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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. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    This guy just keeps on scoring

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

    nice one 🙂

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

    Antonio the BAP-meister

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

    Goal.

    Antonio

  5. Le _ Professeur
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Woww Captaincy actually worked xD .. Hope for moree .. COME ON ANTONIO

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

      very well done to you !! just happy to own 🙂

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

    Lol damn, someone actually recommended me Diop.

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

      I got him first sub! please don't play Aurier or TAA!

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

    New Antonio owners unite!

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

      Yes finally a transfer that worked 😎

  8. The Mighty Hippo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Well done to everyone who got him in this week or already had him....I couldn't convince myself that he was worth one of those precious midfield slots.

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

      Starting CF in form and great fixtures in next couple for a team with it all to play for. What’s not to like 😀

      1. gmando2011
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        west ham

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

      His run of fixtures looks good.

      As a striker he'd be in many teams.

      So i guess he deserves a 5th midfielder slot.

    3. gmando2011
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      i was the same - but there are so many good midfielders its hard to knoe who to drop - also if he blanked today there may have been a chance hed be back out wide for next game

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

    Ohhh Foster with a great save off the line from Almiron!

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

      I sold him ... he should have a monster today

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

        or maybe not .....

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

    Canaries could get hammered here

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

    Antonioooooooo!!!!

  12. JJO
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    How bad is thos Norwich

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

      Can see those coming up next season being worse tbh. Sides that like to play football. But in the PL, playing football is difficult if you don't have the quality.

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

        Well they played football at the begining
        They lost some but won some too
        The way they play now is just awfull

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

    Vardy C
    Antonio VC

    That takes all the pressure off these silly little injury rumours anyway.

  14. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Salah and TAA to start. All you saying 'likelyhood they won't start', forget the sofa, you will need hide behind a mountian...

    I am more than will to accept pie in the face if I am wrong 😉

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yeah I’m fearing Salah and Mané hauls as a non-owner

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

        I own neither but my team is very good for this week so not massively concerned. Liverpool have also been sub par since the restart and face a team that have kept the second most clean sheets this season including 3 in the last 4. I don't see Liverpool smashing them to be honest.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Burnley 0 - 3 LFC earlier in the season. I reckon you need to start worrying mate.

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

      Makes logical sense to me that Salah gets benched. Firminio had his turn 2 weeks ago, last week it was Mane who incidentally is also a golden boot contender and was still benched.

  15. pingissimus
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antonio to be this season’s Rondon? Always one no?

  16. gooberman
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Fair play to those who got Antonio. Fantastic differential. Only 1.7% owned.

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

      Yep. Would have got him in for sure. Just no room.

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

        Exactly the same. Hopefully those with chips left bought him in

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

      to be honest i couldnt afford pulisic 3 gws ago so went antonio instead bit of luck there 🙂

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Got him after the tweet from Rockstar!

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

    Genuinely thought West Ham may be relegated pre-lockdown. Basically home and dry now.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Always go with your gut mate.

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

      Lol sorry but you're only 1 point up on the hit so far

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

      That was always a no in my opinion .. it’s too risky to say yes but if your chasing then do the changes

    4. Tinkermania
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Could get worse if Mane gets a brace later and KDB is rested altogether.

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You had KDB in the hit! If it was Son only then the answer would have been different

  18. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What's the biggest priority transfer this week?

    A) Mane -> Pulisic/Willian
    B) Jimenez -> Ings
    C) Both for a -4

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

      not a as chelsea has pool next. just b for me

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

      Depending on how it goes this gw, I think c is good

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

    Effective Ownership this week:

    KDB 68.7
    Salah 58.6
    Bruno 48.1
    Vardy 38.1
    Mane 29.4
    Auba 29.0
    Sterling 21.6

    Sterling cappers - let’s fly together 🙂

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      🙂

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

        Or let’s fall together!

        We’ll see soon

        Quietly confident(ish) though

    2. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      What calculator are you using? KDB, Bruno way off

        1. Team Cruel
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Livefpl is telling me

          Bruno 151
          KDB 97
          Salah 76
          Vardy 51

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

            Lol so that’s 3 different EOs for Bruno from the same site

            “Overall ownership” page/section - 48.1%
            “Main threats to your rank” table 51.73%

            Then wherever you are seeing 151% is a third

            Official FPL has his ownership (not effective as excludes caps) at 29.0% so 151% sounds mad

            1. Team Cruel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              51 and 151 are correct. His overall EO is 151. But since you own him and haven't captained him his EO against your team is 51.

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

                Ah gotcha

                Jeez Sterling is 12% EO in top 10k

                Makes this very boom or bust for Cappers

                Hopefully boom

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

          And you’re right in so far as they’re questionable

          Live FPL has different EO’s for those players in different sections of its own website - don’t know which is right

          Salah >70% in another table, Bruno 51% etc

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

          Top 10k more realistic though

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

      Bad data - the overall stats are meaningless
      If you look at the teams/scores from the top10k they are very representative of the top 100k, 200k, 500k etc.
      Overall is distorted by the 3m+ dead teams in the game

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

        Adjusted for top 10k!

        KDB 97% (Gulp)
        Bruno 95% (Brown Trouser Time)
        Salah 61% (Team news in 55 mins)
        Vardy 42% (Training pics dampened this)
        Mane 16% (Wow)
        Sterling 12% (Let’s go Raz)
        Auba 8% (Hmmmm)

  20. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antoinio (c) let's go. One more please.

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

    Got in on the West Ham at evens to win

  22. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Good start for my Foden -> Antonio move, still a long way to go all the same

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

    Welbeck almost nailing it.

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Almost doesn't count

  24. lilmessipran
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Dam almost kiko assist for welbeck goal

  25. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Newcastle conceding here for sure

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

    So close to a Kiko assist

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

    Jimenez ➡️Ings
    Rashy ➡️ Greenwood
    =-4?

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Maybe just 1

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I did Rash to Green, Nketiah to Ings -4.

      Obviously Rash could do the business this week but the moves make sense.

  28. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Antonio is amazing

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

    City or Chelsea defender for gw36?

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      None imo