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

    Can we get an early Watkins brace so Bale comes on plz

  2. jimbobmij
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Which side wins the following in a draft trade:

    Sterling, Azpi for Auba, Targett

  3. tommo123
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Praying Bale gets 0 minutes... Trossard 1st on bench

    1. Bob_the_builder
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Need Spurs to get off to a flyer and be 3-0 up at halftime. That should do it.

    2. boc610
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I'd say you have 10 percent chance of getting the belgian's points

    3. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I’m with you. Laca 1st on mine. I think we should be prepared that he probably comes on though don’t get your hopes up

  4. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Well played Leicester!

  5. BOZ
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Martinez pen save from Lane incoming

    1. BOZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Kane*

  6. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Score predictions ?

    1. Milkman Bruno
        4 months, 4 days ago

        3-1 Leicester

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

          😆

      • G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        1-0 Spurs (maybe 2)...

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        5 goals for Kane, a Reguilon OG and a Martinez pen save from Vinicius

    2. Milkman Bruno
        4 months, 4 days ago

        United were absolute trash

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Finally into the top 1k so long as Watkins doesn't go mental!

        1. alsybach
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Does he ever?

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Iheanacho looking a no brainier on WC, form of his life at the moment, very glad to see!

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

          Is he nailed though?

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Simply can’t drop him in this form

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

          I think I'm gonna Bamford ➡ Iheanacho...

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

            Watkins for me

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

              You really like their fixtures over Leicester's? I look at Villa and just can't bring myself to go there tbh...

        3. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          This

      • son of city
          4 months, 4 days ago

          nacho price 5.7m and doing wonders DCL 6.8 and yet doing nothing in my team. SMH.

        • Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          ML leader on his freehit will have Laca coming on for Bale.

          I'm sure he will come on, please come on.

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

            He will

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

          What a tactical masterclass from Ole

          Don’t stare directly at it

        • The Senate
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Leicester score goals from errors by Fred, Fred, and McTominay and some people still try to pin the blame on Maguire lol

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

            He did captain that mess of a squad...

        • Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Ole doesn't start Bruno in this quarter-final is a joke.

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

            Bigger games. Win europa and finish top 2

            1. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              It's irrelevant. Will they have a europa or PL game 3 days later?

          2. boc610
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            haha whens his next rest pencilled in for? 2024?

            1. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              haha Yes he now has more time to rest then, out from a competition.

        • evilfish
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          I'm amazed with the amount of ppl who have bench players this week. All free hitters?

          1. Bob_the_builder
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Yes sir!

          2. Echoes
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Must be surely, as non free hitters are having it tough to field 11 players, let alone have a bench.

          3. Tango74
              4 months, 4 days ago

              What’s the template Strikers now

              Kane, Nacho ,Bamford ?

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Antonio?

              2. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                And DCL still...

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

                That’s where I am heading, Watkins to Nacho

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              How did United think they would score benching their two most creative players.

              1. Jebiga
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Shete

              2. Salan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Exactly. That's why I doubt Ole on this decision.

            • Echoes
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Anyone else feel the most popular choices in any particular GW ends up as a total disappointment this season? I know those things happen every year and it evens out over the season and so on, but f**king hell. This season has been surreal to say the least.

              • Kane and Ablett
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  So it’s not Moanrinhos fault Spurs are rubbish, it’s Bale and Dier letting him down, glad that narrative is cleared up

                • Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  Feel happy I didn’t FH now, could have had dunk and Antonio points but this spurs lineup and auba being a trap has vindicated the decision

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

                    Depends on whether you anticipated the trap and on Thursday night went Aubameyang and Bale to Trossard and Lingard

                    1. G-Whizz
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                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Beautiful 🙂

                  2. Parsnips
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      I went fh and I’m on 71 with Kane captain to play...

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

                        90 with Kane to come.

                        A rare bright day in a dark season but top 100k is back on

                        1. fusen
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Huge squad, congrats on that FH team

                          1. fusen
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Huge score*

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

                          Well done

                    • Firminoooo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Big win for FHS. They have a bench, we don’t.

