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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Why does it say Greenwood goal and Bruno assist?

    Am I missing something?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      No its just wrong

  2. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    FPL site broken. Goal Greenwood , assist Bruno lol

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah - I saw that too .... now fixed

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Justice has been served!!!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Why? It was a foul.

  4. FPL_Motty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Fpl having a mare. First they give bruno assist and greenwood goal, then they give cavani assist greenwood goal?! It's greenwood assist to cavani lol

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Spurs start attacking, create chances. Yet Jose spends half his time parking the bus relying on abysmal defenders. Over, and over, and over, and over again. Shocking.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      This is his worst stable of defenders. Someone tell him Chiallini isn’t coming to save him.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Spurs are ripe for a Antonio Conte style 3-4-3

      Lloris
      Sanchez Dier Alderweireld
      Doherty Hojbjerg Ndombele Reguilon
      Bale Kane Son

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Except they will concede 2-3 per match

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          3 at the back will help them.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 10 days ago

            Doc and Reg are terrible tracking back; Sanchez only one with pace to play wide CB; either Toby or Dier would get targeted relentlessly

  6. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Bale on for Moura

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Like last week 1 pointer

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Barely breaking 50 on a wildcard week with another captain fail. Underwhelming.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Better than average. Stop whining.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        True my bad I’ve seen it’s still a green, was unexpected.

    2. DickFranDyke
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Good, karma!

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Oh quiet you melon

        1. DickFranDyke
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Muppet 🙂

  8. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Any reason NOT to do Auba -> Son? Whats the news on Auba anyway?

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Auba just lazy I guess

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Flu

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Do it. DGW

    4. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Just get Auba out of your team.

  9. Life_Ban
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Perfect match outcome if Kane doesn't score.

    Wish Shaw kept his pants clean

  10. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno still the best in the prem.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      At?

      1. The Senate
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        playing football

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          😆

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

      Kane, KDB, Salah, Van Dijk say hi

      1. The Senate
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Kane is the closest there. Try taking off the nostalgia goggles, Mo and virg are not at that level this year...

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          By that logic Bamford is the second best striker in the league.

  11. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Som with another chance. With a bit better luck this would’ve been a mega haul day for him.

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      *Son

  12. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Auba(c), Trent(v) 🙂

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Maximum cheek

    2. BDA Shadow
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Abau(c), Gundo(vc), Dallas 3rd sub 🙁

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Should never vc a city player

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          No reason to expect Gundogan to miss two league games in a row, and it's a VC it's relevant maybe once per season. Not to mention Auba being dropped from the entire squad is a shock. There have been some hints about his status at the club but nothing concrete until today.

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 9 days ago

            It's unfortunate mate but there was absolutely no guarantee Gundo was going to play if you had been checking line-up predictions. It was 50% at best. To be honest you probably didn't miss out on much if you had VC'ed Bruno or Kane who are nailed

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 9 days ago

              Ya that's the thing, unless I went for Watkins for some reason which I would never do, pretty much everyone flopped. But like I said, there was no news about Auba until after the deadline and I could count on my fingers how many times I've used my vc in the past 8 years or so.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Ugh

  13. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Mctominay forgot what sport he was playing

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Should’ve been sent off a while ago. But United.

  14. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Kane get any chances today?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      1 shot on target

  15. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Lol ; how is McTominay still om the field?!?!

  16. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    McTom literally just grappled someone to the ground to stop a counter and that isn't a second yellow?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      He's Scottish.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      United rules.

  17. son of city
    5 months, 10 days ago

    greenwood assist cavani goal.

  18. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Rival transferred in KDB, and now Smith Rowe is not playing from his bench he now gets Dallas 17 points. Amazing

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Smith Rowe was not meant to play. Wonder why he kept Dallas.

  19. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Take is Cresswell is out for a while? Was it a hamstring?

  20. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Aarghh have Son Kane Bruno. Only wanted to play two of those three in this fixture. You can guess who I benched... The most frustrating thing is that two of my best defenders didn't play and I still can't get Son off my bench.

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Putting players like Chambers and wood ahead of Son is asking for trouble.

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Was just trying to be clever, considering my low rank. Hoping for a chambers assist at least

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

    United do have a habit this season of conceding a stupid late goal.

  22. Forgetmeknot
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    From bbcsport

    “Edinson Cavani is pulling off Eric Dier all the time - Dier doesn't know where he is, not once does Dier know where he is.”

    Sounds like Dier had a great time!

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Cavani slipped him some GHB?

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Missed opportunity, they could have put
      '...Dier doesn't know if he is coming or going'

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Destroyed in love custard

  23. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno off

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      That's unusual

    2. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno out - of my team that is. So bored of no returns. Should’ve got rid on WC this week

  24. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Pogba is playing with Aurier like a lion with a baby gazelle.

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

    Bruno blank. You love to see it.

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Signed and sealed for me. He’s a goner

  26. REDMOND IN SANDALS
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno Kane blank with son goal is beautiful

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I'm going to pretend that my -4 was Bale to Son and not Raphinha to Neto.

  27. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno off.

    Bruno or Mount out for Lingard? Kind of tempted to sell Bruno and try something different.

    He has 5 blanks in 6 and Pogba is back

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Burnley and Leeds next

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        That scares me

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno. Mount bringing more though rotatable.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        He has the potential and is in form

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I sold him 4 weeks ago but plan on getting him back for Leeds. Lingard over Bruno is point chasing at its finest

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Who did you sell ?

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 10 days ago

          Sold Bruno before the City game and got KDB who had a double. Payed off very well but looking at getting him back

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Lingard keeps scoring Bruno doesn’t; if United don’t get pens Bruno is largely a passenger

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno 54/9

      Lingard 82/9

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Amy good ultra cheap defender with good GW33 and GW35 ?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Veltman

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Phillips? If you can trust Pool def.

  29. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    When asked about havertz scoring more, Tuchel said “this is the way”

    Where’s Mando?

  30. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    I was 8 minutes away from dirty 17 Dallas points off my bench, go feck yourself Jose.