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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
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    FIrmino captain fail?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Tosun

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

      More points than SaneTC So far

  2. No Leaf Clover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Sounds a good move

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      How much is Reid?

      1. No Leaf Clover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        He’s 5.2

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

    Andy Carroll to end it all 😆

    Written in the stars!

  4. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 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
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

  5. Demigod Mendy
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Andy Carroll hattrick inevitable.

  6. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 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. Marvin of the D'Urberv…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

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

      Pressure of being chased.
      Or just tired.

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Pressure.

    4. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 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
        2 months, 19 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
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

  7. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Two more saves Fab, please

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

  8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Matip saves Pool. Felipe was close

  9. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Often see players scoring against their old clubs.

  10. g40steve
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Man bun on

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Carroll pulling Matip.

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Felipe on PKs 🙂

  13. Ady87
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

  14. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    A) Salah and Redmond
    Or
    B) Mane and Pogba

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

  15. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Any baps for Salah?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Only on your grav

  16. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

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

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

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

  17. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Carroll auditioning for the triple captain tonight.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Isnt he on the "never again" list ?

    2. Monklane
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Still too soon

  18. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    City game aside, hammers fixtures are tasty.

    Might go for a Flappy Fanny double-up.

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      love a good flappy fanny

    2. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      You'll certainly top the Thailand league..

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Lol

  19. Hazardous1983
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes

    2. Jayv807
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 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.

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Come on Carroll, this is your moment

  21. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

  22. Dacra
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

    I say, rocking backwards and forwards.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 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.

  23. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    VVD shouldve done better there

  24. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

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

  25. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Dont let it slip

  26. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Ah Liverpool. What's going on

  27. Football Manager 2
      2 months, 19 days ago

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

    • Football Manager 2
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Goal Alert

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

          Ban

          1. Football Manager 2
              2 months, 19 days ago

              No Garcia but another goal 1-2 now to Leganes

          2. TheTinman
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Ban?

          3. Football Manager 2
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Vallecano 1-1

              1. TheTinman
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Thank god

          4. Pinball Wizard
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 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
              2 months, 19 days ago

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

          5. sandman58
              2 months, 19 days ago

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

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

                Wrong account, ZoumasBloomers.