Premier League Predicted Lineups and Team News, Gameweek 33, 2016-17

By BenDinnery on April 15, 2017


Bit late – but still have to read it. This week’s Predicted Lineups from Ben Dinnery…


Tottenham Hotspur – vs – AFC Bournemouth

Spurs (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.

• No Danny Rose [MCL knee] who “continues to progress well”. The full-back is expected to start outdoor work next week – Ben Davies has another chance to shine in the early kick-off.
• Victor Wanyama [back] has trained with the squad but he may have to settle for a place on the bench following the 4-0 win over Watford.
• Vorm [knee] “is settling” and a decision on the goalkeeper will be made closer to kick off. Carter-Vickers [knee] is being assessed, although the young defender has not featured in the Premier League all season.
• Walker/Trippier. Walker/Trippier. Walker/Trippier I just can’t decide. Probably the former given he is first-choice, but Trippier was excellent against Watford and will consider himself a little unfortunate should he miss out.

The Cherries (3-5-2)

Predicted XI: Boruc; Francis, Mings, Cook; Daniels, Adam Smith, Arter, Wilshere, Fraser; King, Afobe.

• Dan Gosling faces a fitness test following a setback in training: “I felt he would be fit for this game but I’m not so sure now.” If he does miss out, then he joins Andrew Surman on the sidelines and Eddie Howe may opt for a 4-4-2 with Wilshere and Arter in midfield.
• Alternatively, the Cherries could set-up with a 3-5-2 bringing Tyrone Mings back in alongside Cook and Francis following his five-game ban.
• Junior Stanislas [groin] has been working with the first-team and is likely to be involved on Saturday, however, a lack of fitness means it’s likely to come from the bench.

Crystal Palace – vs – Leicester City

The Eagles (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp, Ward; Milivojevic, Cabaye; Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend; Benteke.

• Patrick van Aanholt has trained “so he’ll join up with us.” But, following the 3-0 win over Arsenal, Big Sam could name an unchanged side.
• No more expected returners. “Loic Remy is nearly there.”
• Andros Townsend “thinks” he’ll be fit for after leaving Selhurst Park on crutches as a precaution on Monday. “I got a knock on my heel.” Cabaye in a more advanced role with McArthur holding would work if he misses.

The Foxes (4-4-2)

Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Amartey, Benalouane, Chilwell; Albrighton, King, Drinkwater, Gray; Slimani, Vardy.

• Wes Morgan trained on Thursday but Saturday will come too soon for the Leicester captain who is rated as 50/50 to play in the Champions League next week.
• Craig Shakespeare will assess his players on Friday: “We only had a light training session yesterday so I’ll need to see what the injury situation is like before I choose the team.”
• Expect a similar side to the one which started at Goodison Park, with Shakespeare looking ahead to the Atletico tie on Tuesday.
• Daniel Amartey may be deployed alongside Benalouane as Robert Huth is suspended in Europe: “If I think playing Amartey at centre-back is the right thing to do, then I will. Our players are adaptable. Daniel certainly is.”

Everton – vs – Burnley

The Toffees (4-3-3)

Predicted XI: Robles; Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines; Davies, Gueye, Schneiderlin; Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku.

• Ashley Williams returns for Everton. Matthew Pennington is the player expected to make way from the side which beat Leicester 4-2.
• Ronald Koeman is still without Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, Aaron Lennon and James McCarthy.
• No fresh injury concerns “everyone is OK” while Saturday will come too soon for Mo Besic who played 45 mins for the U23s this week: “He needs 90 and then he will be ready for first team.”

The Clarets (4-4-2)

Predicted XI: Heaton; Ward, Lowton, Mee, Keane; Barton, Defour, Hendrick, Boyd; Barnes, Gray.

• Johann Gudmundsson stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury with two-goals for the U23s against Derby on Tuesday, but Sean Dyche feels he “may need another one [game] before returning for the Clarets.”
• Steven Defour is available for GW33 with Robbie Brady the player most at risk of dropping out.

Stoke City – vs – Hull City

The Potters (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Grant; Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Whelan, Cameron; Sobhi, Arnautovic, Shaqiri; Berahino.

