Dugout Discussion

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.

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 3

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

2,252 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Took out soucek and Bruno on a WC

    1. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Nice!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The story of the season so far, you are not alone

  2. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Cheapskate Soucek owners only own him because they can't afford Podence

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I bet some of them prefers nailed on players

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I have both

  3. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah penalty miss or red card,be happy with blank only

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Salah red to complete the week.

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 1 day ago

        and TAA own goal

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    It's all set for a big Salah haul tommorow.. Lucky captainers!

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thats not how this GW works

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thats exactly how this gameweek works

      2. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        There must be a Balance in the Universe at least .. How often all the big hitters in FPL are blanking?

    2. Jamizz
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Auba haul you mean to say

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Won't be surprised honestly.. Auba is able to upset any defence in his day, but Anfield is different story..

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

      Auba

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      ^this
      I took out Salah and TAA on WC. Don't ask.

  5. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who also benched Soucek?

    o/

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Benched him to give Burke a run out against Leeds.. fail

      1. Fozzyb34r
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Same

    2. Jamizz
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sold him for Podence.

    3. Hamstergod
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      first sub 🙁

  6. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Hames to Barnes = sideways?

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wait one more week

    2. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ludicrous. Don’t let this week put you off James. Disappointing he didn’t take the pen but he’s the best ever in option after DCL

  7. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Can someone please confirm whether it was a Soucek goal or an OG? Im getting mixed signals here

    1. Fozzyb34r
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Soucek goal

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Looked like an OG. Huge deflection.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        That's not the rules

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          On/off target. Impossible to see on the replays but it looked off to me.

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Soucek will keep the goal 100%

    4. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      One of those where the "shot" is vaguely heading towards goal and it's hard to guess whether it would be on target or not because the deflection comes so early. Probably stays as a soucek goal

      1. SackWenger
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Sensible summary

    5. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Soucek goal.

  8. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Which would you do on wc?

    A) Taa & 4.5 def
    B) VVD & Castagne

    Thanks

    1. kempc23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Possibly B. Two great fixtures for Castagne coming up.

  9. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Looks like Soucek's header was going across the box and Jimenez's deflection caused it to go inside Patricio at the near post.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      But it isn't obvious so they could just give it to Soucek.

  10. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Spare a thought for those teams that don’t have Salah to come.

  11. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I think we should all just pack it up and wait for stadiums to have fans again. We are seeing training matches people. I have watched one match since these tyrannic lockdowns started. Fake AF sound effects, empty stadiums just killed everything for me. Now these ridiculous rules when it comes to penalties etc. VAR has killed the game.

    This is not football, it actually feels like everything is being staged tbf.

    1. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Get ya tinfoil hats out boys

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ha ha

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Tyrannic?

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Fans are overrated

  12. TAT
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Love the fact that I've spent more time on FPL than ever, yet having by far the worst season in the game.

  13. kempc23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Son, Werner and Doherty to Salah, DCL and Castagne for -4? I cant ignore DCL any longer, and really want some Leicester for West Ham and Villa at home.

  14. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Soucek finally delivers after I sell him. Worst GW ever. Even worse than the snowmargeddon of a few years back

  15. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Castagne a better pick than Semedo surely?

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Easily

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ofcourse. Semedo can’t lace Castagne’s boots

  16. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Sold McCarthy, Ayling, Bruno, Soucek & Adams on WC

    🙁

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I did exactly the same, the perfect storm...

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I feel sick

    2. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ditto

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        How could we!!!

    3. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      You knew the risks. It was pointed out plenty of times that the template changes massively on a weekly basis at the moment.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Wolves & Man City?
        After looking so good last week. It's a weird season!

    4. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      i would have too

    5. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sold on wc McCarthy, Ayling, Soucek, Kane, Ings and Havertz for Guaita, Saiss, Zaha, DCL, Jimmy...just wait and see what happens with Auba tomorrow xD

      1. stat sifter 888888
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Well at least DCL did alright...

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yep. And Jimmy too few mins ago xD

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Chill
        I Benched Soucek & KWP

      3. stat sifter 888888
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Such an unpredictable week, commiserations.

