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Lanzini returns for West Ham as Roberto makes first league start

Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) is back in the West Ham line-up for a Gameweek 8 clash with Crystal Palace.

The Argentinian midfielder starts in attacking midfielder for the first time since Gameweek 5, flanked by Felipe Anderson (£6.9m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m), who has three goals in his last four matches.

While the Hammers are in decent attacking form, there may be concerns over their defence in the long-term absence of Lukasz Fabianski (£5.1m).

He sustained a hip injury in the draw with Bournemouth in Gameweek 7 and is, naturally unavailable this evening.

That means Roberto (£4.4m) comes in for his first league start of the campaign, although he has come in for criticism from West Ham fans for his performances in the cup competitions.

Aaron Cresswell (£4.9m) keeps Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) out of the left-back spot for the third match in a row, while Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) makes his eighth successive start of the campaign.

Luka Milivojevic (£6.7m) serves his one-match suspension for Crystal Palace today so it will be interesting to see who takes penalty kicks if his side are awarded one.

James McCarthy (£4.4m) comes in for the Serbian international, making his first league start for the Eagles.

Roy Hodgson has gone with the same centre-back pairing that kept a clean sheet against Norwich last time out with Gary Cahill (£4.5m) captaining the side and Martin Kelly (£4.1m) still bearing the torch for starting defenders in his price bracket.

West Ham XI: Roberto; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Noble; Anderson, Lanzini, Yarmolenko; Haller.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kelly, Ward; Schlupp, McArthur, Kouyaté, McCarthy; Ayew, Zaha.

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  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Wow PVA took pen, Mili not on the pitch?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        5 YC ban

    2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Luka is banned - 5 yellow cards

    3. FPL_Sponge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yep not on the pitch

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Mili is suspended having picked up 5 YC

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Thx folks was too excited for Baines v2.0

  2. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Youd be raging as a manager.. what was haller doing to give away that free kick in the 1st place! Rush of blood to the head

  3. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Declan Rice pays the price,
    PVA very....precise.

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Nice un

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Yarma CS wiped

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Go on Haller. Pick up another YC

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      More like another attacking return. Could see an assist

    2. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      lol

  6. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Go on Haller. Pick up another goal

  7. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Palace just gonna sit back now and play for a draw

    1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Indeed. We always sit back and defend away from home (until there is a counter attack opportunity)

  8. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    PVA owned by 11.4% of managers - higher than I thought

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Dead teams, casuals

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Everyone owns everyone.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        I own you

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          You always did!

    3. GreenPL
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah is kinda high. Popular player tho

  9. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Rice isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, team mates having to explain to him why it was a penalty

  10. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    I'm feelin, glass all over yes I'm, glad all over

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Prefer the original lyrics if I'm honest.

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks for the honesty mate. I'm glass you were honest

  11. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Robbo and TAA looked dangerous today. That is why I am dong the double up with Alisson back now.

    Do not want to take anything away from Adrian though, he has been topclass.

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Top class? Steady

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Thank heavens I did not have to see my team rely on Mignolet.

        Top class yes, Top of the table.

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Double up too much imo

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Maybe after the next 3 or so..

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          Nah I wouldn't this season

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 25 days ago

            Points are in attack

    3. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Top class?? Haha

  12. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kid in the article pic subbed off

  13. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Aaron Connelly nailed?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Obviously 🙄

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Not going to play Spurs every week.

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah but for 4.5 looks fantastic value

    4. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      uhhhh

  14. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    zini off

  15. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Cahill was a good signing for Palace, makes you laugh Arsenal got Luiz and Palace Cahill

    1. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Paid for the privilege as well.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      You're placing too much emphasis on individual defenders.

      Luiz was part of a Chelsea defence that kept loads of CS two seasons ago.

      Defence is a team thing. Cahill gets lots of protection in a Palace team that he wouldn't (even with Kante) in a Chelsea team.

      Arsenal as a team are terrible defensively. The fact Xhaka is their DM (a guy who can't run and can't tackle) tells you everything about their approach to defence.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Different style of play, too. Luiz can play out from the back to a decent degree. Cahill isn't your man for that.

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Haller needs another goal to be in the baps.

  17. TAT
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    "Tottenham have conceded as many goals in the last seven days as Arsenal have all season"

    Not getting a Spurs def, then.

    1. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Didn't need a stat to reach that conclusion m8

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Up until last weekend I was strongly considering getting a Spurs def.

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I will be starting Aurier vs Watford. GL to me lol

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        It's Watford though. He should be able to get a decent score.

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah that's the only reason I am keeping him for now

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 25 days ago

            I'd definitely keep, unless there's other (better) options you can get.

      2. TAT
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Even so - GL! 🙂

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks mate

  18. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    I wonder if Jordan Ayew can hold on to this 2 point total and not get booked. #DesperateMeasures

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Ha ha

  19. BlzE_94
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Salah + James -> Mane + Maddison??

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Ye

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah

    3. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Just Salah to Mane

  20. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    please Yarmo u deserve something for this game

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      yellow cards?

    2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Deserves a rest shortly.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Bandwagon

  21. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Crap FPL assets this year that were good last year?

    Sigurdsson
    Zaha
    Alli
    Eriksen
    Pogba

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Alli was shite last year too

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        just thinking that lol, was Eriksen good either?

      2. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Wow 94 pts last year. Abysmal

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Alli?

    3. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      AWB

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Jota

    5. TAT
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Jota/Jiménez?

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Zaha was ok last year. Nothing more.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Alli should have been priced 7.0 this season.

    7. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Digne, wolves,

    8. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Fraser.

  22. Freaki
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Yarmolenko off

  23. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Yarma Off Wiltshire On

  24. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Double drop for Jota tonight according to fpl statistics...

  25. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Another one pointer, please stop, I’m already dead

  26. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    That touch from Ayew to knock it out of play shows why he is priced £5.0m in FPL.

  27. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    so Pellegrini subs their best player? wow ok, more clueless then i first thought

  28. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Reckon the average points is going to be bang average.

  29. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    I had such high hopes for West Ham in this game

  30. TiAgoFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    A - Van Dijk to Ricardo Pereira
    B - Barnes or Pukki to King
    C - KDB ?