Premier League Press Conferences: Gameweek 4 Round Up

In the latest of our weekly series, I’ll be bringing you the news from every Premier League Press Conference that impacts your FPL team selection 


The only news of note to us with regard to Bournemouth, is that of the boss confirming that skipper Simon Francis (4.5) is set to return against Arsenal.


Ryan Shawcross (5.0) is out for their game against Manchester United;

“He has a small issue with his back, it isn’t related to the one before, but it is a ligament issue and he is a bit stiff.” – Mark Hughes

A slight boost for those looking to captain Romelu Lukaku perhaps.

This also provides a good option for Kevin Wimmer (4.4) to make his debut after his £18M switch from Tottenham;

“Kevin is only 24, and we feel that he has a lot of development to come, which was part of the attraction to him,” Mark Hughes added.


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Wilfried Bony (6.0) is fit but hasn’t played any pre-season matches.

When asked whether Wilfried could start, Paul Clement said he will, “100% be involved on Sunday.”

Perhaps a little worrying for Abraham (5.5) owners. Either they fit them both in up-front in a change of system, or they keep the same 1 man up-front system and go with who they think is best.

A keen eye will need to be kept on this, as both represent good value for our 3rd striker slots.


Younes Kaboul (4.5), Daryl Janmaat (4.9), and Roberto Pereyra (5.9) are back in training and in contention to make the squad for the game against Southampton;

“Kaboul, Janmaat and Pereyra start to work with the team,” said Silva.

“I believe the first two will be ready for the match and we’ll see what the situation with Pereyra is. We have one more training session tomorrow and after then I take a decision.”


Virgil Van Dijk (5.4) may start ahead of their game against Watford;

“VVD is training with the team again. He needs games and to show on the pitch. Now everything is normal.” – Pellegrino. 


Conte says there are no injury problems ahead of Saturday’s game with Leicester, and everybody is available.

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Conte on Eden Hazard (10.5);

“He is improving a lot and I think now I can count on him. I have to decide the right minutes but he is available.”

With Chelsea’s fixtures a sea of green, is it time for Eden Hazard?

Conte also said the following on Davide Zappacosta (6.0);

“He is in good physical condition. He knows very well which is my style and my idea. It’s more simple to adapt.”

We’ll have to wait to see where Zappacosta fits in to all of this.


Leicester will be with their captain Wes Morgan (4.5) for their game against Chelsea, but they will however, be without one of their key defenders in Robert Huth (5.0);

“Wes Morgan [is] fine. He didn’t miss a day’s training during the international break. [For Robert Huth], tomorrow will be too soon.”

Shakespeare will also make a late decision on Kelechi Iheanacho (6.9) on whether he will play or not, refusing to give any indication of which way he’s leaning.


Ronald Koeman stated his discontent with Wayne Rooney (7.6) after he was fined for drink-driving, but said he will play on Saturday;

“I’m very disappointed by the situation. We have spoken last Tuesday.”

“Any disciplinary matter will be dealt with by the club at the appropriate time. He will play this Saturday.”

Ross Barkley (7.4) on the other hand, has been confirmed to miss the next 2 and a half months.


Aresene Wenger clarified that none of his team had sustained any major injuries over the international break. He also commented on Jack Wilshere;

“Sanchez, Ospina, Ramsey are back today. We will see and check them. We have no injuries at the moment. Wilshere is getting stronger every day. No big problems.”

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Sanchez got through 90 minutes for Chile against Bolivia without any serious problems.

Ramsey also got 90 minutes in the last international match for Wales, where he scored himself the second goal in the 2-0 win over Moldova.


Kieran Trippier (5.4) remains likely to start ahead of new singing Serge Aurier (6.0) as Aurier is new to the scene at Tottenham.

Pochettino on Aurier;

“We need to assess him because he will arrive this afternoon. Maybe he will be in contention, maybe, we’ll see. We need to assess him today and tomorrow.”

Man City:

Vincent Kompany (6.0) will most likely not take part in their game against Liverpool;

“I do not think Vincent Kompany will be available tomorrow.” – Pep Guardiola

“I am sad. The last 7, 8, 9 games last season he played no problem, but we will get him fit as soon as possible.”

Nothing was said on David Silva (8.1), who was rumoured, by a few sources, to be off to Turkish giants Fenerbahce – suggesting no truth to the rumour.

West Ham United:

Lanzini (6.9) is out of the Huddersfield game after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Winston Reid (4.9) is back following his calf strain to boost West Ham’s shoddy defensively displays thus far.

Andy Carroll (5.9) is “OK” and the West Ham striker could make his long awaited return against Huddersfield on Monday night.

Crystal Palace:

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (4.5) has recovered from a minor groin strain and will be added to the Palace squad travelling to Burnley;

“Almost everybody is getting fit,” de Boer said. “Only Wickham and Zaha [are] still injured. Cabaye and Tomkins face a late test.”


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Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Philippe Coutinho (8.8) will not be included in Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, as Jürgen wants him to train instead of playing before he is fully fit, preparing him for the rest of the season;

“He couldn’t train for around about three weeks and that means we have to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that’s quite difficult with our fixtures and our schedule.”

Manchester United:

Mourinho is waiting for his players to return to training this evening before assessing his players fully for their game against Stoke however, all FPL options (Lukaku, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Jones, DDG) featured for their international teams and got through without injury.

Jose Mourinho talked about that dreaded thing in FPL again (rotation), stating that squad rotation is key – but we don’t like this Mourinho, when will you learn?

“The squad is strong, the players are ready to play, the decision to leave people on the bench is hard, the decision to leave people at home is hard.

The fact that we now play every three days in the relation to that is good, the players will feel they are all involved. By the end of September, every player will play and start matches because it’s the normal movement of the squad, that makes my control of my human resources better, easier, simple but the matches are difficult and we always have the risk of can’t keeping a winning run, which is really difficult to do.”



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