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United set to face fragile Leicester defence ripped apart by Kane and Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City

  • Goals: James Justin (£4.7m) own-goal, Harry Kane (£10.9m) x2
  • Assists: Son Heung-min (£9.7m), Lucas Moura (£7.0m) x2
  • Bonus: Kane x3, Lucas, Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) x2

Leicester City and Manchester United will square off at the King Power Stadium in Gameweek 38+ and, depending on how the Red Devils and Chelsea get on in their respective midweek fixtures, it could be a case of winner takes all for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot next Sunday.

Those of us on a Free Hit or with a transfer to burn might be considering whether to ditch a United asset or two given the magnitude of the fixture but based on what we saw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could have plenty of joy against the Foxes.

Jose Mourinho showed his former employers how to do it: cede possession and hit a patched-up, plodding defence on the counter-attack.

Spurs saw only 29% of the ball in this match and had no penalty box touches in the second half, with Brendan Rodgers’ side registering more than three times as many shots over the course of the game.

But the damage was done by half-time, with all three of the Lilywhites’ goals scored on the break.

An in-the-mood Harry Kane (£10.9m) set Son Heung-min (£9.7m) free down the left flank for the hosts’ opener, with the Korean’s shot taking a telling touch off James Justin (£4.7m) and wrong-footing Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) after just five minutes.

Kane hit a quick-fire double as the game neared half-time, first rolling a finish past Schmeichel following a through-ball from Lucas Moura (£7.0m) and then curling a superb effort in off the upright after another pass from the Brazilian.

There could have been other goals and again, all of them came from quick passes from back to front, catching Leicester’s high line out all too easily.

Son forced Schmeichel into a save following a direct, 50-yard ball from Harry Winks (£5.2m), with the South Korea international later getting his feet in a muddle when played clean through on goal by Kane just after half-time.

Given Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m) and Paul Pogba‘s (£8.3m) ability to spot a pass from deep and United’s capacity to break at speed, Sunday’s match in north London would have provided Solskjaer – and Fantasy managers – with food for thought.

Mourinho talked through his tactical masterclass after the game, saying:

I think it was an intelligent performance. I knew that for them to play with this back five is not a very comfortable situation.

I want to be honest with Brendan. I don’t remember that someone was so honest with me when I was playing without a striker, but I want to be honest with Brendan and it’s easy to realise that to play without Ricardo Pereira, Soyuncu and Chilwell destroys a backline.

So we decided to take away from them where they can hurt us, which is basically behind us. We took away from them our defensive depth, we control the game by positioning our defensive block a little bit lower than we normally do.

Then we gave the ball to them, to their back three, because we wanted them to bring the ball and we wanted them to feel quite comfortable, leaving their comfort zone, which is where they are not playing many matches.

Bennett and Morgan, we wanted to take them away from their comfort zone to try to explore the counter-attack and fast transitions. So when we scored three goals in the first half, I think the game is over.

As Mourinho mentioned above, Leicester were without three of their regular back four, namely Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m), Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) and Caglar Soyuncu (£4.9m).

None of that trio will be available for the Manchester United game, although there is a chance that Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) could return to take over one of the wing-back slots.

In their absence, a back three with a combined age of 98 years struggled with the pace and movement of Son and Kane, while teenage left-back Luke Thomas (£4.0m) – who impressed going forward – had a real baptism of fire from a defensive perspective on his first away start.

That ragtag bunch of defenders had performed well against Sheffield United in midweek but Chris Wilder’s side aren’t renowned for their pace on the break and played into the hands of the Foxes, something Mourinho evidently didn’t do on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) and Anthony Martial (£8.5m), in particular, will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing Wes Morgan (£4.1m) and co next weekend.

Rodgers said after full-time in north London:

It was a strange game because we were really good in parts. The parts we weren’t so good in was things that we’ve spoken about: dealing with the counter-attack.

The first one we’re disappointed with because we’ve got to have a better pressure higher up the pitch. Instead, Harry [Kane] turns and makes the pass in behind and they get a bit of luck.

The other two: obviously a breakaway from a corner and a great finish. That individual quality hurt us today, but it was strange. It didn’t feel that we should’ve been 3-0 down.

There was a bit of encouragement at the other end, at least, despite the blank in front of goal.

Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) had a number of early sighters before seeing an inventive backheeled effort strike the feet of Hugo Lloris (£5.3m), while the lively Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) drew two flying saves out of the Frenchman and substitutes Demarai Gray (£5.0m) and Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) both saw efforts from range repelled.

