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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. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    What a season from West Ham and Moyes.4th place above Liverpool.

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The Chosen One

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Second go at United in the summer?

      1. Reddonkeyham 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He'd probably still bring Fellani back

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Soucek and McTom midfield pair

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I think Klopp needs his descendant now.
        #ChosenOne

  2. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Can’t believe I started the season thinking Ramsdale was a good keeper choice.

    Sad times.

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It was reasonable at the start. Actually made more saves than Fab today, which tells you more about the SHU defense than anything

    2. Reddonkeyham 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No one really predicted Sheffield United would fall apart like they've done this season tbf

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    If only I had Raphinha first sub over Watkins.

    Only 3pt difference I guess

  4. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    So sick of owning Soucek. A constant headache of benching points and playing when he blanks. Might sell just to avoid the pain..

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Got rid for Raphinha, sick of him also

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Hope Chelsea get battered here with no Wilson involvement

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I see Wilson still injured. Calm then

  6. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    For reference, those who were paying attention might recall it was the wingback model that destroyed the Foxes and Wolves, before Masuaku was injured. If that's back, sorted...

    71 with City & Fulham left for me. 100 is possible!

  7. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    3 naps for Cressy, it doesn’t get any better 🙂

    1. Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Baps even

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yep he won’t be tired that’s for sure

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Where is my Coufal goal and 3 bonus.

  8. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    I have a decent week and everyone calls me lucky 🙁

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I think you overtook me tonight for this GW.

    2. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Clearly your history as a player and your OR this year indicate otherwise. But maybe leave off moaning about a silly miss from a cheap defender when your GW rank is already inside the top 100.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Okay yeah I will try and reform

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ever had a half full glass of water?

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It's a game of luck. Yes, you're lucky. BASK IN IT.

  9. Saka_me_sideways
      2 months, 25 days ago

      So glad I got off the Soucek roulette train... absolute pain to own.

    • Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      78 with Cancelo, Cancelo, Pope, Gundo, Lookman and Stones to go. Could be worse.

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        81, even.

      2. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Well done Fudgy.

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Your double Cancelo will save you big

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That's the hope, especially if Gundo doesn't end up playing the Everton match.

      4. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Quadruple gameweek for Cancelo. Nice.

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Really don’t feel like bringing in Kane this week just to blank against West Ham

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Original plan was Kane and Cresswell > Dallas, this now could be a suicide ... probably play Cresswell now ...

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          *Kane in

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      How’s she looking? 1FT 2.4m ITB

      Martinez (Areola)
      Cancelo Dallas Mee (Digne Stones)
      Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Raphinha
      Ings Bamford(c) (Watkins)

    • Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Anyone with initial plan of WC25/BB26 activated WC yet? Or still waiting for fixtures?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I'm waiting, tinkering will just lead to annoying near misses

      2. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Holding fire yet. Been the plan all along but doesn’t seem right WC a good team

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The Alonso we know is back.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Kepa too!

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      100 points with 4 to go. Hope Gundogan(C) and Dias plays next game to make it a good GW

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Wow well played

    • Reddonkeyham 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Those with TC left who you planning to use on?

      1. jammie26
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Kane in 26 i think.

        • Teomi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I will wc in 26 and hopefully we will get a tasty dgw in 27 or 28

      2. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Cresswell’s bps should just push my nose over the 100 mark. Still miffed about Antonio though. Didn’t think fatigue would mean he missed the whole game after being rested.

      3. teknicolourfox
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        6.5mil in the bank feels wrong

      4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Is there a way I can fit Dallas with this defence?

        AWB Stones Cancelo Rudiger Konsa?

        I do not want to lose Rudger though.

        1. Teomi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Ship awb?

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          To be honest, I’d ditch AWB. Dallas will get more assists.

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Even with the double? I will have to do it for -4.

      5. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        My draft team:

        Pope
        Mee, Dias, Shaw, Cresswell, Robertson
        Gundogan, Raphina, KdB, Barnes, Soucek
        Cavani, Ings, Barnes

        My FPL team

        Pope, McCarthy
        Stones, Lowton, Rudiger, Shaw, Targett
        Salah, Gundogan, Bruno, Son, Lookman
        Kane, Bamford, Antonio

        Anyone else’s draft team killing it whilst their FPL team is floundering?

      6. Teomi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Will Wildcard in 26 and just did Antonio to ings for gw 25.

        Anything worth a hit? 0,0 itb.
        And also who to bench of the front 8?

        Martinez (mendy)
        Shaw Dallas stones (lowton holding)
        Salah Sterling raphina fernandes (gundo)
        Ings bamford cavani

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Given yourself a headache
          I mean I’d bench Cavani of that lot but you prob bought him in for the 2 great fixtures on paper

          1. Teomi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes, that was the plan... hopefully gundo gets rested against Arsenal

      7. Reddonkeyham 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Would love Forden to come alive against Everton.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          samsies

        2. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Sterling as well, please.

      8. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yuck looks like Tyreke Mitchell dropping again

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Will mostly be WCs?

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Good point
            Considering the -4 to play dgw’er
            Already have 2FT elsewhere

      9. teknicolourfox
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Grealish fanboys reaping another 2pointer

      10. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        That West Ham clean sheet dumped me out of the top 1k

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Unlucky but if you've made it up that far, you'll get it back. Nice season.

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Tough season.

      11. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Antonio, Soucek, Coufal > Ings, Raphina, Burn (-8)

        BB: Martinez (LEI), Grealsih(LEI), DCL(liv), Burn(CRY)

        It might be waste of a chip, but: Martinez is in great form. Grealish is not a player you want to bench, but I prefer to play two City defs, Dallas with double and Lowton with WBA. DCL versus Liverpool without centrebacks, and Burn against Zahaless Palace, also downgrading the bench.

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Go with your gut. Nothing else is really working this season anyway.

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Hmm I say no
          Both Everton pool out of form and recent matches it’s mostly been a boring low scoring affair. Could even be 0-0

      12. jammie26
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Anyone know if DCL is back against man city?

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Jinx

        • JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Lads what’s the latest on DCL? We reckon he’s playing Wednesday night?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Nobody has a clue.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              "“He can be fit but we have to see in the next days,” he said, when asked for a fitness update on his side’s star striker.

        • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Giroud it is. Brace uyourself for Messi things.

        • Chalky15
            2 months, 25 days ago

            119 with 5 to go! Best game week in a long time!

            1. One of Those Days
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Well played!