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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. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Cresswell 0 pointer blocks Dallas 17 pointer....

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      I really thought it was 62min and didn't mind him coming off... 52min.i ducking hate this GW.

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

    Wow, No CS for Cresswell

  3. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Nacho to Diagne will be popular this week

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Ogbonna, Rice, Antonio - now Cresswell

    Only a matter of time before Hammers season run out of steam?

  5. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    JL taking goal capsules

  6. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Argh Cresswell

  7. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Ffs cresswell has been an awful investment for weeks. And I even switched him for Coufal.

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard on PEDs?

  9. Mweene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Thank God I sold Cresswell for Coufal this week.

    Gut wrenching for owners though, feel bad.

  10. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    'sake

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    OMG diop

  12. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Come on Creswell limp off for the next 7 minutes

  13. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard feeling sick at the sight of this Leicester performance

  14. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Leicester, save this performance for next weekend!

  15. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard on the Sensu beans

  16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard assist

  17. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Diop \g

  18. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Right hands up, who ruined Cresswell?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      o/

    2. djman102
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      O/

  19. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    4-0

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Offside

  21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    That’s off

  22. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    4-0

  23. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Offside no Lingz assist

  24. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Please Vardy... please

  25. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Offside

  26. ZimZalabim
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Has the Leicester collapse begun ?

  27. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    There it is the binary scores continue 🙂

    1-0-1-0 for a minus 8

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard owners robbed!!

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Lingard owners have nowhere to hide

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Can't be robbed when Diop is clearly offside. But anti-VAR people want that goal to stand

  29. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Diop goal ..... VAR checking

  30. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Clear offside but the linesman couldn't see???