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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.

1,665 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I’m very hopeful of Foden not starting first on my bench!

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      same

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

      I dont think he will but I hope he does

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Think he will start midwek

  2. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    How is Wild Rover so damn good at cups?

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

      I know people who focus on the cups.. Will take multiple hits the week before to set team up for the following cup week fixtures.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Doesn’t the net score take into account hits?

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

          Think its only if the scores are tied. These people would take the hits the week before the cup. Especially in the later rounds.

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

      He's a trophy hunter 🙂

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What's your plan for GW36 MCI (BOU) and CHE (NOR)? Any rage transfers in or already set and prepared?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Already have 3 city, getting 1 Chelsea

    2. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Maybe FH, but not sure

    3. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Depends on team line up. City more likely to rotate than chelsea

    4. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Probably Kane to Giroud and bench Greenwood ... will give me 3 MCI and 3 CHE

  4. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Three people chasing me in ML have played their Free Hits. If Bournemouth can somehow pull off a miracle and stop Vardy scoring, or even better, get a 1-0 win themselves, I'd feel an awful lot better!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You wish for thousands of FPL managers to be grumpy?

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

        Don't we all?

      2. Hybrid.power
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        That's my secret, I'm always grumpy

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

      same here I'm hoping for Bruno Sterling Mane and Vardy blanks.

    3. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Do u have your free hit?

      If so use it gw 38 and get a huge advantage

  5. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Hands up non Bruno cappers! 150% effective ownership and I'm bricking it

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

      I've gone for Martial just fancied it all week. Season over

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

        Martial looked pissed coming off last match. He wants goals.

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

          Would love a brace from him. LOVE IT

          1. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            KDB captain, Martial VC

            KDB cameo incoming

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

      I don’t even own him

    3. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I don't own him at all. Just gotten used to the rank drops that come with that lately!

    4. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      here!

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

        Gone for Mo, just praying he starts!

    5. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Went for Salah

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Salah here too 🙂

    6. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      o/ .... just 6 points last time I did though

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Me too before the run of double digits

    7. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Owner but C Raheem

  6. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    RIP Jack

    You would be hard pressed to find another English man that is so endeared in Irish hearts.

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      🙁

      True legend

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

      A sad day, Ogie.

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Amen

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Have kept Auba this long. Time to ditch?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      i d hold+

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Score a brace against LIV?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          nice fixtures after that though

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Not a must, I think he will be fired up for the derby and Golden boot myself

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      No would keep for Spura

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        *Spurs

  8. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Wow, some Maverick moves from mark :O

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Explain ...

    2. mad_beer ✅
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Do people still care what he does?

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He has been nailing captaincy of late. 15, 15, 14, with Bruno. Rash haul this week?

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Mark knows

    5. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Credit to him for nearly breaking the 2000 point barrier.

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He FINALLY got Vardy in

      Now his season can start 🙂

  9. Sondre van Bank
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Captaincy stats?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Previous page I think

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bruno essential

  10. Captain_Shirokov
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Forgot to save my team

    KDB(C), Bruno (VC), Jimenez on the bench over Foden

    Here we go

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Basically the same as mine and I planned it 😀 good luck

  11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Closing time in the last chance saloon for Son. Doesn’t matter if it’s Newcastle next. Nothing again this GW and he’s out.

  12. Kellz86
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Ideas on left over chips? Thinking:

    Free Hit w36+ --> full Chelsea/City assets
    Triple Capt w38+ --> KDB/Sterling vs Norwich

    Thoughts?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      great plan

      1. Kellz86
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        dank je wel vriend!

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

      Watch out for the FA Cup, bit of a GW36 trap.

      1. Kellz86
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Good point

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Well done Kiko you’ve already done better than the Norwich game

  14. Bubz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Wonder how much longer til Kiko CS goes. 7 minutes I reckon

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

      Reported

    2. Hybrid.power
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You don't get Kiko for the clean sheets, you get him for.....emm....why do you get him again?

      1. Bubz
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        😆

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      5th spot defenders are there to guarantee you 2 points on their good days, and 1 or 0 points on their OK days.

  15. Tempestic
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Wow Vardy at 51% EO this week

    1. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You seem surprised.

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

        thought he'd be a bit more of a differential, like 25% maybe

  16. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Soucek very involved. Had a few attempts already.

  17. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Loving the wireless bra advert at the bottom of this page!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      It’s personalised to you 😀

      1. Hybrid.power
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Lmao

  18. TheTinman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    With St Max on the pitch Newcastle are almost guaranteed to score.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      🙁

      1. TheTinman
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        We’re dominating possession so far too. If st Max doesn’t score or assist himself the 3 defenders he pulls onto him usually gives the others plenty of space

    2. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He's getting on my t!ts, tbh.

  19. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Its a four hourse race in my ML currently.
    I lead and Bruno is my C
    Second has Salah
    Third Mane
    Fourth Martial

    Most of our teams have the same midfield and slight differences in defence and attack.

    Hasnt been such a drama previous seasons like now.

    I led with 50-60pts but they captained Salah last GW and now here we are.
    My biggest mistake was trying to get the players that the player in 2nd has. I arrogantly forgot about the others. The fourth picked 90pts more last 2 Gws...

  20. TheTinman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Rival has KDB captain and TAA vice. I would be my pants if they both got rested.

    1. TheTinman
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Pee my pants... come on autocorrect 😆

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Very likely

      1. TheTinman
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Don’t tease me

  21. Kaptenen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    With 2 Free Transfers if I play freehit next gameweek, will it reset my Free Transfers to 1 after?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yes

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      yes, thats what happened to me

  22. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antonio close.

    So far been the Antonio and Soucek show.

  23. Arron Wan Bissaka Nil
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    For next week (with 2fts)
    a) Digne for TAA
    b) Digne/Foden for TAA/Luiz
    c) Digne/Jesus/fodder for TAA/Jimenez/Femenia (4pt hit)

  24. mrodgers91
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Relieved to see top 5 in my ML have all gone with bruno, 3 of us have vardy in the team too

  25. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antonio G

  26. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Ant on fire

  27. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Bruno EO?

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

      150%

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Cheers

  28. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antoniooooooo

  29. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Diop A

  30. camarozz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Lol.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Cracking choice of C 🙂