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Jonny, Boly and Moutinho missing as West Ham visit Wolves without Rice

Ahead of interest in their defensive assets for Gameweek 31, Wolves are forced into several key changes as they host West Ham.

Jonny (£5.4m) has suffered another anterior cruciate ligament injury in training and is replaced at left-back by Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m).

However, the unfortunate Spanish defender is not the only important absentee tonight, Willy Boly (£5.4m) missing out due to a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

Without those two first-choice options, Nuno has gone with a four-man defence featuring Aït-Nouri and Nelson Semedo (£5.2m) either side of Conor Coady (£4.8m) and Romain Saïss (£4.9m).

Fantasy Premier League managers will have a watchful eye on how the Wolves defence performs without Jonny and Boly tonight, considering the impending swing of fixtures in their favour.

João Moutinho (£5.2m) misses out with a groin injury so Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m) and Ruben Neves (£5.1m) form a two-man midfield anchor behind Pedro Neto (£5.7m), Daniel Podence (£5.3m) and Adama Traoré (£6.0m) in support of Willian José (£6.8m).

There is a similar dynamic in the West Ham squad for Gameweek 30 with Declan Rice‘s (£4.7m) enforced absence triggering a formational shift.

Mark Noble (£4.5m) fills in for the England international while Arthur Masuaku‘s (£4.3m) return from injury leads to a first start since Gameweek 11 and a return to the 3-4-2-1 shape David Moyes favoured at the beginning of 2020/21.

After enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the FPL defenders’ scoring charts this season, Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m) is back in a centre-back role, on the left-hand side of a three-man defence with Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Craig Dawson (£4.5m).

Still, the Hammers’ appealing encounters do not surface as a concentrated batch of matches until a Gameweek 34 trip to Burnley so there is still plenty of scouting to be done between now and their fixture swing.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) joins Masuaku, Noble and Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) in a four-man midfield, a more advanced role than he has enjoyed in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Jesse Lingard (£6.2m) and Pablo Fornals (£5.8m) are in support of Michail Antonio (£6.7m).

Gameweek 30 Line-ups

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Ait-Nouri, Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Dendoncker; Neto, Podence, A Traoré; Willian J.

West Ham United XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Diop, Dawson; Masuaku, Noble, Soucek, Coufal; Lingard, Fornals; Antonio.

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804 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Bye ESR... So Brewster or Davis? 😆

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Whoever’s cheaper.

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      davis

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Great minds. Will probably bring Brewster back 😀

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        You might one to leave Villa spot open for dgw.

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Point! There is a minimal chance but still. Perhaps Brewster should get some starts now too just for the experience as they're down

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Both have 1 point ceiling. So for the reason above get Brewster. Maybe he finally scores in gw 38.

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Hah, looking forward to burying him in the bench!

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Wish I had him atm. Lingard haul 1st on the bench.

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Vardy worth a WC pick or no?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Too expensive for me.

      Maddy back on the radar with an England spot to win.

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Fair point - but who to remove from a midfield of Bruno Son Jota JLingz Gundogan (only city attacker)?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Back to Vardy it is 😀

          Good headache to have, plenty of time to ponder.

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Indeed! Cheers pal

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      1 goal since GW14, I know he’s been injured a bit but surely better value options?

      1. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not at the striker position. If you stick with 2 premiums in midfield and 3 players in 5-7 min bracket you should have founds for Vardy + Kane.

  3. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Okay, second WC draft.. how’s this?

    Mendy
    Dias - TAA - Shaw
    Gundo - Lingaard - Trossard - Salah - Bruno
    DCL - Kane

    Bench: Martinez - Vydra - Phillips - Veltman

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      DCL and Trossard I am not too convinced by

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    As an Antonio and Dawson owner my disappointment is immeasurable

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Antonio and Cresswell here

  5. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Have a lot of ground to cover. WC activated!

    Areola | Johnstone
    Dias Shaw Phillips
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Saka
    Kane Richarlison
    | Iheanacho Coady Amartey

    Can this team work out?

  6. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Losing the will to keep playing this season!

    Everyone is so flaky other than city and no one knows who will start for them.

    Liverpool punt based on one result could go either way and could potentially influence season massively.

  7. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I can’t see the answer yet ..
    Aguero in the mix ?

  8. HD7
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    0.3 short of this team, bright ideas?

    Mendy, Forster
    TAA, Rudiger, Shaw, Coady, Holding
    Salah, Son, Bruno, Jota, Lingard
    Kane, Nacho, Davis

    1. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Maybe one more Spurs somewhere for their DGW32

    2. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Holding to Phillips?

      1. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        0.1 still short and it means getting TAA out...

      2. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He’s got 3 Liverpool already...

    3. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Coady - Diop

      1. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        This... actually could work. Thanks

  9. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Who to lose for jota please?

    A. Gundogen
    B. Trossard
    C. Raphina

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      C

    2. Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not Gundo ofc

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes to be fair I do have the armband on gundogen at the moment!
        I’ve been leaning towards raphina although he has been great value.

    3. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      B

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I guess Brighton don’t usually score a lot but trossard is one of the form mids at the moment.

        1. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Not really pulling up more trees than Raph, tho, and latter more consistent over longer period, plus plays in more attacking team. Neither has great fixtures in immediate future, but Leeds’ get good eventually.

      2. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Gundo will play vs Dortmund, not vs Leeds. Pep said he wants fresh legs.

        1. In a Rush
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          He did mention fresh legs and gundogen will play against Dortmund but wouldn’t be surprised if he plays Leeds as well, he’s just had a rest.

    4. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      B

    5. Tango74
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Same as u but going to the Gundogan as he will drop tonight as he’s -103.8 and I lose 0.1

        Also he won’t play v Leeds and blank in 33

    6. Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Guys, what do you think about Gundo C vs Leeds next GW?

