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WOLVES 2-3 WEST HAM

  • Goals: Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m), Fábio Silva (£5.2m) | Jesse Lingard (£6.3m), Pablo Fornals (£5.8m), Jarrod Bowen (£5.9m)
  • Assists: Adama Traoré (£6.0m), Pedro Neto (£5.7m) | Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m), Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m), Lingard
  • Bonus points: Lingard x3, Dendoncker x2, F Silva x1, A Traoré x1

JESS SAYIN’

Jesse Lingard (£6.3m) continued his impressive run of form with a ninth and tenth attacking return of the season in West Ham’s 3-2 win at Wolves.

The Manchester United loanee has enjoyed quite the renaissance since his Hammers debut in Gameweek 22, already amassing 18.2% ownership worldwide.

During that time no Premier League player has been involved in more goals than Lingard (10), who has produced four double-digit hauls, a total of 68 points in eight appearances (8.5 points per game).

“It’s just consistency I think. I’ve obviously not played for the past two years, I think. So to play week-in, week-out and keeping up form but the team has helped me tremendously.” – Jesse Lingard

The question facing Fantasy Premier League managers not in possession of the England international is whether or not he can sustain this form, especially with Leicester and Chelsea two of West Ham’s next three opponents.

After Monday night’s win at Molineux, there are two factors to consider here.

The other factor is what happens elsewhere in the West Ham team, considering Michail Antonio (£6.7m) went off injured against Wolves…

MICKY PLEASE BE FINE

David Moyes is waiting to assess potential damage to Antonio’s hamstring after he was forced off 36 minutes into West Ham’s Gameweek 30 outing.

The player has a history of muscle injuries, especially in recent seasons, hence the manager’s concern.

As things stand, West Ham’s doctors need to take a closer look before confirming whether or not he will miss the Gameweek 31 meeting with Leicester.

“We’re not sure yet. We’ll assess it tomorrow. He doesn’t feel too bad just now but we’ll check it tomorrow and see what it is. It looks as if he’s felt his hamstring, so we’ll need to check it out.” – David Moyes

“Mick felt his hamstring a little bit and we’ve just got to hope it’s nothing too bad, but if you’re a West Ham supporter know you all about Mick’s hamstrings, so we’ve got to be really wary of it.” – David Moyes

Antonio played a key role in Lingard’s impressive solo goal against Wolves, making a clever run to distract defenders and open up space for him to run into.

While Jarrod Bowen (£5.9m) scored as the centre-forward’s replacement, the former Hull man naturally offers less physical presence up-top compared to Antonio.

Therefore, owners of Lingard, or potential suitors, will need to keep an eye on how West Ham’s number 30 develops fitness-wise between now and Friday’s FPL deadline.

Meanwhile, there were also mild injury concerns about Lingard himself, who appeared to be struggling in the late stages of Monday’s win.

However, it has since been confirmed that he was suffering nothing more than cramp after a coming together while Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) got a cut on his ankle. We understand neither player required further assessment on Tuesday morning.

“Tomas (Soucek) has a cut in the ankle and Jesse (Lingard) got raked, but unfortunately we are just getting a few injuries.” – David Moyes

AND I SAY HEY

Monday night was a match for the formational-change purists as both West Ham and Wolves were forced into new shapes on the back of recent injuries.

Owners of Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m) perhaps have the most cause for frustration as his 28.6% backing watched him take on a more conservative role at Molineux as the Hammers often moved into a back-five when out of possession.

One of the reasons for that shift was Arthur Masuaku‘s (£4.3m) return to the team for a first start since Gameweek 11.

Prior to his injury, Cresswell would often play as the left-sided centre-back in a three-man defence with Masuaku and Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) taking up wing-back duties.

Fantasy managers should certainly keep an eye on how that situation develops as they consider the best way to invest in West Ham’s defence between now and the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Wolves were forced into two late defensive changes in Gameweek 30.

