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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. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    FIrmino captain fail?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Tosun

    2. J T
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      More points than SaneTC So far

  2. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Should i drop Firmino and Camarasa for Son and Reid for free? Will leave me with 0.0 ITB... Have Salah and Robertson as well... Cheers

    1. BOATIES FC
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Sounds a good move

      • Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        How much is Reid?

        1. Orion
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          He’s 5.2

    2. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Andy Carroll to end it all 😆

      Written in the stars!

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      In the midst of Salah being crap, want to reiterate how happy I am with Jimenez. 6 goals and 2 assists since I got him for 5.6mil

      1. Belsunz
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Raul in my team since GW 9. Remarkable first season in PL.

    4. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Andy Carroll hattrick inevitable.

    5. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Liverpool lost the plot. I really admired the get the ball and just drive at goal stuff earlier in the season. What’s all this hesitation lark and sideways passing....and backwards.

      1. Marvinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Pressure. It gets us every time I'm afraid.

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Aye..it’s almost like they’re afraid to play quickly now. I can’t even see a game plan now.

      2. el polako
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Pressure of being chased.
        Or just tired.

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Tired from what? They just had 11 days rest while City have played every 3/4 days 😆

      3. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Pressure.

      4. 1zverGGadeM
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        We started to play for 3 points - not just for good performance and this is where we lost it..

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          This

          Pep is an advocate of playing well because if you do that you are more likely to win any game

      5. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        They have probably run out of steam by not being rotated and being overplayed.

    6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Two more saves Fab, please

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        pls no. wasted a ft on hamer to boruc and benched fab this wk lol

    7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Matip saves Pool. Felipe was close

    8. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Often see players scoring against their old clubs.

    9. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Man bun on

    10. Rainer
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Carroll pulling Matip.

    11. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Felipe on PKs 🙂

    12. Ady87
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      If West Ham’s decision making on the break was better they could be a few up. Some bizarre decisions made tonight.

    13. EL tridente
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      A) Salah and Redmond
      Or
      B) Mane and Pogba

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        well based on this performance the votes will probably skew towards B.

    14. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Any baps for Salah?

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Only on your grav

    15. Bubz
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Liverpool can’t handle the pressure. They’ve completely changed how they play

      1. Rainer
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Lucky not to lose vs Leicester, same tonight if its stays as is.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Its all because of loser mentality instilled by Klopp after purposefully forfeiting the FA cup.

    16. Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Carroll auditioning for the triple captain tonight.

      1. el polako
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Isnt he on the "never again" list ?

      2. Monklane
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Still too soon

    17. how now brown cow
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      City game aside, hammers fixtures are tasty.

      Might go for a Flappy Fanny double-up.

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        love a good flappy fanny

      2. Fred54
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        You'll certainly top the Thailand league..

        1. el polako
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Lol

    18. Hazardous1983
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Sane sterling and firm out for auba son pogba for -4??

      1. BOATIES FC
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Yes

        • Jayv807
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          you'll want city cover again in GW28 though, maybe keep one and rely on your bench to cover the blank instead? Leicester play the top 6 teams tough, so the spurs game could be a low scoring affair.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Come on Carroll, this is your moment

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Getting a green arrow in the Top 10k with just Fab, Salah and Firmino in this match

      4. Dacra
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        As a Liverpool fan, I'd have taken 3 points clear after 25 games.

        I say, rocking backwards and forwards.

        1. Rainer
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Behind on GW on Wednesday, with the game in hand being at OT.

          City would have gap at 7 if roles were reversed.

      5. Bubz
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        VVD shouldve done better there

      6. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Screw you, Salah(c). Bloody trolls, Liverpool.

      7. Ginkapo FPL
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Dont let it slip

      8. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ah Liverpool. What's going on

      9. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Liverpool will enjoy the weekend off on 16feb - they look tired and lacking ideas.

        • Birmingham Bromwich Villa
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Goal Alert

            1. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Ban

              1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  No Garcia but another goal 1-2 now to Leganes

              2. TheTinman
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Ban?

              3. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  Vallecano 1-1

                  1. TheTinman
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    Thank god

              4. Pinball Wizard
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                I have Fab 3, VVD 2 and Salah 2 and somehow it was enough to go from 68k to 65k... Not that bad.

                1. Jayv807
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  nobody has Antonio or Milner. and not too many have Mane or Anderson anymore.

              5. sandman58
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  Scousers due another dodgy penalty , another offside goal , another keeper fumble or another deflected goal #pureluck

                  1. Rainer
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    Wrong account, ZoumasBloomers.