Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships, monthly subscriptions and a FREE trial are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,144 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Looks onside

  2. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 16 days ago

    When will Lingard’s luck run out? Jammy Lingard owners deserve nothing let alone double digit hauls every week...

    1. Mr. Funny Name
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      lol

    2. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      You are joking right?

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      How?

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Jammy WHAT .... ?....

    5. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Casual fan alert

  3. ZoumasBloomers
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    If Bruno doesn’t get injured today then Sterling to Salah obvious?

    Have exact change and don’t fancy the anxiety of checking price change sites all week

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Yes.

  4. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Leicester miss Barnes and Maddison , huge loss for attack

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      This together with Vardys price and extended run of poor scores was why I eventually decided against Vardy with the wildcard and went with Iheanacho instead who is cheap enough to take the risk with and is also in good form.

  5. Parsnips
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Is fofana nailed?

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Lingz G x2

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      2-0 lingard

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        VAR checking ....

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Goal given.

    • Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Oh you are joking

    • tinear
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Wow ling

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      This is hilarious

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Offside

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Sold Lingard. On a hit. Oops.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        But.........just why?........

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        WTF?

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Goodness. I just fainted.

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Lingz owners are so lucky, so many tap-ins

      1. TheBiffas
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Whatever makes you feel better matey

        • Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Ahh, you OK hun?

      2. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        He wants a Euro place, could be more gold
        Until season end..

      3. TheBiffas
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Probably offside

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          But lingard is off? This is the crazy part of the rules, you can just put someone on the line then as long as he doesn’t get the ball first ? Can anyone explain

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Been the rule for years now

          2. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Non Lingz owner alert.

        • tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          West Ham on the way to 3-0 again before...

        • Ninja Škrtel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          i'm the only guy on my league that captained him. good times. GET INNNNN

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Great shout.

        • MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          LINGARD WHAT A HERO

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I captained the wrong guy

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Guy in ml has C Lingz again 🙁

        • moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Man I'm glad I played my Wildcard.

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          J.Lindinho unstopabble.

        • PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Surely to god he’s essential now?

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Was 3 weeks ago

        • Nomar
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lingard is just taking the p*** now.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          OMGGGG

          What a hero

        • Jurgen Flopp
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lingard (c)...!

          1. Ninja Škrtel
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            yes! same here mate

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Same here!

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Very well done

            I'm just glad I have him on my team.

          4. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Great shout guys, well deserved.

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Sold Lingard on WC

          Lovely. Neto.

        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Of course I chickened out last minute and put the armband on Kane instead of JLingz...

        • BigBillyBass
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If you don’t own Lingard just quit this game