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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. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    LOL flying tackle

  2. ivantys
      4 months, 1 day ago

      SHU determined to give them a pen today

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Soucek looking interested

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

        Be just my luck after selling him this week (although it was for Gundogan C)

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

      Cresswell penalty please

    • Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Probably going to bring Ings in for DCL, leaves the following..

      Martinez Areola
      Dallas Cancelo Stones Shaw Lowton
      Salah Bruno Son Gundo Maddison
      Bamford Ings Antonio

      Who to bench is the next question, currently on...
      Areola Stones Lowton Antonio

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Lingard and rice fighting over the ball

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

        Rice pulled rank

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Rice taking

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

      What on Earth was that tackle lol.

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      JLingz v Rice...Rice wins

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wellp, looks like I'll be rocking a 451 formation this week. Coufal coming in for Antonio.

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Basham by name, Bashem' by nature

    • ivantys
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Captain steps up

      • mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Trying to settle a debate...

        Is Kane a "good" passer?

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Yes

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Yes

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

          One of the best in the world

        4. MissouriMarten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Does that settle it?

        5. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Were you debating with yourself?

        6. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Out of 5 of us...2 said no, 3 said yes

        7. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 1 day ago

          It's subjective. If you asked the question last season or the season before, the answer would be different. I am shocked by the number of assists this season. Could be something to do with Mourinoh. I will say yes based on this season alone. Mind you Son can usually get to a bad pass too as he is quick.

          1. mattyb09
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Assists are more due to your partnership. Son's goal scoring rate is insanely high whenever he has a little space.

        8. Bean
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          69% pass completion
          72% pass completion opponent's half
          71% pass completion final third

          1. Bean
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            32 chances created (top among forwards)
            12 big chances created (top among forwards)

        9. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          It's not just that his % pass rate is OK (maybe not as high as others) but he has fantastic vision for a pure striker. Some of his defence splitting passes are inspired. Yes, he's a good passer of a football.

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        How can you give a penalty away like that. Much better to just let Lingard through on goal...

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

        LINGARD ASSIST!!!

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

          Rice G

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

        Bad goal for defensive BPS.

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

          Cresswell will find a way to get his obligatory 3

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          SHU defenders were on baps anyway.

      • Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Any reason to not feel seek? Here Justin, Dias, Mee, Antonio

        Feeling like hard work throw out of window

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Wut?

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Had DCL Justin Antonio Dias - got pushed into WC

          The rest would have got me 90 plus after a minus 4

      • dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Lingard assist !

      • Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Big Willy owners robbed by Moyes

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

        Wish Lingard had taken it!

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

        Rice interesting option on penalties actually come to think of it

        1. Bounce
            4 months, 1 day ago

            lol desperation

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

              Ignore me, I thought he was classified as a defender...

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

            I think that's their first pen all season

        2. tabby98
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Pope, Johnstone
          Cancelo, Stones, Digne, Coufal, Lowton
          Salah, Son, Bruno, Soucek, Raphinha
          Richarlison, Bamford, Antonio

          What to do here?

          Son + Antonio --> Kane + Gundo for a -4?

        3. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Rice is on pens?! Didn’t see that coming

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

          People own the wrong West Ham DM...

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            For one penalty a season?

        5. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Rice G
          Lingard A

          Its all gone Football Manager 2025...

        6. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Is it confirm Mee will not play against Fulham >

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

            Yes Dyche confirmed it. Concussion protocol.

        7. aborg
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          A senseless goal and assist for FPL

        8. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Solid pen by Rice

        9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Soucek is useless. Czech beanpole never does anything when I play him

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

            Early doors, mate! What for it...

        10. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Fair play to OR37 with Lingardinho - takes them over 100 points
          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/964041/event/24/