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Rodgers’ quotes on Perez and Maddison absences as Antonio misses out

There are notable absences on either side as high-flying West Ham United and Leicester City meet in east London this afternoon.

Kick off at the London Stadium is at 14:05 BST.

The non-availability of Michail Antonio (£6.6m) had been heavily signposted in David Moyes’ pre-match press conference, with the striker missing as expected today.

His place in the Hammers’ attack is taken by Jarrod Bowen (£5.9m), with the hosts otherwise unchanged from the 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and still without the sidelined Declan Rice (£4.7m).

As for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers has made two changes to the side that started last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) and Dennis Praet (£5.2m) are recalled, with Marc Albrighton(£5.2m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) making way.

Perez isn’t in the matchday squad and neither is James Maddison (£7.2m), with unconfirmed rumours alleging that the pair – along with Hamza Choudhury (£4.6m) – are absent for disciplinary reasons.

Rodgers poured more fuel onto that fire ahead of kick-off when guaranteeing their availability for next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final:

They’re not available for this game, but after this game, they’ll be fine. They’ll join the group next week and be ready for next week’s semi-final.

Two of the three most-bought players of Gameweek 31 feature in this match, with Jesse Lingard (£6.4m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) both heavily transferred in ahead of Friday’s deadline.


West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Soucek, Noble, Fornals, Lingard, Masuaku, Bowen.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Fofana, Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Castagne, Praet, Iheanacho, Vardy.


GAMEWEEK 31 SO FAR…

Nick Pope (£5.5m) was absent from the Burnley squad on Sunday as the Clarets made it six matches without a clean sheet when succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United.

Sean Dyche said of the England international:

We don’t think it’s too serious. He’s just not made today.

The partnership between budget forwards Chris Wood (£6.3m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) continues to reap points in Fantasy Premier League, with the former assisting the latter for the game’s opener.

Wood has five FPL attacking returns in his last four outings, with Vydra registering three goals and an assist in his five most-recent appearances.

Newcastle were, as they so often have been without their first-choice attack, ineffective until the second-half introduction of the fit-again Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m).

It was the Frenchman who turned the game on its head, first teeing up wing-back Jacob Murphy (£4.9m) for the equaliser before grabbing the winner with a fine solo goal.

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1,144 Comments Post a Comment
  1. son of city
      2 months, 14 days ago

      now I don't know if getting Jota over lingz was a good idea or not.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Clearly it wasn’t. But both are easily affordable

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Clearly? Didn’t know one week determines everything lol

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Try past three or five then

            1. Brehmeren
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              This

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cmooon Vardy!

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      List of players I will not touch next season

      vardy
      sterling

      both look absolutely rancid every time you watch them

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Lol cornerstones of my wildcard

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Vardy has an excuse. He's getting on. Sterling however, what's gone on.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Sterling wasn’t that great anyway, he just happens to play for one of the best premier league teams ever.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I think you're undermining Sterling a little bit there.

      3. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I vowed never to get Sterling over two seasons ago, have never looked back, absolute garbage player

    • bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Looks like Leicester are going to blow a CL spot again.

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Not quite sure how to complete this sequence

      Digne 1
      Cresswell 0-1-0

      Anyone want me to get Azpi? I'm sure breaking Chelsea defence will be a popular move.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It’s already broken.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          So was Everton's and West Ham's - got to give myself a headstart 🙂

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            😆

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Get Azpi please... So I can get rid off him as well as Cresswell.

      3. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Azpi has got me a whopping 2 pts in the last 2 games against West Brom and Palace. I wouldn’t recommend going there

      4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        1-0-1-0-0-0-0-1

      5. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Shaw

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Screw trying to be differential

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Buying Lingard as a differential went well 😉

        Have to pick out the next one!

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Flappianski

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Anyone else that will still refuse to get Lingard after today or just me?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        i m getting him

      2. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Many of us. Luck will end soon

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Good to see

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          great fixtures and only 6.4. perfect gundo replacement imo

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I've just gotten angry and brought him in for gundo who ironically has turned out to be somewhat of a trap over the last 2 weeks like you said all that time ago 🙂

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Form is temporary class is permanent. Traps will always be traps 😉

          1. TheBiffas
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I think 8 games is a pretty good indicator of form. Dry your tears

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Form and luck will run out soon. Enjoy

      4. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cresswell 4 weeks ago was another masterstroke by me.

