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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. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Pathetic by Mitrovic

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      In his defence that would have hurt. Souceks long skinny arms with razor sharp elbows

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        The guy is born in Serbia. Think he'll be fine.

      2. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Off course it would have.. a pointy elbow to the face, even with minimal force will hurt!

        Its not mitros fault, its the 2 refs fault.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          How it can take 6 views then it becomes a serious incident...

          Load of Vollox

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            It wasn't a red.. that much is clear, I'm just saying don't blame mitro for reacting to an elbow to the face, blame the refs for not seeing it for what it was.

          2. doher.ty
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Exactly - Mitro was even saying it's not a red yet Mike Dean and VAR 7 minutes to come to a decision. Stupid.

      3. doher.ty
          4 months, 9 days ago

          This

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          His best contribution all season

      4. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Moment of the season

      5. JJO
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        How can this imbecil referee games every gw?
        Is that ref lobby that strong that they cant introduce new refs last 5+ years instead od those incompetent fools?

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Dean makes a bad judgement bit the problem here is the guy in Var. Why us he giving Dean notion of a violent conduct in the first place? Just hilarious. Annoying to lose 3 points but the worst part is Var, they and by that i mean the persons in there gave done so much strange things om about to give up.

      6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        This game is so much to do with luck. it’s a disgraceful decision from one of the worst referees in football

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Its only 3 points... Suspension will probably be appealed

      7. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Bore off Cresswell.

        Why is it that whichever defender I bench keeps a clean sheet and I never get them off the bench

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Benched Coufal not Cresswell

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I benched awb for Cresswell midweek.. worked a treat for me then.

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Cresswell is a BAP monster and has set pieces and a great cross on him too. He’s more expensive than Coufal for a reason.
          Would always start Cresswell over him

      8. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        This guy predicted a Soucek red, almost got the score right too https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23382297

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          At least he wont have to kill anyone now

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Unless he already did...

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Didnt exactly predict it...

      9. Parsnips
          4 months, 9 days ago

          What has football come to

        • The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Red card in 90+7 that will get rescinded has absolutely no impact but to piss us Soucek owners off

          1. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Exactly. If it takes 4 minutes to review then it wasn't clear and obvious.

          2. doher.ty
              4 months, 9 days ago

              This

          3. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            My only player in that game was Cresswell. makes me feel much better about Wilsons 1pt

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Cooking on gas

          4. Disco Stu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            If West Ham were to get the Red Card rescinded, would we get the points back in FPL?

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              No

            2. hullcityfan
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              No

            3. alsybach
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Ha ha ha ha!!

            4. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Haha
              Reminds me of the Kane 'goal' a few seasons ago!

            5. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Disco Stu ain’t getting the points! Yeeeah!

              1. Disco Stu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Absolutely ridiculous call

            6. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Depends how soon it’s rescinded I think

          5. threeputt
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I do and did feel sorry for owners but this is fpl and I want a nice green arrow. It shouldn't have been red though, I think he was looking to get a clear run around the back of Mitrovic and the natural movement was to clear his arm from a position that would make that movement less easy

            1. All Hail K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Actually Mitrovic's head was in the way. It'll be rescinded but the points won't be returned.

          6. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Tim Howard and Danny Higgenbothem both say it’s a red

            Can’t script it...

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Where has Danny higgenbottom made a media career for himself?!
              Of all the mediocre players available, he lands the role?

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                USA, where else?

          7. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Soucek is an elite level FPL troll

            The more people who start him the less points he gets and vice versa

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              The correlation is just so good! https://i.imgur.com/o9iAIpT.png

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Lol.. is that chart legit? Unreal if so...

                1. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Yup. Probably doesn't hold further back, but the correlation recently is unbelievable!

            2. dannyhesse
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Hopefully he gets banned so I can sell him. In the last 6 gameweeks he has provided 5 points for my team and 24 for my bench.

            3. Shatner's Bassoon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Nice chart. But surely they're top 10k because they didn't bench...?

          8. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I want my 3 points back if it’s rescinded!

