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

    Kane against City or Vardy against Liverpool? Will get Vardy for Fulham anyways so should i get now or after?

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

      I would, Vardy it is

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Vardy it is! Thanks

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

    Kane spraying it all over the place. Very awful

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Like a frustrated tomcat 🙂

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      that's what she said...

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

    lateriser captains are cursed

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

    This is a painful watch with Son and Kane (C) while all others in my mini league have Bruno and Southampton defenders.

    1. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      If you let yourself to be affected by someone else, it’s your fault

  5. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Classic Spurs.

  6. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    This is the real Spurs we all know.

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

    So far this season Spurs has scored 80% of their goals in the last 10mins.

    So chill everyone....

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Well at least we are all in this together 160%EO for Kane

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

    When I see Magnus had the same captain as me this week, I knew it was going to be a fail. Awful record of late.

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

      He’s a casual

  10. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    F this game

  11. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Son captainers vindicated

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    We can only hope for a late penalty from Kane.

  13. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    I'm just listening, not watching, but is the presence of Bale affecting Son's positioning?

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

      No. Spurs just complete rubbish

    2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Rendered him useless pretty much

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

        Also spurs just not on their game today so could just be that

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

      Nope, son still trying to get in behind throughout game. Just generally poor spurs build up, slow and poor passing in midfield not getting through West brom quick enough

  14. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Rival has Bruno(C) and Bamford
    I have Kane(C) and Son

    at GW start, I was laughing at him

    now it is 30 points difference
    LOL AT ME

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      35 points actually FFS
      hate this game

  15. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Spurs being completely Spursy. They can’t win trophies. Jinxed

    1. Bada Bing
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      It's in the club's dna.

  16. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Vini coming on

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

    Liverpool 13/5 to beat City baffles me

  18. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Ffs Son

  19. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Glad I went Furlong(c) over Kane 😎

  20. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Bale and Sissoko off

    Phew... Son stays

  21. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Why did non suggest I captain Bruno, when I didn’t ask who to captain?

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

    Son, Zaha and Maupay to Bruno, Ziyech and Antonio/Bamford(-4)?

  23. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Bale off. There's a chance

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Definitely

  24. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Finaly Bale out. It was about time

  25. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Bale out, thank god. He's so past it

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

    EVERYONE JUST CALM THE FECK DOWN!

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Gwan, have some Tea

    2. Bada Bing
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Shouts the person in caps lock... The irony.

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

        It's a joke geez

  27. CloudSky
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Mou going all out.

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

    Those substitutions are too late imo

  29. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Still a chance. Cmon Son

  30. Arctic monkeys
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Vinicius on, Kane CDM ?