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No excuses not to get TAA now

          1. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Already got him, him & J-Lingz keeping my score only mildly embarrassing this GW.

      5. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cmon Coufal get a goal, make up for me not having Lingardinho

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Not happy with a double digit haul? Greedy much

          1. Babit1967
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Haha nah I’ll take that, I don’t even deserve his points as he is last on my bench but luckily he comes in

      6. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        fine line between 'point chasing' and knowing a good thing when you see it

        not jumping on Lingard early even for a hit because it felt 'sideways' from souceck has been a a really bad mistake

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I’ve seen Lingard and he’s far from a good thing.. explain that?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            have you seen how many points he's scored ? and West Ham keep scoring 3 every week

      7. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Please Ole give Luke a rest this week, this is no time for him for his revenge vs Jose I’ve got Dallas waiting on my bench....these next 5 minutes.....

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Shaw will start, no Dallas sub points for you or me

        • son of city
            2 months, 14 days ago

            gundog be out here blanking and still have the highest pick compared to lingard, LoL........ need him out of my life.

          • Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            on a scale of 1 to 10 how is essential is son?

            a for gw32 only
            b for the rest of the season

            easiest way for me to get him is salah to son then back to salah.

            thanks

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              get for 32 and keep for 33, see after that

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                thanks steve. i would need salah back for 33 though.

          • Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Jlingz is a 45 mins player

            1. GROBARI
                2 months, 14 days ago

                And he is like Messi in prime in those 45 minutes

            2. LewanGOALski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Gundo ➡ Lingard a no brainer for FT, I suppose...

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                That would only leave me with £5.7m so nowhere near enough to do that in one move.

                I'd need to take a hit or WC.

            3. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Coufal O.G would be lovely after what Cresswell did to his owners.

            4. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Anyone have a better bench? And still have BB left to play?

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Where did the bench go??

                Martinez bamford coufal Dallas

            5. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Going to be a great race for top 4 this year. Esp if Spurs manage to beat Man Utd today.

            6. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Shaw starting, for anyone wondering. 3rd on my bench, will probably outscore Azpi, Dias, Lowton and Cresswell who all will be in my starting lineup after subs.

            7. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Oh dear Kane and Son are gonna have to smash it for me after this Lingard show!

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Same

            8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              ⚽ Team News 📰
              TOTTENHAM : Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura, Son, Kane.
              Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Winks, Bale, Lamela, Sissoko, Alli, Tanganga, Vinicius.

              MAN UTD : Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani.
              Subs: De Gea, Mata, Greenwood, Traore, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe.

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Shaw starts!

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  What a surprise, means I don't get Coufal first off my bench

              2. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Come ooooon Son

            9. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
              Team to play Tottenham: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani.
              Subs: De Gea, Mata, Greenwood, Traore, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe.

              TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS
              Team to play Man Utd: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura, Son, Kane.
              Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Winks, Bale, Lamela, Sissoko, Alli, Tanganga, Vinicius.

            10. adam wigan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Took a gamble this week on Antonio, Gundogan, Raphinha, and Coufal to Vydra, Lingard, Jota, and Trent (C) for -12

              Paying off so far, just a shame coufal is hauling!

              1. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Watkins Trossard Cresswell >> Nacho Salah TAA (-4) looks great..

                Only Dallas on the bench is so annoying

                1. adam wigan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Dallas last on my bench as well!

            11. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

              Team to play Man Utd: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura, Son, Kane.

              Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Winks, Bale, Lamela, Sissoko, Alli, Tanganga, Vinicius.

              MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

              Team to play Tottenham: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani.

              Subs: De Gea, Mata, Greenwood, Traore, Telles, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe.

            12. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Shaw Shanks Redemption for Dallas benchers ..

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Gold

              2. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Lovely

            13. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Everton record (PL finishes) with Moyes. Starts in 01/02

              15, 7, 17, 4, 11, 7, 5, 5, 8, 7, 7, 6

              17th could be when he saved West Ham from the drop. 4th could be this season. So mid-table next season?

            14. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Good. Shaw starts.

            15. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Given up on Vardy(c).

              Cmon Bruno Shaw Kane Son. Make it a good one, EO permitting.

              1. Sack The Glazers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                is it too much to ask for a united - tot goal fest

            16. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Shaw must go on!