This article is part of our Soccer Picks series.
- Saturday, 7:30 am: Leicester City vs. Liverpool
- Saturday, 10:00 am: Crystal Palace vs. Burnley
- Saturday, 12:30 pm: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Saturday, 3:00 pm: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Aston Villa
- Sunday, 7:00 am: Southampton vs. Wolverhampton
- Sunday, 9:00 am: West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United
- Sunday, 11:30 am: Arsenal vs. Leeds United
- Sunday, 2:00 pm: Everton vs. Fulham
- Monday, 1:00 pm: West Ham United vs. Sheffield United
- Monday, 3:00 pm: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
- Wednesday, 1:00 pm: Burnley vs. Fulham
- Wednesday, 3:15 pm: Everton vs. Manchester City
Leicester City vs. Liverpool
|Ayoze Perez||F/M||Lower Leg||GTD||2/13/2021|
Leicester City Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Liverpool): Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Luke Thomas (DL), Caglar Soyuncu (DC), Jonny Evans (DC), Ricardo Pereira (DR), Hamza Choudhury (DMC), Youri Tielemans (DMC), Harvey Barnes (AML), James Maddison (AMC), Marc Albrighton (AMR), Jamie Vardy (FW)
Notes: There's a chance Wilfred Ndidi comes back into the XI after featuring midweek, but starting two matches in less than a week following a hamstring injury is unlikely to happen, meaning another start for Choudhury is expected. Additionally, James Justin felt a pop in his knee Wednesday against Brighton in the FA Cup, which could move Luke Thomas or Christian Fuchs into the starting XI.
|Virgil van Dijk||D||Knee||OUT||5/1/2021|
Liverpool Projected Lineup (4-3-3 at Leicester City): Alisson Becker (GK), Andrew Robertson (DL), Ozan Kabak (DC), Jordan Henderson (DC), Trent Alexander-Arnold (DR), Thiago Alcantara (MC), Georginio Wijnaldum (MC), James Milner (MC), Sadio Mane (FWL), Mohamed Salah (FWR), Roberto Firmino (FW)
Notes: The injury to Fabinho leaves a lot of questions. Henderson could start alongside Kabak or Jurgen Klopp could go with Ben Davies or Nathaniel Phillips. If Henderson starts in the back, Milner would again start in the midfield.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley
Crystal Palace Projected Lineup (4-4-2 v. Burnley): Vicente Guaita (GK), Patrick van Aanholt (DL), Scott Dann (DC), Gary Cahill (DC), Nathaniel Clyne (DR), Eberechi Eze (ML), Luka Milivojevic (MC), Jairo Riedewald (MC), Andros Townsend (MR), Jordan Ayew (FW), Jean-Philippe Mateta (FW)
Notes: After struggling against Leeds, Roy Hodgson returns to van Aanholt at left-back, moving Townsend into the XI again. Mateta remains in the XI next to Ayew up front.
Burnley Projected Lineup (4-4-2 at Crystal Palace): Nick Pope (GK), Erik Pieters (DL), James Tarkowski (DC), Ben Mee (DC), Matthew Lowton (DR), Dwight McNeil (ML), Ashley Westwood (MC), Jack Cork (MC), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (MR), Ashley Barnes (FW), Jay Rodriguez (FW)
Notes: There are a few injury questions for Burnley, which has been the case the last two weeks. Rodriguez returns to the XI and pairs with Barnes up front.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
|Kevin De Bruyne||M||Hamstring||OUT||2/24/2021|
Manchester City Projected Lineups (4-3-3 v. Tottenham Hotspur): Ederson (GK), Oleksandr Zinchenko (DL), Ruben Dias (DC), John Stones (DC), Joao Cancelo (DR), Rodri (MC), Ilkay Gundogan (MC), Bernardo Silva (MC), Raheem Sterling (FWL), Phil Foden (FWR), Gabriel Jesus (FW)
Notes: Jesus is back up top, while everything else is the same after a few guys were rotated midweek. Outside of Jesus, this has been the preferred lineup for Pep Guardiola the last few weeks, assuming the team is rested. Dias and Rodri should be good for Saturday after midweek issues.
