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EPL GW-19 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

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As the holiday spirit envelops the footballing world, teams are set to battle it out in a series of intriguing matches that could reshape the league standings.

From the clash between Everton and world champion Man City to the London Derby featuring Arsenal and West Ham, these contests are bound to deliver excitement, drama, and pivotal moments in the quest for Premier League glory.

Join us as we delve into the story lines, key players, and anticipated outcomes of this thrilling round of football action.


Tuesday

Newcastle vs Nott’m Forest

Newcastle and Nottingham Forest kick off GW-19 in the early time slot at 12:30 GMT. Two sides that have not been in impressive form will be eager to turn results around.

In the last five rounds, Newcastle has produced just one victory, while Forest has struggled even more, failing to win any while suffering defeats to Fulham, Tottenham, and Bournemouth.

Interestingly, in the head-to-head record, Newcastle has a favorable history against Forest, winning four of the last seven encounters. On the other hand, Forest has emerged victorious in three of the seven. This sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting encounter, so football fans as well as fantasy managers will be eagerly looking forward to this match.

Injuries for Newcastle:

Sandro Tonali - Suspended

Nick Pope - Dislocated shoulder / Expected return: Early April 2024

Matt Targett - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Joseph Willock - Achilles tendon injury / Expected return: A few days

Joelinton - Hamstring injury / Status: Doubtful

Javier Manquillo - Groin injury / Status: Unknown

Jacob Murphy - Shoulder injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Harvey Barnes - Ankle injury / Expected return: A few days

Elliot Anderson - Back injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Injuries for Nott’m Forest:

Willy Boly - Suspended

Taiwo Awoniyi - Injured / Late February 2024

Serge Aurier - Calf injury / Doubtful

Prediction 3:0

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Bournemouth vs Fulham

The next game features Bournemouth versus Fulham, pitting two sides that have been in impressive form. Bournemouth, in particular, has been on a hot streak, winning four of the last five while drawing with 4th place Villa. The recent victories include a notable 3-0 triumph over Man United.

Fulham, too, has shown their prowess in the last five games, securing two convincing 5-0 victories against West Ham and Nottingham Forest.

In the head-to-head record, Bournemouth holds the upper hand, having won four times compared to Fulham’s solitary victory in the last nine matches. This sets the stage for what promises to be a highly exciting encounter.

Injuries for Bournemouth:

Tyler Adams - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Early February 2024

Ryan Fredericks - Calf injury / Expected return: A few days

Milos Kerkez - Foot injury / Status: Doubtful

Max Aarons - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Lloyd Kelly - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Hamed Traorè - Illness / Status: Doubtful

Emiliano Marcondes - Foot injury / Expected return: A few days

Darren Randolph - Injured / Expected return: Late January 2024

Injuries for Fulham:

Raul Jiménez - Suspended

Willian - Head injury / Status: Doubtful

Tyrese Francois - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Tim Ream - Calf injury / Status: Doubtful

Steven-Andreas Benda - Cruciate ligament injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Adama Traoré - Hamstring injury / Status: Doubtful

Prediction 3:2

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Sheffield United vs Luton Town

Here are two sides vying to save their places in the Premier League. Sheffield United currently sits 20th with 9 points, while Luton Town is 18th place with 12. A win for the Hatters could potentially lift them out of the relegation zone, while Sheffield United, with just one victory, could climb above Burnley should Burnley fail to win.

Both teams have displayed resilience in recent game weeks. Sheffield United has accumulated four points in their last five games, showcasing improved performances.

Luton Town, on the other hand, has gathered six points in their last five games, notably securing a victory against Newcastle and putting up commendable fights against Man City and Arsenal.

This matchup is finely poised and has the potential to be highly entertaining, given the stakes involved for both teams.

Injuries for Sheffield United:

Tom Davies - Knee injury / Expected return: Late February 2024

Rhys Norrington-Davies - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Rhian Brewster - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

John Egan - Calf injury / Expected return: A few days

Ismaila Cheick Coulibaly - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Daniel Jebbison - Illness / Expected return: A few days

Chris Basham - Broken leg / Expected return: Early June 2024

Anel Ahmedhodzic - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Injuries for Luton Town:

Tom Lockyer - Injured / Expected return: Late March 2024

Reece Burke - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Daniel Potts - Ankle injury / Expected return: A few days

Prediction 1:2

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Burnley vs Liverpool

Burnley hosts Liverpool in a highly anticipated match. Liverpool, coming off a draw against Arsenal, will be eager to return to winning ways. Meanwhile, Burnley aims to capitalize on their recent victory against Fulham.

