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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. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Should’ve got rid of Digne for Tarkowski and not Cresswell. Silly mistake. I blame.... double gameweek fever. That and myself. Not you guys since I make my own decisions. 😉

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

      if you don't own Digne then you don't understand FPL, so fair enough

    2. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      That Everton performance was massively unexpected to be fair (even if selling Cresswell was a risk)

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

    Happy that I sold Soucek now so that whatever happens at least I’ve not benched the bugger

  3. GoonerGirl
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    I absolutely cannot wait to get Soucek out of my team next game week, been awful to own. Massive point hauls on my bench and nothing whenever I play him.

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

      Sounds like it might not be entirely his fault

    2. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah sometimes it's better saving yourself the hassle and just not having them! Though I'm getting Raphinha in for him which might lead to the same issues...!

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

      Not enough benches for Soucek for him to haul today unfortunately: https://i.imgur.com/xwtTCiv.png

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

    Cresswell to the moon!

  5. Pooodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Really pleased with my bench boost this week.

    Thanks Mendy and Antonio.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Tuchel Tombola, the gift that keeps on giving.

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        It's crazy - they suddenly have rediscovered their defensive solidity and then he changes GK?!

        I've had Mendy for ages and it's been a disaster but the lure of one final appearance from him this week with such a good fixture was enough to make me BB before WC next week and I get rewarded with this...!

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

      Well to be fair Antonio was flagged

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah that's true - I'm just disappointed with Antonio but angry about Mendy!

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

    From a quick count. I wildcarded in GW21.

    Comparing the pre wildcard team to what I’ve done since. It’s cost me 85 points.

    I could be top 10k had I given up on football at Christmas haha

    1. MissouriMarten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Ouch.

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

    I hate this season. Worst ever

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

    Since GW15 when I brought in Coufal he’s gotten 35 pts. Cresswell has got 62. This season man...

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

      Would be happy to get even thise 6 pts tbh.

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

    Fudgy Pro Pundit article set for 3pm on Friday!

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

      Would love for this to not be fake news

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      He's still about 150k!

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

      Oh no, would it be a full whinge article?

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

        The dark side of a bench boost...

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

      Would kill for this, seriously

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        When are you gonna WC and BB mate?

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

          Hello Super Saints, I actually have no idea - was looking earlier and I think the fact I have all chips left has made it more difficult for me!

          You?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Hi mate, wanted to BB this week but Antonio and DCL flags persuaded me not too, worked out ok so far. Think I will WC 25 and BB 26 if I can make it work!

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

              Exactly the same happened to me, and it cost me a lot! But no regrets, it wasn’t worth the risk with the flags, just typical.
              That seems the obvious plan but want TC Kane in 26 I think!

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                I'm not sure spurs are playing well enough to trust him with the TC at the moment.

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

                  Maybe, just love how he’s nailed for the 180 mins, plus very good double potentially

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

          I think I need the 26 fixtures to plan with conviction, then I’ll know

  10. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    No....
    Mendy
    Chilwell
    James
    Zouma
    Ziyech
    Pulisic
    Kante

    Injured
    Silva
    Havertz

    What’s this guy up to??

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

      Something right, 8th to 4th if he wins tonight.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Up to 4th if they win

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

      Plays a Wilson less Newcastle
      Could probably play the U18s in defence

  11. Vazza
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Need West Ham clean sheet wiped out asap

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

        This ffs

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

      Can’t believe Mee being forced to miss the second game, what a blow for just deciding to go for him over a different Burnley defender...

      Antonio missing this prime fixture sucks as well. Hopefully Gundogan doesn’t miss Everton, but at least he got points already...

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

        Gundo probably misses. Can't see Pep risking him with a tight groin, would make absolutely no sense if that's the case with his injury

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

        it's a killer like. Gundo out of training at the moment so I doubt he is rushed back.

        1st OR has Mee captain.. gotta sting when Lowton is sitting pretty next to him.

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

      Rather annoying that I've tripled up on the hammers for a while now and not had Cresswell all season.

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Same

      2. GinjaWhinja
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        He’s an absolute bonus magnet. Completely underrated

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

      Flappy earning his points.

    • McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      If you could go back in time would you have bought GME or Cresswell?

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

        Doge. The answer is always doge...

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

        Bought him in GW 9. Wish I'd bought GME in GW 9.

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Two very big mistakes on my Xmas Wildcard, moving Cresswell to Coufal and dropping Justin. Should have also picked up Martinez. These 3 players upset me every time they return

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

        Justin no longer issue

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

      It’s always “the other one”!

      Justice for Coufal owners!

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

        Incoming G Soucek A Coufal...

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

          That would be absolutely glorious but my luck doesn’t go like that!

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

        Hit the bar a few weeks ago as well IIRC!

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

          Sounds about right!

    • EWH2020
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I just want to WC this week to get Cresswell. Kills me every week. Really hope the GW26 fixtures land nicely

      1. GinjaWhinja
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        He’s got some stinky fixtures coming up. Can’t see his bps output being the same.

    • Parsnips
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Coufal coming on for Antonio. Hopefully they keep this clean sheet

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

          90th minute Brewster goal

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Not owned Aaron Cresswell this season. Can't explain why.

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

          Can't have them all

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

          because he always felt just a bit too expensive

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mitchell likely to feature now after that PVA howler? Also will Pieters keep his place in the Burnley team?

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

        If you had to pick a Chelsea defender and hold, whom would it be? I have Alsono but in no way am I sure he starts more than half the time.

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Rudiger

          • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Rudiger. Dirt cheap for almost guaranteed cleanies and nailed. Additionally, other CHE defenders not looking like getting attacking returns on a regular.

        2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Any chance DCL misses the MCI game? I have Konsa waving at me from the bench.

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

            Chance yes, but I'm sure they'll want him back ASAP after that horror performance vs. Fulham.

        3. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          TC Gundo or Kane in DGW26?

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

            kane

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

          Soucek only gets pts when he stays routed to your bench!

        5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          coufal misses a sitter

        6. ivantys
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Coufal's such a troll

          • MissouriMarten
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Coufal blows the one in one!

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

            Nooooo Coufal you agahah whyyyy

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            coufal one on one, bad miss