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Premier League Injuries & Suspensions, Week 5

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Some big names suffered injuries this week, so lets take a closer look...

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois requires knee surgery and will be out for "quite a long time."
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois requires knee surgery and will be out for "quite a long time."
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Out: Fantasy-relevant players who have been confirmed out for the week, either through injury or suspension.

Doubt: Players facing the dreaded 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.

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Arsenal

Out: Tomas Rosicky, Danny WelbeckJack Wilshere

Doubt: N/A

In:

Win: Alexis Sanchez

Home to an injury and suspension ridden Stoke City, I expect at least a goal from the Chilean who scored in a friendly against Paraguay a few days back.

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Aston Villa

Out: Jores Okore, Nathan Baker

Doubt: Adama Traoré

In: Joleon Lescott

Win: Scott Sinclair

A player who scores in streaks and will be going into the fixture against Leicester City with loads of confidence.

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AFC Bournemouth

Out: Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings

Doubt: Charlie Daniels, Joshua Smith

In: Lee Tomlin

Win: Matt Ritchie

Callum Wilson has been the standout player for the Cherries, but Ritchie has been extremely quiet, still trying to adjust to the Premier League pace and physicality.  Away at Norwich should be just the right game for the Bournemouth winger to get his first goal of the season.

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Chelsea

Out: Thibaut Courtois, Oscar

Doubt: N/A

In: Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, Baba Rahman (potentially for Ivanovic)

Win: Eden Hazard

The 2014-2015 player of the year has had a very quiet start of the season.  Away to Everton is probably not the best match-up to bring in Hazard, but the Belgian scored in a mid week Euro qualifier against Cyprus, and just like Alexis I see him doing well in the early match-up of Game Week 5.

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Crystal Palace

Out: Joel Ward, Frazier Campbell , Mile Jedinak, Marouane Chamakh

Doubt: Connor Wickham, Joe Ledley

In: Martin Kelly / Adrian Mariappa, Yannick Bolasie

Win: Yannick Bolasie

Manchester City has not conceded thus far in the campaign and it will take a crafty, unorthodox style player to be able to unlock Joe Hart's goal.  The Congolese international, who missed the Aston Villa game and was on the bench against Chelsea due the loss of his father, should be back in the Starting 11 and embrace the challenge.

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Everton

Out: Tom CleverleyLeighton BainesTony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar

Doubt: Bryan Oviedo

In: Kevin Mirallas (hunch)

Win: Kevin Mirallas

The Belgian is a big game player and what could be a bigger stage than a Saturday early game against a struggling Chelsea?!

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Leicester City

Out: Matty James, Paul Konchesky

Doubt: N/A

In: Shinji Okazaki

Win: Jamie Vardy

While much of the credit goes to his Algerian teammate, Vardy has been the offensive heart of Leicester City.  His hard work did not go unnoticed as the 26 year old made his England debut in the 6-0 thrashing go San marino last Saturday.  I see him scoring at home against Aston Villa.

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Liverpool

Out: Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan

Doubt: Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana

In: Roberto Firmino

Win: Simon Mignolet

Manchester United and Liverpool scored a total of 5 goals between them in 4 Premier League games.  A 0-0 stalemate would be the rational score in this one.

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Manchester City

Out: David Silva, Fabian Delph, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy

Doubt: N/A

In: Kevin De Bruyne

Win: Sergio Aguero

With David Silva out, Sergio Aguero stock takes a slight dip, but this is a good opportunity for the new boy, Kevin De Bruyne to show off his creativity against a very good (no longer "surprising") Crystal Palace team battling with own injuries.  Aguero helped Argentina rescue a draw in a friendly against Mexico and should at least score a PK goal in this one.

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Manchester United

Out: Phil Jones

Doubt: N/A

In: David De Gea

Win: David De Gea

In a very surprising turn of events, the Spaniard signed a new four-year deal with United and should be back in goal when Liverpool comes to town.  Callum Wilson has more goals than Manchester United, so go figure.  0-0 is almost guaranteed here.

