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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
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufail

    1. Effe
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Cresswell is worth the extra cash I think

  2. mattk lfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal rubbing salt in the wound

  3. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal!!!!! Nooooooooooooo

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Vladimir please don't look a pass opportunity when you are face to face with keeper....

  4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal u muppet

  5. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal has to score there, having nightmares there with him on my bench.

  6. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Oh c'mon Coufal

  7. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Argh Coufal!! Sitter

  8. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Omg coufal 🙁

  9. mad_beer ✅
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Cresswell coming on for Antonio. Please keep that CS!

  10. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal .... dagger through my heart.

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal for goodness sake, why do you keep doing this?!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      He looked twice to pass it. Knows his strengths!

  12. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Darn Ramsdale!!!

  13. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    OMG that Westham cleanie...

  14. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A goal there would've been so undeserved haha. Coufal is my first sub for Antonio xD

  15. MissouriMarten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Own goal incoming for Coufal...

  16. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal...

  17. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    9 pointer there for Coufal. Next thing West Ham will concede.

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yep.

    2. Effe
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I was thinking the same

  18. Drogo
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal owners \o ....

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      seems everyone except me

  19. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Ramsdale would make a save when it is from one of the highest owned defenders on FFS

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

    Coufal didn't even want to shoot! Not what you want in an FPL asset - probably doesn't even have himself in his FPL team

    1. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Captained Ramsdale.

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

    You could see on Coufal’s face there he knew he had the weight of FPL on his shoulders...

  22. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    FFS Coufal

  23. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I can't explain how upsetting it's been owning Coufal this whole time with millions in the bank and Cresswell hauls time and time again, but that 1v1 miss was the real parting dagger as I WC him out forever.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      With WHu defenders ppl have generally got what they paid for

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Ya it's fair. It was just such a crappy coincidence to have 5m+ in the bank right after I brought in their budget option. Fabianski has been equally disappointing after bringing him in for Martinez as well.

  24. Jersey Boy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    That one really hurts. Just put your foot through it Vladimir!!!

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Easy pass to Bowen

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        The issue was it wasn't an easy pass to Bowen. He was looking for the pass like his life depended on it but he was marked.

  25. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Every time I think this season has hit me everywhere it hurts, it surprises me again. Just switched on the west ham game to see Coufal do that

  26. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    There is a reason coufail is 4.6

    1. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      He's no Cresswell.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Absolutely not

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Failed logic when it concerns Burnley defenders.

    3. MissouriMarten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Only one cheaper defender has more points, so his ppm isn't too shabby.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Thats becuase ome of the defenders at his starting price have dine better and become more expensive

  27. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

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

  28. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Cresswell has been a superb purchase. 5 stars.

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      We get exactly what we paid for. A rarity.

  29. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Coufal is a mutt

    In my country, we would have a peasant whipped for what he did

    You got to act like a stud horse in front of goal. He was so scared to shoot

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Now I think we all need to know what country you're from 🙂

  30. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Just end this game now.