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

    Kelly goal threat 😮

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

    Yarmolenko yellow

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

    YarmaYellow

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Yarmolenko yc

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

    Yarm YC

  6. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    damn Yarmo...seeing red soon

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

    WC TEAM:

    Heaton
    Robbo, otamendi, tomori
    Mane, sterling, maddison, mount, yarmolenko
    Wilson, aubameyang

    1. Do it
    2, no
    3. Open to any other ideas

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      It depends on your current team mate.

  8. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Who's worse.
    Barnes or Pukey .

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

      Barnes

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Both

  9. JayLegend
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Yarmayellow

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

    Why wasn't Yarmo booked?

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

    Hows the game going , anyone watching? Hows the golden boy Yarmalenko doing?

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

      Less gold, more yellow.

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

      Both side could have got some goals
      A few chances created
      The best player in this westham team

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

    Two of the most transferred this Gameweek out players are in my team .

    Pukki and salah

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

      2 transfers change that.

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

        I had no idea about that

  13. pjanns
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    This lot worth WCing? Got 2 FTs
    Tempted just to do Salah + Pukki + Haller --> Mount/Yarma + Vardy + Auba.

    What do you guys think?

    Pope
    Soy - Montoya - Diop
    Salah - Sterling - Son - KDB
    Pukki - Abraham - Haller
    (Button - Cantwell - Lundstram - Rico)

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

      Too early, wait for after internationals

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

        Well if I should use my WC, it should be now to gain TV. 🙂

        Do you think my current team is worth wildcarding?

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Wc imo

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

    Ayew not in this at all, hate to say it but think we need to get tekkers on against their tall CB's

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

    Ofc Yarmolenko gets booked

  16. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    For a hit
    Salah, Pukki OUT
    Mahrez, Auba/Vardy IN

    A) Yay
    B) Nay

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

      A

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

      Not tonight.

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

    Lanzini close

  18. Francis Begbie
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Boys this fantasy football is killing me I am meant to be a big johns now with the boys on the sesh my motto used to be no surrender 4 day bender now I am watching this just praying on ma knees for no goals I think I am addicted

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

        You need help

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

        English only, cheers.

        1. Francis Begbie
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Never in my life have I felt so persecuted as I do these last couple months Anti Scottish sentiment by the english has even reached the top of this site. I blame Brexit and the tories

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

              He's an Aussie

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

          The first stage is to admit you have a problem...

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

          Get a root

        4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          U wot m8

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

        Who do you think will be rested?
        A) Mahrez
        B) DSilva
        C) BSilva

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

          A

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

          Bilva

        3. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          A, or none if C fills in for KDB absence

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

          A

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

        Haller looks so sluggish

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

          Yeah, not a good pick

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Not a good pick?

        2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Watch him bag

      5. Sid07
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Whom to ditch 1st
        1) vvd
        2) Robertson

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

          1

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

          Vvd

      6. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Ahhh Anderson could have been hauling by now ffs hope he does x

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

          x

      7. Trophé Mourinho
          4 months, 18 days ago

          hopefully Yarmo takes some shots second half instead of just trying to assist these guys..

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

            THIS

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

          Thoughts on this as early stab at possible WC squad?

          Pope McGovern
          TAA Pereira Otamendi Tomori Rico
          Sterling KDB Mount Maddison Saka
          Aubameyang Abraham King

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

            * King Pereira could b Ed Wilson Söyüncü

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

          So
          A. Pukki and Cantwell
          To Wilson and 4.5 mid
          for a hit. Cantwell usually first on the bench.
          B. Haller to Wilson for free

        • dshv
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          WC ??

          CURRENT TEAM:

          heaton
          Robbo,walker,digne,rico,lund
          Salah,sterling,son,cantwell,mount
          Pukki,wilson

          WC TEAM

          Heaton
          Rico,tomori,roberson,lund, kelly
          Mane, sterling, maddison, mount, dendo
          Callum wilson, auba, abraham

          1. Do it
          2. No

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Anyone considering Zaha or is rest of the CP team too damn bad in attack?

          1. Trophé Mourinho
              4 months, 18 days ago

              they look ok going forward but zaha isnt really standing out tbh

            • 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              No, yes

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

              I personally wouldn't consider Zaha, hes on a different wavelength to the rest of our slow attack (Ayew/Benteke/Wickham)

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

                Zaha will only come into it more when Townsend comes in.

          2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Hahaha I've got McGovern on my bench just realised. That's so jokes

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

              Same here but there was no way I was gonna bench Pope for him. Jammy pen save points...

          3. Zico Senna
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Why do we play this game?

            Every week, an absolute steaming pile of turd.

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Yer it's bollox

          4. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Great feeling when you realise you have two free transfers isn't it

            1. Zico Senna
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Won’t matter, GW will still be dog crap

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

              I wouldn't know.