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Fabianski fit to play but Arnautovic misses out through injury

West Ham United take on Liverpool at the London Stadium this evening in the penultimate match of Gameweek 25. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.

The injury-hit Hammers will be without Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) tonight, with Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) being given the nod to lead the line for the home side.

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m) has recovered from the arm injury he sustained in the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, though, and maintains his ever-present record in the league this season.

Manuel Pellegrini has also made changes in the full-back positions, with Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) – in for his first Premier League start since Gameweek 4 – earning a recall.

Mohamed Salah (£13.6m), Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) and Sadio Mane (£9.5m) all start up front for Liverpool for the ninth league match in a row.

Jurgen Klopp has made three changes to his starting XI from the side that drew with Leicester City, as Fabinho (£5.5m), James Milner (£5.6m) and Adam Lallana (£6.9m) replace Jordan Henderson (£5.3m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.1m).

Henderson, Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) miss out through injury while Shaqiri drops to the bench.

Lallana is making his first league start since the victory over Cardiff City in October.

The reverse fixture of tonight’s match was contested in Gameweek 1, with Liverpool running out 4-0 winners in a game that saw Salah, Mane, Firmino and Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) all deliver attacking returns.

No FPL asset scored more points than Mane on the opening weekend of the campaign.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson, Antonio, Hernández.

Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Lallana, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

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  1. Syd.
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    C'mon you old Vampire

    Sink your teeth into those Liverpool nuts 🙂

    1. SMEE_HEEE
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      come on Fabianski

      will settle for a hatty of penalty saves from Mane
      then for you to score a winning overhead kick

      1. Sharkytect
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Gotta be overhead. More FPL points for that

  2. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Sterling capper but Salah owner.. i should be praying for a blank right? 😀

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        His EO is above 100....

    2. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes

    3. Andy Ftw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      yes

    4. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I want all my players to score. I am like the best overall points 🙂

  3. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    In Fantasy iTeam should i captain Salah tonight or wait to cap a city player vs Everton?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. TheTinman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Salah

  4. Thick Of It
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Am on 121pts with Salah, Firmino, Laporte and TC Aguero to play, any chance that I can hit 150?

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      🙄

    2. Pishpott
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Oh I really hope so, then I could throw you a big party and no one would come.

        1. Thick Of It
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          The story of my life.

      • Werkself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        No.

      • Greko82
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I would fancy your chances

      • Fossit
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Of course

      • elchilangles
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Are you serious? If so did you triple captain Aguero?

      • #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        14/1 on skybet

        Salah 3 shots on target
        VVD 3 tackles

        Get involved

        1. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Are they offering odds on how many dives Salah will take?

          1. Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            even adding 3 dives it seems a pretty good bet. 🙂

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Nah, you're good

        3. Tufnell-Chimes
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yeah, thinking I’ll just keep my money for food and the kids, rather than chuck it at Murdoch.
          Cheers anyway.

      • Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why do they think Lallana is playing wide rather than cm?

        1. Dirty Harry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No spot for him to play CM when Keita/Fabinho are starting. Firmino is boss sitting behind Salah.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Guessing Klopp is playing 4-2-3-1 and not 4-3-3.

          Could easily but either, fluid through the 1st half I'd imagine.

          1. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Aye, could be either. Klopp has mostly played 4-2-3-1 of late and Lallana played out wide on his last league start (and when replacing Shaqiri on Weds).

        3. Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Drifting inside with Milner on the overlap

          1. Becks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thats a long overlap from right back

            1. Mysterion
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Pool fullbacks are wingers when in possession

              1. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I think they mean it would be long because Milner is on the Right and Lallana is on the left.

                1. Mysterion
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Doesn't look like Lallana's on the left to me... maybe my stream is dodgy

                  1. Dthinger
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    tbf it doesnt look like anyone is playing on the left

                    1. Mysterion
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Yup it's all Robbo

              2. Demigod Mendy
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                He meant they're playing on the opposite flanks.

      • Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why not play Fabinho on RB, a position he used to play and Milner in MID. Lallana and Milner on the left will give Anderson a field day.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Because Fabinho is the best CM.

