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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. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I'm so sick of Cresswell. Every day an assist, relax bro, you're killing my rank

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I really hate Cresswell. At least most people are gonna get rid now...

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Gonna keep for sure

    2. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      If I decided to BB the last time Creswell was 100% coming to my squad. I think we've made a mistake and kept the BB.

      P.S. He is the top-scoring defender in the game

  3. jdoyle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Picking Cresswell over Coufal has been my best decision of the season. Can't believe I was agonizing over that extra 0.5 so much at the time..

  4. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Come ooooon Soucek

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Another Cresswell corner coming up...

  6. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I like Lingard at WH. Looks lively.

    1. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      to be fair, he was lively at MUN as well; just fell out of favor, then Greenwood exploded.

  7. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Cresswell constantly refuses to leave my team xD

  8. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    have my babies Cresswell

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hahahaha

  9. ivantys
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Looks like I'll just keep Cresswell for 26 then

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      That corner ruffled Soucek's hair. Anyone in FPL towers own him to give him the dubious assist?

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You'd expect Chelsea to win today.

      With Fulham looking confident and more settled than Newcastle the gap could well close over the final run in.

      Plenty of points to play for.

      Final game of the season is Fulham home to Newcastle on Sunday 23 May!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Coufal at 4.5m was such a trap avoiding Cresswell.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Coufal had great numbers at the time, and some set pieces.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Nah Coufal has been pretty good. He outscored Cresswell in the DGW.

        But yeah it's frustrating. Cresswell genuinely living up to his inflated price tag is a real surprise.

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Unfortunately team value much more important back then too

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cresswell too pricey for my defense.

      5. ivantys
          2 months, 28 days ago

          All the other defenders outscored Coufal too.

      6. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Next season I’m going form over fixtures. Screw lining up players for great games.

        It’s backfired so badly. Just keep whose on form whatever the fixture.

        1. EWH2020
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          This. Fixtures have backfired all season

      7. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Aw bugger off with the Cresswell assists already

      8. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Soucek, please do somehting. Even a red will do the job

      9. Del Griffith
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cresswell is the very definition of you get what you pay for

      10. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Who had Cresswell as highest scoring defender at the start of the season 😆

      11. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Ffs please score Sheffield

      12. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Soucek wants his CS point.

      13. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        3 - Cresswell (37)
        2 - Rice (34)
        1 - Diop (31)

        Fabianski (26)
        Coufal (21)
        Dawson (21)

      14. JJO
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        F off Soucek
        Score goals,dont save my rivals CSs

      15. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Inevitable!

        Cresswell (37)
        Rice (34)
        Diop (31)
        Fabianski (26)
        Coufal (21)

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Obligatory 9 pointer becoming obligatory 12 pointer

      16. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cressy on 3bps. Holdd!!!

      17. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cresswell on the 3 juicy BAPs atm

      18. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Fudgy up to a nosebleed GW rank of: 90

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          All downhill after this week...

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Wow! How many points is that?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            His team is on his profile.

        3. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Pretty average

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A true professional

        5. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The moaning pays off

        6. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Oh down to 518 now. Dropping already 🙁

      19. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Soucek one of the most frustrating players in the history of this game. Never delivers when you start him, hauls when benched. Can’t wait to be rid of him now at this stage

      20. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        CRESSWELL u absolute legend

        Dont want to sell him on WC 🙁

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Can't afford him in my team . .

      21. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Love how active Chris Wilder is in responding to another loss. . .

      22. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Am I early enough to own Cresswell since week 8?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          About the time I got, what a signing

        2. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I'd say so

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          That was the time to get him. I picked Zouma instead :/

      23. swobe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Cresswell to the moon.