      4. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Doherty Castagne Semedo or Chilwell for long term?

        1. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I’m leaning towards castagne

        2. BobbyV
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          1 Liverpool defender plus cheapies

      5. BenDavies
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Soucek owners finally rewarded for a) their good pick and b) their patience
        He's a 5.0 mid who is the furthest forward player, always running into the box and dangerous on headers. Essential 5th mid

        1. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Podence may emerge as the best considering how little they have offered going forward without him

      6. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        18 from 8..wow this has the potential to be my worst week ever, come on Salah save me!

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          13 from 8 here, you're smashing it!

        2. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Just one of those weeks. Most did poorly. Brush it off and go again next week.

          1. Keep Calm and Play On
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I’m just happy KDB and sterling didn’t tear it up...was interested to see what all those people who were saying Werner was a casual pick are saying today...

          2. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Not as many as you think. Vardy has a 20% ownership

            1. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Well the average is apparently 28 so I’d say most did badly.

        3. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          21 from 8, Martinez, Robbo , Salah to go... pitiful game week so far

      7. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hope they kept the receipt for Semedo.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          😀

      8. AlternativeB
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thinkin Son to Barnes actually. He has impressed me today (though no g/a)

          1. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            My favorite pick 7.0 or under by quite some margin.

          2. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            One second in the member's area and it's obvious why.

          3. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            This guy must be harvey barnes’s mum or something

            1. That Was Easy!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Who do you like more outside of James? One of many optiosn for sure, but don't see anyone in there for me. A fit Pulisic would be great.

              1. MSTRKRFTSMN
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Foden, Greenwood off the top of my head

                1. That Was Easy!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Foden being wasted out wide, hope he gets some time more centrally. Greenwood to come good as well, would just like to see it first!

                  1. MSTRKRFTSMN
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    It’ll be too late by then. I’ll bet anything you like that both outs ore bsrnes over the season. I do rate Barnes massively, just not in FPL yet. One day....

                  2. MSTRKRFTSMN
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    The other factor is Vardy. If Leicester lose vardy, kiss goodbye to Barnes’ returns

              2. MSTRKRFTSMN
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Agreed pulisic is the one but suspect fitness

        • The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          The winner of last season's FPL was a mathematician and gave a lecture on the subject and his strategic approach to the game at Oxford University.

          This year's winner "my dad asked me to pick a team so I arranged the shirt colours in a nice pattern, but got bored and left it along after that".

          1. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sums it up nicely

          2. SackWenger
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Didn’t realise the Bulgarian was a maths teacher

        • Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Players who I took out on WC who got returns this GW:

          Bruno
          McCarthy
          Soucek
          Digne
          Wilson

          Players in my WC team who have got returns this GW:

          ............

        • potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I think I've cracked it now.
          You predict the shorelines , then plan for the complete oposite to happen , right?

          1. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yep. I did not plan Soucek to be my best player and pretty much the best thing in past two gws.

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Are you a nautical type?

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              🙂

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          In one minute Antonio can look world beating then the next minute he looks non league. 😀

        • dshv
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hey guys.. i did asm podence
          Why podence is not nailed ?

          1. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            He was never nailed. But injured here, rather than dropped

          2. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Injury

          3. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Injured

          4. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Injured.

          5. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Injured and isn't nailed when fit because of Neto and Traore

            1. That Was Easy!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              If he's healthy next game, he's surely straight in.

        • mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          NES- always ultra defensive no matter what, today has reminded why I don't watch wolves games when owning Jim

        • Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Dear me.
          Took a hit take out soucek for Podence

          1. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Soucek was on to drop to 4.9 tonight, probably not now! He has looked a threat

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              He's been set to drop for like the last 4 days or so.

        • AA
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Looking to replace Son. Spoilt for choice. Who do you suggest?

          A. Mahrez (Have Sterling)
          B. Zaha
          C. Barnes (Have Vardy)
          D. Hames (Have DCL)
          E. Bruno

          1. Demi
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Havertz already owned? Or don't fancy him?

            1. AA
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Own him.

        • Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          How long is Son likely out for?

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            For a while Mou said