Goal’s handy Fantasy Premier League guide gives you all the information you need to assist your team selections ahead of the forthcoming gameweek
With 13 gameweeks remaining, the Fantasy Premier League is hotting up as over six million players aim to finish the 2019-20 season on a high.
So is it Bruno Fernandes in, Mesut Ozil out? Kevin De Bruyne for Sadio Mane? Is now the time to sell Jamie Vardy? These are the dilemmas that face Fantasy Premier League managers every week – but we’re here to help.
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Fixture: Newcastle (home) – Sunday, February 16 (16:30 GMT)
Team news: With Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) continuing to fire blanks in front of goal, Mikel Arteta may opt to switch his attack around and play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) through the middle, flanked by Gabriel Martinelli (£4.6m) and Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m) .
The Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) conundrum adds a further selection headache for Arteta, with the German producing another ineffectual performance against Burnley, and at the back, January signing Pablo Mari (£5m) could come in for Shkodran Mustafi (£5.1m) to make his debut for the Gunners.
Possible XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mari, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli; Aubameyang.
Fixture: Tottenham (home) – Sunday, February 16 (14:00 GMT)
Team news: Aston Villa’s home form is likely to be crucial heading into the final weeks of the Premier League season, with the defeat to Bournemouth last time out cranking up the pressure in the battle to avoid relegation.
Expect Dean Smith to ring the changes after that loss at the Vitality Stadium, with Trezeguet (£5.2m) potentially replacing Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) on the wing. John McGinn (£5.4m) still remains sidelined with an ankle injury so Danny Drinkwater (£4.4m) could well come in in place of Marvelous Nakamba (£4.4m) .
January signing Mbwana Samatta (£6m) scored on his Premier League debut and should continue to lead the line against Spurs.
Possible XI: Reina; Hause, Mings, Konsa; Guilbert, Douglas Luiz, Drinkwater, Targett; Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish.
Fixture: Sheffield United (away) – Sunday, February 9 (14:00 GMT)
Team news: After their morale-boosting win over Aston Villa last time out, Eddie Howe will be looking for his side to find some consistency as Bournemouth attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
That won’t be made easy with a trip to Sheffield United, however, with the visitors having to do without Jefferson Lerma (£4.8m) after his red card against Villa. Lewis Cook (£5m) should come into the starting XI to replace the Colombian.
Josh King (£6.1m) and Jack Stacey (£4.3m), who have missed the last seven matches due to hamstring injuries, are now back in contention and could be involved at Bramall Lane.
Possible XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Francis, Ake, Rico; Gosling, L.Cook, Billing; H.Wilson, C.Wilson, Fraser.
Fixture: Watford (home) – Saturday, February 8 (17:30 GMT)
Team news: Having faced Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Ham in consecutive weeks, Brighton come up against another relegation rival in Watford on Saturday as they aim to open up a six-point gap between themselves and the Hornets.
Glenn Murray (£5.4m), who signed a new contract with the club earlier this week, could keep his place after his crucial late goal against the Hammers, while top scorer Neal Maupay (£5.9m) will be hoping for a recall, potentially partnering the veteran Englishman in attack.
Possible XI: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Bernardo; Gross, Propper, Stephens, Mooy; Murray, Maupay.
Fixture: Southampton (away) – Saturday, February 15 (12:30 GMT)
Team news: Sean Dyche could well name an unchanged starting XI for the third Premier League game in a row although Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) remains an alternative to Matt Lowton (£4.2m) at right-back.
Given the Burnley manager is unlikely to face the media until February 13 or 14, it will be difficult to ascertain how close Ashley Barnes (£6.1m) is to a return to the first-team fold after a hernia operation and it’s likely he would only be included on the bench to begin with.
Possible XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.
Fixture: Manchester United (home) – Monday, February 17 (20:00 GMT)
Team news: In what could be a decisive fixture in the race for the top four, Frank Lampard will be hoping to see an improvement from his Chelsea side against Manchester United after they were fortunate to escape with a point from their meeting with Leicester City last time out.
Willy Caballero (£4.8m), in for Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) from the start at the King Power Stadium, could well keep his place despite hardly covering himself in glory in the build-up to Ben Chilwell’s goal, while Willian (£7.1m) is likely to replace Pedro (£6.8m) on the wing.
Possible XI: Caballero; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kante; Mount; Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.
Fixture: Everton (away) – Saturday, February 8 (12:30 GMT)
Team news: Roy Hodgson has revealed that Martin Kelly (£4.3m) is absent for Crystal Palace’s trip to Everton, while Cenk Tosun (5.7m) is also unavailable.
After being handed a start in the 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United, Christian Benteke (£5.7m) could drop to the bench at Goodison Park, with Andros Townsend (£5.6m) being deployed on the left wing and Jordan Ayew (£5m) starting up front.
