Predicted lineups for this weekend’s EPL fixtures

Premier League predicted lineups

It’s time to look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action as we predict the starting lineups for each EPL game.

Cardiff City v Watford

Cardiff XI: Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Arter, Murphy, Cordova-Reid, Niasse

Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Sema, Deeney, Deulofeu

Questionable: Ashley Darel Jazz Richards (Cardiff)

Out: Sean Morrison (Cardiff); Holebas, Kiko Femenia (Watford)

Fulham 0-3 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men show the crucial consistency

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Manchester United had a big chance to enter the top four position for the first time since the start of the season, with their next fixture being away to Fulham, a side that have only won four league games and are in the relegation zone. With Chelsea and Manchester City facing one another on Sunday, it was important for the Red Devils to pick up the three points and in a secure manner.

Overall, United dominated the game from the first second of the match till the final whistle, where they could have even scored a further couple of goals to pile on the misery. Despite the early scares and nerve-wrecking moments, the visitors were allowed to attack in numbers and simply take their chances, which they did so as both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba scored in the first 25 minutes.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in the second half, as the side’s positional awareness on and off the ball was something that you would truly witness from a Sunday league team. Not only that, manager Claudio Ranieri has been struggling to motivate and revive this Fulham side, otherwise they would be showing positive signs in recent weeks and would be climbing slowly up the table.

Here are the three valuable factors we learnt from Manchester United’s latest league game…

Changes to the side were effective in the end

When deciding who would start in the fixture against Fulham, Solskjaer was bound to keep one eye on the monumental Champions League fixture at home to Paris Saint-Germain, whilst choosing which players deserve a rest and which could do with some further game time. Due to this, the likes of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof were given a well deserved rest.

Meanwhile, individuals such as Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku returned into the line-up, and went on to play a key role towards the side winning the three points. Although these four players may not be seen as good enough players to play regularly for Solskjaer, they still have a duty to complete when they are required from the bench or in the less relevant matches for the remainder of the season.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba continue with their brilliance

At this moment of time, it can easily be stated that both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are the club’s best outfield players, two individuals that are capable of producing something out of nothing and are able to help the side’s midfield and attack tick. When the pair are not in the starting line-up, the team’s style of football has a tendency to become slow on both sides of the pitch and painfully predictable.

With Martial signing a contract extension recently and Pogba reportedly expected to sign one once the season comes to an end, United have two serious Premier League beaters that they can build their team around for the next five years. Now, it all depends on who is the next permanent manager, because the Frenchman’s will not want another Jose Mourinho type of coach to come in to shamelessly limit and nullify them.

The Red Devils and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now aim for a top four finish

At the beginning of December, the former manager in Jose Mourinho had publicly stated that it would be a miracle for the team to get into the top four as they sat 10 to 12 points behind the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. Ten weeks later, under the managerial of interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United are just about sat in fourth-place and are also 14 points off the league leaders.

The race for the last spot in the top four will go down till the end of the season, where the full focus will be on Arsenal, Chelsea and United on a weekly basis. Also, if Tottenham do drop points in the upcoming matches, they could also fall into the race where third place and fourth place is up for grabs. In the end, if Solskjaer somehow leads Manchester United to a top four finish, he will surely get the job permanently.

Three things we learned from Manchester United’s dominant victory at home to Fulham

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In the early minutes of the game, the visitors were showing that they meant business as they looked active on and off the ball. Since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri to Craven Cottage a couple of weeks ago, the side are now showing more stability in the back whilst also pressing and creating chances here and there. Once the goals start to roll in constantly, so will the valuable points and the wins.

However, it was the home side who took the lead and on the 13th minute mark, as Ashley Young completed an impressive solo goal from the left flank as his shot went flying into the top right corner of the net. Just over ten minutes later, United doubled their lead through Juan Mata, who completed off a really good play which included the vital involvement of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

Just a couple of minutes before the half-time break, the hosts managed to score another goal and it came from a quick corner routine which allowed Lukaku to score and finally break his Old Trafford goal drought. Many of the Red Devils will be hoping that goal will be a confidence booster for the Belgian international, especially ahead of the Valencia and Liverpool fixtures that are coming up.

The second half of the fixture was completely opposite to the first half, where the game was done and dusted, which led the hosts to play with less urgency and intensity whilst the visitors were looking to gain more time on the ball. Due to this, Fulham were finally able to produce more passes in the final third and were also allowed to have their midfield and attack further up the pitch.