Jonny (£5.4m) is now out for the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training while Willy Boly (£5.4m) was ruled out on the morning of the game by a positive coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Jonny had a difficult injury on the right knee. It requires surgery so he will be missing the rest of the season. It’s tough, especially for him, besides he’s an important player and an important member of the squad.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

At such a late hour, and with other defensive shortages this season, Nuno did not have the option to revert to Wolves’ traditional three-man defence, and had to field Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) at left-back while Romain Saïss (£4.9m) had a poor game in a two-man central defensive pairing with Conor Coady (£4.8m).

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri (Hoever 90′), Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Dendoncker; A Traoré, Podence (F Silva 46′), Neto; Willian J (Vitinha 72′).

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Diop, Dawson; Masuaku (B Johnson 67′), Noble, Soucek, Coufal; Lingard, Fornals (Benrahma 78′); Antonio (Bowen 36′).

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794 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What to do with Saka?

    A. Keep for Sheffield United
    B. Get a City midfielder

    1. ActionJackson17
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Neither, get Jota...

  2. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Fixture swings? Not really...
    DGWs? Not really...

    Selling all city players... huh?

    What are you all wildcarding for now?

    Salah and Trent? So confused....

    1. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have 2 Villa (Martinez & Targett) & 3 Leeds (Meslier, Dallas & Bamford) who have very bad fixture swings. Plus, I also have week 29 / 30 punts (Trossard, Aubameyang & Alonso) that I want to ditch.

      Looking at positive fixture swings Liverpool & Leicester look attractive and possibly Wolves.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        What about Leicester and Wolves screams “buy, buy” atm?

        Martinez season keeper; Leeds have the best run in.

        Feels like a 2-3 week WC with additional fixture changes to come.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          When WC then?

          For gw33?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I’d be inclined to hold if I had no other chips. But fair point, time running out.

        2. gogs67
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Let people WC just now if they want. It might work, it might not....

          • Blue&White85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            It’s different for everyone though. If your team is in a strong position and needs very little tweaking then good luck to you but I have numerous things to address and wildcard gives me a great opportunity to do that and attack the last 8 weeks. A wildcard gives me the opportunity to get Jota, Salah, Vardy, Maddison, etc who I don’t own and want, and to sort out my backline which is now in for a tough run and unlikely to score highly in next 5/6 weeks. I’m not holding 3 Leeds players until their fixtures turn in 36 as by then I’ll have missed out on a lot of potential points elsewhere, and Villa only have 2 good fixtures in their last 8 so confident Mendy or Schmeichel will outscore Martinez from one until end.

            1. Blue&White85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Leicester have a great run to 35 and champions league football to play for, Wolves also have a great run to 35 (still undecided on them). I think there’s possible value to be had on the likes of Schmeichel, Coady, Maddison, Neto etc.

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I think the only way it pays off is if your differentials hit, I just don’t think many are good choices or players you would pick in a vacuum.

                It may make the game boring to have “template” players but these WCs feel like changing for the sake of change. I’ll be backing the “template” over the likes of Leicester and Wolves

                1. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Most have one cheap Lei and one cheap Wol, not sure that's the reason people WC

                2. Blue&White85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I don't own all of the current template (Salah being main example) and templates change quickly too. Plus, I don't want to follow template, I want to play game using my own judgement and back my instincts. Below are examples of some of the changes I'm making where I'm very confident I'll benefit from the wildcard.

                  1. Aubameyang to Salah
                  2. Martinez to Schmeichel
                  3. Trossard to Jota
                  4. Lookman to Neto / Lingard / Maddison
                  5. DCL to Vardy
                  6. Alonso to Shaw
                  7. Targett to Coady
                  8. Coufal to Rudiger

      2. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is there ever a right or wrong time to wc?

    2. KirkhamWesham
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Any suggestions to this wildcard team?
        Mahrez will be swapped with Son after the Leeds fixture.

        Mendy
        Cresswell Rudiger TAA
        Mount Jota Mahrez Salah Lingard
        Iheanacho Kane

        Forster Lascelles Shaw Bamford

        2.6m itb

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          all good but with Rice out and conceding 5 goals in last two games I cant get behind the cresswell pick

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            His position is the bigger issue

        2. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Missing Bruno and Son.

          1. KirkhamWesham
              2 months, 13 days ago

              As stated, Son comes in after next gw.
              I fancy taking a punt on Mahrez vs Leeds.

