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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. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Need another Kane goal.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I would like nothing more to happen.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      won't happen now

    3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Would be nice.

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

    Please no bale show, need my veltman vc points so badly!

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      i need my lingard points

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Should have started him anyway.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Villa goal worth 3 for Harry.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Another Kane goal is worth 7

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah.

  4. Goooo Rickie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 29 days ago

    God damn it Reguilon typical how this happens!!!!!

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Very unlucky

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    No Bale today.

  6. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    No Bale. Lol

    1. Taff
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Never have I been so pleased to see Moussa Sissoko! Arise Sir Patrick from the bench

  7. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Time yet for another couple of Martinez saves and for Kane to sneak a BAP or two... 😀

  8. tom_p77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 29 days ago

    is Bale warming up?

    1. G-Whizz
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Sissoko...

  9. G-Whizz
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Bonus Points

    3 - Carlos Vinicius (30)
    2 - Rodon (29)
    1 - Lucas Moura (28)

    Kane (27)

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Another Kane goal would be perfect for my differential (c)

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Great punt. Fair play.

  10. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Davis on to show Watkins how's it's done.

  11. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Sissoko on

  12. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Villa in a bad place, run out of gas.

  13. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Sissoko third sub.
    Feck you both Mourinho and Bale

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      thank you mourinho. Lingard of the bench 😉

  14. Vinyl78LP
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    A last minute Kane (c)ameo two years back cost me over 40 points blocking my bench and vc points.

    Come on, bring Bale on for some pain for others.

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Nice timing.

  15. Bob_the_builder
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    This looks good.Trossard coming in for Bale. People ditching Bale and then him scoring a brace against the Toons.

  16. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Sissoko on

  17. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    No Bale after not even starting on Thursday. Unbelievable. So much jam.

  18. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Reguillon and Bale in (-8) went well.

  19. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Salah to Bale for -4 with no bench goes down as a top, top move.

    1. mr messi
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Same

  20. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Well done Bale Cappers!

    1. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Raphina VC at least softens the blow a little bit.

  21. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Lingard off the bench for me phew, lucky Escape

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Lacazete and his 11 points for me ... phew.

    2. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Same, that was a long 80 mins!

  22. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Keep buying Bale lads

  23. BeWater
      2 months, 29 days ago

      At least I broke even on Salah to Bale.

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Bale fail confirmed.. ffs.

      Should have known better.

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Right. Big fail then. Should’ve gone Jesse. Bad call.

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Jammy jammy bale owners.

      Bullets dodged. Enjoy the bench points

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        What bench?

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I’m mainly looking at a lingard (Vc) right below me in a league

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I'm sure most of them will.

      3. TheBiffas
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Literally only applies for FHers and how have we been jammy

        • Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Yup ... Lacazette flavour conserve for me and I am unashamedly unashamed as my bench has tortured me too many times to remember ...

      4. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        No Bale and Reguilon 1st on my bench denied the cleansheet 🙂

        Lacazette last on my bench too

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Lacazette off bench for me ... some jammy luck at last.

      5. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Is a concussion sub too much to hope for lol.

        (Joke obvs)

      6. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Bamford on. 🙂

      7. EWH2020
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Son to Bale FT
        Bale to Bruno FT

        Waste of time that was