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Bale makes first league start of season alongside well-owned Kane and Son

After scoring a late winner against Brighton last Sunday, Gareth Bale (£9.5m) is set to make his first league start for Tottenham Hotspur since returning to north London.

The man on loan from Real Madrid will star in a fearsome front three alongside Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) – the season’s two highest FPL scorers – with Matt Doherty (£5.8m) and Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m) retaining their spots at full-back.

Bale replaces Erik Lamela (£5.8m) in head coach Jose Mourinho’s only change from the 2-1 win over the Seagulls, which gave Spurs their first home win of the season.

It’s a different story for them on the road though, winning all three away matches at a combined score of 12-3. The many managers who have captained either Kane or Son this weekend will be expecting to repeat this 4-1 average against a winless side currently sat in 18th place.

Kane scored his 200th Spurs goal in Thursday night’s Europa League win over Ludogorets and has a superb record against today’s opponents West Bromwich Albion, netting seven times in seven matches.

This slow start to the season has put Slaven Bilic under pressure and his reaction is to make three changes from their 2-0 defeat at previously winless Fulham.

Matheus Pereira (£5.9m) and Grady Diangana (£5.5m) starred in the Baggies’ promotion push but both make way in an apparent switch to 5-4-1.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) is the third man to miss out, as he and Pereira have returned positive coronavirus tests ahead of the international break.

In their places come Callum Robinson (£5.5m), Kyle Bartley (£4.5m) and Dara O’Shea (£4.3m), with the latter two playing their first minutes since completing all of West Brom’s first four games.

Robinson scored twice in Gameweek 3’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea and Bilic is counting on both he and Karlan Grant (£5.9m) to provide the goals that could save his job.

West Brom are undefeated in their last three home clashes with Spurs.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION XI (5-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea, Townsend; Krovinovic, Livermore, Gallagher, Robinson; Grant.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko; Bale, Son, Kane

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  1. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Kane has to get the 3 BAPS after winning goal bonus added

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Think it’s added during the game now

  2. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    He is a legend.

  3. gryffsonofarthur
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Lots of people now on the Ziyech train.

    I was set on bringing in KDB or Sterling for their good upcoming run, but a 11.5 price is quite prohibitive in my team structure.

    At 8.1 million, do we think Ziyech can match or be close to KDB/Sterling at a much more friendly price?

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      no

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yep, his delivery is astonishing

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      No

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Have a look at City fixtures from GW10 onwards.....

    5. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Let's say KDB Antonio v Ziyech Vardy ... the latter is tempting

    7. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      He was up against 2 of the worst teams in the EPL. The better teams will figure him out and close down his crossing.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        No reason why not

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          *RF - Howya doin? 🙂

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      No. Not with the fixtures the way they are.

  4. Party time
      11 months, 14 days ago

      gtfo my team son

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Great farewell gift from Kane... now get out of my team Spurs you useless duds

      1. Leonard hatred
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        you don't need a striker that plays for a good team, or even a good striker. just one that scores.

        proof: DCL and vardy.

      2. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Big mistake.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          struggling against WBA what makes you think they score against the top 6?

          1. Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            That’s not how football works. Especially this season.

    • Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      On 72 with Justin, Grealish, Salah to play...

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Huge score well done

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Well done mate

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Well done - massive score this week

    • gryffsonofarthur
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      This week was going to bring in Kane for free over Jiminez.

      Pro: Nice Captain

      Con: would have moved the armband off Bruno, losing points.

      I wI'll be keenly watching the Wolves game tonight to see if Jiminez does something, making a non transfer the overall right call.

    • keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Nine points x 2 is not a huge haul for a captain but only 6 players so far this week have scored more
      So in the context its not a bad return

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        It's one more than Chilwell so not all bad.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Hope Kane's goal convinces people to keep him.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Hope Kane traps them all

      2. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        He’s fixture proof.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          But Spurs aren't

          1. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            This game is about goals and assists and not results! Clean sheets are a bonus, not the bread and butter that drives the game.

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        I think against Brom you would have expected more than a Spurs 1-0 to consider the fixtures ahead

    • Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      So many people here were throwing shade on Kane last season and prior to this one. I hope they've delayed bring him in this season and have been paying the price.

      1. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        I mean, in his poor last season he scored 1 less goal than Salah so...overlooked no doubt.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        I'll be the first to hold my hand up (wasn't throwing shade though). Delayed getting him in. Spread my money across the forward line and have done okish. No doubt hurt though. I note a lot of the players who did well early last season and badly post-lockdown, have been good so far this season

    • I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I desperately need kane to lose a bap.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Hold the BPS Kane please!

    • gryffsonofarthur
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      A) ZIYECH FODEN

      B) KBD SOUCEK

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        A

    • Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Need a score draw with no Vardy or Jiminez involvement

      1. Tigers Time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Same here

        1. Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          erm...

          1. Tigers Time
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            Ok so maybe no Jiminez involvement

    • UshFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Not sure what I'll do with Kane and Son for the City game. Son could do well on the counter but Pep may get Walker to man mark him like he did with Aubameyang

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Let's see what happens with Liv & City game. No doubt things will reverse the next gw - unpredictable season and the whipping boys keep changing 😉

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      FYI
      Kane and Doherty both on 40bps
      Reguilon on 28
      Son on 8

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        so 1 bonus pt for Son

    • gryffsonofarthur
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Betting against Kane this season is folly. A tough run of games coming up but he's a likely to score on them as not.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        He managed a late goal against the worst team in the league.. blanks his next 6

        1. bigwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          not a chance does he blank in the next 6

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            blanks in 5 then

        2. Top Mark.S
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          3rd fastest in prem history to 150 goals just behind Shearer's and ageuro.

          Absolute donkey

      2. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        I’m surprised after watching Kane this long...people don’t know he’s fixture proof.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          lol

      3. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Or that because he struggled vs WBA means he’ll automatically blank vs a better side.

        Football has never worked like this.

      4. Klaren
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        If you were going to say the same thing if he didn’t score in the 89th minute of this match, fair enough.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      The battle of Kane/Son removers vs keepers will be very interesting

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        It certainly will. Keep us entertained over the IB 🙂

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I have never known a season to go consistently wrong in terms of captain picks and late goals L.

      Oh well 😆

    • MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Jesus bandwagon