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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. schwing
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wingard!

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    West Ham 4th!

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lingard punters rewarded!

    1. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Delighted. Goal now would be sweet

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Didn't think they actually existed...

  4. donbagino
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Gundo, Sterling, Bruno, Salah, Raphinha (2x), Cavani, Bamford (2x), Ings (2x).
      Bench 1 plz :(((

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Can't decide until after Wednesday really

        1. donbagino
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yes, I can also save FT and keep Antonio but Ings could be 1 of the best options for gw 25

            1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Sours could have a double in 26 - can you get him?

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Gungo prob injured

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Gundo*

        3. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cavani

        4. Im New Here
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cavani but gundo maybe out

          • One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cavani

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

          Clearly soucek doesn't want to upset non owners by taking pens

        6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Salah to lingard done

          1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Lol

          2. One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Lol

        7. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Obviously still waiting for news re GW26, but how does this look atm for then?

          Rash + Sterling + Ings > Maddison + Salah + Kane

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            sell ings after or before 25?

            1. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              after. All this for GW26

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                oh right. not being rude but just wait & see how the fixtures fall.
                kinda pointless at the mo

                1. Von Lipwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  true, fair enough. Just tinkering. Cheers

        8. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Come on Soucek haul!!!

          1. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Impossible - he’s not on my bench.

        9. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          First Rodri, now Rice...

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            First was Jorginho

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

            Later Jorginho, all fivers

          3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Does Jorginho have a potential double in 26?

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

              Yes, probably Man U and Liverpool

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Not a bad 4.7 to have on WC. Has played all since Tuchel arrived and is on pens.

        10. GE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          1) Antonio -> Ings, Ings and Messlier -> Kane and fodder next GW
          2) Antonio and Messlier -> Kane and fodder this GW (play Martinez instead of Messlier)

        11. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Remember when Lundstram and even Egan/Basham was all the craze? Seems so far away...

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Egan is a disgusting worthless fraud, don't mention his name.

          2. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Shalala in the sunshine!!

        12. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Norwood dominating BPS.

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

          People who are not WC-ing, presuming Crellin's prediction is accurate, how many DGW players do you have in mind for DGW26? 10-11?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 3 days ago

            13

          2. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            10 + Bamford most likely

            1. RealSocialDads
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Ditto. Can't see the point in using wildcard when I want 3 Leeds next week

          3. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Surely if you are wild carding you will have 15 DGW players?

        14. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Hold west ham

        15. dogtanion
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That little bit of music BT play before and after an ad during the football stays in my head all day

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            One for all and all for One

            1. dogtanion
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Muskehounds are always ready

        16. Wizard of Ozil
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          what!!! No Antonio means Dallas comes off my bench with a whopping -1...lol

        17. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mee still not flagged?

          1. Setpiecemad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No need to flag. He is available next week

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

            Dyche has said he's fine but not gonna be playing. Maybe a little head bandage could appear on his profile photo.

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              but it's just a one game thing so back for GW25

        18. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Does anyone know if Burn is nailed? Or who aside from Dunk/White is?

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Best option is Veltman

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              And Webster

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                But he's injured

        19. Abra Dubravka
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          FPL Statistics has Ings and Raphinha likely rising tonight but FF Fix shows as >2 days. Is one more reliable than the other?

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Both are not reliable

            1. Ragabolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              This

        20. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          DCL likely to play against City right?

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            50/50

          2. tricpic
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Was just going to ask same. Is there any news anyone? Annoyingly ML rival has Barnes 12 pointer first on bench.

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Carlo says they think he will be available for City.

        21. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Rumour has it that Kepa is starting lol

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Not a rumour anymore, its true!

            https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1361389056442130433?s=19

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Good tbh. Deserves another chance

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

              Bye bye Chelsea clean sheet

            3. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Cool. Not a big shock considering he had been giving everyone a chance.

        22. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Kepa starting lmaooo. Ings essential.

        23. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Absolutely Nowhere to Hide for Lingard Haters

          1. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Messi lingard, glad he's got a new lease of life at West Ham

          2. Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Got to be a manUtd man, to get WHM 1st penalty of the season.. they've been trained.

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

            Yes. Drew a pen. Dynamo.

        24. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          RIP Mendy owners

          Especially the ones who sold Emi for his blank

        25. RealSocialDads
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Is Cavani -> Ings worth a free transfer?

          Y or N

          1. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            See how Newcastle defence looks tonight.

          2. Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Y

        26. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          ⚽ Team News 📰
          CHE: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Alonso, Kovacic, Mount, Werner, Abraham
          Subs: Mendy, Chilwell, Emerson, James, Zouma, Pulisic, Kanté, Ziyech, Giroud

          NEW: Darlow, Clark, Krafth, Lewis, Lascelles, Shelvey, Hayden, Almirón, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Gayle
          Subs: Dubravka, Dummett, Murphy, Ritchie, Fraser, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Werner will haul today!

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              My main ML rival has him third on his bench 🙂

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              This guy smashing it if so!
              https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/964041/event/24/

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Kepa! 😮

        27. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mendy owners dont love to see it

          OH YES THEY DONT

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Chilwell and James owners too!

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

          When you watch souceck you wonder why on earth you own him

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Head on a stick

        29. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Another start for Jorginho. In my BB team for 26.