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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. ivantys
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Is Grant WBA's penalty taker?

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Spurs already on the beach....

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bale playing the bay watch role too 🙂

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Which option?

      A) Rashford to Bruno
      B) Son to Bruno
      C) Zaha to Ziyech
      E) Saiss to Max 5.5 def (other than Zouma, Taylor, Lamptey)

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Rashford to Bruno is ridiculous

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Everybody in my ML has Bruno, kills my rank

        2. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          why, bruno on pens, FK and Corners lol

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          No it isn’t, though I can see how the double up could be very fruitful

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yes, also have Kane so might make sense to double up on United instead

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        A

      3. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        B

    • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Kane and Son out for Richarlison and Bruno?

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        2FT

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Won’t play West Brom every week

      3. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Lol

      4. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Id do it

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Fulham and WBA, why not...

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yup

      5. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        It's tempting - Richarlison down to 7.8 and owned by less than 5% - it's him or DCL for the Fulham match

        I've got Rashford, so not sure if I want Bruno too ... might go back to Hames

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Captain fail posts started yet?

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        After 15 minutes they did

    • Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Even though I've got em I think it would be real interesting for fpl if we see a 0-0 here. Will managers drop the Spurs guys off the back of meh form and poor fixtures or will they back em in to score more in games they could arguably be more suited for.

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale is detrimental to Kane and Son performance

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Agreed! Hope he gets hooked at 55/60

      2. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I dont think thats the case. I think choosing Sissoko, Ndombele and Hoejberg is the issue. That midfield has little to no creativity, cant press and cant keep the ball.

      3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Definitely. Take him out

    • ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Son's highlight so far has been a ball kick on his head.

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      This is why you cannot trust Spurs against a defensive structure, been the case for 3 seasons now and exactly why Son and Kane are straight out for Bruno and Richarlison

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        But their upcoming games are against attacking teams..

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          This is a great point

        2. Clam. ☘️
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Tbf, Chelsea and Arsenal may well set up shop.

        3. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Incorrect, they are against defensively solid teams.. not ones that will capitulate with a high line (ie Saints and United)

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        And still going..........yawn

    • Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Kane and Son to Eze and Tammy anyone?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Don't forget Bamford

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      This type of football works against Leeds South or Man City. Not West Brom

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale looks past it.

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

        His Madrid performances showed that

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Son(c) playing Ali Dia’s role today 🙁

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Has Bale ruined Kane and Son?

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yup

    • ivantys
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Mourinho's football fails

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Everything I do goes wrong. Very boring. I own triple spurs. Huge fail.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Oh dear, yawn

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Grav is good, name is good....not everything 😉

        3. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yep, you might aswell quit

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          At least everyone else if failing with you, be positive

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            *is

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bale is making Spurs too one dimensional... he just offers the same as Son, pointless against a deep lying team like WBA. Get Moura or Lo Celso on...

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Will Son pass 60 min at this rate?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Good chance hes the one to make way instead of Bale when Moura/Lol Celso come in..

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Couldn’t be more wrong

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kane and Son to Bruno and Werner?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Lol

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Vardy

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        thought on this -4

        Kane > Werner
        Jimenez > Richarlison
        Hames > Bruno

      • Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        OMG This Is Sh1te

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bale needs to get back on the golf course

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Jose getting animated 🙂

      • Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Just arrives and surprised its still 0-0.. what did I miss?
        Is spurs off pace or WBA giibg magic here?

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Son C fail

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Game still on

        2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Will take a 0-0 a CS

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Fingers crossed for a turnaround second half

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kane & Son owners. Sell Kane & keep Son?

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Sell both most probably for me

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Only chance spurs score is 5 minutes into second half. They'll start playing sh!te again after that when they realise they can't do it

      • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        It's so obvious that Bale is kind of rotten apple

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Correct the flow from front to back gone.

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Finally got a decision right not triple captaining Kane!