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 are now available, as are monthly subscriptions. A FREE trial is 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. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Wtf??

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

      Sometimes a change does you good...
      playing with freedom and a smile

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bowen did none of this when I owned him.

    • Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I literally have no idea why I don't own Lingard.
      I do own Pereira though, who has earned me a total of 6 points in the last 7 games.

      1. ZoumasBloomers
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thought you meant Mathias for a minute and was about to congratulate!

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          If only!

      2. Mario Balofail
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I am surprised too. In my case, it is because I hate him. It is like owning Diego Costa. You hate that guy but he scores a lot

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          That is actually exactly why I haven't gotten him in. Even as a West Ham supporter, I can't stand the guy.
          (Obviously happy by his impact on the club)

          1. Mario Balofail
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Good for you then :). I support Man United, so literally pis*ed off by his performance on loan

            1. Brehmeren
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Haha, well at least you're going to make some money on him this summer.

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Same - have him pencilled in for Gundo gw33. That's one transfer that could/should have been executed earlier, rather than Cancelo to Azpi

    • TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Is not having a Chelsea defender, TAA and Lingard reason enough to Wildcard?

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

        Not sure why Chelsea defense is a must?

    • ZoumasBloomers
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Everyone getting Dallas and Watkins off the bench, I’m getting Fofana. This gameweek has been a real kick in the nuts!

      1. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Can't beat me having dawson OG off the bench for Bale

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

        Rough-
        1. 29 points (none coming on) on my bench. Watk/Dallas/Bam.
        2. Sold Lingard this week for Jota.
        3. 25-4. 21 points currently.

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Season over as a non lingard owner

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thought an expert like yourself would have JLingz.

        Disappointed.

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I am the Season Over bot.

        Fudgy's season has been over a total of 367 times this season.

      3. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Same here

    • ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      The only difference in the Lingard 2nd being onside vs the Liverpool and Wolves disallowed goals is where the man operating the VAR has decided to draw the lines, there is no clear yes or no as the refs on TV keep saying its completely subjective, so effectively serves no purpose apart from ruling out perfectly fine goals.

      Its a matter of frame choice and mm its not a yes or no straight forward decision as they keep trying to justify it being

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        He was on to the naked eye.

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          so was Jota

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Agree.

            The technology isn't so precise.

            Just saying West Ham wasn't close.

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

      Iheanacho 🙂

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Done nothing.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Probably has a higher xG than Lingard this game

    • jammie26
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dallas, Watkins and martinez coming off bench happy days.

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        West Ham in Champions League as it stands. Absolute scenes!

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

          Any Arsenal fan who still backs Arteta needs help.

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            But he worked with pep so he must be good....

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

              He may be good one day. But we’re in 11th with Auba, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel.

              Moyes is taking West Ham in his first full season to the champions league.

              1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Maybe but I feel people are holding hope because he worked under pep. That’s literally the only thing which people are pulling to

                He has shown nothing tactic wise which makes me have faith

      • Parsnips
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Best 5.0 and under defender for upcoming weeks?

        • Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          this weeks choice was
          raphinha to
          saka
          lingard
          neto

          chose lingard ,suppose its just all luck in the end

          1. Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            That's not luck it was the obvious choice.

        • cigan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Genuine question for everyone who sold Lingard - why?

          Would have been one of the first names in my WC draft alongside Kane & Salah. Insane form

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Did anyone actually sell him?

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

              Yep- sold for Jota.
              I did sell before his haul last week if that makes it any better/worse. Regretted the move after the haul tbh. Moved early because of having just the exact amount of cash to get Salah in as well to captain.

              Rationale.
              Had my midfield for the run in set as-
              Son, Salah, Raphinha, Jota, Bruno.
              Didnt think the Lin could sustain his goal rate considering his XG level.
              A pathetic excuse one could argue when Linny is as good a finisher as there is atm.

              Now I ll have to consider getting him back.
              Would be fine except having 29 points on my bench and lots of poor scores which has compounded the misery atm.
              30k- 45k atm.

