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Pulisic and Willian continue fine FPL form as West Ham gear up for fixture swing

West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea

  • Goals: Tomas Soucek (£4.8m), Michail Antonio (£6.9m), Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.2m) | Willian (£7.1m) x2
  • Assists: Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m) x2, Antonio | Christian Pulisic (£7.0m) x2
  • Bonus: Willian x3, Antonio x2, Bowen x1

A late goal from substitute Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.2m) won West Ham United a game of twists, turns and one contentious VAR decision.

Such is the state of play at both ends of the table that the result could prove crucial for the Hammers’ Premier League survival and damaging for Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations.

But from a Fantasy perspective, it was not quite such a dramatic evening.

Of the players who brought in decent Fantasy Premier League (FPL) returns, only Chelsea midfielders Willian (£7.1m), who scored twice, and Christian Pulisic (£7.0m), who claimed assists for both goals, could be found in at least five per cent of Fantasy squads.

West Ham’s four main contributors – Yarmolenko, Tomas Soucek (£4.8m), Michail Antonio (£6.9m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m) – are owned by roughly 120,000 FPL managers. In total.

For context, Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£10.7m) ownership is 32 times larger than that. All by his ginger self.

That said, the Fantasy repercussions could linger longer than last night’s hauls.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard didn’t spare all of the horses in his line-up choices, making just two changes from the side that beat Manchester City six days previously and starting five players who were given extended run-outs in the weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.

That was proof, if it were ever actually needed, that rotation won’t be a major issue for those managers looking to capitalise on the Blues’ next four fixtures, which involve Watford and Norwich City at home and trips to Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

The fight for Champions League spots is now so intense – two places sought by four teams separated by just three points – that Lampard can’t afford to rest his key players.

Last night, the stars were Willian and Pulisic, who have both appeared in all four matches since football returned.

The Brazilian, owned by 5% in FPL, is in sparkling form, with four goals and an assist from the last four Gameweeks.

He made his mark from set-pieces against West Ham, converting a penalty – his second in successive league games – and then a free-kick, both times following fouls on Pulisic.

The American has been equally productive since the restart, with two goals and as many assists since Gameweek 30+, although he was profligate when blasting over the bar in the first half following a clever dummy from Tammy Abraham‘s (£7.5m) clever step-over.

Small wonder that the pair are the most popular transfer targets among Chelsea assets heading into Gameweek 33+, although Mason Mount (£6.2m), who created a couple of chances during a 37-minute cameo at the London Stadium, and Abraham are also attracting interest.

The England striker started his first league match since Gameweek 25 last night, but managed only one attempt, off-target, and a single chance created during an underwhelming performance that was in stark contrast to his dynamic turn from the bench in the win over Man City.

Lampard was left to rue his side’s defensive shortcomings against the Hammers:

There’s without a doubt a good group of players in there, but then when you analyse the consistency, you feel a game like this is coming. Again, that shows there’s work to do. If we are opening up to try and score that winning goal then we have to be prepared to run back the other way and defend. And defend better.

West Ham exposed a weakness at set-pieces for which Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) deserves a sizeable chunk of the blame.

The Spaniard struggled to command his area last night; a fault that led to both of Soucek’s openers.

The midfielder thought he’d scored his first-ever West Ham goal when he hooked home following Antonio’s botched attempt from a cross, only for VAR to rule the Englishman was lying offside, which he was (just), and interfering with play, which he really wasn’t.

As it happened, the decision proved more derisory than costly, as another corner led to another Soucek goal, this time from a header back across goal and past the hapless Kepa.

In fairness, the Hammers’ other strikes could not be laid at the keeper’s door, with their second an emphatic finish from Antonio which gave Bowen his second assist of the night.

But the defending of Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) certainly left a lot to be desired regarding Yarmolenko’s winner.

The Ukraine international finished sweetly from Antonio’s pass on the break, but he went past Rudiger all too easily and was helped no end by the fact that Alonso neglected to track his run in the first place.

Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet since Gameweek 22 and only six all season – that’s just one more than Norwich and Aston Villa – although, amazingly, Villa have conceded double (553) the attempts that Chelsea (276) have allowed.

Equally mystifying is that only Manchester City have allowed fewer shots than the 276 conceded by Chelsea, and only two teams (City and Liverpool) have better tallies for shots on target conceded than the Blues.

Whatever the causes of all that, it’s clear Chelsea defenders are not featuring highly on Fantasy managers’ wish lists, although Alonso’s attacking threat against the Hammers will be highlighted in the Members Analysis section below.

West Ham assets have not proved any more popular, but there’s a differential option or two to be had as David Moyes’ men prepare for the final six, potentially mad, matches of the season.

The madness will almost certainly arise from half of those fixtures involving do-or-die clashes with fellow relegation candidates Norwich, Watford and Villa.

The rest of their schedule is less fraught, but could prove testing for their goalscoring potential, as the defences of Burnley, Newcastle and Manchester United are among the tightest in the league.

