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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
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Bale subbed, incoming Son goal Kane assist

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

      Would love that

  2. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Wtf is going on this season

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

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

    2. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 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
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

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

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      No Barnes mate on the bench

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

      Barnes benched

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

      BArnes bench no?

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

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

    5. shiregeriatric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Barnes benched.

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

      Is somebody going to tell him?

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

        Good luck mate Barnes might score from the bench

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

      Noooopppp!

  4. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    time for the party to begin.

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

    Bale off great!

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Change of position for Son?

  6. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Kane and Son to Vardy and Ziyech?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yes and then reverse it when the other 2 blank

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Vardy and KDB

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

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

    1. Zilla
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      6th one here rofl

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

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

    2. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

    i am depressed

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

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

  9. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 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

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

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

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

      Lol anyone who captains a defender is a huge casual

      1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

        Unless it's Laporte in a DGW

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

          This is true

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

        If he is not your vice it doesn't count

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 14 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
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

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

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Only ig the logic behind the decisions is sound

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

      Trent TC worked ok for me last season

      1. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Why? He was playing Newcastle

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

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

    5. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Really though??

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

    Spurs looking way better already wih Gareth out

    1. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      They don’t need him

  12. AlCapwnUK
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I’m keeping for the next 3

  13. JBG
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Son has been poor this match.

  14. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  15. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    must be a 3rd or 4th captain blank.

  16. tomasjj
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

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

      Flat whites

  17. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  18. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Relax, Kane will score

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      He won’t

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

    So Son captain fail... Damn it!

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

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

  20. Steerpike
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    west brom blocking everything

  22. gryffsonofarthur
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Better Triple Transfer?

    A) Bamford Ziyech Soucek

    B) Brewster KDB Soucek

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

    Keep Son on corners far better than Bale.

  24. Lukakuna
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Son has been really poor

  25. Doctor Evil
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    48% of mangers captained either Son or Kane. Yikes

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

      Surprised it's not more tbh.

  26. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    ffs

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

    whyy oh whyy 🙁

  28. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  29. Z
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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

  30. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

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