Here’s to the last gameweek before another sleep-inducing international break. Not a lot of major injury updates, but just enough to keep things interesting. Without further delay, here is the team news for Gameweek 8.
Brighton v. Burnley
Brighton manager Graham Potter enraged bargain-buying FPL managers everywhere last week when he benched leading scorer Neal Maupay last weekend against Spurs. It later came out that Maupay was disciplined for a training-room bust-up with a teammate following the GW6 draw and Potter has since confirmed he will be back for this weekend. In other news, midfielders Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Solly March are doubts but could be involved.
Out: Andone, Izquierdo, Dunk (suspension)
Doubtful: Walton, Jahanbakhsh, Lamptey, March
Burnley could get some reinforcements in defense as they search for their first win. The Clarets will finally have Phil Bardsley back following his recovery from COVID-19 while Ben Mee has an outside chance of featuring for the first time since June; however, with the international break next week presenting a time to rest, it looks like that Mee will receive limited minutes, if any.
Out: Cork, Pieters
Doubtful: Gudmundsson, Mee
Southampton v. Newcastle
One of the biggest bits of injury news this week comes from the south coast as Danny Ings, who has five of fifth-place Saints 14 goals this season, will miss the next six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Che Adams will almost certainly fill in for the Southampton talisman, but getting anywhere near Ings 22 goals from last season will be a difficult thing to replicate. Saints will also wait on the status of a few players ahead of Friday night, including Ryan Bertrand and his hamstring problem.
Out: Ings, Smallbone
Doubtful: Bertrand, Bednarek, Diallo, Vokins, Salisu
For once, there’s not much injury news on the Newcastle front outside of their longer-term injuries that we’ve already known about. Also, Paul Dummett is nearing his return after featuring for the U23 this week.
Out: Dubravka, Gayle, Ritchie, Shelvey
Everton v. Manchester United
Happy days: James Rodriguez has been passed fit. The high-flying Toffees looked a shadow of themselves without the Colombian superstar in last week’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle. Although manager Carlo Ancelotti said he didn’t think Rodriguez was 100% fit, he did say that the midfielder will feature. Ancelotti will also have Lucas Digne back from his one-match red-card ban along with Seamus Coleman, although Fabian Delph will miss out on the weekend.
Out: Gbamin, Tosun, Richarlison (suspension), Delph
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself on the hot seat following a dismal start to the season, but he will be thrilled to have Anthony Martial back following a three-match red-card ban. It also looks like Alex Telles will be available for his Premier League debut after recovering from COVID-19. All eyes will be on whether Victor Lindelof can shake off his back injury.
Doubtful: Lingard, Lindelof
Crystal Palace v. Leeds
Crystal Palace can’t seem to catch a break on the injury front in defense with Tyrick Mitchell, Joel Ward and James Tomkins all ruled out due to injury. To make matters worse, club captain Luka Milivojevic will miss out on the entire month of November due to his three-match red-card ban from last weekend.
Out: Ferguson, Wickham, Hennessey, Mitchell, Tomkins, Ward, Milivojevic (suspension)
Rodrigo will continue to miss out on regular minutes (after making only two starts this season so far) as he recovers from COVID-19. Marcelo Bielsa will be waiting on the status of another summer signing in Raphina as the Brazilian shakes off an ankle problem.
Out: Forshaw, Llorente, Phillips, Grot, Rodrigo
Chelsea v. Sheffield United
Young star Kai Havertz won’t be available for Chelsea following his COVID-19 diagnosis while Christian Pulisic continues to be plagued by a hamstring problem that has limited him to only three league appearances this season. Kepa has shaken off a shoulder injury but won’t be involved unless something happens to Edouard Mendy, who has impressed mightily since arriving from Rennes.
Out: Gilmour, Havertz, Pulisic
John Fleck and Lys Mousset are back in training but it looks like it will be after the international break for the duo. The only other team news is that the club won’t have Ethan Ampadu available since he cannot face his parent club in Chelsea.
Out: O’Connell, Mousset, Fleck, Ampadu (loan restriction)
West Ham v. Fulham
David Moyes said that he expects Aaron Cresswell to be just fine after fighting off a groin injury this week. But Moyes won’t have his captain in Mark Noble or top scorer in Michail Antonio available due to minor injuries. Expect Saïd Benrahma to get more than the one minute he saw in his Premier League debut last weekend.
Out: Antonio, Noble
Fulham didn’t need Aboubakar Kamara as they earned their first win of the season in that hard-fought win over fellow Premier League bottom-feeders West Brom. Kamara will continue to miss two more matches as he serves a three-game red-card suspension. Scott Parker will wait on the fitness of midfielder Mario Lemina after he suffered a muscle pull, but he looks unlikely for the weekend.
Out: Tete, Kongolo, Kamara (suspension)
West Brom v. Spurs
It’s a quick-ish turnaround for West Brom after their Monday night trip to Fulham, but the good news for Slaven Bilic’s side is that there are no new injury concerns.
Out: Robson-Kanu, Field,
Erik Lamela looks set to miss out with an Achilles problem while Serge Aurier is a doubt after missing Thursday’s Europa League match along with Sergio Reguilón, who looks set to recover from illness in time for Sunday. Heung-Min Son looks set for a return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Thursday. Will Gareth Bale get his first Premier League start of the season?
Doubtful: Aurier, Reguilon, Tanganga
Leicester v. Wolves
Leicester’s loaded schedule with Europa League has had quite the toll on their squad’s depth, but Jonny Evans could give Brendan Rodgers a boost with his return from a back injury that saw him miss the last three games. James Maddison has been dealing with a leg issue but started on Thursday while Jamie Vardy was rested.
Out: Soyuncu, Pereira, Amartey, Ndidi, Castagne
Doubtful: Evans, Maddison
Marcal has been deemed fit after missing last week’s clean sheet win over Crystal Palace. Other than that, Wolves have either a clean bill of health or are not revealing much team news (likely the latter with their manager trying to pull a José Mourinho).
Man City v. Liverpool
Ahead of one of the biggest games of the season, Manchester City fans will be happy to see Gabriel Jesus return from injury in midweek and score, but the club will have to do without Sergio Agüero until after the international break. The Argentine was holding out for the weekend, but he will now miss his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury.
Out: Fernandinho, Mendy, Aguero
Liverpool knew the injury risks that came with signing Thiago Alcántara and their experiencing them early in the season with the Spaniard ruled out of his fifth straight game due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, after his Champions League hat-trick, it seems like a no-brainer that Diogo Jota would get the start this weekend. However, he did pick up a minor knock in midweek—not enough to keep him out, but possibly enough to keep an eye on his minutes.
Arsenal v. Aston Villa
David Luiz returned to fitness in time for Arsenal’s Europa League win on Thursday and appears to be fit to start this weekend. Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey were rested on Thursday. Mikel Arteta will be waiting on the fitness of Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers ahead of the Villa clash.
Out: Mari, Martinelli,
Doubtful: Chambers, Nelson
Bertrand Traoré is the only new injury to the squad after he suffered a groin injury in the club’s loss to Southampton last weekend. Tom Heaton is back in training but reports suggest he will take the international break to return to full fitness.
Out: Hause, Heaton, Wesley, Traore