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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. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Bale subbed, incoming Son goal Kane assist

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Would love that

  2. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Wtf is going on this season

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

      Game of Thrones showrunners are writing the FPL script this season. They're subverting our expectations 😉

    2. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Well for example. Own Klich and Bamford lost 15-20pts bcs of clear penalty denied and disallowed goal bcs of Bam's finger was offside.

      1. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Unlucky. But it was offside according to the rules. Penalty could have missed too. Good luck next time

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Vardy, Barnes and Podence in the next game... Let's gooo!!!

    1. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No Barnes mate on the bench

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

      Barnes benched

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      BArnes bench no?

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Might wanna check the lineup for one of those...

    5. shiregeriatric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Barnes benched.

    6. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Is somebody going to tell him?

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Good luck mate Barnes might score from the bench

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Noooopppp!

    7. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      time for the party to begin.

    8. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Bale off great!

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Change of position for Son?

    9. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Kane and Son to Vardy and Ziyech?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yes and then reverse it when the other 2 blank

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Vardy and KDB

    10. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Shoulda captained Ziyech or maybe even Salah lol. Looking at a 3rd captain blank in a row

      1. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        6th one here rofl

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Brutal man. Wish there wasn’t a captain bit in the game

      2. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Should of, could of, would of and all that.. same as many

    11. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      i am depressed

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I’m desperate according to @tamagotchinassacretosser.. we can be friends together!

    12. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      (C)hilwell has gone better than expected. Would of been even better with a CS and bps! Sterling and Mane left to play

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

      2nd captain blank of the season it seems. Shame I didn't go with my gut and pick Chillwell

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Lol anyone who captains a defender is a huge casual

        1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          No, anyone that follows the crowd is a casual. Get it right

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Unless it's Laporte in a DGW

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            This is true

        3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          If he is not your vice it doesn't count

      2. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Over the course of the season, picking the most logical choice will always win out over going with your gut

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

          Chillwell was pretty logical imo, though ofc the CS was lost

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Only ig the logic behind the decisions is sound

      3. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Trent TC worked ok for me last season

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Oh don’t tell us, it was the 24 pointer v Leicester

      4. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        My gut was saying Chilwell too. Went with Che Adams. Worked out a little :p

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          You captained Che Adams!? That is a horrendous decision..

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            And yet worked out better than Kane didn't it. Captaining premiums was giving me blanks so i went for Newcastle being sh!te and it worked. Could have been more for Adams too if you saw the match.

          2. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Why? He was playing Newcastle

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              And spurs are playing WBA. It’s the process of captaining premiums in good fixtures which separates the men from the boys when it comes to FPL

              1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Coming from the fella that is ranked 1.4mil. Lol smh

      5. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Really though??

    14. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC not us…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Spurs looking way better already wih Gareth out

      1. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        They don’t need him

    15. AlCapwnUK
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Have I missed something, why the mass exodus of Zaha owners?

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I’m keeping for the next 3

    16. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Son has been poor this match.

    17. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Slaven Bilic looks like a man who is constantly on the verge of mental breakdown when he's on the sidelines

    18. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      must be a 3rd or 4th captain blank.

    19. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Spurs are very flat.
      Not playing Bale out wide is strange.

      1. RoysCallerAnne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Flat whites

    20. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Moira has made a difference, bringing a bit of urgency at least

    21. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Relax, Kane will score

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        He won’t

    22. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      So Son captain fail... Damn it!

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        1 point more than Kane at the moment, so see it as a win

    23. Steerpike
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Kane (c) woe is me, the end of my season.

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

      west brom blocking everything

    25. gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Better Triple Transfer?

      A) Bamford Ziyech Soucek

      B) Brewster KDB Soucek

    26. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Keep Son on corners far better than Bale.

    27. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Son has been really poor

    28. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      48% of mangers captained either Son or Kane. Yikes

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

        Surprised it's not more tbh.

    29. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      ffs

    30. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      whyy oh whyy 🙁

    31. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      FFS left captaincy on Salah all season except today, what a surprise, not changing it again!

    32. Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Huh...Son (C) + Regulion and Dier

    33. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Maybe if kane stops pretending to be fake kdb spurs might score