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Game Week 8 Pre-Deadline Chat

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Soccer: Manchester United at Real Salt Lake
Much to the relief of fantasy managers across the world, Jose Mourinho has passed Lukaku fit for the trip to Anfield. Is he in your squad?
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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am ready for the English Premier League to resume so that I can focus on something other than the USMNT’s catastrophic loss to Trinidad and Tobago, which eliminated the Americans from the 2018 World Cup. The fallout from what is possibly the worst day in the history of the USMNT is still to come (senior players announcing international retirements, coaching shake-ups, etc), but in the interim I’m happy for the opportunity to turn my attention back to my favorite football league in the world.

Below is the team news you need to help you finalize your fantasy lineups.


Liverpool vs Manchester United

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana remain unavailable. Sadio Mane will miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty.

Phil Jones is a minor doubt. Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, and Marcos Rojo are out. Jose Mourinho has passed Lukaku fit.

Burnley vs West Ham

Jonathan Walters, Dean Marney, Nakhi Wells, and Tom Heaton will miss out.

Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes are doubts, but James Collins remains unavailable.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Scott Dann (knock), Wayne Hennessy (knock), and James Tomkins (illness) are all doubts. Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham are both out with knee injuries, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible to face his parent club. Roy Hodgson has revealed that Wilfried Zaha has healed, but may still be short of match fitness.

Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, and N’golo Kante are all out via injury.

Man City vs Stoke

Benjamin Mendy and Victor Kompany will miss out. Fabian Delph is a doubt with a hamstring injury, and although Sergio Aguero has returned to training and declared himself fit, his status remains uncertain.

Martins Indi is a doubt with a groin injury. Joe Allen, Stephen Ireland, and Ryan Shawcross will all miss out.

Spurs vs Bournemouth

Moussa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Danny Rose, and Victor Wanyama all remain unavailable.

Adam Federici (knee), Tyrone Mings (back), and Callum Wilson (knee) will all miss out. Ryan Fraser and Josh King are doubts, each with hamstring issues.

Swansea vs Huddersfield

Kyle Bartley is a long-term absentee. Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Renato Sanches (knock) are doubts.

Huddersfield’s only new injury concern is Steve Mounie’s heel; he is uncertain. Aaron Mooy is a slight doubt due to travel fatigue.

Watford vs Arsenal

Craig Cathcart, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul and Tommy Hoban are unavailable. Sebastian Prodl is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Laurent Koscielny (hip), and Sead Kolasinac (achilles) are all doubts, but likely to be available. Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Callum Chambers (hip) will join Santi Cazorla on the sidelines.


Brighton vs Everton

Kayam Beram, Steve Sidwell, and Sam Baldock will all miss out through injury. Tomer Hemed will serve the second game of a three match suspension.

Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes-Mori, Aaron Lennon, and James McCarthy are all unavailable.

Southampton vs Newcastle

Shane Long (hip) and Matt Targett (ankle) are doubts, but Rafa Benitez has said he expects Shane Long to be OK.

Matt Ritchie (thigh) and Christian Atsu (knee) are doubts. Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara will miss out through injury.


Leicester vs West Brom

Robert Huth and Matty James will miss out via injury.

Nacer Chadli (back), James Morrison (calf), and Hal Robson-Kanu (muscle) are all doubts.

Alert: Hurricane Ophelia is barreling toward the British Isles and is expected to make landfall on Monday. Ireland is expected to absorb the initial blow and weaken the system to a tropical storm before it hits England, but the LEI/WBA match could be in jeopardy due to potentially unsafe travel conditions and/or flooded pitch.

So that’s what I know as of right now. As always, keep checking in for updates from the hive, and keep a weather-eye out for Ophelia’s updated forecast. We hope to see you in the chat threads this weekend, starting with sharing the latest pre-deadline news in the comments below.