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Son and Lucas return to Spurs XI as Saka is benched for north London derby

Two clubs in contrasting form meet in the 187th north London derby this afternoon.

Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 16:30 BST.

Spurs produced a limp display on Thursday night, failing to register a single shot on target in a 0-0 draw with struggling Bournemouth.

That came a week after a poor showing at Bramall Lane, although the Lilywhites are unbeaten on home soil in three post-restart matches.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four fixtures, conceding only one goal along the way.

Jose Mourinho has made three changes from the side which drew at the Vitality Stadium.

The pacier Davinson Sanchez (£5.3m) returns at centre-back in place of Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m), while Son Heung-min (£9.6m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) are recalled on the flanks in place of Erik Lamela (£5.7m) and Steven Bergwijn (£7.1m).

Harry Kane (£10.9m) leads the line yet again, while Serge Aurier (£5.1m) starts once more at right-back.

There’s just the one change for Arsenal, with Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) only among the substitutes and Nicolas Pepe (£8.9m) taking his place on the right flank.

Mesut Ozil (£7.0m) is once again omitted from the matchday squad, while Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) misses out through suspension.

Son and Kane were both jettisoned by over 100,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 35+.

Of all the players in today’s two matchday squads, Saka was the most transferred in, with almost 75,000 Fantasy bosses recruiting the teenager.

These sides drew 2-2 when they last met in Gameweek 4, although both clubs have changed head coaches since then.

Kane and Son both registered attacking returns in that match, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) on target for the Gunners.


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane.

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

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1,285 Comments Post a Comment
  1. OrmskirkFC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 hours ago

    For those of you with Bruno and Vardy(C), what were your thoughts when deciding the armband?

    1. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 hours ago

      Lower ownership, better fixture on paper. Greater risk, greater reward in general

    2. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 hours ago

      Went the other way around ... if Vardy hauls, I hope Bruno misses the match

      I have no idea what VCs all the Bruno cappers have

      1. Reg83
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          Y on earth will bruno miss the match?

    3. Jet5605
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 hours ago

      I see most favouring Pulisic over Willian even though the latter also in form and on pens and FKs. Any reason for that?

      1. el polako
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 hours ago

        Pulisic seems to be involved everytime something dangerous happens in final 3rd.
        Willian lives of DFK's

      2. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 hours ago

        Willian wasn’t good last game. Pulisic bit fresher might get more minutes

    4. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 hours ago

      Jimmy to Ings?

      1. Reg83
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          I would

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 hours ago

        1-0 Bournemouth to keep the relegation battle alive

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          Hope not

      3. Reg83
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          Playing free hit. 9.6 itb. No Liverpool. Have Greenwood and foden

          1. DandyDon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 hours ago

            Impressive, my draft I had 7 mil in the bank too but might upgrade Richarlison to Son now.

        • DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          If only vardy had better players around him. Don’t rate Pérez or Iheanacho.

        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          What to do next?

          Pat
          TAA AWB Doherty
          Martial Bruno KdB Son Pulisi(c)
          Jimmy Vardy

          Bench: Kiko Fernandez Nketiah

          A) Son > Antonio (everyone else in my ML has him)
          B) Son > Dilva
          C) Jimmy > Ings
          D) Jimmy > Jesus
          E) Use FH
          F) Save

        • bigdip
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 hours ago

          Need to close ML gap. (Already did TAA & Nketiah to VVD & Jesus for -4 hit)

          DDG (Martin)
          VVD, Saiss, Holgate (Kiko, Lascelles)
          Kdb, Willian, MANE, Bruno (Saka)
          Kane, Greenwood, Jesus (c)

          Big risk time. for - 8 hit, Mane to bring in one of these TC options:

          A) Sterling
          B) Pulisic
          C) Salah

          1. fgdu
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 hours ago

            sterling