmed Dyche.
    “Steven is getting back there overall, but he’s had a few niggles along the way and we had that with Robbie (Brady), of course”.

Current form: LDLLLW

Fantasy Football TipsCardiff






AWAY – Watford Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Cardiff are 14th in the table, four points above the relegation zone but Colin isn’t happy, “I’m disappointed we’re not on 20 plus the points we’ve thrown away.” He then went on to say that they’re still big favourites to get relegated.
  • Colin spoke about their targets in January and confirmed that Nathaniel Clyne is on their list. Apparently he knows his mum!
  • Hardly a press conference guys by without Colin talking about the fitness of Kenneth Zohore. The lad must be bloody good! Colin isn’t sure if he’s available for selection.
  • There was no mention of either Danny Ward or Jazz Richards but both are unlikely to be available.
  • Pep and Klopp get a lot of grief about changing their team every week but Colin is as bad if not worse, trying to predict his XI every week is a nightmare. Luckily most aren’t bothered…

Current form: LWLWLW

Fantasy Football TipsChelsea






AWAY – Brighton Sunday 16th December 13:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Chelsea have dropped points only three times this season, but all of them being away from home. They travel to Brighton this week on the back of two defeats in their last two away games at Tottenham and Wolves. Chelsea saw off unbeaten Manchester City side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to drop Pep Guardiola and company down to second place in the Premier League ladder so will be high in confidence.
  • The Blues easily earned the domestic double over Brighton beating them 2-0 and 4-0 last season.
  • Alvaro Morata limped off in the Europa. Sarri played down the injury “No. the first impression of the doctor is that it isn’t too bad. But we have to check tomorrow”.
  • Hazard, Jorginho, Kante and the regular back four were all fully rested Thursday night.
  • Kovacic is a doubt. Moses remains injured. No other injuries were reported

Current form: WDLWLW

Fantasy Football TipsCrystal Palace






HOME – Leicester Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

    Roy on their record without Zaha, “I’ll keep getting asked about our record without Wilf until we win. Tomorrow is an opportunity to do that.”
    On the need for reinforcements in January, “Not necessarily. We have Christian Benteke coming back and Connor Wickham trying to recover from a two-year absence. We still have Alexander Sorloth and Jordan Ayew, and feel we have players to score us goals to win us matches.” He’s a joker is our Roy!
    With James Tomkins suspended Martin Kelly is likely to partner Sakho at the heart of the defence.
    In the absence of Zaha, Jordan Ayew will be expected to partner Townsend in attack. Although apparently Connor Wickham is an option.

Current form: LLDWLL

Fantasy Football TipsEverton






AWAY – Man City Saturday 15th December 12:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Idrissa Gueye is a doubt ahead of the City game. “A small problem, nothing special. We need to assess him this afternoon and tomorrow,” Silva says. Should he miss out expect Morgan Schneiderlin to start.
  • Silva refused to rule out January transfer business and says he’s unconcerned by reports linking Andre Gomes with other clubs after a good start to life at Everton.
  • Despite Sigurdsson missing a penalty against Watford Silva said they haven’t changed any of their preparations.

Current form: WDWLDD

Fantasy Football TipsFulham






HOME – West Ham Saturday 15th December 17:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Le Marchand has been ruled out and Anguissa will serve his suspension this week. Other than that, everyone is available.
  • Presumably that means Calum Chambers, Kevin McDonald and Floyd Ayite have all overcome their injuries.
  • Ranieri said he expects his side to be in a ‘good position’ after the Christmas fixtures. He then said ‘sooner or later, we’ll keep a clean sheet’ though, so he’s not that confident.

Current form: LLWLDL

Fantasy Football TipsHuddersfield






HOME – Newcastle Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • The Terriers are not only struggling winning games, but are getting hit hard with injuries.
  • Mooy will be out for 2 months or so with a MCL tear, Sabiri had an operation to repair a broken colloarbone, Smith will be out until January with a hammy problem and Williams is said to be out for about 10 weeks with a knee injury.
  • There was a bit of good news though, Steve Mounie is suspended for the weekend after picking up a red card last time out.
  • There were some concerns about Kongolo and Hogg but Wagner said they “look fine” so at least they will have enough to field an xi.
  • The gaffer trusts that fans will support the side “Now they know our injury situation I think they will be right behind us.” Some fans might want to bring their boots with them as they might get some minutes.

Current form: WDWLLL

Fantasy Football TipsLeicester






AWAY – Crystal Palace Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Puel on Vardy ‘He came back this morning with the squad and I think he will be available in the squad for the next match”
  • Claudio shared some good news on Big Harry’Maguire was in the squad for the next game and he will be in the squad for Saturday’s.’
  • On Chilwell the gaffer had this to say ‘He felt a pain in his knee and we will see more and take a decision. We will see tomorrow. He felt a pain in his knee and we will see tomorrow if he will train. It’s not a serious pain.’
  • James and Amartey remain out.

