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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. jesus jesus
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    I think it's Liverpools fault Sheff Utd go down !!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      ?

    2. jesus jesus
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Needed someone to put ball in net and Pool sold them a dud !!

    3. jesus jesus
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      If 20mil Brewster scores 10-15 goals this season they stay up.
      Just needed somebody to stick the ball in the net.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        10-15 is optimistic

        Maybe 6-8 goals is realistic

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      It's Liverpool's fault that Wilder hasn't a clue what to do with a decent striker?

      1. jesus jesus
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Sheff Utd to quick to jump in and buy him - a lot less than 20mil could have got them a top class striker.

  2. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Coufal please hit one

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Of the Shef players?

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Soucek sighting!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Don't give me false hope

  4. TOLV TUMS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Not watching - do SHU look like they think they can score?

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      They certainly think they can. Whether or not it's a reasonable belief is open to interpretation.

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Haha thanks PR

    2. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      They actually had a few chances in the box but they are not good enough to beat Fabianski.

  5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Benching Coufal made a little bearable by his miss

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      You're not getting him off the bench for Antonio?

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Sold Antonio for Ings 🙂

    2. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      If you bench Coufal against one of the worst attacking teams in the history of football, why do you even own him?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Lowton, Stones, Digne as my back three. But he's coming in for Antonio so . . .

      2. aborg
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Hahaha your comment is spot on and hilarious 🙂

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Jagielka has literally been playing since i started warching football and im in my mid 20s!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Mark Noble too

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Probably had his COVID vaccine already!

    3. Towsor44
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I played against him at school (I'm in my thirties 🙂 )

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Was he any good? Always curious how doo these defenders actually were in their school days

        1. Towsor44
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Very, but he played right wing for school! We got thrashed 5-1 by his school in a final one year and I remember having to try marking him. All the really good players at school always played up front.

  7. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Overlooking Creswell and Justin have ruined me this season. Just always delivering

  8. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    What do we do with Westham assets going forward.

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Gotta buy them all

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Selling all three after tonight's disappointment. Maybe even this week and it might be for -8 if I decide to use bb.

    3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Depends what you are doing for GW29. If you're free hitting, sell.

    4. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Antonio will be sold this week. Soucek might follow for Raphinha to come in.

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Keeping Cresswell only

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Virtually guaranteed next week:

      Goal - ANTONIO
      Assist - SOUCEK

      West Ham 1 - 0 Spurs (5 mins)

      #WHUTOT #FPL

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Then Antonio will celebrate with his willy

    7. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I'm selling on a WC. Soucek is the only one I'd consider keeping.

    8. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Own Antonio Soucek Coufal and probably selling the first two for Leeds players. Prefer Raphinha over Dallas

  9. Better luck next year
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Any news on Gundo? Is he ready for tomorrow?

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Ready for the bench sure

    2. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      No news but the consensus here is that he's unlikely to feature

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Pep doing his press conference right now

    4. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Has he been spotted training?

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Calm down. Game isn't on until Wednesday. Nothing you can do for this GW

    6. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Might be ready for Wednesday.

  10. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    This SHU team isnt even a top10 championship team

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Got to love having Soucek on your bench and he blanks

  12. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Cresswell grab a goal

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      More worried about Sheff scoring

  13. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Goodbye Anontio and Soucek, it's been good at times, frustrating at others.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Soucek much more frustrating than Antonio

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Pretty sure I benched his hauls haha

      2. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        You'd don't get Bruno for 5.4. He starts, he frequently delivers. Not bad at that price

  14. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Alonso has established himself as first choice under Tuchel. The ultimate differential currently. Let’s go son!

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Steady, he didn't start last GW. But I do hope you're right.

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        He's certainly not nailed but if he keeps playing 3atb, Alonso is more suited and will be preferred more ofthen than not.

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Started in the Cup and 2/3 prem fixtures. Chilwell confined to the bench for all but 1 of those matches

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          There will be rotation but like I said, he is first choice

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      As I said before, if Tuchel is successful at Chelsea and Alonso becomes a key contributor in that then it ain't going to look good for Lampard

  15. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    I Still hate Coufal and still hate Antonio

    That will never change

  16. MissouriMarten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Karen Carney doesn't half drone on. Zzzzzzzzz.

  17. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Play Cresswell (TOT) next week? Or bench? 😉

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      NBNC

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Playing

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Damn Kaptain, I am bringing in Kane for the London's derby 😆

  18. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Coufal ruined my day:(

  19. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Only just realised Kepa is in goal. Glad I don't own Chelsea defence now.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Alonso says hi

  20. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    All this fuss about Coufal, must watch the highlights. I know he hit the bar last week.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      missed a sitter this wk

    2. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Missed a complete sitter this week

  21. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Cresswell second sub with no chance of coming on is upsetting.

    1. bluee
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      How did you not play him at home to Sheffield?

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        haha this

      2. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Scored 94 without him so far. Bamford first sub. Just had a massive bench headache. Played Shaw, Cancelo and Lowton at the back and then couldn't decide whether to play him over grealish or not...in hindsight I should have. Sticking him second on bench was panic from seeing so many say they thought bamford would do the business against arsenal.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Feck off. No need for that set up

    2. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      what ?

      SECOND ??

  22. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Kepa an option for a BB GW26?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      United & Liverpool, no?

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Nothing is an option at Chelsea. Changes like the wind

  23. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Coufal is a poor man’s Cresswell

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      This.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      But cheap.

    3. MissouriMarten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Pricing is correct then.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Reminds me of KWP

  24. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    At least Cresswell covers that silly Martinez Haul

    Now i can forget about it

  25. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    FT yet?

  26. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Cresswell 36
    Rice 33
    Diop 32

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      BAPs update

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Shocking that Flappy isn't there!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        True!

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        If his name was Emi he’d have all 3!

    3. djman102
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      He's on 31. One more save puts him in I think.

  27. King Carlos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    "Asst" to Rice's goal?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      JLingz

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Lingard

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers! The Leg'!

  28. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Why didn’t Lampard play Hudson-Odoi? Genuinely one of Chelsea’s best players. He was always trying to play the other youngsters but never him

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Lack of experience?

  29. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

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

  30. Reddonkeyham 42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Pope

    Lowton, Stones, Dallas
    Raphina, Gündogan, Fernandes, Salah,
    DCL, Bamford, Antonio

    Marrinez, Forden, Robertson, coufal

    £4.5m itb TC and wildcard left

    Was planning Antonio out for Kane, but now priced out by 0.1. So maybe just Ings? And then dcl to Watkins?

    As always appreciate responses.