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

    5 minutes? You’ve got time Son ffs, come on

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

      Ban mate

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

      See you next year

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        lol at worst he will get an hour sit out..

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      That's a yikes from me dawg.

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Unlucky on West Brom. Deserved a point.

  4. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Son cappers destroyed

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

      Ffs

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      How?

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      6 more points for Kane, so like 2 points after EO. Could be worse

  5. caldracula
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Happy days, Kane (c) and now Don to De Bruyne. Can’t believe how many posts of winging on here for the full match.

  6. Steerpike
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Kane (c) goal + 3 bp, my season is saved.

  7. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Joke aside, Bale was ruining them

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Has Bale hurt you in a previous life?

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        No, and I have fond memories owning him in fpl at 5m

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 23 days ago

    I'm so happy guys

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      You need to get out more

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Ironic

  9. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    9 (18) not bad for captain.. Son captainers never a good option

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Oh dear gtfo

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

      Nice fishing. Full of crap though

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

      No need to go blubbering to FPL Towers this week about the rules then?

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Which rules are you referring to?

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Your pathetic destroying the beautiful game captaincy rules.

  10. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Never in doubt Harry... well played my son! Season repaired!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Nope

  11. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    KAAAAAAAAAAPTAAAAAAIN KAAAAAAANE++&!*++++!!!

  12. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 23 days ago

    May Bale never start again

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah he's awful.

      Should play him as an impact sub like vs. Brighton.

  13. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Digusted

    Son capt and Reguilon

    Rival

    Kane capt and Doherty + my bonus points. Heartbreak

  14. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Captain Kane, Son scores. Captain Son, Kane scores, and repeat until death.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I just perma captained Kane. Easy decision imo

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Hindsight my friend.

        I transferred in Bruno this week though, easy decision imo

  15. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    The Bale Curse

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      This. So much this.

  16. james 101
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    As I said, I think spurs mainly score in the second half right?

  17. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Rage sale of Son can begin

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      He's the only blank in my team so far this GW ...

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Same.

  18. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Sir Harry Kane has scored 8 goals against WBA in 8 games!

  19. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Kane captainer. Looked at my mini league and the top 30 all have him as captain.

    Not much gained 🙂

  20. Das Boot
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    1 goal by Kane and the amount of orgasms is ridiculous

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Lol it’s hilarious

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        I have him myself but it is ridiculous how excited people get

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      1 goal, 1 orgasm

  21. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Always in doubt Harry, let's gooo

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

    See ya then Son. KDB or Bruno in?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Bruno

  23. CarsonYeung
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    You just got Kaaaaaaned

  24. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Just realised Kane is a season keeper

  25. Saosin
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    What to do?

    Mccarthy - Forster

    Chilwell - Lewis - Robbo - Coufal - Ferguson

    Salah - Grealish - Zaha - Son - Alzate

    Kane - DCL - Maupay

    2 FT and 1.2 ITB

  26. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Get a second ‘Arry

  27. CoffeePrince
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Kane scores after bale is off, coincidence? I think not

  28. keefyefc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Interesting stat on the BBC website
    Harry Kane has scored 33 goals in his last 31 Premier League starts against newly promoted teams.
    Take note

  29. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    As a non Kane and Son owner, I'm glad I captained Bruno.

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      As a Kane and Son owner, I'm glad I also had Bruno. 😀

  30. aborg
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Bale ruined Son’s style of play today !