West Ham United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

We continue our team-by-team guides with West Ham Unitedseeing what their players have to offer.

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LAST SEASON: ATTACK

Total Rank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored 60 7th
Shots 449 =11th
Shots in the box 306 8th
Shots on target 148 10th
Big chance 74 6th
Expected goals (xG) 59.09 7th

It was a second successive finish inside the top seven for West Ham United, this time with a wonderful European journey included. They defeated the likes of Sevilla and Lyon on the way to the Europa League semi-final, before being eliminated by eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

If it wasn’t for a late blip in domestic action – winning one of their final seven outings – the Hammers would get another shot at it, instead of the Europa Conference League.

Their FPL season was entertaining too. The early form of Michael Antonio (£7.5m) Said Benrahma (£6.0m) saw both their prices shoot up by at least £0.5m during the opening weeks.

Forward Antonio began with three double-digit hauls thanks to four goals and four assists, whilst Benrahma bagged one of each in both of the first two.

Once things quietened down for the duo, in stepped Jarrod Bowen (£8.5m). His trickle of early attacking returns went up several gears after Gameweek 19. Suddenly, five goals and six assists arrived in just eight appearances, averaging nine points per match.

With such a low price of £6.5m, Bowen’s ownership escalated and he ended the season as one of only five players to exceed 200 FPL points.

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

Total Rank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded 51 9th
clean sheets 8 =12th
Shots conceded 545 15th
Shots in the box conceded 349 15th
Shots on target conceded 165 =9th
Big chances conceded 56 6th
Expected goals conceded (xGC) 58.83 10th

David Moyes mostly used a four-man defense, although wing-back systems were occasionally tried.

Strangely, the Hammers ranked as one of the league’s worst for allowing shots, yet one of the best for conceding big chances. It was one of the reasons why Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) finished as high as he did for FPL points (fifth among goalkeepers), with easy save points arriving from those low-percentage shots.

Their defenders were of little FPL interest due to a lack of clean sheets – only four sides collecting fewer. Yet they did provide 21 attacking returns, with six from Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and five from Craig Dawson (£5.0m).

What didn’t help was that they were the only two West Ham defenders to start over 25 league games. Heading into 2022/23, the £30m summer signing Nayef Aguerd (£5.0m) comes highly rated but has already had to undergo ankle surgery


OPENING FIXTURES

Once the opening day clash with Manchester City passes, our Season Ticker says that West Ham have the second-best fixture run between Gameweeks 2 and 11. And even the equivalent May hosting of City ended in a 2-2 draw.

Although they coped well with last season’s congested schedule, it’s worth mentioning that qualifying for the Europa Conference League group stage would bring another long period of midweek matches.

From Gameweek 2 until players are released for the World Cup in November, each midweek would have either a league, Europa Conference League or EFL Cup match. There is also an international break.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

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