Current form: WDDWDL

Fantasy Football TipsLiverpool




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HOME – Man United Sunday 16th December 16:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • I don’t care what anyone says, this will always be the biggest game in English football. As Jurgen says, “It’s a big one! It is a very important game and it is very special.”
  • Klopp on the defensive crisis, “It’s our situation. Crisis is only a crisis if you feel it.”
  • TAA’s injury isn’t as serious as that of Gomez and Matip. Klopp says it’s his job to find a solution
  • Klopp on Clyne: “He was unfortunately injured in past 2/3 weeks but luckily he’s back in full training for 3 or 4 days. Is he ready for 90mins? I don’t know. But is he ready for Sunday? Yeah.”
  • With Gomez and Matip ruled out Dejan Lovren will partner van Dijk. Jose gets all the luck!

Current form: DWWWWW

Fantasy Football TipsManchester City


B. SilvaFernandinhoGundogan



HOME – Everton Saturday 15th December 12:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Manchester City haven’t beaten Everton in two attempts at the Etihad under Pep. “We make good games but we dropped four points .Tomorrow is another game, the Everton team has changed completely with Sigurdsson and Richarlison, Yerry Mina – it is a top side. I’m really impressed with how they have done so far. It will be a tough game. We will see how we react playing at 12.30pm”.
  • Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero: “He did the last two training sessions. He has no pain, so after [today’s session] we are going to decide.”
  • Guardiola on John Stones and his other injured players: “Yesterday was treatment and today we are still doing training, we are going to train this afternoon at 4pm, so we are going to see how the players feel.”
  • KDB has returned to training this week without pain and could be involved. Pep: “So we will see [if he plays].”

Current form: WWWWWL

Fantasy Football TipsManchester United





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AWAY – Liverpool Sunday 16th December 16:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Speaking of team news, Mourinho has already confirmed three starters for the game at Anfield in his mid week press conference. Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young have all been confirmed as starters.
  • On injuries Jose said “The only two players that were fit to play but didn’t travel were De Gea and Matic“. “De Gea has played every minute and needed a mental rest. Matic has played every minute and needed a physical rest. I hope that between now and tomorrow’s training session we can have some positive news. But the situation is not easy”.
  • Alexis Sanchez,Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay are all ruled out or struggling to be fit. Jose was not too helpful “We have doubts about everything because we don’t know who’s available but we are going to arrive on Sunday, and with the players we have available, we are going to have a team capable of going there and fight for the victory.” Jose expanded “All of them didn’t train yesterday again. Today there will be a little introduction to see the answer and to see if we can increase a little bit tomorrow to have them available for Sunday. I hope some will be available but for sure some will not be.”
  • Jose on buying new players “It is not just about spending money and reinforcing the squad, a football team is more than that. “It is not just about spending the money. “It’s like a house, it’s not just about buying the furniture, you have to do work, you spend money on the best possible furniture and then you’re ready to live in an amazing house.”

Current form: WLDDDW

Fantasy Football TipsNewcastle






AWAY – Huddersfield Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Rafa “Yedlin suspended, Fernandez has a knock in his calf, he is progressing but isn’t available. Shelvey will be assessed in the next 10 days .”
  • Benitez on possible transfers “We will go for the first then work down the list,” says Rafa about his transfer hopes.” Hehehe, surely Rafa isn’t serious.
  • Rafa has won the MOTM award for November, it is said that Mike Ashley will look to sell this award and has promised Rafa a striker in return.
  • Lejeune remains out, but is getting closer, Darlow also misses out. Jamie Sterry will play with the u23s as he continues to make his way back.

Current form: WWWLDL

Fantasy Football TipsSouthampton






HOME – Arsenal Sunday 16th December 13:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Saints have been training hard this week and the players day off was even cancelled in preparation for Arsenal. Ralph Hasenhuttl “On Wednesday , we had two hours training and it was very intense, both physically and mentally.
  • “It is to try and get the new content into their minds. “It’s all about building up the basics and not the fanfare.“The basics should always be the same. Being close to each other and trying to keep the distances between the players the same.”
  • Ings, Cedric and Long are back in contention. “Danny Ings, Shane Long and Cedric Soares have all trained twice this week and once with the whole squad”.
  • Stephens could miss out. “Jack Stephens has a little problem with his knees and we can’t see at the moment how bad it is.”
  • Bertrand was not mentioned so may still be out injured.

