This article is part of our Soccer Picks series.
Last update: 2:30 p.m. EST on Fri., Nov. 20
- Saturday, 7:30 am: Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
- Saturday, 10:00 am: Aston Villa vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
- Saturday, 12:30 pm: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
- Saturday, 3:00 pm: Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion
- Sunday, 7:00 am: Fulham vs. Everton
- Sunday, 9:00 am: Sheffield United vs. West Ham United
- Sunday, 11:30 am: Leeds United vs. Arsenal
- Sunday, 2:15 pm: Liverpool vs. Leicester City
- Monday, 12:30 pm: Burnley vs. Crystal Palace
- Monday, 3:00 pm: Wolverhampton vs. Southampton
Arsenal at Leeds United
Projected Lineup (3-4-3 v. Leeds): Bernd Leno (GK), Kieran Tierney (DC), David Luiz (DC), Gabriel (DC), Hector Bellerin (MR), Bukayo Saka (ML), Dani Ceballos (MC), Granit Xhaka (MC), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FWL), Nicolas Pepe (FWR), Alexandre Lacazette (FW)
Notes: Ceballos starts for Elneny, who is out with COVID-19, while Luiz comes into the XI for Rob Holding after Arsenal fell apart against Villa last match. Pepe comes in for Willian, who took an unauthorized trip to Dubai over the break. Xhaka is back for the injured Thomas Partey.
Aston Villa v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Brighton): 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), Trezeguet (AMR), Ollie Watkins (FW)
Notes: More of the same for Villa after taking down Arsenal last match, though Bertrand Traore will keep pushing Trezeguet for starts.
Brighton & Hove Albion at Aston Villa
|Alexis Mac Allister||F/M||Undisclosed||OUT||11/28/2020|
Projected Lineup (3-4-1-2 v. Aston Villa): Mathew Ryan (GK), Dan Burn (DC), Lewis Dunk (DC), Adam Webster (DC), Solomon March (ML), Yves Bissouma (MC), Ben White (MC), Tariq Lamptey (MR), Adam Lallana (AMC), Danny Welbeck (FW), Neal Maupay (FW)
Notes: March returns from injury, which moves Pascal Gross back to the bench. White also returns to a central-midfield role where he has three starts this season and Dunk is back from suspension, replacing Joel Veltman.
Burnley v. Crystal Palace
|Johann Berg Gudmundsson||M||Calf||GTD||11/23/2020|
Projected Lineup (4-4-2 v. Crystal Palace): Nick Pope (GK), Matthew Lowton (DR), Ben Mee (DC), James Tarkowski (DC), Charlie Taylor (DL), Josh Brownhill (MC), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (MR), Ashley Westwood (MC), Dwight McNeil (ML), Chris Wood (FW), Ashley Barnes (FW)
Notes: Gudmundsson should be ready to start again, taking over for Robbie Brady who went a full 90 prior to the international break.
Chelsea at Newcastle United
Projected Lineup (4-3-3 v. Newcastle): Edouard Mendy (GK), Reece James (DR), Andreas Christensen (DC), Kurt Zouma (DC), Ben Chilwell (DL), N'Golo Kante (MC), Jorginho (MC), Mason Mount (MC), Hakim Ziyech (FWR), Timo Werner (FWL), Tammy Abraham (FW)
Notes: Christensen comes into the XI for Thiago Silva, who will not play after arriving back from international duty late Wednesday.
Crystal Palace at Burnley
|Luka Milivojevic||M||Suspension||SUS (Premier)||12/5/2020|
Projected Lineup: (4-4-2 v. Burnley): Vicente Guaita (GK), Patrick van Aanholt (DL), Gary Cahill (DC), Cheikhou Kouyate (DC), Nathaniel Clyne (DR), Eberechi Eze (ML), James McArthur (MC), Jairo Riedewald (MC), Andros Townsend (MR), Wilfried Zaha (FW), Jordan Ayew (FW)
Notes: Cahill could find his way back into the XI, but everything else stays the same after Eze and Ayew provided sparks in a big win prior to the break.