|Giovani Lo Celso||M||Strain||OUT||2/28/2021|
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1 at Manchester City): Hugo Lloris (GK), Ben Davies (DL), Toby Alderweireld (DC), Davinson Sanchez (DC), Matt Doherty (DR), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (DMC), Moussa Sissoko (DMC), Son Heung-Min (AML), Lucas Moura (AMR), Tanguy Ndombele (AMC), Harry Kane (FW)
Notes: Lamela likely moves back to the bench in a tough spot against Man City, while Sissoko returns to midfield and Ndombele is in his familiar spot as an attacking midfielder.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Aston Villa
Brighton & Hove Albion Projected Lineup (3-5-2 v. Aston Villa): Robert Sanchez (GK), Joel Veltman (DC), Lewis Dunk (DC), Ben White (DC), Dan Burn (ML), Yves Bissouma (MC), Adam Lallana (MC), Alexis Mac Allister (MC), Pascal Gross (MR), Leandro Trossard (FW), Neal Maupay (FW)
Notes: Webster is the biggest doubt, but after an almost full squad rotation midweek, Graham Potter will likely keep his XI similar given recent performances. The injury to Wbester could move Lallana into the XI, in turn pushing Veltman to center-back and Gross out wide. Steven Alzate is also an option to feature on the wing.
Aston Villa Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion): Emiliano Martinez (GK), Matt Targett (DL), Tyrone Mings (DC), Ezri Konsa (DC), Matty Cash (DR), Douglas Luiz (DMC), John McGinn (DMC), Jack Grealish (AML), Ross Barkley (AMC), Bertrand Traore (AMR), Ollie Watkins (FW)
Notes: Without a midweek match, Villa can turn to their preferred XI, which again features Douglas Luiz after he was rested in the prior match.
Southampton vs. Wolverhampton
|Alex Jankewitz||M||Suspension||SUS (Premier)||2/20/2021|
Southampton Projected Lineup (4-4-2 v. Wolverhampton): Alex McCarthy (GK), Ryan Bertrand (DL), Jan Bednarek (DC), Jannik Vestergaard (DC), Kyle Walker-Peters (DR), Takumi Minamino (ML), Oriol Romeu (MC), James Ward-Prowse (MC), Stuart Armstrong (MR), Che Adams (FW), Danny Ings (FW)
Notes: The return of Walker-Peters moves Stephens back to the bench. Everything else is the same unless Moussa Djenepo gets recalled into the XI, possibly taking the spot of Armstrong on. the wing after he featured midweek.
Wolverhampton Projected Lineup (4-3-3 at Southampton): Rui Patricio (GK), Jonny (DL), Conor Coady (DC), Max Kilman (DC), Nelson Semedo (DR), Ruben Neves (MC), Leander Dendoncker (MC), Joao Moutinho (MC), Pedro Neto (FWL), Adama Traore (FWR), Willian Jose (FW)
Notes: Playing four in the back seemed to work last match, so Wolves will give it a go again and given the latest injuries, there isn't much rotation to be done.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion Projected Lineup (4-1-4-1 v. Manchester United): Sam Johnstone (GK), Conor Townsend (DL), Kyle Bartley (DC), Semi Ajayi (DC), Dara O'Shea (DR), Okay (DMC), Matthew Phillips (ML), Conor Gallagher (MC), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (MC), Robert Snodgrass (MR), Mbaye Diagne (FW)
Notes: Sam Allardyce will keep trying until something works, and so far nothing has worked. Okay could get the start, taking over for Romaine Sawyers in the midfield. Playing Karlan Grant out wide last match didn't seem to work, which means Phillips could be introduced on the left side again.
