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

Goal’s Gameweek guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2021-22 campaign

Gameweek 1 of the Fantasy Premier League treated us to a 20-point Bruno Fernandes haul while Mohamed Salah didn’t let down his legion of FPL bosses as he recorded an impressive 17 points.

There’s no Friday night fixture this week so we have a little more time to get our changes in place ahead of Saturday’s 11am (BST) changes deadline.

If you’re looking for the latest team news, or just want some advice on the best captain picks, then you’ve come to the right place.


  1. Gameweek fixtures
  2. Team news
  3. Suspension table
  4. Who is the best captain pick?

Gameweek 2 fixtures

Date Fixture Time (BST)
August 21 Liverpool vs Burnley 12:30pm
August 21 Aston Villa vs Newcastle 3pm
August 21 Crystal Palace vs Brentford 3pm
August 21 Leeds vs Everton 3pm
August 21 Man City vs Norwich 3pm
August 21 Brighton vs Watford 5:30pm
August 22 Southampton vs Man Utd 2pm
August 22 Wolves vs Tottenham 2pm
August 22 Arsenal vs Chelsea 4:30pm
August 23 West Ham vs Leicester 8pm

Injury news

Last updated: 20/08/21 15:45 (BST)


Player Injury Likely return date
Thomas Partey Ankle September 11, 2021
Eddie Nketiah Ankle September 11, 2021
Gabriel Knee September 11, 2021
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Coronavirus Unknown
Alexandre Lacazette Coronavirus Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Bertrand Traore Hamstring September 11, 2021
Ollie Watkins Knee August 28, 2021
Trezeguet Knee Unknown
Morgan Sanson Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Mathias Jensen Lack of match fitness August 24, 2021
Joshua DaSilva Hip Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Danny Welbeck Thigh September 11, 2021
Tariq Lamptey Thigh September 11, 2021
Joel Veltman Coronavirus (isolating) August 28, 2021
Dan Burn Knee Unknown
Kjell Scherpen Ankle Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Dale Stephens Ankle Unknown
Kevin Long Calf Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Hakim Ziyech Shoulder Unknown
N’Golo Kante Ankle August 22, 2021
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Coronavirus Unknown
Christian Pulisic Coronavirus Unknown

Pulisic Chelsea 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Eberechi Eze Achilles Unknown
Nathan Ferguson Other Unknown
Luka Milivojevic Personal reasons Unknown
Michael Olise Back September 11, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
James Rodriguez Coronavirus (isolating) Unknown
Andre Gomes Knock Unknown
Jean-Philippe Gbamin Coronavirus (isolating) Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Diego Llorente Knee August 19, 2021
Adam Forshaw Other Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Ryan Bertrand Coronavirus (isolating) Unknown
Jonny Evans Foot September 11, 2021
James Justin Knee Unknown
Wesley Fofana Leg Unknown
Nampalys Mendy Groin Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Fabinho Personal reasons Could play vs Norwich
Andy Robertson Ankle Unknown

Andy Robertson Liverpool vs Athletic Club pre-season friendly 2021-22


Player Injury Likely return date
Kevin De Bruyne Ankle August 28, 2021
Phil Foden Ankle September 11, 2021


Player Injury Likely return date
Marcus Rashford Shoulder Unknown
Alex Telles Ankle Unknown
Dean Henderson Fatigue Unknown
Phil Jones Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Jonjo Shelvey Calf August 28, 2021
Elliot Anderson Hip Unknown
Martin Dubravka Ankle September 11, 2021
Paul Dummett Calf August 28, 2021
Karl Darlow Coronavirus Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Przemyslaw Placheta Coronavirus Unknown
Sam Byram Thigh Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Sam McQueen Knee Unknown
Will Smallbone Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Tanguy Ndombele Other Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Nathaniel Chalobah Illness August 29, 2021
Joao Pedro Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Arthur Masuaku Knee Unknown


Player Injury Likely return date
Willy Boly Hamstring Unknown
Jonny Knee Unknown
Pedro Neto Knee Unknown
Daniel Podence Hip Unknown
Yerson Mosquera Hamstring Unknown
Hugo Bueno Hamstring Unknown

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Suspensions table

Mike Dean referee Premier League 2020-21

Player Absent for…
None N/A

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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 2?

Mohamed Salah Liverpool GFX

One goal, two assists, and three bonus points last week and Burnley at home to come on Saturday. It’s got to be Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) to take the armband again this week.

Liverpool’s talisman was in sparkling form on the opening weekend of the season and he’ll be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a Burnley side that got off to a disappointing start in their first fixture of the season, losing 2-1 to Brighton.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) is a tempting alternative pick, with the Red Devils facing Southampton, while Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) could also come up big on his Chelsea debut against Arsenal.

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