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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. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Son made a shot 😮

  2. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Kane will score a penalty

  3. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Lo Celso bringing the key for the lock...

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He brought the wrong key the idiot

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Ffs need a goal here Son

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Need a brace mate.
      Having a horror week so far.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah that’d do too. Can’t have a third captain fail ina row

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    This season is so random, can't follow form or fixtures... I'll still keep following fixtures, but not convinced it will work.

    1. Top Dog
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Feeling your pain, and similar mindset. Issue is trying to identify the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fixtures

  6. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I captained Kane and actually want him to blank now. I deserve punishment for my ridiculous pick.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Mate

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      As a Kane captainer I love this, love it.

    3. david31058
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      You deserve punishment for your ridiculous attitude

    4. Joey Tribbiani
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Season over?

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Self-flagellation, save it for Easter 😉

    5. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Take Bale out, bring Moura or Alli in

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Defo Moura

      2. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        The curse of Gareth Bale

    6. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Is it looking more like Kane or Son will score?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Going to the wire

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Neither tbh

    7. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I can't believe WBA might earn a CS

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Still a lot to play

    8. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      BARNES you absolute bum go jump off the Leicester pier... Tired of your useless presence

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I sold for Grealish

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He has FUL soon...

      3. Top Dog
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        You do know he’s sub, and therefore not present

      4. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Only casuals would own Barnes

    9. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale wastes great counter attack opportunity with a silly pass

    10. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Spurs mainly score in the second half though right?

    11. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Was so close captaining Chilwell

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah right!

        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah he's my vc really. Came here with that suggestion and everyone raged at me.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Fair enough - would have been a brave move. Yeah I can imagine the reaction on here 🙂 Who's your C?

    12. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      So Chillwell (C) really was the best option

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yep

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ziyech would have been better for me

      3. Og
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I had Bruno no captain. Sad face

    13. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Come on Baggies! Get the win and the clean sheet please boys..

    14. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale is still in la liga pace

    15. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What the hell. He played it back to the keeper.

    16. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      There's bound to be a Kane penalty at some point. Keep the faith lads!

    17. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Podence goal and a Saiss cameo, 1-1FT would be lush

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Podence is so attacking, might keep him for the fixture swing.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          He's Hazard-lite

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Man I’m tempted, but I’m looking at Robbo Podence Kane to Chilwell Bruno/KDB Antonio...

    18. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      WBA's defense is underrated

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        They can work as a unit unlike Fulham

        All these easy fixtures on paper such as WBA, Newcastle, Wham etc. all line up with 451 or 541 defensive units that cause frustration like this. Maybe the tougher fixtures are undervalued especially this season which is all over the place

    19. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Spurs getting closer ...

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yep encouraging

    20. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Diangana on, WBA could nick something

    21. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Son not involved that much in attack.

      So much for so called fantasy experts.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        WBA players listened to the casts

    22. jb1985
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure which is better kane, Bowen, Bissouma to...

      Martinet, Steer
      Chilwell, R.James, Justin, Coufal, Mitchell
      Sterling, Salah, Son, *, *
      DCL, Brewster, *

      A) Jesus, Jota (if Jota starts today) & Grealish
      B) Martial, Ziyech, Bowen
      C) Antonio, Fernandes, Jota
      D) Richarlison, Bamford (Brewster & keep Bowen) Grealish

    23. Lovren an elevator
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      How is Barnes dropped?! I just brought him in!

      1. Agger
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Every team that plays wolves tend to go towards a diamond with a #10. It’s happened all season. That’s why De Bruyne played there, but people got excited thinking it’s his permanent position

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Why did you do that?

        I sold him not long ago. Was frustrating to own

    24. Agger
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sold Salah for Aubamayeng(C) so later is gonna be very interesting!

    25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Kane crossing in then box while lo Celso and regullion have attempts in the box

    26. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      WBA almost score

    27. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Spurs should lose this one