          1. Skloppy Kops
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Whats the use when you giving the opponent the right side to hammer you, like CRY did with Zaha

      • GE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Need a Salah-hattie to save my GW!

        All above in my mini league went Aguero (C)

        1. Thick Of It
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Depending on what Kun does against Everton even that may not be enough.

      • Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I believe all men are equal and that includes women.

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          And all the rest in-between.

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            People are people

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Except the psychopaths
              They are people but have no concept of guilt or emotion.

              1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                And a large proportion of them thrive in politics, Law and Media.

              2. J T
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Are you ok?

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Yes, I just needed to say that.

                  Thank You.

        2. Right back Atsu
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Not sure Liam Neeson agrees with you!

      • Red Rock
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is my defence right for the weekend, feel as though i'm going fullbacks instead of fixtures?

        Doherty / Digne / Kolasinac

        Bench: Lindelhof / AWB

        1. SMEE_HEEE
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          very nice

          maybe promote Obi Wan above Lindelof for bench

          1. Red Rock
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks Smee, I've promoted Obi Wan 🙂

      • SMEE_HEEE
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anyone looking at Rice as a 4th/5th Defender?

        West Ham got good fixtures for the first two blanks (27, 31) so will provide nice cover I think for 4.4

        1. SMEE_HEEE
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          also playing OOP

        2. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          They do struggle to keep clean sheets

          1. SMEE_HEEE
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            they do but those weeks they have FUL and HUD at home

        3. Thick Of It
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I don't fancy the WHAM defence currently whatever the fixture.

        4. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Rather a Cardiff one at 4.4m.

        5. SMEE_HEEE
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          cheers all

          in two minds now especially as I have Flappy in goal

        6. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I think they are worth a look yes, but I'm getting a Newcastle or Bournemouth option I think. Leaning towards Lejeune.

      • Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anyone else hoping Sane doesn't play on Wednesday?

        Im pretty sure he will though.

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          o/

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He better play at least 1 minute 😀

        3. Fossit
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He should start yes, likely to score points as well.

        4. fr3ddy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No

          1. Joyce1998
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No as I've son vc

        5. Zombanksy
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yep. He will though. I can't see a reason why he won't.

            1. Joyce1998
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yeah it's guaranteed he will start

          • Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Only if he's not in the squad. I wouldn't be able to sit through the 90+ minutes of hoping.

          • Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I am. Hazard is my V.C.

          • elchilangles
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hoping he starts and gets 5 goals whilst aguero gets a red card after 5 minutes!

          • Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Where tf is Lovren?!

            1. Fossit
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Who tf owns Lovren?

              1. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Same PpG as Robertson. H was great for me for a while, but at 4.9m he's not really been a priority to remove. So just waited for him to be fit.

                Was meant to be fit again...

            2. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Injured. So are Wijnaldum, Gomez, TAA and Henderson. Liverpool squad being stretched to its limit.

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Out with a "slight muscle issue".

              1. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Dammit, thanks you two...

            4. elchilangles
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Injured

            5. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Rob Hawthorne and Alan Smith. Much better commentary team than Martin Tyler and Gary Neville.

            6. Polka Wakey O'Dot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Salah, Firmino, Mane is like the antidote to Pep and his endless rotations...

              1. diesel001
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Out of the FA Cup and EFL Cup early makes a difference.

                1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Aye...also means no blanks.

                2. Skloppy Kops
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Dont have the squad depth for all competition. Prioritising the 2 best.

              2. SuperMane Returns
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                *claps*

            7. SuperMane Returns
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Let's Go Mo!

            8. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hope this isn't one of those games where West Ham decide to turn up.

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Declan Rice masterclass incoming.

            9. The Enlightener
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              4-0 to the Pool I see happening here

              1. Skloppy Kops
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                As long as liv gets a CS, am good.

                1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Don’t get your hopes up. No GK cleansheet since GW13 here.

            10. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Sooooo it is a 4-3-3 then. MNF used to be tactically astute

            11. Top Lad Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Please haul Mo

            12. DR0GBA
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Chicha nearly scored

              1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Liverpool all over the place.

