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Fantasy Premier League Team News Ahead Of Gameweek 2

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Fantasy Premier League Team News Ahead Of Gameweek 2

With Fantasy Premier League’s second gameweek on the horizon, managers will be starting to sweat over the fitness of players in their squad as they deliberate on their final team ahead of the weekend.

Given there is no Friday night game this week, managers will be given an extra nights’ sleep to worry about transfers, squad picks and captains before the deadline hits before noon on Saturday. 

More importantly, though, knowing which players are fit and injured can make a huge difference to securing those vital points needed to achieving FPL glory.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined again due to illness
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined again due to illness
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So, with that said, we take a look at teams in the Premier League who could potentially be without key players for their fixtures ahead of Gameweek 2.

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both missed the trip to Brentford due to illness and Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the duo will be sidelined yet again.

Next match: Chelsea (h)

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Doubts: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Mahalhaes, Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey, William Saliba

Aston Villa

Aston Villa will again be without the services of Trezeguet and Morgan Sanson through injury, but Douglas Luiz could be available, as the midfielder returned to training following his involvement for Brazil at the Olympics

Next match: Newcastle United (h)

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Doubts: Trezeguet, Morgan Sanson

Brentford

In a big boost for Brentford, Thomas Frank confirmed to the media that all of the players who were in their squad for their 2-0 win over Arsenal will be available this weekend.

Next match: Crystal Palace (a)

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Doubts: Josh Da Silva, Mathias Jensen

Brighton & Hove Albion

Graham Potter has no new injury concerns heading into the weekend and will have the same group of players he did during their 2-1 win over Burnley

Next match: Watford (h)

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Doubts: Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck, Dan Burn, Joel Veltman

Burnley

Kevin Long and Dale Stephens are Burnley’s only two confirmed absentees for the trip to Liverpool, although neither player would have troubled the starting line-up anyway. 

Next match: Liverpool (a)

Doubts: Kevin Long, Dale Stephens

Chelsea

Chelsea’s club-record signing Romelu Lukaku has declared himself fit to face Arsenal, with the only question mark over whether he will start or come off the bench for his second debut for the Blues.

Next match: Arsenal (a)

Doubts: N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic’s involvement is uncertain due to personal reasons, while the trio of Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise and Nathan Ferguson remain in the treatment room. 

Next match: Brentford (h)

Doubts: Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, Nathan Ferguson

Everton

Jarrad Branthwaite will again miss out through injury, but Ben Godfrey and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin could both be available, having missed out against Southampton due to the rules on self-isolation.

Next match: Leeds United (a)

Doubts: Jarrad Branthwaite, James Rodriguez

Leeds United

Diego Llorente remains out ahead of the visit of Everton, but Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips, who was an unused substitute in the 5-1 defeat to Manchester United, is closer to being back in the team.

Next match: Everton (h)

Doubts: Kiko Casilla, Diego Llorente

Leicester City

Leicester City have some serious problems, particularly in defence with Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Nampalys Mendy all sidelined with injuries.

Next match: West Ham United (a)

Doubts: Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Nampalys Mendy

Liverpool

Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson are slowly building up their match fitness, while Kostas Tsimikas will continue at left-back as Andy Robertson battles back from ankle ligament damage. 

Next match: Burnley (h)

Doubts: Andy Robertson

Manchester City

Manchester City will be grateful that the shoulder injury that Ilkay Gundogan suffered against Tottenham Hotspur is not serious, however, they will still be without Phil Foden, who is still nursing a foot injury. 

Next match: Norwich City (h)

Doubts: Phil Foden

Manchester United

Manchester United are still without Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles, though goalkeeper Dean Henderson - who, like Jesse Lingard, has been recovering after testing positive for coronavirus - could return to contention this weekend.

Next match: Southampton (a)

Doubts: Marcus Rashford, Alex Telles

Newcastle United

Martin Dubravka and Paul Dummett remain on the sidelines through injury, while Karl Darlow is still struggling following a bout of coronavirus and is likely to miss out again here.

Next match: Aston Villa (a)

Doubts: Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett

Norwich City

Sam Byram is out with a thigh problem, while there are also doubts over Onel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill and Przemyslaw Placheta due to coronavirus and the rules on self-isolation.

Next match: Manchester City (a)

Doubts: Sam Byram, Onel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill, Przemyslaw Placheta

Southampton

Southampton are set to remain without academy graduates Sam McQueen and Will Smallbone, who are both sidelined with knee injuries.

Next match: Manchester United (h)

Doubts: Sam McQueen, Will Smallbone

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have no known injuries and manager Nuno Espirito Santo is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal, but will Harry Kane feature?

Next match: Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)

Doubts: Harry Kane

Watford

Joshua King and Kiko Femenia are both now available for selection, but Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah will miss the trip to Brighton, while Juraj Kucka is a fesh doubt with a minor thigh problem. 

Next match: Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

Doubts: Joao Pedro, Nathaniel Chalobah, Juraj Kucka

West Ham United

West Ham United’s only injury doubt for their home fixture against Leicester on Monday is left-back Arthur Masuaka, who is unlikely to be fit enough to play.

Next match: Leicester City (h)

Doubts: Arthur Masuaka

Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Bruno Lage will be unable to call upon the services of defenders Jonny and Willy Bolly, while there are doubts over the availability of Portugal internationals Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence

Next match: Tottenham Hotspur (h)

Doubts: Jonny, Willy Bolly, Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Yerson Mosquera, Owen Otasowie

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool

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