Premier League Predicted Lineups and Team News, Gameweek 38, 2016-17

By BenDinnery on May 21, 2017


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Arsenal – vs – Everton

The Gunners (3-4-2-1)

Predicted XI: Cech; Koscielny, Holding, Mustafi; Xhaka, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil; Welbeck.

• The Gunners will be pushing for the win on the off chance that either Liverpool and/or Man City slip up to hand them a Champions League place. Can’t see it personally but a victory keeps their momentum going and confidence high ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final.

The Toffees (4-3-3)

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

• Lukaku needs to score at least two to remain in the running for the Golden Boot award. How fitting if the Belgium international produces in what many perceive to be his last game for the club. Ross Barkley is another who could leave after Ronald Koeman admitted he “doesn’t know” what’s happening in terms of his contract negotiations.

Burnley – vs – West Ham United

The Clarets (4-4-2)

Predicted XI: Heaton; Ward, Lowton, Tarkowski, Keane; Westwood, Arfield, Hendrick, Boyd; Vokes, Gray.

• If Michael Keane fails a late test then Kevin Long will continue to deputise in the heart of the Burnley defence.

The Hammers (3-4-2-1)

Predicted XI: Adrian; Fonte, Collins, Ogbonna; Masuaku, Byram, Nordtveit, Fernandes; Snodgrass, Lanzini; Ayew.

• Injuries will force Slaven Bilic into a reshuffle after Winston Reid became the latest player to go under the knife. Fortunately, Angelo Ogbonna is available, although the defender hasn’t played in nearly four months. Declan Rice looks set to make his debut but the 18-year-old might have to wait for his chance from the bench.

Chelsea – vs – Sunderland

The Blues (3-4-2-1)

Predicted XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Matic, Kante, Alonso, Moses; Hazard, Pedro; Costa.

• Unlike the 4-3 win over Watford on Monday night [eight changes], I’d expect Antonio Conte to go strong with one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup final.

The Black Cats (3-4-2-1)

Predicted XI: Pickford; Jones, O’Shea, Lescott; Manquillo, Gibson, Cattermole, Oviedo; Borini, Januzaj; Defoe.

• The Black Cats could be missing up-to eleven players for the game against the Premier League champions. I’m struggling to pick a starting XI and David Moyes may decide to go with a 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 depending on player availability at Stamford Bridge.

Hull City – vs – Tottenham Hotspur

The Tigers (4-5-1)

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

• Harry Maguire won’t recover from the knee injury he picked up a Selhurst Park which means Curtis Davies has a chance of playing in the final game. Tom Huddlestone is in line to start for the first time in over a month after a groin injury ruled Evandro out. Everton loanee Niasse should lead the line as Hernandez won’t be available.

Spurs (3-4-2-1)

Predicted XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Davies; Dier, Wanyama; Eriksen, Son, Alli; Kane.

• Hugo Lloris [knee] will be given every chance to prove his fitness with the Golden Glove still up for grabs. A four-goal haul by Harry Kane at Leicester on Thursday puts him in the driving seat for the Golden Boot. Christian Eriksen should start after he was an unused substitute at the King Power Stadium. Kieran Tripper is back in full training but Kyle Walker is struggling to shake off an ankle injury.

Leicester City – vs – AFC Bournemouth

The Foxes (4-4-2)

Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Fuchs, Benalouane, Amartey; Albrighton, Ndidi, King, Mahrez; Okazaki, Vardy.

• The Foxes will be hoping to bounce back after the 6-1 demolition at the hands of Tottenham. Injuries are beginning to take their toll, particularly in defence, but that won’t be rectified this weekend with Robert Huth and Wes Morgan ruled out once again.

The Cherries (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Boruc; Francis, Steve Cook, Daniels, Adam Smith; Arter, Gosling; Pugh, Fraser, Stanislas; King.

