Fantasy football: Premier League team news, injuries, captain picks & more


One of the secrets to success in Fantasy Premier League is making sure you pay close attention to team news updates, so that you can tweak your team accordingly.

A key player may be injured all of a sudden or your best goalscorer might be suspended and it makes sense to keep on top of things in order to maximise your points return each week.

If you're looking for the latest team news, or just want some advice on the best captain picks or even a suggested Wildcard squad, then Goal has you covered.


  1. Gameweek fixtures
  2. Team news
  3. Suspension table
  4. Who is the best captain pick?
  5. Goal's suggested Wildcard squad

Gameweek 9 fixtures

Date Fixture Time (BST)
October 22 Arsenal vs Aston Villa 8pm
October 23 Chelsea vs Norwich 12:30pm
October 23 Crystal Palace vs Newcastle 3pm
October 23 Everton vs Watford 3pm
October 23 Leeds vs Wolves 3pm
October 23 Southampton vs Burnley 3pm
October 23 Brighton vs Man City 5:30pm
October 24 Brentford vs Leicester 2pm
October 24 West Ham vs Tottenham 2pm
October 24 Man Utd vs Liverpool 4:30pm

Injury news

Last updated: 22/10/21 3:20pm (BST)


Player Injury Likely return date
Granit Xhaka Knee Unknown
Bukayo Saka Calf Late fitness test


Player Injury Likely return date
Leon Bailey Thigh October 22, 2021
Matty Cash Dead leg October 22, 2021
Keinan Davis Knee October 31, 2021
Trezeguet Knee Unknown
Bertrand Traore Thigh October 22, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Shandon Baptiste Shoulder Unknown
Joshua Dasilva Hip Unknown
Mads Sorensen Knee Unknown
Yoane Wissa Ankle October 30, 2021
Vitaly Janelt Thigh October 24, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Danny Welbeck Hamstring Unknown
Adam Webster Thigh October 23, 2021
Steven Alzate Ankle Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Ben Mee Other (Covid-19) Late fitness test
Matej Vydra Knock Late fitness test
Dale Stephens Ankle Unknown
Charlie Taylor Knock Late fitness test


Player Injury Likely return date
Christian Pulisic Ankle Unknown
Timo Werner Hamstring Unknown
Romelu Lukaku Ankle November 20, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Wilfried Zaha Illness October 23, 2021
Eberechi Eze Achilles Unknown
Nathan Ferguson Other Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Abdoulaye Doucoure Foot Unknown
Andre Gomes Calf Unknown
Richarlison Knee October 23, 2021
Yerry Mina Hamstring November 1, 2021
Dominic Calvert-Lewin Thigh Unknown
Fabian Delph Shoulder Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Patrick Bamford Ankle October 31, 2021
Luke Ayling Knee October 31, 2021
Robin Koch Pelvic Unknown
Raphinha Other (international duty) October 23, 2021
Kalvin Phillips Calf October 31, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Ayoze Perez Illness Late fitness test
James Justin Knee Unknown
Wesley Fofana Leg Unknown
Wilfred Ndidi Hamstring Unknown
Timothy Castagne Hamstring Late fitness test
Youri Tielemans Lower back October 24, 2021
Marc Albrighton Knock Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Curtis Jones Groin Late fitness test
Harvey Elliott  Ankle Unknown
Thiago Calf Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Benjamin Mendy Unavailable Unknown
Liam Delap Ankle Unknown
Ferran Torres Foot Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Bruno Fernandes Knock Late fitness test
Marcus Rashford Knock Late fitness test
Fred Hamstring Late fitness test
Anthony Martial Knock Late fitness test
Raphael Varane Groin October 30,2021
Amad Diallo Thigh October 24, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Paul Dummett Calf Unknown
Martin Dubravka Ankle Unknown
Freddie Woodman Knock Unknown
Elliot Anderson Hip Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Billy Gilmour Other (unable to face parent club) October 31, 2021
Todd Cantwell Achilles October 31, 2021
Sam Byram Thigh Unknown
Christoph Zimmermann Ankle Unknown
Mathias Normann Cramps October 23, 2021
Przemyslaw Placheta Lacking match fitness October 23, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Che Adams Other October 23, 2021
Jack Stephens Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Ryan Sessegnon Knock Unknown
Matt Doherty Knock October 30, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Peter Etebo Quad 2022
Nicolas N'Koulou Knock Unknown
Francisco Sierralta Thigh October 30, 2021
Josh King Knee October 23, 2021
Christian Kabasele Thigh Unknown
Kiko Femenia Hip Late fitness test


Player Injury Likely return date
Vladimir Coufal Knock Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Hugo Bueno Thigh Unknown
Jonny Knee 2022
Pedro Neto Knee Unknown
Yerson Mosquera Hamstring 2022
Francisco Trincao Covid-19 Unknown

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Suspensions table

Player Return date
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) October 30
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle) October 30

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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 9?

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) cannot stop scoring. The Liverpool forward was on the scoresheet once again against Watford, delivering a 13-point haul, while he was also on target in the Reds' 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid.

Usually we'd air on the side of caution and avoid picking a Liverpool player for a trip to Old Trafford although with Salah in such incredible form, it would be even more of a risk not to go with the Egyptian as captain this week.

As for an alternative, Kai Havertz (£8.1m), who is almost certain to start for Chelsea in the absence of both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku through injury, could deliver a big haul against struggling Norwich City.

Goal's suggested Wildcard squad

Our suggested Wildcard squad for Gameweek 9 features a Chelsea double up in defence, with the Blues facing Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in a game that should deliver a clean sheet.

Edouard Mendy (£6.1m) and Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) appear the most likely to start in that match, with there being the potential for Thomas Tuchel to mix it up elsewhere across the backline.

There's also a Manchester City defensive double up, with Pep Guardiola's side taking on Brighton at the Amex.

Pep roulette could well interfere with our picks of Ruben Dias (£6.2m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.3m), but there is at least cover in the form of Tino Livramento (£4.3m) and Javier Manquillo (£4m), who have both been regulars this season.

Our midfield picks include Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), who has been the Premier League's best player at the start of the 2021-22 campaign and has already amassed 83 points.

Alongside the Liverpool star are Raphinha (£6.7m), Bryan Mbeumo (£5.6m) and Andros Townsend (£5.7m), who are all affordable options that offer sufficient threat in attacking areas and have all started the season strongly.

We've also gambled on Kai Havertz (£8.1m) as the Germany international looks highly likely to be given Chelsea's No.9 role in the absence of both Lukaku and Werner.

In attack, Jamie Vardy (£10.7m) has recorded at least eight points in each of his last four matches and is rested after being left out of Leicester's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow on Thursday, while Ivan Toney (£6.5m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.8m) both offer goal and assist potential.

Check out the full suggested squad below!

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