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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. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    I wonder why Pocetino always rotated and didn't consistently start Son ?

    1. ADucksBehind
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Eriksen, Alli and Kyle Walker all playing well.

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

      May be a big reason he was sacked

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Son had a slow start. There was talk of needing to move him on.

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

          Always passed the eye test, hammys were a bit dodgy but that’s it

  2. A-L
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    So few clean sheets of late - feels like start of the season again. Even more reason to stick to 3 at the back for now

  3. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Safest and most nailed on Spurs defender?
    Please help

    1. funnyoldgame
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      nor sure I would want one, even with a dgw

    2. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Probably no CS in the dgw and then blank for 33 - even a nailed defender is questionable

    3. ADucksBehind
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Reguilon

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Pogba trying too hard, should have been a Bruno assist

  5. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Pogba oh dear

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Shaw yc

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Shaw YC

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Shaw YC muppet

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Class yellow

  9. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    French Jonjo Shelley big miss

  10. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Crossing the ball in is not a difficult skill. Why is AWB unable to do this?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Because he’s massively average

    2. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      He's not a footballer, he's a runner who learned to slide tackle.

  11. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Shaw booked sigh

  12. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    I love how Bruno complains to the ref for literally everything. He isn't the captain, he should getting more yellows for dissent.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      He should’ve been booked for hacking out earlier ; gets away with everything

  13. moz_1983
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    3 points for my entire defence so far! 😀

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Same here.. And I have 4 defenders this GW.

  14. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What was Pogba trying there? Just put your foot through it!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      It was behind him

  15. MidTableFantasy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    That's the Shaw we know

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Takes one for the team

  16. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What a shitty ref. Gives the free kick, let's them take it then gives the yellow to Shaw.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Exactly what he was supposed to do. Let Spurs take it quickly and then punish the tactical foul.

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Stop the play, give the yellow then allow to continue. It wasn't an advantage play. Learn the rules fool.

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          You are so hilariously wrong here.

  17. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    And there it is my binary back line complete

    Ederson 1
    Stones 1
    Shaw 1
    Cresswell 0
    TAA 11

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Money well spent that

    2. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lowton 1
      Stones 1
      Shaw 1
      ...
      Cresswell 1
      Dallas 17

      Ace.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Not fair - how did you get a point from Cresswell?

        Rather neatly I also have Konsa 0 also benched and sold the rogue Dallas

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

      11 isn’t binary

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

          That’s very interesting; never had any idea, thanks for sharing that

  18. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Slabhead yc

    1. Life_Ban
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Helps Shaw with the potential baps!

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      ⚽ Team News 📰
      SHEFF UTD : Ramsdale, Baldock, Stevens, Ampadu, Egan, Osborn, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, Burke, McGoldrick.
      Subs: Foderingham, McBurnie, Mousset, Lowe, Jagielka, Bogle, Brewster, Bryan, Ndiaye.

      ARSENAL : Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Saka, Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette, Martinelli.
      Subs: Ryan, Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Cedric, Nelson, Elneny, Nketiah, Azeez.

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

        Nketiah fail

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Holding starts!

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

          He does!?!?! OMG!

      3. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Laca fail ... means Nacho stays on the bench 🙁

      4. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Holding starts!

      5. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Good to see Martinelli man

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      How many YC will lead to suspension?

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

        10

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        32 games is threshold - if Maguire gets booked vs Burnley he gets 2 game ban

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Would anyone notice?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            The casuals who have him in FPL

      3. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        10 - would be a 2 match ban .. really hope Maguire picks up another one and misses 33 and the Liverpool match

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          It resets to 15 after 32 games...

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            So he’s in deep doo-do if he’s booked vs Burnley

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Jota against slab .. lol

    4. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Saka left back

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Looks it, in a 4-2-3-1.

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      What a miss Aurier

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Offside anyway

    6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Useless Shaw

    7. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Shaw you plonker. More yellows than assists

    8. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      As if I went Auba (C) not in the squad, Gundogan (VC) second half sub, Pope out, Dias out, and I STILL don't get Dallas points off the bench.

    9. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Holding must be blocking lot of Coady's and Dallas' bench points.

      1. jamesjoseph2770
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yes. Blocking my Coady points. Sold Dallas on WC. Don't have Lingard on WC. What a season.

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Let's hope he atleast keeps a CS

    10. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Bruno dead

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Really is embarrassing for nearly all of the players on the pitch where they hit the floor at the slightest of touches.

    11. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      What’s are we considering an ok score so far this GW?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        60

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          60 is more than ok

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Really

        3. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Ha. Can’t be right?

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        40 ish

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        38 plus so far.

      4. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        38/40 sounds about right (most owners aren’t playing Dallas I assume). But I’m not sure. Hence the question

    12. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Bruno acting yet again

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Makes Son look angelic

    13. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      LeDiver on