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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. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Is Kane, Bambam, Ings the ideal frontline heading into the next 3 weeks? Trying to make a wildcard team.

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Sounds pretty good to me - I'm going to aim at similar if I can afford it

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Kane Ings + 1 depending on fixtures. But you start with Bambam fir next week yes.

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      DGWs should be announced this week I believe, but yeah probably

    4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      If Chelsea get a cleanie today, I consider Ings to effectively have a SGW + 2 points.

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    OMG Fredricks

  3. Reddonkeyham 42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 21 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.
    Bottomed

  4. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    3 nil

  5. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Yikes Shef Utd have been a huge disappointment this season.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      One of the most extreme cases of second season syndrome ever.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Found out big time along with truly awful recruitment.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Awful management. You spend 20m on a player and don't play him. In Sheff Utd's position you build a team around that player, but waaaay beyond Wilder's ability.

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    3-0 Fredericks

  7. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Chelsea’s bench, man!

    Mendy
    James
    Chilwell
    Zouma
    Kante
    Pulisic
    Ziyech

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Insane

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Half of me thinks what a squad, the other half thinks what a waste of just collecting really good players and then having nowhere to put them.

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I don't get this manager. I really don't.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      BB

    4. ivantys
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Add in Havertz, Giroud get almost a full team.

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Benrahma A. Thought it was another 1 for Creswell

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I know man, was so scared

    6. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Antonio would have got 100 points in this game

    7. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Thank God that wasn't another Cresswell assist.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Amen

    8. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I hope Fredricks doesn't steal my Cressy BAPS.

      1. Reddonkeyham 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        No where near youre fine.

      2. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        No way he could do.

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        No chance

    9. Parsnips
        2 months, 21 days ago

        What to do here with 2FT and 3.9ITb

        Pope
        Cancelo Stones Digne
        Salah Gundo Fernandes Grealish
        Bamford Antonio DCL

        Martinez Soucek Coufal Holding

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        127 so far. Very annoyed at that idiot coufal with the miss 🙁 what could have been

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          78 for me. And people keep confusing us...

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

            You are the OG panda

            1. Pad Randa (The OG)
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I should rename myself 😀

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

                Nice 😀

            2. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Well, one of your gravs isn't actually a panda, so there's that.

        2. Reddonkeyham 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          95 with a 4 point hit. Raphina to come off bench and 5 left.

        3. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          You’re having enough luck elsewhere so overall I wouldn’t be worried about one missed chance!

          Huge score

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

            How have I been lucky?

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 21 days ago

              You scored 127 points so far. That's lucky. None of those players had to return anything.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I mean seriously if you don't understand that this is a game of chance . . .

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

                  Don't be mad at me 😉

            2. Old Bull
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              In the same way that often you are unlucky

        4. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yawn. Yawn. Yaaaaaaaawn.

          Can you quit today please?

        5. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          You poor thing, get well soon Fudgy. Maybe we can organize a telethon for you.

        6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Ya madman

        7. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Season over IMO after that miss

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

            Yep

        8. Das Boot
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Great Score Fudgy, well done

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

            Thanks

        9. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          wow Fudgy wow - congratulations

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

            Thanks pal

      • djman102
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        On 96 with 5 DGWers to play. Here comes the ton...(I hope!)

        1. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Are Mee and Gundo among those 5?

          1. djman102
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Gundo, yes, then Stones, Cancelo, Lowton, and Digne.

      • Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Damn benched Cresswell. Wonder if Dias could miss out again tomorrow, it'd be a real bonus lol

        1. HellasLEAF
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yes what is word on Dias. Heard he has regained fitness so might play but Pep might rest and go Laporte again as City won last match..

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Laporte starting 3 in a is unlikely.

        2. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Just why

          1. Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            It made sense to play 3 DGW defenders and the 5 mids?

        3. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          There’s something to be said no rush him back, might get lucky.

      • jammie26
          2 months, 21 days ago

          What did Coufal do please?

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Missed a chance and got six points. Good enough unless you consider Cresswell doubled him up.

        • HellasLEAF
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Is Mings ok from head knock? Will he play in 2nd DGW fixture.

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Is Chilwell to Cresswell ok even with their fixtures and no doubles?

          He's impossible to ignore and is the top scoring defender and even by a margin!

        • Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Cressy 12 pointer takes me to 100.

          4 to go with Gundo included.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Same here 104 with 5 to go

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Disappointing as usual Sheffield, cheers 🙁

          Man I wish Antonio had made that game. Watkins stinkin’ 2pter it is

        • Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Amazed that there’s people benching Cresswell at home to Sheffield United.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            This

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Good man!!! Shame it wasn’t to Antonio!

          2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Agreed, would’ve played over Digne had I owned

          3. teknicolourfox
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Exactly.

            Another dull performance from soucek though, time to go lad

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Cue haul next GW, naturally 😉

        • Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          6 points coufal off the bench and pool edging down the table - lovely

        • nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          After that Coufal miss, and Fabianski 5-saver, feel like this could've been better.

          Should just be pleased with the double clean sheets though.

        • Saka_me_sideways
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Gonna be difficult to sell Cresswell on my wildcard this week, he’s been so good to me.
            But those fixtures! 😐

            1. GinjaWhinja
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              This.

              In such crazy form, but hard to find a place for him until nearer the end of the season.

          • SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Tarkowski is DUE bigly

          • Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            101 with Coufal CS after the sub. Happy

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Nice week so far!

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Yes but need Gundo to start or Raheem doesn't explode

          • Bobby
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Raheem likely to start Wednesday?

          • Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Rank has got worse despite Coufal clean sheet.

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Always good for a laugh when I hear people saying that Sheff Utd are good defensively. Clowns.

          • TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Not to alarm anyone but there is a genuine chance Fudgy could be OR1 for this gameweek (especially if Gundogan plays)

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

              I'd need Barnes to score I think

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Can't win the GW prizes if you play a chip

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

                The prizes suck!

              2. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                It’s not about the prizes - it’s the glory

            3. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 21 days ago

              PUMP UP THE JAM!