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Podence and Marcal absent as Vinagre is recalled and Semedo makes Wolves debut

The last of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday sees West Ham United entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kick-off in east London is at 19:00 BST.

Daniel Podence (£5.6m) won’t play any part in this evening’s game, with the budget Fantasy Premier League midfielder not involved in the visitors’ matchday squad.

Unconfirmed rumours had circulated about his absence ahead of Saturday’s FPL deadline, with Podence not pictured in training ground images.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo had reported that his squad were suffering from “some knocks” in his pre-match press conference on Friday but didn’t elaborate.

Santo confirmed that Podence that was one of those players ahead of kick-off, however.

Marcal (£5.0m) misses out as expected with a calf problem, meanwhile.

Replacing the injured pair are Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) and Nelson Semedo (£5.5m), who makes his Wolves debut at right wing-back.

That allows Adama Traore (£6.5m) the opportunity to push forward into an advanced role alongside Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) and Pedro Neto (£5.5m).

Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) comes in for Issa Diop (£4.5m) in West Ham’s only alteration to their starting XI.

Diop, along with Josh Cullen and manager David Moyes, is absent today after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mark Noble (£4.9m) returns from injury but is only among the substitutes.


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

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Moutinho, Neves, Vinagre, Traore, Jimenez, Neto.

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  1. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    The covid disruption really seems to be impacting teams, resulting in more variance.

    Will be a shame if the PL winners end up with that asterisk beside their title for the second year in a row. It's not good for the league to go so long without a *proper* title win.

    1. All about the galacticos
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      a wins a win, can only play the game

    2. amol
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Absolute nonsense.

    3. cam
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      You should change your name to sulky ynwa

  2. Alan The Llama
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Here on Semedo watch

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    LMS safety score currently 13 🙂

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      What were the safety scores for GW1 and 2?

      1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        oh never mind, found it

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Bang on atm

  4. Nomar
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    At least I get KWPs points off my bsnch for Podence.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nice.

  5. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Midfielders sub 10m that take pens?

    Jorginho
    Zaha / Milij

    Others???

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Plenty. Klich, Zaha, Grealish, Norwood, Noble, Jorginho

  6. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Wonder if Pulisic will return this week. Ideal Son replacement

  7. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Klich bandwagon if Podence is out for a spell I suppose.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No

    2. davies
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Definitely going with Klich as a set and forget on wildcard

  8. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Not sure if this makes PL more fun with so many teams in contention to win the title

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Theres 1 team in contention for the title. Theres about 6 or 7 fighting for top 4.

  9. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mikel Arteta has lost fewer games than Pep Guardiola since leaving Man City.

    1. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Jamie Vardy is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Man City since...

      Jamie Vardy in 2016

      1. Party time
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Legend

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Nice record that

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Right, I'm leading my weekly ML but only have Saiss and Jimenez to come; other rivals have Reds, Gunners, Villains in waiting. Could do with a decent haul to sleep easy tonight.

    3. Party time
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Is Vardy injured?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          see tweet above - he says he isn't

          1. Party time
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Thanks. Just got him. Fpl should remove the flag

        2. Neevesy
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          On track for worst week ever, with 14 points from 7 on WC.

          Yet I'm happy with team. I've done Werner to DCL already and team looks set for next two/three GW.

          Just gotta have faith!

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Wish I had your optimism. I absolutely hate my team.

            Werner, Foden and Podence were absolutely gash picks and I don't even think that's hindsight.

            1. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Foden is fine. City will get their act together and he's playing.

              Werner could yet come good. Podence unlucky on the injury.

            2. Neevesy
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Foden at his price is a season keeper for me (if he keeps his space).

              Hamez blanked, Werner blanked, KDB blanked and all my defence blanked lol. My subs almost have as many points as my 1st 11.

              Hey ho, Team is fine!

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 12 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          LMS EO's

          Saiss 38, Podence 34, Jimmy 33, Soucek 12

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            First sub?

        4. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Werner likely to drop 0.3 by Friday then. Lots selling for Vardy/Ings/Jimenez

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            • 12 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Only 0.2 to go

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Should've pulled the trigger last night. :/

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 12 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                Holding for now, too many games to go. Need to see if Podence is more long term.

