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New dad Coufal starts alongside Soucek and Cresswell, as Lamptey misses out for Brighton

Owners of Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) will be delighted that the arrival of a new child has not stopped the Czech right-back from starting against Brighton and Hove Albion.

David Moyes has seemingly reverted to the wing-back system that was previously halted by Arthur Masuaku’s (£4.4m) knee surgery, with the cheap Ben Johnson (£3.9m) in his place.

Johnson for Pablo Fornals (£6.2m) is the only change from last week’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, as Michail Antonio (£6.2m) is still not back from the hamstring injury picked up against Aston Villa in Gameweek 10. Asked about his return, Moyes said he “can’t say exactly when. Hopefully it’ll not be too long.” Tomas Soucek (£5.1m), Aaron Cresswell (£5.3m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m) all start.

The Hammers have not yet beaten Brighton in the Premier League, drawing the last three of their six meetings. Cresswell is well-owned, providing four assists and creating more chances than any other defender except Andrew Robertson (£7.3m), whilst Bowen ranks seventh for midfielder shots. The under-priced Soucek has already scored three times, adding to a trio from the second half of last season.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has swapped two players from the disappointing 1-1 draw with Sheffield United. Out goes Joel Veltman (£4.3m) and Aaron Connolly (£5.3m); in comes Dan Burn (£4.3m) and the man who came off the bench to equalise, Danny Welbeck (£5.5m).

Injured Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m) has frustrated his ownership by playing just twice in six gameweeks, again missing out because of his hamstring. FPL managers will ditch the flying wing-back, especially as the relegation battlers’ defence continues to defy their strong underlying statistics, keeping only three clean sheets despite conceding the second fewest shots in the league.

In fact, no team’s conceded goals tally exceeds their xGC (expected goals conceded) by more than the Seagulls, letting in 22 goals despite an xGC of just 14.69.

However, the Seagulls travel quite well, as their last four league wins have all been away from home. The free transfer of Welbeck has been one of their few bright sparks of the season, bagging two goals and two assists since first starting in Gameweek 8.

Mathew Ryan’s (£4.4m) time in goal appears to be over, not making the bench as Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) is handed a third consecutive start. Potter has also favoured Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) over Pascal Gross (£5.8m).

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Johnson; Rice, Soucek, Noble; Bowen, Haller

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sanchez; Dunk, Webster, White, Burn; Bissouma, Lallana, March; Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck

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1,971 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    What about the jersey pull on Haller as well?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Ah sure it's grand I'm sure he didn't gain any significant advantage from it
      /s

  2. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Hate you Coufal

    1. Tango74
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Why hate ?

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I expected nothing less than a 2 digit haul 😉

        2. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Didn’t do as he told

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Exacty

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Soucek mate youre meant to be doing that kind of header in the other goal

    3. The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Why is Bowen out?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        He was terrible.

    4. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Soucek prowling in the box now after that Brighton h/ball goal.

      He will have his revenge with a towering trademark header, mark my words

      1. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        D-

        1. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A+

      2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Well predicted 🙂

    5. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      West Ham were better when Moyes was self-isolating.

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Agree

      2. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        This. They were great, actually.

        Players must be dispirited having most of these managers on the touchline trying to tell them what to do when they're clearly... idk what. Insane?

    6. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      In hindsight, I should have started Dallas over Coufal.

      1. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        We just suck so far, let's admit (Fabianski over Meslier here). West Ham most likely looked terrible against Chelsea, and while Leeds gave up 6 to Man U, we could at least say with confidence that Brighton are more attacking than Burnley.

    7. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Coufal owners getting a preview of what's to come in the DGW. DGW blindness punished

      1. denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Christmas spirit over?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Never started for some!

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Charlie Taylor & Coufal will both be 1 point DGW’ers

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Dallas over coufal paying off for me but lets face it us dallas owners deserve just as much as coufal

        1. Klaren
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Dallas has much more attacking threat than Coufal.

      4. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        The fixtures are a lot better though - Brighton have scored the same number of goals as Burnley and West Brom combined.

    8. Zambian FPL Addict
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I know a powefull witch doctor in Zambia, paid him about 5£ Salah is gonna blank 5 games in a row.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        He mis-read the request. 5 goals today.

      2. REDMOND IN SANDALS
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Ask her to get martial scoring goals?

        • The Sociologist
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Vindicated

      3. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Not handball is a joke.

