Ahead of Gameweek 2, there are no massive stories on the injury front. Manchester United, Manchester City, Burnley, and Aston Villa enter the ring this week for their season openers with the two Manchester clubs eager to test drive their newest acquisitions.
Transfer continue to come in hot, but we may have to wait until Gameweek 3 for the big ones. However, ThIago Alcantara is registered in time for the weekend showdown with Chelsea.
Everton v. West Brom
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the club will be without two defenders in Jarrad Branthwaite and Mason Holgate, leaving them with only two first-team centerbacks. It might be enough to force the club into the transfer market. Ancelotti confirmed that Seamus Coleman will start, while the two centerbacks set to start are Micheal Keane and Yerry Mina.
Out: Branthwaite, Holgate, Gbamin, Tosun
For West Brom, Ahmed Hegazi looks to be the only change from last week with the central defender suffering a hamstring injury in training. It’s likely that Bilic goes with the same back-three in Ajayi, Bartley, and O’Shea. New arrival Branislav Ivanovic is unlikely to be match fit.
Out: Zohore, Hegazi
Leeds v. Fulham
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said he expects midfielder Liam Cooper to be involved against Fulham after barely missing out against Liverpool with a calf injury. Said Bielsa: “We think Cooper will be ready to the play the game on Saturday.”
Fulham manager Scott Parker has given the team a clean bill of health. It looks likely that Aleksandar Mitrovic will get the start after starting on the bench against Arsenal and scoring the winning goal in the League Cup this week.
Manchester United v. Crystal Palace
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he’s without a pair of defender in Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, but most of the squad is fit. Third-choice Sergio Romero has been given some time away from the club as Dean Henderson and David De Gea’s competition makes him surplus to requirements. Paul Pogba may not have the match fitness for a full match.
Out: Jones, Tuanzebe, Romero
As usual, Palace will have to manage without a cadre of defenders. It remains to be seen whether Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke can return to the matchday squad on Saturday following their respective injuries, while Jairo Riedewald is hoping to be involved.
Said Hodgson: “We are starting to get players back from injury. Mamadou Sakho, of course, is the latest to be able to take part in training sessions. Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham took part in today’s training session, albeit, with Connor, it was more modified than with Christian. "We hope also that Jairo Riedewald will train on Friday – he didn’t train with the first-team today – but we hope he will tomorrow having recovered from the injury he picked up last week.”
Out: Cahill, Tomkins, Ferguson, Van Aanholt
Doubtful: Sakho, Wickham, Benteke, Riedewald
Arsenal v. West Ham
The Gunners should have David Luiz in the matchday squad after he returned to training from a neck injury that saw him miss the season-opening win against Fulham; although, it will be interesting to see if he comes straight into the starting lineup after the clean sheet.
Out: Martinelli, Sokratis, Mustafi, Mari, Chambers, Smith Rowe
Doubtful: David Luiz
West Ham manager David Moyes may have some decisions to make in midfield with Mark Noble doubtful after suffering a toe injury in training this week. That could mean they change formation and give forward Sébastien Haller his first start of the year alongside Michail Antonio. Manuel Lanzini still looks likely to leave the club.
Doubtful: Noble, Wilshere
Southampton v. Spurs
Saints will not have one of their top playmakers available to face Spurs after Nathan Redmond suffered an ankle injury in the club’s League Cup match in midweek and looks set to miss out on a few weeks. Moussa Djenepo is the most likely to take him place. Stuart Armstrong returned to training today from a thigh injury but may not have the match fitness to play. An interesting side-story to watch: Danny Ings has been linked with a move to Spurs
Dele Alli and Toby Aldeweireld were left out of the trip to Bulgaria for Europa League on Thursday, but only out of a need to rest. Serge Aurier has been working through a knock. Also, is there going to be a Gareth Bale sighting? (In the stands, not in the team.)
Newcastle v. Brighton
All eyes in Newcastle will be on the health of Allan Saint-Maximin. The winger is expected to play a massive role for the Magpies this season and needed treatment for a knock. However, manager Steve Bruce said that the Frenchman is fine. In other news, forward Yoshinori Muto has left the club on loan.
Out: Muto (out on loan), Dubravka, Dummett, Schar, Gayle, Matty Longstaff
Brighton manager Graham Potter is sweating over the fitness of three starters in Dale Stephens, Adam Lallana, and Ben White. Both White and Lallana left the loss to Chelsea in the season opener with minor injuries while Potter is confident that Stephens will be fit.
“He (Lallana) is going to join the group for training today, which is positive. We will make a decision about that as late as possible, so we can to give him the best chance. “Ben will take part in training today. He has got a chance for Newcastle, but it's a little too early to say at the minute.”
Doubtful: Lallana, White, Stephens
Chelsea v. Liverpool
Timo Werner has been passed fit after sustaining a dead leg in the season-opening win against Brighton on Monday. However, Chelsea will still be without their No. 10 in Christian Pulisic while Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, and Thiago Silva must all wait to make their Chelsea debuts. Of them, Thiago Silva looks the closest after training this week. Said Frank Lampard: “Ben Chilwell is not ready for the game, and Christian Pulisic is not ready for the game. We’re hope they’re training and progressing over the next week or so. Hakim Ziyech is also not ready for the game, same story. Timo Werner is fit. ThIago has been training with us for the last three or four days. We are just working with him on his fitness at the moment, so Liverpool will come too soon for him.”
Out: Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Pulisic, Chilwell, Gilmour
The only news coming out of Liverpool is the signing of ThIago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a £20 million deal. The club did enough for Alcantara to be registered and available for the weekend trip to Chelsea, meaning he could be in the team to make his debut (ThIago Alcantara is priced at £6.0 in FPL.com).
Doubtful: Tsimikas, Shaqiri
Leicester v. Burnley
James Maddison looks to be nearing full fitness following a hip injury, but manager Brendan Rodgers is in no hurry to rush him back. Maddison was able to play 15 minutes in the opener. Meanwhile, Jonny Evans must serve two more games in his suspension but Wes Morgan looks to be fit after training all week.
Out: Evans (suspended), Pereira, Benkovic
James Tarkowski missed the club’s League Cup match yesterday with a toe injury, but it was unlikely the defender would have played following the rumors of an expensive move to West Ham. Johann Berg Gudmundsson sustained an MCL injury on Thursday and will miss out. Manager Sean Dyche is still without starters Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee, and Jack Cork.
Out: Gudmundsson, Mee, Cork, Barnes
Aston Villa v. Sheffield United
We haven’t seen an injury update from the club, but manager Dean Smith is already pondering a start in goal for new arrival Emiliano Martinez, who arrived in a £10 million move from Arsenal this week. Said Smith: "He’s ready to play, whether he’s our automatic number one depends on what he does in training and matches. He played against us a couple of weeks ago for Arsenal, so we know he’s ready to play.”
Out: Engels, Wesley, Vassilev (Out on loan)
Sheffield is currently assessing their squad after losing to Burnley in the League Cup on penalties, but there were no substitutions to injury. Sander Berge returned from injury to play 14 minutes in the opener and could be set for a start.
Wolves v. Manchester City
Diogo Jota will likely not be a part of the team after missing out on the League Cup fixture as he prepares for a potential £35 million move to Liverpool, which is expected to be completed on Saturday.
In Manchester City’s opener, Pep Guardiola will be without Aymeric Laporte, who has only just returned to training—maybe paving the way for a Nathan Ake start? Sergio Agüero will also need a couple more weeks to return from injury; however, Riyad Mahrez is in the team and fit after recovering from COVID-19. It remains to be seen who will back up Ederson in goal.