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Son and Grealish absent as Bale is benched for final Blank Gameweek 29 match

Son Heung-min (£9.4m) and Jack Grealish (£7.5m) will both sit out the final match of Blank Gameweek 29, while Gareth Bale (£9.7m) begins this evening’s clash between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on the bench.

Kick-off at Villa Park is at 19:30 GMT.

Bale’s demotion from the Spurs starting XI is a blow to the legions of Fantasy Premier League managers who bought the Welshman ahead of Gameweek 29.

The winger was the subject of more transfers in (771,282) than any other player ahead of Friday’s deadline.

The most-sold FPL asset of the round, Son, hasn’t recovered from the muscle injury that forced him off in the north London derby last Sunday.

Son and Bale are among four players in Jose Mourinho’s Gameweek 28 line-up who miss out this afternoon, with the benched Matt Doherty (£5.6m) and the absent Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) the others to make way.

Spurs confirmed that Alderweireld and Serge Aurier (£5.2m) both miss out through illness today.

In come Carlos Vinicius (£6.9m), Japhet Tanganga (£4.9m), Joe Rodon (£5.0m) and Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m).

There’s no rest for Harry Kane (£11.5m) after his 120-minute run-out on Thursday: the England striker, captained by over two million FPL bosses tonight, starts.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has made two changes following his side’s draw with Newcastle United over a week ago.

Matty Cash (£5.0m) and Morgan Sanson (£5.5m) start, with Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.3m) and Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m) dropping out.

Despite the positive noises about Grealish in Smith’s pre-match press conference, the Villa talisman misses his sixth successive league match.


Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, Trezeguet.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Vinicius, Kane, Moura.

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1,164 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Please rest Bale fully Jose !!! Please fantasy gods

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1-0 Villa half time then it's difficult to see that happens

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nope

      He's just tired from 60 mins last time out in EL. You'll get 30 mins.

  2. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    He’ll play second half or 20 mins defo

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pushing the boat out with that prediction

  3. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Man United should sign Daphne and Velma to play alongside that clown Fred in midfield. They might be able to solve the mystery of why he keeps getting picked then.

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Worst ever performance

    2. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Terrible patter.

  4. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bale benching is great, wouldve been better if the Auba punt came off.

    1. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pretty poor transfer for myself brining in Auba a couple of weeks ago.
      Between him and Sterling for worst value big hitter this season

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bale was our best player when he came on against Zagreb, don’t understand why he doesn’t start

    1. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      he's ok going forward but doesn't press

      in modern game all players need to press the ball, even the strikers.

  6. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kane, I know every point hurts my rank. But this is probably my only chance of bringing up the 100 this wretched season.

    10 points, let’s go

    1. TheBiffas
        1 month, 22 days ago

        100 in a bgw, fair play

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          More luck than judgement. Even a broken clock is right twice a day haha

      • Echoes
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Great score in a BGW. Well done!

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Huge huge huge green arrow

        • Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          wow thats massive well done

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I wanted to get trossard over bale but bottled it

        • Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Trossard cap was a great call.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Ha steady on captain

      • ILOVEBAPS
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Wish I’d captained Lingard now. 🙁
        Got a Tot blank written all over that team.

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I see goals incoming!

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Watkins woodwork x2

        1. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          classic

          lot of bad luck for us AV owners of late

      • Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Kane and Martinez owners laughing with Mike Pen Dean in charge, points one way or another

      • Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        What is this Spurs team btw. Yuck

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Horrid, take out Kane and it’s such an average group

      • Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Is bale on yet?

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Bale to KDB it is then

      • TheBiffas
          1 month, 22 days ago

          1-0 spurs, lo celso G moura A. Kane missed pen, Watkins woodwork incoming

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            You can stop that silly talk right now.

        • Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          With Lamela suspended, Son injured, Bergwijn forgotten, I thought, ok, Bale will play this, and then vs Newcastle, who knows, but at least I got him for this one game. Whish I went for Trossard instead. Now I will probably have to switch him to Son/Mount next gameweek.

        • Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          An AVL CS would shake things up a bit!

          1. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            The only thing I don't want from the game even though got an Aston villa defender! Would likely mean Martinez baps and saves

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Kane playing the no.6 role to perfection

        • DannyDrinkVodka
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          That weird FPL thing where you’ve captained Kane but are rooting for a Villa clean sheet

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Give Matrinez some easy saves Spurs.

        • Says
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Cash's transformation into Grealcash seems to be almost complete, he just needs some low socks.

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            And improve in football too

            1. Says
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              it was never about the football

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Nice grav

        • estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Kane captain and also Martinez and Konsa.

          What do I want here a Kane haul or a cleansheet from Villa! I'm thinking the latter as most people have Kane.

          1. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Got to be the clean sheet for villa

          2. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Cleanie surely.

            1. estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Yea I just wanted to confirm because it seems assbackwards to wish for!

          3. DavidBadWillie
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Konsa and Kane goals.

              I

              1. DavidBadWillie
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  I have the same

            • pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Just trying to calculate how many yellow cards I need to beat my season best of 30 in GW4.

              Have 4 in play and on 34. It feels strangely possible.

              1. beric
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                You got 30 yellow cards in gw4?

                Did you BB and all 15 players get 2 cards?

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Still running your multiple teams I see

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Spurs absolutely flown out the blocks here .....

            • Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Bale on after 45 minutes 0-0 with fresh legs. Runs rings around everyone.
              No problem. He dreams.

              1. Big Mac 24
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Nets two goals, swallows the Baps and gives me a 28pt captain haul from the bench, tidy darts

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Targett missed.

              1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Caught in two minds

            • G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Spurs trying real hard to rob me of my clean sheet...

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Bale will be on before 30 mins at this rate

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Spurs are bad enough, Jose won’t want to be playing with 10.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Come on Bale has been class recently

            • Forgetmeknot
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I know I’ve only myself to blame but ignoring form and going for big names of Spurs and arsenal over Bamford, wham (lingard and antonio 1st and 2nd on bench) and presumably villa oh FH seems so silly in hindsight.

            • fedolefan
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Martinez is going to bury me with a 12 pointer here. Can feel the saves coming in the 2nd half.

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Spurs would have to shoot for that to happen

                1. fedolefan
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  They will when Bale comes on.

              2. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yeah should have learnt by now -

            • tbos83
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Hands up if you're massively regretting capping Kane

              • Neevesy
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                God this awful