Premier League Press Conference Round-Up: FPL Gameweek 20

In the latest of our weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the important news from every Premier League press conference that impacts your Fantasy Premier League team selection for FPL Gameweek 20.

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All the best for Gameweek 20 everyone – lets do this!


After their FA cup triumph over bitter rivals Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on his boys.

“It’s fantastic to win games against last year’s champions. They are a fantastic team to play and we have had good results over the past couple of years playing different systems but today we played and won on our terms”.

Marcus Rashford who scored and assisted was forced off at the later stages due to a knee injury.

However, he appears to be in contention for the Sheffield United game.

“He [Rashford] trained this morning. I think he tweaked his knee a little bit but he trained fine.”


After loosing Kevin De Bryune to a muscular injury against Aston Villa, Guardiola would be looking to his side to adapt to life without their most creative player.

Kyle Walker remains a doubt for Cityzens match against West Brom due to a hip injury. Sergio Aguero is still out due to Covid. Nathan Ake remains on the sidelines.

Pep will be looking to have Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia fully fit after the duo made appearances in their FA cup tie against Cheltenham.


Palace will be without Jefferey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho. Talisman Wilfried Zaha is expected to start in the match against West Ham

New signing Jean-Philippe Mateta will be unavailable for the trip to West Ham.

“It’s too early… there’s a few visa [matters] to sort out”, said Hodgson.

Hodgson also states that Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson are “recovering very well”.


Arthur Masuaku remains absent with a knee injury and substitute keeper Daniel Randolph will have to be assessed ahead of the game.

Balbuena is back in contention after taking part in their FA cup win against Doncaster. Michail Antonio was rested over the weekend and David Moyes will be hoping he stays fit for the remaining part of the season.


West Brom are boosted by the return of Karlan Grant and Matt Philips as they prepare to host Manchester City.

“I’m glad to say we have Matt Phillips and Karlan Grant back”, said Allardyce.

Robert Snodgrass is back in contention after missing the West Ham trip due to ineligibility.

Conor Townsend is back but not yet ready to return, while Diangana is out. However, Sam Allardyce will be hoping his side replicate their performances against City which saw them snatching a point.


Charlie Taylor received an injury against Liverpool in the second half. The left back missed the Fulham game.

Charlie Taylor is still touch and go”, said Dyche.

His injury would likely see Erik Pieters deputise in defense.

Robbie Brady and Josh Brownhill have both got a little knock, but hopefully everyone is going to be close for selection.”

Nick Pope, Ben Mee, and Ashley Westwood should all return after being rested over the weekend.


After their FA cup exit in the hands of Manchester United, Liverpool face a tricky match against Mourinho’s men. Kloop’s men could be without captain Jordan Henderson who is out due to a groin injury.

Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Van Djik, and Diogo Jota all remain out due to injuries. Klopp also reiterated Liverpool would not be signing a CB in place of the injured Van Djik.


Villa will welcome back John Mcginn back from suspension. Kortney Hause remains a doubt with an ankle problem.

Kortney Hause is still out and due to go for a scan, I believe”, said Smith.

Villa are also closing in on a deal to sign midfielder, Morgan Sanson from Marseille.


The big news coming from Stamford Bridge is that Head coach Frank Lampard sacked after a struggling for form in the premier league.

Ngolo Kante is the only injury doubt for the blues who are hoping to get Thomas Tuchel on board by Wednesday.

No further injury news for the blues.


Nuno Espirito’s men have a long injury list that includes Raul Jimenez, Jonny Castro, Daniel Podence and Fernando Marcal.


The Leicester city boss states that Jamie Vardy underwent a minor operation on a hernia condition last week, but does not expect it to be a long recovery.

“There’s a timeline on it… he’s a little sore as you’d expect… hopefully he’s a quick healer and he’ll be back available fairly soon”, Rodgers said.

Ricardo Pereira featured in the FA cup match after been sidelined for about nine months. First team players Castagne, Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, and Albrighton could all be back against Everton after been rested over the weekend.

Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan remain out of action, whilst Christian Fuchs has returned to training.

Rodgers suggests that both Ayoze Perez and Kelechi Iheanacho are capable of filling in for the injured Jamie Vardy.


Steve Bruce claims that he will be without Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark for match against Leeds. Meanwhile, Javier Manquillo is also a doubt after just returning from an injury and COVID issues.

Allan Saint Maximin returned as a substitute against Villa but is unlikely to start.

“I would think it’s a bit too soon for him [Saint-Maximin] to start. We’ll see how he is today.”


Midfielder Kalvin Philips is set to return for Bielsa’s side after serving a suspension ban against Brighton. There is positive news for Meslier.

Illan Meslier has resolved his health issues”, Bielsa explained.

Marcelo Bielsa has no fresh injury concerns but Robin Koch (knee) and Gaetano Berardi (knee) remain sidelined.

Bielsa hinted that Diego Llorente could make a return to the starting XI after getting some minutes in the Under-23s.


Everton have been in a magnificent form over the past few weeks after taking 15 points from a possible 18.

One concern for Ancelotti is his side’s form at Goodison Park where they have lost three of their last five games in the premier league.

Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in contention to return for the Leicester game.

Another major plus is the return of striker Dominic Calvert Lewin who ended a six game goal drought at the weekend.

Allan, Fabian Delph and Doucoure are still out through injury while Jean Philippe Gbamin is a long term absentee for the Toffees.


Chris Wilder will be without John Egan who misses out due to suspension.

There is also a recent set back for Jack O’Connell in his comeback from a knee injury.

Ben Osborne and Oli McBurnie missed the Blades FA cup win over Plymouth, while Sander Berge is sidelined through injury.

Lys Mousset and Jack Robinson will hope to feature, and there were no fresh concerns from Saturday’s tie.

“Everyone came through okay, so that’s good news”, says Chris Wilder.


Arsenal’s main man and captain Aubameyang will be unavailable for the match after withdrawing from the squad due to “personal family reasons”.

Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari both remain unavailable due to similar calf injuries.

Kieran Tierney is also being assessed for discomfort in the right lower leg.


Ralph Hassenhutti will be without full backs Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker Peters for their match against Arsenal. Bertrand is serving a one match ban while Walker Peters suffered a minor quadriceps injury in training on Monday.

Nathan Redmond is fit enough for the bench while the Saints Boss reveals Oriol Romeu is still not available for selection.


Brighton’s injury list remains long with as many as eight players sidelined.

Aaron Conolly and Adam Lallana are thought to have a chance of returning against Fulham.

The game will be too soon for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tariq Lamptey, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Florin Andone.

Robert Sanchez should keep his place in goal after Matt Ryan secured a move to Arsenal.


Antonee Robinson serves the final game of his ban after being sent off against Chelsea, while injured Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo complete a number of absentees for the visitors.

Parker claims that the team appear to have survived since the last fixture unscathed.

“No new injury concerns have come out of the recent fixtures. We’re just to repair the tired bodies”, claimed Parker.

Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete and Loftus Cheek are all set to return to the side after being named amongst the substitutes in the FA cup.


Jose Mourinho admits that he will need to make a last minute decision on the fitness of Ben Davies aheadb of the game against Liverpool on Thursday, due to a recently sustained calf injury.

Gareth Bale scored a goal and got a decent run out in the cup match, which could spark the beginning of some league form for the Welshman.

The usual suspects (Kane and Son) came out of the Wycombe match unscathed.


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