        3. Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          1.Sanchez,
          Taa, holding,
          Son,
          Davies,

          Or

          2.Leno,
          Phillips, Coady,
          Neto,
          Vardy

          ?

          1. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            2.

        4. ASOUSA12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          How's this for a WC squad:

          Martinez Forster
          Dias Rudiger Masuaku Phillips Holding
          Salah Jota Bruno Lingard Son
          Kane Iheanacho Brewster

          £1.4M ITB for great flexibility for future moves

          GW32: Save FT
          GW33: Son + Kane -> Auba + Vardy
          GW34: Salah + Vardy -> Kane + Son (-4)
          GW35: Save FT
          GW36: Auba + Iheanacho -> Salah + Bamford
          GW37: Save FT
          GW38: Son + Phillips -> Raphinha + TAA

          (obviously these moves won't happen with future DGWs, but just a thought...)

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Want to make FF laugh? Show it your plans for the rest of the season.

        5. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          How is this latest WC draft? After GW32, will do Son & Davis >> 4.5 & Vardy...

          Mendy / Forster
          TAA / Dias / Rudiger / Coady / Holding
          Salah / Bruno / Son / Lingard / Raphinha
          Kane / Iheanacho / Davis**

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Why Holding?

            1. Boxwoods
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cheap and two good fixtures to start

            2. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cheap, Luiz out (I think) and good fixtures.

        6. ActionJackson17
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          To wildcard or just a few change outs.....

          Pope
          Azpilicueta Stones Coufal
          Aubameyang Lingard Bruno Son
          Kane Watkins

          Sanchez, White, Dallas, Raphinha, Bamford

          Tempted to WC and have BB and TC left....1.0m ITB

          A) White + Raphinha --> Philips + Jota
          B) White + Auba --> TAA + Jota (Bank some more Cash)
          C) Auba --> Salah (But feel Auba against Shef U could work!)
          D) WC it up!!!

          Thanks in advance.....

          1. Jebiga
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Wc

            1. ActionJackson17
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks Wiseman....dammit....I was hoping to be productive at work by not deliberating WC permutations all week!! haha!

        7. Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Does anyone know if Fofana is nailed?

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            i'm not sure, thats why i'm rolling with Castagne with Justin out

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Seems to be.

          3. Blue&White85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            If they play back 4 then there are 2 centre back spots to be shared between Evans, Fofana & Soyuncu so I’m not sure he’s nailed. Think Schmeichel might be best defensive option from Leicester.

            1. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers

              What about Castagne?

        8. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          GTG?

          Pope
          Coufal, Rudiger, Stones
          Saka, Lingard, Jota, Bruno, Son
          Kane, DCL

          Subs: Martinez, Dunk, Bamford, Dallas

        9. Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          The bank is empty, anything you'd change here? (KDB can become Bruno next week)

          Mendy Forster
          Dias Rudiger TAA Shaw Holding
          KDB Son Jota Salah Lingard
          Kane Ihenacho Davis

          1. Jebiga
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            What If kdb plays whole match tonight ?

            1. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It's never particularly wise to guess Pep's thinking, but if KDB plays the 90 he could become Mahrez, Gundogan or Sterling - I think it's worth a gamble against a leaky Leeds team.

        10. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gundo to Salah worth a hit?

          1. GREEN JUMPERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Do it for free next week

        11. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Really torn on this WC decision:

          a) TAA + Iheanacho
          b) Phillips + Vardy

          1. Oooo Matron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Same dilemma. I really think TAA can do some serious damage with no real competition for his place. Ihenacho seems vital at the moment with Vardy injury prone.

            1. gogs67
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Nacho scores when Vardy plays with him. No Vardy and he definitely seems less effective, so I wouldn't buy him if cover for Vardy is the reason

            2. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              prolly A
              I planed on Vardy in soon but dont see it now

          2. sirmorbach
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A little help here, friends? WC still available

            Martínez / Forster
            Dias / Stones / Cresswell / Dunk /  Dallas
            Salah / Bruno / Gündogan / Raphinha / Soucek
            Kane / Antonio / Watkins

            A. Antonio to Iheanacho/Lacazette/Vardy
            B. Soucek to Lingard/Jota
            C. Anything else?

          3. Pepeye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Those not playing tonight for City virtually guaranteed a place against Leeds

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              So wrong

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He said fresh legs not the B team

          4. olidooley
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            WC gtg?

