Wednesday/Thursday Previews: Part Two
Here’s the second part in a look ahead to the matches included in the Wednesday and Thursday tournaments on Footstock. The predicted lineups are not confirmed and are purely the best guess of Footstock’s new partner, WhoScored.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Wednesday, 8.15 p.m.
Last match: Everton 0 vs 0 Liverpool
Mo Salah and Andrew Robertson are expected to return for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to wrap up the title. Gini Wijnaldum looks likely to be preferred to Naby Keita in midfield. Two-star Joe Gomez offers a potential route into the Liverpool back line for the Beginner tournament.
Injuries: Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne (all out)
Last match: Bournemouth 0 vs 2 Crystal Palace
No changes are expected from Roy Hodgson for his return to Anfield after a comfortable victory over Bournemouth. Epic forward Wilfried Zaha achieved his average rate of four successful dribbles at the Vitality Stadium but will surely see less of the ball here, which may damage his usually reliable base score. On the other hand, three-star Vicente Guaita could see a lot of action between the sticks, with the potential to rack up save points.
Injuries: James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp (all out)
Burnley vs Watford – Thursday, 6 p.m.
Last match: Manchester City 5 vs 0 Burnley
After a tanking at the hands of Man City, Sean Dyche will be hoping to see a reaction on Thursday night. The Clarets were unbeaten in four at home pre-lockdown. Jeff Hendrick will not play again for the club, so Josh Brownhill (68p*) will likely retain his place in midfield. This match will come too soon for the recovering Chris Wood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady.
* At time of writing
Injuries: Ben Gibson, Ashley Barnes, Robbie Brady, Chris Wood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (all out)
Last match: Watford 1 vs 1 Leicester City
Nigel Pearson has no new injury worries ahead of the trip to Burnley, and with five days since the team faced Leicester, he may not feel the need to rotate. Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Jose Holebas are among the options if Pearson does decide to shake things up. Assuming there are no changes, two-star forward Troy Deeney may be a popular option for the Beginner and even Amateur tournament.
Injuries: Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat, Isaac Success (all out)
Southampton vs Arsenal – Thursday, 6 p.m.
Last match: Norwich 0 vs 3 Southampton
Shane Long is expected to be available for selection after recovering from a back injury, but one-star Michael Obafemi may well partner Danny Ings up front again after assisting a goal in the comfortable win at Norwich. From a Footstock perspective, Nathan Redmond’s nine successful dribbles (contests won) in that match were worth almost as much as his goal, making him one to watch here.
Suspended: Moussa Djenepo
Last match: Brighton 2 vs 1 Arsenal
With a growing injury list and two defeats post-lockdown, Mikel Arteta has at least been boosted by the suspension of David Luiz. Having impressed in friendlies, Eddie Nketiah may get the nod up front on this occasion, with Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the wings. If the defence lines up as predicted, all four and goalkeeper Emi Martinez would be available for selection in the Beginner tournament.
Injuries: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Pablo Marí, Lucas Torreira, Gabriel Martinelli (all out)
Cédric Soares, Granit Xhaka (both doubts)
Suspended: David Luiz
Chelsea vs Manchester City – Thursday, 8.15 p.m.
Last match: Aston Villa 1 vs 2 Chelsea
Christian Pulisic will be hopeful of a start this time after a game-changing substitute appearance against Aston Villa. Olivier Giroud also scored against Villa, but it remains to be seen whether that gets him the nod over Tammy Abraham. Jorginho is back from suspension and offers another option in midfield, and indeed in Beginner tournaments on Footstock given his Common rating.
Injuries: Fikayo Tomori, Marco van Ginkel (both out)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (doubt)
Last match: Manchester City 5 vs 0 Burnley
Pep Roulette has been in full force already since the Premier League returned, and as ever there are plenty of question marks about the starting 11 here. The Catalan has also admitted he has one eye on the FA Cup quarter-final with Newcastle. Sergio Aguero’s knee injury obviously boosts the chances of Gabriel Jesus appearing, but Raheem Sterling has been used as a “false 9” before in such circumstances. Phil Foden impressed against Burnley but is carrying a knock, and David Silva may be rested after starting the last two games.
Injuries: Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia (both out)
John Stones, Phil Foden, Claudio Bravo (all doubts)
Part one can be found here!