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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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    How many shots on target will Newcastle actually manage to throw at Kepa tonight?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      3 crosses and a Darlow clearance.

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      One is all that's needed.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Coufal matching Cresswell well in the BAP race.

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Could be popped by fab if he keeps this up

  3. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Who to transfer in for
    Justin, Antonio and DCL??

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cancelo, Kane & Ings.

    2. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      You really missed the boat on Justin. Man City defender?

    3. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Why ditch DCL?

  4. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Ramsdale taking up bizarre positions there.

  5. Davros
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Hold west ham

  6. casual69
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    quick question
    1.kane v west ham
    or ings v che and leeds?

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Doing B myself

    2. MissouriMarten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I'm going Ings, then Kane for 26, injuries permitting.

      1. casual69
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I would normally do b, but all the talk about dgw fooling people into getting players with 2 games over one with a better game has got me doubting myself lol

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Both

  7. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    40 points behind my ML leader. All good I've got Antonio and Mendy tonight!

    Points prediction......

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      More than Dallas

  8. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    KEPA is BACK. OMG what is going on....

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      meet Pep Tuchel

      1. TwiggsJameson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        HE'S BACK. The dark keeper....

    2. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      next week, they will split halves

  9. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    What a corner from Cressy!

  10. ivantys
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Nice Cresswell A

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Diop Goal Cresswell Assist

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      CRESSWELL ASSIST

    • Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cressy assist, get in.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Diop G
      Cresswell A

      9th assist of the season!

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      CRESWELLLLL

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      did soucek touch it?

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        He did not.

      2. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Er, no.

    • b91jh
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Aaron Legend Cresswell

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Just constant pain owning Coufal over Cresswell!

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I hate Soucek and Coufal

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell just delivers every week

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        My Best Buy of the season, happy to have got him in early

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Creswell worth the extra £.. shame I have coufal

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Ah Tommy you gotta get on the end of that one.

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Selling Cresswell to Coufal to free up cash has gone so badly =[

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell season keeper!

    • Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell...

    • Euro Raiders
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Anyone think Maya 5.5 Fulham worth a crack? Sheff Utd up next.

      1. Dthinger
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        so hard to tell on one match...as evidence I submit Mitrovic from GW1

    • xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Im so sick of cresswell such an awful player

      1. MissouriMarten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        What do you base that assertion on?

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Creswell keep delivering, unfortunately he needs to go next for Dallas 😉

      1. Gundogan20/21
          3 months, 27 days ago

          No way

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        What has happened to Coufal!?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          he's crap, only 6 pts

      3. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I guess I need to get a new keeper as well. Kepa back.