Predicted Line-ups – Gameweek 3

Here are the predicted line-ups for gameweek 3!


Arsenal: The Gunners will likely start in a (1)3-4-2-1. Cech will be the goal keeper, with a back 3 of Kolasinac, Koscielny and Mustafi to protect him. Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to secure the left wing-back position, with Bellerín doing the same on the right. Xhaka will be accompanied with Ramsey in central midfield. Özil will play alongside Sánchez / Welbeck, dependent on Sánchez recovering from his injury in time. Lacazette will be the main striker.

Kolasinac –  Koscielny – Mustafi
Bellerín – Xhaka – Ramsey – Ox
Özil – Sánchez

AFC Bournemouth: A (1)4-2-3-1 looks probable for The Cherries, starting with Begovic in goal. Cook and Aké will be the centre-backs, while Smith and Daniels play as the full backs. Surman and Arter will play as the two holding midfielders, with Fraser, Ibe and King pushing forward in their line of three. Defoe will look to start for Bournemouth again following his place in the starting 11 against Birmingham during the week.

Smith – Cook – Aké – Daniels
Surman – Arter
Fraser – King – Ibe


Brighton: Brighton could shape up in a (1)4-4-2 for their match against Leicester. Goalkeeper Ryan looks to retain his position. Duffy and Dunk will clear Brighton’s lines as centre-halves with Bruno and Suttner playing as full-backs. Knockaert and March will play as wide midfielders whilst Stephens will be accompanied by Pröpper in the middle. Groß and Murray will force their way through the Watford defence, aiming for their first win of the season.

Bruno – Dunk – Duffy – Suttner
Knockaert – Stephens – Pröpper – March

Groß – Murray


Burnley: Heaton will be at the base of Burnley’s (1)4-4-2 set up. Tarkowski and Mee will play at the back with Lowton and Ward running by the touchline. The midfield will see Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Cork and Brady from left to right. Vokes will likely be joined upfront by Defour.


Lowton – Mee – Tarkowski – Ward

Gudmundsson – Hendrick – Cork – Brady
Vokes – Defour

Chelsea: The Blues are set to play in a (1)3-4-2-1. Courtois will play in goal, with a line of 3 in front of him consisting of Rüdiger, David Luiz and Azpilicueta. Wing-backs Moses and Alonso will be to the sides of Kanté and Fàbregas / Bakayoko. Willian and Morata will benefit from the return of Pedro to the team, stealing Batshuayi’s role in the Chelsea attack.

Azpilicueta – David Luiz – Rüdiger
Moses – Kanté – Fàbregas – Alonso
Willian – Morata – Pedro


Crystal Palace: Palace will likely shape up in a (1)3-4-3, beginning with Hennessey between the posts, although Frank de Boer did hint at Speroni starting for Palace by saying “Speroni made it very difficult for me because he showed fantastic quality [against Schalke],”. The back three will see Fosu-Mensah, Kelly and Riedewald. Wide men Van Aanholt and Ward will play alongside McArthur and Milivojevic. Townsend will play on the right, Puncheon on the left, Benteke in the middle.

Fosu-Mensah – Dann – Riedewald
Ward – McArthur – Milivojevic – Van Aanholt
Townsend – Benteke – Puncheon


Everton: The Toffees look to shape up into a (1)3-4-2-1. Jordan Pickford will be looking start once again. The back three will be Keane, Williams and Jagielka. Gueye and Davies will play in the middle, supplying wide men Holgate and Baines. Rooney will play with club record signing Sigurdsson behind the young striker, Calvert-Lewin.

Williams – Keane – Jagielka
Holgate – Gueye – Davies – Baines
Rooney – Sigurdsson

Huddersfield: A (1)4-2-3-1 looks the probable formation for Huddersfield’s face off with Southampton. Lössl will play in goal, protected by the defensive line of four which will include Schindler, Zanka, Smith and Löwe. The two holding midfielders, Billing and Mooy, will work the ball through the centre to Kachunga, Ince and van La Parra. Mounie will be leading the Huddersfield attack.

Smith – Zanka – Schindler – Löwe
Billing – Mooy
Kachunga – Ince – van La Parra


Leicester City: A traditional (1)4-4-2 looks probable to be employed by Leicester City coach Craig Shakespeare again. Schmeichel will be The Foxes’ shot stopper, behind Morgan and Maguire. Fuchs and Simpson will start as the full-backs. Further up the pitch, we will see Mahrez and Albrighton roaming the wide areas. Ndidi and James look to bind the team in central-midfield. Up front we should see Okazaki alongside Jamie Vardy.

Simpson – Morgan – Maguire – Fuchs
Mahrez – Ndidi – James – Albrighton
Okazaki – Vardy


Liverpool: A (1)4-3-3 set up utilises Jurgen Klopp’s team well, and the German looks to use it again versus Arsenal, starting with Mignolet in goal. Lovren and Matip will be joined by Alexander-Arnold and Robertson as right-back and left-back respectively. Henderson and Wijnaldum will play with Can in centre-midfield following the news that Coutinho will not play due to a back injury. The front three will see Mané on the left wing, Salah on the right wing and Firmino playing down the centre.

