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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Anyone got the Spurs - United team news? 😉

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nope.. Not out yet it seems.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It’s the main course of the weekend, we are all excited

  2. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Even a son hattrick isn't enough to save my week

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I want justice after being misinformed to sell and miss his haul last time against United....18 points will do

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'd do horrible things for a son haul

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I think I would too....

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      My WC couldn't have gone any worse, Neto injury in first few minutes of first game sum it up nicely

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That is very unlucky!

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Haha yep as usual! I sold Bamford Watkins Dallas etc too

  3. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    SHAWshank Redemption

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    there is a poor sole out there who went Greenwood, jota, ihenachio, Cresswell and double city on wildcard

  5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Lingard to West Ham has been low-key genius from Man Utd’s transfer department

    Weaken West Ham for the Man Utd game through his absence (3 points bagged)

    Strengthen West Ham for all the games vs the rivals for Champions League

    Before finally acting as €30m of Declan Rice’s €90m transfer fee in the summer

    Proper 4D chess from utd there tbf

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Just a shame they don't have a manager that could utilise him properly

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      90 million euros for Declan Rice? What next? £20 to buy a freddo?

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        😀

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      If Rice is 90m then Lingard should be 150m minimum

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yep, just like Michu & Amir Zaki were during their little flurries 😆

  6. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Really need Bale to stay on the bench to get those Watkins points...

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

    Just wipe the CS ffs Vardy

  8. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Does the Cresswell injury make Masuaku more nailed on? Balbuena won't deliver many crosses.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I actually would have thought it makes him less nailed unfortunately.

      Will check the West Ham forums after the games

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Cheers.

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    I'm tempted to continue my love affair with Masuaku next week.

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have a similar thought above.

  10. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Jesse Lingard has destroyed my season.

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Imagine not having Lingard haha!

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He’s on a ridiculous run, only comparison is that Ramsey season.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Nasri too

          1. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Right. I had every reason to believe Leicester was not a high risk game to ignore for. This defies all logic

  11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Gundo >

    A) Jota (don’t have Salah)
    B) Mount
    C) Bowen (have JLingz)

  12. DRIZ ✅
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Lingardinho!!

  13. GROBARI
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Imagine not transfer out Welsh golfer

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Going to give one more gamweek to Nacho. Not liked what i seen today.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Can you say this again please in 5 minutes

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hahahaha

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      17 with Kane son and bruno to go

      15 on the bench with none coming on

      not ideal!

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

      Kane above 100 EO, Bruno Son Shaw all below.

    • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      We value your privacy...

    • MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Shaw starts! Glorious. No jammy Dallas points for people in my ML

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nachoooo

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nacho G

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes!! Thank christ

    • TheBiffas
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Nachooooo

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yesssssssssss finally a bit of luck come onn

      • Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yeeeeeees NACHO

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        that's why I got vardy over nacho

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Same

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I went Jota Iheanacho over Salah Vardy... Swings and roundabouts, game is all luck

      • GROBARI
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Nice Nacho

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

          Oh F off. Actually. Bloody Iheanacho is better than Vardy now is he? Absolute joke.

        • Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes big Ian!

        • HaveYassineChikhaoui
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Nacho G, WHU CS wiped. Dreamland.

          • Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Im looking for someone I can be rude to.

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Hazz? You and him were having a spat yesterday,

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Is Jizz around?

            2. SON of CITY
                1 month, 1 day ago

                why always me?

              • Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                let me have it

            3. TeddiPonza
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Current team. WC and BB to play.

              Martinez (Forster)
              Dias Stones Shaw Digne (Coufal)
              Gundo Salah Bruno Jota Raphinha
              Kane DCL (Watkins)

              2FT and 0m in bank. Would you:

              A. Son, Iheanacho and Philips for Gundo, Digne and DCL (-4).
              B. WC and bring in Son, Lingard, TAA etc.