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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. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Cash you absolute wa**ker. Kane was going nowhere. So frustrating.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Elmo would never have done that.

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      This

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Never a pen

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Always a pen, never a tackle that needed to be made. Dumb decision.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          He was trying to block the cross and Kane jumped away from the ball and into him. It’s the way football has gone that any contact and player goes down is a pen, non contact sport now

          1. Says
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            what cross?

          2. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Exactly this, he actually let the ball run to move into the sliding block. He’s a crafty old sod, normally it’s the backing in one.

  2. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    The most annoying player this match is Reguilon. Get rotated frequently and even can't play over 60 minutes when start.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      He was a decent differential as well

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Yeah, what is that about

  3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Couldn’t even see the contact

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Captaincy points for all serious FPL athletes

  5. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Come on Targett, you're all I've got!

  6. Yome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Alli could come on for Moura so Bale would stay seated!

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Hope so

      1. Yome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        I have Trossard ready to come on in my team

        1. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Bamford here

          1. Yome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Fingers crossed

  7. fusen
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    I captained Lingard and put £10 on Kane to score.

    Didn't really want to win any money back 🙁

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Tanganga is a decent young full back, much better than headless aurier and Doherty, thought he should start for a while hope he starts going forward

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Shame he's 4.9m in FPL though :/

  9. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Villa back to Villa of last season.

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 hours ago

    Villa consolation for the BAPs swing?

    1. Effe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Yes Watkins goal ideally

  11. son of city
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Lucas Moura gets involved in every spurs goal. such a good pick it was.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      C'mon Mou, do Vini to Bale you know you want to. 😉

    • RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Jota in for bale? Have Kane.

      1. Effe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Yep

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        no

    • Isco Disco
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Kane(c) Woohoooo
      Jose please get Bale on now. I'm sure he'll score or set up another one for Harry

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        I could do with all of this.

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Surprised Kane not straight to 3 bps

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

        CS & another forward with GWG.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      The gain from Kane points couldn’t be lower 😆

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        It's pathetic isn't it? 😆

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Still a gain! Take the small wins

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Ali warming up, no sign of Gareth

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Good

      2. Mreidfelt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Is it time to move Bale now? I am worried he now has been placed so deep in the icebox that he won't thaw up before this season is over...

    • G-Whizz
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Bonus Points

      3 - Carlos Vinicius (30)
      2 - Rodon, Lucas Moura (29)

      Kane (27)
      Lloris (22)

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Kane only 130% EO at my rank

      1. Ejaaz11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        only costing me 17 places at the moment

    • G-Whizz
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Cash YC

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      No spot in this side for Bale?

      Son to join Kane up top after the international break?

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Any chance of a Bale showing?

    • Cruicky
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Was a mistake to put so much stock into Villa.
      Biggest one-man team going - top half Championship team without Jack Grealish.

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Matty Grealcash not having the best half

    • Bob_the_builder
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Need some Sissoko's work-rate to keep things fresh and ticking.

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        also he could cover Bale

    • Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Line of duty time

      1. Spatburgunder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Just finished the last 2 episodes of S5 for a recap. Glass of rum and S6 beckons! Enjoy Pat!

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          You too!

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      What are people doing with Bale next week? Starting and hoping he plays vs. Newcastle? Transferring straight back out?

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Hold vs toon ... then out on wildcard in a few weeks.

        1. sandman58
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Sell....
          Player costing that much should start....
          Also has done nothing away from home

          1. sandman58
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Also after 3 games fir Wales he'll be knackerd

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Think I will hold for Newcastle

      3. Bob_the_builder
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        I am keeping for now. Have a strong enough bench to deal with it.

      4. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Selling out of disgust so everyone should keep

      5. Says
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        I'm going to continue not having him in my team

    • Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        Really hope Bale gets a cameo. I have Odegaard coming in where others have double digits. Spoil those bench points Gareth!

        1. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          I have dawson

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Not looking likely

        3. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Nice to have bench points this GW. I only have 6 players in total (Son inactive).

      • Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        soft pen, if kane kept it in ok but he missed controlled before contact from Cash who was just trying to block the cross. Same as Laca pen though so at least consistent

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 hours ago

        When Kane inevitably gets his 3bps I’m going to be stuck on 99 points because of that stupid lacazette yc.

        I’m sure everyone is devastated for me haha

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          99 is an insane score!

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          What a free hit. Well played

        3. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          (Pure filthy luck this week)

        4. tom_p77
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          wow. well played, Sir!

        5. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          I hate you

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 14 hours ago

              😆