Liverpool’s form in the last five games has been less than stellar, garnering eight points. In that period, Burnley has tallied seven, setting the stage for a promising encounter, especially for FPL managers who have Liverpool assets in their lineups.

Injuries for Burnley:

Manuel Benson - Injured / Status: Unknown

Luca Koleosho - Knee injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Johann Berg Gudmundsson - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Jack Cork - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Aaron Ramsey - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Injuries for Liverpool:

Thiago Alcántara - Hip injury / Expected return: A few days

Stefan Bajcetic - Calf injury / Expected return: A few days

Konstantinos Tsimikas - Collarbone injury / Expected return: Early February 2024

Joel Matip - Cruciate ligament injury / Out for the season

Diogo Jota - Strain injury / Expected return: A few days

Ben Doak - Injured / Expected return: Early April 2024

Andrew Robertson - Shoulder injury / Expected return: Late February 2024

Alexis Mac Allister - Knee injury / Expected return: A few days

Prediction 0:3

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Man United vs Aston Villa

Boxing Day concludes with a crucial fixture between Man United and Aston Villa. Erik ten Hag faces mounting pressure after a series of poor performances, including losses to West Ham and Bournemouth.

Villa, in stark contrast, has been exceptional, accumulating 11 points from 15 without a single loss. Currently sitting third with 39 points, Villa poses a formidable challenge ten Hag’s men who find themselves in 8th place with 28 points and a negative five goal difference. The outcome of this match could have implications for Ten Hag’s job security.

Injuries for Man United:

Victor Nilsson Lindelöf - Injured / Expected return: Early February 2024

Tyrell Malacia - Injured / Status: Unknown

Mason Mount - Calf injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Lisandro Martinez - Foot injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Harry Maguire - Groin injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Casemiro - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Anthony Martial - Illness / Status: Doubtful

Injuries for Aston Villa:

Matty Cash - Suspended

Boubacar Kamara - Suspended

Youri Tielemans - Injured / Status: Doubtful

Tyrone Mings - Knee injury / Expected return: Early April 2024

Emiliano Buendia - Cruciate ligament injury / Expected return: Early February 2024

Bertrand Traoré - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Prediction 1:3


Wednesday

Brentford vs Wolves

Wednesday’s kickoff at 19:30 GMT features Brentford, coming off a blank GW-18, hosting Wolves, who have been in really good form with two wins in their last five games.

Brentford on the other hand, have been struggling in recent times, picking up just one win in the last five. The outcome of this match is crucial, as a Brentford win would leapfrog Wolves in the table, but a Wolves victory could propel them closer to the top half of the table. This encounter promises to be intriguing, with both teams aiming for a favorable result.

Injuries for Brentford:

Frank Onyeka - Suspended

Ben Mee - Suspended

Ivan Toney - Suspended

Rico Henry - Knee injury / Expected return: Early June 2024

Kristoffer Ajer - Foot injury / Expected return: A few days

Kevin Schade - Hip injury / Expected return: A few days

Joshua Dasilva - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Bryan Mbeumo - Ankle injury / Expected return: Mid March 2024

Aaron Hickey - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Injuries for Wolves:

Pedro Neto - Hamstring injury / Status: Doubtful

Joe Hodge - Shoulder injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Prediction 0:2

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Also Wednesday at 19:30 GMT, Chelsea hosts Crystal Palace in a crucial London derby. Chelsea, still smarting from the recent 2-1 loss to Wolves, will be without key players Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling.

Palace, in contrast, has been in great form, securing results against Man City and Brighton. Chelsea has struggled recently, dropping points in games where they were expected to win.

Despite the Blues’ recent challenges, their head-to-head record favors them, having won 18 in 22 matches against Palace. However, Palace has managed four wins against Chelsea. For Chelsea, this game is essential, and they need a victory to bounce back from recent setbacks.

