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

    Lingz could have had a hat trick if coufal gets that in front of him

    Insanity

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

      Hat trick in 2nd half buddy

  2. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Thanks jesse, iheanacho second half brace now please

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      This

  3. Pablitto - proud Maguire (C…
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Did Coufal to Rudiger

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

    Get a strong feeling Nacho is blanking this game

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

      Sorry, I ruined him 🙁

  5. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Vardy 1 goal in 17 games :O

  6. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Need Holding to be benched to get Coufal on now 😀

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

    How are Lingard goals still giving me rank boosts inside the top 1k? This feels like cheating at this point. What a guy.

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

      8/10 nice humble brag.

    2. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I love him.... all the more so after the doubters thought he’d stop delivering without Antonio , he is on fire

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

      If someone told you on January 1st that Lingard would be ending seasons 4 months later... 😀

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

        After 2020 nothing would have sounded strange on January 1st.

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

          Fair. But still, Lingard...

    4. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 5 days ago

        XG doesn’t consider the quality of the player so is a load of nonsense, Maguire having a shot 18 yards out has the same XG as Kane would doesn’t he? JLing, like Son is just a lot better than the average player so defies this pointless stat

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

          Lingard is better than the average player? Utter nonsense comment he’s been a bench fodder at United for years

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            And Iheanacho is good?

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

              Never said Nacho was a good player

        2. Kane and Ablett
            2 months, 5 days ago

            You must have different criteria to me for what makes a good attacking midfielder, Zaha was another bit of bench fodder at Utd that has done pretty well in the right environment

        3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Seriously considering JLingz(c) vs NUFC instead of Kane DGW

          1. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Not really

          2. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Do it

          3. TheBiffas
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yeeeeeeeah course

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

            Neto over Lingz they say.

            1. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Who did?

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

                Many did

                1. Cruyff's Eleven
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Not where I was preparing for my WC they weren't...

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

              Enough mate. Leave us alone

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

                Sry bro 🙁

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

            Was having a decent season but Lingard has ended it early, see you next year

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

            Why on earth wouldn’t you own Lingard??? Can someone explain that to me who hasn’t got him yet?

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

              I haven’t a clue. Just seems really stupid to not have him.

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

              Because I don’t believe in magic

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

              I dont have him and yes it is costing me my cash ML at the moment

            4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              To make room for players you (incorrectly) believe will get more points?

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

              other priorities like Jota, a player who actually posted good numbers

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

                Lingz has crushed Jota?

            6. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              On wc wanted to attack the fixtures. Plus with rice and Antonio out I wasn't sure how many chances he/West Ham would get.
              I was wrong!

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

              Couldn't afford him in one move, had Antonio so thought that would cover me.

              So I am not as clever as you. Carry on and mock me.

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

            Benched Coufal and Bamford

            And captained Jota

            Oh, well

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

            Neto to Bowen this week if Antonio is still a doubt.

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

              Sssssh

          9. Naby K8a
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Nothing worse than weirdo Utd fans celebrating Lingard's form like he's still playing for them lol

            1. Rassi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Utd still owns him

              1. Naby K8a
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Cristiano Ronaldo is still UTD's. He's just on loan

                1. Rassi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Now that is just a stupid statement.

            2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              "Nothing worse than Utd fans"

              QFT 😀

          10. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            This is probably best day of my life...lol

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

            Starting to think Fofana might not haul this game..

          12. GROBARI
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Nacho is good this game tbh,only player who has some chances for Leicester

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

              Lingard Is inevitable

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

                Bruno-who!?!?!

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

                I thought Vardy was.

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

                  ... you know what comes next.

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

                    An injury?

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

              Better than Bruno?

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

                Don’t disrespect JLingz comparing him to that level of player.

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Souceck to lingard done

              Souceck brace next week

            • Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Vardy and Sterling looking like a colossal waste of money

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

                Most of the premiums do at the moment, in fairness.

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

              LMS safety score currently 32 with live bonus.

              https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

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

              This really turns me off leicester players so far

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                I've tripled up.....

            • Vazza
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Lingard has killed my rank. I’m heartbroken 🙁

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

              How the hell did I bench Lingard 😮 Any chance Saka doesn't play? Pretty please ....

            • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Really need a west ham clean sheet here as a Coufal/Lingard owner. Mainly cause Coufal is coming in for Dias ahead of Dallas. Would soothe my Sunday.

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

                Really need a dawson goal & CS because he's also ahead of Dallas.
                & Trossard or Dunk, one of you can have your 1 wk rest now.

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

              The experts told me to get X over Y. Feel bad for me please

            • Sz21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Anybody else SELL Lingard this week then?