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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. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    No way Kane’s getting 3bps

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      This is an attempt at a reverse jinx

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nope.

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      He's primed and ready to snatch them. Just needs a couple of dodgy passes to Moura

  2. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Had the exact cash to do Sterling > Auba, took it as a sign and never considered the likes of Lingard etc at all

  3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    So glad I resisted the urge to get in Bale or Auba for a hit. 61 from 9 ok.

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Well played.

    2. G-Whizz
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nicely done!

      I'm on 70 (-4)= 66 from 9

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Really good.

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Nice

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      80 from FH

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      56 from 8. Will take it.

  4. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Looking ahead, what're Bale owners doing? Might bench him for Newcastle, think there's some kinda fallout with Mourinho

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Or maybe he is not pulling his weight like most of the season and at Real Madrid 😉

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Quite possible, tbh he doesn't really suit, I just meant purely from FPL perspective

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I don't know, I am getting Son if he's fit. Mount maybe, or just bench him.

    3. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Played over 60 minutes in Europe, his glass leg need to be protected

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Havertz

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Simply no reason to bring him on

  5. son of city
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Watkins and salah to moura and Kane COULD HAVE GONE GREAT FFS!!.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Kane -bps...

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Well, that was a waste of one of my 2FTs (Bale).

      All things pointing back to Trossard for me (should have brought him in last week as planned).

      Alas, likely the teensiest of green arrows. I'll stop lamenting/complaining now.

      1. TheBiffas
          2 months, 25 days ago

          At least u didn't get him for a hit

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Touche

      2. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Bale no show means Maupay 8 pointer off the bench. FH was an epic fail for me.

        1. Bank$y
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Sarcasm? I’d be glad for 8 off the bench!

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          8 points off the bench in a GW where only 8 teams played is a fail?

        3. Forgetmeknot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          My FH also feels like that but outscored my non free hit team by about 50 so think I’ll take it!

        4. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          FH brought me way less points that I anticipated. I benched brighton players and had the likes of Leno, Reguillon and Dallas. Should have just tripled on Brighton.

      3. HD7
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        1. Have Reguilon
        2. Did Son to Bale (-4)...

        3. Ouch

        Did Reguilon injure or just tactics?

      4. Bob_the_builder
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        87 from FH in a BGW. Best moment so far in an average season for me.

        1. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Congrats.

        2. Bank$y
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That’s fantastic.

        3. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That's a joke. Well done

        4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Excellent.

        5. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Great score well done ...... 80 from FH for me.

      5. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Targett 0 pointer.

      6. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Just Dele Alli things

      7. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Stuck with Bale now. Can't see Jose start him next game

      8. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        People who are WC in GW31, who are you targetting with your last free transfer/s?

        Chelsea?

        1. TheBiffas
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Might just do auba to bruno

          • Gazwaz80
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yep, probably Mount or Rudiger....

          • TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Fernandes back or Havertz punt

          • Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I am actually considering delaying WC. I have already benching headache next weekend. With 2 ft:s and perhaps -4 my team for gw 31 isn't awful. Depending on future dgw:s and bgw:s having WC might be a good idea.

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              By the time the International Break injuries kick in I can promise that you won’t have a Bench headache by the time the next game week starts.

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                That is always a possibility. But perhaps I can transfer another Chelsea defender in. I have atm starting XV (with Alonso though).

          • Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            D1sable had somehow managed to convince me that Lewis Dunk to Marcos Alonso (C) could be fun.

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Am doing this, captain is still up for debate though. But it'll be between Raphinha or Alonso.

        2. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          i'll take 65 from 9 no hits, glad of the INB so i can forget about the last few Spurs games

        3. Gazwaz80
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Kane hanging on to 1 bap

        4. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Targett 0pts in a game where he had free kicks and a goal-scoring opportunity 🙁

        5. noahzark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Creeping into top 10k!

        6. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Targett and Bale in for a hit went well lol

        7. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          53 points from 8 players. I'll take it and run!

        8. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Trossard on for Bale 🙂 nice little bit of luck

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            We all need a bit of luck ... Laca on for Bale for me ...

        9. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Meh, 47-4 and dropped from 3k to 4k, but hoping the decision to keep the FH pays dividends in GW33

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            It will. I've gone the other way . 5.5 K to 3.5 K.

            1. Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Good week for the FH tbf but I can't honestly say i would have picked Trossard and Lingard

        10. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Differential win. Trossard 14, Lingard 12.

          Kane 7.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Quick maths

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Searching for another captain diffential next week bro. Boost the rank....

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Ziyech

                1. 3 A
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Good choice. Let see if Chelsea can score a ton of goals

        11. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Who is everyone targeting for next game week?

          Rudiger or Azpi for me ...

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Alonso

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah, for one week.

          2. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            May be both.

        12. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Regullion and targett my differentials in that game!

        13. G-Whizz
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Bonus Points

          3 - Lucas Moura (30)
          2 - Rodon (28)
          1 - Kane (25)

          Carlos Vinicius (24)
          Sánchez (24)
          Tanganga (22)
          Lloris (22)

        14. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Got bale only because i have 15m itb & don't want to spend on cheapies.
          This season is.... Unique

        15. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Quite ok gw. Neutral arrow.

          Without that stupid pk from Kane would have been great. Only other mistake was Odegaard over Lingz. But hey, at least I did not choose Bale.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Odegard close to hauling ; very unlucky

        16. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Veltman vc saves the day

          Juhuuu

        17. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Anyone else relieved to have a two week break from FPL? 😀

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes, I can’t take the pressure- last 20 minutes of every match is a precarious clean sheet or a rival’s striker looking like hauling. Just going to concentrate on cricket for a week

          2. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes actually