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Antonio starts up front for West Ham and Saint-Maximin returns to Newcastle side

There are no big line-up surprises for the two early Gameweek 35 kick-offs this afternoon.

Michail Antonio (£6.9m) continues in the striker role for David Moyes’ West Ham.

The FPL midfielder looks set to be flanked by Pablo Fornals (£6.0m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m).

Behind that trio, Mark Noble (£4.9m) returns from a minor injury to retake his spot in midfield – alongside Tomas Soucek (£4.8m) and Declan Rice (£4.7m) – as Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.2m) drops to the bench.

Daniel Farke has named an unchanged Norwich XI from the GW34 defeat to Watford.

However, Todd Cantwell (£4.5m) is fit enough for a place on the bench after completely missing that 2-1 loss with a hamstring problem.

Norwich will be relegated if they suffer defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers West Ham, while a draw and Watford avoiding a loss to Newcastle will also seal their fate.

Nigel Pearson’s team, perhaps less surprisingly, is also unchanged after an acrobatic Danny Welbeck (£5.8m) goal saw the Hornets sting the Canaries for all three points on Tuesday.

The ex-Manchester United and Arsenal forward was only behind fellow goalscorer Craig Dawson (£4.8m) for transfers in of Watford assets ahead of this morning’s deadline.

After a 5-0 drubbing away to Manchester City, Steve Bruce has reverted to a more familiar looking 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation with Fabian Schar (£5.0m) expected to take up a central midfield role again.

There is a return to action for both Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m), who were both absent for that Etihad hammering.

Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) starts up front, with Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) set to play beside or behind the striker.

Both Gayle and Almiron were substitutes in Gameweek 34, with Javier Manquillo‘s (£4.3m) replacement of Emil Krafth (£4.3m) at right-back making it five changes in total for the Magpies.

Before kick-off, Bruce said:

What we’ve all had to do with the amount of games we’ve had is hope you can keep a few of them fit. We’re delighted we’ve been able to freshen the team up which will give us more up top.

Norwich XI: Krul; Lewis, Klose, Godfrey, Aarons; Tettey, Vrancic; O Hernandez, Stiepermann, Buendia; Pukki.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Creswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Soucek, Noble, Rice; Fornals, Antonio, Bowen.

Watford XI: Foster; Masina, Dawson, Kabasele, Femenia; Hughes, Capoue; Welbeck, Doucouré, Sarr; Deeney.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Rose, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo; Ritchie, Schar, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Almiron, Gayle.

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  1. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Salah to try and match Antonio? go on lad get yourself in the mix for the golden boot

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Who did you cap in the end?

  2. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Salah will blank and Vardy will be benched. Saying it now

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

      Why would vardy be benched!?

    2. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      When is Vardy ever benched?

  3. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I wanna see a team who triple captained antonio

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Someone on here did. No screenshot for proof yet though.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        lmao. He has 81 points from 2. That's umm... hard to beat.

        1. _Ninja_
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          84, insane score from 2

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            84 from 2 haha. Just Antonio is probably higher than most teams will score this week.

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

      he went from 77k to 7k

    3. Pies Have Come
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Unbelievable Jeff. Fair play.

      1. Pies Have Come
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Just noticed that the guy has played Williams in defence for Liverpool too. Surely has must have got the Almanac book off Biff from Back to the Future?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          XD

  4. Jafooli
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Vardy looking lively...

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Salah will score over 20 points today.

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      That’d be nice.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      With no keita arnold and hendo, i doubt it but hope i'm wrong

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

      nice but not as useful as last game, was only 50% ownership now 75% or something this week.

  6. teddypicker
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Triple cap for next season: whoever is playing against the team who is just about to get relegated

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bowen?

  7. Cilly Bonnolly
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Any chance TAA doesn’t feature? Need a no show to get Kiko’s points off the bench or, failing that, some kind of return.

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

      I'd say it's very likely he will play at least 20 minutes

    2. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Depends on the scoreline tbh
      I think he is likely to come on with the 5 subs rule and given what happened with Robbo last GW

    3. funnyoldgame
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sorry but I'm hoping he starts. Have Lacelles first defender sub.

  8. Pies Have Come
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    So was anyone brave enough to give Antonio the armband? He got 345 votes. I'm glad I swapped him out for Saint-Maximum and played him but captained Bruno. I'm just sorry I didn't have enough popcorn or beer for me watching that. Great solo display. He's going nowhere in my team.

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

      Captained in my awful B team. Going up from 900k to inside 500k currently. Shame I couldn't even fit him into my main team!

      1. Pies Have Come
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Is he going into your A team is the question? Great looking last 2 games and should still have something to play for.

  9. Rt505
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    FT for GW36:

    A) Mahrez v Bournemouth
    B) Puli v Norwich

  10. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    City Vs Norwich should be fun

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

    Don't worry everyone who sold Salah this GW, I've benched Pope so he will keep a clean sheet today.

  12. saurabh.06
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What a day for me today. Got Antonio for pulisic and also captained him. 52 sweet points from a single player wow....