Manchester United Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 at West Bromwich Albion): David de Gea (GK), Luke Shaw (DL), Harry Maguire (DC), Victor Lindelof (DC), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (DR), Fred (DMC), Scott McTominay (DMC), Marcus Rashford (AML), Bruno Fernandes (AMC), Mason Greenwood (AMR), Edinson Cavani (FW)
Notes: There's not a ton of rotation to do outside of Pogba, who is out a few weeks. After the majority of the regulars were rested midweek, everything is the same, which means Anthony Martial is again on the bench.
Arsenal vs. Leeds United
Arsenal Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Leeds United): Bernd Leno (GK), Cedric Soares (DL), David Luiz (DC), Rob Holding (DC), Hector Bellerin (DR), Granit Xhaka (DMC), Mohamed Elneny (DMC), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (AML), Emile Smith-Rowe (AMC), Bukayo Saka (AMR), Alexandre Lacazette (FW)
|Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo||F||Ankle||OUT||2/23/2021|
Leeds United Projected Lineup (4-1-4-1 at Arsenal): Illan Meslier (GK), Ezgjan Alioski (DL), Liam Cooper (DC), Pascal Struijk (DC), Luke Ayling (DR), Kalvin Phillips (DMC), Jack Harrison (ML), Mateusz Klich (MC), Stuart Dallas (MC), Raphinha (MR), Patrick Bamford (FW)
Notes: Leeds don't really change things unless they have to, and coming off a fairly easy win against Crystal Palace, everything remains the same. An issue for Phillips could move Jamie Shackleton into the XI.
Everton vs. Fulham
Everton Projected Lineup (4-3-1-2 v. Fulham): Robin Olsen (GK), Lucas Digne (DL), Yerry Mina (DC), Mason Holgate (MC), Seamus Coleman (DR), Tom Davies (DMC), Abdoulaye Doucoure (DMR), Andre Gomes (DML), James Rodriguez (AMC), Richarlison (FW), Joshua King (FW)
Notes: James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes should be ready to start and that could mean a similar 4-3-1-2 formation. Everything else is the same unless Seamus Coleman can find his way back into the XI in place of Godfrey, who went 120 minutes Wednesday. A midweek hamstring issue for Calvert-Lewin likely means a first start for King, especially since he didn't play Wednesday because he was cup tied with Bournemouth.
Fulham Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 at Everton): Alphonse Areola (GK), Antonee Robinson (DL), Tosin Adarabioyo (DC), Joachim Andersen (DC), Kenny Tete (DR), Andre Zambo Anguissa (DMC), Harrison Reed (DMC), Ademola Lookman (AML), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (AMC), Bobby Decordova-Reid (AMR), Ivan Cavaleiro (FW)
Notes: Fulham went to a four-man back line last match and will try it again versus Everton. The difference is that Anguissa comes back into the XI for Mario Lemina, while Ola Aina remains the odd man out.
West Ham United vs. Sheffield United
West Ham United Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Sheffield United): Lukasz Fabianski (GK), Aaron Cresswell (DL), Craig Dawson (DC), Issa Diop (DC), Vladimir Coufal (DR), Declan Rice (DMC), Tomas Soucek (DMC), Said Benrahma (AML), Jesse Lingard (AMC), Jarrod Bowen (AMR), Michail Antonio (FW)
Notes: If healthy, Diop is likely to start for the injured Ogbonna, but everything else stays the same, assuming Antonio is ready to start after battling fatigue throughout the week.
