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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Kane has to get the 3 BAPS after winning goal bonus added

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Think it’s added during the game now

  2. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    He is a legend.

  3. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Lots of people now on the Ziyech train.

    I was set on bringing in KDB or Sterling for their good upcoming run, but a 11.5 price is quite prohibitive in my team structure.

    At 8.1 million, do we think Ziyech can match or be close to KDB/Sterling at a much more friendly price?

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      no

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Yep, his delivery is astonishing

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 6 days ago

      No

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Have a look at City fixtures from GW10 onwards.....

    5. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Let's say KDB Antonio v Ziyech Vardy ... the latter is tempting

    7. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      He was up against 2 of the worst teams in the EPL. The better teams will figure him out and close down his crossing.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        No reason why not

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          *RF - Howya doin? 🙂

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      No. Not with the fixtures the way they are.

  4. Party time
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    gtfo my team son

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Great farewell gift from Kane... now get out of my team Spurs you useless duds

    1. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      you don't need a striker that plays for a good team, or even a good striker. just one that scores.

      proof: DCL and vardy.

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Big mistake.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 6 days ago

        struggling against WBA what makes you think they score against the top 6?

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          That’s not how football works. Especially this season.

  6. Mweene
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    On 72 with Justin, Grealish, Salah to play...

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Huge score well done

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Well done mate

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Well done - massive score this week

  7. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    This week was going to bring in Kane for free over Jiminez.

    Pro: Nice Captain

    Con: would have moved the armband off Bruno, losing points.

    I wI'll be keenly watching the Wolves game tonight to see if Jiminez does something, making a non transfer the overall right call.

  8. keefyefc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Nine points x 2 is not a huge haul for a captain but only 6 players so far this week have scored more
    So in the context its not a bad return

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      It's one more than Chilwell so not all bad.

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Hope Kane's goal convinces people to keep him.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Hope Kane traps them all

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      He’s fixture proof.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 6 days ago

        But Spurs aren't

        1. Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          This game is about goals and assists and not results! Clean sheets are a bonus, not the bread and butter that drives the game.

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I think against Brom you would have expected more than a Spurs 1-0 to consider the fixtures ahead

  10. Werkself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    So many people here were throwing shade on Kane last season and prior to this one. I hope they've delayed bring him in this season and have been paying the price.

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I mean, in his poor last season he scored 1 less goal than Salah so...overlooked no doubt.

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I'll be the first to hold my hand up (wasn't throwing shade though). Delayed getting him in. Spread my money across the forward line and have done okish. No doubt hurt though. I note a lot of the players who did well early last season and badly post-lockdown, have been good so far this season

  11. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    I desperately need kane to lose a bap.

  12. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Hold the BPS Kane please!

  13. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    A) ZIYECH FODEN

    B) KBD SOUCEK

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      A

  14. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Need a score draw with no Vardy or Jiminez involvement

    1. Tigers Time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Same here

      1. Goodricke
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        erm...

        1. Tigers Time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          Ok so maybe no Jiminez involvement

  15. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Not sure what I'll do with Kane and Son for the City game. Son could do well on the counter but Pep may get Walker to man mark him like he did with Aubameyang

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Let's see what happens with Liv & City game. No doubt things will reverse the next gw - unpredictable season and the whipping boys keep changing 😉

  16. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    FYI
    Kane and Doherty both on 40bps
    Reguilon on 28
    Son on 8

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 6 days ago

      so 1 bonus pt for Son

  17. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Betting against Kane this season is folly. A tough run of games coming up but he's a likely to score on them as not.

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      He managed a late goal against the worst team in the league.. blanks his next 6

      1. bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        not a chance does he blank in the next 6

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 6 days ago

          blanks in 5 then

      2. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        3rd fastest in prem history to 150 goals just behind Shearer's and ageuro.

        Absolute donkey

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      I’m surprised after watching Kane this long...people don’t know he’s fixture proof.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 6 days ago

        lol

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      Or that because he struggled vs WBA means he’ll automatically blank vs a better side.

      Football has never worked like this.

    4. Klaren
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      If you were going to say the same thing if he didn’t score in the 89th minute of this match, fair enough.

  18. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 6 days ago

    The battle of Kane/Son removers vs keepers will be very interesting

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 6 days ago

      It certainly will. Keep us entertained over the IB 🙂

  19. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    I have never known a season to go consistently wrong in terms of captain picks and late goals L.

    Oh well 😆

  20. MarcusAurelius
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Jesus bandwagon