          2. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Can’t fit them all. I don’t have him but also can’t decide how to get him in?

            My midfield:
            Bruno, Kdb, Son, Mount, Jota

            1. cigan
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Not buying him is different than having him in the team and getting rid innit

              Personally, I'd probably drop KDB out of these - but only if I had no other issues and deffo not for a hit

        • Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Predictions for top 4 end of the season?

          1.
          2.
          3.
          4.

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            City
            United
            Chelsea
            Liverpool

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              As a Chelsea fan I'd love this but West Ham are looking so strong

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

            Man City
            Man United
            Chelsea
            Spurs/West Ham

          3. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            1 is city

            If Spurs beat United then the next 3 are a lottery 8 points will separate 6 teams

            If United avoid defeat they should have a spot wrapped up and the rest is a lottery, West Ham seem the most in form though so probably favs as it stands for one spot

          4. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 9 days ago

              City
              United
              Chelsea
              Liverpool

          5. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            And I thought I could wait a moment without Lingard since Leicester was supposed to be able to defend and Rice and Antonio are injured 🙁 Still with green arrow though.

          6. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Saiss or Coady?

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Saiss takes the odd direct free kick so would use the extra .1 on that.

              1. AzzaroMax99
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                He is also a greater goal-treat from set pieces. Thx

          7. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Do you know the one good thing about being OR 1,664,056 and out of the running of every mini league you're in?

            Not having a player like Lingard in your team really doesn't bother you. Because, ultimately, his points won't make or break your season.

            Every cloud, etc...

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

              More time to plan next season...

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Aye, already mentally checked out of this season.

          8. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Vardy show now

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              God I hope so

          9. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I own Lingard and delighted with his points to date. But he reminds of when Josh King went on his hot streak three or four seasons ago.

            He isn't *that* good a player. If he was, he would have torn it up at Man Utd under at least one of Ferguson, Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho.

            1. FPLMACKEM
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 9 days ago

              The West ham move has clearly gave him new motivation.

              I feel sorry for the player who he's going to take the place of in the England squad.

            2. Werner Brothers
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Maybe he's now playing in different system?

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                If he was *that* good, the system would not be an issue. He is still playing an attacking midfield role.

                Did Gerrard become crap when he was playing right wing for Liverpool?

                1. Legendary!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Are you comparing Gerrard in Liverpool and Lingard in West Ham?

                  Why was all the debate about Lampard/Scholes/Gerrard in the England system? If the system doesnt matter why werent they all "shining"!?

                2. Werner Brothers
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  System is more than just position change. It involves style of play (direct/possession, attacking wing/middle etc).

                  Maybe, just maybe the west ham system now suits him more than united.

                  Than again, even di maria was crap when playing for united

            3. Legendary!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Do you actually watch football? Players work well within different systems and under different coaches and different teams. Even players who play the same role in the same team may be given different tactical instructions that may allow them flourish or flounder.

              I would say he's a decent player

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Yes. And Grealish, Sancho, Foden are all better than Lingard.

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

            It must be torture for non Lingard owners watching this match. Im confident he can complete the hat-trick.

            1. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              They get to see if he is any good without Antonio

          11. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Brought in lingard on my WC as a placeholder for son. Now I'm not sure what to do as I don't have the cash to do Neto to son.

            Anyone else in a similar situation?

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

            No Lingard on Scout picks, yeah really ?

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Ah jeez, really?

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

            Amartey off, Thomas on for Foxes.

            Ndidi YC

          14. jammie26
              2 months, 9 days ago

              All lingard non owners need to go and take a long hard look in the mirror.

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

                Goal bowen

              2. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                I have.

                I feel fine.

                Thanks for your concern.

                I actually got him into my draft team this week. Does that count for you?

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Ok captain hindsight

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Ricardo might get a -1 here.

              Albrighton inc

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              3-0

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

              The Man in the Mirror poem..

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Bowen G
              Soucek A
              JLingz AA

              1. Ninja Škrtel
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Jlingz GG*

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

              That's the 3-0..now for Leicester to get 3 back

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Should have got bowen