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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. Pierce34
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    BBC commentary: "On comes Xherdan Shaqiri for Liverpool, denying me Aaron Wan-Bissaka's five points on my fantasy football bench."

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      haha saw that. the guy's always talking about his fpl team. loves doherty and jimenez too, rightly

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Nice to hear that all that TV license money is being well spent.

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Never pay that Scam tax.

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          My friend stopped paying it, and he's had three surprise visits in the last 6 months to check he's not watching TV.

      2. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I wouldn't mind working for the BBC if TV licence money can go towards my FPL team's budget 😆

  2. SuperMane Returns
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Big Div coming on to save the day!

  3. Neevesy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Firminho is having an absolute mare

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      No an absolute mare is distinguishing the difference between Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

  4. Regin
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    There was one funny guy here who repeatedly said I have sane, Aguero and sterling but will captain Salah despite dgw for city. Lol. Had he captained Kun or sterling he would have hauled. Don't understand why anyone will captain sgw player ahead of dgw player.

    1. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Maybe he did captain Kun and was telling porkies

    2. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I said Aguero if City and ended up changing to Sane. Was put off City for fear of Pep rotation which is exactly what happened to DGW player I ended up on

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Sell Markovic and now you see what happens.

  6. Demigod Mendy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Any chance Firmino has been hanging out with Lukaku lately? His first touch has been awful on most occasions today.

  7. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Safe prediction Origi on for Bobby

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      This

    2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yip - no danger. I will sell Fobby Birmino and he will start scoring

  8. Tcheco
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    what a miss Noble

  9. Demigod Mendy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Noble 😮

  10. FPL Pillars
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Noble oho dear

  11. SuperMane Returns
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    A Noble effort

  12. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    If Liverpool win this game, they have the most luck ever

  13. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Rumours Noble was told to miss that on purpose!

  14. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    OOOhhhh Noble close.

  15. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Origi getting ready

  16. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Time to consider salah to mane?

    1. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      6 double figure hauls in 10 games.... no

    2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I will on my wildcard in GW32

  17. Darth_Krid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Doosra misses sitter 🙁

  18. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    What a miss Noble

  19. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Origi on
    Firmino off

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Original sighting

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Auto correct spotted.

  21. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    I own Salah but I'm happy with a 2 pointer, as kun triple captain.

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Yes, it's the best result for us really.

  22. #FPLBhuna
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Not sure how west ham arent ahead here

  23. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Maybe Salah can score now?

  24. Rainer
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Firmino's worst ever 🙁

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Besides hat trick where Salah gifted him penalty he's been pretty ordinary. Couple of 8s in a sea of 2s

      1. Jayv807
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        did you wind up capping Salah this week instead of Kun, Sane or Sterling?

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          No I fell for City mania after fear of Pep rotation and went Sane C

          1. Jayv807
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            well, at least you get one more shot at some returns. as a fellow Sane capper, let's hope for a brace (or more)

            1. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              How funny would it be if he had a stormer and ended up City top points scorer for the GW(unlikely)

              1. Jayv807
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                would love that, but the way my season is going, RC incoming haha. Good luck mate.

  25. Ady87
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    How West Ham haven’t scored there is beyond me.

    1. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      The FA aren't letting them.

  26. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Noble has another chance and who created it? Anderson

    Why won't PL managers just try to man mark him out of the game?

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Clearly your talents are wasted here. 😉

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Redmond at Southampton is the same. Stop Redmond and you pretty much blunt Southampton.

        Loved watching Herrera man-mark Hazard out of the game in 2017.

      2. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Also - when you learn about NFL tactics you realise how simple a game football is on the tactics side.

  27. Giggs-Tosun Particle
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    That kit. Pyjamas

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Chelsea vs. Bournemouth were the same, I don't understand this current fashion. It's not like their normal blue would've clashed with Bournemouth's home colours.

  28. Runaway
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Feel lucky to get 2 from Firmino today. I would sub him off at HT probably.

  29. Make Arrows Green Again
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Grey shirt syndrome for Pool, like United Southampton back in the day? It's like they can't see each other. Firmino particularly.

  30. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    As predicted, Bobby departs the field

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Only 75 mins over due...