Lloris emerged with two bonus points to his name but the Spurs clean sheet was as much to do with the players in front of him, with the Foxes not registering a single ‘big chance’ despite all of their possession.

Serge Aurier (£5.1m) and co have now banked four shut-outs in the last seven Gameweeks, more than they managed in Mourinho’s first 18 matches in charge.

With an out-of-form Crystal Palace to come in Gameweek 38+, there could be joy to be had for Spurs assets at either end of the field.

Certainly Kane, for all our initial reservations about the premium forward ahead of the restart, appears to be hitting levels we haven’t seen in a long time, combining the deeper role we came to be suspicious of with the hitman status of yesteryear.

He may not be the classic ‘number nine’ of yore, but maybe a ‘nine-and-a-half’ is enough at present.

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693 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fit_to_drop
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      Any injury update on Mason Holgate?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        Out for the season

    • The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      Hi! Please help me pick the best option for the final GW :

      Patricio
      Doherty Tarkowski Keane
      Salah Bruno Martial KDB Mahrez
      Greenwood Ings

      Bench: Martin Nketiah Kiko Lascelles

      1FT / 2.3ITB

      A) Ings --> Jesus
      B) Bruno + Ings --> D.Silva + Auba
      C) Any other suggestion?

      Cheers!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        B if you captain Auba

      2. Ole's at the wheel
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 11 hours ago

        A

    • Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      Morning all. Am tempted by one of the below, thoughts?

      Patricio
      Doherty - TAA - Kiko
      Mane - KDB - Mahrez - Bruno
      Vardy - Jimi - Greenwood

      (3.9m) - Saka - Holgate - Lascelles

      A) Lascelles + Bruno + Jimi > Pieters + Anotnio + Jesus -4
      B) Mane + Vardy + Jimi > DSilva + Auba + Kane -4
      C) Scrap above and rethink

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        B looks nice. I’d deffo ditch Vardy

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 9 Years
          24 days, 9 hours ago

          tripe city midfield though

      2. Rock Papiss Cissès
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        B without question

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 9 Years
          24 days, 9 hours ago

          cheers - you think 3 city mid is pushing it with pep roulette or go for antonio instead of DSilva?

      3. Ole's at the wheel
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 11 hours ago

        Auba and Kane twitch accordingly.

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      FH38+ Draft #1. No Salah/Mané and fairly cheap defence the main issues. What you think? 0.1 left

      Martinez
      TAA, Pieters, Cresswell
      KDB, Dilva, Sterling, Martial, Antonio
      Auba, Kane

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        Could easily downgrade TAA and move KDB or sterling to a pool mid if you really want one. I have gone even cheaper in def don’t worry

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        I'm thinking Salah/Mane over KDB. Could downgrade TAA or Auba/Kane - Jesus?

      3. Ole's at the wheel
        • 5 Years
        20 days, 11 hours ago

        Similar team to mine.
        ( Bruno - KDB , TAa - Tark, 3rd striker Jesus upfront)

    • cigan
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      FH draft for 38+. What do you think?

      Martinez
      Trent Mendy Pieters
      Salah Bruno DSilva(C) Antonio
      Jesus Rashford Kane/Auba
      (Martin; Thomas, Williams, Guendouzi)

    • fijuhmon
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 9 hours ago

      Early stages of current gameweek, but I should be leading my ML for about 40pts before 38+. Current squad

      DDG
      Doherty - TAA - Kiko
      Bruno - KDB - Mahrez - Martial - Willian
      Ings- Jesus

      Martin, Jimenez, Lascelles, Jack Robinson

      Plan is to do Mahrez -> Dilva for free, captain him or KDB and hope my lead will hold. Would you take hits for example to get rid of Kiko/Lascelles?

    • NoSalah’d
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        What should I do with my team? 1FT and 0.8m ITB. I only have TC left
        Pope, Marinez
        TAA, Doherty, Pieters, C.Taylor, Robinson
        Mane, KDB, Antonio, Bruno, Pulisic
        Jesus, Ings, Greenwood

        I want triple Man City, but don’t know whether to get Dilva or Sterling.

        1. Ole's at the wheel
          • 5 Years
          20 days, 11 hours ago

          Pulsic to Son ? Doable?

