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Alli returns for Spurs as Bergwin drops to the bench

Dele Alli (£8.3m) is straight back in the Spurs line-up for Gameweek 31+ as Spurs host West Ham in a London derby.

The mid-priced midfielder missed Double Gameweek 30+ due to a social-media-related suspension but has no issues breaking back into Jose Mourinho’s team at the first time of asking.

Alli takes up the number 10 role, fulfilled by Erik Lamela (£5.7m) against Manchester United, hoping to get back to his pre-lockdown form, which yielded five attacking returns between Gameweeks 24 and 29.

The return of the England international sees Lamela drop to the bench, but Double Gameweek 30+ goalscorer Steven Bergwijn (£7.4m) suffers the same fate.

His wide-attacking midfield berth has been handed to the returning Lucas Moura (£7.1m), who missed the Manchester United game through injury.

While Alli poses some potential as a differential, the main Fantasy focus from this London derby will, of course, be on Son Heung-min (£9.7m).

The South Korean is owned by just 7.9% worldwide, but he still sits in 40% of squads inside the top 10,000 managers.

Furthermore, 6.7% of those at that level have handed him the armband for Gameweek 31+.

As ever, there is little interest in the West Ham assets, their 4-3-3 line-up probably more encouraging for the 6% invested in Serge Aurier (£4.9m) more than anything else.

Still without a recognised striker in the starting XI due to Sébastien Haller‘s (£6.8m) injury, David Moyes has named a front-three consisting of midfielders.

Pablo Fornals (£6.0m), typically deployed in the middle, sits on one side of Michail Antonio (£6.9m) with Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m) on the other.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek, Noble; Fornals, Antonio, Bowen.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; B Davies, D Sánchez, Dier, Aurier; Sissoko, Lo Celso; Son, Alli, Moura; Kane.

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  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ive not had a single VAR decision in my favor this season. Absolute bollocks.

    1. The Train Driver
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Same here, bet I've lost over 100 pts becaus of VAR!

    2. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You must have had LiVARpool players in your team this season

  2. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What happens if you remove your jersey celebrating a goal which is then disallowed for offside?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Booking stands

    2. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You put your shirt back on and play again

      1. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        😀

      2. Suttyshow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This makes sense as if he kept it off it would be hard to tell which team he played for

        1. Dont give a fuchs
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He might have been mistaken as an intruder and banned lifetime from entry into the stadium.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      VAR camera jammed up the arse I think

  3. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Outrageous that the correct decision was made

    1. Robe Wan
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Will be outrageous when no one watches football anymore because it’s dry as ****

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This. The people in charge of football are ruining the game. All changes they make make the game more boring and less entertaining. Bloody 5 subs and water breaks just the latest, sucking all energy out of the game.

        1. Says
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          The game being officiated fairly and being boring are two separate issues, or at least they should be, and solutions to be both should be explored.

          The fact that the game relied on bad officiating to be entertainment just shows that the sport as it stands is not exciting enough on average.

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          It's for 9 games. Who's to say the clubs were refusing to return without those measures being in place?

        3. ReindeerHotdog
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You quite literally cannot logically say this sort of thing.
          The rule is being enforced by video technology. It's not VAR's fault that goal was offside. Or that it was given as offside.
          All VAR did was simply record the play and analyse it confirm, yes, actually that was an offside goal.
          It's like getting upset about goal-line technology. (Although I am aware of the irony in that comment haha).
          VAR didn't make the rule, it just enforces it. I can't understand your argument for offsides.

          VAR in this case isn't subjective - it's ENTIRELY objective. If you genuinely think that is an issue then you're saying you don't want offsides in the game. simple as that.

          Sounds to me more like you're annoyed because of some FPL points have gone missing. You'll get over it I'm sure.

          PS - The correct decision was given.

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This , the rule needs changing, clear daylight. The officials need to officiate not cameras

        1. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yep - rules need to be changed so that refs can make better decisions. VAR isnt the issue

    2. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Whinging Son owners !

  4. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    To the very few Alli owners, time to get rid?

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why? It's only been 45 minutes.

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Need to match moaning going on here

        1. Domo
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I'm happy enough, looked busy

  5. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is it time for 5 at the back? Loads of 0-0 ...

