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Dugout Discussion – West Ham vs Stoke City

Four nights of Gameweek 34 action begin at the London Stadium where West Ham United host Stoke City with both seeking to earn three points to ease relegation fears.

In truth, a victory for the Hammers tonight would surely seal mid-table safety, though, with a tortuous season run-in ahead of them, a win against the Potters looks vital.

In Fantasy terms, Marko Arnautovic is undoubtedly the key attacking asset on show. He heads into the contest against his former club with nine goals and five assists from his last 14 starts and, despite Chicharito’s equaliser at Chelsea, the Austrian remains the lone striker. Arnautovic scored in the reverse fixture at the bet365 Stadium and fired a brace and 16 points in his last home fixture against Southampton.

Chicharito is kept on the bench, alongside playmaker Manuel Lanzini who makes his return from injury.

Meanwhile, Stoke City’s players are auditioning for bit-part roles in our Gameweek 35 Free Hit squads with Shaqiri and Jack Butland the leading men.

Butland has just a single clean sheet in his last eight starts, though has returned 45 saves and 12 save points over that spell.

As for Shaqiri, his returns have dried up and have been reduced to just a single assist from the last four Gameweeks having struck three in three outings prior to that drought.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Berbinho's Forehead
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 days, 22 hours ago

    Mourinho:
    "What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria: is the way you play. Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance."

    Last time I checked, he is the one who signed the world's most expensive player, Lukaku for 75-90m and Sanchez for those ridiculous wages.

    Cry me a river.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Check again, Lukaku wasn’t the worlds most expensive player

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Pogba

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Don’t think that’s the point he’s making though. I kind of like the fact that he plays whoever he thinks is best for the game.
          But then again, he does tend to cripple talent.

    2. Fantastisk
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Looks like big rotation on Wednesday. Sánchez, Pogba, and Lukaku all at risk.

        1. proczell
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            I think the line up will look something like this:

            DDG - Valencia - Jones - Bailly - Young - Matic - McTominay - Herrera - Rash - Kaku - Martial

            1. RedArrows (AKA Harry's…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 21 hours ago

              Lingard will likely start? He didn't start last game and they were not great without him, although he got 45 minutes and didn't do much then either!

      • proczell
          9 days, 22 hours ago

          How many points are people hoping for from the last matches this round? BB for me, 15 players left. 50 points would be great

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 22 hours ago

            40 would be nice.

          2. Fantastisk
              9 days, 21 hours ago

              14 to go, minimum of 56.

            • WE GO FOR IT
                9 days, 21 hours ago

                15 players left (including captain twice). Need 50+ surely. Otherwise, all the planning has failed.

              • RedArrows (AKA Harry's…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                9 days, 21 hours ago

                More than the 37 I currently have. 40 would be adequate if pretty disappointing.

              • DJ87
                  9 days, 21 hours ago

                  14 players left on BB (13 players if Alonso is suspended).
                  Kane (C) tonight.

                  Got 41 now, hoping to crack triple digits.

              • as33
                  9 days, 22 hours ago

                  Any news on Kasper Schmeichel?

                • ludaslol
                    9 days, 22 hours ago

                    No FH for 35 and going to BB in 37

                    A) Mahrez/Son/Alonso > Sterling/KDB/Kompany (-4) 10 players
                    B) Mahrez/Son/Alonso/Lukaku > Sterling/KDB/Newc D/Jesus (-8) 11 players

                  • Sex Drugs and Ashley Cole
                      9 days, 21 hours ago

                      80 points between me and the lad at the top of my ML. Unassailable?

                      1. proczell
                          9 days, 21 hours ago

                          no

                        • Fantastisk
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            No, take risks.

                          • WE GO FOR IT
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              No. Just keep getting differentials in.

                          • anish69
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              Repost:

                              Who to play for FH:

                              a) PVA
                              b) Lowton

                            • StayoutheSpiceZone
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              DGW hell to continue tonight. All predicted line ups I can find exclude Dele Alli. I am sure then Sanchez will be dropped too and probably Smalling.
                              Hideous.

                              1. uhahpaulmcgrath
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                9 days, 21 hours ago

                                yup - about as shitty as a dgw could possibly be

                            • trinzoo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              Any thoughts on this FH team:

                              Butland
                              VVD / Baines / PAV
                              Salah / Sterling / Sane / Zaha
                              Auba / Firmino / Jesus

                              3.9 - Long / T.Carroll / 3.9

                            • as33
                                9 days, 21 hours ago

                                Any news on Kasper Schmeichel??

                              • The 12th Man
                                  8 days, 23 hours ago

                                  Sane and Ayew or Kennedy and Jesus for the rest of the season.