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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Probably need Villa to equalise to get Bale on now.

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Please stay on the bench I need lingards points

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        That's why I want him to come on. Too many jambags getting big points off the bench.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I hope not.

      Moura on the bench and Lingard as vice captain. Having shunned Kane.

      Knowing my luck and judgement yep.

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Reguilon CS locked in

  3. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Reg on your face.

  4. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Aston Villa may like to have a shot if they want to score?

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Now that is just pure bad luck for owners, a dead cert CS missed by 4 mins.

  6. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Feck off Reguilon, open the water gates

  7. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Damn , score now Villa

  8. rnrd
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Chances of Bale coming on?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Still 50/50

  9. Forgetmeknot
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Today (playing):
    Cresswell: 0
    Tierney: 1
    Aumbameyang: 2
    Bale: 0
    Reguillon: 1
    Kane: 2

    On bench:
    Lingard: 12
    Antonio: 7

  10. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Oh f off
    Last week Perreira now Reguilon

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Same here. Not happy!

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Same here. Classic fpl

  11. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Now just need Bale to come in for 1 pointer and I’ll be set

  12. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Let’s go El Ghazi!

  13. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    No sign of Bale warming up

  14. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    If Ollie Watkins is one of Englands best strikers I am George Best.

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      He is just crap, no two ways about it. Grealish carrying his career

  15. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which striker has missed the most sitters this season? Has got to be Watkins!

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Maupay?

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Adams!

  16. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Chances of Bale sitting this one out?

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Fairly decent if the score stays as it is.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Will probably come on for moura

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Very high right now. Need a Villa goal.

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I’d be amazed if he didn’t replace Moura or Vinicius at some point.

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Lo celso is tripe

  18. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bring Bale On

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Let's start a rally!

  19. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Don't know what I was thinking when getting Bale in for a hit. BGW tunnel vision I guess

  20. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Get Barkley on FFS
    Villa creating nothing

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      There's a reason Barkley is on the bench

  21. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Best chance for Kane returns is a villa goal. As this is ending 1/0 otherwise

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bale warming up.

    Glove on, swinging well.

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Needs a birdie to save my season

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cant be far away down to last 10 balls in bucket

    3. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      We need a birdie

  23. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Barkley gone for a constitutional

  24. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    There was opportunity there to captain someone else but we all went Kane in fear shame really did well this week but kfc could’ve been better

  25. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    30 mins of El Ghazi greed

  26. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Barkley gone for a Barkley.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      At least it's not a Lineker

  27. Barbarians
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    What happened to Dier? Out of favor?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Clue is in the name.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Absolute liability, one of many disasters on Thursday night.

  28. Must.Go.Faster.
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Unlucky Traore owners missing out on an extra 1 point. Tough day at the office. I feel your pain.

    • Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Regui noooo

    • royaljoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Reguillon captain fail 🙁

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        You Must be joking

        1. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          He’s actually done it