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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Jessie Lingard has turned into an absolute freak

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

    What a Jesse !

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

    I wonder if Southgate will drive over to Tottenham to watch that game too.

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

    Lingard the new FPL Gundo

  5. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Coufal, Dallas, Watkins....

    All gone on WC 🙁

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

      Yes, I think you an I are just two of many who did this in their WC ... the rough with the smooth ...

  6. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Lingard is the biggest hack in football. Absolute joke

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Is this Roy Keane?

  7. KAALI_DAAL
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Gotta swallow my pride and get Lingardinho

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Boat sailed long ago

        1. Neo-Viper
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I tend to disagree. Hammers still playing good without Anto and Declan and Liggu firing all cylinders!!

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            A lucky goal that goes in 1 time out of 20... wouldn’t call that good

            1. Neo-Viper
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Did you see the goal? a proper built up that! Won't call it lucky, far from it!

    • gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Why is this fraud Mike (every foul is a yellow card) Dean still being allowed to officiate games?

    • Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Has Vardy touched the ball yet?

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

        Probably not 🙁

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Coufal and Cresswell are like TAA and Robbo.. Pick one and the other gets attacking returns and vice versa.

      1. dansmusen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Sold Coufal and got Creswell when the tid turned of course

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Jlingz with 7G 4A in 9 games from 3.90 XG

      Oooof

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        *3.90 XGI

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        And that’s why I’ll never bring the coward in

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

        Son-esque

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      These shots have to stop going in at some stage 😀

    • Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Since owning Creswell he went from top scoring defender to worst I reckon.

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

        This, swapped for Coufal ouch

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Same....

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

        🙂

        Got him in for a hit from Digne who I also got for a hit. It's another binary score this week of course

        1-0-1-?

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

          At this stage Id gladly take a 1!

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

        Well cheers for that.

    • Al Moon Yeah
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Feels good owning Lingard. Sorry for saying this will end in 0-0. (shameless anti jinx worked brilliantly)

    • Parsnips
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Best 6.0 and under defender to buy?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Rudiger, Phillips.

        2. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Alonso.
          If used properly can get you bench points.

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

          Lingz 8 weeks ago

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Do you want Cresswell? Happy just to give him to you

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Lingard!!! 😆

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        two fringe players and both on form
        Lingz 1 Nacho 0

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

          I’d like a 2-2 FT

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Coufal Dallas Bamford Watkins Martinez

        to

        Fofana Alonso Mendy Brewster Sterling

        What a wildcard 🙁

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

          Basically anyone on wild card has had an awful week. I stopped playing a while ago and my team is beating pretty much anyone on wold card and I’ve only had 3 players play.

          1. dansmusen
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Not true. Three guys chasing me on WC and they all got Trent and Lingard in

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

              Well yeah. Anyone who has wild carded would obviously have those two. But it’s all the Watkins and Dallas transfers out. Shame about your ML but I am not privy to your ongoings. I refer to all the wildcards I’ve seen references on this site.

        2. jwong23
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Unlucky

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

        Bench has more points than my entire team =[

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

        Brilliant west ham performance with and xg of 0.04

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

        Coufal was through on goal but his pace caught up with him

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Lingard shot but DIDNT score OMG

      • mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Should we be benching Gundo if not selling now? Chance of second half sub really a problem if he doesnt start

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

          Why hold whilst Champions League and cups play out?

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

            Mount or Jesse or Pulisic all strong options.

      • Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Sold Cresswell for Coufal because of him moving into the back 3.

        Him and Lingard propelling me back into the top 1k

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

          Ok

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        OR #6 actually captained Lingard! Fair play

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

          He's been the obvious pick for a while i thought for double points.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        For those watching, is the Nacho looking appetizing?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          More involved than Vardy

      • Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’m bringing him in so sorry I’m advance

        • mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Fair to say Vardy as we knew him is finished?

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

            will still get 10 goals in the league for another season or two

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

          Let me guess. Lingard had 1 chance all game and he scores because of a ricochet or poor goalkeeping. The lad has destroyed my hopes of a top 10k finish never mind top 5k.

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

            You've got 1 free transfer each week, you can change your mind and team.

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

            What’s your reason for not having him though? Just seems bizarre.

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

              Had Antonio and didn’t fancy a double up considering how much he was overperforming and didn’t want to sell Raph.

        • Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Nacho has regressed already!!

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

            I think this is probably my fault for bringing him in ... my stinky jinx has probably ended the lad ...