Well it’s the day after Thanksgiving so happy Black Friday everybody, hope your bellies are full with leftovers and your hearths are warm with cheer from family and friends.
Of course, more importantly, how happy are your fantasy teams in avoiding injury and suspension?
Burnley v. Manchester City
Burnley has no injury news of note, but after the 4-0 shellacking against West Brom, it would not be a shock to see a shake-up to the starting 11 with a more defensive focus with the dangerous Citizens coming to town.
For the visitors, Sergio Aguero (foot) is back to being a headache for fantasy managers with a game time assessment in order, joining Pablo Zabaleta in that predicament. In another non-surprise, the perpetually walking wounded Vincent Kompany (knee) has quickly returned to the shelf where he is expected to be for about a month and a half. Kelechi Iheanacho would be the obvious replacement if Kun cannot go, while John Stones could fill in for Kompany or Fernandino could push back. If Zabaleta is fit, he may take the wing back spot of Aleksandar Kolarov. After notching a brace last weekend, Yaya Toure probably has secured at least another league start. Meanwhile, David Silva came in as a sub last week and will hope for a quick return the the starting 11, perhaps at the expense of Nolito or Raheem Sterling.
Leicester City v. Middlesbrough
The Foxes’ Danny Drinkwater begins a three-match ban (violent elbow v. Watford’s Valon Behrami), which comes at an inopportune time as elsewhere in midfield Nampalys Mendy (ankle) remains doubtful and Matty James (knee) is still not up to snuff following a lengthy absence; Andy King could earn the start in Drinkwater’s place, with Ahmed Musa an alternate possibility. In better news, strikers Islam Slimani (groin) and Leonardo Ulloa (back) are both expected to be ready to play with Slimani the better bet to pair alongside Jamie Vardy up front. Keeper Kasper Schmeichel (hand) remains out.
As for the travelers, defenders George Friend (knee) remains sidelined while Daniel Ayala (ankle) is still unable to cover, leaving Fabio expected to again serve as fill-in starter at wing back.
Swansea City v. Crystal Palace
Ki Sung-Yeung (toe) is out for two weeks for the struggling Swans, while Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero are all fit for inclusion in Bob Bradley’s altered line-up; striker Borja Baston provides another choice in the wake of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s recent push forward.
Joe Ledley (knock) faces the dreaded game-time decision, with Andros Townsend perhaps stepping aside if he can make it. Otherwise, keeper Steve Mandanda (knee) striker Loic Remy (knee) and defender Pape Souare (leg) remain long-term absentees for Palace.
Hull City v. West Brom
The Tigers welcome striker Adama Diomande back from his three-game suspension which could see Sam Clucas or Markus Henderson going to the bench, while defender Andrew Robertson (calf) has recovered from injury and should take back his spot from Josh Tymon. Otherwise, Shaun Maloney (back) faces a game time fitness test and striker Abel Hernandez (groin) remains out amidst Aston Villa transfer speculation on top of injury.
For suddenly high-flying Albion, midfielder Nacer Chadli (knee) figures to feature following a few weeks out, but due to team form it seems more likely that he is eased in from the bench rather than slotting back into the starting line-up immediately in place of Matt Phillips or Chris Brunt.
Liverpool v. Sunderland
Midfielder Adam Lallana (groin) is expected to miss out again for the Reds, so the starting line-up could remain unchanged. However, with the offense coming back to earth against Southampton, Daniel Sturridge may push his way in, with Emre Can or Georginio Wijnaldum perhaps losing out if Jurgen Klopp takes that option.
Midfielder Paddy McNair (knee) recently joined Fabio Borini (groin), Lee Cattermole (hip) and Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) on the shelf for the Black Cats, while Papy Djilobodji will also miss out due to one-game suspension (two yellow cards). Papy should be replaced by John O’Shea, while McNair’s spot would likely be taken by Jason Denayer, but Denayer (hip) is a question mark due to injury which would leave Sebastian Larsson (who may be fit to feature following a long injury absence), Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell (hamstring, also doubtful) as alternate possibilities.
Chelsea v. Tottenham
John Terry (gluteus) recently suffered another injury setback and changes to the starting line-up seem unlikely due to the Blues’ impeccable form.
Things look significantly more dire for Spurs, with Danny Rose’s one-game suspension (yellow card accumulation) on top of lingering injury to Toby Alderweireld (knee) and doubtful status from Ben Davies (ankle) and Erik Lamela (rib). Given the imposing context of Stamford Bridge, Christian Eriksen should earn a recall in place of the relatively inexperienced Harry Winks who notched his first goal last weekend at White Hart Lane against West Ham, while Jan Vertonghen is a fair bet to move over to cover for Rose at wing back with Kevin Wimmer nabbing a start in central defense. Son Heung-Min could also earn a recall to the starting 11 in place of Premier League freshman Vincent Janssen.
Watford v. Stoke City
Defender Younes Kaboul (knock) faces a fitness test, with Adrian Mariappa likely to deputize if he cannot make it. Otherwise, wing defender/midfielder Jose Holebas has served his one-game suspension and should take over for replacement Juan Zuniga.
The visiting Potters face a tougher predicament with midfielder Joe Allen suspended (yellow card accumulation) and Phil Bardsley (knee) out with his recently suffered injury. Glenn Johnson should fill in for Bardsley, while if defensive midfielder Glenn Whelan (calf) cannot pass fit in recovery from injury, Jonathan Walters and Giannelli Imbula will likely vie to the start in place of Allen depending on whether Marc Hughes favors offensive explosiveness or defensive fortitude.
Arsenal v. Bournemouth
Hector Bellerin (ankle), Santi Cazorla (knee) and Lucaz Perez (ankle) remain out for the Gunners. After impressing recently, Olivier Giroud will push for a start up front in place of Alex Iwobi or alternately Theo Walcott should Arsene Wenger desire a shake-up following successive league draws.
Jack Wilshere (loan stipulation) will not play for Bournemouth, while otherwise keeper Artur Boruc (back) and Andrew Surman (hamstring) look to be game time decisions. However, defender Adam Smith returns from suspension and Jordon Ibe has recovered from illness. Given the Emirates setting, Eddie Howe may opt for more defensive cover with last week’s hero Nathan Ake shifting up to Wilshere’s spot as Smith returns to his usual position.
Southampton v. Everton
Defender Jose Fonte (foot) is a fresh injury doubt, so Maya Yoshida could fill in if necessary. Otherwise Dusan Tadic (nose) may miss out again, leaving Sofiane Boufal a starter once more following the nil-nil Liverpool affair.
Following his suspension, midfielder Gareth Barry returns for the visiting Toffees, likely sending Aaron Lennon back to the bench in looking for more defensive spine on Ronald Koeman’s return to St. Mary’s.
Manchester United v. West Ham
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns after his short suspension, while Henrik Mkhitarian and Wayne Rooney are also pushing for starts in the offensive end, as the likes of Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will worry about being displaced. The continued absence of Eric Bailly (knee) and Chris Smalling (toe) should yield an unchanged back line following the strong performance against Arsenal.
Defender Winston Reid (two yellow cards) exits with a one-game suspension, while midfielder Mark Noble returns from his own ban. James Collins should take Reid’s spot while Diafro Sakho will probably make way for Noble. Striker Andy Carroll is close to featuring following recovery from his long injury issue, but will likely only see action from the bench if judged fit enough to play.
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