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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.

1,117 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is Pukki just another Ighalo? (i.e. will now post crap scores forever until he moves to China)

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

      Ighalo was great for much longer

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

        True, but have we fallen off the cliff-edge with Pukki already?

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

          Classic case of promoted team shooting out of the starting blocks only to fade as the season unfolds. Its not so much Pukki, but Norwich in general. They just aint good enough...

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

            This. Ride the wave as long as they are overperforming and then jump ship. Same story every season with one team.

    2. MarvelouSuccess
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Pukki to Wilson looks more appealing by the day

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

      More like Gomis

  2. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Got Yarmo for a hit. Sold Haller. Salah injured. Pukki, Cantwell disaster. TAA lost 3 bps in injury time...can this GW be worse?

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yes

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        🙁

    2. MarvelouSuccess
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I didn't go for Yarmolenko because l knew he was a trap

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I had to downgrade KDB to get Auba.

      2. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Wonderful hindsight post.

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

        Certainly can be worse/less fortunate, yes...

  3. MarvelouSuccess
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Yarmolenko fail. Knew it was a trap.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      4 months, 18 days ago

      easily the best player in a west ham shirt, he just spent most of the game trying to assist a bunch of donkeys.

    2. beric
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I'm not watching but it sounds like he looked pretty good, I'm still think of getting him

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

      Unlucky not to get an assist from hallers crap finish

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        4 months, 18 days ago

        think he could have easily had 2 assist and 3 baps in this game if west ham could actually put a chance away. He must have created like 5 chances 2 of which were highly dangerous.
        my only criticism of Yarmo this game would be that he didnt shoot enuf if at all? Was just trying to be the assister all game

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

          But they cant

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

      I got him this week too but on free transfer :.. will hold on one more week cause pukki and cantwell

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

    Goodbye Haller. Never getting a WH player ever again

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

      Not tempted by Rice or Noble?

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

      ... he scored?

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

    Come on Townsend!

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

    West Ham not as good as I thought. Their buildup play is slow.

  7. Jammydodger2018
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Thoughts on my team would be appreciated chaps

    Pope (Button)

    Digne Ota Dunk (Lundstram Rico)

    KDB Son Mane Mount ( Cantwell )

    Pukki Aguero Tammy.

    Thinking of doing Pukki and Cantwell to Greenwood and Martial when he’s fit again.

    Would you do something else? TIA

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

      Not sure aboit tje man united boys, but 2 Norwich attackers is overkill at this moment yes...

  8. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Have 2FTs during the break.

    Salah to Mane as one of them?

    1. MarvelouSuccess
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Too sideways imo

      1. The Royal Robin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Salah injured, Mane in better form. Not sideways at all.

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

          Yes it is. 2 weeks until next game. Salah will most likely be fine.

          People need to stick to the big guns. A transfer like this could easily backfire

        2. MarvelouSuccess
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Salah should be back for next GW

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

      Sideways, depends on what you do with the 1m saving

  9. MarvelouSuccess
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    I got 33 points. What's the average lads?

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

      Better than my 28

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

      lol

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      47 here with Salah(c) & Auba left to play,no city but I expect wolves to frustrate pep

  10. The Royal Robin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    2FT’s, which option looks best?

    1: VVD & Pukki > Söyüncü & Vardy

    2: VVD, KDB & Pukki > Söyüncü, Maddison & Aubameyang (-4)

    1. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1 and wait for news on KDB fitness

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

    Cresswell done and out
    Old man Zaba on

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 18 days ago

    How was the McGinn strike today? Pity it did not go in! Silent assasin. Least he ain't a trap. Had him from the start and keeping.

    1. MarvelouSuccess
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Fixtures are starting to get ugly for Villa after next week

  13. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    16 points today. Phenomenal. Doubt any BAPs. Yarmo fail?

    Sterling(c) Auba Mount Otamendi left 🙁

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Least you have your captain left.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        True. Need big things from those 4...

      2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        This.

    2. MarvelouSuccess
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I have all 4 of these plus Abraham and Auba as captain

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

    Haller is so slow

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

    Haller air shot

  16. tissae
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    How serious was Salah injury?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 18 days ago

      He walked off the pitch. Doubt it is that serious.

  17. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    McGovern is too good for Norwich city, I really need him to make the move & become a real fpl gem

  18. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Wildcard the below team?

    Heaton Button
    TAA Digne Lowton Soyuncu Diop
    Salah Sterling Mahrez Mount Cantwell
    Pukki Abraham Greenwood?

    Thinking of moving Salah on to fund Auba Vardy

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

    lol Frederik bear hug

  20. Trophé Mourinho
    4 months, 18 days ago

    west ham players are always such a disappointment to own, is Pellegrini past it?

  21. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Pukki's price to fall tonight.
    That escalated quickly

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

    Kelly assit if it is a goal right

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

    wtf?

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

    West Ham being West Ham

  25. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Two free transfers to use. Think I am going to risk getting rid of Salah.

    Salah -> Sterling
    Pukki -> C.Wilson

    Thoughts? Money tied into Pukki to do this so might have to pull the trigger early to reap the money from Pukki.

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

    VAR.

    GOAL GIVEN.

    Ayew G

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

    Love the VAR Architects

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

    This is ridiculous. VAR is the worst thing to happen to football.

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

      LOL. He wasn't offside though.

    2. Am sorry to say again it�…
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Dumbest comment I've seen on here

    3. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Dumb post in the context of proving a decision correct.

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

    Ayew G

  30. Mr Peanutbutter
    4 months, 18 days ago

    palace goal confirmed