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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. Pépé sur le P…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Saka is already MotM

    1. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yep already doing more than Pepe done.

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

    Vardy party is still alive

  3. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    vardy starts

  4. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS
    Team to face Leicester: Ramsdale, Stacey, Kelly, Ake, Rico, Lerma, Gosling, Brooks, Solanke, Danjuma, C Wilson.
    Subs: Boruc, S Cook, Surman, L Cook, Stanislas, H Wilson, Simpson, Billing, Surridge.

    LEICESTER TEAM NEWS
    Team to face Bournemouth: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Fuchs, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Perez, Iheanacho, Vardy.
    Subs: Ward, Morgan, Gray, Barnes, Choudhury, Kames, Mendy, Praet, Bennett

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

      Bournemouth 4-0 win one time?

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Any chance of a Vardy blank?

      No? Damn...

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    How's Auba doing?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Should have had one for sure

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

      Doing nothing like normal - but had one awesome shot which hit the post/ bar

      He just needs a chance

  6. ZAWAd25
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Keep Mane or Mahrez?

    1. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Kept Mahrez. (I also got rid of Son)

  7. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    There goes my jammy Jiménez points.

  8. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Iheanacho & Vardy start! Come on Nacho!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You struck gold this GW

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Haha cheers mate! Let's hope he outscores Jimenez tonight!

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

      Shame about Nacho. Think he ruins Vardy. Would be better if Perez played up front with Vardy.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I hope Vardy assists him some tonight 😉

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Nice punt! Good luck.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thanks mate! Cheers!

  9. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Jamie Vardy
    Rescue my season again !

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Amen... Hattie would be lovely///

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

      We're counting on you Vardy!

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I'vew got him Amey - so the omens are not good at all .... having a shocking week.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I'm having shock after shock since restart man 😀

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      🙂 o/

    5. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Was just looking back at his stats this season, TWELVE games in a row in the middle of the season with only one blank away at liverpool. Phenomenal!
      Fancy him for a couple tonight and then the goals may dry up with a few tougher games to end on.
      My team definitely needs that before I move him on for Ings anyway.

  10. ryacoo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    On a FH, David Silva and Foden over KDB and Sterling?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sterling, Dilva and Foden imo

    2. Shankly611
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yes. Sterling is worth considering imo, KDB very likely to be benched.

      1. ryacoo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I'm not so sure, only 63 mins last night and 31 the game before last - had his mins managed carefully lately. Seems a big risk with his EO if he does start!

        1. Shankly611
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          You can't ignore those 90 mins against Newcastle! And the upcoming 90 mins against Arsenal!

  11. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Vardy haul inevitable at this point... enjoy captainers 🙂

  12. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Dirty Kane, should have been a YC

  13. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Vardy Starts !

  14. Firminoooo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Thank God . Vardy(C) starts. Lets PAAARRTYYYY

    1. Mike2795647
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sorry, the party isn’t going to start this week as he’s my captain

  15. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What has happened to Kane, watching the match. He is everywhere but in front of the oppositions goal.

    1. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Jose is trying to turn him into a DM

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

    Basically impossible for Vardy not to haul here
    Congrats owners and cappers!

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yep

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Why ?

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      We both know that isn't going to happen (Vardy owning Foxes fan)

  17. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Martinez racking up those passes

    Bps jump coming up very soon

  18. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Dirty Sanchez.

  19. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    When is Aurier going to get his second YC?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Hopefully soon.

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

      Soon hopefully

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He won't.

    4. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      😐

  20. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    😉 😉 YC

  21. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Yes we can't second guess Pep, but theoretically, the likes of Foden/Dilva should start gw36 against BOU at home, probably benched against Arsenal in the FA cup and thus gets a start against Watford in gw37?

    Doesn't that make him the best City transfer in this week?

    I'm personally thinking of doing Mahrez to Foden to afford DCL to Ings this Gameweek.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Foden and Dilva are nailed. All others at risk

      1. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Hmm wouldn’t D Silva be played vs Arsenal after his last performance? Most likely wouldn’t start both, as we all agree

  22. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Martinez 4 point haul would be nice

  23. Shankly611
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    On FH.

    A) Sterling and Giroud

    or

    B) Pulisic and Greenwood

    thoughts?

    1. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      B because there is a risk that both Sterling and Giroud won't start

  24. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    52% ownership for Vardy and didn't cap . I’m not going to get too excited!

    I guess I just want him to do mediocrely well

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I need points
      Don't care about EO now.
      Haven't had them for loy

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Yeh it’s more about the captainers who will benefit if he mega hauls but yeh I guess I just want the sweet relief of points atm. A real rubbish GW so far

    2. Shankly611
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I want him to go wild. As long as Bruno will go wilder. 🙂

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Yeh I guess that’s a fair way to put it 😉

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bruno(c)? Should still be hoping for a big haul unless rivals have him captain.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        A few do. Just need anything I can get I guess haha

  25. Pépé sur le P…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Ceballos tried using his left foot. Kicked it out for a throw.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He's a good signing. Hopefully would be made permanent

  26. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Martinez save from auba

    1. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Lloris i mean

    2. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Lloris*

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

    Come on Spurs, give Martinez some easy long shots to save.

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

    Hate it when Nacho starts. So crap and takes Vardy's chances, but still misses.

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

    But but Vardy wasn't in the training photos, lmfao , the community at it's worst.

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

      Nah. I think it is good the community picks up on this stuff. Then were able to ask the ITK on twitter the question who gave a response.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yeah, embarrassing.

    3. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Vardy was taking the photos 😉

    4. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Surely no one used this nugget of golden crp to take him out though...?!