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

    James, rough.

    TT loves a thinker.

  2. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    That bench was almost the starting 11 of Lampard 😀

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

    NEW - 2
    CHE - 0

    That'll teach Tuchel to start his best 11.

  4. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Not watching the game but anything for Soucek? Usually he doesn't deliver when he is in my starting 11 but worth asking anwyay.

    Cheeers,

    Thanks,

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

      Looks interested but otherwise fairly quiet so far.

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

      West Ham waiting for counter attacks not looking good for him, and Dawson gets most of the headers.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hope he pops it in on some set pieces. That benched brace still hurts. He always delivers when on my bench.

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Rival got mendy but guess who’s first on his bench with 12 points?

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

      Doesn't deserve them points

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

      Someone with.... 12 points this GW, if I had to guess

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

      At least he doesn’t have Pope 16 pointer on it

  6. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Tuchel is out Pepping Pep with his lineups tinkering. And people were complaining Lampard is changing and shuffling.

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

      Was thrilled to see Alonso's going to keep Dallas on my bench but think I'll be getting rid after this, too much tinkering

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Think we had this discussion elsewhere earlier.

        And breathe Tolv Tums... 😎

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

      Jorginho ever present. My 5th mid of choice on WC BB26

  7. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Chilwell has genuinely been dropped hasnt he

    And to think he was the best defender in FPL for part of this season

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah, glad I sold this week

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

      Got me thinking about Alonso for the double...

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

        Far from nailed, but I'm no expert. I have him and thinking about selling

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

          Loves a goal though, high risk high reward

  8. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Fkin Chilwell

    Now I get minus 1 for Dallas

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

      Likely 1 pt from bench

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Strange Chelsea team

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

      Really? Looks pretty standard.

  10. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Ings Quadruple TC next week?

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

      Clinical as hell and has Leeds too. Sure, Soton are probably loosing the game to Chelsea, but I can easily see Ings scoring. I don't know why more people aren't jumping aboard.

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

        Toot toot!

  11. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Rival benchboosted.

    Mendy and Button.

    Dallas.

    DCL.

    Tee-hee.

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wow

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

      Can't be much of a rival.

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

      DCL 4 goal haul will make up for it

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

      That's fabulous.

    5. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is the tee-hee on you if he's your rival 😛

    6. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio too

  12. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Yikes, 2md place in our cash ML used Bench Boost this week with

    Non playing keeper, Robertson(1pt), Kilman 1min cameo) Ralphina (5)

    He has Antonio and DCL. His reasoning was his bench had good fixtures and no signs in DGWs.

    How can I be 150pts behind this person

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Because you are following the scout picks?

  13. Greek Shamrocks
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Good thing I sold Mendy for Pope and have Struijk for Chilly if he doesn't come on.

  14. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Do Southampton have a game midweek? I wanna bring Ings before the price changes

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

      You do have internet access...

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

        lol

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

    Tuchel has already lost the plot

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

      Well, results would certainly indicate otherwise

  16. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Kepa starting wtffff

  17. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Come on Sheffield. Wipe the clean sheet....

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

      Would set the scene perfectly for a Soucek last minute winner

  18. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Chasing, Rashford + Antonio >>> Bruno + Bamford (-4)? Or too template?

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

      Very template unless your rival doesn't have either, which would be a little shocking actually

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

      Template don't mean its bad.

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes. Owning Bruno still equals a red, not owning Bruno I dread to even think

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

        This

  19. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Any news on DCL guys? He likely to start v City?

  20. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    ALONSOOOO

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

      THISSSSSSSS

  21. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    You just know Kepa is going to have a howler to ruin the Rudiger CS!

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

      I'd like that, as Rudiger ruined my Mendy clean sheet v Sheff Utd.

  22. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Cmonnnn Blades....

    And to think that had Antonio played that penalty probably would’ve been his to take 🙁

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

    Chilwell & James officially dead as FPL options now this season.

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

      Talk to Frank

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      And Zouma

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

    Fabianski keeps the Cresswell 9 pointer alive

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

      Good lad

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

    Alonso listed as a mid in the Chelski team sheet. Hmm.

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

      LWB as always.

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

        True, I suppose

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

    What a save Fabianski!

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

    NoGoaldrick.

  28. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bench gods shinning on me for a change ... 12 for Barnes and 6 for Sanchez thanks to Antonio and Mendy no shows.

  29. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Great save Fabs

  30. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Can see Sheffield scoring here. Lingard especially, but Bowen and Lanzini too arent really tracking back much.