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FPL: Saka to start despite injury, Reguilón out – every Premier League team predicted

Ahead of Gameweek 35, 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: West Ham (A)

Bukayo Saka aside, there seems very little reason for Mikel Arteta to change anything.
Arsenal are in flying form and the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah will rightly feel their places are secure.
The situation to monitor is Saka and whether he’s fit to line up or not. If he doesn’t make it, then Gabriel Martinelli is the natural replacement for him.

Aston Villa

Fixture: Norwich (H)
Steven Gerrard experimented against Leicester by playing Leon Bailey alongside Philippe Coutinho behind Ollie Watkins, but he may be tempted to revert to two forwards against lowly Norwich, so Danny Ings could come back in.
The rest of the team looks extremely settled, with Lucas Digne still out. A clean sheet against Leicester was at least a positive, so the defence should line up the same.


Fixture: Manchester United (A) Some late injuries last week changed the make-up of Brentford’s side to face Spurs, but they got on admirably.
Kristoffer Ajer should have returned from his concussion while key player Christian Nørgaard is also likely to be fit for this one.
As a result, Mads Roerslev could move to wing-back while Ajer resumes his usual spot, and Mathias Jensen may make way for Nørgaard.


Fixture: Wolves (A)
Brighton took a step in the right direction when playing two up top against Southampton, so it’s fair to assume that Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck will continue in those roles.
Tariq Lamptey is doubtful, so perhaps the versatile Enock Mwepu will fill in at right wing-back. Adam Webster could start again, meaning Marc Cucurella pushes forward at left wing-back and Leandro Trossard is entrusted with the free role behind the forward line.


Fixture: Watford (A)
Burnley come into this game in red-hot form and with, surprisingly, a few options at their disposal. Mike Jackson said that Maxwel Cornet will be a “late call”, so he may well keep him as an option from the bench considering how well they performed without him against Wolves.
Presuming Jay Rodriguez‘s calf is okay, he should get the nod over Aaron Lennon. That means we’re predicting an unchanged side. Ben Mee remains out.


Fixture: Everton (A)
Chelsea are, as usual, a very difficult side to predict – especially before they face Manchester United on Thursday night.
Reece James should return after being rested against West Ham, while the front three of Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz looks the most probable at this stage.

Crystal Palace

Fixture: Southampton (A)
Palace have many options available to the trip at Southampton, and could well make a few changes. James McArthur, Eberechi Eze and Conor Gallagher dominated the midfield battle at home to Leeds United, so it would be harsh for them to lose their spots.
Michael Olise looked dangerous when coming off the bench, so is likely to start, even if Patrick Vieira likes to play Jordan Ayew away from home. Tyrick Mitchell should also return, meaning Joel Ward will drop to the bench.


Fixture: Chelsea (H)
Desperate times may call for desperate measures at Goodison, where Frank Lampard may call upon Dele Alli for an injection of creativity.
Anthony Gordon‘s energy alone looks enough to keep him in the team, while Demarai Gray has competition from Alex Iwobi. Yerry Mina could again replace Michael Keane or Mason Holgate, but the two full-backs look assured to keep their places.


Fixture: Manchester City (H)
Jesse Marsch’s side tends to pick itself these days, with the one big question mark coming in defensive midfield. Mateusz Klich could be sacrificed for the more defensive Robin Koch, even if they looked poorer when that sub occurred last week.
Koch and Kalvin Phillips provided solid protection, especially when Palace had more of the ball in and around the box – they’ll hope they can do similar to City.


Fixture: Tottenham (A)
Given Leicester have a trip to the Stadio Olimpico next Thursday night and have nothing much to compete for in the league, there could be huge changes. Çağlar Söyüncü could start alongside Daniel Amartey, while Luke Thomas may return at left-back.
Youri Tielemans and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall have managed to keep their places throughout the run, so could continue. Jamie Vardy will most likely be dropped to the bench after returning from injury against Roma.


Fixture: Newcastle (A)
There’s the distinct possibility of changes for Liverpool as they continue on three remaining fronts this season. Mohamad Salah has started nine of the last 10 league games and can’t be certain to start, having played 90 minutes in midweek.
But dare Jürgen Klopp leave him out? Roberto Firmino is close to a return but may not force his way into the XI, while Thiago has played a lot of football lately and Naby Keïta could get the nod.

Manchester City

Fixture: Leeds (A)
Raheem Sterling missed out in midweek so could lead the line at Leeds. Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gündogan didn’t see a minute of action against Real Madrid, so they look prime contenders to come into the side as Pep Guardiola manages his squad.
Fernandinho may return to give Rodri a rest in the middle of the park.

Manchester United

Fixture: Brentford (H)
Manchester United were lucky to get a point against Chelsea on Thursday, but they hardly have many options at their disposal. Jadon Sancho has been ill, but we’re backing him to start against Brentford.

Harry Maguire has been ruled out, so Raphaël Varane is likely to partner Victor Lindelöf.

Anthony Elanga could get the nod over Marcus Rashford, while Scott McTominay will partner Nemanja Matić if Fred hasn’t returned from injury.


Fixture: Liverpool (H)
Having played 14 games in a row, Fabian Schär suddenly lost his place to Jamaal Lascelles at Norwich and it’s tough to know if he’ll get it back.
It’s a similar story up front, where Chris Wood was benched and Joelinton bagged a brace as the centre-forward, which would indicate he’ll continue in the same spot. Joe Willock will be confident of retaining his place in midfield.


Fixture: Aston Villa (A)
Christoph Zimmermann appeared from left-field to start against Newcastle, but he was hooked after 58 minutes and Ben Gibson will be eyeing up a return to the starting XI.
Max Aarons came off the bench last time out, but he still looks behind Sam Byram in the pecking order, who played the full 90 minutes. There’s expected to be very little change elsewhere.


Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)
Saints returned to a 4-4-2 against Brighton and it paid off as they looked decent value for their point. Ralph Hasenhüttl praised the performances of Nathan Tella, so he could remain on the left, while Nathan Redmond looked threatening on the right.
A nasty injury to Tino Livramento will keep him out for the rest of 2022, so Romain Perraud will shift to left-back while Kyle Walker-Peters will play on the right.


Fixture: Leicester (H)
The two wing-backs, Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal, were both poor against Brentford and are likely in the firing line. Nevertheless, with injuries to Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilón, they’re likely to keep their places.
The rest of the side is very likely to remain the same.


Fixture: Burnley (H)
Juraj Kucka and Kiko Femenía should be fit after missing the Manchester City game with “minor knocks”. The rest of the questions revolve around their front three.
It’s too early for Cucho Hernandez, and it’s a toss-up between Josh King and João Pedro for who leads the line. With gone with the more experienced option.

West Ham

Fixture: Arsenal (H)
West Ham are missing their four centre-backs for this game (Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna), so who knows what kind of defence will be put out against Arsenal, especially given they have a trip to Frankfurt next Thursday.
Aji Alese could start at the heart of a three-man defence, with Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson alongside him. Mark Noble may start again, with players such as Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio getting important rests.


Fixture: Brighton (H)
Fabio Silva got yet another start against Burnley and extended his goalless streak to 20 games this season.
It’s proving hard to second-guess Bruno Lage, but surely Raul Jiménez will lead the line. Daniel Podence, Ruben Neves and Max Kilman all have injuries, so Pedro Neto (or Trincão), Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss should start.