Which PL club has the strongest second XI?

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2016 1:32

Mamadou Sakho

The transfer window is shut. The 25-man Premier League squads have been submitted. The first international break has crushed our initial enthusiasm. But not all is lost.

Here at F365, we have painstakingly examined the squads of eight particular clubs, because unfortunately we hate the other 12.

We predict what their most likely starting XI for the season will be, whether that is simply their best or their most effective. We have then predicted what their best second-string XI would be based on this. Draw your own conclusions, people. But enjoy it. Mainly enjoy it. Then leave angry comments about how Aaron Ramsey will definitely start ahead of Theo Walcott. But enjoy it first, at least.

 


Arsenal

Most likely starting XI:

Cech

Bellerin Koscielny Mustafi Monreal

Xhaka Cazorla

Walcott Ozil Sanchez

Giroud

Best second XI:

Ospina

Debuchy Gabriel Mertesacker Gibbs

Elneny Coquelin

Ramsey Oxlade-Chamberlain Iwobi

Perez

Players who do not make either: Martinez, Holding, Jenkinson, Reine-Adelaide, Bielik, Sanogo, Welbeck, Akpom.


Chelsea

Most likely starting XI:

Courtois

Azpilicueta Luiz Terry Alonso

Kante

Willian Oscar Matic Hazard

Costa

Best second XI:

Begovic

Ivanovic Cahill Zouma Aina

Mikel Fabregas

Pedro Loftus-Cheek Moses

Batshuayi

Players who do not make either: Eduardo, Chalobah, Solanke.


Everton

Most likely starting XI:

Stekelenburg

Coleman Jagielka Williams Baines

Gueye Barry

Bolasie Barkley Mirallas

Lukaku

Best second XI:

Robles

Holgate Funes Mori Browning Oviedo

McCarthy Besic

Deulofeu Cleverley Lennon

Valencia

Players who do not make either: Pennington, Davies, Dowell, Gibson, Kone, Niasse.


Leicester

Most likely starting XI

Schmeichel

Simpson Morgan Huth Fuchs

Mahrez Drinkwater Mendy Albrighton

Vardy Slimani

Best second XI:

Zieler

Hernandez Wasilewski Benalouane Chilwell

Gray Amartey King Schlupp

Musa Okazaki

Players who do not make either: Hamer, James, Kaputska, Ulloa.


Liverpool

Most likely starting XI:

Karius

Clyne Lovren Matip Milner

Can Henderson Wijnaldum

Mane Firmino Coutinho

Best second XI:

Mignolet

Alexander-Arnold Klavan Lucas Moreno

Lallana Grujic Stewart

Origi Sturridge Ings

Players who do not make either: Manninger, Sakho, Gomez, Ilori, Randall, Ojo, Brannagan, Chirivella.


Manchester City

Most likely starting XI:

Bravo

Zabaleta Stones Kompany Clichy

Fernandinho Gundogan

De Bruyne Silva Sterling

Aguero

Best second XI:

Cabellero

Sagna Otamendi Adarabioyo Kolarov

Delph Fernando

Navas Nolito Sane

Iheanacho

Players who do not make either: Gunn, Angelino, Maffeo, Toure.


Manchester United

Most likely starting XI:

De Gea

Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw

Pogba Fellaini

Mata Rooney Martial

Ibrahimovic

Best second XI:

Romero

Darmian Smalling Jones Rojo

Carrick Schneiderlin

Lingard Mkhitaryan Depay

Rashford

Players who do not make either: Johnstone, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, El-Fitouri, Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Young.

 


Tottenham

Most likely starting XI:

Lloris

Walker Vertonghen Alderweireld Rose

Dembele Dier

Lamela Alli Eriksen

Kane

Best second XI:

Vorm

Trippier Wimmer Carter-Vickers Davies

Wanyama Winks

Son Sissoko Nkoudou

Janssen

Players who do not make either: Lopez, Walkes, Onomah, Carroll.

 

Matt Stead

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