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

                    Bale so far this season
                    In the Squad: 20
                    Starting eleven: 6
                    Substituted in: 6
                    On the bench: 8
                    Injured: 7 + missed GW1

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

                      Liability for anyone who brought him in now
                      Nice fixture next GW but he rarely plays 90

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

                        It really is 50/50 as to whether he comes on today

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

                      I'm avoiding for now and doesn't play in GW33 either...

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

                        He might actually

                        Southampton may be racking up another DGW if they get to the final. They can't play both DGWs in 35. 33 is free now for both teams.

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

                          Midweek free that is

                          1. G-Whizz
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                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Oh yeah! I'd forgotten that, but still, I'll just stick with Kane and Lloris with no Son for now...

                    3. KUN+10
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Hope he stays on the bench. Bamford 1st sub

                  4. tbos83
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      What are the chances Bale won't come on?

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Zero

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

                        69%

                      3. Jambot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Low

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

                      What an abject display by Man U, well played Leicester
                      Should have been 5 - 1

                    • Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      I TOLD YOU ALL BALE WOULD BE BENCHED FFS I AM SO UNLUCKY

                      1. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Alright mate! No need to shout 😆

                      2. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Have you anyone coming on for him?

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

                          Nope got 11 players with no hits, all my rivals outscoring me with 8 players, this game is all luck

                          1. G-Whizz
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                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Not ALL luck but I feel your pain...

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

                        Who you bringing in next GW?

                        1. G-Whizz
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                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Yeah, we need to know, FAST!!!

                    • Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Bale to come off the bench for a one point cameo to keep Laca’s 11 out of reach. Irrational desire to see Spurs thrashed now ... yay!

                    • Bookkeeper
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Don't understand the Bale benching, other players have also let Mourinho down. Guess there's issues behind the scenes which led to the benching.

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

                        Could be as simple that he played 60 mins or so last time out. He was their best attacking threat.

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

                        Just watch him walk around for half a match.. nothing behind the scenes needed

                        1. Bookkeeper
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          You must have watched a different game, in the last game he was tracking back, several other players performed poorly too.

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

                            Against Arsenal...?

                            The keeper had more distance covered

                      3. Kane and Ablett
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          If the story is about Bale it’s not about Mourinho so he can survive a few more weeks, classic conman

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

                        My two differentials this week, Auba and Bale, what is the point?

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

                          There’s always someone worse off. I’m on 18 points. Despite having 11 players this week.

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

                            No way?! What’s your team? That’s incredibly unlucky

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

                              Dawson -1 point
                              Creswell - 0 points
                              Dallas - 2 points
                              Dunk - 6 points
                              Son - 0 points
                              Raphinha - 8 points
                              Antonio - 7 points

                              Martinez, Konsa, Watkins, Kane to play. 4 point hit taken.

                              22 points so far.

                          2. G-Whizz
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                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            :O

                        2. Firminoooo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          I have even kept Son and Grealish on the bench for ages for this GW.....

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

                            You kept them because they're not playing and won't get any points?

                        3. UNDERWORLD7
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          I was gonna bring those two in, but glad I waited out until after the Spurs game, it was clear then that Bale was a no go, and Auba is mostly always gonna flop. Maybe got blinded by the big money name players? I dunno.
                          If your decision to bring Bale in was made BEFORE they lost in europa, then fair enough, but after, he was a clear ‘stay away’

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

                            After he got rested?

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

                              Ha this wtf is he on

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

                            Absolutely love this, yes sir captain haha

                      5. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Come on you Foxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

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

                          Congrats! Great opportunity now

                          1. Old Man
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Cheers Duke!

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

                        Bale cameo or not could be a big swing for some FH teams!

                        67 with Lingard 1st sub https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2755041/event/29/

                        65 with Lacazette 1st sub
                        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1366526/event/29/

                        62 with Trossard 1st sub
                        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/711191/event/29/

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

                          He better come on. It's bad enough people getting Lingard/Trossard in for Son.

                        2. Jambot
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          61 with Laca first sub here

                      7. ZimZalabim
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Is this the start of an Epic Man United Collapse ?

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

                          Mid point really