In Antonio, Moyes has found a gem that he was keen to praise post-match.

We need him so much. He led the line really well.

Fantasy managers could be tempted by the midfielder if he remains in an out-of-position role up front – likely as the club’s recognised strikers are currently either injured or out of favour.

Bowen is another who could be worth a look as the January signing has a goal and two assists from his five Premier League starts now.

Both he and Antonio are hardly popular – owned by 0.1% and 0.8% respectively – which marks them out as major differentials.

And although Gameweek 21 was the last time the Hammers kept a clean sheet, their schedule involves a number of games that don’t exactly scream goals, so a low-cost punt such as Issa Diop (£4.3m) might be worth considering as well.

What’s for definite is that neither side is about to start thinking of the beach any time soon, leaving Fantasy managers with a number of motivated players to pick from as the season draws to  a close.


West Ham United United XI (4-5-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Yarmolenko 78′), Fornals (Balbuena 90′), Lanzini (Wilshere 68′); Antonio.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kovacic (Mount 52′), Kante; Pulisic, Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 63′), Willian; Abraham (Giroud 63′).

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3,040 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Slim25
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    With KDB playing 90 mins in each of the last 2 games, is he due to get rested?

    What option would be better for the next gwk
    A) Get KDB in anyway
    B) Get Mahrez and then swap Mane for KDB after the Villa game

    Cheers!

    1. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Its killing me not having him, was a gamble on wc to close gap.

      Fear is bringing him.in now and he does get his rest.

      1. Slim25
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        That's my worry as well, Mahrez looks like he'll start but it's a big gamble not having KDB.

        He's involved in nearly every attack

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Last Man Standing GW32+ (141 teams)

    Safety score = 61
    Top score = 101
    LMS average = 63.66 (-0.26) = 63.4

    56 teams to be eliminated, 85 through to GW33+
    Minimum 42% or 36 out next GW.
    Congrats to all the survivors 🙂

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Thats massive

    2. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Through to the last 85... It will end in tears shortly

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Congrats! What's the overall rank?

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

    Martinez
    TAA / Doherty / Saiss
    Salah / KDB / Son / Fernandes / Martial
    Jimenez / DCL

    Button // Lascelles / K. Femenia / Martinelli*

    Potential problem areas are the GK and double Wolves CS (don't see the CSs going on forever).

    A) Martinez/Saiss/Son > Pope/Maguire/Mahrez (-8)
    B) Saiss/Son > AWB/Mahrez (-4)
    C) Saiss/Son > Maguire/Mahrez (-4)
    D) Son/DCL > Sterling/Greenwood (-4)
    E) Martinez/Son > Ederson/Pulisic (-4)
    F) Martinez/Son/Saiss > Ederson/Pulisic/AWB (-8)

  4. Congers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Which one of the following:

    A) Mahrez and Greenwood
    B) Pulisic and Rashford

    1. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      B

  5. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Bottomed:

    Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    Henderson Lascelles Lundstram Cantwell

    2FT, 1.4 itb

    1. Sarr Lundstram >> Pulisic Aurier (play BB)

    2. Henderson Sarr >> 4.0GK Mahrez (save BB)

    Thanks all

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      anyone... please

    2. Nuno
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Think I prefer option 1, if you still have BB it's best to use it before you downgrade a keeper to a fodder.
      Possibly bring in a playing fodder like Robinson, will that give you enough to bring in Mahrez?

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        no unfortunately... in order to get Mahrez in I'd need to go 2. then you're right id have to look at working in a cheap playing keeper ready for BB which is of course do-able

  6. 20 Timess
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Son to Mahrez for a -8?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Crazy

      3. Rising
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hell nah

      4. cheekumz
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        It's not a -8 it's a -4 and yes imo it will be repaid and so is worth it.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Oh my, Son with the bonus point!

      1. kennethrhcp
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Son and kane snuck passed mcburnie

      2. jason_ni
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Any little helps as my capitano!

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yep. That brought me back up another 2k OR!

    • Offside Trapattoni
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Greenwood and Foden on the bench for 24 combined....ouch

      1. timmmuh
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Foden on bench and I took a 4pt hit To get Ings out for rash (c)

        1. timmmuh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Ouch

    • Brendan95
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A: Saka(bench)/DCL > Pulisic/Nketiah(bench)
      B: Son/Saka(bench) > Pulisic/Mahrez (bench DCL)
      C: Saka(bench)/DCL > Mahrez/Nketiah(bench)

      Martinez Martin
      Doherty AWB Aurier Lascelles Saiss
      Bruno KDB Mane Son Saka
      Rashford Jiminez DCL

    • Tabbara
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Which option is better :
      A: DCL, Alli and Guendouzi > Antonio, Greenwood and Pulisic for a -4
      B: Alli and Guendouzi > Pulisic, Foden

      Thx

      1. Firminoooo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        B

    • The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Son & Saintmax -> Martial & Pulisic for free?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Why take out ASM??