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Newcastle United

Out: Sylvain Marveaux, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Aleksandar Mitrovic (suspended)

Doubt: N/A

In: Papiss Cisse

Win: Florian Thauvin

I really liked what I saw from the French midfielder against Arsenal: skilled, quick, brazen player who is not afraid to take risks.  He is my hunch pick against the unpredictable West Ham United team.

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Norwich City

Out: Youssuf Mulubu, Steven Whittacker  (suspended)

Doubt: Dieumerci Mbokani

In: Andre Wisdom

Win: Nathan Redmond

These are the types of Norwich much win in order to stay up.  Home to Bournemouth should be a cracking game and Redmond needs to step up and deliver.

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Southampton

Out: Jordy Clasie, Ryan Bertrand, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos

Doubt: Gaston Ramírez

In: N/A

Win: Sadio Mane

An up-and-down season thus far for the Ronald Koeman's men.  Which Southampton team shows up at the Hawthorns is anyone's guess, but Sadio Mane has been the team's best and the most consistent player, and is my pick to unlock the stingy West Bromwich defense.

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Stoke City

Out: Peter OdemwingieRyan Shawcross, Charlie Adam (suspended), Ibrahim Afellay (suspended)

Doubt: Marko Arnautovic, Glen Johnson, Mame Biram Diouf

In: Stephen Ireland, Glenn Whelan

Win: Jack Butland

There is very little doubt that Stoke City is a heavy underdog playing at the Emirates.  It is also unlikely that the Potters will score.  Just in case Arsenal decides to show up at a shooting practice, Jack Butland should be able to make plenty of saves that should offset the goals conceded.

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Sunderland

Out: Stephen Fletcher, Adam Matthews, DeAndre Yedlin (facing parent club)

Doubt: Adam JohnsonJordi Gómez

In: Fabio Borini

Win: Jeremain Lens

The standout player this season for the Black Cats playing against the underperforming Hotspurs.

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Swansea

Out: N/A

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win: Jefferson Montero

The Ecuadorian has recovered from a knock and will be back to "breaking ankles" against the league newcomers, Watford.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Christian Eriksen

Doubt: Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele

In: Ryan Mason, Heung-Min Son

Win: Harry Kane

This season's underperforms (Aguero, Hazard, and Sanchez) have all scored for their respective national teams in the mid week.  So has Harry Kane.  I see a positive trend here.

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Watford FC

Out: Lloyd Doyley, Joel Ekstrand, Miguel Britos (suspended)

Doubt: Victor Ibarbo, Mamadou Oulare

In: N/A

Win: Sebastian Prodl

The weekly outlook for the league newcomers is simple: you will be the underdog in every game you play.  Whether Watford stays up will not so much depend on how many goals Troy Deeney scores, but on how well the team plays defensively.  With 2 clean sheets already, home to a surging Swansea team will be a tough defensive test, but Prodl is an experienced defender who just helped Austria qualify for the Euro2018 competition.  He is also reasonably cheap and is a sure starter.

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West Bromwich Albion

Out: Ben Foster, Boaz Myhill (rotation)

Doubt: James Chester, Saido Berahino (immaturity)

In: Anders Lindegaard (potentially)

Win: Salomon Rondon

The new singing, unlike Brown Ideye, has proven to be the real deal and should get a few chances to score at home against the erratic Southampton team.

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West Ham United

Out: Adrian (suspended), Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Joey O'Brien

Doubt: Andy Carroll, Victor Moses

In: Darren Randolph, Manuel Lanzini

Win: Darren Randolph

While Dimitri Payet has been very good for the Hammers this season, offensively, however, the Hammers have been largely unpredictable.  When Victor Moses and Andy Carroll are both healthy, this could be a very dangerous team.  For now, stick with the defenders and Darren Randolph who comes in for suspended Adrian.

Best of luck this week.  Sani.