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Son back in Mourinho’s starting XI but Bale only a substitute for Spurs v United

Son Heung-min (£9.4m) returns to the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI this afternoon but Gareth Bale (£9.2m) once again has to content himself with a place among the substitutes.

Manchester United are the visitors to north London, where the action gets under way at 16:30 BST.

Son is one of three players recalled to Jose Mourinho’s side, with the other two changes occuring in defence.

Eric Dier (£4.6m) and Serge Aurier (£5.2m) are brought into the back four as Davinson Sanchez (£5.2m), Japhet Tanganga (£4.9m) and Carlos Vinicius make way.

Manchester United make three changes from the side that beat Granada 2-0 on Thursday night but compared to Gameweek 31, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI shows just one tweak.

Scott McTominay (£4.9m) is recalled, with Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) dropping to the bench.

That means that David de Gea (£5.3m) is once again only among the substitutes, with Dean Henderson (£5.2m) lining up between the posts.


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Reguilon, Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Moura, Son, Kane

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani


GAMEWEEK 31 SO FAR…

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The phenomenal form of Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.4m) continued at the London Stadium, with both players bagging braces in West Ham United’s 3-2 win over Leicester City.

The pair are joint-top of the Premier League’s goalscoring table from Gameweek 22 onwards, which marked the start of both of their extended runs in their respective sides.

The in-demand pair were among the top three most-bought players of Gameweek 31 and rewarded their new and existing owners with double-digit hauls; this was Lingard’s fifth such return in nine West Ham appearances.

Also among the points was the injured Michail Antonio‘s (£6.6m) replacement, Jarrod Bowen (£5.9m), who teed up Lingard’s second goal and then scored what turned out to be the match-winner when converting Tomas Soucek‘s (£5.3m) pass.

It was a poor afternoon for owners of the defenders on show, with West Ham almost letting a three-goal lead slip yet again.

It’s one clean sheet in seven for the Hammers, one in eight for Leicester.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) and Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) at least partly compensated with assists but Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m) limped off with a hamstring injury, with his substitution marking the first time he has missed Premier League minutes this season.

James Maddison (£7.2m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) were missing altogether from the visitors’ squad but their absences are thought to be for disciplinary reasons rather than injury-related.

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1,340 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    Iheanacho saving what would’ve been the worst week of this season

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Lingard and Nacho have given me the best birthday present - quite literally saved my GW

  2. Manani
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    benched Nacho for Laca. Now hoping Laca won't play lol

    1. Kno
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Think are out of luck there buddy, with the reports of aubs out

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    Really nice when a captain punt comes off, thanks Kelechi!

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Great punt well done ... well done to the Lingard captain punters too ...

  4. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    Worst week ever.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      This.

    2. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Stuart dallas saved my week

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 16 hours ago

      It’s seems either feast or famine this week .... very little, meh comments.

  5. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    Thank you Lingardinho and Kelechi for saving my GW and rewarding my WC.
    You both are season keepers until GW 38

    1. Tango74
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        It’s good when it works for change 🙂

    2. Tango74
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Why were people buying vardy instead of nacho ??

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 17 hours ago

          Got both for BB next week. Benched Ihenacho. Life is great!

        2. Brehmeren
          • 10 Years
          29 days, 16 hours ago

          They are not. People are selling Vardy and buying Iheanacho. According to fplstatistics.

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        16 from 7 and captain gone

        Anyone doing worse ?

        1. Parsnips
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            9 from 5

          • Tango74
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              You not had a good 2 weeks , chin up I was that the past 28

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Cheers tango me old mate

          • Random Name
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            Hard to call Man Utd vs Tottenham, i'll just be rooting for my fpl players.

            Will not be watching the arsenal game tho, literally nothing to fight for + no players from either team

            1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              I Captained Bruno. I have a feeling there going to give them a lesson today.

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              0-0

              1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Spurs have to come out and play.

            3. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 16 hours ago

              I’d like nothing from Son, that would be my only wish. Have Bruno and Kane but them blanking wouldn’t be terrible for me.

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            I still have Bale. Lol @ me.

          • Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            Any chance of Kane or Bruno hammy in warm up? Ihenacho waiting in the wings on my bench.

          • Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            I was so close to benching Nacho for DCL.
            So glad I didn’t...Only reason I played Nacho over DCL was because LEI has fully fit team with Maddison back and goals were imminent

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            With this front 8, is it really viable ditching anyone yet (only just wildcarded) to chase points and get Iheanacho immediately? Maybe roll FT and if Vardy fails again with easier fixture can make the swap?

            Bruno Son Gundogan Lingard Jota
            Kane Vardy (Vydra)

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Vardy and Gundo to Nacho and Salah. Perfect.

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Kinda willing to give both another week and then make that swap coming in GW33 - though it was gonna be Son and someone to Salah and someone

              2. Hits from the Bong
                • 2 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                This

              3. Tango74
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Yes i agree, I sold Gundo for Jota this week as due to Pep and GW33 Blank

                  There aren't any decent strikers now i want ex Kane and maybe now nacho. You could take a punt on another spurs for DGW?

                • dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  This

                • TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Embrace the template - it’s 100% this

            2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Afternoon all!!! Haven’t seen the game, why was Cresswell subbed?? Cheers guys!!

              1. b91jh
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Hamstring injury seems to be.

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Oh blimey!! Something in the breakfast porridge at West Hame for hamstring injuries!!! Hopefully not too serious!! Newcastle away next week....thanks for that mate!!

            3. DandyDon
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Despite having TAA and Lingard still staring at a decent drop! Having Vardy over Kelchi there not great but I will keep faith, only a few games ago he got a hatrick of assists against Sheffield.
              Son and Kelchi in for Raphina and DCL looks good for a -4 next week? Vardy and Kelchi to much?

            4. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              I don't own inheanacho or lingard lol

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Own Nacho but still on a red

              2. Sloane426
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Same. Season over for us

            5. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Gone for one week punt Auba(c), feels bad when I heard the absence news, then see Lingard as my vc.... wow.

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                At least you got something to look forward to, I went for bloody Sterling

            6. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Most urgent to get in order.

              A) Trent
              B) Jota
              C) Bruno
              D) Lingard

              Yes my team is a mess.

              1. faux_C
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Looks like WC territory to me.

                1. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Used back in 25.

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                D

              3. fr3d
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                I keep telling myself that Lingard can't continue like this and that I don't need him...

              4. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                29 days, 16 hours ago

                D

            7. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Vardy party in breach of lockdown and broken up before anyone even arrived.

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                More of a funeral than a party

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Bet he gets injured in the FA cup semi after deadline

            8. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              My 12 point hit this week actually paid off. I took Antonio, Raphina, Gundo and Konsa out (3 points plus 2 from player who would’ve played as Antonio injured = 17 points including hit. I bought in Lingard (14), Ineacho (13), Jota (2) and Phillips (2) = 31 points. A net gain of 14 points. I can’t remember that ever happening for me before 🙂

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Good for you mate

                  1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
                    • 11 Years
                    29 days, 16 hours ago

                    Bravoo

              2. cigan
                • 2 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Went Wood over Iheanacho 🙁 Fix it or am I chasing points?
                WC intact so this is for 1-2 weeks only

                A) Wood/Bamford > Iheanacho
                B) Digne > Reguilon
                C) both for -4

                or even
                D) Digne & Johnstone > Saiss & Lloris(-4)
                E) Wood & Gundogan > Iheanacho & Bowen (-4)

                Martinez (Johnstone)
                Dias Reece Coufal Dallas (Digne)
                Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Gundogan
                Kane(TC) (Wood Bamford)

              3. KAALI_DAAL
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Fix predicting Lingardinho will rise tonight

                • Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  No nacho and Dallas 3rd on bench. Unbelievable. Casuals winning again

                  Still 35 with 5 to go so could be worse at least

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    *wildcarders winning

                  2. KAALI_DAAL
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Lol stop blaming casuals for your own failures.

                  3. Ronnies
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    Worried non Lingard owner.

                    Worth a -4 ?

                    Stones, Raphinha > Holding, Lingard

                    Cheers.

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      I think so

                    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 16 hours ago

                      Yeah.

                  4. Jon Snow
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    Very baffling so many people brought in Vardy, he's looked completely off it FPL wise for like 12 gameweeks now.

                    1. Alisson WondHaaland
                      • 5 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      This. I can understand why people didnt bring in Lingard but not the Nacho > Vardy decision tbh

                      1. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • 5 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Sorry Vardy > Nacho

                    2. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      It’s a classic case of going for the more expensive option for the sake of it.

                      A bit like a lot of people going AWB over Shaw

                      1. Hits from the Bong
                        • 2 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Think that’s more to do with Shaw traditionally being made of glass and constantly flagged

                  5. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    I benched Iheanacho for Diagne. See you on Friday guys and gals.

                    1. KAALI_DAAL
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        That was bad decision. Just bad.

                        1. Qaiss
                          • 5 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          And on another day, Iheanacho gets taken off after 70 and benched next week, while Diagne scores against Southampton.

                    2. ppv
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      I took 12 point hit and got Lingard and Nacho but also Jota and Sterling Capt Damage limitation at least.

                    3. Alisson WondHaaland
                      • 5 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Its too late to jump on Lingard imo. Wouldnt force him in unless you need to force one of your players out

                      1. KAALI_DAAL
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Why not? Fixtures look good.

                        • TheDragon
                          • 3 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Lingard doesn’t care about fixtures

                        • bitm2007
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Never to late make a transfer if you can afford it and it improves your team.

                      2. Sterling Archer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Watkins, kelechi, lingard, dallas off the bench! Feel luck is on my side this week! Kane captain to come...

                        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          How is that possible ... you only have 3 outfield players + 1 GK on your bench?

                          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Oh ... you only mean Dallas off your bench ... but you also have the other three ... gotcha.

                      3. bitm2007
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Salah, Lingard and Iheanacho in for a hit has worked out big time. Maybe I should be less hit adverse.

                      4. Kane and Ablett
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Up to 18 points on the pitch with 25 still sat on the bench