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Premier League Injuries & Suspensions, Week 1

All the injury and suspension info you need to know as you finalize your squads for the first week of our new fantasy season.

Alexis Sanchez is one of many Arsenal players likely to miss the opening match
Alexis Sanchez is one of many Arsenal players likely to miss the opening match

We have less than 24 hours before the start of the new Premier League season, so it is time to make those final changes to our lineups. As we adjust to three different formats--two of which do not involve a bench--it is essential that every player chosen not only plays, but hopefully starts their match this weekend. One wrong selection can be the difference between a great week and scrolling a long time to find your team in the lower end of the standings.

Let's take a look around the league for the latest news. Below is a breakdown of what each of the categories means:

Out: Fantasy-relevant players who have been confirmed out for the week, either through injury or suspension

Doubt: Players facing the dreaded late fitness test, rotation concerns and those who are out of form/favor

In: The likeliest replacements for the Outs & Doubts

Win: Fantasy player to watch / my hunch pick of the week



Out: Tomas Rosicky (knee injury), Alexis Sánchez (extended break due to Copa America), Danny Welbeck (knee injury), Jack Wilshere (ankle injury, 6-8 weeks)

Doubt: Mathieu Flamini, Olivier Giroud (selection)

In: Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey

Win: Theo Walcott

With Welbeck and Alexis both out, Walcott's pace provides the Gunners with a valuable weapon against West Ham


Aston Villa

Out: Jores Okore (knee surgery), Carles Gil (knock), Jack Grealish (hamstring), Chris Herd (knee)

Doubt: Gabriel Agbonlahor (foot), Jose Angel Crespo (knee)

In: Scott Sinclair, Leandro Bacuna, Alan Hutton, Jordan Ayew, Libor Kozak

Win: Scott Sinclair

Sinclair looks to be in solid form after scoring a hat-trick in their final pre-season friendly


AFC Bournemouth

Out: Harry Arter (groin)

Doubt: Christian Atsu (knock), Yann Kermorgant (foot)

In: Dan Gosling, Max Gradel, Lee Tomlin

Win: Matt Ritchie

If Bournemouth are going to win, he will be a key reason why. This match should see lots of goals, especially with an Aston Villa side that likely will have only four regulars from last season, and Ritchie should benefit.



Out: N/A

DoubtDiego Costa (hamstring, missed Community Shield)

In: Radamel Falcao (maybe), Loic Remy (maybe)

Win: Eden Hazard

Really? You need me to give you a reason to pick Eden Hazard? If so, this game might not be the right one for you.


Crystal Palace

Out: Marouane Chamakh (knock), Julian Speroni (hand), Kwesi Appiah (knee), Frazier Campbell (hamstring)

Doubt: Connor Wickham (recent transfer)

In: Wayne Hennessey (maybe),  Alex McCarthy (maybe)

Win: Yohan Cabaye

With Yannick Bolasie and Wilifried Zaha in front of him, expect Cabaye to not only rack up some solid passing numbers, but he's a set-piece specialist and may bag a goal as well.



Out: Muhamed Besic (ankle), Darron Gibson (foot), Aiden McGeady (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (knee), Steven Pienaar (knee)

Doubt: Gerard Deulofeu (hamstring), Kevin Mirallas, John Stones

In: Romelu Lukaku (looks to be fit from hamstring injury)

Win: Seamus Coleman

Lukaku could have a good match, but he can't be trusted with the hamstring. Coleman, on the other hand, is always a great option, especially in a matchup like this one.


Leicester City

Out: Matty James  (knee injury), Ben Hamer

Doubt: Yohan Benalouane, N'Golo Kante (recent transfers)

In: Shinji Okazaki (maybe), Christian Fuchs (maybe)

Win: Kasper Schmeichel

Facing a team that isn't the best offensively, Schmeichel is a good bet for a clean sheet. Leicester posted five shutouts in their final seven matches last season, and I like that trend to continue with their opening match this season.



Out: Daniel Sturridge (hip, out until October), Jon Flanagan (knee), Joe Allen (hamstrin)g

Doubt: Roberto Firmino (fitness), Alberto Moreno (manager's decision)

In: Jordon Ibe, Joe Gomez

Win: Philippe Coutinho

This is not the Stoke City of old. They are not as physical as years past, which should open up space for Coutinho to make plays. With Benteke in front of him, look for the Brazillian playmaker to have a solid match


Manchester City

Out: Fabian Delph (hamstring), Gael Clichy (foot)

Doubt: Fernandinho (Copa America), Pablo Zabaleta (Copa America), Martin Demichelis (Copa America)

In: Sergio Agüero / David Silva / Samir Nasri (all three came down with illness, but likely to play), Aleksandar Klarov

Win: David Silva

Toss up between he and Aguero, but Silva should get lots of room to operate and will benefit from the pace of Aguero and Sterling


