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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. Fantasy Gold
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Brest are winning 2-0 against Lille.

    I love it when Brest get on top.

    1. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Boom

    2. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Missed the goals... Brest must've nipped ahead.

      1. Clam. ☘️
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Read recently that Umtiti might retire at Brest actually.

    3. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      They're big in France I hear

    4. evilfish
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Do they play with two up top?

  2. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pereira and Ivanovic tested positive and out of the squad for the record. Do we think more is coming on the IB and during the festive period?

  3. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Even as I pressed confirm on giving Kane the armband, I knew he’d blank. But the fear of FOMO propelled me

    Baaaaaa

    1. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      the fear of the fear of missing out?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Touché....

        The fear of MO would have been confusing 😀

      2. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hahaha good one zilla

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rekt... RIP in peace Don Kloppeone

    2. sandman58
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Quit whinging
      Only played half an hour

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Do you take everything you read seriously?

    3. The Statistician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

  4. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    @ Bemba...get your OMG dusted off and start using it please.....

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

      Yes please

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Son and Kane, not Bale just to be clear 😉

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        My first request:

        OMG Kane

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      e.g. OMG Grant?

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        *Ahearne-Grant

  5. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    There was a Commnity article few weeks back about teams having diff wayy of playing, and he called them Perfectionist, Predator or Talisman.

    Love that article. Wonder how's his research is going

  6. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Spurs are poor so far. Need to bring in Lo Celso at half time to being about creativity.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      They need midfielders that can keep the ball...

      Ndombele and Sissoko's passing has been poor and they can't link defense and attack.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Poor choice from Mourinho in that midfield.

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Spurs getting pinned on their own half these last 10mins or so. Still earlyish days but WBA growing in confidence

  7. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Why West Bromwich wearing yellow shirts?

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

      Spurs stole their shirts last night

    2. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      They want to look like Canaries, but failed. They will concede soon, no worry.

  8. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kane to Richarlison short term punt? Good or risky?

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

      Good, I am doing it together with Zaha > Bruno [C]

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      This a joke?

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Not a joke

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      considering

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I am considering too. Antonio not being fit might change that

  9. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kane playing the overlapping centre back role

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      😀

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      More like sweeper

    3. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Libero

  10. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Needs a WBA goal to catalyse TOT to score

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    spurs look completely off the pace, west brom controlling it last 5 mins

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Who knew in a game of football the other team would have the audacity to do something.

      1. built_this_city
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        😀

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Impact of Bale?

    3. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Lacks a creative mid

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Disagree. Liverpool have been coping fine for years without one.

        Spurs' creativity should be coming from Kane and the fullbacks, just like Liverpool.

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Well it's not working. That's for sure.

  12. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Sissoko > Lo Celso at ht

  13. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Spurs are home team?
    That team in stripes?

  14. Free hitting is a ladder
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Europe matches must be catching up with Spurs.

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

    Spurs not scoring here

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Crystal ball?

  16. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Dangerous free kick for WBA upcoming. We can see the first goal

    1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Grant looking sharp and ready

  17. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kane vs Cardiff v2

    1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He was at home back than

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Looks that way, Kane YC soon to confirm?

  18. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Worth noting that Spurs were poor vs Burnley and Brighton

  19. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    These are the types of games in which Kane tends to disappoints to be fair

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

        Ah memories, I capped him that day (of course), seem to recall he’d just had his first child

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

        Check out lateriser's 'upside chasing' articles instead of coming here with 1 match 😆 😆

  20. ivantys
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Jose needs to learn that long balls don't work against every team

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Tony Pullis disagrees

    • Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Take Bale out asap, or put him back as LB!!!

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

        This, need Le Celso and Moura

    • built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I used to think Bemba Da was a little kid but hes been on this website for 10 years

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He still lives in his mum’s basement though.

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Its a good thing i went Che Adams captain over Kane or Son

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Lol

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          7 > 2

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      First time I captain Kane he blanks. Great.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        You do know the game isn’t over right?

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Oh Fudgy

    • built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Kane (C) FAIL

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ditto so far

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Oh dear

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      The Bale effect?

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Definitely. It's a thing. Zidane knew it

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

        yes.. he is destroying Kane and Son

    • Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      70% ball possession for WBA last 5 minutes and one more corner upcoming. WBA all over the place and dominating atm

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Good for counter attacking Spurs

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mou should have started Lo Celso. Ndombele doing nothing

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

        and sub Bale asap

      2. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        And use Bale as a impact sub or as a LB, this way he is disrupting the team

    • FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      So tired of hearing all of these "Kane (C) fail" and "Son (C)" fail. There is more than an hour left people calm down

      1. built_this_city
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        hes not getting naything

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Spurs fail

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Irbox fail

      3. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        New around here?

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Nope, I'm just tired of people moaning and whining after 30 minutes of play.

      4. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I'll be back soon

      5. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Is it your first time here on a matchday? Personally I don't mind, it is fun and adds to the I told you so game later on 😉

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

          Fun?
          Pathetic and tiresome more like.

      6. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Kane (c) major fail. My season is ruined. I’m off to have a little cry.

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

        I agree it's ridiculous. They're not playing a Sunday league team and should be winning 7-0

      8. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        This..oh wait

      9. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        and counting.......

    • Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Kane and Son captain fail

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

        100%

      2. built_this_city
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        +1

      3. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        60 mins left of game, relax lol

        1. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          😀