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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. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Shouldn't have sold Johnstone on my IB wildcard...

  2. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Best playing 5th mid between Soucek and Saka?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Soucek

    2. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Kane

    3. Effe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Soucek

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Thought that was cantwell

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      No its just not ending well.

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    WBA unlucky

  5. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Spurs living dangerously.
    WBA looking more likely to score than Spurs.

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Did you just turn the game on?

  6. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Lloris good save

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    West Brom deserve to win

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Gallagher doing the business for Chelsea

  9. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    WBA are all over Spurs... Kane (C) disaster... season over...

  10. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Who to sell first?

    A) Son
    B) Kane

  11. davies
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Would you rather keep Kane or Son?

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Son

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Neither.. but if one, it has to be Kane

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Neither

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      The one that scores in this match 😉

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Spurs weathering the storm

  13. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    This game is screaming Kane 80+th minute penalty

  14. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Hmm 20 min left no OMG as yet

  15. Railwayman
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    At least ditching Spurs assets won't be that hard after watching this match.

  16. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Would love to see how many Spurs advocates are going to keep after today lol

  17. aborg
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Wtf is wrong with Spurs??

  18. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    WBA scoring would be the absolute best thing to happen for Kane & Son captainers

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      How so? Good for Kane as Son loses clean sheet points.. but they are toothless in attack and deserve to lose this

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        As in, it would give them the kick up the ass they badly need right now

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    This just proves once again nobody is essential in fpl

    1. Agger
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      There’s still 20 minutes left chill

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Apart from Salah

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      It’s a game of luck and diving cheats (Fernandes)

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Grealish is

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Bruno

  20. Agger
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Kane flicked on header onto Dier for the winner is the only thing I need

  21. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    still time for a brace 🙂

  22. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Fernandes up against this good West Brom side next GW, yet people selling Son for him?

    😉

  23. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Son cmon man

  24. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Celso dive 😀

  25. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Spurs new fancy stadium barely been used... what a pity.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      ..oh this is at WBA. Point still stands.

  26. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    FK Spurs close in

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      needed JWP taking that FK lol

  27. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    I captained Vardy and felt like a sap! I'm trailing the pack hard, so I need differentials. Could work out!

  28. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Salah • KDB • Bruno • Ziyech • Grealish. Tasty midfield in a 352

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Agree

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      considering the same but Richarlison over Ziyech in a 343

  29. ivantys
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Useless FK by Kane

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why people wanna keep Kane over Son?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Flipp A coin

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Pens

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          And other options in position

      3. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        More urgency to get prem. midfielder. i.e KdB, Fernandes