        2. Ole's at the wheel
          • 5 Years
          20 days, 11 hours ago

          I think Sterling is the only must City player

      • The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        Pick one:

        A) Ings --> Jesus
        B) Bruno + Ings --> D.Silva + Auba (-4pts)

        1. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 9 hours ago

          B

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 9 hours ago

        Let's say Salah has an absolute rotten game v Chelsea, would you keep v newcastle ?

        1. Rock Papiss Cissès
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 9 hours ago

          Let’s say your Aunt had ____, would she be your uncle?

          1. Rock Papiss Cissès
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 9 hours ago

            Regret this, apologies. Would keep Salah

        2. Bring back Rafa
            24 days, 9 hours ago

            I would. Form is temporary, class is permanent

            1. Bring back Rafa
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Only time I would is if I was chasing, or if I only had 2 City i would happily swap him to Sterling......but that's more to do with fixtures

            2. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              If my grandma had wheels she would of been a bike.

              I think one game does not dictate how the next will fair out.

            3. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Thanks all

            4. Ole's at the wheel
              • 5 Years
              20 days, 11 hours ago

              Would keep ( if I had him )

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 9 hours ago

            Best City Defender for FH38?

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Defender? Wait for the midweek game then triple up on attack.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                So many poor defence options this week I was considering someone like Mendy alongside Dilva and Sterling

            2. Raz Sterling Archer
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Wouldnt waste a FH City spot in defence against Norwich

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Struggling to get 3 good defenders

            3. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              I don’t have a FH but have a City defender. I think I will stick rather than take a hit to switch to
              3 mids/fwds. That said, there’s no way on earth I would consider a City defender if on a FH.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Clear haha. I’ll go 3 in attack then 🙂

                1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  24 days, 9 hours ago

                  :-D. I am clinging onto the fact that I’m sure I’ve seen Garcia in the oppositions’ box in recent matches and that perhaps he just might deflect a shot bound for the
                  corner flag into the net with his arse. I knew when I got him in that it would come back to bite me on my arse, but, like a complete arse, I blindly pressed the confirm button.

                  As you can see, I seem obsessed with arses. Anyway, Rafa, good
                  luck in choosing your defence. May they all return sparkly clean sheets.

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            24 days, 9 hours ago

            Anyone gone in heavy on Wolves tonight?

            Boly, Saiss, Jimmy here... for once it would be nice of the FPL Gods to make this easy on us - 3-0 Wolves win, Jimmy, Boly Saiss goals 😉

            1. Sun Jihai
              • 8 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              The average team has 1.15 Wolves defenders/GK starting
              About half have Jimenez so a decent differential

            2. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 6 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Nervous non Jimmy owner leading an ML full of Jimmy teams. If he can score first at 5-2 I can at least get paid out if he scores more via Hat-trick Heaven. It's assists that kill you when cover betting though.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Hattrick heaven is a fantastic offer

                Used to make a killing from it back in my matched betting days - got banned from BetFred over it lol

            3. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Saiss and Doherty. Sold Jiménez a few weeks back. I am with you in your wish for a 3-0 but obviously we differ in who we want to grab the goals.

            4. Vazza
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                I stupidly moved Jimmy out for Ings a few weeks ago..

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Nope. I have 0 Wolves. Hoping for brick city.

              • Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                just Doherty so happy with a 1-1. Doherty goal and 3 bonus

            5. Marko1985
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              Morning all. Thinking of doing this for a -4. Is it worth it Yes or No?

              Martial + Greenwood —> Antonio + DCL

              I have Bruno and think UTD triple up could be overkill away at Leicester.

              1. Plonatron
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                24 days, 7 hours ago

                Never in a million years would I take a -4 to bring in DCL

            6. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 9 hours ago

              So what’s best on FH then? 🙂

              A. Mané
              B. Salah
              C. Both!

              1. Kane
              2. Auba
              3. Both!

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                B3.

            7. spamking
                24 days, 9 hours ago

                Pope
                TAA, Tark, Egan
                Sterling, KDB, Dilva, Bruno, Martial
                Wood Rashford (Ings)

                I have 2 FT, rival has Free Hit.

                What's my best move?

                1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  24 days, 9 hours ago

                  Is he chasing or are you?

                  1. spamking
                      24 days, 8 hours ago

                      He is chasing

                  2. Ole's at the wheel
                    • 5 Years
                    20 days, 11 hours ago

                    Any dollars itb?

