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EPL GW-17 Pre-Deadline and Live Chat (FRIDAY Deadline!)

Liverpool vs Man United takes the spotlight this week!

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Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire were both forced off early against Bayern midweek |
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As we step into EPL GW-17, anticipation builds. Anfield braces for the monumental clash between Liverpool and Man United on Sunday, a fixture that always carries immense significance.

The atmosphere leading up to this showdown greatly differs, resonating differently among the passionate fan bases of these rival clubs.


Friday

Nott’m Forest vs Spurs

Tottenham visits Forest aiming to build on the recent win against Newcastle. While Spurs struggle, winless in their last six league matches, Forest is also in a five-game winless skid, hinting at a competitive encounter. Despite similar form, Tottenham holds a favorable head-to-head record so eyes an away victory.

Forest’s Steve Cooper may persist with a three-man defense as seen in the recent match against Wolves. Tottenham grapples with injuries, including key names like James Maddison and Micky van de Ven.

Meanwhile, Ange Postecoglou might maintain the same lineup that triumphed over Newcastle, featuring Richarlison leading the attack in a central position, while Giovani Lo Celso remains absent due to injury.

Prediction: 1 — 3


Saturday

Man City vs Crystal Palace

City hosts Palace as City aims to bridge the gap with the league leaders. Despite City’s recent point drops, history shows a strong record against Palace, which sits 15th and is keen to reverse recent form. The Citizens’ dominance in previous encounters and their home strength make them strong favorites for this match.

Firstly, City blanks in GW-18, so all fantasy investment in Citizens must come with an escape strategy. City continues without Kevin De Bruyne, while Jeremy Doku and Erling Haaland face fitness assessments. Matheus Nunes returns fully from injury.

For Palace, Eberechi Eze and Cheick Doucoure remain sidelined, while Sam Johnstone and Odsonne Edouard are likely to miss the action. Remi Matthews may step in as the third-choice keeper for Palace.

Prediction: 3 — 1

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Newcastle vs Fulham

Newcastle welcomes Fulham to St. James’ Park after back-to-back losses, especially losing out to any European spots and losing to Milan mid-week. Fulham, in good form with three wins in four, aims to compound Newcastle’s woes. The Magpies hold an unbeaten streak against Fulham, setting the stage for an open, high-scoring contest.

Newcastle faces injury concerns with Anthony Gordon and Kieran Trippier doubtful, but Trips is banned for this one due to yellow card accumulation anyway. On the bright side, Dan Burn returns from injury. Fulham will miss Issa Diop, Adama Traore, and probably Willian. Both teams likely stick with recent lineups for this game.

Prediction: 2 — 2

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Bournemouth vs Luton Town

Bournemouth aims to continue their unbeaten streak against struggling Luton Town. With four wins in five matches, the Cherries are favorites. Expect a high-scoring match as recent encounters produced many goals.

Cherries anticipate Hamed Traore’s return from illness, Emi Marcondes played in a recent friendly. Kelly and Aarons likely out for Luton match. Adams, Scott, Fredericks remain unavailable. Nakamba suspended for Hatters; Kabore returns. Osho possible return for trip. Burke, Woodrow close, but Potts had a setback.

Prediction: 3 — 2

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Chelsea vs Sheffield United

Chelsea aims for victory against Sheffield United, eager to reverse recent losses. The Blades seek momentum after a win against Brentford. However, Chelsea’s history against Sheffield United favors the Blues, unbeaten in five of their last six encounters. Expecting a high-scoring game, Chelsea aims for a comprehensive win.

Chelsea faces potential absences for 12 players, including Reece James due to a long-term hamstring injury. Marc Cucurella might replace him, and Nicholas Jackson might feature. Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Malo Gusto were all spotted in team training this week. Sheffield United welcomes back Norwood and McBurnie from suspension but loses Jack Robinson to a one-match ban.

Prediction: 2 — 0

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Burnley vs Everton

Burnley aiming to break a winless streak with victory against Everton, However, Everton, on a winning run, will most likely look to exploit Burnley’s struggles and claim victory.

Burnley grapples with injuries to Cork, Koleosho, Cullen, and Ramsey. Taylor’s suspension adds to the challenge.

Branthwaite and Gueye’s bans affect Everton’s lineup. Michael Keane’s uncertainty might lead to Ben Godfrey’s appearance in the central defense.

Prediction: 0 — 2


Sunday

Arsenal vs Brighton

Rebounding from a recent loss, Arsenal hosts Brighton. The history between the teams shows a challenging match ahead though. Brighton, displaying resilience, has been tough to beat lately, setting the stage for a tight contest.

Several Arsenal players, including Tomiyasu, Vieira, Partey, and Timber, remain sidelined. Elneny joins the injury list with a hamstring issue. Smith Rowe returned from a knee injury, but Martinelli missed out due to illness.

Brighton is without March, Enciso, Webster, Estupinan, Fati, and Lamptey. However, Welbeck is nearing a return.

Prediction: 2 — 1

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Brentford vs Aston Villa

Brentford seeks a home win, facing Aston Villa in a critical Premier League match. Villa enters in top form, aiming to continue an impressive run with an away victory.

Firstly, Brentford would have been Man City’s opponent in GW-18, so City’s trip to the Club World Cup blanks Brentford as well next week. Injuries sideline Mbeumo, Hickey, Schade, Henry, Dasilva, Toney, and Ajer. Jensen might return, while Collins’ training presence signals a potential comeback.

For Villa, Luiz and Digne are suspended. Mings and Buendia are confirmed absentees, and Traore might miss out due to an unspecified injury. Bailey’s fitness remains uncertain after a half-time withdrawal in the last match.

Prediction: 0 — 3

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West Ham vs Wolves

Aiming to rebound from their recent loss, the Hammers host Wolves who have three wins and a draw in their last five and aim for victory. Wolves, sitting 13th, seek to improve against their challenging opponent. Expect an open game given their defensive frailties.

Areola returns to training for West Ham, while Antonio remains sidelined. Illness affected Alvarez in the previous game.

Ait-Nouri might return for Wolves, but Neto, Hodge, and Otto continue to be unavailable.

Prediction: 2 — 2

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Liverpool vs Man United

Liverpool aims to widen the lead at the top, entering the game in strong form with three consecutive victories. Meanwhile, Man United is in a turbulent phase, having lost three of the last four matches in all competitions, including two at Old Trafford in the last week before traveling to fortress Anfield. The history between these rivals often delivers high-scoring encounters, setting the stage for an intense battle.

Robertson, Bajcetic, Alcantara, Jota, and Matip are out for Liverpool.

Fernandes faces a ban for United. Martial, Rashford, Lindelof, Shaw, and Maguire are doubtful. Sancho, Casemiro, Malacia, and Martinez remain unavailable. Mount, Diallo, and Eriksen might return soon, with Diallo back in training.

Prediction: 4 — 2

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How are your squads impacted by injuries and impending blanks? Are you expecting any rotation? Who are you adding and removing? What is your score prediction for this week, especially Liverpool vs United? Please log in and then let us know your thoughts and predictions in the comments!

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