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Back-to-back starts for Lingard as West Ham visit Fulham

Jesse Lingard (£6.0m) has earned a second successive start in a West Ham shirt for a Gameweek 23 trip to Fulham.

The Manchester United loanee netted a brace on his debut for the Hammers and will be hoping for more good fortunes at Craven Cottage.

As he did against Aston Villa, Lingard lines up as a number 10 in David Moyes’ 4-2-3-1 formation, flanked by Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.1m), who comes back into the side at the expense of Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m).

That attacking-midfield trio supports centre-forward Michail Antonio (£6.7m) who comes into Gameweek 23 as a bona fide captain option.

After coming third in this week’s Fantasy Football Scout poll, the West Ham forward has been handed the armband by 20.6% of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers this weekend.

Bowen’s return is the only change Moyes makes on Saturday afternoon, keeping faith in the defensive midfield pairing of Tomas Soucek (£5.4m) and Declan Rice (£4.7m) in front of Aaron Cresswell (£5.7m), Angelo Ogbonna (£5.0m), Craig Dawson (£4.5m) and Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m).

There will be plenty of attention on the left and right full-backs considering their recent creative output.

Cresswell might have the advantage tonight considering six of his eight assists this season have come in on the road, while no West Ham defender has created as many chances as him over the last four matches.

Having conceded twice in each of their last two league matches, after an encouraging run of defensive form, Fulham come into Gameweek 23 with a rare change at the back.

Ola Aina (£4.5m) drops out of the back-three for the first time this season, replaced there by right-back Kenny Tete (£4.3m).

Key central midfielder André-Franck Zambo Aguissa (£4.5m) finds himself among the substitutes too, with Mario Lemina (£4.5m) and Harrison Reed (£4.4m) handed the starting berths today.

Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.5m) is also on the bench, with Ivan Cavaleiro (£ leading the line in front of Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m).

Gameweek 23 Starting Line-ups

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Tete; A Robinson, Lemina, Reed, De Cordova-Reid; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek; Cavaleiro.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Lingard, Bowen; Antonio.

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1,428 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    English VAR is racist against Slavic players

    Red Carded a Polish kid last week

    Now trying to Red Card a Czech Boy

    Take a knee!

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Slav lives matter

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      By damn, they red carded Soucek!

      These EPL refs are trash!

    3. Jebiga ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mitro is slab also

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        He better watch out too, he's next

    4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Can we squat instead of taking a knee?

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Soucek with another attacking return

    This time it’s his elbow attacking mitrovic head

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      😀

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

    Mitro could have been killed, correct decision.

    No need to have his arm/elbow there...

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Accidental- pathetic

    2. doher.ty
        3 months, 10 days ago

        What

    3. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Always has to be about Mike Dean doesn't it, never the football

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Absolutely spot on.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        “Clear and obvious”?

      3. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        He is a fking idiot

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      It's definitely a yellow I'd say because you can't judge his intentions

    5. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Best of all, he was probably going to score from this free kick LOL

    6. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mike Dean's outdone himself there. Unreal.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        The league should red card Mike Dean

        This dude is rubbish

        *** I don't own Soucek, by the way, just a fan of the game ***

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          The sooner he retires the better.

          It's always got to be about him.

          We've all seen the memes. No way he could resist the red card and attention there.

    7. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Should have just kept Soucek on the bench.

    8. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Bloody useless Antonio and Soucek playing while Watkins is benched. I hate this game

    9. michaelington
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Soucek red. Love to see it.

    10. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Soucek you will never EVER return to my team you absolute TROLL! Biggest I’ve ever known

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

        Did me well

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Well he would wouldn’t he

      2. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I assume this comment is a troll too, right?

      3. aaroncfc
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        He’s been consistent all season. Your choice if you decide to bench him

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

      Anyone here actually think that was a red?

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

        Non owner here and imo it’s not a red

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        As a non owner not watching the game I am certain that was a fully deserved ref card

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

          Haha

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Non owner not a red

      4. diabydoesgallas
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Non owner, not a red. However I can’t say I wasn’t glad to see it given - every little helps!

      5. Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Never a red

      6. aaroncfc
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Owner, definite red card. Surprised Mitrovic was ok to finish the game to be honest

    12. TNB
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I finally have a reason to get rid of Soucek!!!!

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Referees have mental fatigue

      • Bilbao Baggins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        That was so weird. It was like he genuinely didn't mean it. But why was his arm up there it was so random and unnatural ooking.

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Alan Smith definitely owns Soucek.

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Would have been proud of what he's done.

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          That's not even a foul in basketball. What has this game become?

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

            We'd have seen a better flop tho

        3. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I’d be furious if i owned Soucek. That’s not a red, he didn’t intentionally elbow Mitro. Looked to me as if he was trying to lift his arm over

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Game over

        5. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Clearly and obviously accidental. Another garbage decision from that egotistical little turd.

        6. All Hail K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          VAR and Mike Dean, get rid of them both.

        7. McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Mike Dean simply needs to be let go. That is an absolute disgrace plan and simple.

          Complete disgrace

        8. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Nice one Soucek.

        9. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Soucek is highly owned too. Lovely news as a non owner

        10. JJO
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          What a fking ret ard

        11. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          i finally didnt bench him haha

        12. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Don’t own Soucek, but that’s definitely not intentional

        13. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thats a yellow at max lmfao

          1. Z
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            That is red or nothing

        14. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Ref not sure took so long for review, should be yellow?

        15. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Benched 6 of 8 goals from Soucek.

          Guess who I started this week

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Down from OR 1 to 5 now!

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Haha I wish

          2. DGW Sane TC Fail....
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            unlucky