Everton at Fulham
Projected Lineup: (4-3-3 v. Fulham): Jordan Pickford (GK), Lucas Digne (DL), Michael Keane (DC), Mason Holgate (DC), Jonjoe Kenny (DR), Andre Gomes (MC), Allan (MC), Abdoulaye Doucoure (MC), James Rodriguez (FWR), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (FW), Richarlison (FWL)
Notes: Kenny comes in for Seamus Coleman, who can't get over his hamstring injury, while Richarlison is back from suspension. Gomes also returns to the XI with hopes of reviving his early season form.
Fulham v. Everton
|Aboubakar Kamara||F||Suspension||SUS (Premier)||11/28/2020|
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Everton): Alphonse Areola (GK), Joachim Andersen (DC), Ola Aina (DR), Tosin Adarabioyo (DC), Antonee Robinson (DL), Tom Cairney (AMC), Andre Zambo Anguissa (DMC), Harrison Reed (DMC), Ademola Lookman (AML), Bobby Decordova-Reid (AMR), Aleksandar Mitrovic (FW)
Notes: Mario Lemina has a chance to come in for Reed, but everything else stays the same, though the return of Tete could change things.
Leeds United v. Arsenal
Projected Lineup (4-1-4-1 v. Arsenal): Illan Meslier (GK), Liam Cooper (DC) Luke Ayling (DL), Robin Koch (DC), Stuart Dallas (DR), Kalvin Phillips (DMC), Raphinha (MC), Helder Costa (MR), Jack Harrison (ML), Mateusz Klich (MC), Patrick Bamford (FW)
Notes: Phillips is likely to return to the starting XI, while Rodrigo is a bigger doubt to feature. Ezgjan Alioski, Pascal Struijk, Tyler Roberts and Raphinha will compete for the final starting spot.
Leicester City at Liverpool
Projected Lineup (3-4-2-1 v. Liverpool): Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Jonny Evans (DC), Wesley Fofana (DC), James Justin (DC), Luke Thomas (ML), Timothy Castagne (MR), Nampalys Mendy (MC), Youri Tielemans (MC), James Maddison (AMC), Dennis Praet (AMC), Jamie Vardy (FW)
Notes: The Foxes have a few injury questions that won't be answered until later in the week. If Castagne is ready, he'll likely push Christian Fuchs back to the bench.
Liverpool v. Leicester City
|Virgil van Dijk||D||Knee||OUT||3/6/2021|
Projected Lineup (4-3-3 v. Leicester City): Alisson Becker (GK), Andrew Robertson (DL), Joel Matip (DC), Nathaniel Phillips (DC), James Milner (DR), Naby Keita (MC), Georginio Wijnaldum (MC), Curtis Jones (MC) Sadio Mane (FWL), Diogo Jota (FWR), Roberto Firmino (FW)
Notes: The issue are piling up for Liverpool, but the possible returns of Thiago and Fabinho would be a nice boost against Leicester. Jota will take the spot of Salah in the three-pronged attack and Thiago could replace Henderson.
Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Tottenham): Ederson (GK), Joao Cancelo (DL), Ruben Dias (DC), Aymeric Laporte (DC), Kyle Walker (DR), Ilkay Gundogan (DMC), Rodri (DMC), Kevin De Bruyne (AMC), Riyad Mahrez (AMR), Ferran Torres (AML), Gabriel Jesus (FW)
Notes: Mahrez returns to the XI for Sterling, who picked up a muscle injury on international duty. Aguero also has a chance to feature.
Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. West Brom): David de Gea (GK), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (DR), Axel Tuanzebe (DC), Harry Maguire (DC), Alex Telles (DL), Scott McTominay (DMC), Fred (DMC), Juan Mata (AMR), Bruno Fernandes (AMC), Anthony Martial (FW), Marcus Rashford (AML)
Notes: Greenwood could be back in the XI for Juan Mata, while Telles is set to replace Luke Shaw. Tuanzebe has a chance to start for Lindelof due to a back injury.
