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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, 5 days ago

      DCL don't let me down.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        He will

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      After my Sterling (C) punt, things have been going ok.... now need Son to stay quiet.... chances?!

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Brace

      2. son of city
          2 months, 5 days ago

          none

        • HaveYassineChikhaoui
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Same, just for this week so that the Sterling > Son switch remains a quiet one 😉

        • jammie26
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Just bought in Nacho man, a bit late to the party but hey ho.

            1. Hits from the Bong
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Same. I bought him at half time luckily

          • ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            That was a cracking game !!

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

              Schmeichel up for the last corner.

          • seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I hope to see both teams in top 4 man

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I hope not

              They would be embarrassed in UCL

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Bamford or DCL to Ihenacho?

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

              DCL I guess.

              1. jammie26
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I've just done bamford to Nacho.

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

              Called Newcastle to win 2-1 and West Ham 3-2.

              I think 2-1 in the Spurs game but its harder to say which way!

              Home win for Jose?

            3. seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Really good win for West Ham even without Antonio and Rice

            4. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              DCL to Nacho for a hit = success

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                We get it, you took hits, jeez

                1. ZimZalabim
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  16 point hit success JUHUUU

                  1. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    yoohoo

                  2. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Lmao

            5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Only 1 bonus now for Lingard?

              1. DropkickMurphys
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  No seems like he s getting 2 along with Bowen

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Currently tied on 2 with Bowen.

                  1. Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Hope Teke gets 2 and Jessi Messi only 1

                • jammie26
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    2

                  • TorresMagic™
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 12 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    2

                • Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Any smooth stories?

                  16 pt hit getting in Salah TAA Nacho Veltman (on the bench and will play in GW33)

                  Out DCL Digne Dias Gundo

                  1. jammie26
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      You took a 16 point hit??

                      1. Daniel Jebbison
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Yes, I did. People were against it but it paid off. Team in the link

                        1. jammie26
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            I've never taken a hit that big in all my years of playing. Sounds like you got lucky.

                            1. Daniel Jebbison
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Not lucky. Should have done it last week too. Huge fixtures swing

                              1. UNDERWORLD7
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                All luck

                        2. Duke Silver ☑
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Don't encourage

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

                        You can celebrate of course but you have posted this 100x already...

                        1. Daniel Jebbison
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Yeah I agree I did post it. Wanted to celebrate with the lads. Nacho was the new one in the equation that's why I updated the lads

                          1. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            The lads don't actually care, I don't think.

                            1. Daniel Jebbison
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Maybe they don't, maybe you are right but it is fpl forum after all. If we don't talk about our fpl teams what should we talk about?

                              1. Hazz
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 5 days ago

                                I mean you're celebrating before Digne & DCL have even played.

                                Dias would have got you an auto-sub.

                                Celebrate after the fact, not before two are yet to play?

                            2. Duke Silver ☑
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Can confirm.

                          2. UNDERWORLD7
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            The lads lmao, I can’t even

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

                          Jesus you are rude.
                          Worse than me.

                      3. ZimZalabim
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        u took a 16 point hit amazing

                        u shd have mentioned it before

                        1. Daniel Jebbison
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Good one 🙂

                          Well no one here is taking 16 pts hits. And no one is taking successful 16 pts hit so it is worth repeating no ?

                          Just celebrating

                          Hope it's ok

                          1. UNDERWORLD7
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Dear.....

                          2. Baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Congrats. But I have taken 16 pt hit and it went well. Perhaps I forgot to post it all the time 😉

                      4. TorresMagic™
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 12 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Well done Daniel.

                        1. Daniel Jebbison
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Thank you TM, I greatly appreciate your support. Good luck in the remaining GWs

                          1. Daniel Jebbison
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Ok, I'll stop celebrating. I apologize for being happy and sharing with the lads

                      5. ppv
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        16 point hit but no Lingard

                        1. Daniel Jebbison
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Well said. Had to keep Mount I thought and he had an amazing game, should have scored more

                    • DycheDycheBaby
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Super Sunday has delivered so far. Now let's go Kane (c) and Son!

                      1. Daniel Jebbison
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Son yes, Kane no

                        1. DycheDycheBaby
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          I wouldn't mind that! Son is a bit of differential for me in ML 🙂

                    • diesel001
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Everton are still in this Top 4 race too. 7 teams playing for 3 spots.

                      1. DycheDycheBaby
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Yes and due a turnaround in recent form!

                    • faux_C
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      66 with Kane, Son and Bruno to go.

                      So that's probably 74 all out after the 0-0 😀

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Thank you

                      2. hullcityfan
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        72*

                    • mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      I would never wish injury on anyone but Joel Veltman if you frequent these forums, fake an injury pal so I can get Dallas off the bench, thanks

                      1. Daniel Jebbison
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        I need him for gw 33 so hopefully not

                        1. mynameisq
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          True. Fake a 1 game injury Joel

                      2. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        I’d be delighted if this happens too

                    • son of city
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Shaw playing 🙂

                      • Bookkeeper
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        those suggesting Nacho dropped next game is absurd, he's scoring for fun at the minute.

                        1. mynameisq
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          More chance of Vardy being dropped, but in reality it will be them both up top with Madisson back

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

                          Never understood people suggesting that, to be honest. You just had to watch him play the last few games to know it wouldn't make sense.

                        3. UNDERWORLD7
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          Why would he be dropped? There’ not even any plausible reason he would lol

                        4. HaveYassineChikhaoui
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Makes no sense, Vardy is isolated by himself up top, doesn't look quite the same since his injury.

                          • Eh, just one more thing ...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Bigger worry about Maddison being dropped if he has indeed breached COVID rules ... BR and Leicester may banish him for a while. Nacho going nowhere from that first 11.

                        5. ivantys
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Need a spurs win to keep the champions league race exciting

                          • Isco Disco
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            People who WC this GW are the real winners of this GW.
                            WC'ers Unite!!!

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

                            Match day.
                            Whankers out as usual.

                            1. mynameisq
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Sorry

                          • gonzalocampos
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Exact money for Gundo to Son. Push the button after the game right?

                            1. Gentle_Turks
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 5 days ago

                              Neither's price likely to change tonight. Wait.

                          • dark91
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            What exactly is Fred doing today?!! 😀

                          • The Orienteer - find me in …
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            Anyone know any good 'non-betting run' fantasy football sites please?

                          • bso
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Is it worth bringing in Son...would be for Jota or Mount?