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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. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    J Lingzzz going to haul, such a young talent.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Haven't heard this one fifty times before.

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        51 now and counting haha!

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        That’s the joke man.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Maybe big fish small pond thing that he's thriving in WHU colours

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Ings can come in for the DGW and if he fails then hello Kane.

    If he does well, will probably WC to get Kane another way pre26

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 days ago

      You think Kane is worth burning a wildcard for?

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Would it be ‘burning’ a WC?

        Also helps me restructure my team and take funds off the bench

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 12 days ago

          It's worth it if you're looking to make a bunch of changes and think it sets you up well going forward sure.

          If you're doing it to shoehorn in 1 player then not so much, is all I'm saying.

    2. Zambian FPL Addict
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      my plan exactly

  3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Who's on pen at WHU?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Rice was going to take the disallowed one.

    2. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Pecking order if all are on the pitch:
      1) Noble
      2) Antonio
      3) Rice

  4. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Surely Lanzini is on pens..
    Soucek owner

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      See above & last page.

      1. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Interesting

  5. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Has coufal scored yet?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Is Cresswell on 3bps yet?

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Twice

      In my mind

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Should be Soucek YC

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Being lenient after his RC incident

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Probably

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Looking at Antonio->Ings like many are. Worth bringing in Raph for a -4?

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Asking myself same question
      Pretty set on lngs
      But Raphinia on -4 would mean Mee or Lowton benched for me

      Is is worth it?

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Really hope the DGW/BGW fixtures are released the day of the deadline. Bonus points if they're released 1 or 2 hours beforehand. The levels of chaos and panic would be incredible.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Nahh
      Simply hit the WC button. Do 6/7 changes. Chill 😎

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 12 days ago

        You sound prepared Amey 😛

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Ha ha
          I have 2 drats in my mind tbh. One with Vardy kane up top. Another one slightly cheaper strik force one. Let's see. Have 2 FT as well. If possible will save WC. But if not will play it & try to maximize BB next GW

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Vardy and Kane up top could be massive, both look excellent on their return, are world class strikers, and have very good fixtures.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Exactly. Feels like a good punt on WC isn't it

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      I’d love that - let’s give everyone 1hour to set up their team

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Funny because I think no matter what, I'm gonna make a really strange transfer of Mitchell > Veltman and that'll be it haha.

      I just really don't want to break up my team core. I think I have the best guys. Getting rid of the likes of Grealish and Son doesn't make sense long term considering all the games in hand that they have.

  9. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Hope Soucek gets a proper RC this week

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      I hope he gets a brace

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Roman Catholic?

    3. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      OG for Soucek
      RC for Cresswell

    4. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Why?

  10. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Next week only FWD 1-week punt - who?

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Banford or ings just due 2 double

    2. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Bamford & Ings are obvious

      probably Cavani if you want someone else

    3. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Cavani, Maja

      Ings or Bamford if you don't have them.

      1. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Remind me how many shots Cavani had against the worst defence in the premier league.
        Answer: same as Martial
        I’d look elsewhere for strikers

        1. swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          What is your point? Man U were worryingly bad v WBA.. doesn't make a one-week punt v Newcastle a bad move.

  11. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    Better option with chips on a wildcard

    A)gw26 15 double bench boost
    Gw29 free hit
    Find week to triple
    B) gw 26 kane triple (get few leeds/southampton)
    Build for 29
    Gw33 freehit

  12. ivantys
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Can't see Cresswell getting any BP at CB.

      1. yakirh
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        He is currently top

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      So I'm getting ESM's 5 points for Antonio, thats ok I guess but have to pray that Dias plays or Dallas will rocket in with his -1 😉

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          5 months, 12 days ago

          I played ESM over Kane, Son and DCL

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              5 months, 12 days ago

              ESR*

              1. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Made sense, there was always going to be goal in Arsenal - Leeds.

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Is Lowton nailed for dgw26? Charlie Taylor to take his place when fit?

          1. ivantys
              5 months, 12 days ago

              They play different side

            • Salarrivederci
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Taylor plays LB

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              They play on opposite sides. Beardsley is currently the backup RB.

              Taylor & Pieters for LB.

