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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
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Wow PVA took pen, Mili not on the pitch?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Nope

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        5 YC ban

    2. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Luka is banned - 5 yellow cards

    3. FPL_Sponge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yep not on the pitch

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Mili is suspended having picked up 5 YC

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Thx folks was too excited for Baines v2.0

  2. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 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
    4 months, 18 days ago

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

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Nice un

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Yarma CS wiped

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Go on Haller. Pick up another YC

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      More like another attacking return. Could see an assist

    2. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      lol

  6. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Go on Haller. Pick up another goal

  7. Trophé Mourinho
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Palace just gonna sit back now and play for a draw

      1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

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

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

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

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Dead teams, casuals

      2. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Everyone owns everyone.

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          I own you

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            You always did!

      3. GreenPL
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah is kinda high. Popular player tho

    • Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

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

    • Grievez
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

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

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Prefer the original lyrics if I'm honest.

        1. Grievez
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

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

    • FOO FIGHTER
        4 months, 18 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
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Top class? Steady

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              4 months, 18 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
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Double up too much imo

            1. Big_Andy_GAWA
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Maybe after the next 3 or so..

              1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Nah I wouldn't this season

                1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Points are in attack

          3. Dannyb
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Top class?? Haha

        2. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Kid in the article pic subbed off

        3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Aaron Connelly nailed?

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Obviously 🙄

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Not going to play Spurs every week.

          3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Yeah but for 4.5 looks fantastic value

          4. pumpkinhead
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            uhhhh

        4. Trophé Mourinho
            4 months, 18 days ago

            zini off

          • Trophé Mourinho
              4 months, 18 days ago

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

              1. jason_ni
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Paid for the privilege as well.

              2. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 18 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
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 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.

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Haller needs another goal to be in the baps.

            • TAT
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 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
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Didn't need a stat to reach that conclusion m8

                1. TAT
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

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

              2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 18 days ago

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

                1. TAT
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

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

                  1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 18 days ago

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

                    1. TAT
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

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

                2. TAT
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Even so - GL! 🙂

                  1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Thanks mate

            • Big_Andy_GAWA
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

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

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Ha ha

              2. BlzE_94
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Salah + James -> Mane + Maddison??

                1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Ye

                2. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Yeah

                3. Differentiator
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Just Salah to Mane

              3. Trophé Mourinho
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  please Yarmo u deserve something for this game

                  1. LǝgleSs e|even
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    yellow cards?

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Deserves a rest shortly.

                  3. FOO FIGHTER
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Bandwagon

                  4. Differentiator
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Crap FPL assets this year that were good last year?

                    Sigurdsson
                    Zaha
                    Alli
                    Eriksen
                    Pogba

                    1. La Roja
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Alli was shite last year too

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          just thinking that lol, was Eriksen good either?

                        • Differentiator
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Wow 94 pts last year. Abysmal

                      2. Team Cruel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Alli?

                      3. Herman Toothrot
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        AWB

                      4. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Jota

                      5. TAT
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Jota/Jiménez?

                      6. Gudjohnsen
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Zaha was ok last year. Nothing more.

                        1. Gudjohnsen
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Alli should have been priced 7.0 this season.

                      7. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Digne, wolves,

                      8. Would Ed Woodward
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Fraser.

                    2. Freaki
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Yarmolenko off

                      • g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Yarma Off Wiltshire On

                      • Burger
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

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

                      • Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

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

                      • diesel001
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

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

                      • Trophé Mourinho
                          4 months, 18 days ago

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

                        • FOO FIGHTER
                            4 months, 18 days ago

                            Reckon the average points is going to be bang average.

                          • Ginkapo FPL
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 18 days ago

                            I had such high hopes for West Ham in this game

                          • Bare Foot United
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 months, 18 days ago

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