Manchester United

Out: David De Gea (manager decision), Bastian Schweinsteiger (fitness), Marouane Fellaini (suspended), Javier Hernandez (collarbone), Marcos Rojo (Copa America),

Doubt: Ander Herrera (selection)

In: Sergio Romero

Win: Wayne Rooney

While he might not be the scoring machine he once was, he loves to play Tottenham (10 goals in 15 league matches) and he has more goals on the opening weekend (six) than any other player in the Premier League



Out: Cheikh Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux (hernia), Paul Dummett (hamstring), Emmanuel Riviere (knee)

Doubt: Remy Cabella (thigh), Fabricio Coloccini (Achilles), Curtis Good (hip)

In: Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita

Win: Darryl Janmaat

While it's tempting to go with one of the new signings, this is one of the few players in the side who can be counted on. With a system that favors wide players, it's the smart pick.


Norwich City

Out: Youssuf Mulumbu (foot)

Doubt: Martin Olsson (shoulder), Kyle Lafferty (knee), Graham Dorrans (selection)

In: Robbie Brady

Win: Nathan Redmond

The pacey winger has the ability to break down Palace's defense and create for striker Cameron Jerome.



Out: Fraser Forster (knee, may miss entire season), Florin Gardos (knee, out until 2016)

Doubt: Ryan Bertrand (knee), Jordy Clasie (hamstring), Gaston Ramirez (knock), Shane Long (illness)

In: Maarten Stekelenburg, Cedric Soares, Matt Targett, Steven Caulker (maybe)

Win: Jose Fonte

He is one of the top scoring defenders in fantasy BPL, and when facing a team that has struggled as much as Newcastle has, he's almost a must-have.


Stoke City

Out: Ryan Shawcross (back surgery, out two months)

Doubt: Marko Arnautovic (thigh), Marc Wilson (knee), Ibrahim Afellay (fitness)

In: Bojan Krkic (maybe), Joselu (maybe), Glen Johnson, Jack Butland, Marco van Ginkel

Win: Bojan Krkic

One of the few players who can create on his own for Stoke, they will be glad to have him back from injury. Liverpool has been vulnerable out wide, and Bojan should be good value against their defense.



Out: Jordi Gomez (knee), Yann M'Vila (recent transfer)

Doubt: Wes Brown (knock), Steven Fletcher (knock)

In: Younes Kaboul

Win: Costel Pantilimon

A solid goalkeeper who will likely see plenty of chances. While a shutout may not happen, I would be shock to not see him register 6+ saves and register a solid score.


Swansea City

Out: N/A

Doubt: Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor (rotation)

In: Andre Ayew, Frank Tabanou (maybe)

Win: Ashley Williams

Yes, I know they're playing Chelsea. Which means there are points to be had for a terrific defender in a well-organized defense, and he is always a threat on corners to snare a goal.


Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Alex Pritchard (ankle)

Doubt: Roberto Soldado (back), Andros Townsend (shoulder), Hugo Lloris (wrist), Ryan Mason (knock)

In: Michel Vorm (maybe), Toby Alderweireld

Win: Harry Kane

There might not be anybody happier that DDG will miss than Kane. He will be facing a goalkeeper who speaks very little English--and a back line that speaks very little Spanish. As if the defense for United wasn't shaky enough to begin with.


Watford FC

Out: Giedrius Arlauskis (suspended), Miguel Britos (suspended), Lloyd Doyley (neck surgery), Joel Ekstrand (knee surgery)

Doubt: Almen Abdi (knee), Steven Berghuis (leg)

In: Ikechi Anya (maybe)

Win: Troy Deeney

No club has allowed more BPL opening-match goals than Everton (35 of them). And Deeney is a scorer in great form, at a very good value. That's a win-win.


West Bromwich Albion

Out: Ben Foster (knee, out until Oct)

Doubt: Gareth McAuley (calf), Joleon Lescott (knock)

In: James Chester (maybe), Rickie Lambert

Win: Saido Berahino

An agile talented attacker going up against a City defense that struggled most of last year with agile talented attackers. If West Brom are to steal points from this one, he will most likely be the reason why.


West Ham United

Out: Carl Jenkinson (cannot play against parent club Arsenal), Andy Carroll (knee, out until Sept), Enner Valencia (knee/ankle, out until Nov)

Doubt: Pedro Obiang (knock), Winson Reid (knock), Joey O'Brien (knock)

In: Dimitri Payet, Mauro Zarate

Win: Cheikhou Kouyaté

Against an Arsenal side that will look to maintain possession, Kouyate will have plenty of chances for tackles and link-up play, and should be a very busy man on the stat sheet.

Has any of this news affected your team selection for this weekend? How will you make adjustments?

Be sure to let us know of any breaking injury news we may have missed, as well. Good luck!