  6. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Can’t believe it

    Son (c) fail 🙁

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The game isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s half way through.

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Did I miss something? Has the game finished?

  7. Says
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Interesting that so many people here think the solution to football being boring (which it is, far more than it needs to be) is to allow more goals that are illegal.

    There are plenty of better, and fairer, things they could do to make the game a better product but there's no will to do it. They could learn something from other sports.

    1. faux_C
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Make the goals bigger.

    2. The Habib Beyes
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If they didn't have Son in their team, and a mini league rival had him, the perceptive would be flipped in a moment. Bunch of babies.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You're saying a lot without saying anything? What are these improvements?

      1. Says
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        less players crowding the ball, perhaps reducing sides to 10 v 10, or having sin-bin, or limit the number of players in areas of the pitch.
        Make the goals bigger, have a shot clock, don't allow going back into your own half once you cross halfway and enforce a time limit with which you must cross half way.

        Basketball alone has done a lot of these types of things and is so much better for it.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I've heard of a few of these as an alternative to penalties. I quite like the idea of taking a player off from each side until a goal is scored, but then, you'll find lots of fans in favour of penalty shoot outs.

          I'm not in favour of many of the others. I appreciate a well setup defensive team and the tactics, concentration and determination that go into making that work.

          I think most people are annoyed upset when a goal is ruled out harshly. The benefit of any doubt should go to the attacking team where possible.

          1. Says
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I mean it comes down to what do you want to see in a game of football, is it a an organized defense keeping a clean sheet or a 4-3 game where both teams were attacking as if they needed to win?

            I, and I think most people, want more attacking and more goals. Another thing that could do a long way to that would be to remove the incentive to draw. Maybe only a point for the away team if it's a draw? or increase the benefit of goals scored like rugby does with points. Imagine the league with an extra point per 2 goals scored in a match?

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not all teams are on a level playing field though. It'll be easier for teams with more financial backing to buy success - less upsets with results, and well more predictability means more boring.

              It probably doesn't help that I don't find basketball exciting. But I am a massive fan of american football. I can appreciate grinding out a 7-3 win on the ground just as much as a 70 point aerial slugfest.

              The effectiveness of team tactics shouldn't be undermined to benefit the individual.

              1. Says
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                > Not all teams are on a level playing field though. It'll be easier for teams with more financial backing to buy success

                This is a whole other issue, which US sports address via salary caps and awarding higher draft picks to weaker teams. Regardless of rule changes this is already and will continue to be an issue in football too.

                > The effectiveness of team tactics shouldn't be undermined to benefit the individual.

                I hear you, and there is a risk of that alright. I think overall though we need to decide what types of teams and players we enjoy watching the most and then tweak the rules to make that type of play more successful.

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Avoiding games ending in a draw is an interesting idea. Maybe bonus points for scoring 3 goals in a game too.

              Food for thought... thanks!

    4. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Get rid of offside

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wimbledon fan?

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Son didnt gain any advantage from those 2 cm offside. The offside rule is there to stop people from goal hanging, not to disallow goals that would have stood anyway.

    6. Jekori
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I guess the biggest thing they should tackle still is time played. Go to real-time played, easy to do with recent technolgy. Get's rid of useless time-wasting around substitutes/set pieces and faking injuries and stuff like that. It's hard to watch how conservative they are in football

      1. Says
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        completely agree

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nice idea. Like American football. Halves would probably reduce to 40 mins to compensate.

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Seems like var decides to over rule a a goal or a pen against me every week

    1. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      its a conspiracy

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The most annoying thing is when it DOESN’T kick in. I remember some headed goal went in against man utd earlier this season, and the header obviously hindered the goalkeeper. No VAR. What is life

    3. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      i'd be top 10k ez without VAR

  9. Teahupo'o
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What would it take (table position at the end of the season) to get Mourinho sacked?

    1. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      18th

      1. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        🙁

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bottom half but I’d be happy if he just left now

  10. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    the worst thing is you just know the VAR officials will be so smug each time, I wish I could send poo parcels to them

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lool

  11. Monkey Hanger
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Shame you can't choose to have, or have not VAR. Similar to crowd noise.

