Starting XIs for the 2018/19 FPL Season (All 20 Lineups)

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Starting XIs for the 2019/20 FPL Season (All 20 Lineups)

Do you wonder who will be starters in the Premier League? How nailed on are each player? Which players are the biggest contenders to break into a starting XI? All those questions and more down below:

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Last Update: August 9th, 9PM (BST)
(Post Deadline Day Update. Brighton, Chelsea, Cardiff, Everton, Fulham, Leicester, Wolverhampton)


  1. These are not GW1 lineups, but predicted XI’s for the whole season.
  2. The number on the kit is predicted starts/nailed-on-ness on a scale from 0-38.
  3. This article will be updated every day until the FPL deadline arrives.
  4. Any tips/help welcome. Take a look at your favorite team and tweet me @Maefteda if you find any errors.


Crystal Palace
Manchester City
Manchester United
West Ham


XI Contenders (Starts): Ramsey (27), Mustafi (24), Kolasinac (16)

Other Potential Starters: Cech

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Wenger): 27.72 out of 38 matches

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Emery, PSG): 25.54 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Emery rotates more than Wenger, even when PSG finished 2nd behind Monaco.
  • Koscielny a sure starter when he returns from injury (late December).
  • Pay attention to Ramsey’s contract situation, awkward fit for Emery’s tactics.


XI Contenders (Starts): Fraser (25), A. Smith (22) and D. Gosling (20)

Other Potential Starters: Daniels

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Injury prone Stanislas already injured, doesn’t start more than 20 but makes the most of it.
  • With Lewis Cook staying and Jefferson Lerma coming in, central midfield is finally sorted.
  • Expect Eddie Howe to experiment defensively, after a leaky 17/18 season.


XI Contenders (Starts): Knockaert (22), March (19), and Murray (16)

Other Potential Starters: Balogun

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 31.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Dunk and Duffy a major reason they stayed up last season, but new signing Balogun lurks.
  • Striker woes with Murray getting old. They hope Andone is their answer, but hard to tell.
  • Expect rotation with March and Knockaert, but the 3 behind the striker are super talented.


XI Contenders (Starts): Lennon (24), Barnes (22) and Gibson (20)

Other Potential Starters: Pope, Westwood

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.27 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Back 4 should be more consistently available after poor injury luck last season.
  • Gibson won’t replace Tarkowski or Mee, but takes some starts from them, most likely Mee.
  • Pope/Heaton reversed roles from last year, with Pope out for 3 months this time.


XI Contenders (Starts): Gunnarsson (23), Zohore (21) and Ecuele Manga (20)

Other Potential Starters: Jazz Richards, Smithies

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 36.27 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • When Etheridge is busy with Asian Cup at the start of 2019, Smithies will get his chance.
  • Peltier starter last season, but Jazz Richards might be more suited to PL.
  • Always a chance of panic buys in January if they expectedly are fighting relegation.


XI Contenders (Starts): Christensen (22), Pedro (20) and Batshuayi (18)

Other Potential Starters: Fabregas

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Conte): 28.36 out of 38 matches

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Sarri, Napoli): 33.11(!) out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • 10/11 players started in 30+ matches for Sarri last season, only Ghoulam (injuries) didn’t.
  • Luiz, Rudiger and Christensen fighting for the 2 CB spots, all suit Sarri’s style.
  • Pay attention to who wins out of the CBs, Morata/Giroud and Willian/Pedro, 30+ starts likely.

Crystal Palace:

XI Contenders (Starts): McArthur (25), Kouyaté (24) and Ward (17) 

Other Potential Starters: Guaita, Sørloth

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 27.00 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Hennessey kept World Cup winner Mandanda out of the Palace GK spot. Guaita too?
  • Zaha will likely rotate between striker and forward, if he stays.
  • If Benteke finds his form, he can be nailed, Sørloth has impressed in pre-season though.


XI Contenders (Starts): Bernard (25), Davies (22) and Keane (22)

Other Potential Starters: Baines

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness (Koeman/Allardyce): 26.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Bernard’s two best positions are filled by Everton’s two most expensive signings ever.
  • Baines will be phased out by Digne eventually, but the Everton legend might start for now.
  • Keane was a big signing a year ago, but new signings Mina and Zouma should play.


XI Contenders (Starts): McDonald (21), Chambers (20) and Le Marchand (20)

Other Potential Starters: Vietto

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 36.45 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Fulham could hardly field the 5 at the back 30 days ago, but now have a plethora of options.
  • 7 out of 11 projected starters are new. It might take some time for them all to adjust.
  • After deadline day, I think it’s safe to say that Sessegnon won’t play any left back this year.


