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Relegation-threatened players could prove inspired transfers

Morgan Gibbs-White could prove shrewd transfer

As The Premier League heats up so does the Fantasy League with consecutive double gameweeks coming up in rounds 34 and 35.

Morgan Gibbs-White and Oliver McBurnie could be solid options for the final stretch in midfield and attack respectively. The Forest man has been important recently, registering four goal involvements (one goal, three assists) in as many games, while McBurnie has scored twice in that same period.


Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur (8.30am)

Newcastle beat Fulham 1-0 last week to inch closer to the European positions. Nick Pope, Sven Botman, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Targett, Kieran Trippier, Tino Livramento, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, Lewis Miley and Callum Wilson are out, while Joe Willock is doubtful with an Achilles injury.

Tottenham held off Nottingham Forest to jump into the final Champions League qualifying spot on goal difference. Fraser Forster, Ryan Sessegnon and Manor Solomon are out, while Richarlison is doubtful with a hip injury.

Prediction: 2-1

Brentford v Sheffield United (11am)

Brentford are winless in their last five games and have just three points from a possible 15 points. Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey, Ben Mee, Ethan Pinnock, Josh Dasilva and Christian Norgaard will miss this match due to injury, while Kevin Schade is doubtful through lack of fitness.

Sheffield United grabbed a valiant home draw with Chelsea last week. George Baldock, Chris Basham, John Egan, Max Lowe, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Tom Davies, Rhian Brewster and Daniel Jebbison are unavailable through injury and illness, while Jack Robinson is doubtful.

Prediction: 1-1

Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion (11am)

Burnley were narrowly beaten at Everton last time and are six points from safety with six games remaining.

Dara O’Shea is suspended after being sent off in that defeat last week and Luca Koleosho, Nathan Redmond and Aaron Ramsey are out with injury. Ameen Al-Dakhil, Jordan Beyer and Han-Noah Massengo are doubtful.

Brighton have only scored two goals in their last five league matches. Adam Webster, Billy Gilmour, Solly March, Kaoru Mitoma, Jack Hinshelwood and Evan Ferguson are out with a range of injuries, while James Milner is doubtful.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester City v Luton Town (11am)

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace to stay in contention for a historic fourth straight league title. Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker are out with calf and hamstring injuries, while Phil Foden faces a late fitness test for an apparent dead leg.

Luton pulled are only inside the relegation zone on goal difference after their home win over Bournemouth.

Loanee Issa Kabore is ineligible to play this match thanks to league rules, while Albert Sambi Lokonga, Chiedozie Ogbene, Gabriel Osho, Dan Potts, Amari Bell, Mads Juel Anderson, Marvelous Nakamba, Jacob Brown, Elijah Adebayo and Tom Lockyer are out through injury.

Prediction: 2-0

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers (11am)

Nottingham Forest were soundly beaten at Spurs last week. Taiwo Awoniyi misses out with a muscle injury, while Nuno Tavares and Willy Boly are doubtful.

Wolves were narrowly beaten at home by West Ham, although Max Kilman had a late equaliser controversially ruled out on video review. Pedro Neto and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde are out with hamstring and knee injuries, while Rayan Ait-Nouri (calf) and Hwang Hee-Chan (fitness) are doubtful.

Prediction: 2-1

Bournemouth v Manchester United (1.30pm)

Bournemouth have taken ten points from their last five league games. Ryan Fredericks and Luis Sinisterra are out to calf and hamstring injuries repectively, while Marcus Tavernier, Chris Mepham, Tyler Adams and Antoine Semenyo are doubtful with injury and illness.

Manchester United have dropped five points in the last two weeks, drawing to Brentford and Liverpool and losing at Chelsea. Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial are out, while Raphael Varane, Jonny Evans, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford are doubtful.

Prediction: 2-2


Liverpool v Crystal Palace (10am)

Liverpool failed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last week to fall to second on goal difference. Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara and Ben Doak are out through injury, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Stefan Bajcetic, Alisson and Diogo Jota are doubtful.

Crystal Palace have taken just one win from their last nine games and sit just five points above the drop zone. Sam Johnstone, Rob Holding, Marc Guehi, Chris Richards, Cheick Doucoure and Matheus Franca are out. Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Prediction: 2-0

West Ham United v Fulham (10am)

West Ham edged Wolves at Molineux to keep pace with their rivals for European qualification. Alphonse Areola is out with a groin injury, while Jarrod Bowen is doubtful with a hip injury.

Fulham were narrwoly beaten at home by Newcastle last week and the Cottagers have no injury concerns this weekend.

Prediction: 2-0

Arsenal v Aston Villa (12.30pm)

Arsenal destroyed Brighton to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games and move to the summit of the table. Jurrien Timber is the only Gunners players out of action this weekend.

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins scored his eighteenth goal of the campaign in their thrilling home draw with Brentford. Douglas Luiz is suspended for yellow-card accumulation andTyrone Mings, Emiliano Buendia, Boubacar Kamara and Jacob Ramsey are out through injury. Matty Cash and Clement Lenglet are doubtful.

Prediction: 2-0


Chelsea v Everton (4pm)

Chelsea are unbeaten in five matches but have drawn three of those. Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Lesley Ugochukwu, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku are out through injury, while Robert Sanchez and Ben Chilwell are doubtful.

Everton had an additional two-point deduction imposed upon them for financial challenges and they now sit just two points above the bottom three. Dele Alli and Lewis Dobbin are out with injury, while Arnaut Danjuma and Amadou Onana are doubtful.

Prediction: 2-2

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Published April 12, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated April 10, 2024 at 10:28 pm)

Relegation-threatened players could prove inspired transfers

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