              2. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                West Ham players aren't allowed in the Liverpool penalty area tonight. In fact they're not allowed in Liverpool's half. Either that or they ALL have to stay in Liverpool's half. That would make it interesting

            13. Top Lad Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Blimey

            14. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Chicharito early chance. Fabinho isn't doing his job of protecting Milner and Matip. That is the weak side of the defence - it needs reinforcing.

            15. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Love youtube for the most part, but I can't stand that every numpty can voice their opinion. Was watching Arsenal Fan TV earlier, and there's this bloke singling out Iwobi and effing and blinding just for effect. Granted, I probably shouldn't be watching Arsenal Fan TV if I want to avoid tools like him, but it's crazy he gets a voice at all. Freedom of speech gone mad.

              Twitter's probably worse, but I don't really follow anyone so I'm screened from it. Also the irony of posting this isn't lost on me!

              1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Isn't YouTube just videos of funny cats?

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Probably suggestions based on your search history.

                  1. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    oh dear ....

                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      what can the matter be?

                2. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Best things on YouTube

              2. Demigod Mendy
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Herd mentality on the internet is the reason.

                If one person criticises Iwobi, suddenly hundreds of others will do the same. One calls Llorente a donk, everyone else says the same because it's 'funny' and it gets them 'retweets' and 'upvotes' or anything on those lines.

              3. Werkself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                "...I can't stand that every numpty can voice their opinion". What the hell are you doing here? 🙂

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I'm on much less these days 😀

                  But I have a few favourite posters that I find knowledgable and/or entertaining.

              4. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Freedom of speech is actually under grave threat and needs to be protected at all costs.Some country's are making laws to make you use certain words in certain situations and making forums liable for what people say on there platforms which is wrong because it closes down debate and serious discussion.

                So the next time you here an Arsenal fan making a fool of himself you should turn up the volume and rejoice in the fact they you still live in a world where anyone can speak about anything without recourse.

                1. Choupo Trap House
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  We don't "live in a world where anyone can speak about anything without recourse", we never have and thankfully never will.

                  1. Ógie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Well in my part of the world we are pretty free to express yourself still for the time being at least and long may that last.

                2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Yes sIr.

                  At least you can see the truth evaporate before your very eyes as they are doing it incrementally and stealthily.

                  Stay awake my friend.

                3. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Can you link me to the countries that are doing this?

                  There's pro and cons to everything. I'd rather than people's views filtered before I go looking for them, so I don't have to suffer 99% of the stupidity and ignorance before I find the gems.

                  1. Ógie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    I will give you two examples of such crimes against freedom of speech in recent times:

                    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/bruce-pardy-meet-the-new-human-rights-where-you-are-forced-by-law-to-use-reasonable-pronouns-like-ze-and-zer

                    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/europe/2017-12-18/how-europes-new-internet-laws-threaten-freedom-expression

                    Just for the record i have noting against community LGBT and have voted yes to the gay marriage referendum and voted for a gay man to be the president of my nation at one point.

                4. Demigod Mendy
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  "This is embarrassing Robbie.."

            16. Syd.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Jimmy a very lucky boy not to get booked

            17. Demigod Mendy
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yawnfest. I'd rather watch Burnley vs West Brom highlights from last season.

            18. Polka Wakey O'Dot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              How is it possible that Salah can be so bad at corners sometimes....hardly the hardest skill in the world of football.

              1. Demigod Mendy
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Remember the 'goal' he scored from a corner kick for Egypt?

                1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Aye. What I want is one on VVD’s head....dunno why he bothers going up sometimes.

                  1. Demigod Mendy
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    All that height and strength for nought.

                    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      He should score half a dozen a season if he had deliveries....even Robertson turns to mush on corners very often when he has a go.

                      1. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        The much maligned Beckham knew how to take a corner.

                      2. Demigod Mendy
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        TBF Milner's delivery from corners is pretty good. Why Salah wants those set pieces for himself is understandable though.

              2. Right back Atsu
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Hard to believe these millionaires can't clear the first man compared to say the precision of a Johnny Wilkinson kicking penos.

            19. DR0GBA
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              West Ham so close again jeez

            20. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              West Ham with the better chances. Liverpool not at the races.

              1. Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Cue Liverpool goal

            21. Zilla
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Liverpool will probably concede