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Sessegnon replaces the suspended Son as Potter rings the changes

The first of nine matches to take place on Boxing Day kicks off at 12:30 GMT, with Brighton and Hove Albion the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With this being the first of two Fantasy Premier League deadlines in the space of 48 hours, we FPL managers will be anticipating a shock benching or two today.

The damage isn’t too bad from a Tottenham Hotspur perspective, with one of Jose Mourinho’s two line-up changes being enforced.

Spurs’ appeal to get the Gameweek 18 dismissal of Son Heung-min (£9.9m) overturned has failed, so the South Korea international will now sit out the Lilywhites’ next three league matches – starting with this one.

Son’s place on the left flank has been taken by Ryan Sessegnon (£5.4m), who makes his first league start of 2019/20.

Eric Dier (£4.9m) drops to the bench, meanwhile, with Harry Winks (£5.2m) promoted to the starting XI.

There are starts for popular FPL buys Harry Kane (£11.0m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Serge Aurier (£5.1m), who maintain their ever-present Premier League appearance records under their new manager.

There are five changes for the visitors, however.

Shane Duffy (£4.8m), Ezequiel Schelotto (£4.0m), Bernardo (£4.3m), Aaron Connolly (£4.6m) and Steven Alzate (£4.5m) are all brought into the team, with Martin Montoya (£4.5m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), Davy Propper (£4.9m) and Neal Maupay (£5.8m) dropping to the bench.

Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) is absent from the matchday squad altogether as he is suffering from illness.

Christmas-led rotation is perhaps only one of the reasons for Graham Potter’s tinkering.

Albion look to be adopting a three-man central defence, with Potter perhaps having witnessed the joy that Wolves and Chelsea got against the Lilywhites when playing a similar formation recently.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Dele, Sessegnon, Kane.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan, Schelotto, Webster, Duffy, Burn, Bernardo, Stephens, Mooy, Gross, Alzate, Connolly.

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1,772 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    As a Alli and Aurier owner and Kane bottler I'm quite happy with that tbf

    1. Jammydodger2018
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I said the same thing, I Captained Salah, I was scared but no more!

    2. Jammydodger2018
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Will Alli get 3bps as he got the winning goal?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Already got them.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Also a bottler but happy with Alli goal, though he's not a long term pick I think. Need poggy to eat Newcastle now.

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Happy with all and Kane(C). Could have been worse.

  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Looking ahead - worth selling Tammy or Jimi, both or neither? 🙂

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Tammy out of those two

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Tammy will get back into form today...I’d hold with arsenal next

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Who for? I'm tempted on Abraham to Rashford but will see after today!

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Formation change to 352 probably.

        1. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Cheaper strikers scoring more points than cheaper midfielders so makes no sense!?

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Well in my team it means Maddison over Jimenez for example

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not the best time to sell Tammy with those fixtures. Jimenez is kind of a season keeper he gets regular returns.

  3. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Alli MOTM, did they watch the game? Moura changed the game for them!

    1. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Moura dribbled up his own arse and lost the ball every 4 seconds.

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He did, Alli was similarly bad at least Moura was more tenacious second half

      2. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Made me lol

  4. Stef rocks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    How was Kane looking today - lively or floppy?

    Did he play in advance striker role or as a CDM again ?

  5. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Ings to come on in 85th to net 90th equaliser. Played him instead of Cantwell in the last few minutes before deadline

    1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I feel an Ings goal off the bench, I have Ings im not concerned

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Hopefully

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          This ^

    2. phineedle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Is it worth getting Aurier still, rotates so well with Lundy

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not sure, next good home game is in GW24. Spurs can't keep clean sheets too...

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'm getting rid for an Everton def.

    3. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kane (C) + Alli + Aurier

      I'll take it

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Perfect start to the gameweek.

        1. Differentiator
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          All downhill from here 😆

      2. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Same 🙂

      3. Kepa's at the wheel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Ditto

      4. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Same here.

        1. Differentiator
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Sounds like I'm an anti-differentiator now

    4. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Alli and Aurier finally pushing me inside the top 1m for the first time since GW4 (I know). Now I need something special from my differentials, Grealish, Henderson and Mané (C). Come on !

    5. Mikel Arteta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      @MrAncelotti: "Sidibé will play a little bit forward, in the line of the midfielders."