• Jack Butland “still has some work to do” and isn’t quite in a position to be able to start games just yet. Lee Grant has been outstanding: “That’s why we don’t need to rush Jack back.”
• Joe Allen is ruled out this weekend “hopefully he will be OK for Swansea.” Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan will compete for a place in the starting XI.
• A knee injury means Jon Walters could miss out. Peter Crouch is an option in a 4-4-2 while Ramadan Sobhi or Diouf are possibilities in a three behind Saido Berahino.

The Tigers (3-5-1-1)

Predicted XI: Jakupovic; Dawson, Ranocchia, Maguire; Robertson, Elmohamady, N’Diaye, Huddlestone, Clucas; Evandro; Niasse.

• Tom Huddlestone is available once again following his ban: ” He is an important player for us and gives another option.” Marcos Silva is likely to throw the midfielder straight back into the side.
• A back injury will keep Omar Elabdellaoui out of Saturday’s game but Harry Maguire and Mbokani have a chance. If Maguire is passed fit, then I can see the Tigers switching to a 3-5-2 [alongside Dawson and Ranocchia] while Clucas would move to the left to accommodate Huddlestone.

Sunderland – vs – West Ham United

The Black Cats (3-5-1-1)

Predicted XI: Pickford; Kone, O’Shea, Denayer; Pienaar, Ndong, Cattermole, Rodwell, Jones; Januzaj; Defoe.

• Seb Larsson will serve a three-match ban after an appeal against his red card during the defeat by Manchester United was rejected.
• Bryan Oviedo is struggling with a hamstring injury and Moyes may be tempted to go with three at the back with the fit again Pienaar coming in for his first start since December.
• Januzaj is available and he could be the preferred option ahead of Anichebe [fitness] and Fabio Borini.

The Hammers (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Randolph; Fonte, Collins, Byram, Masuaku; Nordtveit, Kouyate; Ayew, Snodgrass, Lanzini; Carroll.

• Michail Antonio is ruled out for the remainder of the season after Bilic confirmed the winger suffered a “significant injury” during the win over Swansea.
• Andy Carroll is his likely replacement, although due to a lack of fitness, he’s expected to “share the minutes” with Jonathan Calleri.
• Sam Byram “should be OK” after taking a knock [ankle] vs Swansea and Aaron Cresswell is fit but I’d expect Arthur Masuaku to keep his place.
• Mark Noble is ruled out after collecting his tenth yellow card of the season. Nordtveit may come into midfield or Bilic could go for a more attacking option with Feghouli.

Watford – vs – Swansea City

The Hornets (4-5-1)

Predicted XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Holebas, Janmaat, Mariappa; Amrabat, Niang, Doucouré, Cleverley, Capoue; Deeney.

• Miguel Britos serves the second game of his ban while Mazzarri is also without fellow defender Younes Kaboul [hamstring]. A late decision will be made on Sebastian Prodl but Christian Kabasele is well-placed following another week of training.
• A minor knock kept Etienne Capoue on the bench at White Hart Lane but he should return following the drubbing by Tottenham. Troy Deeney is expected to be restored to the starting XI.

The Swans (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Olsson, Fernandez, Mawson; Fer, Carroll; Ayew, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente.

• Jack Cork will miss out against his former side: “That’s disappointing because he has been a regular. He could be out for two weeks.” His absence means Leon Britton’s timely return from a hamstring strain puts him back in contention.
• Paul Clement also hinted at a change of shape. My guess would be a 4-2-3-1 with Fer and Carroll playing in the double pivot.
• Fernando Llorente will be chomping at the bit. It’s been almost a month since his last start, and Swansea’s survival hopes could hinge on the striker’s goals during the run-in.

Southampton – vs – Manchester City

The Saints (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Forster; Bertrand, Yoshida, Stephens, Soares; Clasie, Davis; Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadic; Long.

• Jeremy Pied played 61 mins for the Under-23s on Monday. It was the Frenchman’s first appearance since rupturing knee ligaments 8 months ago, and while he could make the match day squad, Puel won’t risk him just yet.
• Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini have returned to full training and both are in contention for Man City. Højbjerg is under pressure from Davis, but Gabbiadini lacks sharpness having missed the last month and I’d expect minutes from the bench.
• Charlie Austin is training with the main group but will play for the development side before a return to the first-team.

The Citizens (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Caballero; Navas, Kolarov, Kompany, Stones; Fernandinho, Delph; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero.