XI Contenders (Starts): Hadergjonaj (22), Durm (22) and Diakhaby (18)

Other Potential Starters: Löwe, Depoitre

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29.18 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Durm, Smith, Löwe, Kongolo and Hadergjonaj will share a lot of games between them.
  • Mounié is developing while Depoitre had a good patch in 17/18. Mounié plays more in 18/19
  • Sobhi has been looking to break out for a while. With Ince gone, he’ll get his chance.


XI Contenders (Starts): Ghezzal (22), Gray (22) and Albrighton (18)

Other Potential Starters: Morgan, A. Silva

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 29.00 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • They will switch between 3-5-2, 3-4-3 and 4-2-3-1. 3 CB signings points me towards 3-5-2.
  • If Gray develops and Ghezzal finds his best form, the formation should accommodate them.
  • Defence should be a lot more settled than last year with new signings and Chilwell ready.


XI Contenders (Starts): Shaqiri (25), Wijnaldum (23) and Milner (22)

Other Potential Starters: Clyne, Matip, Lallana

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Unusual amount of rotation last year with big transfers and the rotation at GK/RB.
  • Matip unlucky to miss out behind one of the world’s best defenders and Dejan Lovren.
  • Mané, Firmino and Salah were rock solid starters, but expect more rotation with Shaqiri.

Man City:

XI Contenders (Starts): Sané (26), Jesus (25) and Silva (22)

Other Potential Starters: Otamendi, Gundogan

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.54 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Pep has mentioned that we need to get used to David Silva not playing as much as before.
  • Bernardo Silva can continue in his #10 role with de Bruyne dropping into midfield.
  • Otamendi not a sure thing in central defence, all 4 CBs will rotate often.

Man Utd:

XI Contenders (Starts): Rashford (22), Jones (22) and Martial (20),

Other Potential Starters: Shaw

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 28.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Bailly should be a sure starter without injuries and WC, 2nd CB spot up for grabs.
  • Luke Shaw can win the LB spot if he starts well, but likely to be a sub after one bad game.
  • Despite pleas, Martial and Rashford will have a tough time becoming regular starters.


XI Contenders (Starts): Atsu (22), Diamé (18) and Muto (16)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 24.72 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Rondon not likely to get more than 10 goals, but he might open up space for Perez
  • Schär steps right into the spot vacated by the unfortunately injured Lejeune.
  • Benitez tends to rotate a lot, last season’s numbers were not a coincidence.


XI Contenders (Starts): Armstrong (24), Højbjerg (20) and Ings (18)

Other Potential Starters: Bednarek

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 25.90 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Forster is linked away, so expect McCarthy to start. Gunn is a future GK for them.
  • Mark Hughes played with a back 3 to end last season, Cedric, Bertrand and 3rd CB benefits.
  • Austin always struggles with injuries, but should be nailed when fit. Ings a capable backup.


XI Contenders (Starts): Sanchez (23), Aurier (20) and Rose (20)

Other Potential Starters: None

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 30.45 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Pocchettino fields a strong 11 and doesn’t rotate much except full-backs.
  • Alderweireld has a year left on his contract and might get sold, Sanchez ready to step in.
  • Lucas Moura and Lamela will fill in when Son is occupied with Korea in August and Jan/Feb.


XI Contenders (Starts): Sema (23), Cleverley (22) and Kiko Femenía (18)

Other Potential Starters: Holebas, Prödl

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 24.54 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • A lot of players in the squad, a lot of rotation and a lot of possible starters.
  • Kabasele a sure thing in defence, hard to know who accompanies him through the season.
  • Pereyra/Hughes/Deulofeu could very well start, but Sema has impressed in pre-season.

West Ham:

XI Contenders (Starts): Yarmolenko (25), Antonio (20) and Masuaku (18)

Other Potential Starters: Diop, (Reid and Lanzini when fit)

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 26.36 out of 38 matches

Man City (15/16) Nailed-on-ness under Pellegrini: 27.09 out of 38 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Ogbonna a likely starter but either one of Diop/Balbuena/Reid/Rice could start next to him.
  • Lanzini will for sure start when/if he returns. Yarmolenko and Wilshere cover for him.
  • Chicharito will play a bigger part than last season, even with Lucas Perez coming in.


XI Contenders (Starts): Saïss (24), Costa (22) and Cavaleiro (20)

Other Potential Starters: Bennett

Last Season XI Nailed-on-ness: 35.36 out of 46 matches

Additional Notes:

  • Jota a likely candidate to play up front should Jimènez not pan out.
  • Adama Traore steps right into the other wing, Costa and Cavaleiro also capable.
  • Dendoncker’s best position is CDM, but their biggest need was a 3rd CB.

Do you agree with the starting XI prediction for your team? Do the projected starts seem correct? If not, go ahead and tell me what I need to fix. I will keep updating this until the FPL deadline is here.

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