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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. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bruno giving "Mr. Glass" a run for his money.

  2. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    cavani g

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Greenwood a

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

    What a Goal Cavani

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

      Snap 😆

      Bloody love a good diving header

      We don’t see enough of hem these days

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

      Hate to admit it but he’s been good for them

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

    Rival Auba (c) Iheanacho (vc). Brave vc somehow paid off.

  5. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is there a luckier team on the planet?

    1. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      United make their luck

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not a United fan, then?

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Is there a more bitter United hater on this site?

      1. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        No, probably not on the planet

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        He's pathetic.

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Probably not. Horrid team, plastic fans, paid off refs.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Do you unironically believe United give each ref a little brown envelope before each game?

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

            No they’re protected from on high ; why ole came out complaining the other week and suddenly all decisions went their way.

    4. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Why is that lucky? Twocwell worked goals and a disallowed goal in the first half. Psht.

    5. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Their old coach made it easier for them. Fearball.

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

    What a goal Cavani

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

      Deserved.

  7. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Great work rate from the old dude. Nicely done!

  8. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    SOOOO Spursy

  9. JBG
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Hahah yeeeeees! Fck you Mou, Son and Spurs!

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

    Nice.

    For Cavani...

    He's up for it.

  11. djman102
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Of Bruno could pull his head out and get more involved in these goals then AA, that would be nice.

  12. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    No top four means Jose will be gone in the summer

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

      Arsenal next?

  13. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Cavani showing why Martial should be backup to Rashford at LW and Man Utd need to buy a RW so that Greenwood can be back up striker.

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

    Lovely from Greenwood.

  15. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Love me a diving header. Nice play from United

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

      Nice.

      Scored a few of then myself back in the day.

  16. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Time to get rid of Bruno?

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

      Nah.

  17. balint84
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Son for -4 or rather get Lloris for free?

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

    The diving header is second only to the chip in the hierarchy of goals

    Beautiful

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Third: you forgot mazy running solo goals.

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

        The mazy run is the buildup though

        I’m talking in terms of the finish

        You could have a mazy run with a chipped finish for example, or a mazy run with a 1-2 and a diving header to finish etc

  19. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bale time

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Bench Points blocker.... hopefully

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Why does Bruno have an assist?

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

      He doesn't.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He doesn't.

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

    Mr 5% chance man comes on

  22. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bruno on for a bap

  23. fusen
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    FPL website has given the goal to Greenwood and the assist to Bruno :S

    1. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      79
      Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Manchester United 2. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

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

        Still on 2 points tho.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Was just about to write about it... 😉

  24. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    JUSTICE

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

      League

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

      For? It was a foul.

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

    Bale blocker on.

  26. JammySprat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Just 10more mins of no Bale for Dallas 17 pointer, PLEASE!

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Haha oh no?

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Well

    3. dark91
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Better luck next GW

    4. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Timing!

    5. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Ah.

    6. JammySprat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Short lived. FML

    7. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        2 months, 4 days ago

        R.I.P

      • Adetro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I had the same bad luck. Dallas was my third sub, and I already had Antonio and De Bruyne not playing. I just needed Jose to keep his greasy mitts off Bale. Was never going to happen. M*****f*****.

    8. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jose with the pointless Bale sub to block my Watkins points... was never in doubt really

    9. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Greenwood edging slightly up my differential list

      Maybe he just likes this time of year.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Quite literally a fair weather player?

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

          All that matters is the FPL loves him and wants him to score

    10. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Instead of targeting Southampton with Kane captaincy, how about we target Spurs with Redmond TC?

    11. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Any day now if you want to add Cavani's BPS towers.

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

        It won’t as it doesn’t have him as scoring