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FPL: No Smith Rowe, James or Bowen – every Premier League team predicted

Ahead of Gameweek 31, we and our friends at PickGuru have predicted the teams for every Premier League side this weekend.

Have a read and find out whether or not your players will be starting this week.



Fixture: Crystal Palace (A)

Aaron Ramsdale was ruled out of England duties with a hip injury, and he is yet to train for Arsenal, so Mikel Arteta may play it safe with Bernd Leno deputising.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is on the verge of returning, but with Cedric Soares doing a good job in his absence, the Arsenal manager may feel no need to rush him back.

Gabriel Martinelli vs Emile Smith Rowe is a tough one – we’ve opted for the former.

Aston Villa

Fixture: Wolves (A)

Aston Villa failed to get on the scoresheet when Emi Buendía started against Arsenal, however, we’re backing him to keep his place over Danny Ings after he returned early from international duty.

Lucas Digne returns, so will slot back in at left-back for Ashley Young.

It’s a tough call between Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers, but we think Konsa may get the nod.


Fixture: Chelsea (A)

Christian Eriksen was fit enough to return for his country during the break, so will surely return to the starting line-up of Brentford.

Yoane Wissa got a start over Sergi Canós in their last fixture and found the net – he may well retain his position at left-wing as a result.


Fixture: Norwich (H)

With just one goal in their last six, Graham Potter will be desperate for goals against Norwich and four at the back seems quite probable.

Joël Veltman started all but one game he has been available for this season, so is still likely to start at right-back. This could push Tariq Lamptey further up the field.


Fixture: Manchester City (H), Everton (H)

Ben Mee remains injured for the Clarets, while Nathan Collins is suspended. Consequently, it looks like a call-up for Kevin Long is on the cards.

We’ve opted for Maxwel Cornet over Jay Rodriguez, even though the latter has started the last two matches against top six opposition. Jack Cork could play in midfield with Josh Brownhill pushing up further if they resort to a 4-4-1-1.


Fixture: Brentford (H)

Chelsea’s starting XI is a real enigma this week, especially with a game against Real Madrid on the horizon.

Malang Sarr could well slot in at left-back as he did against Nottingham with Marcos Alonso being rested for midweek. Tino Werner and Hakim Ziyech could also play on the wings.

Again, with the Champions League in mind, Andreas Christensen and Reece James may not be rushed back.

Crystal Palace

Fixture: Arsenal (H)

Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise are yet to train for Palace after picking up knocks on international duty. With no threat of relegation and an FA Cup semi-final up and coming, it would be a shock to see them risked.

Odsonne Édouard and Jordan Ayew are the two most likely to fill in. Eberechi Eze impressed when replacing Jeffrey Schlupp after his suspension, but the Ghanian’s good form should be enough to regain his place in the Palace midfield.


Fixture: West Ham (A), Burnley (A)

Allan remains suspended for the Toffees, so Donny Van de Beek may be the logical replacement.

Jonjoe Kenny started against Crystal Palace following his suspension, despite Ben Godfrey keeping a clean sheet at left-back against Newcastle.

The five-man defence in their humiliating FA Cup quarter-final loss will likely prompt Frank Lampard to go back to a four.


Fixture: Southampton (H)

Patrick Bamford‘s injury means he will not be featuring any time soon for Leeds, so Dan James will probably lead the line again.

Consequently, Jack Harrison will go to left-wing, with Raphinha returning to right-wing after catching Covid-19.

Jesse Marsch will get the chance to see Kalvin Phillips in action after he returned from injury – Mateusz Klich could be the man to drop out.


Fixture: Manchester United (A)

With players returning for the Foxes, it’s a tricky team to predict. We fancy Wesley Fofana to start again, with Jonny Evans having to wait a bit longer for a return.

Nampalys Mendy may continue in Wilfred Ndidi‘s absence, while Kelechi Iheanacho could start instead of Patson Daka while Jamie Vardy is out.


Fixture: Watford (H)

Liverpool’s front three is a tricky one to call with many of them playing in different continents in the last week.

There’s also a small matter of the Champions League quarter-final in the week, but with a decent draw against Benfica, it would be a surprise to see Jürgen Klopp take Watford for granted.

We’ve gone for Diogo Jota alongside Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah, with Joe Gomez playing instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is coming back from injury.

Manchester City

Fixture: Burnley (A)

Burnley will probably be too soon for Rúben Dias, who is returning from a hamstring injury. John Stones also returned early from England, but it was just a ‘precaution’, implying he should be ok for the weekend.

Man City’s front three failed to find the net against Crystal Palace despite their dominance, however, Pep Guardiola was still positive about their performance. As a result, we fancy Jack Grealish to keep his place, but Raheem Sterling will be knocking loudly at the door.


Manchester United

Fixture: Leicester (H)

Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo linked well for Portugal in the week, so are expected to stat.

Harry Maguire has had a rough week in the press and is evidently out of form. However, with something to prove, Ralf Rangnick could give him the opportunity against his former club.

Scott McTominay and Fred may start at the base of United’s midfield, with Paul Pogba – who looks certain to leave at the end of the season – dropping to the bench.


Fixture: Tottenham (A)

There are some questions to be asked about Newcastle’s team with a number of injuries. Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt, so Joelinton, Bruno Guimarães and Joe Willock could be the three-man midfield.

Fabian Schär and Martin Dúbravka are doubts but as important players will play if possible. Javier Manquillo may well return to the side over Emil Kraft.


Fixture: Brighton (A)

Grant Hanley has been out with Covid-19 for a few weeks, but with an international break should be ready to start again, most likely in the place of Ozan Kabak.

Billy Gilmour was on the bench against Leeds, but after yet another disappointing result, may be trusted to start once more.

Brandon Williams and Josh Sargent are doubts, so Dimitris Giannoulis and Jonathan Rowe could well start. Max Aarons is definitely out, leaving Sam Byram as the like right-back.


Fixture: Leeds (A)

Southampton have some tough fixtures on the horizon, so could do with a win to build some momentum.

They seem to be pretty injury-free at the moment, with Alex McCarthy now returning to light training. Fraser Forster has impressed – enough to sneak into the England squad – so he’ll probably keep his place.

It’s likely they’ll return to the side which was in such good form at an earlier point this season.


Fixture: Newcastle (H)

Spurs seem to have found a side that Antonio Conte is satisfied with. They’ve named the same team for three games on the bounce and have won the last two.

As a result, it’s hard to see why they would change things. Ryan Sessegnon’s injury means there’s not much competition for Sergio Reguilíon, and Matt Doherty‘s good form means he looks far more likely to start than Emerson Royal.


Fixture: Liverpool (A)

Ismaïla Sarr did 120 minutes on Tuesday night as Senegal dumped Egypt out of the World Cup. With him returning from injury and playing in the early kick-off, Roy Hodgson may preserve him with more winnable games upcoming.

Cucho has shown some good recently, so may keep his place on the ing, while Josh King is likely to return ahead of João Pedro.

Juraj Kucka started over Tom Cleverley in their last outing, performing well in their win over Saints.

West Ham

Fixture: Everton (H)

Jarrod Bowen is close to a return, but with an important game against Lyon midweek, may be rested.

Manuel Lanzini played for Argentina in the week, but with three points crucial for the Hammers, could well be asked to start on the weekend.


Fixture: Aston Villa (H)

Raúl Jiménez is suspended following his red card against Leeds; we fancy Hwang Hee-chan to lead the line in his absence.

Rúben Neves has sustained a serious knee injury, so Leander Dendoncker is probable to replace him.

Francisco Trincão was brilliant when he came on in the Leeds game – he and Daniel Podence should start on either wing.