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EPL GW-16 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

Grab some aspirin — the festive period is about to begin!

Ange Postecoglou - Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Any last minute headaches?
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GW-15 saw some cracking games. Man City’s struggles continued with a loss to high-flying Villa, who themselves now head into a blockbuster against league leading Arsenal (Emery’s revenge?).

Following the London Derby home defeat to West Ham, Tottenham hopes to bounce back from a fifth game without a win now featuring in another London derby against Fulham!.

A defiant Everton climbed out of the relegation zone with a tidy 3-0 defeat of Newcastle to now face an inconsistent Chelsea side that would otherwise be behind if not for the Toffees’ points deduction!

Let’s go!


Saturday

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

This one is too soon for Palace defender Mitchell whilst Eze, Doucouré and Holding all remain out for the foreseeable future. Liverpool didn’t need to work too much away to Sheffield United, but the Reds will be without Mac Allister who picked up a knock in that game. Jota remains out.

This is GW-16’s early game, so Fantrax managers should have confirmed lineups ahead of the transfer buzzer. Be sure to check in here for the last-minute scramble.

Prediction: 1-3

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Brighton vs Burnley

Dunk and Dahoud return from suspension, and Lallana is expected to return from injury with some rotation likely after the midweek win. A huge blow to Burnley — midfielder Koleosho is now out till the end of the season with a nasty knee injury picked up last time.

Prediction: 2-1

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Man United vs Bournemouth

A decent win last time out for Man United has relieved some pressure. Rashford may not be fit to win his starting place just set, with an illness looking likely to see him sit this one out. Lindelof is out till further notice with a knock picked up last time. No new injury news for the Cherries with defender Aarons still out till later this month.

Prediction: 2-1

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Sheffield United vs Brentford

Baldock is nearing a return, but we’ll have to wait and see if he starts this one. McBurnie is suspended till 16 December, and Brewster continues to work toward fitness.

Terrible news for Brentford : Star man Mbeumo is out for “weeks” with an ankle injury. Midfielder Jensen looks unlikely to return this game-week.

Prediction: 2-2

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Wolves vs Nottingham Forest

Neto and Aït-Nouri remain out until at least the end of the month, but otherwise Wolves are in good shape.

Forest’s Boly looks doubtful to return yet, which is unfortunate in light of the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Fulham.

Prediction: 2-1

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal

High-flying Villa doesn’t appear to be missing Buendia and Mings much as they’re out with long-term injuries. Beyond those two, Traoré may return in the next few weeks but remains doubtful for this one. Arsenal is concerned with Tomiyasu who is without a return date due to a recent calf injury.

Prediction: 2-3


Sunday

Everton vs Chelsea

Calvert-Lewin may be rested due to the busy schedule and his frustrating susceptibility to injury. Coleman’s return last time out may be short-lived and he will face a late decision, as will Pickford who picked up a knee complaint. No recent news for Chelsea, with Gusto continuing to close in on a return.

Prediction: 3-2

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Fulham vs West Ham

Fulham FC will be well up for this London Derby after bagging five last time out, Adama Traoré is close to a comeback and may make the bench against the Hammers. West Ham will also be up for this after a big win away at Spurs last time out. Veteran keeper Fabianski will likely continue in goal with Areola a slight doubt once more.

Prediction: 2-2

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Luton Town vs Man City

Luton’s defensive problems continue; Kabore is ineligible to face his parent club, but at least Lockyer is looking to come back, as are Nakamba and Lakonga. The much-missed Rodri is back for Man City after a one-game suspension. Doku will face a late fitness test, but Grealish is expected to get the start.

Prediction: 3-2 (you heard it here first!)

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Tottenham vs Newcastle

Life isn’t getting any easier for Ange Postecoglou, with captain Son now a slight doubt after limping off against West Ham. He now faces a late fitness test.

Prediction: 2-2


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