Possible XI: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Zaha, Ayew, Townsend.
Fixture: Crystal Palace (home) – Saturday, February 8 (12:30 GMT)
Team news: Fabian Delph (£5.3m) will miss the home meeting with Crystal Palace as he serves a one-match ban for his red card against Watford, with Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.4m) or Tom Davies (£5.3m) set to take his place in the starting XI.
Carlo Ancelotti may decide to deploy Richarlison (£8.1m) on the wing to allow him to select Moise Kean (£6.4m) in attack alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.1m) but the more likely scenario will be for the Brazilian to continue in attack and either Bernard (£6.4m) or Alex Iwobi (£5.6m) starting on the left.
Possible XI: Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Fixture: Wolves (away) – Friday, February 14 (20:00 GMT)
Team news: Leicester will have seen the 2-2 draw with Chelsea last time out as a point gained, with only Tottenham of their other rivals for a top-four finish claiming all three points in gameweek 25.
Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make a raft of changes to his starting XI although Wilfred Ndidi (£5m) should replace Hamza Choudhury (£4.3m) as the Foxes face up to a tricky away fixture at Wolves.
Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) , without a goal in his last seven games in all competitions, will be aiming to break that mini-drought while Harvey Barnes (£6m) is his side’s most in-form player with three goals in his last three Premier League matches.
Possible XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Tielemans, Ndidi; Barnes, Maddison, Perez; Vardy.
Fixture: Norwich City (away) – Saturday, February 15 (17:30 GMT)
Team news: Having been afforded two weeks of rest after their Under-23 side faced Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth-round replay, it should be business as usual in terms of Jurgen Klopp’s team selection at Norwich.
Sadio Mane (£12.2m) should come back into contention having missed the last two Premier League games due to a muscle injury, with Klopp having previously pencilled in his return for after the winter break.
There otherwise shouldn’t be too many tweaks to the starting XI, although the midfield area could well see changes, with it likely that one of either Fabinho (£5.4m) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2m) will drop to the bench.
Possible XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Fixture: West Ham (home) – Sunday, February 9 (16:30 GMT)
Team news: Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) will miss Manchester City‘s clash with West Ham due to a hamstring injury, with Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) the most obvious replacement to come into the starting XI.
That said, the Spaniard has a habit of mixing things up in terms of his systems and formations, so Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) could well start in attack alongside Sergio Aguero (£12m), should Guardiola try something different.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m) will miss out as he serves a one-match ban after his red card against Tottenham so Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m) could well return having not featured since January 18. John Stones (£5.3m) is also available and his selection may see Fernandinho (£5.2m) pushed into his more familiar holding midfield role.
Possible XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Mahrez.
Fixture: Chelsea (away) – Monday, February 17 (20:00 GMT)
Team news: In what is a huge game in the race for a top-four finish, Manchester United head to Chelsea with the chance of cutting the gap to just three points to Frank Lampard’s side.
After his promising, if not sensational, debut against Wolves, Bruno Fernandes (£8m) should continue in midfield where he’s likely to be joined by Nemanja Matic (£4.8m), who is available again after serving a one-match ban.
In attack, there is pressure on Anthony Martial (£7.9m) after his below-par showing at Old Trafford last time out although a solution may be to move the Frenchman to the left and start loan signing Odion Ighalo (£6.5m) in the No.9 role.
Possible XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fred, Bruno Fernandes; Martial, Ighalo, James.
Fixture: Arsenal (away) – Sunday, February 16 (16:30 GMT)
Team news: Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions although Steve Bruce will want a few more wins before making any declarations over their Premier League safety being secure.
They may well fancy their chances against an Arsenal side still transitioning under new head coach Mikel Arteta, with Bruce unlikely to make too many changes to his league starting XI.
That said, Danny Rose (£5.3m) could well come in at left-back to make his first start for the club, with Valentino Lazaro (£5.5m) also seeking his full Premier League debut.
Possible XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clarke, Ritchie; Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.
Fixture: Liverpool (home) – Saturday, February 15 (17:30 GMT)
Team news: As much as Norwich will see the meeting with the undefeated runaway Premier League leaders as a daunting task it could also act as a free hit, where a surprise win for the Canaries could reinvigorate their battle to avoid the drop.
After only being used as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle, Emiliano Buendia (£6m) could come back into the starting XI, while Ben Godfrey (£4.4m) is back from a three-game ban and should start against the Reds.
Possible XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki.
Fixture: Bournemouth (home) – Sunday, February 9 (14:00 GMT)
Team news: Fantasy Premier League managers are being faced with a dilemma over John Lundstram (£5m), with the midfielder again missing from Chris Wilder’s starting XI last time out – a 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace.