        1. Tango74
            3 months, 20 days ago

            That was not Handball,

            Coufal owner here

        2. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Eff off West Ham defence!

        3. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Soucek is not a 4th mid in a season with so many budget strikers doing well

          Just asking to be punished if youre starting him

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            He's a 5th mid

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              he's not supposed to be in the fpl squad

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              In a 3-5-2

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                this

          2. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            A few weeks ago we were all sternly told that you don't bench Soucek.

            I can't keep up to be honest!

            For 5.0, I'm perfectly happy with him as my 7th attacker

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              This, if you have him, is why you have him. People need to simmer down a bit.

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Those who said that are paying for it now

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Again, the point is that he's 5.0 and he plays and occasionally gets a return. You're only "paying for it" if you're expecting him to be Son or Salah, which you shouldn't, ever.

          3. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Who are these budget strikers you speak of?

            Other than Bamford I don't like any of them haha

          4. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            With so many premiums to fit in you need a cheap 4th mid

          5. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            The timing on this is hilarious.

            Soucek has 4 goals this season. He's a 5.1m mid.

        4. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I think WetHam are just one of those teams who perform better as under-dogs, but in games they should win or dominate they are totally useless.
          That said they will go on a relegation run now and wont beat anyone for about 10 weeks

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            They've done well so far, but in terms of quality players I still don't think the forwards are sorted.

            Always seem to be relying on antonio getting fit for a week or 2.

        5. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Was really needing at least one return from Coufal/Soucek, shame really...

        6. Gringo Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Not so sure that BB West Ham, Leeds and Southampton players is a wise decision

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            West Ham defenders, Leeds attackers and a Southampton defender.

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            They're good value. Good some games, not so much on others.

          3. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Almost every bench boost is full of fodder any time of year though. Doesnt matter when you pkay it so may as well do it in a dgw. The latter dgw will have bb full of cheapies as well.

          4. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            After any BB is the challenge. Spreading resources for 15 back to maximise 11.

          5. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Best point I've heard on here today

        7. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          why i have westham in my team

          with my 10 years expereince

          it is inaccepatable

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Sentimental maybe

          2. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            masochistic streak perhaps?

        8. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          First goal after ball left the stadium in the game against Man Utd and now this...

          West Ham is clearly very low refferies liked clubs list.

        9. fridge
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          LHelp me on my final spot (up to 6.2) on wildcard please!

          McCarthy. 4.0
          Robbo. Dallas. Coufal. Balbuena. Taylor
          Salah. Son. Bruno. Raphinha. Soucek
          Kane. Bamford. —

          A) Wood
          B) Adams
          C) Watkins

          1. PLerix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Not BB in the double? Should have 2 playing gk’s no?

            1. fridge
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              My problem with that is I only have 5.7 for a striker and don’t want to end up with too much crap in my team post DGW!

        10. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Ward-Prowse or Bowen on WC?

        11. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Everyone with their pretty defenses. Meanwhile I have:

          Zouma James Coufal this week... with Dallas first sub. Huge fail.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yc for coufal and dallas comes in

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Don’t wanna be that guy, but why start James over Dallas?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Isn't it obvious? Dallas and Leeds are statistically the worst defense in the league. Burnley also looked better attacking vs Wolves. Leeds could've easily conceded today.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                And we're talking playing Reece James, one of the most attacking full backs in the league against Arsenal...

        12. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Burnley (H) West Brom (H) though... surely there's at least one CS there.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I fancy Burnley to sneak one, West Brom maybe as wel but that’s the game you’d expect a cleanie

          2. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            They've scored 0.64 goals per game between them, and West Ham's defensive stats aren't horrible. I'm keeping the faith.

          3. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yep at least 1 . going to ignore this game every team suffers a blip here and there , well this season especially

        13. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Wild carders stay resolute , 1 random game should not alter the plan hmmm
          or should it

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            It shouldn't. But Hammers defence playing like we expected before season started. Those unexpected cleansheets raised expectations.

        14. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          No goal, not even an assist from Soucek? After paying a lot to get him into my team I expect more.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Paying a lot?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Got him from Amazon.

          2. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Timing.

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              😀

        15. Dele
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Worth moving out Cresswell before the doubles?

        16. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Soucek lol

        17. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          SOUCEKKKKKKKKKKKKK

        18. Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Soucek lmao

        19. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Thomas G

        20. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Soucek goal

        21. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Sooooky Soooky Sooky