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

    Nacho nacho man

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

    Bale C and VC selection...

  3. Ejaaz11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Need spurs to be winning only 1-0 so bale don't come on and I get lingard off the bench...

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

      Why you have Lingard on bench to start with I dunno... 🙂

      1. Ejaaz11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Feel so stupid.
        Thought maybe arsenal have turned a corner and will defend really well

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

    Iheanacho in some vein of form now.
    Helped by lack of marking from Utd

  5. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kelechi Fenomeno on fire

  6. #Swish41
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Can’t win em all - veltman, Bale and Lingard for -4 worked out fine (+22)...for once...

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

      Veltman Lingard and Dallas here

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        You’d have taken that return all week!

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

      Lingard Drunk Bale

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

    The 2 players i brought in for the BGW: Bale and Cresswell.

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ouch!

    2. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Bale will score off the bench

    3. Ain't No Holebas Girl
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I raise you Bale and Dawson

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

        Bale captain.

        1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ok you win. Hope he gets us something off the bench then!

  8. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    When do we think Grealish will be back? Ever this season?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      After the international break.

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

      Could be fit for spurs according to Deano

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

        So that means he def won’t be fit for spurs

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

      Makes sense for him not to be risked before international break but of he isn't back after it then it will not look good.
      Also some rumours around that whole thing is related to contract\transfer talks and interest of Manchester clubs in young Jack.

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

        I think he did the muscle and they have been lying the whole time

  9. Milkman Bruno
      1 month, 22 days ago

      So frustrating watching united. How can you keep running so hot and cold all year.

      1. SM001
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Because half the squad is no where near good enough.

    • SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Leicester better without Maddison on account of prince Kelechi

      1. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        On this evidence it's Vardy who drops out.

        1. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nacho is clearly better though playing in a front two. Tricky decisions for Rogers to make.

    • Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don't care what anyone says.

      I'm getting a ticket for the Nacho bandwagon.

      1. Tango74
          1 month, 22 days ago

          And Lingard and trossard?

          1. Neevesy
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I've had Lingard for last 5 GW's

            1. Tango74
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Nice one.

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

            By far the standout in that bracket

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

          I want a Watkins brace.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Me too

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

            More chance of winning the lotto.

          3. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I mean he's gotta be due

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Was Bale the most transferred in player this gameweek?

          1. #Swish41
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Yep!

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

            Yezzir.

            Bringing him in for GW30.

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

          One Billion spent post-Fergie and this is peak Man
          United?

          Ole in!

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Don't need trophies to be a successful team apparently

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

              Europa League and League cups not worth anything?

              1. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Referencing Ole's time in charge

                https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/soccer/arid-40246358.html

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

              Top in January & beating City trophies mean nothing to you?!?!

        • Ian Davis
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Hopefully Mourinho has fallen out with Bale and I’ll get those Trossard points off the bench. I know he’ll come on for that 1 point cameo though...

        • Kane and Ablett
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I have Bale (c) and Kane, JLing (v) wtf do I want to happen in this match?

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

              Oh dear 🙁

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

              Bale not to play at all.

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

                Big Aina 1 pointer coming charging off my bench!

            3. SADIO SANÉ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              obviously for Bale to stay on the bench

            4. ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              U want Bale to come off the bench in the 80th min and then miss a pen and get a yc

          • ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Leicester are gonna win the Fa Cup

          • threeputt
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            So now I have no Alderweireld can I please have the same 3-3 from earlier with Kane (c) and Watkins please, I don't really care that I have Sanchez in goal and Lloris on the bench

          • jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Actually had a feeling bale would be benched after Thursday, but I still brought him in.

            Hopefully he comes for at least 30 mins..

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

              I thought he would start & benched after 60, otherwise would have gone trossachs or lingard

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

              It’s so tricky going with your hunch. I had the same about Auba but still picked him and although he played he was ineffectual

          • Shultan
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Poor decision with spurs players
            Salah to Bale with FT
            Kept Son instead a hit because spurs have Newcastle, plus Son miraculous recovery before!
            Was looking trossad or lingard
            Oh & Kane (C) so expecting blank

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Dias & Burn ➡ Rudiger & Azpi for 2 FTs to target double CHE defence with those tasty fixtures..?

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

              I take it, you'll still have Stones or another City defender?

              I got rid of my double City defence on my WC and brought in Mendy and Azpi in place of Dunk and Veltman. I think those fixtures are too juicy to miss...

          • The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I've got Bamford waiting patiently on the bench. Bale is deffo going to get a 2 min cameo now!

          • sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Celebrated Antonio YC and 1bps loss as some rivals started him and I had him first on bench. With Bale news, not sure how to feel about that!

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

              Bale probably will get some mins

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            OHeanacho

          • ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Spurs Villa is destined to end in a 1 nil win for spurs with a late goal from Sanchez or Rodon right ?

            1. Kane and Ablett
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Probably the other way with el ghazi scoring with his 20th shot in as many minutes in injury time

                1. ZimZalabim
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  If its the other way can it be a konsa injury time goal

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

                    Bless thy tongue

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

                2-0 at best was my estimate...

            2. Naby K8a
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Where does Brendan Rodgers rank in best PL managers in the league?

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

                Top 3 imo.

                Pep, Klopp, Rodgers.

                1. Naby K8a
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  too soon to include Tuchel in there?

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

                    WAY too soon imo...

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

                    Let him win something first

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

                Hard to judge he was one slip away from winning the title after all.

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

                The best British manager but overall probably hes behind Klopp, pep, jose, carlo, Bielsa and Tuchel so 7th best in the league

                1. La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  How is he behind Jose? Please explain

                  1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    List all trophies that Rogers won in his career. I'll wait.

                2. Naby K8a
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  No way is Jose better than Rodgers now.

                  1. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    depends on the parameters u set. Overall hes no where close to Jose. But if u want to only look at this season then sure rodgers has been better or if its the last few years since Rodgers has come to Leicester than its far closer but neither has won anything in that time, it depends on what way u frame the question and what time period you want to look at

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

                  Bielsa?

                  1. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    I was not sure if I shd include him in my list of better managers but its a close one. Maybe the are on par as the 6th best

            3. boc610
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              man u minus Penandez= Salford City

            4. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Lawro got this Leicester result (albeit 2-1). It wasn’t long ago we thought Leicester was a no go area. Much more of this and it might be time for Lineker’s underpants again

            5. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Itchy Nachos can’t stop scoring can he?

            6. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              go villa!
              Dont care about my Kane(c)

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

                Time for a Spurs meltdown just before a prime fixture against Newcastle?

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

                0-0 would be grand

                That or Kane brace

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

                  I’d take a 0-0 with Reg and Bale.