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Footstock Midweek Tournaments Preview – 7.7.

July 7, 2020


Footstock Midweek Tournaments Preview – 7.7.

With users having the luxury of viewing two of the sets of lineups for the midweek tournaments on Footstock before the deadline for entries at 6 p.m., as well as the exciting addition of single-match tournaments for each game, this preview focuses on the remaining matches. The predicted lineups are therefore not confirmed and are purely the best guess of Footstock’s partner, WhoScored.

Arsenal vs Leicester City – Tuesday, 8.15 p.m.

Last match: Wolves 0 vs 2 Arsenal
Arsenal have now won four on the spin in all competitions and will go into this match full of confidence despite a somewhat depleted squad. Emi Martinez has impressed between the sticks, and despite moving up to Common rating is still a tempting option in all tournaments. Nicolas Pepe is likely to be available, with his wife having given birth, but Bukayo Saka may play in his more advanced role if Pepe does miss out.

Injuries: Bernd Leno, Callum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari (all out)
Mesut Özil (doubt)
Personal absence: Nicolas Pepe (doubt)

Last match: Leicester City 3 vs 0 Crystal Palace
After a slow start post-restart, the Foxes got back to winning ways against Palace, but Brendan Rodgers is sweating on the availability of key men here in the form of Maddison, Chilwell and Perez. If Chilwell misses out it could be an opportunity for Christian Fuchs, and combined with the likes of Iheanacho, Vardy, Tielemans and Justin, that means Leicester offer various options for those putting together Beginner tournament teams on Footstock.

Injuries: Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira (both out)
James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Ayoze Perez (all doubts)

Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Manchester City
Last match: Southampton 1 vs 0 Manchester City
Those playing the Wednesday tournaments will have the luxury of seeing the Man City lineup this week. But the rewards in the two-day tournaments could be great for those who accurately gamble on Pep Roulette. After a disappointing showing against Saints, changes are to be expected, and Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are among those who can surely expect a recall here.

Injuries: Sergio Aguero (out)

Last match: Newcastle 2 vs 2 West Ham
Steve Bruce has been threatening to rest key man and Footstock favourite Allan Saint-Maximin for some time and may see this tough fixture as an opportunity to do so. Having said that, the Magpies are unbeaten in the league since lockdown eased, and the benefits of backing the underdog were reaped by those who picked Southampton options against City at the weekend. Matt Ritchie will hope to be recalled to the starting 11, and is still available for Beginner tournaments as a Common card.

Injuries: Isaac Hayden, Florian Lejeune, Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark (all out)
Allan Saint-Maximin (doubt)

Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Sheffield United
Last match: Burnley 1 vs 1 Sheffield United
Billy Sharp provided the assist for the Blades’ equaliser against Burnley, will that be enough to earn him a start here? Jack O’Connell is back from injury and should start to restore the regular pre-lockdown back three in Chris Wilder’s side. Ben Osborn is a useful one-star enabler if he starts again here as expected.

Injuries: Leon Clarke, Luke Freeman, John Fleck, John Lundstram (all out)

Last match: Wolves 0 vs 2 Arsenal
After a disappointing showing at home to the Gunners, Wolves may switch to their 3-4-3 formation here, which would likely see Leander Dendoncker drop out for the now Rare-rated Diogo Jota. That category change opens up the possibility of fielding both Jota and strike partner Jimenez in the same Amateur lineup.

Injuries: Pedro Neto (doubt)

West Ham United vs Burnley – Wednesday, 6 p.m.

West Ham
Last match: Newcastle 2 vs 2 West Ham
Sebastien Haller is still a major doubt for the Hammers, so Michail Antonio is likely to continue in his central striker role, especially after bagging against Newcastle. Tomas Soucek has also shown himself to be a goal threat and, like Antonio, is available for selection in all levels of Footstock tournament as a Common card. Mark Noble may return here and is the regular penalty taker for David Moyes’ side.

Injuries: Robert Snodgrass (out)
Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller (both doubts)

Last match: Burnley 1 vs 1 Sheffield United
Chris Wood came off the bench against the Blades and should therefore offer Sean Dyche another attacking option here. Josh Brownhill looks set to start again and is priced at 55p on the Footstock market at the time of writing. Ben Mee’s absence should mean another start for one-star Kevin Long at centre back.

Injuries: Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Ben Gibson, Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton (all out)

Brighton vs Liverpool – Wednesday, 8.15 p.m.

Last match: Norwich City 0 vs 1 Brighton
Graham Potter opted for a Christmas Tree 4-3-2-1 formation in the reverse fixture and may revert to that set up here. That would likely see Aaron Connolly drop to the bench with Neal Maupay the preferred lone striker. Aaron Mooy and Leandro Trossard combined for the winning goal against Norwich and the Common-rated pair could prove a differential duo for tournaments given the tough nature of this fixture.

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

Last match: Liverpool 2 vs 0 Aston Villa
The Reds have struggled to get out of first gear since sealing their first Premier League title, but Jurgen Klopp seems unwilling to shuffle his pack too much. Roberto Firmino will surely return to the starting 11, with the main question mark being whether Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane are potentially next up for a breather. Andrew Robertson picked up a calf injury against Aston Villa but has said himself he expects to be available for selection.

Injuries: Joel Matip (out)
Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, James Milner


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.