        1. The Wizard of Ozil
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Fixtures take a turn after this weekend but might hold to after West Ham

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I’d hold ASM. Form of his life

    • Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      DCL and Son out.

      A) Foden and Kane
      B) Foden and Jesus

      1. Firminoooo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Team.

        Patricio Button
        TAA Doherty Aurier Kiko Holgate
        KdB Martial Salah Bruno Foden
        Jesus/Kane Jimenez Greenwood
        Would have to bench one of Foden/Greenwood every week.

        1. Manani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          DCL+Guendozi
          to
          Greenwood+Foden

          pretty no brainer right?

          1. Firminoooo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yes

      2. Congers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

        1. Firminoooo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Thanks. Kane was better than Jesus, but ManC sure was better than Spurs...... hm

      3. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I like a. I’d captain kane too

    • PattBrofield
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Is greenwood likely to start next game?

      1. Babelcopter
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        yes

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        50/50

    • kennethrhcp
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Instead of a repost bottomed... anyone feel like going back a page its be greatly appreciated

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        if you comment i wouldnt need to repost hehe

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What’s up buddy

    • Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I have Rashford, Fernandes and DDG (and KDB)

      I have 2FT's to do the following :

      A)
      Son to Martial
      DDG to Pope

      B)
      Son to Mahrez
      Saka to Foden

      Which would you do?

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        B but maybe leave Foden a week as he just played 90

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Like a personally

      3. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Tricky

        Not sure it’s the week for B but held for next 6 it could be gold.

      4. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I have DCL as the third striker, so can bring him in if Foden doesn't play.

    • Reddonkeyham 42
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      When do the last of the fixtures get confirmed?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No idea... didnt realise they weren't confirmed

    • jia you jia you
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Despite a grand total of 1 point from Mahrez, Trent and Robbo, I still managed 95 following up last week's 99...too little, too late but on the rise 😉

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        nice well done mate

      2. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Beats my 47 somewhat. Congrats

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Oof lovely score mate

      4. Rising
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        How much was the rank rise

        1. jia you jia you
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          not sure mate but went from 1.1m to 477k in two GWs before last night's games

      5. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Great week mate

    • DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Alli and DCL - Mahrez and Abraham (-4)?

    • HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hi mates

      Have 2 FT and 0.0m ITB

      De Gea,
      TAA, Doherty, Fernandez
      Salah, Bruno, KDB, Son,
      Rash, Jimi, DCL

      Button, Taylor, Hayden, Robinson

      Change Rash and DCL maybe?

    • Henning
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pulisic or William?

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Pulisic for me

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Willian on free kicks and pens but pulisic looks more likely to score in open play

    • Inazuma X1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Son to Pulisic for -4

      Yay or Nay?

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No

    • FPL Kakarot
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Which one is best?

      A) Basham to AWB (-4)

      B) Doucoure to Antonio (-4)

      C) Neither, just start Lascelles

      1. kennethrhcp
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        C

        But indo like b for the run in

    • Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Thoughts on getting Salah this week and captaining him? None of my ML rivals have him and I'm chasing!

      1. Rising
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Salah is the best pick next gw.

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Can’t see him being rested. Hardly over exerted tonight

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      For all the potential rotation this weekend the one player I’d love to know more than any if he would start or not is Alonso.

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Could be a great shout. 1st half against WH every attack seemed to come through him

      2. Nuno
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        For all his attacking potential, he allows the other team to score by not tracking back

      3. Rising
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Idk, he could get rotated and the defence is not great. Im weighing up Alonso and Aurier theyre pretty much the same and dont get many cs but Aurier is 1m cheaper so currently on him

      4. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        If you have, keep. If not. Leave well alone

      5. Smurf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        The worry is Lampard dropping him after poor defending last night.

    • grooveymatt65
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hi guys!

      What do you think i should do about this team?

      Martinez Martin

      TAA Doherty Basham Bednarek Simpson

      Salah (C) De Bruyne Son Fernandes Dendonker

      Rashford Jiminez DCL

      0.0 itb 2ft

      Options are:

      1. Free hit and bring in extra UTD, Pool and Chelsea players
      2. Son to Pulisic and DCL to Greenwood for free
      3. Son to Martial for free
      4. KDB to Mahrez and Son to Martial/Pulisic for free
      5. Save

      thanks guys!! 🙂

    • jia you jia you
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I heard Sterling played well?
      He is my Auba replacement, tripling up on City mids!

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      61 points from Auba, Bruno and KDB.

      Rest of team 20 points.

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        81. Little brag eh!

    • Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Martial or Mahrez?

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Martial

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Who needs to go first - Perez or Sarr?

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Perez easy

    • SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      19k to 31k with no KDB. Think I take that although top 10k looking out of reach with only free hit left!

      1. Ragabolly
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Please don't say that. I am 60k with only FH too and I am still dreaming of top10k 😀

        1. SouthCoastSaint
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I’ve just hovered between 30k and top 10k all season. Haven’t broken in once!!!