Wilder’s assertion that “everyone is fit and raring to go” could mean that David McGoldrick (£5.4m) is ready to return to the matchday squad, while Panos Retsos (£4.5m) and Richairo Zivkovic (£5m) will be hoping to get the nod to make their debuts for the club.
Possible XI: Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; Mousset, McBurnie.
Fixture: Burnley (home) – Saturday, February 15 (12:30 GMT)
Team news: Ralph Hasenhuttl will be calling for more of the same from his Southampton players after their impressive run of form since the turn of the year that has seen them pull clear of the relegation spots.
Despite losing to Liverpool and Tottenham in their last two fixtures in all competitions, Saints looked impressive in both games and it’s unlikely there will be too many changes to their starting XI.
That should see Danny Ings (£7m) and Shane Long (£4.6m) continue their partnership in attack and James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) could well be in line to play after his injury against Spurs turned out to be a deep cut. Loan signing Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.4m), meanwhile, could make his debut for the club.
Possible XI: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings.
Fixture: Aston Villa (away) – Sunday, February 16 (14:00 GMT)
Team news: Despite missing the FA Cup win over Southampton due to a muscle injury, Giovani Lo Celso (£7.3m) should have recovered and be back in the line-up for the trip to Aston Villa after the winter break.
Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m) also missed the victory over the Saints having been unavailable for selection due to FA replay rules although he’ll surely be in the starting XI at Villa Park after his impressive performance against Manchester City on his debut.
Elsewhere, Moussa Sissoko (£4.8m) and Harry Kane (£10.8m) are long-term injury absentees but Dele Alli (£8.5m), who started on the bench against Southampton, will likely be brought back in to the XI.
Possible XI: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tanganga; Ndombele, Winks, Lo Celso; Dele; Lucas, Son.
Fixture: Brighton (away) – Saturday, February 8 (17:30 GMT)
Team news: In what is a massive game for Watford in their bid to avoid the drop, Nigel Pearson has revealed he will make a late decision over Ismaila Sarr’s (£6.2m) involvement against Brighton as he closes in on a return from a hamstring injury.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Hornets boss spoke of the need to avoid any long-term risk by bringing the Senegalese back too early, but his impressive form prior to his injury makes him a key asset and he’ll be keen to play.
Elsewhere, Tom Cleverley (£4.8m) is available again following an Achilles injury but it may be too soon for both Daryl Janmaat (£4m) and Kiko Femenia (£4.2m) to be involved.
Possible XI: Foster; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Masina; Chalobah, Capoue; Doucoure; Sarr, Deeney, Deulofeu.
Fixture: Manchester City (away) – Sunday, February 9 (16:30 GMT)
Team news: David Moyes has revealed that both Felipe Anderson (£6.6m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.3m) are back in training but the Manchester City game will likely come too soon for them to return to the matchday squad.
January deadline-day signing Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) could make his debut for the club and Tomas Soucek (£5m) should keep his place in the starting XI after an impressive outing in the 3-3 draw with Brighton last time out.
Possible XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Bowen, Antonio.
Fixture: Leicester City (home) – Friday, February 14 (20:00 GMT)
Team news: Wolves return to action after their warm-weather training camp in Marbella looking to continue their ascent that has seen them force their way into the conversation for a possible Champions League spot.
And they can further demonstrate their credentials for a top-four finish by beating second-placed Leicester City at home, with Ruben Vinagre (£4.2m) the only real injury concern going into the two-week winter break.
Adama Traore (£5.8m) suffered a dislocated shoulder in a challenge with Harry Maguire in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United but he’ll be available to go again at Molineux on February 14.
Possible XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Adama, Raul Jimenez, Jota.
As Liverpool continue their march towards the Premier League title it makes the most obvious sense to continue selecting the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) or Sadio Mane (£12.2m) , who is likely to be available again after missing the Reds’ last two matches through injury.
That’s not to say there isn’t potential elsewhere, with Manchester City’s home fixture against West Ham likely to yield goals – Sergio Aguero (£12m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m), who appears to be the only City midfielder almost certain to start week to week, the best options.
There is always a risk with Pep Guardiola’s City, however, with rotation always likely and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) will no doubt be expecting to start after Aguero fired blanks in his last two matches.
As a wildcard option, Danny Ings (£7m) could well be a decent pick as his Southampton side face Burnley at St Mary’s, with the former Liverpool striker coming off the back of an impressive showing at Anfield prior to his goal against Tottenham in the FA Cup.
Total points scored: 142
Line-up: Lloris (15); Rudiger (16), Mina (15), Fernandez (9), Ake (9); Snodgrass (18), Salah (16), Henderson (13), Billing (10), Mount (10); Firmino (11).
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