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I like the sound of this

    6. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I think KDB and Vardy get rested in either GW19 or GW20. But because everyone owns them I don't care. Everyone in the same boat. Same with Lundstram.

    7. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      21 points from 2 played...nice to have a good start for once

    8. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Help here !

      Martin
      Soyuncu, Kelly, Aurier
      Mane, KDB, Alli, L.Moura
      Rashford, Vardy, T.Abraham

      Sub: Henderson, Cantwell, Lundstram, Rico
      1FT
      3.5 in the bank

      willing to make a hit for Salah !

      1. Alli and Aurier to Salah and Reid
      2. Moura and Abraham to Salah and Maupay

      ?

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Or something else...

      2. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Wouldnt sell Alli ahead of Norwich

    9. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sidibe playing as a RM, could be a gold fpl asset if Everton fix their defence and their attack

      1. InSaneMan-e
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Agreed. Keeping a close watch there

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes

      3. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Big fan of Digne but Sidibe OOP could be gold

    10. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wow didn’t realise Ings rested

      1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        His manager in the press conference said he cant not play every game, so was expected for at least 1 of the holiday fixtures at least.

    11. JOELIO8701
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lol I can’t beleive webster conceded 2, lost game and gets max

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Youre leaving out a key achievement

      2. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Very silly system however Kane getting 2 is right

    12. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Why are the pundits so miserable?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Raining outside

    13. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I just don't get how Pulisic doesnt start. Lamps just killed his confidence

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He’s basically Walcott.

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Lampard doesn't like him. Very much in the same way that Howe doesn't like Rico.

        But in both cases, the player form made it hard to drop them. As soon as Pulisic went off form, Lampard was more than happy to take a player he dislikes out of the team for his mates (CHO, Mount etc.). Rico will be gone as well, as soon as Howe has an excuse to drop him.

    14. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      On WC

      A) Sidibe + Ings
      B) Kiko + Tammy

      Ramsdale Button
      TAA Lundstram Soy Kelly XX
      Salah KDB Maddison Alli Cantwell
      Vardy Rashford XX

    15. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ings rested for Palace, sweet

      1. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sorry dude, Kelly CS incoming

      2. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Hopefully comes in and scores

      3. JamieNumber4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sure he’a not not 1st choice anymore?

    16. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kun (C) next week is so tempting. Especially as I think KDB gets rested

      1. InSaneMan-e
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Next gw *

      2. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I’m thinking that too if Jesus starts tomorrow night

    17. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Martial and (Reece) James > Sidibe + Siggy on the cards :O

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Can I interest you in pogba? 🙂

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Not going anywhere near that one !!! 😉

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Jokes xx
            It’s either
            A) Above
            B) Digne + Antonio
            C) Kiko + Pogba

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Ooh. Tough. I like them all

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Haven’t got long to think about it either!!

    18. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Only player we can say with a 100% confidence won’t be rotated next week is Ings, so he will be a popular captain option right?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        vs Palace? No.

      2. InSaneMan-e
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'd fancy a city asset personally. Maybe even spurs

    19. Kaiser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Need to get rid of Gazz. Perhaps Hendon or Guiata.

    20. PocketZola
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kdb would be the ultimate superhero.

    21. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Callum wilson bandwagon to kick start?

      1. PocketZola
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        #youjustdid

      2. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Could be, fixtures are really nice.

      3. Sailboats
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        10 blanks in a row

      4. Ninja Škrtel
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        triple captain next GW

    22. BNMC
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Finally hit 1000 points!!

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          GZ!

      • tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        What are the things you most hope for with the 3pm games ?

        For me, an Abraham blank (I own him but rivals captained him), a Grealish goal/assist and a Sheffield clean sheet (defense double up).

        1. InSaneMan-e
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Villa and Norwich to be a goal fest (pukki owned too)

          1. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Pukki could be a nice differential, I hope for goals in this game too !

          2. Trophé Mourinho
              1 month, 27 days ago

              I chickened out of Pukki triple cap, Pukki hatti inbound

        2. Kaiser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Happy I rested Ings today for Grealish.

        3. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Hoping Ings gets a rest for the full 90 to be honest. Best goal scorer we have - need him against Palace.

          Chelsea assets could tear Saints apart today - feels like we’ve already conceded the 3 points.

        4. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Is Sidibe OOP and legit pick instead of Digne?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Not if Digne is still on corners and direct freekicks.