Injuries for Chelsea:

Raheem Sterling - Suspended

Cole Palmer - Suspended

Wesley Fofana - Cruciate ligament injury / Expected return: Late March 2024

Trevoh Chalobah - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Robert Sánchez - Knee injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Reece James - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Early April 2024

Marc Cucurella - Ankle injury / Expected return: Late February 2024

Enzo Fernández - Muscle injury / Expected return: A few days

Carney Chukwuemeka - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Ben Chilwell - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Injuries for Crystal Palace:

Sam Johnstone - Leg injury / Status: Doubtful

Rob Holding - Ankle injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Odsonne Edouard - Knee injury / Status: Doubtful

Nathan Ferguson - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Joel Ward - Leg injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi - Hamstring injury / Status: Doubtful

Cheick Oumar Doucouré - Achilles tendon injury / Out for the season

Prediction 1:1

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Everton vs Man City

The Club World Cup champion Man City returns to the EPL to visit Everton, which has been in excellent form. City, fresh from the recent cup triumph, aims to resume winning ways in the league.

Recent encounters have been closely contested: On December 3rd, 2022, they drew 1-1, and on February 26th, 2022, City narrowly defeated Everton 1-0. This time City needs a victory to stay in touch in the title race.

Injuries for Everton:

Seamus Coleman - Groin injury / Status: Doubtful

Dele Alli - Hip injury / Expected return: A few days

Ashley Young - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Abdoulaye Doucouré - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Injuries for Man City:

Zack Steffen - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Kevin De Bruyne - Hamstring injury / Back in training

Jérémy Doku - Leg injury / Status: Doubtful

Erling Haaland - Foot injury / Status: Doubtful

Prediction 0:3


Thursday

Brighton vs Tottenham

Tottenham at Brighton (19:30 GMT) sets the stage for an exciting clash between two attacking-minded managers. Spurs have shown improved form in December, winning three out of their last three Premier League games. Brighton has struggled, but the matchup promises an open and attacking game.

In their head-to-head record, Tottenham holds the advantage with 11 wins out of 15 encounters. However, Brighton has managed to secure victory three times. Notably, in the last two games of the previous season, Tottenham emerged victorious. This fixture is poised to deliver an engaging contest.

Injuries for Brighton:

Tariq Lamptey - Injured / Status: Unknown

Solly March - Knee injury / Expected return: A few days

Pervis Estupinán - Strain injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Julio Enciso - Knee injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Joel Veltman - Knee injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Ansu Fati - Injured / Status: Unknown

Adam Webster - Injured / Expected return: A few days

Injuries for Spurs:

Yves Bissouma - Suspended

Ryan Sessegnon - Hamstring injury / Expected return: A few days

Rodrigo Bentancur - Ankle injury / Expected return: Mid February 2024

Micky van de Ven - Hamstring injury / Expected return: Early January 2024

Manor Solomon - Meniscus injury / Expected return: Early February 2024

James Maddison - Ankle injury / Expected return: Mid January 2024

Ivan Perisic - Cruciate ligament injury / Expected return: Early May 2024

Alfie Whiteman - Ankle injury / Expected return: A few days

Prediction 2:3

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Arsenal vs West Ham

The concluding match for GW-19 features Arsenal hosting West Ham in another London Derby (20:15 GMT). The Gunners currently top the Premier League table, and a victory against West Ham would maintain their leading position. West Ham, positioned 6th, aims for a win to move closer to the top four.

In the head-to-head record, Arsenal has dominated with 19 wins against West Ham, while West Ham secured three victories in the last 26 games. West Ham enters the fixture in good form, winning two of their last Premier League games. Arsenal, too, has been in good form with victories against Brighton and Luton, a draw against Liverpool, but a recent loss to Villa.

This matchup promises to be exciting, as two sides eager to secure victory face off against each other in what is sure to be a fiercely contested London Derby.

Injuries for Arsenal:

Kai Havertz - Suspended

Thomas Partey - Muscle injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Takehiro Tomiyasu - Calf injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Jurrien Timber - Knee injury / Expected return: Late March 2024

Fabio Vieira - Groin injury / Expected return: Late January 2024

Injuries for West Ham:

Nayef Aguerd - Illness / Status: Doubtful

Michail Antonio - Knee injury / Expected return: A few days

Prediction 1:2

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