            Mendy Forster
            TAA Shaw Rudiger Coady Veltman
            Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
            Kane Iheanacho Davis

            1. Wag the Drog
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              You think Rudiger is a safe pick?

              1. olidooley
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah....they are struggling without him

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Zouma is never going to stop making big errors

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yes sir, that's me with Dias over Shaw. Not set in stone though, leaves nothing in the bank and would be nice to have a little if say Nacho becomes a problem

          5. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How's this WC looking?

            Mendy
            Dias - Shaw - TAA
            Bruno - Son - Gundo - Jota - Lingaard
            Vardy - Kane

            Bench: Martinez - Vydra - Coufal - Veltman

            1. Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              So weak bench

              1. Jebiga
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                And no salah

              2. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                You wot

              3. Tony Moon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Nothing whatsoever wrong with that bench. Three starters and another who is currently starting.

            2. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Dont like Vardy atm but he could certainly turn it around

              1. Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                who else would you pick for the forwards spot?

            3. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Vardy is a waste with Kelechi in such good form for half the price

          6. Pepeye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Snow, hail and strong winds here in Cheshire. God help City tonight if these conditions persist

            1. Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Reschedule incoming 🙂

          7. gaurava1216
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This is where I am on WC: BB still in hand.

            Mendy. Forster.
            Dias. Rudiger. Fofana. Philips. Shaw/reguillon
            Salah. Jota. Son. Bruno. Lingard.
            Kane. Ihenacho. Antonio/Wood.

            Thoughts and feedback pls

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Fofana is interesting. Does Rodgers always play 3 CBs? Otherwise there is competition with Evans and Soyuncu(who is currently ill).

            2. Gooner Kebab
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I'd squeeze TAA in if possible

          8. gaurava1216
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Arsenal Fans: is Holding nailed to start now that Luiz is out?

            1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              How long is Luiz out for?

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Asked this earlier and the short answer is no. Luiz is out for around 3-4 weeks from what I've seen.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Mari Gabriel could start together

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Unlikely as both left-footed, but Chambers can play RCB.

          9. Bonus magnet
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Where do I even start here ?

            Martinez
            Rudiger Veltman Digne
            Bruno bale Trossard wardprowse
            DCL Lacazette Watkins

            Areola Raphinha Aina Dallas

            Thinking Bruno+ Raphinha-> Salah + KdB

          10. GREEN JUMPERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Light at the back but worth it for the front 8? Would switch KDB to Salah in 33.

            Lloris (Forster)
            Rudiger Phillips Shaw (Holding Mitchell)
            KDB Lingard Bruno Son Jota
            Vardy Kane (Bamford)

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Don't think Vardy is worth it myself if you don't plan to captain? Would say the same about Son but he has the dgw

          11. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sanchez
            Digne / Shaw / Stones
            Fernandes / Son / Lingard / Gundogan / Raphinha
            Kane / Antonio*

            Martinez // Bamford / Dunk / Dallas

            Few moves I could make this week:
            1) Swap a GK for fixtures?
            2) Sell Digne. (TAA?)
            3) Sell Raph/Gundog (Jota?)
            4) Sell Bamford/Antonio (Ihenacho?)

            Which one it two (would be for a hit) is more optimal?

            1. Gooner Kebab
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              2 and 3 for me

          12. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Better combo?

            A. TAA + Lingard
            B. Phillips + Son (DGW)

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Son DGW something not to miss I think

              1. GREEN JUMPERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah, you really should have Son for the DGW

          13. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            What defence to go for? Bearing in mind I will bench Son, Kane and Davis in 33. 14.2m itb

            Leno • Forster
            Taa • Coufal • XXX • XXX • XXX
            Salah • Son • Jota • Lingard • Bruno
            Kane • Iheanacho • Davis

            A: Shaw + Rudi + Holding
            B: James + Coady + Veltman
            C: Downgrade Lings > Neto + 0.6m and get both James and Shaw