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.

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2,252 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Is this a bloody joke, I own Soucek, I am literally the most unlucky player in history FML ffffffff fpl ridiculous

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Is he on your bench? Just remember there is probably someone who took him out for Podence for a hit

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      You are still getting the assist mate

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      If it wasn't his goal be glad of the assist.

    4. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      I own Jimenez...now 17p from 8

    5. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Of course you are .

  2. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Anyone tempted to do Podence (C) if he's fit vs Fulham?

    1. AA
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Terrible choice

  3. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    19 points here only Salah left
    Nightmare of a WC

    1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Have you captained him though ?

      1. Shultan
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        No KDB C

  4. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Jimenez never scores when I own him

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      He did score though

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      He just scored 10 mins ago

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      He scored mate
      Only in wrong half

  5. Hadebayor Mum
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Humble brag... 30 with TAA and Martinez to go... yeesh...

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    I'm laughing and I don't know whether I've gone insane or not.

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Did wilson to jiminez last night..

  8. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Mark doesn't own Soucek or Jimmy. What was people expecting...

    1. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      He owns Soucek

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

        Took some time for him to calculate if he was better off with assist + og or just goal

  9. Hairy Potter
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Haha,10 points from 8 players with Jimi captain. Worst WC and worst FPL week!

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

      Damn. That is probably the worst score I have seen on here. Unlucky.

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      That’s hilarious, feel for you!

  10. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Expecting a stern reaction from NES to this abysmal showing. Maybe one of Coady/Saiss left out in the next one or else Wolves won't stop leaking goals.

  11. Amey
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Jimenez is pretty consistent 😎

  12. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 11 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Did an early transfer yesterday to move to 3-5-2. Brewster in for Martial. Planned a -4. Son Hamstring announced so did a -8 got in Sterling and Salah already have KDB. Last weeks Son in, Bruno out (chasing price and value) cost me 20 points plus Jimenez has been given an OG! ;}

    1. AA
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Hard to follow.

  13. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Surely that should be a goal for Soucek?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Header would have missed

  14. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    20 from 9 inc captain.

    You’ve just got to laugh 😆

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Double my score!

  15. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Obviously there will be some people who really needed an early WC but I bet the majority of WC's were completely unfounded and un-necessary so it's good to see it being punished for once.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      But the same teams will probably hit 70-90 next week

    2. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Well ain't just a bundle of joy

  16. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Heres my team that I WC'd to this week:

    Martinez*
    TAA*, Saiss, James
    (K)DB, Foden, Podence, Salah*
    DCL, Jimi, Werner

    16 points + 3 off the bench with Burke.... 19

    Wtf? 😀

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      You will have beaten me

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        FeelsBadMan

    2. TAT
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Mitchell off the bench for me, so 17 with the otherwise exact same team…

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        Crap isn't it...

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          Yes, it really is! I'm down to 4.2m right now, and I'm actually considering just dropping this season altogether. 🙁

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 1 hour ago

            I'll never throw the hat in, not going to be one of these guys who claims they 'stopped playing' after a few weeks when they had a bad start, but damn this is bad lol

            1. TAT
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 1 hour ago

              I'm not one of those guys either, but this is just… You're left thinking why you even bother spending time looking at stats, listening to podcasts, watching games you otherwise wouldn't bother watching etc. Don't think I've ever spent as much time on FPL.

              1. Tambling5
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                22 days, 1 hour ago

                It's the same for us all. Some parts of recent seasons have been too predictable, and the 'anyone can beat anyone' feel atm, means we all have to temper our aspirations as to what makes a good score.

                1. TAT
                  • 2 Years
                  22 days, 1 hour ago

                  Very true. I wanted to set a goal for this season going into it, but I think I should just drop that altogether. Too unpredictable right now. I had a bad season last season too, which makes the case for just quitting more appealing really.

    3. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Just consider there are a lot worse weeks to do that badly, overall average is under 30, top 10k average is under 29

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        Guess so...

  17. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    22 with Salah and Martinez left

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      19 with the same

    2. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      15 with those two and Robbo

  18. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Noble coming on we were due another pen

  19. FantasyNik123
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    I doubt anyone can do worse than my Vardy + Auba to KDB (c) + Jimenez for a -4.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      did the same on wc so not for a hit

    2. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      That sucks

    3. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Scroll up. Plenty worse.

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Could be Saiss’ last game for Wolves.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      If he was so bad he would of been subbed

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      The Moroccan Garcia

  21. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    A person who selected Salah and auto picked the rest of his team will be in top of my office ML tonight. Why even bother

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 1 hour ago

      Season over after a whole 3 game weeks . Lol

  22. ManofKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    It's one of those weeks when I'm sure I made the right decisions, it's just that the players didn't.

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      The worst possible way of thinking. Who picks a team for one Gameweek anyway. Judge after a period of games that you built the team for

  23. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    is Son injured?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Yes

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        how long for?

    2. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Yes hamstring expected out for a while

    3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Hamstring

      1. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        That would take a while.

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      22 days, 1 hour ago

      3 weeks? might only miss one game

  24. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    This is madness. I'll be down at nearly 5m OR tonight. Never had a few weeks like it.

    To be honest though, this is why I love FPL. If games, scorers and clean sheets were all pretty predictable, where would the challenge be?

  25. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    This gameweek is so bad I'm really happy out my Burke 3 points coming off the bench.

    1. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      One of my biggest scorers, by a way too

  26. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    I'm surprised to see so many talking about wildcarding. Who in Christ's name do you trust based on what we've seen so far? Some order will surely be restored but it needs time...

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Too true

  27. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Soucek still bombing forward. Dudes another Fellini without a perm

  28. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Assuming Salah Robbo and Martinez all blank, I’ll end on 23 points.

    My worst ever GW, with 1 return, and the week of a WC. Sad

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 1 hour ago

      Wouldn't assume that at all though. Liverpool will win comfortably imo.

  29. KICKandRUSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    60 (-4) + Salah to play.
    Decent, isn't it?

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Total score over 3 GWs?

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        XD

      2. KICKandRUSH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 1 hour ago

        will probably end arount 170 🙁

        1. KICKandRUSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 1 hour ago

          arounD

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Very very good this week

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Awful

    4. dshv
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Yes

    5. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      No

    6. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 1 hour ago

      As a brag it's sh1t

      1. KICKandRUSH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 1 hour ago

        Well I was having two awful GWs before that.

  30. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Who are people replacing Son with?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Daughter.

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      I would choose someone who takes pens

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Someone on pens. Pereira or Klich.

      1. The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 1 hour ago

        Does Pereira actually take pens?

    4. PedroFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 1 hour ago

      I’m considering Barnes, Zaha, Havertz and James.