Fulham were given a huge opportunity to pick up a consolation goal from the penalty spot, which was well-taken by Aboubakar Kamara, who sent David De Gea the wrong way. Though, things went from bad to worse for the West London club, as Andre Zambo Anguissa picked up his second yellow card of the match and Ranieri’s side went down to ten men for the final 22 minutes of the game.

With eight minutes left until the full-time whistle, Marcus Rashford deservingly got his goal and also the side’s fourth goal of the afternoon, which summed up the fine performance many saw from the youngster yesterday. In the end, Manchester United will be really glad to complete a perfect display from start till end after a long time whilst Fulham will have to really improve if they want to stay up.

Here are the three valuable factors we learnt from Manchester United’s latest league game…

Diogo Dalot has instantly become a fans favourite

Manchester United have had issues with playing out from the back as well as ongoing problems with utilising full-backs for them to be a dangerous threat going forward. On the other hand, Diogo Dalot has recently entered the side’s starting line-up and is already showing what he can offer to the team on and off the ball, which cannot be easily stated for the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.

Although he is yet to show his composure and quality defensively, the 19-year-old is evidently proving that he has the dribbling and crossing ability to unlock the oppositions that come to Old Trafford and sit deep in their own half. The Red Devils finally look to have an impressive gem that has the huge and key potential to make the right-back position his own for next five to ten years.

Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are now undroppable

Yesterday, United’s midfield and attack showed they can play football on both sides of the pitch and can also do that at a fast and speedy level. From pressing as a solid unit high up the pitch to attacking down the flanks on both areas of the field, the evidence and proof was simply there that the side have not forgotten how to play football it’s just that they lack urgency and actual desire.

Focusing back onto the match, both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata played an influential part in helping the side to a convincing and dominant victory. With the way how both Spaniards play around each other as well as the chemistry and understanding they have with the rest of the team, they must continue to play and remain in the line-up if the manager wants to go on a winning run.

The Red Devils finally complete a thrashing at Old Trafford

Over the last year, Manchester United have not shown the ideal aggression and ruthlessness against the weaker sides, which is one of the reasons to why they sometime drop points to the newly promoted clubs. On top of that, the lack of consistency and planning going into the final third of the pitch, is why the team tend to end the season with a low goal difference compared to the rest.

On the other hand, the four goals scored yesterday against Fulham is actual evidence that this Manchester United side can attack effectively and that they can take their chances. Although the supporters have not seen four goals scored at home in the league on a regular basis, the recent result would make them believe and feel that this can hopefully now happen week in and out.

EPL Weekend Picks – Round 14

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The 14th week of the 2018-19 Premier League season sees Liverpool host Everton, while Tottenham make the short trip across north London to face Arsenal. Let’s take a look at 11 players who you should consider for your EPL Fantasy team this weekend…

GK – Jordan Pickford (Everton)
We’re going to look specifically at players who have gone under the radar in EPL Fantasy this season, starting with Jordan Pickford. Everton’s 7.00m-rated No.1 has picked up 15 points in 2018-19 — only five goalkeepers have a better record.

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Why Claudio Ranieri is the right manager to turn Fulham around

Football is a cruel sport. Slavisa Jokanovic performed miracles turning Fulham from a mid-table Championship side into a Premier League one, and yet within three months of beginning his adventure in the top flight the Serbian is already out of a job. Having been sacked by Watford the summer after gaining promotion in 2015, Jokanovic has every right to feel hard done by.

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Will Fulham go down as the worst defensive team in Premier League history?

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Having conceded an average of one goal per game in the Championship last season, Fulham seemed well-equipped to deal with the defensive demands of the Premier League upon their return to the top flight.

However, 10 games into the 2018-19 season, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have equalled the record for the most number of goals conceded (28) at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

They began the season in relatively decent form, picking up four points from their first four games, but they have since conceded at least three goals in matches against Manchester City, Everton, Cardiff and Arsenal.

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EPL Weekend Picks – Round 10

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The 10th week of the 2018-19 Premier League season sees Liverpool face Cardiff, Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace and Tottenham host Manchester City. Let’s take a look at some of the players who you should consider adding to your EPL Fantasy team before the weekend.

GK – Alisson (Liverpool)
With six clean sheets from nine matches, Alisson’s points total of 42 has only been bettered this season by Manchester City’s Ederson. The Liverpool goalkeeper, valued at 10.00m, is likely to add to his tally against Cardiff on Saturday.

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Fulham win provides Everton with welcome momentum

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Sometimes it takes one performance for a new manager to get going at a club. For Marco Silva and Everton, it may prove to be the win over Fulham.

Describing Silva’s first few weeks in charge at Goodison Park as frustrating would be accurate. His desire to attack regardless of opponents is a welcome change for fans who were bored into submission by Sam Allardyce’s football. His attitude towards the club is another point in the plus column.