Newcastle United v. Chelsea
Projected Lineup (5-3-2 v. Chelsea): Karl Darlow (GK), Fabian Schar (DC), Federico Fernandez (DC), Jamaal Lascelles (DC), Jamal Lewis (DL), Jacob Murphy (DR), Jeff Hendrick (MC), Sean Longstaff (MC), Isaac Hayden (MC), Allan Saint-Maximin (FW), Callum Wilson (FW)
Notes: There's a chance Wilson isn't ready to feature, giving Joelinton a rare start, while Hayden replaces Miguel Almiron after his travels.
Sheffield United v. West Ham United
|Sander Berge||M||Not Injury Related||GTD||11/22/2020|
Projected Lineup (3-5-2 v. West Ham): Aaron Ramsdale (GK), John Egan (DC), Enda Stevens (DC), Chris Basham (DC), George Baldock (MR), Sander Berge (MC), Max Lowe (ML), John Lundstram (MC), Ethan Ampadu (MC), Rhian Brewster (FW), Oliver McBurnie (FW)
Notes: The Blades have some questions after the break, but things should stay the same if Berge, Egan, Stevens and Brewster remain available. Otherwise, Ampadu will likely get his place back in the XI, possibly replacing John Lundstram.
Southampton at Wolverhampton
Projected Lineup (4-4-2 v. Wolverhampton): Alex McCarthy (GK), Kyle Walker-Peters (DR), Jack Stephens (DC), Jannik Vestergaard (DC), Ryan Bertrand (DL), Moussa Djenepo (ML), Oriol Romeu (MC), James Ward-Prowse (MC), Stuart Armstrong (MR), Che Adams (FW), Theo Walcott (FW)
Notes: Bertrand is the biggest question, while Ward-Prowse should be fine to start after withdrawing from the national team as a precaution. Walcott will likely continue up front next to Adams.
Tottenham Hotspur v. Manchester City
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1 v. Manchester City): Hugo Lloris (GK), Serge Aurier (DR), Toby Alderweireld (DC), Eric Dier (DC), Sergio Reguilon (DL), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (DMC), Moussa Sissoko (DMC), Tanguy Ndombele (AMC), Gareth Bale (AMR), Son Heung-Min (AML), Harry Kane (FW)
Notes: Aurier comes in for COVID-positive Doherty and everything else stays the same in a big spot against Man City.
West Bromwich Albion at Manchester United
Projected Lineup (4-1-4-1 v. Manchester United): Sam Johnstone (GK), Darnell Furlong (DR), Semi Ajayi (DC), Branislav Ivanovic (DC), Conor Townsend (DL), Jake Livermore (DMC), Conor Gallagher (MC), Filip Krovinovic (MC), Matheus Pereira (MR), Grady Diangana (ML), Karlan Grant (FW)
Notes: The Baggies return to a 4-1-4-1 with Pereira and Ivanovic both expected back from COVID-19, while Diangana also returns to the XI for Robinson.
West Ham United at Sheffield United
Projected Lineup (5-4-1 v. Sheffield United): Lukasz Fabianski (GK), Vladimir Coufal (DR), Aaron Cresswell (DC), Angelo Ogbonna (DC), Fabian Balbuena (DC), Arthur Masuaku (DL), Jarrod Bowen (MR), Declan Rice (MC), Tomas Soucek (MC), Pablo Fornals (ML), Sebastien Haller (FW)
Notes: Antonio is set for a late-fitness test, while Ogbonna could be replaced by Issa Diop if he isn't recovered from a groin issue.
Wolverhampton v. Southampton
Projected Lineup (3-4-2-1 v. Southampton): Rui Patricio (GK), Willy Boly (DC), Conor Coady (DC), Max Kilman (DC), Nelson Semedo (MR), Ruben Neves (MC), Leander Dendoncker (MC), Pedro Neto (MC), Rayan Ait-Nouri (ML), Daniel Podence (FW), Raul Jimenez (FW)
Notes: Wolves have questions, but there's a chance they don't change anything if the issues to Ait-Nouri and Dendoncker aren't serious. If Ait-Nouri isn't ready, Fernando Marcal could return to the XI after returning to the bench prior to the break.