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Bale named on the bench as much-captained Kane and Son start against West Ham

The two most-captained players of Gameweek 5 feature in the third Premier League match of the day.

West Ham United are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with kick-off in north London at 16:30 BST.

Son Heung-min (£9.3m) and Harry Kane (£10.7m) have both been handed the armband by over one million Fantasy Premier League managers for this clash.

They were also the most-bought players in their respective FPL positions ahead of Gameweek 5, with Son attracting more transfers in – just under two million – than any other asset.

Those two in-form attackers start again this afternoon but loan signing Gareth Bale (£9.5m) is only among the substitutes, having made the Spurs matchday squad for the first time since his move from Real Madrid.

There is a change to the Spurs frontline for the visit of the Hammers, however, with Lucas Moura (£6.9m) dropping to the bench and Steven Bergwijn (£7.1m) starting in his stead.

The only other alteration to the Lilywhites’ starting XI from the side that thrashed Manchester United 6-1 two weeks ago sees Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) replace the injured Eric Dier (£5.0m) at centre-half.

All of that means that Matt Doherty (£5.9m) and Ben Davies (£4.9m) have to be content with places on the bench again.

Dele Alli (£7.5m) isn’t involved in the 18-man squad.

The West Ham team news is straightforward, as David Moyes names an unchanged side from the one that beat Leicester City 3-0 last time out.

Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) has recovered from injury to take his place at left wing-back.

Not one West Ham asset has a double-digit ownership in FPL, with Michail Antonio (£6.3m) the only member of their starting XI who features in more than 5% of Fantasy squads.


Spurs XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Son, Kane.

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio.

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2,267 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Leonard hatred
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    It's spurs, lads

  2. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Business idea.

    Step1. Back both teams to score in every premier league game
    Step 2. Wait for both teams to score
    Step 3. Profit

  3. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    RAGE transferring Vardy out immediately!!!!

    1. Jake.l_8
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      He was ruled out for this game 3 days ago

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        yeah, old news

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Where was Vardy ruled out?

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            It was known that he had an injury

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Was not ruled out at any point, just like Lamptey Zaha etc who all played

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No he wasn't, where? He was waiting on scan result

  4. Tigers Time
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    FPL Family should be interesting tonight!

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

      So will planetFPL

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    2 wins in 5 for tottenham

    Title contendors LOL

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      It's Aston Villas to lose right now 😆

  6. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    People actually blaming Bale lmao

    1. Utopsis
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I mean, it was a pretty shocking miss

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I mean, it was his first game back. Sterling and Salah have missed tons of chances like that

          1. Utopsis
              1 month, 14 days ago

              And the misses are equally as shocking when Salah or Sterling do it

          2. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bad miss, but he dribbled past two defenders to get that chance. And he didn't concede the three goals, the team did.

            Ludicrous to blame Bale.

            1. Utopsis
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Never said I was blaming Bale for the result, but it was a pretty poor miss for a player of his calibre.

            2. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              He created the chance from nothing you casual

          3. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bales fault 100%

          4. LegendMoon
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Hopefully everyone who has home sells , he Plummer’s in price and the intelligent ones among us buy and profit immensely in the weeks to come when fully fir

        2. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          May not take that big hit to get Kane and stay hitless with Son

          Final xG

          Spurs 1.72 - West Ham 1.84

          Final score 3:3

          1. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            equaliser may drop their confidence somewhat. I'll see how Jimi does tomorrow night main thing for me

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Next season all defenders and GKs will be priced 4.0 and 4.5, no CS

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Clean sheets +8 points!

        4. jason_ni
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Take a bow lanzini.. absolute clinker that.

        5. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          No Vardy fur Lei

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            for

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Old news

        6. pjomara
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bale is jinxed.
          Went winless for 24 PL games after joining Spurs last time round.
          Hopefully happens again 2nd time round!

          1. keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            As long as Kane & Son still return points !

        7. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          that goal was perfection honestly

        8. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Guys I think Son might not have reached the bench yet when west Ham scored first goal, he might still lose CS 🙁

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            stop embarrassing yourself

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              No

        9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          There are the bottlers I know!

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Nice prediction

          2. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Someone already beat you to it, but would you like a blue peter badge?

          3. JONALDINHO
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Fair play

          4. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks

        10. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Apologies lads but no more points for Kane, I'm bringing him in for Vardy

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            This is what I’ve been worrying about. The Kane bandwagon... this forum is useless at bandwagons

          2. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah because every players performance is solely based on your FPL picks 😉

        11. Joey Tribbiani
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Son gets subbed and Spurs fall apart

            1. aborg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              My thoughts exactly. Spur's defensive strength is in their midfield, especially with Son in it.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Son does nothing defensively at all, you think Bale is why we lost lol?

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                He doesn't do much to help defensively. It was just that stupid OG from Sanchez that let them back in it imo.

                1. aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I said that in the sense that Son helps keep more possesion in attack and helps rank up the goals...so in that sense it is their only kind of defense, if you know what I mean.

            2. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Outlet ball releases the pressure
              Runs into channels

          • Railwayman
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bale OUT

          • aborg
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Serves Mourinho right for subbing off Son when he was playing so well in midfield

          • las90855
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            have son and kane already, should i transfer in bale? i can see three of them free scoring against weaker sides

            1. DandyDon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              to much. maybe a good option for next two and then WC?

              1. las90855
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                got no WC anymore

            2. All Hail K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Bale has to get some minutes in first.

              1. las90855
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                the class is still there despite the sitter

          • Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Jose Moaninhio coming up

          • Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Surely those baps need to change?

          • Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            This is why Zidane didn't play Bale. He is the reason they bottled this game. All 2as great until he came in

          • FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Spurs are still overperforming

            final xG was 1.7 for Spurs, 1.84 for west ham

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              So no Kane?

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Can argue it both ways

                If you had a easy way to get him id get him

                For me its -8 and lose TAA or -4 and lose Sterling

                He has nice fixtures, and I have Son already.

                But they are overperforming in attack.

            2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Son just so clinical. Any chance he gets he’ll take

          • Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Looks like Kane 3, Son 2, Cresswell 1

          • Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            0-0 in the Leicester game would be sweet.

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Son got a clean sheet point lol

            1. All Hail K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              He was one of the reasons they had a cs up to that point.

            2. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              2 points 😉

          • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Love those live goals where you just scream in pure surprise and joy

            Even better in the stands...

          • subhojit123
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Repost...
            Given spurs current form...and already owning Son, shud I go for a double up with Kane? Based on upcoming fixtures which combo do u guys suggest -
            1. Ings, Jiminez -> Kane, Bayshuayi
            2. Stick with Ings, Jiminez

          • Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Just to put this season into perspective, Balbuena is a 4.4 that has now outscored VVD and TAA... nuts

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Even Cresswell S an option 😆