  12. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My god I've had some bad luck

    Son (c)
    Aguero (TC)
    Egan
    El Ghazi
    Aubameyang disallowed goal

    1. Vazza
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Be positive. The only way is up from here..

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Somehow I've still got a green arrow

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

      I had Norwood too!

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ouch!

  13. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Another thing is, why are we so hyped that Spurs have good fixtures.

    They’ve been terrible before the break. And mourinho doesn’t know how to break down defenses, ask any utd fan.

    1. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aurier owners will be happy so far

  14. SouthCoastSaint
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    The fear is real for a rested KDB vs a porous Chelsea if Son blanks here...

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What about a rested salah?

    2. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Everyone has KDB

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hmm

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cool kids ditched him

  15. AnyLaporteinastorm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Went mane instead of salah. Salah most captained. Worried now!

  16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Footballs dead isn’t it 🙁

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The break killed it, not VAR

      1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        VAR contributing too, don't be deluded.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yea, honestly might find another sport to invest time in. Football is bloody boring and VAR is just the final straw

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        See ya

      2. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I hear the MLB is up and coming.

      3. Says
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The NBA just keeps getting better

      4. Scott Talent RIP EJ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Great idea. Piss off then and make eveybody's day.

    3. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Football needs fans.

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Without fans it’s all a bit context-free and sterile. Think about all the great moments in football’s history. The chances are they will all will packed with emotion and part of a wider narrative. At the moment it’s just football. No context. no narrative. No emotion. No fans.

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          The fans are still watching, but at home, paying the TV subscriptions helping to keep the game alive at the present time.

    4. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      unless its City

    5. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Long live football!

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I should clarify - I don’t particularly have an issue with VAR at all

      The football since the restart though has just generally been (understandably tbf) of a noticeably poorer standard in many of the games

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yep but it should pick up soon hopefully

  17. gooberman
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I think it's time for 5-3-2 lads.

  18. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I have decided goals ruled out by VAR should be awarded with a single point consolation prize by FPL...good idea? A bit like receiving the chequebook & pen on Blankety Blank or a Bendy Bully, some darts and your bus fare home on Bullseye?!! Who's in?

    1. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Haha

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Half point assist

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rubbish idea imo

  19. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Shame on you fredricks, you should follow Hazard and sterling arse training

  20. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Already scouting Son replacements. If only Mahrez was nailed on.

    1. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would you still scout if his toe wasn't offside?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        *arm

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lol. He literally just scored a good goal just unlucky with offside

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Apart from that situation it’s been the same uninspired Spurs as before the break

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          It's half-time, chill. Son is class.

    3. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      45 minutes left

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        True. Won’t transfer him out before the end of the game 🙂

  21. Lindelol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    "i swear you will never seen anything like this again"
    He knew at that time. VAR sucks

  22. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Only City and the Toon worth watching these days! 🙂

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

      And the Saints

    2. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      And Palace

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wouldn’t do that far 😆

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      And Wolves

  23. DARE TO BISCAN
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I'm so angry an offside 'goal' was ruled offside

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      True. It's annoying but offside is offside

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        And sarcasm is sarcasm.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I know...

          1. DARE TO BISCAN
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            ...glad to hear it.

  24. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Lads, it’s Tottenham.

  25. ratski
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any chance someone could rate my wc team

    De gea, (Martinez)
    Aurier, Taa, Doherty, (Taylor, Lascelles)
    Son, mahrez, martial, kdb, Bruno
    Jesus, Jimi , (nketiah)

    Thanks

    I know it’s missing Liverpool assets but just feel there will be rotation when it’s wrapped up

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Decent

  26. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Should have gone 5-4-1 on WC. All about defenders now

  27. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Actually it isn't VAR that annoys me most, it is lame arse halftime comments.

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeah adverts are bad these days

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah exactly rubbish adverts

  28. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Get Kane off. Put son up front

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      oooh Kane still on the pitch?

      😀

    2. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Time to go to spectacles..Kane best forward on show

  29. Podge
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I wonder how many goals Shearer would have got if Var was in then

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      2

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pippp Inzaghi would never have been onside.
      Ever.

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        this

    3. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      most of them- maybe more with all the extra pens

      Shearer smashed an ungodly amount of goals home from range if memory serves correctly

  30. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    VAR just highlights how many dodgy goals were being given prior to it being introduced.

    1. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeh great wasnt it