• The loss of Lewis Cook – England Under-20 World Cup squad – could prompt Eddie Howe into a slight change of formation. Andrew Surman is available but lacks match fitness which should see Dan Gosling handed a return. A start for Ryan Fraser will be determined after an assessment on Saturday as he continues to manage an Achilles issue.

Liverpool – vs – Middlesbrough

The Reds (4-3-3)

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

• Firmino hasn’t trained with the group this week but Jürgen Klopp remains cautiously optimistic that he will make the game. If he is passed fit, then I’d be inclined to go with Daniel Sturridge over Divock Origi at Anfield this weekend.

The Boro (4-3-3)

Predicted XI: Guzan; Fabio, Gibson, Chambers, Friend; de Roon, Clayton, Leadbitter; Bamford, Negredo, Downing.

• Steve Agnew will be hoping to end his season on a high after a disappointing few months at the helm. Middlesbrough play their last Premier League game before dropping down to the Sky Bet Championship.

Manchester United – vs – Crystal Palace

The Red Devils (4-3-3)

Predicted XI: Pereira; Darmian, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly; McTominey, Mitchell, Pogba; Dearnley, Lingard, Martial.

• Ahead of the Europa League final on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has already stated his side will be littered with fringe and development players with support from 3 or 4 first-teamers. If I can get half of this United team right – then I’ll be a happy man!

The Eagles (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Hennessey; Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp, Ward; Milivojevic, McArthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Sako; Benteke.

• Palace have one or two injury problems of their own but with their top-flight status assured, Sam Allardyce won’t be overly concerned, especially given that United will be putting out a severely weakened side.

Southampton – vs – Stoke City

The Saints (4-3-3)

Predicted XI: Forster; Bertrand, Yoshida, Stephens, Pied; Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse; Rodriguez, Tadic, Austin.

• Claude Puel said Charlie Austin could make his first start since recovering from shoulder surgery. His involvement could see Manolo Gabbiadini drop to the bench. Matty Targett will continue to deputise for Ryan Bertrand if he fails to recover from a muscular problem while Jeremy Pied is poised to replace Cedric Soares who is also struggling.

The Potters (4-2-3-1)

Predicted XI: Butland; Shawcross, Martins Indi, Johnson, Muniesa; Allen, Cameron; Sobhi, Berahino, Shaqiri; Crouch.

• Marko Arnautovic is the main concern for Stoke after “he got a bang on the elbow” following a robust Rob Holding challenge last weekend. Top scorer Peter Crouch is pushing for a recall after scoring from the bench during the defeat to Arsenal.

Swansea City – vs – West Bromwich Albion

The Swans (4-3-1-2)

Predicted XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Olsson, Fernandez, Mawson; Britton, Carroll, Ki; Sigurdsson; Llorente, Ayew.

• A win at Sunderland ensures Swansea live to fight another Premier League season. Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel are back in contention but the home side could be unchanged.

The Baggies (4-5-1)

Predicted XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Wilson, Evans; Livermore, Fletcher, Brunt, Chadli, Yacob; Robson-Kanu.

• The Baggies picked up a few bumps and bruises at Man City on Tuesday but Tony Pulis expects those players to be fit enough for the trip to Wales.

Watford – vs – Manchester City

The Hornets (3-5-1-1)

Predicted XI: Gomes; Holebas, Britos, Mariappa; Janmaat, Amrabat, Cleverley, Doucouré, Behrami; Capoue; Deeney.

• Defensive problems continue to mount for Walter Mazzarri with Sebastian Prodl [suspended] and Adrian Mariappa [knee] facing a late test. The pair join an ever-growing list with Younes Kaboul, Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele already out. Miguel Britos will be checked on Saturday after missing the last three due to a calf strain.

The Citizens (4-5-1)

Predicted XI: Caballero; Navas, Clichy, Kompany, Otamendi; Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, De Bruyne, Jesus; Aguero.

• City need a win to secure third place and gain automatic entry into the Champions League group stages. Expect Pep to take no chances.

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