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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. PP6
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    GGMU

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

    Greenwood 4G in 5 games in all comps

    Warming up for the run in

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 4 hours ago

      Who drops out though? Cavani looking great as well.

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 4 hours ago

        martial out for season supposedly - Rashford Cavani Greenwood with Pogbruno behind will be most games I expect

        obvs with some rotation

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 4 hours ago

      Yep

      Had my eye on him since Martial got crocked. His time of year?

  3. JBG
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    Son looking like he's almost going to cry, lol.

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 4 hours ago

      good. cheat

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

      Must be the effect of that massive hit he took to the face......

  4. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    Spurs deserve that for getting rid of Mauricio. Hope Mourinho sticks around for a long time at Tottenham.

    Sell by date gone

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

    I do enjoy the smell of justice at tea time.

  6. gogs67
      24 days, 4 hours ago

      Take away Lingard and my starting 11 scored 12!!!!

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        I would have been worse if I didn't get Lingard, Iheanacho and Salah (c) in for a hit.

        1. gogs67
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Got 33 on the bench lol

      2. Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 4 hours ago

        Kane to West Ham to play Champions League..

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          the scenes

      3. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 4 hours ago

        City will still win, but I could see them dropping points v Chelsea and villa with all the rotation.

        Maybe gap down to 3 points going into last few games

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          United fans are a different breed. They win a couple games and think they’re winning the Prem? Lol

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            Hardly a united fan (if the name isn’t obvious) but good for the drama for it to tighten

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              All the Pool fans are too busy typing furiously when United are playing to actually read usernames.

              They post more on here than when their own team are playing.

          2. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Reminds me of a certain red team from Merseyside tbh.

            1. Milkman Bruno
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Yep. This would be like us saying “Liverpool fans are a different breed. They win their first title in years and now think they are going to be winning the league each year”. Might not even get Europa league.

        2. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          If United beat Burnley will Pep send out his best team against Villa?
          Maybe he will anyway or Chelsea more important?

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            No need. Chelsea more important.

            1. Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Could be 5 points if they lose
              Remember what QPR did some years ago

              1. Chrisitis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Almost did 😉

        3. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          That was disappoint just 11 combined from Son, Kane and Bruno, 60 with just Veltman to go overall.

        4. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          Congratulations to TM for such an amazing WC. His second WC is always a hit

          1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
            • 11 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            Class player, always with with strong finish

        5. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          I can't believe how many points I've missed from Lingardinho. Genuinely the only reason I didn't pick him was because of the Man U blank fixture. Instead I was treated to Grealish injured immediately -> Barnes injured immediately -> Saka injured immediately.

          58 vs 5...

          1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
            • 11 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            Yeah, the same happened to me with Gundo. Lesson learned. When a midfielder who is cheap is heavily owned just buy him.

            I paid the price with mahrezz Yaya Ramsey in the past

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Wow

          3. ToffeePot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            24 days, 2 hours ago

            yea I thought I was being clever with neto over lingard...same as Rodriguez over Bruno earlier in season. Still not getting him next week though, will die on this hill now lol

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              24 days, 2 hours ago

              Ya don't want to buy him before Chelsea now and it's going to bit me. Double as a Chelsea fan when he scores the winner.

        6. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          Horrendous gw.. 38 all out.

          Defenders combined for a total of 2 points.
          Lowton Cresswell and struijk(subbed in for dias)

          Bang goes my slim hopes for another top 10k!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Isn’t 38 pretty good this week? I thought my 44 plus DCL to go was good 🙁

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Is it? Maybe it is.. I was going based on a 10k rank drop to 75k.

              Plus a rival had kelachi and lingard, so that makes it feel worse!

          2. gogs67
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Better than me, was touching 10K two weeks ago, now 50K is looming large, horrible GW lol

          3. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            40 all out. Positives being there are no more wildcards left to play this season. Have the free hit, but probably won't use it.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Use FH in 38 as an extra WC 😉

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Snap, Sterling C fail & up against someone who C Lingz again, on 77 with DCL to play 🙁

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

                Now that’s a call!

              2. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Tbf he deserves that score. Capping J Lingz was a good call.

            3. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Don’t worry, in GW2 I sold Son who scored 24 pts and my GW1 team outscored my wildcard team.

              But I also brought in Grealish who over the season did very well and 2 weeks later got 24 pts against Liverpool. You may have a team that’ll do very well until the end of the season.

