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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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1,497 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fantasy Gold
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Today is Podence and Jimenez day.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Sky have got good games this Sunday. Should be competitive and entertaining affairs.

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Anything to wipe that Justin cleanie

      1. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Amen to that!

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      please be right!

    4. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I really hope so on the Podence front.

      I've been trying to sell him for the last month.

      Another goal this week and I'll be sat on my sofa smugly watching others scrambling to get him in

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane(c). Who is with me?

    1. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Most people but not me. Come on Son!

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Im with you

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pretty much everyone on here.

    3. Free hitting is a ladder
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Accidental Mo capper here, still want Kane and Son to crush it.

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        depends on Kane's EO

    4. korbendallas82
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      im in on Kane (C). Im happy with an assist.

  3. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I'd be very disappointed if this match has less than two goals

    The matchup is dreamy. Very good vs very bad

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Spurs have been ruthless away from home as well.

      If I could I’d probably TC right now

  4. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How is WBA lining up?

    9-0-1?

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      In doggy style

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Lol

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      With 9 centre backs. The Pulis wall.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Pulis played 10-0-0

        I think this WBA team is more attacking

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Giggity.

  5. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    As a Kane owner, and captainer, I am a bit worried that he’s only going to have three goal involvements today.

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Haha... it's hubris like this that angers karma into making him blank

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I also saved an old lady from a burning building this morning, so it should balance out

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Bookmarked

    3. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He will have his shots saved and blank

  6. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Predicting a 2-1 win to WBA....

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Gotta be worth a tenner

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        May as well chuck it down the nearest drain.

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Send your tenner to me instead

  7. chocolove
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    That west brom line up... Amazing for them if dont get relegated

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Mathematically they could be today

  8. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Help appreciated chaps - 1 FT, 2.5 ITB.

    Martinez
    Chillwell, Zouma, Justin
    Salah, Son, Fernandes, Barkley
    Kane, DCL, Bamford

    (Steer, Kilman, Bissouma, Mitchell)

    Considering:

    A) Barkley -> Grealish/Rodriguez/Ziyech/Jota
    B) Mitchell -> Vestergaard/Coufal
    C) Barkley & Fernandes -> Grealish & KDB (-4) (exact cash...)

    Cheers

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      not C
      hold over IB & A

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Ta

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane 155% and Son 107% ownership in top 10k

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      As I own neither, do I want either to score?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Get to DFS

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Closed 🙁

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Oops forgot lockdown, go for a nap

      2. Troll hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        😉

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A six goal hammering and your're catching up for the rest of the season

  10. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    This will be one of those games where West Brom ends up winning or something

  11. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    OMG still 0-0

    1. chocolove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kane fail

  12. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    over IB... too kneejerking & points chasing?

    2FTs

    Ings, Son & Podence out
    (Brewster), Bruno & Ziyech/Hames in

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    People always call Kane a mouth breather but Doherty is worse. Dont think Ive ever seen him with his mouth closed

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Haha, literally the first time I've heard Kane (or anyone) called a mouth breather before.

      I'll have to spend the rest of the game watching for the veracity of this statement now 🙂

  14. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    If u own salah but didnt captain u want him to blank right?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Nope.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No I don’t think so

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      nope. doubt his EO is over 100% so want points

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Even if its 80% with captaincy thats 160 blank is needed i think

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Did you do Kane(c)? If so, I jinxed him for you.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yup. Hopefully the streak continues

    5. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Nope... Haul
      EO 70%

    6. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Nah would be under 100% EO across all ranks

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    By what minute will people be calling a Kane captain fail? 20?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      6...

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        😛

  16. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane captain fail...

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      This.. I am glad I went for werner

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Kicking myself for listening to the so-called "pros" on here...

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Should have TCd Eze instead ffs

  17. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who will take Pens?
    Bale or Kane??

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Bale

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        The others don't know yet that it's bale. 😀

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          😉

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Non-Kane owner confirmed

        1. Chenku╰☆╮
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I own Werner and son. So what?

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            So... erm... I was ... erm...

            right then!

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Obviously Kane

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Surely Kane..

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      K

    5. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      ok thanks

  18. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I should have captained Chilwell over Kane.. not sure Kane can score 8 points by the look of it 🙁

  19. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Got the kids watching a film so keep the score updates coming in!

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Great game, loads of goals so far....

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Patience 🙂

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        may be I am watching an old game then 🙁

  20. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Son extremely peripheral

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Must be on the horizon.....

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      It's only 10mins in... chill 🙂

    3. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      As expected in this type of game. But a lot time left.

  21. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane disposessed.. goodbye BPS

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      yes captain fail 🙁

  22. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane (c) fail - not hopeful

  23. Troll hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Spurs are in energy saving mode 🙁

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      yes legs need be freash for International games.. i can understand

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        haha

  24. BarryManilows
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What’s happening with price rises tonight, will ziyech & Bruno rise?

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 15 days ago

          None of them close to a rise, can still wait

          1. BarryManilows
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Ok

        • afsr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          How was Bowen yesterday? Keep or sell?

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Good thing this isn't a comedy club. You'd all be booted out.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Kane to save our season!

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          LOL SON WTF

        • ivantys
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Son fail

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              World enters another ice age.....

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                No that's Sun. I reverse ur trolling with grammarnazi trap card

          • tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Son had so much time...

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Son why

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Sorry dad