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Injured Antonio fails fitness test as West Ham face bottom-of-the-table Blades

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) misses out through injury as West Ham United take on bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United this evening.

Kick-off in east London is at 18:00 GMT.

“Fatigue” was cited as the reason for the striker’s withdrawal in the goalless draw with Fulham in Gameweek 23 and subsequent absence in the FA Cup fifth round last Tuesday.

But another hamstring problem has put paid to Antonio’s involvement tonight, with David Moyes saying ahead of kick-off:

Angelo Ogbonna (£4.9m) is another injury-related absentee but Issa Diop (£4.3m) is fine to feature despite sustaining a knock to the head last week.

Tomas Soucek (£5.4m) is available for selection this evening, of course, after the Football Association swiftly overturned his red card at Craven Cottage.

Initially ‘red-flagged’ in Fantasy Premier League, the Czech midfielder was sold in considerable numbers in the hours after his dismissal.

Over 370,000 FPL managers offloaded Soucek, making him the most-sold midfielder of Gameweek 24.

Antonio also lost a similar number of owners in the run-up to Saturday’s deadline.

Enda Stevens (£5.0m) and Ben Osborn (£4.7m) return for Sheffield United, with Max Lowe (£4.3m) dropping to the bench and John Fleck (£5.6m) missing out through injury.

Chris Wilder said of Fleck ahead of kick-off:

John, unfortunately, was taken ill on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, so he’s just having tests back in Sheffield. He didn’t make the trip down with us.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Johnson, Lingard, Lanzini, Bowen.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, McGoldrick, Sharp.

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973 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Maeki2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Let us pretend coufal scored

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      The bad feeling will still be there with you.

  2. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    What hurts even more is I had Cresswell first 20 gameweeks and he served me well.

    I turned on him an deserve all of this

  3. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    That Coufal miss happened 5 mins ago and I’m still not over it.

    1. Jersey Boy
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Haha glad it’s not just me

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I won't sleep tonight when I see Vladimir on that spot looking left who to pass

    3. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      That is genuinely going to haunt me

    4. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      When you aren’t cut out to shoot it seems you can’t do it even when it’s on a plate!

      Sad times

  4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    I opted for AWB instead of Cresswell for a mega haul vs. WBA and a DGW. The rest as they say is history.

    1. mikey
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      It's a life you need

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Really?

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Thank god. Sold Coufal for Digne 2wks ago and it’s already backfired enough ffs

  6. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    I wouldn't mind West Ham conceding

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Shut it you!

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Next SoT is surely in.

  7. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Antonio is one phat azz muppet isn't he?

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Getting all the little desisons wrong lately. Soucek first sub and Coufal second.

  9. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Cmon Sheffield one goal will do 🙁

    1. milanista10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes please 🙁

  10. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    So everybody sure TOT’s dgw will be full of goals against BUR and SOU or FUL?

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

      I wouldn't say "sure" but I'm not going to bet against

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        BUR are pretty hard to score on and even FUL impressed now with 0-2 away to EVE. Spurs haven’t exactly been free scoring

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Only thing sure to be full of is shite in press conferences.

    3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Those are the GWKs when everything goes down South.

  11. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Having benched Coufal for AWB, it would have hurt too much had he scored. Not holding my hopes high for a Blades consolatio goal , though

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Can they hurry up an annouce fixtures, got a wildcard to burn.

  13. ivantys
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Fab you legend

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Come ooooon Soucek !!!! Score for my team for once !!!

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

        People have played Soucek this week. He's definitely gonna blank.

      2. Effe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yes and with another Cresswell assist please

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Actually, you are right Camzy he loves to score when he is on people's benches. Surely a blank upcoming

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

        Cresswell to Soucek coming

        And

        I own neither

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Flappy 5th.

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

        Surely no one serious has him

        1. djman102
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I have him, and don't call me Shirley.

          (Going for Martinez after this, tbf)

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

            In that case, well played Shirley!

    • Arctic monkeys
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Chances of Gundogan starting midweek ?

      Slim right ?

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Hard to say, we haven't heard anything definitive.

      2. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Really can't see Pep risking him with a tight groin but who knows. My ML rival capped him and I've got (S)terling so I'm hoping he's rested.

      3. swobe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        very slim.

      4. dwain100
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Would rest him if I were Pep

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Vladimir Coufal (West Ham) has a great chance inside the six-yard box, shoots to the right side of the goal, but Aaron Ramsdale pulls off an exquisite save to deny him. West Ham have been awarded a corner kick.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Source - Flashscore

      2. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Damn

    • djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      One more save, Fab!

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Beware what you wish for, the next SoT is 90% a goal

        1. djman102
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Lol, I almost added "and please actually save it!"

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      "David McGoldrick (Sheffield Utd) escapes his marker to connect with a cross and heads towards the right side of the goal, but the keeper pulls off an excellent save to deny him." - Flashscore

      McGoldrick owher here. He might score for Fulham when I can BB

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Coufal should’ve had a 15 pointer this game and the last one. Instead he gets 6pts in each while Cresswell gets 9-12 in each. Can never get a 50/50 right

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Buy cheap, get cheap, be happy

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

          I understand Cresswell should score more but he has overperformed a lot compared to Coufal who’s underperformed

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

            When I don’t go cheap it backfires too. e.g Mee over Lowton

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Failed logic with Mee and Lowton

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Why shd he have got 15 pointers whehn he has nowhere near enough quality in the attacking 3rd as Cresswell

        Thats why cress costs more. Simply getting chances isnt enough

      3. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        When you go budget vs premium this tends to happen

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      How many minutes until Alonso and Werner swap position?

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Come on Fabianski.. +2pts for another save!

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Inevitable that Soucek scores next GW right?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Sounds about right

        1. HellasLEAF
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Hard to watch as don't have. Looks dangerous

    • dwain100
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Rival has James starting and Cresswell first sub. Chances of James coming on at some point in the Chelsea game is low right?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Decent chance for CHO.

    • HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Cresswell the gift that keeps on giving!!

      Essential is fair to say at this point at that price (better if you got in early).

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Doing Soucek to Raphinha for a hit tonight.

      Sick of Soucek

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Good move for Raphinha

      2. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        +1

    • Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Not owning Cresswell has been equally worse as not owning Justin.

      From gw31 onwards I def need him in my team.

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      The way they literally tie people down on the stretcher as it goes off at 4 mph

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Haha, true. But it would be horrible if the medics had an injured player roll off, especially with a head, neck or spine injury.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Fulham players not a bad shout for next week if Egan is out now

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Any chance Rudiger makes amend and treat us with a brace and cleanie? He has done that before you know.