Sheffield United Projected Lineup (3-5-2 at West Ham United): Aaron Ramsdale (GK), John Egan (DC), Chris Basham (DC), Ethan Ampadu (DC), Jayden Bogle (MR), John Fleck (MC), John Lundstram (MC), Oliver Norwood (MC), Max Lowe (MR), Oliver Burke (FW), Oliver McBurnie (FW)
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
Chelsea Projected Lineup (3-4-2-1 v. Newcastle United): Edouard Mendy (GK), Andreas Christensen (DC), Antonio Rudiger (DC), Cesar Azpilicueta (DC), Ben Chilwell (ML), Jorginho (MC), Mateo Kovacic (MC), Reece James (MR), Mason Mount (AMC), Callum Hudson-Odoi (AMC), Timo Werner (FW)
Notes: Since N'Golo Kante started midweek, it likely means more of Jorginho and Kovacic for this match. Everything else is mostly the same outside of Hudson-Odoi back in the XI after being rested for Olivier Giroud last league match.
|Jeff Hendrick||M||Suspension||SUS (Premier)||2/21/2021|
Newcastle United Projected Lineup (4-3-1-2 at Chelsea): Karl Darlow (GK), Jamal Lewis (DL), Ciaran Clark (DC), Paul Dummett (DC), Emil Krafth (DR), Jonjo Shelvey (DML), Isaac Hayden (DMC) Joe Willock (DMR), Miguel Almiron (AMC), Allan Saint-Maximin (FW), Joelinton (FW)
Notes: Newcastle lost a few more players to injury, but Dummett is back and his return could push Hayden back to the midfield. Ryan Fraser will be an option to start, but everyone seemingly has a locked down role outside of Joelinton, who is most likely to start for the injured Callum Wilson. There's an outside chance for Fernandez and Lascelles, and whomever is ready would likely take over for Dummett.
Burnley vs. Fulham
Burnley Projected Lineup (4-4-2 v. Fulham): Nick Pope (GK), Erik Pieters (DL), Ben Mee (DC), James Tarkowski (DC), Matthew Lowton (DR), Dwight McNeil (ML), Jack Cork (MC), Ashley Westwood (MC), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (MR), Ashley Barnes (FW), Jay Rodriguez (FW)
Notes: At some point, Brady, Brownhill and Taylor will be back, but it's hard to project a match in advance. It's also possible Matej Vydra and Rodriguez swap starts in the double gameweek.
Fulham Projected Lineup (3-4-3 at Burnley): Alphonse Areola (GK), Tosin Adarabioyo (DC), Ola Aina (DC), Joachim Andersen (DC), Antonee Robinson (ML), Mario Lemina (MC), Andre Zambo Anguissa (MC), Kenny Tete (MR), Ademola Lookman (FWL), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (FWR), Aleksandar Mitrovic (FW)
Notes: If Fulham hold Everton scoreless, they'll probably keep the four-man back line, but assuming that doesn't happen, it's a return to three in the back, which re-introduces Aina. Mitrovic is also an option to start again, while Lemina replaces Harrison Reed.
Everton vs. Manchester City
Everton Projected Lineup (4-3-2 v. Manchester City): Robin Olsen (GK), Lucas Digne (DL), Mason Holgate (DC), Michael Keane (DC), Ben Godfrey (DR), Andre Gomes (MC), Abdoulaye Doucoure (MC), Allan (MC), Richarlison (FWL), James Rodriguez (FWR), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (FW)
Notes: After a few extra days of rest, Gomes and Rodriguez should be ready to start, but again, it's hard to project these things a match in advance. Yerry Mina is also a possibility to be dropped for Keane. And again, Seamus Coleman will be vying for a spot in the XI. If all goes well, this will also be a return to the XI for Allan.
|Kevin De Bruyne||M||Hamstring||OUT||2/24/2021|
Manchester City Projected Lineup (4-3-3 at Everton): Ederson (GK), Oleksandr Zinchenko (DL), Ruben Dias (DC), John Stones (DC), Joao Cancelo (DR), Rodri (MC), Ilkay Gundogan (MC), Bernardo Silva (MC), Raheem Sterling (FWL), Phil Foden (FWR), Riyad Mahrez (FW)
Notes: If everyone is healthy, it could be a return to the lineup used against Liverpool, which features Mahrez up front and not Gabriel Jesus. Similar to the match over the weekend, there are questions about Dias and Rodri.