• Gabriel Jesus will probably to miss next week’s FA Cup semi-final: “Two weeks? I think he’s short,” said Pep following the win over Hull, but it is possible the Brazilian could be back seven days later.
• Bacary Sagna and Ilkay Gundogan remain on the sidelines: “Everyone [else] is okay.”
• On who will play in goal: “I like both to be involved, I have confidence in Bravo and Caballero [but] we will see.” I’m leaning towards Bravo after Caballero was again at fault for the Hull goal last weekend.
• Kompany had a “little problem” in his leg following the Chelsea defeat. “We didn’t want to take risk, but he was able to play 90 minutes.” Could start, although Otamendi is also fresh having missed the last two games.

West Bromwich Albion – vs – Liverpool

The Baggies (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Nyom, Evans; Livermore, Fletcher; Phillips, Chadli, Morrison; Rondon.

• The usual from Tony Pulis: “We still have one or two bruises. We will look at them today. The big decisions will be made tomorrow in terms of Sunday’s squad.”
• The Baggies made three changes last time out which included a first start in almost two months for winger Matty Phillips. Rondon has looked bright in training.

The Reds (4-3-3)

Predicted XI: Mignolet; Milner, Clyne, Matip, Lovren; Can, Wijnaldum, Lucas; Firmino, Coutinho, Origi.

• Sadio Mane vows to come back “even better than before” after successfully undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday.
• Adam Lallana will start training with the group after the Palace game. Jordan Henderson will be back “next week, or the week after.”
• Klopp went with a 3-5-1-1 at Stoke but following a full week of training – Coutinho and Firmino are better placed to start – and the Reds should revert to a more familiar 4-3-3.

Manchester United – vs – Chelsea

The Red Devils (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: De Gea; Valencia, Rojo, Bailly, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera; Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Ibrahimović.

• David De Gea and Ashley Young have trained but Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata remain long-term absentees.
• Wayne Rooney was involved ahead of the Europa tie vs Anderlecht but Mourinho admitted his skipper was “not ready” due to an ongoing ankle problem. “Let’s see for the weekend.”
• Antonio Valencia was back to his best in Belgium having missed the last two but the wing-back “is having some problems” and it is not possible, at this moment, to play every game. It remains to be seen whether he can recover in time for Sunday.

The Blues (3-4-3)

Predicted XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Matic, Kante, Alonso, Moses; Costa, Hazard, Pedro.
• The return of Victor Moses last weekend combined with the win over Bournemouth, may see Antonio Conte name an unchanged side at Old Trafford.
• Cesc Fabregas and Willian were notable omissions from the starting XI, but if the Italian did consider freshening his side, then Matic and Pedro would be the players to make way.
• Marcos Alonso scored his fifth of the season at the Vitality. Only two defenders have more – Milner [7] and McAuley [6].

Middlesbrough – vs – Arsenal

The Boro (4-4-2)

Predicted XI: Valdes; Fabio, Gibson, Ayala, Barragan; Clayton, Forshaw, Downing, Traore; Negredo, Gestede.

• Calum Chambers is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement although the centre-back hasn’t played any part since suffering a recurrence of his foot injury two months ago.
• George Friend is back on the training pitch but match fitness/sharpness is likely to hamper his chances of a start. Fabio [concussion] has been cleared and Gaston Ramirez [ankle] should be OK after he failed a late test prior to kick off vs Burnley.
• Steve Agnew made four changes last time out, all to no avail, as Boro failed to score the necessary goals to earn three-points. The home side look doomed on current form and need a miracle to survive the drop.

The Gunners (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Cech; Mustafi, Monreal, Koscielny, Bellerin; Xhaka, Elneny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Ozil; Giroud.

• Laurent Koscielny will train on Friday following his recovery from an Achilles injury while Petr Cech “could” return to the squad. After the debacle at Selhurst Park, I’d expect both players to be named in the starting line-up.
• Wenger says Alexis Sanchez “prefers to play wide than up front” because he can touch the ball more often. In that case – Olivier Giroud to lead the line in place of Danny Welbeck who has been disappointing lately.
• Wenger says Theo Walcott’s comments that Palace “wanted it more” on Monday night are “not acceptable.” That could open the door for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return while Alex Iwobi will be pushing to make the match day squad after playing for the development side this week.

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