                2. Rinseboy
                  • 8 Years
                  24 days, 9 hours ago

                  How does this look for a -4?
                  Vardy and Foden to Auba and Dilva?
                  Gives me this for 38. Any obvious weaknesses?

                  Pope
                  TAA Aurier Doherty
                  Sterling Dilva Martial Bruno Pullisic
                  Jesus Auba
                  Martinez Greenwood Diop Fernandez.

                3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  24 days, 8 hours ago

                  Man City 9 - 0 Norwich

                  Has this got a realistic chance of happening?

                  Probably more chance than any of the other 379 Premier League games this season - on paper at least

                  1. ritzyd
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    24 days, 8 hours ago

                    no

                  2. Plonatron
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Anything could happen ... I'd say 6-0 is more realistic

                  3. FALSE PROFIT
                    • 6 Years
                    24 days, 6 hours ago

                    Nah. I fancy Leicester to get 9 past Soton though.

                4. FALSE PROFIT
                  • 6 Years
                  24 days, 6 hours ago

                  Here is one for you and why I hate captain picks:
                  My ML leader 53 points clear of me ib second
                  he sits top 4k
                  His captain picks 317 points 618 points in total
                  My captain picks 245 points 474 points in total
                  I think my 40k rank and his 2k rank might just have something to do with captaincy!

                5. Bicks
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Once freehit is activated i'm guessing I can keep making transfers up until the deadline? the same as with a WC.
                    Cheers

                    1. Nedvěd11
                      • 4 Years
                      22 days, 18 hours ago

                      Yes

                  • LloristheHounds
                    • 3 Years
                    22 days, 10 hours ago

                    A) Jesus, pulisic, Saiss to
                    Kane, Dilva, aurier for - 8

                    Or
                    B) Saiss to
                    Aurier for free

                    ?

                    1. Jellyfish
                      • 8 Years
                      20 days, 3 hours ago

                      B

                  • yet to be named
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    22 days, 8 hours ago

                    Free hit 20 points to make up in mini league
                    Martinez
                    Bardsley Pieters Lamptey
                    Sterling Salah D Silva Mahrez Fernandez
                    Kane Ings
                    3.9 Nketiah Williams 4.0
                    Who to Captain? Sterling and Salah are the diffs.
                    Thanks

                  • christo1
                    • 4 Years
                    21 days, 12 hours ago

                    Can I ask for a little help. I've got BB left to play in Gw38 and 2 free transfers. When I hit the BB button, and then look to make those transfers it looks to hit me with 2 x -4's? Am I not able to make transfers in a BB week?

                    1. Ole's at the wheel
                      • 5 Years
                      20 days, 11 hours ago

                      U can. I did my transfers, SAVED THE TEAM then played BB.

                  • Wee Jinky
                    • 8 Years
                    20 days, 8 hours ago

                    What do you think of my final team (Free Hit) Currently I'm ranked 459
                    Pope
                    Tarkowski, Pieters, Tierney, (Williams / Kilman)
                    Sterling (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, Martial, (Oriol Romeu)
                    Aubameyang, Ings, Kane

                    3 Burnley defenders (trying hard for a clean sheet for Pope to be Golden Gloves) No Liverpool - I think the Newcastle game will be subdued. Might swap Mahrez for D. Silva. Might take Kane out and go for big hitter in midfield, but I'll probably go with this team barring any negative team news.

                  • stu92
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    20 days, 5 hours ago

                    FH options, thoughts? Really comes down to whether I go triple MC midfield with Sterling or go with Auba in search of golden boot.

                    TEAM A
                    Pope
                    TAA - Mendy - Pieters
                    Salah - Bruno - KDB - Dilva
                    Auba - Ings - Greenwood

                    TEAM B
                    Pope
                    TAA - Aurier - Pieters
                    Salah - Bruno - KDB - Dilva - Sterling
                    Ings - Greenwood

                    1. LFC4EVER
                      • 6 Years
                      20 days, 2 hours ago

                      B for me

                  • LFC4EVER
                    • 6 Years
                    20 days, 2 hours ago

                    Last GW and last deliberations:

                    1 ft, 0.4 ITB - Have the Triple Captain on

                    What would you do?

                    Pope
                    TAA - Tarkowski - Aurier
                    Salah - Martial - Fernandes - Antonio
                    Jiménez - Greenwood - Lacazette

                    Henderson - Doherty - Stephens - Foden

                    Who would you transfer out/in?
                    Who would you TC?

                    Thanks all! Good luck on the last GW!