[4-2-3-1] Giroud Out, Lacazette & Ozil Start In Best Arsenal XI vs Newcastle

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Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring problem, and will miss the home clash against Newcastle United.

Arsene Wenger revealed Shkodran Mustafi has returned to training following a thigh injury, but added that it would be a little gamble to start the German.

Arsene Wenger switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation in midweek and may retain that system against the Magpies.

Sead Kolasinac was rested on Wednesday night, so he should replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back.

Nacho Montreal could again partner Laurent Koscielny in central defence if Mustafi isn’t risked.

Wenger hinted that Jack Wilshere may be left out after the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the goalless draw with West Ham United.

So either Mohamed Elneny or Francis Coquelin could start alongside Granit Xhaka in central midfield.

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi may again form the attacking midfield trio, with Alexandre Lacazette likely to replace Olivier Giroud as the lone striker.

Wenger revealed Lacazette has recently had a groin problem, and was rested on Wednesday night. Danny Welbeck is also a viable starter in the front four positions.

Alternatively, in a 3-4-2-1, Per Mertesacker or Mustafi, if fit, could start in defence, with Iwobi making way.

Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee for the Gunners, while Theo Walcott (groin) remains out.

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[4-2-3-1] Giroud, Alexis, Ozil & Iwobi Start, Wilshere Out- Arsenal vs West Ham

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West Ham United vs Arsenal
English Premier League
Date: 13th December 2017
Kick off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: London Stadium (London).

West Ham shocked the reigning champions Chelsea 1-0 at London Stadium on Saturday.

The win over the Premier League heavyweights will clearly instill some confidence into their players who are to play another London rivals on Wednesday when they host Arsenal.

West Ham United

The mentioned win over Chelsea was actually the first one for David Moyes ever since he took charge of the Hammers in recent weeks.

The hosts are still in the danger zone after a horrendous kick off to the season under Slaven Bilic.

Their main issues were connected with their defensive displays, but the Hammers shockingly managed to keep their net untouched against Morata, Hazard & company at the weekend.

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The Gunners ended their three.win streak in the Premier League last weekend when they fell 1-3 at home to Manchester United.

They were expected to return to the winning ways this Sunday when they played Southampton, but Arsene Wenger’s men only managed a hardly-fought draw at the end.

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[3-4-2-1] Lacazette, Sanchez, Ozil Start, Wilshere Out- Arsenal vs West Ham

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Aaron Ramsey is ruled out of the trip to West Ham United after picking up a hamstring problem during the final stages of the 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Jack Wilshere could come into contention for a first start of the season, with Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny other options to partner Granit Xhaka in central midfield.

Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac should continue in the wing-back roles in the 3-4-2-1 formation, but Shkodran Mustafi is still sidelined while Lauren Koscielny could struggle with the quick turnaround in matches.

That could see either Mathieu Debuchy, Rob Holding or Calum Chambers claim a starting role.

In attack, Olivier Giroud will surely push for a start following his equaliser at St Mary’s, though it would be a big decision for Wenger to rest one of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette.

Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi are also options should Arsene Wenger look to rotate.

Theo Walcott (calf) is available while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee for the Gunners.

[4-3-3] Liverpool vs Everton: Match Preview and Predicted Kops Lineup

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Alberto Moreno will miss the Merseyside derby after being forced off with an ankle injury in the 7-0 UEFA Champions League win over Spartak Moscow.

Jurgen Klopp said the Spaniard will undergo further assessment, with it not yet known whether he’ll be out for a week or a couple of weeks, perhaps even until the New Year.

In Moreno’s absence, James Milner could deputise at left-back ahead of Andrew Robertson.

With Joel Matip remaining a major doubt due to a muscle injury, Dejan Lovren looks set to partner Ragnar Klavan in central defence – the Croatian was taken off after 60 minutes on Wednesday night, presumably with one eye on Sunday.

As the first choice right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez may get the nod over Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite playing 90 minutes in midweek. Klopp trialled a 4-1-4-1 in midweek but is expected to return to 4-3-3 formation.

Jordan Henderson should return in central midfield after being an unused substitute on Wednesday night, with Philippe Coutinho expected to take another of the midfield slots if Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane start in attack.

That would leave one of Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can or, potentially, Milner battling for the final spot in the three-man midfield. Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke provide the back-up options in attack.

Adam Lallana continues to build up his fitness following a spell on the sidelines.

[4-1-4-1] Liverpool vs Everton: Match Preview and Predicted Toffees Lineup

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Following back-to-back victories, there will be a temptation to name an unchanged starting XI for a third consecutive match.

Yet a trip to Liverpool means that Sam Allardyce could opt for a more defensive formation in his first derby in charge.

If the Toffees boss sticks with the 4-1-4-1 system, Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson could continue out wide, leaving Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the lone striker.

Oumar Niasse, Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic provide attacking alternatives. Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney look set to continue in central midfield, leaving Idrissa Gueye in the defensive midfield role.

Morgan Schneiderlin does provide a strong alternative in the middle of the park should Allardyce look for greater defensive cover.

Two successive clean sheets mean the back four of Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate, Ashley Williams and Cuco Martina may stay unchanged.

Michael Keane is a viable starter in central defence, however, and an option should the Everton manager consider using a three-man backline, while Phil Jagielka is also available again.

Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley all remain sidelined, as is Yannick Bolasie (lack of match fitness).

[4-1-2-3] Man City vs Man Utd: Match Preview & Predicted City Lineup

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Pep Guardiola revealed David Silva is available for the Manchester derby, after the midfielder sat out the 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk due to a knock.

The Spaniard should start alongside Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in central midfield in the usual 4-1-2-3 formation, with Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva providing cover.

Raheem Sterling was an unused substitute on Wednesday night and looks set to start on the right of the front three, while Leroy Sane was withdrawn after 62 minutes and is the favourite to line up on the left.

Up front, Gabriel Jesus played the full 90 minutes in midweek and could drop back to the bench, with Sergio Aguero – who was handed just 20 minutes in the Ukraine – returning to the XI.

Vincent Kompany missed out against Shakhtar after suffering some discomfort, while Fabian Delph was absent due to illness, with the pair to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.

Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo will be on standby, then, while Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi appear sure starters elsewhere in the back four.

John Stones remains out, while Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee.

 

[3-4-1-2] Man Utd vs Man City: Match Preview & Predicted United Lineup

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Jose Mourinho will be without the suspended Paul Pogba for the Manchester derby but Nemanja Matic has recovered from the knock that forced him to miss the 2-1 victory over CKSA Moscow, while Phil Jones and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also fit to return.

Matic could perhaps be joined in central midfield by Ander Herrera, with Marouane Fellaini (knee) to be assessed over the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Man United boss could retain his recent 3-4-1-2 formation, with Jesse Lingard lining up in the No 10 role behind the front pairing of Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata are the main attacking alternatives, though they both started in midweek whereas Lingard and Martial were omitted from the XI.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are expected to start in the wing-back roles, while Jones could replace Victor Lindelof in the three-man backline, with Marcos Rojo and certainly Chris Smalling appearing more secure starters.

Eric Bailly (groin) and Michael Carrick (illness) won’t feature.

 

[5-4-1] Chelsea vs West Ham: Match Preview & Predicted Hammers Lineup

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David Moyes will be without Cheikhou Kouyate (hamstring) the home encounter against Chelsea, but Winston Reid and Chicharito (both hamstring), James Collins (ankle), Mark Noble (hip) and Andy Carroll (knee) have all resumed training, and some may be able to play some part in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Moyes started with a 5-3-1-1 last weekend, with Manuel Lanzini supporting Michail Antonio before the Kouyate injury forced both onto the flanks in a switch to 5-4-1.

If Moyes continues with five at the back, he could employ Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell and Reid in central defence.

Declan Rice is the main alternative, although he did miss three days of training earlier this week due to illness, and is a slight doubt.

Pablo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku should continue in the wing-back positions, with Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang the likely starters in central midfield.

Antonio and Lanzini should also start, either out wide or through the centre, depending on formation and the fitness levels of the returning players.

If Chicharito or Carroll aren’t fit enough to start, Diafra Sakho could get the nod as the lone striker, with Antonio and Andre Ayew other options, potentially freeing up a spot for Marko Arnautovic on the right wing.

Joe Hart was ineligible to face his parent club last weekend and may return in goal in place of Adrian, although the Spaniard put in a reasonable performance at the Etihad. Sam Byram and Jose Fonte remain sidelined.

[3-5-1-1] Chelsea vs West Ham: Match Preview & Predicted Blues Lineup

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Antonio Conte revealed he has one or two situations to check following the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid as Chelsea make their way to West Ham United.

After being rested for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, Marcos Alonso looks set for a recall at left wing-back as Chelsea make their way to West Ham United.

Victor Moses has played 180 minutes over the last two matches, so Davide Zappacosta may get the nod at right wing-back.

If Conte chooses his first choice defence, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill should form the three-man defence, though Antonio Rudiger is the alternative if the Chelsea boss looks to rotate with one eye on Tuesday night’s trip to Huddersfield Town.

Danny Drinkwater misses out due to illness, so Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante look set to start in central midfield if Conte sticks with the 3-5-1-1 system.

That would mean Eden Hazard continuing in the No 10 role behind lone striker Alvaro Morata, with Pedro and Willian options if the Chelsea boss decides to switch to a 3-4-2-1.

Michy Batshuayi provide another attacking alternative if Conte wants to rotate. David Luiz remains sidelined.

[4-2-3-1] Southampton vs Arsenal: Match Preview & Predicted Saints Lineup

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Mauricio Pellegrino confirmed that Cedric Soares (hamstring) is the only absentee for the home encounter against Arsenal.

Jeremy Pied deputised at right-back against Bournemouth last weekend, and could continue as part of an unchanged back four, with Maya Yoshida providing the main alternative in defence.

Steven Davis was used alongside Oriol Romeu at the base of midfield in the 4-2-3-1 formation last time out but Mario Lemina is set to push for a recall against the Gunners.

Davis may be shifted forward into the No 10 role, then, perhaps seeing Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal start out wide.

Nathan Redmond did impress as a substitute last weekend, though, and offers a strong alternative, while James Ward-Prowse is another possible option in the attacking midfield positions.

Charlie Austin should lead the Saints attack once more, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long, who has recovered from a calf problem, the back-up options.