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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. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Sub Off Kane & Bring Bale

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Give it 45 min

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      The word preceding “off” has been spelt incorrectly

  2. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Bale >>> Jota
    Ayling >>> TAA

    What say?

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Unless you are liverpool fan

  3. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Harry unmarked and unfound on the back post

  4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Vinnie playing in Harrys position. Another captain fails.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      His cap fail won't hurt your rank much.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Actually Son/Bale's position 😛

  5. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    LACA(C) success after a very long time

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Have you just come round?

  6. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 14 days ago

    In this match, I have Son not Playing, Kane but not captained, Martinez when all ML rivals have doubled defence, and Watkins who is now the only one I want to do well. FPL does mess with your enjoyment sometimes!

  7. son of city
      4 months, 14 days ago

      moura one of the greatest but underrated

      1. CloudSky
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Did you just call Lucas Moura one of the greatest?

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 14 days ago

          In fairness, he didn't mention what greatness of Moura he was talking about. For all we know, he could be a great cook, because he's definitely not one of the greatest footballers.

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        instrumental in Spurs' Champions League final trophy!

    • chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      grrr one point from safety in LMS

    • Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I miss the old Kane who played as a main striker.

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I miss old Premier league Gameweeks

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Barely going to get 30 this week, knew it wouldn’t the the best but a real rotten egg of a game week

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I'm only on 24. Incredibly poor week.

        1. Dirty Harry
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          What's considered a good week this week?

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Got some free hitters in my ML on 55-65. Was probably the week to play it after all.

    • tbos83
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Villa have absolutely no threat without you-know-who

        1. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          You-know-who played yesterday against Brighton.

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Barkley?

          1. tbos83
              4 months, 14 days ago

              1. tbos83
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  *crying with laughter emoji*

            • Fred54
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              Voldemort left ages ago.

              1. Bob_the_builder
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                I think he found his nose and has been playing for Newcastle for a while now.

            • JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              Yep they miss El Mohamedy’s marauding runs

              1. tbos83
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Got it in one

            • DAZZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              Surprised so many of the so called pro’s went with kane (c). Why? Boring players or Fear?

              1. Dybala10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                All the experts are dullards aside from mark.

                1. DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Just look @ the elite 64 league and the % that went Kane (c) is shocking lol

              2. GROBARI
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 14 days ago

                Want to defend my first place in my ML

                1. GROBARI
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  But im not a pro so nevermind

              3. SADIO SANÉ
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                cowards

              4. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                The real pros went Raphinha

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  The real pros went Trossard.

                  1. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Did you go for it? I didn't have the bottle.

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Of course not, I'm a filthy casual.

              5. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                Big element of rank protection. All the BGW preparation goes out of the window if the 170+ EO scores and you don't have him/have not capped.

              6. TheBiffas
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  It's Harry kane...

                • ALI_G
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  generally this season the "obvious" captain has paid off - especially in case of Bruno

                  not sure what boring vs exciting player is - other than willingness to take hits
                  guy in my ML has taken a couple of -40 hits.
                  not so much exciting as mental !

                • Miniboss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Who are these pros? Does someone get paid for playing this circus of pain every week?

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    They’re people who got a couple good finishes back in the day when nobody took the game seriously and would disappear after the first international break

                  2. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    I LOLLED at Circus of Pain.

                • DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  AZ showing them how its done. Such a good opportunity this week knowing full well that Kane struggles without Son. All the other candidates did well Bamford, Lingard, Raphina, Lacazette

                  1. F_Ivanovic
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    going for the best captain option is not boring.

                  2. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    AZ? He is nowhere this season.

                • Gandalf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Just sensible. Kane scores twice which we know he's capable of and massive rank drop

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Real Pros went for that youngster Jesse

              7. Bob_the_builder
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                Can someone distract Bale with some golf clubs? :p

                1. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  No we will play that after 60mins

              8. Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                Bale looks happy...

                1. GROBARI
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Bale loves bench,like in Madrid

                  1. tbos83
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Would love to see a stat on transfer fee/bench time ratio. Bale would surely be miles ahead of anyone

                  2. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    You’d be happy all the time when you earn £600k a week.

                2. G-Whizz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Attempts:

                  Villa 0 Spurs 5

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Martinez saves: 0

                    1. G-Whizz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Perfect!

                3. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  49(-4)45 seems like a big win this week. No Brighton and Antonio (c)

                4. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Jack in his pyjamas 😆

                  1. Nanoelektronicar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Woeful tracksuit

                    1. G-Whizz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      I thought it was a Onesie...

                5. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Considering the impact of assist of the assister, would FPL from emulating the NHL model, crediting a secondary assist to those that assist the assister.........maybe 2 points instead of 3?

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    No. Don’t over complicate it

                    1. DannyDrinkVodka
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      It would probably affect 40 percent of the goals or so.....I think hockey gets it right on this one

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        No, they don't.

