Predicted Line-ups – Gameweek 16

Here are our gameweek 16 predicted line-ups…



The Gunners will likely start in a (1)3-4-2-1 again, as Mustafi should be fit for the match. Cech will be the goalkeeper, with the back three being Monreal, Koscielny and Mustafi. Kolasinac is set to start as the left-wing-back the opposite flank to right wing-back, Bellerin.. Xhaka should be accompanied with inform Aaron Ramsey in the middle. Lacazette, Sanchez and Özil are probably going to feature as the attacking force, with Lacazette’s injury scare nothing to worry about.


Monreal – Mustafi – Koscielny

Bellerin – Xhaka – Ramsey – Kolasinac

Özil – Sanchez


AFC Bournemouth:

Another (1)4-4-1-1 is the expected starting formation for The Cherries. Bournemouth should start with Begovic in goal. Cook and Ake should be joined by Francis and Daniels to form the back line. Surman and Arter should start in the centre once more with Fraser and Stanislas returning out wide. Upfront we expect to see King and Wilson return as the forwards.


Francis – Cook – Ake – Daniels

Stanislas – Surman – Arter – Fraser





Brighton are expected to shape up in a (1)4-4-1-1. Goalkeeper Mat Ryan starts the formation. The back four should be Bruno, Duffy, Dunk and Bong, now the regular back four. Knockaert and Izquierdo should play out wide once again, whilst Stephens should play alongside Propper in the middle. Pascal Groß is likely to play behind Murray, a striker looking to return to the scoresheet.


Bruno – Dunk – Duffy – Bong

Knockaert – Stephens – Propper – Izquierdo




Pope starts off Burnley’s (1)4-4-2 setup, as first choice keeper Heaton remains injured. The back four of Bardsley, Mee, Lowton and Ward are expected to be fielded again, as Lowton is injured, but Mee should be fine. The midfield could see Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork and Arfield play together, as Brady has a Patellar Tendon Rupture. Hendrick and Wood are likely going to pair upfront.


Bardsley – Mee – Tarkowski – Ward

Gudmundsson – Defour – Cork – Arfield

Hendrick – Wood



The Blues are set to play in Conte’s favoured (1)3-5-1-1 formation. Courtois will play in goal, with a line of 3 in front of him, which should include Azpilicueta, Christensen and Cahill. Moses could return to play as the right wing-back, with Alonso as left-wing back. Fabregas is set to play in the centre with Bakayoko and Kante. Morata should play in front of Eden Hazard.


Azpilicueta – Christensen – Cahill

Zappacosta – Fabregas – Kante – Bakayoko – Alonso



Crystal Palace:

Palace could play in a (1)4-4-2 again. Hennessey has now returned to the net, and is likely to retain his place. The back line should see Tomkins keep his starting position in the centre with Sakho, with Kelly and Schlupp as the full-backs. Cabaye and Milivojevic could play with Townsend and Loftus-Cheek in the midfield. Upfront we might see Zaha alongside Benteke.


Kelly – Sakho – Tomkins – Schlupp

Loftus-Cheek – Milivojevic – Cabaye – Townsend

Zaha – Benteke


The Toffees could play in a more attacking minded (1)4-1-4-1 against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby this Sunday. Jordan Pickford will start in goal. The back four are expected to be Kenny, Holgate, Williams and Martina. We could see Gueye behind Davies and Rooney in midfield, with Lennon and Sigurdsson wider outfield. Up top we could see Calvert- Lewin continue his good form.


Kenny – Holgate – Williams – Martina


Lennon – Davies – Rooney – Sigurdsson




They are probably going to employ the (1)4-2-3-1formation. Lössl will surely play in goal. Schindler looks set to partner Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen in central defence, with Malone and Smith. We should see Mooy and Williams in the middle. Ince and Kachunga could be playing with Palmer, as Depoitre plays upfront.


Smith – Schindler – Zanka – Malone

Williams – Mooy

Kachunga – Palmer – Ince



Leicester City:

We see the (1)4-4-1-1 as the most likely formation to be used by The Foxes.  Once agin Schmeichel is expected to start in goal, trusting Morgan and Maguire as his centre-backs. Chilwell and Simpson should start as the full-backs. Further up the pitch, Mahrez and Albrighton are expected to be starting in the wide areas. Ndidi and Iborra look to piece together the team in central-midfield. Up front we are likely going to see Gray play as a secondary striker behind Jamie Vardy.


Simpson – Morgan – Maguire – Chilwell

Mahrez – Iborra – Ndidi – Albrighton





It appears that the formation of (1)4-3-3 will be used again by Jurgen Klopp. Starting with Mignolet in goal, Klavan and Lovren should be joined by Gomez and Milner in defence, as Merino is injured. Henderson, Coutinho and Can could potentially play as the midfielders. The Salah-Firmino-Mane trio will surely all start. Expect Lallana to be back very soon.


