It's gameweek two in Fantasy Football, and you're probably following our usual late-in-the-day routine of tearing your hair out over potential transfers. We're here to make your life a little bit easier, by giving you the lowdown on the biggest team news from all around the Premier League to assist in your Fantasy Football decision making.
We have the rundown on every fixture this weekend below, including news on big hitters like Kevin de Bruyne and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Fantasy Football team news: Saturday
Liverpool v Burnley (Saturday 12:30pm, BT Sport)
Jurgen Klopp will have to do without Fabinho in midfield, after the Liverpool midfielder sadly suffered a family bereavement during the week. Fellow midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago are nearing a return, with Klopp saying, "they are much closer, yes. They look fine, now we have to make the decision." Andy Robertson is expected to still be ruled out by an ankle injury.
Irishman Kevin Long, as well as Dale Stephens, will both be missing for Burnley.
Man City v Norwich (Saturday 3pm)
It seems unlikely that Kevin de Bruyne will feature for City on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola confirming he didn't train on Friday. Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, and Kyle Walker will return to the fray against Norwich, while Phil Foden is out for the foreseeable future.
🗣 "Gundogan is fit and Kevin [De Bruyne] we will see tomorrow."
Pep Guardiola updates on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan pic.twitter.com/3qf5ZWuLYH
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 20, 2021
Irishman Andrew Omobamidele is back in contention for selection for Norwich, as well as Onel Hernandez, but Christoph Zimmerman is out with illness.
Aston Villa v Newcastle (Saturday 3pm)
Manager Dean Smith confirmed in his press conference that Ollie Watkins will miss Villa's clash with Newcastle, but a return is hopeful for their game against Brentford next weekend. Bertrand Traore's hamstring injury means he is likely to be missing until mid-September.
Newcastle's new signing Joe Willock is available for selection and in line to play a crucial role for the Magpies. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is out with a calf injury, while manager Steve Bruce will have to resort to his third choice goalkeeper with Martin Dubravka out with an injury and Karl Darlow still recovering from a bout of COVID-19 that left him hospitalised.
Crystal Palace v Brentford (Saturday 3pm)
Crystal Palace's loan arrival Conor Gallagher can make his bow this week after missing the opener against his parent club Chelsea. Captain Luka Milivojevic is still out, along with Nathan Ferguson, Michael Olise and Ebere Eze.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank put it bluntly in his pre-match interview with the club's website - "All players that were available for Arsenal will be available for Saturday."
Leeds United v Everton (Saturday 3pm, Premier Sports)
The big injury question marks at Leeds surround midfielders Diego Llorente and Kalvin Phillips. Manager Marcelo Bielsa said Phillips is likely to feature against Everton, but the game will be a week too soon for Llorente.
After another week of work, Kalvin is physically better and closer to being in the team. With Diego, it's probable that he will have chances to compete again next week.
COVID-19 self-isolation has ruled several players out for Everton, but they will have Moise Kean back in contention for selection.
Brighton v Watford (Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports)
FPL favourite Tariq Lamptey remains sidelined with injury, as well as Danny Welbeck, while manager Graham Potter confirmed Dan Burn and Joel Veltman are also missing. Aaron Connolly is available for selection once again.
Josh King and Kiko Femenia return for Watford, but Juraj Kucka is a doubt. Nathaniel Chalobah and Joao Pedro are unavailable.
Fantasy Football Team News: Sunday
Southampton v Man United (Sunday 2pm, Sky Sports)
Southampton have no injury concerns, with manager Ralph Hassenhuttl confirming the only potential change will be the involvement of new signing Dynel Simeu.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a pleasant problem, as three players come into contention after United's 5-1 opening day win over Leeds. Edinson Cavani has returned and is available, while a debut for Raphael Varane is likely. There's a strong chance we'll see Jadon Sancho make a more prolonged appearance, and perhaps even be named in the starting XI.
Wolves v Spurs (Sunday 2pm)
The team news isn't good for Wolves, who still have plenty of big hitters missing, with the absences of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence perhaps of most concern to Fantasy Football managers. Jonny, Willy Boly, and Yerson Mosquera will all miss the return of Nuno Espirito Santo to Molineux as well.
🗣 "It's going to be special."
Nuno Espírito Santo on his return to Molineux Stadium since leaving Wolves and becoming Tottenham manager pic.twitter.com/gWvrdDeMoC
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 20, 2021
The big question for Spurs is whether Harry Kane will be involved on Sunday as his transfer saga continues, with manager Santo revealing on Friday he has yet to make a decision on Kane. Joe Rodon will be missing for Spurs as well, but Christian Romero is recovering well after showing signs of fatigue during Thursday's shock Europa Conference League defeat.
Arsenal v Chelsea (Sunday 4:30pm, Sky Sports)
Arsenal have confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed their opening fixture against Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19 ❌ pic.twitter.com/0WM1I5jE7x
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 19, 2021
The big news to come out of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta's press conference was that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were both absent from their opener at Brentford with COVID-19. Arteta confirmed that both were hit hard with the virus, and that Lacazette has yet to return to training. Willian and Alex Runarsson were also diagnosed with COVID-19, but it is unclear whether either will be involved on Sunday. New signing Martin Odegaard has not been registered in time to play against Chelsea, but Aaron Ramsdale will be available to Arteta for selection.
Chelsea have been affected by COVID themselves, with Christian Pulisic ruled out after a positive test. Romelu Lukaku is in line to make his second Chelsea debut, while Hakim Ziyech and N'Golo Kanté could also return for the Blues.
Fantasy Football Team News: Monday
West Ham v Leicester (Monday 8pm, Sky Sports)
David Moyes said in his pre-match press conference that Arthur Masuaku remains the only West Ham player sidelined through injury, saying, "Apart from that, I think we’re pretty much okay: one or two knocks and niggles, but everything else seems okay."
Leicester had a positive update from manager Brendan Rodgers, who revealed Timothy Castagne is in line to make a return from injury against the Hammers. Summer arrival Ryan Bertrand is out with a bout of COVID-19.
So, there you have it, the low down on all of this weekend's Premier League team news to assist you in your Fantasy Football team selections.