          9. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Dawson best 4.5 ive had for a long time

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Raise your standards

              1. doher.ty
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  This

            2. Boberella
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Ridiculous red card decision and I’m disappointed for the missed Soucek points, but it was absolutely hilarious watching Mitrovic get elbowed 50 times in slow motion on the VAR monitor.

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                As a past Mitrovic owner is a rare event that he’s bothered the fpl scorers

            3. Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              To those laughing at Antonio blanking, I hope you all own Soucek

              1. doher.ty
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Sad little Herman

                • The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  That’s why it happened; 100%

                  Karma

                  1. Shatner's Bassoon
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Can confirm it's not karma. I'm flippin lovely.

                • LT10
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  If we own neither Soucek or Antonio, do we have your permission to laugh at will?

              2. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Another poor decision from Mike Dean, another red card given that will be rescinded.

                Now the question is why is he still a ref at this level when he constantly makes shockingly poor decisions.

                He should be forced to retire or at the very least he should be dropped down a few levels.

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Should have a chat show or something so he can be centre of attention all the time

                2. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  This!

                3. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Lee Mason has given him the chance when he told him to look at the monitor.

                  Thats the worry.. var is just generally a joke, get rid of it.

                  1. All Hail K
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    This!

                  2. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    That is actually a massive worry, they didn't use the pitch side monitors at all last season and wouldn't overturn mistakes that were pretty clear but they would argue it wasn't clear and obvious and they didn't want to take the authority away from the actual ref.
                    So the fact they started using it this year is good in theory and there have been a few decisions that the ref has looked at and rightly changed, but these refs don't seem to have the ability to distinguish between fouls and accidental contact or even interpret rules correctly and have continuously changed the way they interpret certain rules, like the handball rule.

                    It has become extremely frustrating watching mistakes week after week and they have no excuse they have all the tools but are so absolutely inept that they are managing to make more mistakes week on week.

                    Human error factor is still the overarching problem.

                4. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Agreed surely after making 2 red card decisions in one week that will be over turned shows the powers that be he is not fit to ref anymore.. imagine sending off a player in his next game that could cost a team fighting relegation team

              3. hullcityfan
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Cresswell now has 4 clean sheets. 4 assists and 8 bonus points in the last 8 gameweeks.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Let's all have a Aaron Cresswell themed party

              4. Werner Brothers
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Need to see the referee assignment from now, can't stand this mike dean show anymore.

              5. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Members area showing Cresswell getting 2bps
                Andersen and Tete 3

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Grrr

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Would be 1 then.

                  1. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Ah my bad, I never understand the rules here. So Andersen + Tete 3 and Cresswell 1.

                3. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  That would be dandy

              6. Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                2 horrendous decisions in a week by Mike Dean. He needs suspending for a few weeks.

                1. doher.ty
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    His calls this season have been horrendous - can't watch a single game he's involved in without something stupid like this happening

                  • AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Until his retirement I'd suggest

                2. Shatner's Bassoon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  "0 points for Soucek? Must not have played. Oh well, got DCL on the bench."
                  Me checking the FPL app 2 minutes ago ...

                  1. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    😀

                    It's going to be one of those weeks. Over half of DCL owners benched him so I'm sure he will haul now too.

                    1. Shatner's Bassoon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      Yes! No doubt.
                      Martinez benched: tick
                      Wilson injured: tick
                      Soucek RC: tick
                      FT Pope+Mee blank: tick
                      Last minute (C) from Bruno to Son: tbc!

                      1. jason_ni
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        Son brace incoming.. keep the faith!

                      2. Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        Kane trained today so could well be involved so that Son C might work out

                3. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  The Mike Dean show again.. clown should be demoted to championship

                4. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Looks like soucek owners are more sad than soucek himself

                5. Mweene
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  This is another example of referees at the top level having never played any sport themselves.

                  That was an absolutely pathetic decision - why has the VAR told the ref go and see it in the first place?

                  The referee then goes over and sees a dozen slow-motion replays completely out of context of what actually happened.

                  What a farce.

                6. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Need AWB goal with cleansheet 1-0 Ft manu

                7. Parsnips
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    What transfers is everyone doing this week then?

                  • mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Potato salad to cheer myself up

                  • jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Was Antonio injured when he was subbed?