                1. Rolls-Royce
                  • 7 Years
                  1 year, 2 months ago

                  Yeah, same. Might be forced to take hit after a WC.

        5. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Dont know anything about football and hate this game.

        6. Tcheco
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Best midfielder priced 5.7 or under?

          1. davies
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Klich - should tick over nicely especially with pens

          2. Party time
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Klich

            • Tcheco
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Cheers guys

            • Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Leeds midfield

          3. Neevesy
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Odds on Jimi and Mane getting hatties? Asking for a friend.....

          4. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Been at work, no comms. Just looked to see my KDB and Son points and cannot find any!!!!
            And WTF happened to M City?!!

            1. Tcheco
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Couldn't do damage to a deep sitting Leicester. Conceded 3 pens

          5. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            I'm actually really hoping for a Salah blank. A nice 1-1 draw vs Arsenal with a Wijnaldum goal no assist would be amazing. The average score would be like 30.

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Non-owner?

              1. Camzy
                • 11 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                No I have Salah. But no (c). I just want to shut all the captain gloaters up.

                First it was the Werner (c) that everyone piled on saying it was awful blah blah. Now that KdB and Sterling have blanked it's all... Salah is at HOME captain him every time... Just have them all fail to prove that we all don't know squat.

                1. stat sifter 888888
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 2 months ago

                  I would take an assist just to get my points up to 40 but a haul would be very annoying for the exact reason that I own but haven't captained him as well lol.

            2. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Many have gone Salah / Mane less .... 😀

            3. Brosstan
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Hoping for players you don't own to blank 😮

            4. dlrowssoB
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Auba hat trick would be superb. And incredibly.unlikely!

            5. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              We can only hope

          6. Brosstan
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            I talked a lot about season of the casual last season but this one is taking it to unprecedented levels... Literal people in my work leagues who have never seen a football match are leading with stuff like Vardy (c) today..

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              it's a marathon.......

            2. diesel001
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              LOL.

              I'm loving it. Too much hate for the casuals.

            3. stat sifter 888888
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Well, today was pretty unexpected. Good pick now that Madders has come back in though.

          7. Chambolica Charente
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Why would anyone listen to you?
            You are just a wind up merchant.

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Fair point.

          8. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Ready for my 25 pts from TAA and Robbo and a Salah 3 pointer (non owner)

            Shocking week for most I assume

          9. davies
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            As reactionary as we are right now, would you go with Vardy on a wildcard?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Could be injured.

              1. Das Boot
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                No. he said he is fine, It's a small issue he has that rubs in an awkward place apparently. But he said he is absolutely fine

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  1 year, 2 months ago

                  Cheers, 2 great games next so yes then.

            2. stat sifter 888888
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 2 months ago

              No reason not to.

          10. diesel001
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Would quite like a West Ham win. Will destroy those who used their WC and got in Man City, Wolves, Werner, Son etc.

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              I would also like your team to suffer and get red cards.

              1. diesel001
                • 5 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                Just the way it should be.

              2. AzzaroMax99
                • 5 Years
                1 year, 2 months ago

                LOL

          11. Tigers Time
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            I'm guessing West Ham win 4-1 with Antonio scoring a hatrick of pens.

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              I'll take that as long as Jimmy scores

          12. stat sifter 888888
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Wolves concede and Jimmy no goal for the sake of my rank pls.

          13. thorvaldsson
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Positives- Dallas and Harrison with points, DCL keeps scoring. Dunne played again for Burnley.

            Negatives- Son, Werner captain, Harrison (ineligible vs City), KDB played like JWP. Vardy doing whatever he wanted.

            And we move on...

          14. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Anyone doing WC ?

            1. yalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Everyone used it already

          15. Maguire Van Dijk
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Time to WC?

            McCarthy, Nyland
            TAA, Dier, Justin (Egan, Ayling)
            Auba, Jrod, Pulisic, Harrison, Burke
            Jimi, Richarlison, DCL

            Egan now at 4.9. Auba now at 11.9. Puli at 8.3. Harrison can't play next week.

            1. Salah’s Sonnet
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Won’t make any difference

          16. Madderegern
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            The game of football, and this game has become a game of penalties, looking at VARs and waiting 2-3 mins. before celebrating anything.

            Im so tired of VAR.