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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. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    No Bale (C) but had Raphina’s 8 points as VC so got I’ve got to be happy he stayed on the bench in the end.

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Same. I'll take it.

  2. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Kane, please score 1 more.

  3. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    No Bale then. Raph (vc) could be worse. People keeping Bale for Newcastle? Got to, right?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      He's got to go

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Even against Newcastle? The just conceded 3 agaisnt Brighton.

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Who knows if he starts though? Mou might start with this XI again

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

          Yh. But even 30 mins could give him returns.

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Don't think he'll play, Mourinho is like that

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Definitely but I would worry about him starting having been benched in Europa game and now today as well.

      Plus Wales have 3 tough games over the International break and you would expect he would start all of them.

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        True. Will monitor his minutes for Wales for sure.

      2. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        He's playing more than 60 minutes in Europe.

  4. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    FML Bale seriously

  5. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Vinicius yc

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Kane BAP

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Must be worth 0.01% of a rank increase 😀

  7. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Feck of Bale. Jammy Kane vc points in my ML

  8. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Kane 3 bonus even without another return is guaranteed btw

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      He is fighting for 1 bonus at the moment.

  9. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Come on Ollie. Time to shine mate.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Corner is the best he can do. 😀

  10. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    as a bale owner and trossard first bencher i am very happy.

  11. Laurel and Vardy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Yes, Veltman in!

  12. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    So the gw 29 free hit worked out alright? Seeing scores of 70. I'm just under but happy enough.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Yes

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Couldn't understand all this gw33 FH talk.

      Must have been from those without a free hit chip left?

    3. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      definitely on 85 atm

    4. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      This has exceeded all expectation, tbh

    5. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Disagree. Many many non FH had bamford lingard antonio kane and brighton defenders.

      1. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Not sure on many many. Seeing big jumps

    6. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      86

    7. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      97 here. Our scores my non FH team by about 70

    8. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Most people with FH commenting on here seem to be on about 100 points, so I guess it's worked out well!

    9. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      70 is great. Well done

    10. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Good on you
      One in my ML is on 55 pre bonus, around 60 post bonus

  13. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    These two gameweeks have been absolute torture. First time I've ever been glad to see an international break

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Yep

  14. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Brilliant.

    Bale no show means VC Lingard extra 13 points plus Moura first sub, looks like 6.

    Nice end to a tough season.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      End?

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Quitting with a quarter of the season to go?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Nah.

        You are trying to get a rise.

        It's been tough for many including you.

  15. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    All those -2s adding up to -4s and -6s.

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Not when I've done Mee and DCL ➡ Veltman and Kane for a hit...

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      My -4 was Cancelo,Son,DCL >> Dunk,Lingard,Bamford

  16. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    I have not done well out of this match,

    No Kane captain, Regullion and Bale.

    I think I jinxed it.

    Tierney 1st sub
    Bamford 2nd sub - who will stay on the bench

    1. Says
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      there's some bad luck there, especially with Reg , but playing Tierney ahead of Bam was a mistake imho

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I am not sure what I was thinking about putting Bamford second sub.
        I think it was the injury doubt and I thought he would be lucky to get 60 or come on as a 1 pointer.

  17. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Kane needs those 3 bps

  18. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Red Arrow thanks to autosubs and Bale vice captains doing me in

  19. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Wonder how much the top 10k average autosub will increase by with Bale no show

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      1.33

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Everyone getting Trossard and Lingard

    3. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Laca here

    4. vincentwsho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Antonio here

  20. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    ML rival outscored my 11 players with 7 thanks to Auba Bale Coufal

  21. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    Bonus Points

    3 - Rodon, Lucas Moura (29)
    1 - Kane (27)

  22. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 12 days ago

    One on Kane ... let’s get a brace and steal 3 bonus ...

  23. TheBiffas
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Auba and Bale in for -8 went well

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Bale and Cresswell for a hit here.

    • TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Lacazette 1st sub coming in for Bale. Thank you José!

    • Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Salah and Lowton out for Bale and Reguillon for a hit... Gutted...

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        At least Bale didn't do worse than Salah.

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        At least they played..oh no sorry they didn’t...ahh sorry only 50min between them 😀

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Ok, Bale was always a two week punt, he's not nailed, but considering I could've punted on Trossard for one week ... But Reguillon, I feel shattered about it.

      3. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I also got Barnes and Dier for dgw 26, too, for -8 I just can't catch a break last few weeks with transfers.

    • Thunderbahçe
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Davis playing surprisingly well. Deserves more time on the pitch. Should see more of him in upcoming fixtures.

      1. Thunderbahçe
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Villa sub Davis that is

    • GE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Auba and Bale (-4) went well...

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        This!!!!

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      People still getting jammy bench points at this point in the season makes me sick, not had any all season

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Maybe you're unjammy?

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        It is how the game works you have to order your bench just in case.
        Sometimes you get it right. Sometimes you get it wrong.

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Of only I had played Laca over that numpty Auba

    • Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Have people never heard of concussion substitutes? Bale could still come in