Whereas Allardyce had little regard for the fourth most successful club in England, Silva has made it clear he knows this is a big job. He has also made it clear that existing is not enough. Everton have to compete. Continue reading

Fantasy EPL – Predicted Lineups

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Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham predicted lineup: Vorm, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Davies, Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Moura, Kane
Questionable: Lamela, Son
Out: Loris, Sissoko, Ali

Liverpool predicted linup: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Salah
Questionable: Keita, Matip
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lovren

Bournemouth vs Leicester

Bournemouth predicted lineup: Begovic, Frances, Ake, Cook, Smith, Gosling, Lerma, Rico, King, Wilson, Fraser
Questionable: Cook, Smith, Ibe
Out: Pugh Stanislas

Leicester predicted lineup: Schmeichel, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Pereira, Mendy, Ndidi, Ghezzal, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray
Questionable: Iheanacho, Silva
Out: James, Soyuncu

Chelsea vs Cardiff

Chelsea predicted lineup: Kepa, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Jorginho, Hazard, Giroud, Willian
Questionable: Morata, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek
Out: Fabregas

Cardiff predicted lineup: Etheridge, Bamba, Morrison, Bennet, Manga, Camarasa, Reid, Ralls, Arter, Ward, Hoilet
Questionable: Zohore, Murphy
Out: Gunnarsson, Mendez-Laing

Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace

Huddersfield predicted lineup: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Zanka, Hadergjonaj, Lowe, Billing, Moy, Van La Para, Diakhaby, Kachunga
Questionable: Mounie, Pritchard
Out: Hogg, Sobhi

Crystal Palace predicted lineup: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew, Sorloth
Questionable: Benteke, Zaha, Soare
Out: Tomkins, Dann, Wickham

Manchester City vs Fulham

Manchester City predicted lineup: Ederson, Laporte, Stones, Walker, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, David Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Aguero
Questionable: Kompany, Silva, Sterling
Out:
De Bruyne, Bravo

Fullham predicted lineup: Bettinelli, Le Marchand, Fosu-Mensah, Mawson, Odoi, McDonald, Sessegnon, Seri, Schurrle, Mitrovic, Vietto,
Questionable: Anguissa, Christie, Chambers

Newcastle United vs Arsenal

Newcastle United predicted lineup: Dubravka, Lascelles, Clark, Fernandez, Yedlin, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kennedy, Perez, Rondon
Questionable: Joselu, Atsu
Out: Ritchie, Shelvey, Manquillo, Lejune

Arsenal predicted lineup: Cech, Mustafi, Sokratis, Nacho, Bellerin, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan
Questionable:
Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Iwobi
Out: Koscielny, Kolasinac

Watford vs Manchester United

Watford predicted lineup: Foster, Cathcart, Kabasele, Janmat, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Pererya, Hughes, Deenye, Gray
Questionable: Success, Mariapa
Out: Cleverly, Deulefeu

Manchester united lineup: De Gea, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Young, Pogba, Pereira, Matic, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku
Questionable: Bailly, Herrera, Martial, McTominay
Out: Fellaini, Shaw, Jones

Wolves vs Burnley

Wolves predicted lineup: Patricio, Coady, Boly, Bennet, Jonny, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jota, Traore, Costa
Questionable: Jimenez, Saiss, Bonatini
Out: Enobakare, Cavaleiro

Burnley predicted lineup: Hart, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley, Taylor, Cork, Hendrick, Lennon, Westwood, Wood, Barnes
Questionable: McNeil, Gibson
Out: Brady, Defour, Pope, Walters,

Everton vs West Ham

Everton predicted lineup: Pickford, Holgate, Zouma, Kenny, Digne, Sigurdsson, Davies, Schneiderlin, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman
Questionable: Walcott, Baines,
Out: Richarlison, Keane, Jagielka, Mina, MaCarthy, Bernard, Coleman

West Ham predicted lineup: Fabianski, Cresswell, Diop, Balbuena, Fredericks, Wilshire, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Antonio, Andersen, Arnautovic
Questionable: Masuaku, Noble, Chicharito, Yarmolenko
Out: Reid, Carrol, Lanzini

Southampton vs Brighton

Southampton predicted lineup: MaCarthy, Soares, Hoedt, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Elyounoussi, Redmond, Ings, Long
Questionable: Austin
Out:

Brighton predicted lineup: Ryan, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Montoya, Propper, March, Bissouma, Knockaert, Murray
Questionable:
Balogun, Gross, Bruno,
Out:
Izquierdo, Andone
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