Gomez – Lovren – Klavan – Milner

Henderson – Can – Coutinho

Salah – Firmino – Mane

Manchester City:

(1)4-3-3 is the formation, starting with Ederson in goal. The centre-back positions should be filled by Kompany and Otamendi. Walker and Delph should play as the full-backs once again, Delph a slight worry through illness. Fernandinho could well play with De Bruyne and David Silva in a line of three. Next up are inform Sterling, Aguero and Sane, after Jesus played 90 minutes midweek and Sterling was rested, as was Sane, playing just 63 minutes.


Walker – Otamendi – Kompany – Delph

Kevin de Bruyne – Fernandinho – Silva

Sterling – Aguero – Sane

Manchester United:

Jose Mourinho look to use a (1)3-4-1-2 formation for a change. de Gea should play in goal with Jones, Rojo and Smalling in a back three. Next up could be Herrera and Matic, with Valencia and Young on the wings. Lingard could play behind Lukaku and Martial, the strikers. Pogba is suspended.

de Gea

Jones – Rojo – Smalling

Valencia – Herrera – Matic – Young


Martial – Lukaku

Newcastle United:

Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot is the first player in our predicted (1)4-2-3-1, with Lascelles and Lejeune as the centre-backs. Manquillo will play out wide as the left full-back, with Yedlin playing as the right-sided full-back. Merino and Hayden should start in central-midfield, whilst Ritchie, Perez and Atsu play as Newcastle’s wide men. Gayle might start as the lone striker.


Yedlin – Lejeune – Lascelles – Manquillo

Merino –Hayden

Ritchie – Perez – Atsu



The 4-2-3-1 is the forecasted Southampton formation for gameweek 16. In goal will be Forster, with a back four that could see Virgil Van Dijk alongside Hoedt. Pied and Bertrand are expected to play as the full-backs. Lemina and Romeu are expected to play slightly deeper than the next line of three, including, Tadic, Boufal and Davis. Up front we should see Austin again, as he aims to build on his latest goals.


Pied – Hoedt – Van Dijk – Bertrand

Lemina – Romeu

Tadic – Davis – Boufal



Stoke City:

A (1)3-4-2-1 setup looks like the formation for out of form Stoke City. Grant should start in goal, as Butland is out with a broken finger. The back three looks to contain Wimmer, Shawcross and Zouma. Allen and Fletcher should start in line with Diouf and Pieters in midfield. It is expected that Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting will be played behind Crouch, the striker.


Wimmer – Shawcross – Zouma

Diouf – Fletcher – Allen – Pieters

Choupo-Moting – Shaqiri



Swansea City:

The Swans look to line up in a (1)4-4-2 diamond formation for a change this week. Between the sticks will be Fabianski. In front of him should be Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson and Naughton. The midfield could see Mesa, Ki Sung-Yueng Carroll and Ayew. Upfront we should see Bony and Abraham.


Naughton – Van der Hoorn – Mawson – Olsson


Ki Sung-Yueng – Carroll


Bony – Abraham

Tottenham Hotspur:

(1)4-2-3-1 is the likely formation to be used by Spurs. Lloris will be in the net. Vertonghen and Dier are expected to be playing as the centre-backs, with Alderweireld still injured until around New Year. Trippier Davies could both start as the full-backs. The double pivot of Dembele and Winks could well happen, whilst Eriksen, Alli and Son could play behind Kane, the striker.


Trippier – Dier – Vertonghen – Davies

Dembele – Winks

Eriksen – Alli – Son



The (1)3-4-2-1 formation could be played by Watford this weekend, starting with Gomes covering the net. Kabasele, Prodl and Mariappa should play as Watford’s centre-backs. The full-back positions could be filled by Femenia and Zeegelaar. Doucoure and Cleverley are expected to roam the midfield, whilst Pereyra and Richarlison could play as Watford’s attacking duo behind the striker, Gray.


Mariappa – Kabasele – Prodl

Femenia – Cleverley – Doucoure – Zeegelaar

Pereyra – Richarlison



West Bromwich Albion:

A (1)4-3-3 formation could be utilised by West Brom, starting with Foster. Hegazi and Evans are set to play with Nyom and Gibbs in the back line. Yacob, Field and Livermore are expected to start in midfield. Rondon and Rodriguez are expected to play upfront with Robson-Kanu.


Nyom – Hegazi – Evans – Gibbs

Yacob – Livermore – Field

Rodriguez – Rondon – Robson-Kanu

West Ham United:

The (1)5-4-1 setup could be used for West Ham’s backs to the wall fixture against Chelsea. Adrian could retain his place in goal for this weekend. Reid should next to Ogbonna and Cresswell, whilst Zabaleta and Masuaku start out wide. Obiang should sit in the midfield with Fernandes, whilst Lanzini and Antonio finish off the midfield line. Differential option Sakho will likely be playing as the striker.


Zabaleta – Reid – Ogbonna – Cresswell – Masuaku

Antonio – Obiang – Fernandes – Lanzini



By Dylan Quibell

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