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Saka passed fit to feature as Aubameyang keeps his place in Arsenal starting XI

The two remaining Blank Gameweek 29 fixtures take place today, starting with West Ham United v Arsenal.

Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 15:00 GMT.

It’s mostly positive news on the teamsheet front concerning the most-owned Fantasy Premier League assets on show.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) was omitted for disciplinary reasons in the north London derby last weekend but he returned to the Arsenal starting XI in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday and keeps his place this afternoon.

The Gabon international looks set to be deployed on the right flank in east London, with Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) still leading the line.

Aubameyang is one of three players who are recalled to Mikel Arteta’s line-up after missing out against Tottenham Hotspur, with Pablo Mari (£4.4m) and Callum Chambers (£4.5m) returning to the defence.

Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m), Gabriel (£4.9m) and Cedric Soares (£4.6m) are all benched.

Willian (£7.5m) misses out through injury but Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) has made a swift return from the hamstring strain that forced him off at half-time of the win over Spurs.

There are two changes for the Hammers from the side that were beaten by Manchester United last week.

Club captain Mark Noble (£4.5m) and young defender Ben Johnson (£3.9m) are benched, as loanee Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) and Said Benrahma (£6.0m) return to David Moyes’ starting XI.

Pablo Fornals (£5.9m) is still sidelined.

Having operated in a more conservative wing-back system last weekend, West Ham look to be back in a 4-2-3-1 this afternoon.

Lingard and Aubameyang were both transferred in by over half a million Fantasy managers ahead of the Gameweek 29 deadline.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Mari, Luiz, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

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2,005 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Auba, something? Anything?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I heard he has a nice car.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ha

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Suprised he's still on. Been awful.

    3. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Would haver had a good chance if Dawson hadn't got there first

    4. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Doesn’t have a good watch.

    5. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Apologies mate, I brought him in, have Coufal too...

  2. Says
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I don't think any of us predicted WHM scoring 5 today

  3. JBG
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Lucky Dawson and Soucek owners. 3 goals between the two.

  4. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Surely West Ham can't throw a 3 goal lead away...Shirley!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don't call me Shirley.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Beat me!

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Okay, bend over...

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            That devolved quickly...

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I just want to tell you both, good luck, we’re all counting on you

            2. tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              This is the sort of humour the world needs right now 😀

            3. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Suspended, I just realised what your profile pic was and it gave me a chuckle, nice!

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                😉

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don’t call me Shirley

  5. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Andy the Hutt owns Burn, Dawson and Antonio.

    Not sure how Antonio slipped through.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      That’s uncalled for

  6. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Odegaard influential. Could be the PL's next Lingaard

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The same age as well.

  7. SON of CITY
      1 month, 22 days ago

      seems WH players have a little sympathy for arteta and start sharing goals.

    • Wally711
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pretty fun game for the neutral and FHers. But I’m getting nervous I have son and Antonio first on my bench. Is son 100% out. Or do I just wait nervously for team news.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Simply wait

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Just relax and take all the points.

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      How...

    • Drumandbaines123
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Should have gone Lingard over Odegaard. Odegaard looks similar to Hamez to me - links play very well but generally assists the assister. Not good for FPL points.

        1. Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Good point 😉

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yeah he's a creative #10 instead of a goal scoring #10.

      • Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Odegaard is actually a very good player, just not for FPL.
        #Assisting the assistent

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Best player outside the big 6 for sure.

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          He will be for fpl too if arteta can get arsenal consistent, big if

        3. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          The new Modric

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Like in the stock room?

        5. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Disagree. Can also assist the goalscorer and score goals.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            This, has a shot on him and drop of the shoulder to create space

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Hey, West Ham have scored 5 goals.

      • Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        There should be limits on the amount of years one can referee in the top division...

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Also proper performance review.

        2. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This is awful...

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Anyone captain Auba on here?

        1. Lamplighters
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I did, which looks like four captain fails in a row for me.....spoiling an otherwise good week.

      • Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Hi folks I'm back, guess which West Ham defender I transferred in this week?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Cresswell

        2. A-L
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Dawson Dx

      • JayLegend
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Arsenal pen only hope for pending Auba blank

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Jon Moss has his Arsenal jersey on here.

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Is Moss blind, Antonio pulled to floor

      • Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Laca captain not working

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I’m glad

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        FFS Coufal 0 points and Auba 2, what a surprise!

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        WTF is Jon Moss on? Giving nothing to West Ham

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Gonna be more goals here.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nah, will ease off now into a 3-2 win

        2. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          As long as they are for Antonio and Coufal I’m not bothered.

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I'm onboard with a Coufal goal.

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Why do I always fall for the Aubameyang trap!

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Because he is expensive. He’s like a shiny diamond or Ferrari.

      • G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thank gawd for that Cresswell block on Oderwhatsitface...

      • zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Seems like Moss bet on Arsenal win

      • fusen
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Having Lingard (c) still only feels like a 50% success until Kane plays. Maybe I'm being spoilt

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ban

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Very difficult for Kane to outscore Lingard.

          Obviously you want a fail, but far more likely you're in the black either way.

        3. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Lol

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        That's the Lingard we all know and love.

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Chambers > Cancelo

      • boc610
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        odegaard is class. Definitely good enough for that Madrid team.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I’d like to see him and hazard combining on the edge of the area. Well, old hazard anyway

      • Says
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        From watching this game, I think it's clear the WHM pitch slopes from left to right as we see it