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Lascelles starts but Ritchie only among the substitutes for Newcastle v West Ham

Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) is once again on the bench as Newcastle United face West Ham United in the second of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday.

Kick-off at St James’ Park is at 14:15 BST.

Ritchie, who had picked up a muscle injury in Gameweek 31+, was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s win over Bournemouth and is again omitted from Steve Bruce’s starting XI this afternoon.

There is better news for owners of Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m), however, with the Newcastle stopper recovering from what his manager called a “nasty knock” to line up alongside Federico Fernandez (£4.6m) at centre-half.

The in-form Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) gets his fifth straight start in league and cup since the restart, too.

He was among the top ten Fantasy Premier League assets for transfers in ahead of Gameweek 33+.

Bruce has made two alterations from the side that won at the Vitality, with Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) in for Sean Longstaff (£5.0m) and Nabil Bentaleb (£4.8m).

There is another start up front for budget forward Dwight Gayle (£5.0m), meanwhile.

West Ham’s team news is a lot more straightforward, with David Moyes unsurprisingly naming an unchanged side following the 3-2 win over Chelsea.

The ‘out of position’ FPL midfielder Michail Antonio (£6.9m) leads the line again, with Sebastien Haller (£6.8m) not even among the substitutes as he battles back from injury.

Mark Noble (£4.9m) and Arthur Masuaku (£4.1m) have shaken off fitness issues to make the bench, however.

These two sides shared five goals in the reverse fixture, with Newcastle winning by the odd goal.

The Magpies are stiffer opposition on their own soil, having kept seven clean sheets and conceded on just 13 occasions in 16 home fixtures.

West Ham have lost seven away games in a row going into this afternoon’s match.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton, Gayle.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio.

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975 Comments Post a Comment
  1. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 hours ago

    Would appreciate your help.
    a)Holgate or Cathcart?
    b)Soucek/Lanzini or Foden?

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 hours ago

      A) ive invested in both watford and evertons defence, i very much wish i hadnt. Prefer hilgate if you must though.
      B) foden

      1. wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 hours ago

        cheers mate

  2. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 hours ago

    Mane will outscore Salah

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 hours ago


    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 hours ago


    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 hours ago

      Origi will outscore both of them combined

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 hours ago

      He’s been strangely quiet all year - only 57 points year to date I think (KDB has about 90, Salah 89)

      Maybe today is catchup day?

  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 hours ago

    I’m pretty sure that Davis lad had superb stats in members area & is OOP up front today at about 4.3m

  4. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 hours ago

    Salah dive, should've been a YC

    1. BDA Shadow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Going down easy but there's been some minor contact both times he went down. Shameful but not a yellow.

  5. BDA Shadow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Mane goal in the bag, ML rival Salah (c), I'm officially a Pepe Reina fan.