            • Amey
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Lowton is RB
              Taylor is Touch and go ... I mean LB
              Lowton's competition is Bardsley. Taylors competition is Pieters who's injured atm

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Hmm interesting. Thinking about Lowton for a dgw25 BB. Good idea?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Missed the right week for it. First goal in 8 years this week. Tougher DGW26 potential fixtures.

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Pope
            Cancelo Stones Robertson
            Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
            Bamford DCL Antonio

            Martinez Soucek Coufal Ferguson

            2 FT, 5.4 itb

            1. Soucek >> Son (save 1FT for 26)
            2. Soucek Coufal >> Son Dallas
            3. Other?

            Thanks

            1. Super Jack Grealish
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Not Antonio>Kane?

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Tempted but leaves me no funds to sort a BB26 team

          3. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Ramsdale save point

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Anyone own Ramsdale?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                I "rotate" him with Martinez

          4. jammie26
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Any news on Gundo and Dias?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Not training. Training.

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Dias is OK.

            • Atimis
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Which one would you choose?

              1. Robo to Dallas
              2. Stephens to Raph
              3. Antonio to Ings
              4. Antonio to Kane
              5. 1 and 2/3/4 for a hit
              6. WC

              1. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Without knowing your entire team how can one suggest option 6

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              This DGW really is just going to peter out with all the knocks and niggles.

              Saturday was fun at least.

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Then we have the Gud

            • ivantys
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Ramsdale getting double digits today

                1. MissouriMarten
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Rice thinks not.

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                JLingz putting on a show with loads of shots. Too bad WHU are coming into a rough run of games here on out. He could score a hat-trick and I still wouldn't put him on the watchlist over the next 5.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  How about Aubameyang?

                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  Could see him getting a call up from the U21s soon

              • Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                0 - 0 end of day , get out fellas

              • Pukki Party
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                So Ben Crellins spreadsheet is based on fixtures rarely being rescheduled to CL/EL midweeks, yet this week we have two PL fixtures on a CL wednesday.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  By Ben's own account, he's not always right & he also bases it on fair assumptions.

                  Sometimes the league make up stuff as they want.

                  What more do you want from him lol?

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    He's great and i respect his work, just think he hasn't taken that into consideration.

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 12 days ago

                      Why don't you message him & see what his response is?

                  2. Pukki Party
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    Post was more meant as discussion on the topic, and maybe a warning for those activating wc this week than criticize.

                    1. Inazuma X1
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 12 days ago

                      Ben has mentioned this before that it's a possibility and he was surprised PL scheduled games during a CL midweek.

                      All Hazz does is criticise, he's a tool.

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 11 days ago

                        I'm actually complimenting what Ben has produced & detailing why it is what it is.

                        What's wrong with suggesting he message Ben if he thinks it's wrong?

                      2. Pukki Party
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 11 days ago

                        I think this season is different compared to other seasons because of covid, lower bar to play on cl midweeks.

                2. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  I did think this today too when looking at the European games on Wednesday and Thursday.

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Cresswell close

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  Closer to out of the ground ...

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    Dodgy camera angle.....

              • Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Cresswell off free kicks.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  Moyes noting that down.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    Should have taken that first one that led to the penalty, was perfect for a left footer!

              • THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                Need a Dias no show for Harvey Barnes 12 pointer...... I know.... no chance

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  wish u luck

                  1. THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Cheers pal

              • JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 12 days ago

                1-0 Coufal goal with Cresswell and Soucek going off before the 60th min please

                1. ivantys
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    CB and DM don't usually get subbed 😀

                2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  I have bamford and raphinha

                  a soucek to harrison
                  b cresswell to dallas

                  thanks and gl

                  1. Rep Poulette
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    A

                  2. mattyb09
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

                    c) Neither. No need to load up on an erratic team

                  3. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    B out of those

                3. Slitherene
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  Save FT?

                  Forster | Martinez
                  Cancelo Maguire Lowton
                  Bruno Rashford Grealish Gundogan
                  Jesus Bamford Ings
                  ¦ Saka Coufal Holding

                  1 FT, 5.0 ITB

                  1. tbos83
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      Yes

                  2. tiger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Pens Up