Every week, Daily Fantasy Focus gives you the definitive lowdown on suspension, illness and injury in the Premier League. Here we round up the Hitlist for Gameweek 6.
Next Up: Chelsea (H)
Gabriel is back and available for selection ahead of Arsenal’s huge upcoming clash with Chelsea at the Emirates, however Koscielney and Mustafi look most likely to continue their blossoming partnership for the fixture. Alexis Sanchez meanwhile could maintain his impressive showing as the lone striker with Olivier Giroud a doubt for Gameweek 5.
Injured: Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Welbeck
50/50: Olivier Giroud
Next Up: Everton (A)
The Cherries’ respective egos may have been damaged in the aftermath of a 4-0 drubbing to Manchester City, but fortunately for Eddie Howe, they can prepare for a trip to Goodison Park with zero injury concerns.
Next Up: Watford (H)
The Clarets returned to Turf Moor, licking their wounds following their deflating 3-0 defeat to champions Leicester. Ashley Barnes now clocks as Sean Dyche’s only injury worry ahead of a meeting with Watford in Gameweek 6.
Next Up: Arsenal (A)
The sick bay at Chelsea retains two familiar faces in John Terry and Kurt Zouma ahead of a London derby with Arsenal, but with David Luiz back at the Bridge, Conte has an able deputy.
Injured: Terry, Zouma
Next Up: Sunderland (A)
One of Palace’s outstanding players of 2015/16, Bacary Sako, is back among the selection this weekend following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Connor Wickham is also back to duke it out with Christian Benteke for The Eagles lone centre-forward role. No easy feat.
Injured: Souare, Remy, Campbell
50/50: Tomkins, Cabaye
Next Up: Bournemouth (A)
Irish duo, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy, are both undergoing surgery and will be out of action for Everton for another month at least. The biggest worry currently for Ronald Koeman however, will be the touch and go status of Romelu Lukaku, who is currently nursing a toe injury.
Injured: Browning, Pennington, Gibson, McCarthy, Besic
Next Up: Liverpool (A)
Jake Livermore received a straight red in Gameweek 5, allowing the Gunners to rack up a 4-1 victory with apparent ease. The midfielder-cum-defender served his suspension in the League Cup and should be once again available for a trip to Anfield on Saturday.
Injured: McGregor, Lenihan, Odubajo, Bruce, Luer
Next Up: Manchester City (A)
Marcin Wasilewski effectively handed the Tuesday’s League Cup tie into Chelsea’s hands, following a vicious elbow on – you’ve guessed it – Diego Costa. His subsequent suspension won’t impact Claudio Ranieri’s plans too much however, with the Morgan and Huth combination to be reinstated for Gameweek 6.
Next Up: Hull (H)
Liverpool can look towards a continuation of their impressive recent form at home to Hull this weekend and are bolstered by the return of a fully fit Emre Can.
Injured: Gomez, Ojo
Next Up: Swansea (A)
Summer signing Nolito joins fellow La Liga alumnus Sergio Aguero on the suspension list following a hare-brained headbutt, planted on Bournemouth’s Adam Smith last weekend. Those two aside, David Silva ranks as the most important potential absentee for City, having missed Gameweek 5 with a knock.
50/50: Fernando, Delph, Silva
Suspended: Nolito, Sergio Aguero
Next Up: Leicester City (H)
Anthony Martial could be the most high profile injured party for Manchester United, after sustaining a nasty clash of heads in defeat to Watford.
50/50: Shaw, Mkhitaryan, Martial
Next Up: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Cristhian Stuani missed out on last weekend’s comprehensive defeat at the hands of Everton and likewise looks slightly doubtful to participate at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Otherwise Fabio and Grant Leadbitter are the long-term injured at Boro.
Injured: Fabio, Leadbitter
50/50: Clayton, Stuani, Rhodes
Next Up: West Ham United (A)
Jay Rodriguez and his fitness woes have been a recurring theme of these past two seasons and it looks as if the Saints’ fan favourite is struggling once again with a knock and is doubtful to start against West Ham as a result.
Injured: Pied, Boufal
50/50: Gardos, Rodriguez
Next Up: West Bromwich Albion (A)
Glen Johnson made his first start of the season against Palace and was part of a backline that oversaw a three goal deficit defeat to Crystal Palace. Ahead of Gameweek 6, Mark Hughes needs to make a decision on whether to stick with his veteran goalkeeper, Shay Given, or put faith in Jakob Haugaard who is working his way back to full fitness.
Injured: Butland, Shaqiri, Ireland, Afellay
Next Up: Crystal Palace (H)
Jermain Defoe’s calf injury should be the primary concern for his fantasy managers, Sunderland fans and most of all David Moyes who unquestionably needs his star man in order to stand a chance of victory against an in-form Palace side. Key men such as Mannone, Larsson and Fabio Borini still looks several months off a return.
Injured: Mannone, Larsson, Borini, Anichebe
50/50: Khazri, Defoe
Next Up: Manchester City (H)
Accross last season and the start of this one, Swansea have been particularly fortunate with injuries. Heading into their toughest clash of the season so far with Man City, Nathan Dyer is the only player unavailable as he undergoes surgery on an ankle injury.
Next Up: Middlesbrough (A)
Dembele could be back in the fray for Mauricio Pochetino in Gameweek 6 but crucially, they have no Harry Kane. Their star man succumbed to an ankle ligament injury in Spurs’ victory over Sunderland and could be out for up to two months as a result.
Injured: Rose, Nkoudo, Kane
50/50: Dier, Dembele
Next Up: Burnley (A)
Spirits will be high at Vicarage Road following the Hornets impressive win over Manchester United in their last fixture and looks towards the Burnley game with an almost clean bill of health – new signing Stefano Okaka stands as their only unavailable party.
West Bromwich Albion
Next Up: Stoke City (A)
Things are looking a hell of a lot better for the Baggies with a thrilling win in Gameweek 5, but to replicate that, Tony Pulis will require his new star man – Nacer Chadli – to recover from a knock.
50/50: Brunt, Chadli
Next Up: Southampton (H)
Slaven Bilic has no new injury worries, but has a major task on his hands in turning the Hammers’ abysmal form around. A return for Winston Reid, would go someway to helping in that regard.
Injured: Cresswell, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll
50/50: Masuaku, Reid