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Footstock Midweek Tournament Previews – 14.7.

July 14, 2020


Footstock Midweek Tournament Previews – 14.7.

With tournaments getting underway tonight on Footstock, this preview is primarily aimed at those entering the Wednesday and Thursday tournaments, focusing on the late kick-offs on those days. However, it could be useful for anyone looking to pick some differential options for their Aces, Super Amateur and Big Beginner entries. The predicted lineups are not confirmed and are purely the best guess of Footstock’s partner, WhoScored.

Arsenal vs Liverpool – Wednesday, 8.15 p.m.

Last match: Tottenham 2 vs 1 Arsenal
Mikel Arteta will be hoping his side can bounce back quickly after a disappointing North London Derby defeat saw them leapfrogged in the table by their bitter rivals. That puts them out of the race for the top four, so the manager may have one eye on the weekend FA Cup clash with Manchester City. That makes the lineup especially difficult to call, and given they are facing the champions, not the most attractive choice for Footstock entries.

Injuries: Bernd Leno, Callum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari (all out)
Mesut Özil (doubt)
Suspended: Eddie Nketiah
Disciplinary matter: Matteo Guendouzi

Last match: Liverpool 1 vs 1 Burnley
With no cup action, the newly crowned champions have seven days of recovery after this match, and with Virgil Van Dijk the only player not to have been given some kind of rest so far (and apparently never in need of one), it is reasonable to assume Jürgen Klopp will field a strong side here. That should mean recalls for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita, while the absences of Jordan Henderson and James Milner mean Fabinho’s spot at the base of the midfield is safe.

Injuries: Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson (both out)
James Milner (doubt)

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Thursday, 8.15 p.m.

Crystal Palace
Last match: Aston Villa 2 vs 0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace appear to be “on the beach” already, having lost their last five games in the league with safety from relegation assured. Christian Benteke’s suspension should see Jordan Ayew move to the central striking role, with Andros Townsend filling in on the wing.

Injuries: Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp (all out)
Suspended: Christian Benteke

Manchester United
Last match: Manchester United 2 vs 2 Southampton
The Red Devils have four matches to play in the space of ten days, so the settled lineup of recent weeks may well see alterations at some point. However, with the race for the Champions League places hotting up, wholesale changes in the league are unlikely. There is an issue at left back with both Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams rated 50/50 after picking up injuries against Southampton. If neither make it, one-star defender Diogo Dalot may be called upon to fill in.

Injuries: Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones (both out)
Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood (all doubts)

Southampton vs Brighton – Thursday, 8.15 p.m.

Last match: Manchester United 2 vs 2 Southampton
This is the second of three matches in the space of six games for the Saints, so Ralph Hasenhüttl may look to freshen things up here. Unfortunately, his options are somewhat limited. Will Smallbone, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi are among those pushing for starts, most likely for Oriol Romeu and Che Adams. That is assuming the formerly glass-kneed Danny Ings really can now play seven consecutive games.

Injuries: Sofiane Boufal, Yan Valery, Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Tella (all out)

Last match: Brighton 0 vs 5 Manchester City
Graham Potter rested a few key faces in the hammering by Manchester City, so expect the likes of Tariq Lamptey, Dan Burn and Neal Maupay to return to the starting eleven here. The Seagulls have options in the forward positions, with Leandro Trossard a possible strike partner for Maupay if Aaron Connolly is not favoured, and Basic cards Pascal Groß and Alexis Mac Allister both options in attacking midfield together with Aaron Mooy.

Injuries: Jose Izquierdo (out)
Steven Alzate (doubt)


Noely has been an avid Footstock player since launch, and recently became a Content Editor for the Footstock blog, quickly establishing himself as arguably the most important member of the entire Footstock team. In unrelated news, he also now edits the author biographies.