Welcome to another Friday Deadline! Hopefully by now you’re all used to these and no one is getting caught out! We’ve had more European Football in the week, with Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea (UCL) and Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester (EL); with some sides having fared better than others. Let’s hope our key assets have made it through unscathed. This will be the last Game-week before the November International Break.
[ This is our one early match that should give us confirmed lineups in the countdown hour before the Fantrax deadline. ]
A fixture in which two sides in poor form face each other, Burnely is still searching for their first win. Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Solly March are slight doubts with muscle and ankle injuries, respectively. Captain Lewis Dunk misses out due to suspension. Clarets Captain Ben Mee is nearing a return, but there are doubts over his match-fitness while Erik Pieters remains a long-term absentee.
The Saints were dealt a huge blow with the recent news that talisman Danny Ings is out until nearly Christmas with a knee injury. At the other end of the pitch, defenders Ryan Bertrand and Jan Bednarek are both major doubts for this one. Newcastle has no fresh injury concerns.
The Toffees are confident that playmaker James “Hotmess” Rodríguez will return from the knock that kept him out of the last fixture. Godfrey and Gomes are slight doubts while Richarlison remains suspended till 21 Nov. The Red Devils have no fresh injury concerns, following on from their poor defeat on Wednesday against Istanbul Basaksehir; it’s worth keeping in mind that most of their key assets featured in this loss.
Mitchell (who may have lost his place since the return of PVA), Tim Cahill and McCarthy are all slight doubts for The Eagles, with Luka Milivojevic suspended till 5th Dec due to his straight red last time out. Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo will miss out for Leeds due to injury and self-isolation respectively.
Chelsea vs Sheffield United
Kai Havertz misses out for the Blues after he tested positive for coronavirus, and Christian Pulisic is a doubt due to his Hamstring injury. Chelsea featured in the UCL on Wednesday, fielding a strong side in which Timo Werner looks to have claimed Penalty Duties, scoring 2. The Blades will be without loanee defender Ethan Ampadu who is ineligible to face his parent club. Sheffield United is a team that is yet to claim its first win, while Chelsea is on a fine run of five consecutive clean-sheets in all competitions.
West Ham vs Fulham
West Ham will be without converted Striker Michail Antonio who currently has no return date. The Hammers, who have been in good form, will need someone else to chip in with the goals in the meantime. Fulham will be without forward Aboubakar Kamara, who is suspended following an off the pitch incident. Fulham should have a bit more confidence following a win last week.
West Brom vs Tottenham
The Baggies have no fresh injury concerns as they continue the hunt for their first league win this season. Spurs’ Reguilon and Aurier are slight doubts with respective illnesses and knocks, whilst Erik Lamela is out until late November. West Brom is still in the hunt for its first win, but a game against in-form Spurs may not be the best opportunity to do so. Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for the club on Thursday; you wouldn’t bet against him in this one.
The Foxes are hopeful that defender Jonny Evans will make it back after suffering from a recent back injury, while other defensive options Castagne and Söyüncü are out with longer-term injuries. Wolves have no fresh injury concerns, Marçal remaining a slight doubt with a knock. A Leicester side that has scored plenty is playing a Wolves side that doesn’t give goals away easy; take your pick.
Manchester City vs Liverpool
This is the marquee match of the week, both sides having fielded strong sides on Tuesday in the Champions league. The Citizens have no fresh injury concerns, with Sergio Aguero still out but Gabriel Jesus available. Liverpool’s summer signing, Thiago Alcantara is a doubt for this one, carrying a knock. Man City will be looking to make up some ground on their title rivals, so this one should be a cracker. The same fixture last season (during the restart) produced a 4-0 victory for the Citizens. Whatever the result, let’s hope there are goals!
Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Making it through unscathed in the Europa League on Thursday, the Gunners mostly have a full squad to select from, with no recent injuries. Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traoré is a doubt after coming off early last week. The Villains have no other injury concerns.
What are your predictions for this game-week? Does any fixture stand-out to you as a good source of points? Any hot tips for this weekend? Please join us in the comments section below!