Current form: LDLDLL

Fantasy Football TipsTottenham






HOME – Burnley Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Pochettino said ‘we need to assess a few players tomorrow’. This would seem to cover Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier and Juan Foyth. Victor Wanyama is in a similar boat, although he is a bit further behind the other four in terms of his recovery.
  • If neither Aurier nor Trippier recover in time, expect Kyle Walker-Peters to be handed a starting berth after playing 60 minutes in right-back against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
  • Mousa Dembele will look to be back in the side after the Boxing Day fixtures.
  • Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen played the full 90 against Barcelona whilst Heung-Min Son was pulled off for Lucas with 20 to go and Lamela returned from injury by playing the final half an hour.
  • Ben Davies looks set to start ahead of Danny Rose after being rested in Tuesday.

Current form: WWWLWW

Fantasy Football TipsWatford






HOME – Cardiff Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Gray missed the last game at Everton with a lower leg problem and Gracia was unable to put a timescale on the return of the striker. “He had a contusion in a training session on his fibula,” he said. “We have to wait in this moment, but he is out for the team for sure. I don’t know if he will be ready in a couple of weeks or a long time.”
  • Gracia ruled out Hughes and Prodl. Hughes is out with the same problem that forced him off against Southampton and Manchester City, Prödl picked up a new problem in training yesterday.
  • Étienne Capoue is suspended.
  • Tom Cleverley appears to be mentioned in every Watford press conference. “He is training with the team, training really well,” he said. “He played some minutes with the Under-23 team. In this moment he needs to improve his condition, but I think he is close to coming back. He needs time but he can play in the next games if I decide.”

Current form: LDLLLD

Fantasy Football TipsWest Ham





AWAY – Fulham Saturday 15th December 17:30

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Marko Arnautovic, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Sam Byram and Ryan Fredericks, are all ruled out.
  • Lucas Perez is suffering a ‘pain in his instep’ and will face a late fitness test. Apparently ‘tomorrow we will know exactly who will be in the squad’. We wonder why we bother writing these things sometimes.
  • The competition at right-back continues; we would expect a rested Cresswell to be favoured this weekend against a weak Fulham side.
  • On Andy Carroll, Pellegrini said: ‘he did a lot of good work for our team [against Crystal Place] and we will see what happens with him this week.’ We would be surprised to see Pellegrini shift from the 4-4-2 formation that has seen his side rack up three wins in a row, so Carroll or Perez, if fit, is likely to partner Chicharito upfront

Current form: WDLWWW

Fantasy Football TipsWolves





HOME – Bournemouth Saturday 15th December 15:00

Last Updated: Friday 14th December 2018

  • Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has told Wolves they cannot become complacent as they target three straight top-flight wins for the first time in nearly 40 years. “We know how hard it is to get back-to-back wins and we want to continue. We have to be ready for it,” said Nuno, who has steered the club to wins over Chelsea and Newcastle.”It’s a tough challenge we face, what is important is that we are ready for tomorrow.
  • Jimenez is expecting to be recalled after a rest last time out. On buying Jimenez Nuno said “All these decisions will be taken in the right moment and now is not the right moment. He is focused on what he has to do, on training sessions and on the competition,”.
  • Jonny is still injured so Vinagre will continue at LWB.

Current form: LDLLWW

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  1. 31
    Frenchie says:

    I kind of want to triple captain Lacazette now.
    Just to prove the site team wrong.

  2. 32
    hammers says:

    Final tinkering guys

    Eriksen or son


    • 32.1
      Bry says:

      Hammers, if you look at the past 4 gameweeks as a form guide, they’re both producing an impressive FPL output, but Son seems way ahead to me. 35 points compared to Eriksen’s 23 (which is still great considering he only had a cameo in the last game). Looking at FantasyFix’s data is even more compelling. Son is far more direct, occupies central areas more often and is much more of a goal threat. Unsurprisingly Eriksen is more likely to assist and of course has those set-pieces too. Can’t go too wrong with either in my opinion, but I know who I’d go for. Your call.

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    • 32.2
      DMC says:

      I’d second Bry’s brilliant analysys and would add that Eriksen is unlikely to play consecutive matches in short periods of time.

      • Bry says:

        Thanks DMC. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ‘Bry’ and ‘brilliant analysis’ in the same sentence before.

        (I’m still waiting for someone to notice Son’s badge btw)

  3. 33
    Sagar says:

    Wildcard squad! Any thoughts? Ranked 8k so wanna rise more

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  4. 34
    Mitro says:


    Am I set for GW17?

  5. 35
    Veer says:

    Good to go?

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  6. 36
    hochoki says:

    Good afternoon all, any suggestion regarding the team, XI and any transfer would be very much appreciated.

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