                        It's ludicrous imo.

                        1. DannyDrinkVodka
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 14 days ago

                          Even one point to reward the passage of play directly leading to the goal would be welcome

                  2. F_Ivanovic
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    whilst we're at it, lets add an assist of the assist of the assister.

                    1. fedolefan
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      While we're at it, let's also automatically double the points of the highest scoring player in our teams.

                6. Atletico Junior
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 14 days ago

                  Thoughts on Iheanacho?

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Seems a lovely chap.

                    1. TheBiffas
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        Funny

                    2. GROBARI
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Want to see 1 more match from him,if he did well he is my team

                      1. GROBARI
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        He is in my team*

                      2. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        Yeah goals 7 in 4 matches isn't enough imo. In all seriousness they play City next so may as well hold on.

                        1. fedolefan
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 14 days ago

                          Yeah, shame if he doesn't score against City, rules him out as an option.

                    3. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      actually was a good pick whenever he played last year too - I nearly started the season with him hoping they'd play 352 - turns out Maddison ruins him as an option

                      1. Atletico Junior
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        Thats my concern... Guessing his minutes will be reduced when Barnes and Maddison recover

                    4. G-Whizz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      I'll take a punt on him...

                    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Will he feature once Maddisson and Barnes are back?

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

                      Good with salsa

                      1. G-Whizz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        😆

                  2. TomSaints
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Villa really do look awful

                  3. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Loving this as a Bale and Grealish owner

                    1. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      you are loving getting zero points from both?

                      1. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        I'm getting 8 points from Grealish 😉

                      2. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        -4 points actually

                  4. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    20k red arrow if bale shows

                    20k green if he stays on the bench

                    Assuming he blanks!

                  5. Mile Plankton
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Red arrow confirmed.

                    1. Mile Plankton
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      and this is not a reply to Steve the Spud.

                  6. Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Could some one soothe me by lying and saying Bale will remain on the bench?

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Ye he is nailed to the bench you are fine 🙂

                    2. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      with Sissoko Alli & Bergwijn it's certainly possible

                  7. ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Martinez out for 31?

                    VIlla fixtures horrible and Villa look punched out

                    1. The Units
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Mendy in

                      1. Dirty Harry
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        Looking at this also.

                    2. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Yeah binning on wildcard. Good opportunity as a lot will hold him.

                      1. TheDragon
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        One doesn’t simply sell Martinez...

                        But he I agree - Mendy on WC in 31 seems the answer

                    3. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Martinez to Mendy could be flavour of the week

                    4. Nanoelektronicar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Out but for who? Patricio and Mendy have cheaper alternatives in Coady and Rudiger, Coady nice goal threat too lately, I wouldn't touch Leno with a stick.

                      1. ALI_G
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        don't like Coady / trust Wolves

                        Rudiger bit cheaper but Mendy more nailed
                        Also more options in defence e.g. Cresswell, Dallas, Shaw

                    5. Lord.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      You’ll need him in 33

                  8. ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    cheers

                    I might get Mendy and BB 30 and lose Martinez after that.

                    1. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      reply fail to above (me Julie)

                  9. CoracAld2831
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    How is Kane looking performance wise tonight?

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Won’t get anything

                    2. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Fine. Big role in making the goal, the only worry for cappers is that he’s playing behind Vinicius.

                    3. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      it's a nothing game really

                      Villa more threat first 30 mins - "busy" but not much threat
                      stupid mistake from EM from which Spurs score but didn't do much else

                      Not many clean chances. Can see 2-0 Spurs with late goal on break from Moura / Bale

                    4. CoracAld2831
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Unfortunate, but I still feel good getting him back due to next fixture.

                      Just wish I had gotten rid of Watkins instead of Bamford.

                  10. Forza Papac
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Would be interesting to know how many people captained Kane because they thought he'd be their highest points scorer vs fearing the EO

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      A bit of both

                    2. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      20:80 I’d say.

                      1. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 14 days ago

                        Sounds about right

                    3. _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      He's the highest scoring player in the game available this week so not surprising he's most capt.

                  11. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    The great Ville Rönkä
                    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/617620/event/29
                    😥

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Rent free

                    2. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      What on earth....

                    3. fedolefan
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

                      Great indeed. No finishes outside the top 50k ever.

                    4. Revival
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 13 days ago

                      Double Villa defence vs triple Spurs attack was never going to work out

                  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 14 days ago

                    Bale captain fail. Cresswell 0 points.

                    1. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 14 days ago

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                      The number 0 is neither positive nor negative, and is usually displayed as the central number in a number line. It is neither a prime number nor a composite number. It cannot be prime because it has an infinite number of factors, and cannot be composite because it cannot be expressed as a product of prime numbers (as 0 must always be one of the factors).[64] Zero is, however, even (i.e. a multiple of 2, as well as being a multiple of any other integer, rational, or real number).