GW4 Lineup Lessons (Part Two)

How are Premier League teams lining up after the close of the transfer window? We review the likely starter for your FPL team from Everton, Spurs, Southampton, Swansea and Stoke.

Everton (2-0 vs West Brom)

4-2-3-1: Howard. Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, McCarthy, Barry, McGeady (88’ Besic), Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku (68’ Osman)

One change for Everton as Distin drops out with a minor knee injury with the able Stones replacing the Frenchman. This could well open the door for a prolonged run in the side for Stones after some shaky form from Distin so far this season. McGeady holds down his spot with Pienaar still recovering from a groin injury in GW2. Pienaar was back in full training at the end of last week and is expected to return to the side ahead of McCeady for the GW5 clash with Palace.

Spurs (2-2 vs. Sunderland)

4-2-3-1: Lloris, Dier, Rose, Kaboul, Chiriches 

Two changes lineup from Pochettino with Dembele preferred in central midfield over Bentale and Chiriches standing in for Vertonghen who misses out with a minor muscle injury. Spurs two new signings Fazio (DC) and Stambouli (CM) made the bench with the latter getting his first taste of Premier League action replacing Chadli on 70 minutes. The front four positions are looking very settled with Chaldi, Eriksen, Lamela and Adebayor all continuing to start with Lennon, Townsend and Kane offering an impact from the bench.

Southampton (4-0 vs Newcastle)

4-3-3: Forster, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Fonte, Clyne, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Long (45’ Wanyama). Tadic (67’ Ward-Prowse), Pelle

Koeman kept faith with the 4-3-3 he rolled out last week albeit with two changes to the lineup. New signing Toby Alderweireld makes his debut in central defence ousting Yoshida, and hard-working midfielder Jack Cork replaced the more creative Ward-Prose (damn!) although the latter did grab an assist as a substitute for Tadic. Up-front Shane Long’s early withdrawal for Wanyama appeared to be a tactical switch. Sadio Mané was not deemed fit enough to make the bench but will be pushing for inclusion on the bench at least ahead GW5.

Swansea (2-4 vs Chelsea)

4-2-3-1: Fabianski, Rangel, Taylor, Williams, Amat (45’ Fernandez), Ki, Shelvey, Routledge  (66’ Montero), Sigurdsson, Dyer, Bony (76’ Gomis)

No change from last week’s lineup although summer signing Fernandez replaced Amat for the second half and looks set to assume regular first time action over the next few weeks. In GW1 & GW2 Montero was used as an impact sub, replacing Nathan Dyer. In the last two games it’s Wayne Routledge who has been replaced. This increases Dyer’s security of game time although continued rotation in the wide areas will remain a concern. 

Stoke (0-1 vs Leicester)

4-2-3-1: Begovic, Pieters (84’ Muniesa), Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Walters, Bojan (74’ Diouf), Walters (82’ Assaidi), Crouch

Bojan is recalled to the starting lineup for Diouf who returned late from international duty. £5.5M Victor Moses is handed a second successive start since his loan move and is clearly ahead of Arnautovic at the moment for one of the wing roles. Arnautovic was an unused sub once again, with another late addition on loan from Liverpool Assaidi (£4.9M) coming off the bench. £4.5M defenders Marc Wilson retains his place alongside Shawcross.  

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