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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. Dirty Harry
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    So does anyone actually not have Lingard and is still actively playing?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Points for everyone

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

      Right here

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

    4. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      o/

  2. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Nice! Now cmon Vardy, your turn!!!

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      He’s a broke

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Broke what

  3. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Coufal assist magnet since I sold him!

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Same here....why o why

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah me too ... this is the way LOL

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Who are you planning to sell next? 🙂

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Bale :s

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Not interested.

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Same, swapped for Cresswell & he has been a waste

    5. shiraz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Was gonna say the same thing

  4. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Brutal goal

  5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Sold Coufal for Cresswell weeks ago 🙁

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Same. Since owning Creswell 0,1,and now... Points.
      Has been great fun.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Same

    3. shiraz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Swap coufal for cresswell this wk, still a bummer

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Anybody captain Jesse on here?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Two weeks ago, should’ve left it on him Son & Razz 🙁

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Every. Single. GW.

    JLingz legend!

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      JLingend

  8. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Yep would be Coufal wouldn’t it

  9. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Jesse the green arrow king..

  10. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    I think I need JLingz to my team

    1. TheBiffas
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yeeeeeeeah course

  11. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Ewwww Dallas and Jlingz out on wildcard

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      That’s just silly and you know it.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Dallas made sense but why Lingard?

      1. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        To bring in Trent Jota and nacho and thought Leicester would put up more of a fight in defence!

  12. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Creswell YC

  13. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    I guess when your luck is in

    Lingard hits a shot and schmeical for some reason falls backwards and let’s it right past him

  14. Bob_the_builder
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Lingard(c). One down. Two more to go.

  15. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    I'll take those jammy Coufal points off the bench, coming in for Dias...

  16. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Excluding the United game for which he was ineligible, JLingz has (I believe now) 6G 5A in 9 games and counting since joining the Hammers.

    He has only blanked once.

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Keeping souceck over lingard has been excruciating

  18. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Stupidly sold him for Gundo on WC worried about City coverage.

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Haven’t looked but presuming JLingz is over 100% EO and that goal is a red arrow?

    1. TheBiffas
      5 months, 7 days ago

      No chance.

      1. TheBiffas
        5 months, 7 days ago

        EO is 60 percent

  20. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Just need Iheanacho to get a return!

  21. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Oh Brilliant, thanks Cresswell

  22. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    J. Lingz is a wonder FPL asset.

  23. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Captain points are beautiful... The only way to prosper.

  24. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Rival blocked by Coufal to get Dallas’s points, yep knew a Coufal would have to get points, joke.

  25. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Lingard has single handedly halved my rank in 3 weeks

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      *Doubled

  26. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    60.08 % @ 10k

  27. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Jessie is reborn! Going back to United would be his death knell.

  28. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Will take nothing less than 100m + Rice for Lingardinho!

  29. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    10 points from 8 players so far

    I would ask if anyone is doing worse but not sure it’s actually possible

  30. Igz08
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Lingardinho does it again