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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
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    No way Kane’s getting 3bps

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      This is an attempt at a reverse jinx

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Nope.

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 5 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
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 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 (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 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
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Well played.

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Nicely done!

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

      1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Really good.

      2. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Nice

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

      80 from FH

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      56 from 8. Will take it.

  4. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 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
        6 months, 5 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
      6 months, 5 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
      6 months, 5 days ago

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

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Havertz

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Simply no reason to bring him on

  5. son of city
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Kane -bps...

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 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
      6 months, 5 days ago

      At least u didn't get him for a hit

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Touche

  8. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 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
      6 months, 5 days ago

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

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 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. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 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.

  9. HD7
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. Ouch

    Did Reguilon injure or just tactics?

  10. Bob_the_builder
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Congrats.

    2. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      That’s fantastic.

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      That's a joke. Well done

    4. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Excellent.

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

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

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Targett 0 pointer.

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Just Dele Alli things

  13. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  14. Dirty Harry
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

    Chelsea?

    1. TheBiffas
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Might just do auba to bruno

    2. Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Yep, probably Mount or Rudiger....

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Fernandes back or Havertz punt

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 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
        6 months, 5 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
          6 months, 5 days ago

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

    5. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 5 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
        6 months, 5 days ago

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

  15. Steinburg FC
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  16. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Kane hanging on to 1 bap

  17. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  18. noahzark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Creeping into top 10k!

  19. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Targett and Bale in for a hit went well lol

  20. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  21. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Trossard on for Bale 🙂 nice little bit of luck

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

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

  22. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 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 (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 5 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
        6 months, 5 days ago

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

  23. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Differential win. Trossard 14, Lingard 12.

    Kane 7.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Quick maths

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

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

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Ziyech

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

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

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

    Who is everyone targeting for next game week?

    Rudiger or Azpi for me ...

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Alonso

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, for one week.

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      May be both.

  25. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Regullion and targett my differentials in that game!

  26. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Bonus Points

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

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

  27. Werner Brothers
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

  28. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 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
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Odegard close to hauling ; very unlucky

  29. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Veltman vc saves the day

    Juhuuu

  30. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 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
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Yes actually