              And you should definitely use the FH in 33/35/36

          4. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 4 hours ago

            All eyes on DCL to save my season yet again

            1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              He doesn't look live lately. The new formation means Richarlison stole his thunder

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Just needs to be in the right place at the right time for a couple of tap ins

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              He is the only one who can hurt me now

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                It’s the kind of game I can see him scoring in, now all the expectancy has gone and many have sold.

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

                  And Brighton are terrible defending headers

          5. REDMOND IN SANDALS
              24 days, 4 hours ago

              greenwood against burnley looking juicy

              1. JBG
                • 2 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                0.2 off Gundo to Greenwood :/.

              2. Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Will he play though?

            • In a Rush
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 4 hours ago

              So how many spurs do we need for the double then?

              1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
                • 11 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                2

                1. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  I may just stick with Kane

              2. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                I'll be SonKane - debating which to cap and whether TC is worth it

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

                I'm going 3 Lloris, Son and Kane. You last two are essential.

              4. GOTHAM City F.C.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Not enough

              5. ALI_G
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                going for Kane + Lloris (as my second keeper)

                would require -4 to get Son and not worth it IMO

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

                I’ll prob bring Son in ... (Own Kane) but I really don’t know if it’s worth sacrificing Mount for ..... thought two ... but maybe Kane is enough ...

                1. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  Yes mounts playing well not sure I would take him out.

            • ToffeePot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              not a utd fan but delighted they turned that round. Robbed in first half

            • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Chelsea should buy Kane

              1. Miniboss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                They just might

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

                  Levy won’t sell

            • Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Going Kane C ( and Son to cover, )
              Awful form and blank 33, wouldn’t touch a defender..

              1. Isca Extremadura
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Well that game was underwhelming
                53 and out, 24k to 20k

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

                  Good result and green. Son hurt me a little today but from 104k to 52k this game week with 74 all out, so I’m delighted.

            • Hryszko
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Woaaaaah 69 all out for the weekend, takes me up to 10.8k OR once subs are done!

              Highest I’ve ever been, ever in 6 or so years of fantasy!

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

                Nice job

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                You’re a baby. Well done.

              3. beric
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                nice one

              4. Isca Extremadura
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Good score, well done

            • The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Nacho late heroics sparing WCers blushes

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                ? WCers brought him in for his goals.

                1. Crunchie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  Exactly

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

                I’m pretty pleased with 74 on my WC personally and appreciate Nacho’s contribution, so don’t think he spared my blushes per say.

            • jam
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              WC first draft, trying to get through the blanks & the doubles:

              Martinez/Forster
              TAA/Philips/Konsa/Holgate/Ward
              Salah/Lingard/Bruno/Son/Gundogan
              Kane/Watkins/Ihenacho

              Missing anything essential..? Could pop in a Spurs def for a week. Ta

              1. TheBiffas
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  Might want to swap Phillips incase u want Jota.

              2. HD7
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                Mendy
                Fofana, Rudiger, Holding
                Salah), Bruno, Gundo, Jota, Neto
                Kane, Vardy

                Forster, Masuaku, Philips, Davis

                Plan was to do Gundo to Son for next GW.

                Should I also do Neto Vardy to Lingard Nacho (-8) before price rises?

                I switched TAA Lingard Nacho to Philips Neto Vardy just before deadline... :/
                But I have got to focus and regroup!

              3. TheBiffas
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  Why is saka playing left-back?

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    No left backs unfortunately. Getting rid of Kolasinac and having no cover for the class but injury prone Tierney was a great call by the board and Arteta.

                • Kannbury
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Son's bonus gone, on 3 for so long 🙁

                    1. ALI_G
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      did nothing apart from the goal tbf

                      1. Kannbury
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Yeh, don't think he added anything in the 2nd half.

                    2. Tango74
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Who the hell do I buy from spurs for DGW, they were rubbish

                        1. GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Mourinho needs to leave the bus at home.

                      • Bleh
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Kane or Son for the TC armband?

                        1. ALI_G
                          • 3 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          the one that scores lots of goals and takes penalties

                        2. Kannbury
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Kane.

                        3. Bookkeeper
                          • 4 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          tough decisions next week with team selections and transfers, the main one being Kane or Son (c)

                          1. ALI_G
                            • 3 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Kane all day

                        4. Crunchie
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          69 all out. Not bad considering my internet drop out stopped me buying Alonso although Holding would have been 1st sub, instead fofana played.

                          WC played

                          Not a Utd fan bt glad they won it, they deserved it, but winning the league, LMFAO

                          1. RogDog_jimmy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            69 is super good.

                          2. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Well done

                            You tripling up on Leicester in 33?

                            😉