Alexander-Arnold – Lovern – Matip – Robertson
Henderson – Can – Wijnaldum
Salah – Firmino – Mané

Manchester City: A (1)3-5-2 looks the formation for Pep Guardiola’s side this weekend, starting with Ederson in goal. The back line will consist of Kompany, Stones and Otamendi. City will be without suspended Kyle Walker though, so Danilo is likely to fill the left midfield position. We are going to be brave here and say Sterling will be picked to play in right midfield instead of Sané, following his goal against Everton. There is a chance of Mendy making his City debut this weekend, but there is no way of knowing whether his chance will come this Saturday. David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho / Bernardo Silva will fill the central midfield area. The front two, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero will lead the City attack.

Kompany – Otamendi – Stones
Sterling – de Bruyne – Bernardo – Silva – Danilo
Agüero – Jesus


Manchester United: Jose Mourinho looks continue his great form and free flowing attack with 8 goals already this season, using a (1)4-2-3-1 formation again. de Gea will play in goal with Jones and Bailly in front of the Spaniard, whilst Valencia and Blind fill the full-back roles. The Pogba and Matic partnership looks set to continue again behind Mata, Mkhitaryan and Rashford. Lukaku will be the lone striker.

de Gea
Valencia – Jones – Bailly – Blind
Pogba – Matic
Mata – Mkhitaryan – Rashford


Newcastle United: Goalkeeper Elliot is the first player in our predicted (1)4-2-3-1, seeing Mbemba and Lascelles in front of him. Clark will play out wide as the left full-back, with Manquillo playing as the right sided full-back. Hayden and Merino will sit directly in front of the centre-halfs, whilst Ritchie, Pérez and Atsu push forward. Dwight Gayle will be Newcastle’s striker, subject to him being 100% fit for the game.

Manquillo – Lascelles – Mbemba – Clark
Hayden – Merino
Ritchie – Pérez – Atsu

Southampton: The Saints look to take home 3 points against the so far unbeaten Huddersfield by using the (1)4-2-3-1 formation. In goal will be Forster. The back four will feature Stephens and Yoshida with Cédric and Bertrand. Lemina and Oriol Romeu will sit deeper than the next line of three which will hold Davis, Tadic and Redmond. Up front, we will see Gabbiadini who looks to continue his scoring.

Cédric – Yoshida – Stephens – Bertrand
Lemina – Oriol Romeu
Tadic – Davis – Redmond


Stoke City: A (1)3-4-2-1 set up looks probable for Stoke City. Butland will start in goal, behind Shawcross, Zouma and Cameron. Allen and Fletcher will start in line with Diouf and Pieters in a midfield line of four. Shaqiri will be joined by new signing Jesé to push forward and supply the striker, Choupo-Moting, with chances.

Shawcross – Zouma – Cameron
Diouf – Allen – Fletcher – Pieters
Shaqiri – Jesé


Swansea City: The Swans look to line up in a (1)4-4-2 diamond formation. Between the sticks will be Fabianski. In front of him will be centre-backs Mawson and Fernandez. Bartley has picked up a two-month injury. Playing as full-backs will be Naughton and Olsson. The diamond in midfield will see Mesa playing as a holding midfielder, Clucas and Carroll in the centre and Fer at the point of the diamond. Ayew and Tammy Abraham will play side by side as strikers.

Naughton – Fernandez – Mawson – Olsson
Clucas – Carroll
Abraham – Ayew

Tottenham Hotspur: (1)3-4-2-1 will be the set up used by Spurs this weekend against Chelsea. Lloris will play between the sticks. Alderweireld and Vertonghen will be joined by Dier at the back, with Trippier and Davies as wing-backs. Dembélé will play in midfield alongside Wanyama, despite his poor performance last time out, supplying Eriksen and Alli who will play further up the field. Harry Kane is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Dier – Alderweireld – Vertonghen
Trippier – Wanyama – Dembélé – Davies
Eriksen – Alli


Watford: The (1)4-3-3 formation could be utilised by Watford, starting with Gomes covering the net. Prödl and Britos will play a Watford’s centre-backs. The full-back positions are once again hard to predict, but Holebas will not feature due to suspension. Our guess is that Femenia will play right back with Mariappa playing left-back as he did against Bristol City on Tuesday night. Cleverley, Doucouré and Chalobah will be the three in midfield. Amrabat and Richarlison will likely play as Watford’s wingers next to Gray.

Femenia – Prödl – Britos – Mariappa
Chalobah – Doucouré – Cleverley
Amrabat – Gray – Richarlison


West Bromwich Albion: A (1)4-5-1 formation could be utilised by West Brom, starting with goalie Foster. Dawson will play with Hegazy in the centre, while Nyom and Brunt play as wing-backs. Gareth Barry will secure central midfield with fellow centre-midfielders Livermore and Field. Phillips and McClean will play at the end of the midfield line. West Brom’s striker will be Rodriguez.

Nyom – Dawson – Hegazy – Brunt
Phillips – Livermore – Barry – Field – McClean

West Ham United: The (1)4-2-3-1 set up will be used for West Ham’s fixture against Southampton, starting with the loan signing Joe Hart. Fonte and Ogbonna will form the centre of the defensive line, whilst we will see Zabaleta and Cresswell out wide. Rice and Noble form the defensive midfield duo. Ayew will play central to Antonio and Lanzini, with Hernandez in front of them playing striker.

Zabaleta – Fonte – Ogbonna – Cresswell
Rice – Noble
Antonio – Ayew – Lanzini


By Dylan Quibell

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