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Week 31 Premier League Injuries & Suspensions

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We get all 20 Premier League teams back into action, make sure your team has ones that will find themselves in the Starting XI.

Shaqiri prior to being injured.
Shaqiri prior to being injured.
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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 or those returning from injury

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

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Arsenal

Out: Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla

Doubt:

In: David Ospina, Mohamed Elneny

Win: Alexis Sanchez

After a tough week falling out of both the FA Cup and the Champions League, all focus goes to the League where the Gunners are still not without a title shot. As good as Everton has been on offense, they've been just as bad on defense; a fact the Chilean Sanchez will likely exploit.

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AFC Bournemouth

Out: Junior Stanislas, Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson

Doubt: Harry Arter

In:

Win: Max Gradel

The Cherries are in deep water against Spurs, but Max Gradel (since coming back from injury) has been good of late with both and goal and an assist last weekend.

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Out: Jordan Amavi, Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak

Doubt: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Carlos Sanchez

In: Rudy Gestede

Win: Jordan Ayew

Ayew is best playing in a wide role with a strong number 9 to play off of. Swansea has been in better form of late, but Ayew's elusiveness and ability to find Gestede's head could very well lead to a goal.

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Chelsea

Out: Eden Hazard, Kurt Zouma, Diego Costa

Doubt: N/A

In:Pedro, Ibrahima Traore, Oscar, John Terry

Win: John Terry

Terry's tenure at Stamford Bridge is now waning, but a return to health and the Starting XI will give him the opportunity to add to his legacy as the top goal scoring defender in Premier League history.

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Crystal Palace

Out: Connor Wickham, James McArthur, Marouane Chamakh

Doubt: Mile Jedinak

In: N/A

Win: Scott Dann

Leicester, in a strong position to win the League (think about that), bolsters defense more than its offense while on the road. Palace's defense has been fairly pathetic during the second half of the season, but Dann could lead them to a surprise result here.

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Everton

Out: N/A

Doubt:Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo

In: Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic

Win: Leighton Baines

Everton's volatile season and impending host of the Gunners creates a questionable scenario, but it's at least a personal victory for Baines to return to the starting lineup.

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Leicester City

Out: Ritchie De Laet

Doubt: Andy King

In: N/A

Win: Jamie Vardy

The Premier League's leading goal scorer gets the second half of the season's worst defense.

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Liverpool

Out: Danny Ings, James Milner

Doubt: Alberto Moreno

In: N/A

Win: Phillipe Coutinho

Coutinho's brilliant chipped finish put Liverpool past Manchester United in the Europa League (Dortmund and a Klopp homecoming awaits), and he'll look to continue that momentum as his side travels to face Southampton.

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Out: Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany

Doubt: Nicolas Otamendi,

In: Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling (maybe)

Win: Sergio Aguero

The Ethiad leg of the Manchester Derby and the Argentine striker will look to continue his side's Champions League success from midweek into this crucial fixture.

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Manchester United

Out: Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney,

Doubt: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones

In: Jesse Lingard, Matteo Darmian (maybe)

Win: David De Gea

Expect Manchester City to aim at cool frequently, and De Gea will need to showcase every bit of his athletic save making ability to keep the Reds in this.

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Out: Paul Dummett,

Doubt: Fabricio Coloccini, Ayoze Perez (rotation)

In: N/A

Win: Georginio Wijnaldum

Hosting the Black Cats is a must win for the Baggies if they want to survive another season in the Premier League. Wijnaldum has been incredibly inconsistent, but has been a prolific goal scorer from the midfield on his day.

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Out: Nathan Redmond, Alexander Tettey

Doubt: Robbie Brady, Steven Naismith, Ryan Bennett

In: Patrick Bamford

Win: Patrick Bamford

Bamford is poised to see the start at striker for the Cannaries. The young attacker has a lot of promise and Norwich are in a match the absolutely need points from.

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Out: Charlie Austin

Doubt: Victor Wanyama

In: N/A

Win: Virgil van Dijk

Somebody is going to have to step up defensively to handle the dribblers galore Liverpool brings, van Dijk has been the Saints' best defender and he'll have to live up to that to pull of a victory.

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Out: Glen Johnson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Ryan Shawcross, Shay Given

Doubt: Erik Pieters

In: Phil Bardsley, Jon Walters

Win: Jon Walters

It's disappointing to see Shaqiri go down with an injury due to the sparkling form he'd found of late, but this creates the opportunity for Walters to enter the picture on the wing (a position that has historically been fruitful against Watford this season).

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Out: Duncan Watmore

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win: Whabi Khazri

Khazri tries to get cute too often and can have an attitude problem, but he's undoubtedly very talented on the ball. The Black Cats meet Newcastle in a pivotal match in the relegation battle, both teams will be attacking in the search for all 3 points.

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Out: Andre Ayew

Doubt: Modou Barrow

In: N/A

Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson is on a roll and hosting the League last Villa should do nothing to pause the trajectory the Icelandic midfielder has been on the second half of the season.

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Out: Jan Vertonghen

Doubt: Eric Dier, Ben Davies

In: N/A

Win: Harry Kane

Two goals last weekend from Kane has further cemented Kane's dominance scoring goals. Kane appears to be taking the torch from Rooney as England's best striker.

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Out: Tommie Hoban

Doubt: Joel Ekstrand

In: N/A

Win: Nathan Ake

What set up as a very difficult assignment with Shaqiri coming to town, now becomes much easier for Ake. While having a better game defensively, Ake should have more freedom to get forward now as well.

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Out: Chris Brunt, James Morrison

Doubt: Craig Dawson, Jonny Evans, Callum McManaman

In: N/A

Win: Saido Berahino

Hosting relegation riddled Norwich is an ideal scenario, and Berahino getting first team action again is starting to show the form that made him such an exciting prospect last season.

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Out: Victor Moses

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win: Sam Byram

No Diego Costa and Hazard sets up West Ham to travel to Stamford Bridge for a London Derby in a pretty good spot to hold them defensively. Byram still lacks some consistency at fullback, but prior to coming to West Ham showcased an affinity for getting forward that should eventually come to fruition. 

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