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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. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Sick of Antonio tbh. 2 assists and still cant get 1 single bonus point

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      That Yellow

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Laca got a YC and somehow smashed 3 BAPs

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          He was great though. Hold up play, great goal and unlucky not to get awarded first one

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Inches away from goal, was in bps until his yellow card.

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Scores from 6 inches and it's probably a 14 point haul. Instead looking at a very meh 7 points.

  2. Random Name
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Disgraceful performance by West Ham after going 3-0 up. Too complacent, not even celebrating their 3rd goal.

    No trophies for 40 years and everything to prove - 1 good season and they get too big for their boots. Get in the bin, back to fighting relegation next year

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Please don’t tell me this is an Arsenal fan talking

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        When WHU scored 5 of the 6?

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      You could replace West Ham with Arsenal in that post and it would still apply 😆

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        6 finals in the last 7 years.

    3. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Still better club than you.

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    As an Antonio and Dawson owner my disappointment is immeasurable

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Kane(c) Targett Watkins let's go!

  5. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    I detest Aubamayang

  6. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Nectar card I think

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      😆

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Arsenal up to 8th.

    Nosebleed territory!

  8. Crosswell Cresswell
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Dang it Cresswell

  9. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Wow what a game. I had no assets from that game but its hard to be sad when a football game is that good to watch

  10. Forgetmeknot
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Eugh- tierney, cresswell and aubameyang playing for 3 combined. Lingard and antonio 1st and 2nd on bench

  11. aborg
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Terrible....only on 10 points and just got Cresswell in for a FT.

    My hopes lie solely on the Spurs - AVL game as have total of 6 players.

  12. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Laca 1G 1A (2 returns) & YC - 37 BPS

    Antonio 2A (2 returns) & YC - 19 BPS

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Big chances missed

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      For strikers it’s all about goals

  13. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Antonio but no Lingard owner. Happy with the points but unlucky with the Soucek stolen goal, late YC and two near misses

  14. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    No Bruno or Shaw, oh dear

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Why does it matter from fpl perspective?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        It don’t but resting best players never ends well

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Auba had xGI of 0.02 in that match - below Luiz and Xhaka! 😀

  16. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    This has been a ridiculously fun FPL week given everyone was predicting very low scoring boredom

    Free hitters definitely the winners this week (no I am not on free hit)

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Not so sure on FH success over non FH

      On mini league drawn from here there are plenty of teams with 40 plus points with Kane C to go. Minority of FH crushed it and loads had Lingard Bamford Raph and Brighton defence anyway

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        I assumed most on FH would have Antonio, Bamford/ Lacazette , Lingard, Trossard, Raphinha, Dunk and Veltman? (Maybe not Trossard, but surely all the others?)

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Non FHitter here on 57 with Kane and Lloris to come...

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        You are the exception though

        It’s hard to have had a bad week if you free hit surely

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          True, you could be right...

      2. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Nicely done sir. I'm on a spritely 33 with 4 to play inc captain Kane (assuming Son doesn't get a run out).
        No free hits or indeed hits - Brighton defence did me up like a kipper!

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I couldn't resist doubling up on that defence, that 48% was just too juicy to miss especially with the form of Newcastle atm too...

          Hope your 4 do well for you! I'm thinking it might just be a 1 or 2 nil Spurs win...

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Coufal covers Cresswell 😎

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Finally pays off

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Dawson covers neither...

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Diop covers all in terms of price & points

  18. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Finally a great game. Hopefully, the IB will recharge some players batteries

  19. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Three West Ham players - 6 points. What is the pont.

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wow that is rotten luck.

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        I’ve owned Dawson for his two OGs, -1 points today, Cresswell 0 points. Antonio 7 points.

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wow! Did you only pick their defenders?

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        See above

    3. Elfozzie 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Hard lines. To be fair, I think that defence will continue to deliver for you in the future though (unlike say Brighton back line).
      Antonio unlucky to not have more (late card took him out of baps as well)

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        I had 11 players carefully transferred in over a number of weeks in readiness for this GW. I’m on 22 points with Kane, Son (who won’t play), Martinez, Konsa and Watkins to play

  20. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Not quite sure how Antonio has come out of that game with only 7pts. Owners really unlucky.

  21. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    We’ve been hugely rewarded for keeping Coufal on our benched for the last 6 weeks purely for this GW

  22. son of city
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Auba should surrender football to the owners and look for other things to do.

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        He’s carried us for 3 years until now. Not having his best season doesn’t mean he’s way past it.

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      5 + captain in the final game of the GW. Another goal fest please

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      That was such a riveting game that my rank was 6.5k at HT and dropped all the way to the cusp of 10k at FT...

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Only Martinez left now, really need Spurs to stay quiet.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Most on here have a Spurs triple up so I'd get that spot behind the couch warm and comfy 😀

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          82 points is fantastic though, think you smashed it regardless

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Might go for a walk and check result when I get back.

            Thanks.

        2. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Most won’t have 3 x Spurs unless Son plays.

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Superb score this week congrats!

        Only a Kane mega haul can ruin it for you

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Only had 5 players to field so rolled the dice on FH and got lucky.

          Thanks.

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Smashed it!

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks.

      3. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        A. Villa 1 - 3 spurs

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Hope that without Son and after 120 minutes on Thursday night they will not rip Villa apart.

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Points on the bench:

      Laca: 11
      Trossard: 14

      1. Tango74
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Who the hell u fielded ??

        • TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Who did you start instead of them?

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            I have a midfield of:

            Auba Lingard Bale Raph with Antonio and Kane up top

            1. Elfozzie 42
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              You'd probably make the same call 9/10 to be honest. Auba over Lacca at least and to be fair 'Trossard'...
              Maybe Bale will be rested though and you get some points?

        • M00N
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I’ve got Lacazette, Antonio and Pepe.

        • Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I have Veltman and Trossard in the bench, with Tierney Odegaard Auba in my team. The first time this season I let my heart take over my FPL and look what happens! Nevermind

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Yes I knew it would happen. I stressed for hours about which of Tierney, Aubameyang and Ödegaard to have playing and it didn’t matter; all 2 or fewer with Auba and Ode stinking up my team

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Ouch mate

          Did say it was a good week to BB 🙂

          And you got the point I suppose

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Imagine what those 25 points would have done to my OR!

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I think I've said this elsewhere... but 1) You shouldn't have Trossard if you were going to bench him because Brighton defenders had more than 1 expected points than any other defender (highest CS odds by far)

          2) You shouldn't have played any defender over an attacker this week. Which this clearly means you did...

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Up to 3.4 K with Martinez and Kane captain left.
        Which is better . Kane haul or Martinez clean sheet.

        1. Elfozzie 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I'm the same (although I also have targett and Watkins, so favouring a Villa win!)
          Neither Martinez or Kane is really going to be a differential I wouldn't have thought, so you'll want more points (i.e. Kane haul)

        2. Straight Edge
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Martinez cs

        3. Elfozzie 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Seriously? I second the questions above. Presumably this is a free hit team?

          1. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Sorry reply fail to above

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          "Hearing that Jose Mourinho's Spurs starting XI changes and bench today are going to make a real statement and it's likely to ruffle a few feathers. That's not really a bad thing after this week. Needs to win the game though for it to have the desired effect."

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            If son starts and bale is benched....

            1. Elfozzie 42
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 16 days ago

              He'll ruffle South Korean FA feathers if he plays Son!

        5. Straight Edge
            4 months, 16 days ago

            Cresswell 0