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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. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Wow. Just wow!

  2. djman102
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    3-0. Leicester have them right where they want them now.

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

    Omfg Vardy/Leicester do something

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

    I have crippling social anxiety which is ironic because the thing I need more than ever right now is a party

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

      I am happy to authorise the party ... as long as there are Nachos too?

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

      Vardy Party?

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

        Yes, not a real one please

  5. TheBiffas
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Come on nacho

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

        this

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

      David Moyes means business and I utterly love it

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

      Lingard involved again?

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

        A the A

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

      Maddison may have cost LEI both the game and CL next year. And if he caught COVID ...

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

        Probs cost himself an England place too

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

      Cresswell is screwed

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

        Just 11 more minutes please

      2. djman102
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        FFS-thats two this week!

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Who goes for Lingard ?

      Mount Son Bruno Jota Salah?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Son probably

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          But he has double and Lingard aka Messi has Newcastle

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            You are right difficult to sell before a double but son is the least in form of all those

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

        None

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lingard is killing my ranking

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

            Killing mine also, but I won’t give in to a hack like him

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Killing my ml also

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

        Mount

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Chelsea fan and he was amazing last GW, totally deserved more pts

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

        Mount ... he’s excellent but Europe and fa cup ... slight minutes risk ...

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          But but but he is the only differential damn it, this game sometimes. The template has never been this strong

      5. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Jota

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

      JLingz non-owners got away with one there.

      The Czechs don’t like shooting with their feet.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I had Mount and Son 🙁

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nacho has declined in one game!

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        We should have gone Vydra

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

        Closer to a goal than Vardy still

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Souceeek!

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

        He scored

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

          ?

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No, just an assist

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cress owners ..

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

      Bloody Soucek

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cress possible hammy

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Get Cresswell out now Rodgers.

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

        Moyes***

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Oh ffs... Thought it said 62min.. My luck with defenders this GW has been appalling.

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

      Ndidi ..... he seems to desperately want a red card .... Rogers really want to think about replacing him before he sees red ...

    • Yome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Considered Lingard C but went Salah instead 🙁

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

        Went with Salah too.

    • BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      D'oh! Hope Cressy's okay... bummer!

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

      Cresswell 0 pointer.

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Autosub heaven with Dallas coming in.

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Haha

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      West ham or City ? Who is better?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        West Ham 3 City 0

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Lingard taking tablets

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

      Lingard taking tablets

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        they just energy tabs, he wants more

    • djman102
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Hang in there, Cresswell.

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

      Cresswell 22.7% EO just noting

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cresswell done

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Tierney last week. Cresswell this.
      Sigh.

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

      Cresswell off ... no clean sheet for him ...

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

      Cresswell DONE