      Even thinking about Mount (have Kane, Bruno, Salah ect...)

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

        One goal and one assist since the first match in 24. yes he's blanked a few but he's hardly on a roll.

        Not a horrid call but Liverpool attack makes more sense to me.

    7. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ings WC pick? Seems to be slim pickings up top

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        DCL is much better option with his fixtures, even Ichenaco (or what ever is his name) is better option

        1. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Are you serious? I’m a DCL owner and getting rid of ASAP,
          For weeks far too many deluded people on here when it comes to him and his dgw. His last 6
          Weeks have amassed the huge scores of
          2,6,2,2,2,4.

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not bad. Annoying blank 33 tho

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Oops hadn’t seen that!

        2. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Has A dgw to be pencilled in at some Point

      3. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Kane Nacho and Vydra here

      4. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        How about Lacazette?

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Screamer?

      5. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Possible

        Might go for him over DCL. Goals in that Southampton team. Is he fit? Limped off at end no?

        1. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Maybe che adams a good shout

    8. Isca Extremadura
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Gundo will be saved for cups from 33/34 you’d think

    9. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Surprised that Lingard is only 35% EO in top 10k.

      1. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        No United fan I know of, has Jlingz

        1. Sack The Glazers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I do

          1. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            GGMU!! Swap him for Rice next season.

    10. Isca Extremadura
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yeah Vardy nailed, on pens,but off form

    11. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have exactly the right money to do Gundogan and Raphina out for Jota and Salah.

      2fts also.

      Tempting.

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Get Jlinz instead of Jota/Salah

        1. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Already got him.

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Looks good move to me

            1. GoonerSteve
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Problem is defence needs work also.

              I've got Dallas, Targett, Coufal, Stones, Veltman.
              Martinez in goal.

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                True. Dallas needs to go

            2. In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Yes like that for free

      2. artvandelay316
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        This is a good move.

    12. McPollolocco
        1 month, 7 days ago

        How bad is the injury of Antonio?
        Is there a chance that Bowen nailed in?

      • FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        How's this for a WC squad?

        Leno, Forster
        TAA, Dias, Rudiger, Coady, Coufal
        Salah, Jota, Bruno, Neto, Raphina
        Kane, Bamford, Iheanacho

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Lingard?

        2. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Needs Lingard.

        3. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 7 days ago

          For who?

          1. veedub1989
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Neto...swap in GW33 if Lingard is tapering off

      • Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Too many Silva’s !

        1. Isca Extremadura
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Lingard and others pushing for Euros
          Right to end of season

      • Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Slight reshuffle on the WC to squeeze Jessie in. 0itb with free hit available.

        Mendy
        TAA // Rudiger // Dias
        Salah // Son // Bruno // Jota // Lingard
        Kane // Nacho

        3.9 // Vydra

        1. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          * Holding // Coufal

          Any changes ?

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

          You've done well

          Most with that midfield have no defence or resort to Coady. Would have Ederson Shaw over Mendy Dias any day of the week. Two upgrades.

        3. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I freaking love it! Wouldn't bother with Vydra though, think Barnes is due back any day. Davis saves you 0.6 I believe, enables Forster to start with

      • Finding Timo
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I am back on Dias on WC but I worried about him being rested v Leeds due to pep ‘fresh legs’ comments!

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Awful gameweek but happy that teams seem to have started scoring again. Now if only my players would remember that too....

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Soucek goal to be checked.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Nearly caught it tbf.

        • McPollolocco
            1 month, 7 days ago

            My wildcard team:

            Martinez, Foster
            Cancelo, Coufal, Digne, TAA, N. Philipps
            Bowen, Neto, Mahrez, Salah, Maddison
            Kane, Ings, Bamford

            Thoughts?

            I did this moves for this team:

            Rüdiger --> Coufal
            Tierney --> TAA
            Targett --> Philipps
            Zaha --> Bowen

          • gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Where is the yellow card for Soucek for cheating?

          • dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Leaning into those Leicester fixtures, wildcard, thoughts?

            Should I be turning a chels def into city def and get some other fodder than Phillips so do best block mo if nexded

            Schemical Forster
            Christensen Rudiger Azpi Trent Phillips
            Jota Son Lingard Bruno Raphina
            Vardy Nacho Kane

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Feel like I should keep a City player on WC. But which one? Or none?
            1) Gundo
            2) Stones
            3) Cancelo
            4) Get Dias instead
            5) Don't bother with City

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Gundo is cheap enough to carry as he’ll likely no-show if he doesn’t start.

              A case for Dias too.

          • gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Neto is such a great silky player. Always looks a threat. Such a shame with Wolves fixtures that he is surrounded by dross.

          • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Trent worth the 3.3m more than Phillips?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Probably not but it’s time to chase points.

              Trent is one who has the potential to deliver big.

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

              Put it like this

              TAA has comfortably outpointed Salah over the last 10 or so. Philllips won't do that.

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                He is almost half the price, that 3.3M spread out correctly can get you more points than the difference between TAA and Phillips in 8 games. Sorry couldn't resist :p

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

                  Which player do you spend it on?

                  You can buy more expensive players such as Cresswell and Salah or Vardy etc but that doesn't mean they return. It's points not money that counts. The premiums and sub premiums have been miserable since 15 or so. Rashford the best of them. he doesn't cost much.

                  1. Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    It's not too hard to find use of an extra 3.3M on a WC. You get another premium defender to start with 🙂 If bad team value it's certainly an alternative. Think I'll have TAA myself though after all 😉

          • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Is good time for wc ?

          • Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Could do with Cresswell being involved in some form of attacking returns.

            1. Effe
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Me too