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. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek can't keep missing these, one has to go in

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Soucek missing these if peak FPL right now

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        is*

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      I really would love a jammy Soucek goal after horrendous first three gws.

      1. tsm
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        He was close there!

  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Podence injured? Gotta WC god

    1. Costa in Wengerland
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Just a knock they said!

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Minor knock, it sounds like

      1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Thx

  3. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    is 1m rank the new top 10K this season?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Top 10 mill the new top 10k.

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Even that will be hard at the rate I'm going

      1. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Lol

    3. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      1m rank is the new first overall

    4. The Mandalorian
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Top 50k

  4. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    DCL+Son to Vardy+Klich (-4)?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      No

    2. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Yea

    3. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Why would you sell DCL?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Not on pens = useless asset

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 15 hours ago

          xD

    4. The Mandalorian
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Yrs

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Current player scores

    1
    1
    2
    2
    1
    6
    2

    Strong week!

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Jesus. A 6, wish I had one of those

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Can't beat mine
      2
      2 2 2
      2 2 2 2 2
      2 2 2

      1. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Showoff

      2. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        At least you're consistent

      3. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        23 days, 14 hours ago

        Mathematical symmetry in motion. :B

    3. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      I've similar, when it rains in bloody hammers it down!

    4. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      4
      1
      2
      1
      5
      2
      1

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Saiss injured

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Dear Lord

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Back up

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      This week couldn't be better 😀

  7. Mr.K
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Glad I brought Son in, put an end to my constant questioning about whether to wildcard or not.

    My first draft:
    Nyland - McCarthy
    Digne - Mitchell - Robertson - TAA - Lamptey
    Bissouma - Salah - KDB - Zaha - Mendy
    Calvert-Lewin - Jimenez - Wilson

    Is this an alright team or am I just jumping on every bandwagon?

    1. tsm
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      I think it’s still too early to invest too much in def.

      1. Mr.K
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        That's fair. I've invested in def from the start. It's kind of a thing I'm trying... (I traditionally have garbage defence so I figured I'd try a different approach this season)

  8. BobbyV
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Penalteam WC:

    Martinez
    Castagna, Lamptey, KWP (Dallas, Dunne)
    Bruno, KdB, Salah, Klich (Alzate)
    Vardy (C), Richarlison, Ings

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Not bad at all

    2. pundit of punts
      • 7 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Unaffordable

      Fake team

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        That team adds up to 102m at initial prices for those players

      2. BobbyV
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        4.0 sub keeper plus 0.1 in the bank (I got Son & KdB before rises). So there!

    3. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Looks good!

  9. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Che Adams scores the same as

    Son KDB Werner combined

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      And Bamford outcomes Adams...

    2. Costa in Wengerland
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Not if you have captained KDB

    3. Apwilkin
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Silver lining... I have Che Adams still... sad part... i captained Werner..

  10. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    I refuse to bench Soucek until he scores. Could take 38gws.

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      XD

    2. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Ditto for Werner

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      God damn made me laugh so bad - comment of the day!

    4. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Curious why you're stick with him for the next 4 unless he's just an enabler

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        He's one of the best value players in the game. Nailed on and very attacking for 5m

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          23 days, 15 hours ago

          And he will be stuck on your bench when he finally scores

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            23 days, 15 hours ago

            Did you not read my post?

    5. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      but when he does you'll be vindicated and be able to say 'i told you he was due' 🙂

    6. The Mandalorian
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      So basically next season

  11. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Werner + Son + Davis > Vardy + Ings + Bissouma for -8? Sound good?

    Fixes a lot of issues but just after WC makes it feel nauseating. 🙁

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      No

      -8 is never going to work.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Field Taylor + 8 points or Vardy?

  12. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Wolves not looking like Wolves.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      They always look like this in the first half

      1. Costa in Wengerland
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        And score 2 goals after 80 minutes

      2. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        They have the best defence stats for a long time now

        The amount of chances they have given up already is a concern

        Vinagre and Semedo arent offering any cover for the wide centrebacks.

        1. ...al
          • 11 Years
          23 days, 15 hours ago

          Semedo isn't renowned for his defensive capabilities tbh

          New def in is always tricky, but this isn't very convincing

  13. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    At least everyone will take hits this week

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Why?

  14. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    1 FT, 0.0 ITB

    McCarthy
    Justin Taylor TAA Coady
    KdB Salah Son*
    Mitrovic Richarlison Werner*
    Fodder Jorginho Ward Bissouma

    Son + Werner -> Vardy + Havertz/Mahrez
    Should I take a hit?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Kneejerk

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Again, this man...

    Soucek would be a 13m midfielder if he had pens.

  16. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Looks like Mr. 1 attacking return ceiling isnt even going to get that today

  17. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek ultra offensive

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Is he looking good then? Many chances?

      1. tsm
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Yep lively and two big chances

  18. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek is looking crazy dangerous

  19. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Was ranked 2.4M after GW1 and thought at least this will be fun getting a load of green arrows.

    Ranked 3.6M after GW2 and thought ah well the only way is up from here.

    Projected rank 4.2M after GW3 right now and am thinking what is the actual point. Football isn't even fun anymore let alone fantasy penalty league.

    Aiming for 5M by next week.

  20. The Tinkerman
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    This week just keeps on giving, what is wrong with Podence?

    1. Costa in Wengerland
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Knock

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek playing as a centre forward.......

  22. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Antonio is bullying the Wolves CBs.

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      A lock in for my team once the bad fixtures are done.

  23. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    So Saiss not nailed?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Where ya get that from?

  24. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Giving the option of no pressing transfers

    Jimi to Ings (c) does have a certain appeal. Sideways probably though. But WBA at home is standout next week with City somewhat off the boil.

  25. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek looking dangerous

  26. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek arriving into the box again. This man is a danger. Still think it was right to bin him for Foden considering West Ham's next 4 games

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      fixtures are terrible

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Did the same too,will get him back for Foden that 1.5M could be handy.

    3. tsm
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      Am not playing the fixtures run this year. Thinking more of the if a goal who is mostly likely to be involved

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      I'm waiting until GW8 to get him - assuming that I haven't rage deleted my team by then.

  27. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Wolves attack looks bad without Podence

  28. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Podence > Soucek for -4? LOL

  29. acesingh
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    The template WC team having a bad day

    Sterling, KDB, Foden, wolves defence, Podence, Werner, Son...

  30. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 15 hours ago

    Soucek RC check?

    1. Costa in Wengerland
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 15 hours ago

      ?