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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. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Need one of Digne or Dunk to somehow miss out tomorrow

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Unlikely. Might get a nice few points off them hopefully.

  2. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Cresswell injured?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Looks like hamstring

  3. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    61 All out on WC!
    What's the best WC score this GW?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      173, from Johnny Gollaguna OR 8 million.

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      The best? >150

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      69 all out on WC, only blight was trying to gt holding in instead of fofana due to internet drop out. But i was trying to buy Alonso as a punt too lol

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      62 with Leno Holding to go

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Maddison or Greenwood for the next few?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Have a feeling Greenwood going to have strong finish to season

    2. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Greenwood could be explosive end of season option

      I'm thinking of him rather than bruno

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Neither. Wait and see if Maddison will play. Silly boy. Unfortunately Greenwood not nailed on but injuries on Thursday might help there.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        He's no worse than he was this time last season for nailedness surely

  5. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Mount > Son or should I not bother?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Hard to sell Mount right now. Even for a dgw. No other way to get to Son?

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        The others are even harder to sell... Salah, Jota, Bruno & Lingard

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Aye! Hard to know whether to set and forget for the mids or point chase.

  6. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Is greenwood a viable option now for the run in?

    I have cash for Sterling to bruno.

    But as I'm chasing rank, is greenwood a decent alternative

    2 per cent owned v 50 per cent owned

    Thanks

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Tough with Greenwood and Cavani not knowing who starts. Cavani seeks easier given the lack of other fwds in the game.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I am thinking Stering to Greenwood instead of Bruno as let’s me improve front 3 but will see how Thursday game goes

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Unfortunately, Man Utd may get a DGW if Leicester beat Southampton in the cup. Difficult to go without Bruno for that.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Surely it's rashford, greenwood cavani front 3 for most of the season?

        Would expect greenwood to start europe midweek - but he has surely earned a run in the league too now??

  7. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 23 days ago

    On 60 with Holding coming on for Alonso. Including Sterling (c) as a punt over getting Salah - doh.
    Love Lingard, Iheanacho, Son and TAA.

    Up into the top 500.

    Feeling goooood.

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      So you should be. Well done.

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Nice 69 all out on WC, currently 200 exactly, but that will drop

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Heck yeah!

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Same players mate. Well done!!

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Getting Salah for Sterling for next gw?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Yep that’s the plan.
        Tempted for Moura though. Will wait for CL games.

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Moura was lively today.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Congrats!

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Well done

    6. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Thanks all!

  8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Play Dallas or Raphinha next week?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Dallas

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      you're the leeds fan, you tell us

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Dallas has more upside.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Drop Bruno for him?

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Burnley at home. Don't think I could justify that.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Cheers, wavering. Halfplanned Maddison to Son. Might just bench Dallas and start Bamford. Pool defence not great but Pool midfield will be better than a weakened City midfield yesterday and Dallas will prob me more occupied on the backfoot. Bielsa surely has a masterplan to go one better than their early season narrow loss. And it'll be a waker Pool defence.

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Was wondering same between or including Bamford and Dallas.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Think I'm doing Bamford to Nacho. It's mini league related.

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Saka playing at LB?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yes.

      1Leno
      21Chambers
      16Holding
      22Marí
      7Saka
      18Partey
      34Xhaka
      19Pépé
      8Ceballos
      35Martinelli
      9Lacazette

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yes. As an Arsenal fan I am shocked he is playing. I would preserve him for EL and play Cedric there instead.

  10. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Saka over Bruno on WC may pay off. Lets go!

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Do we think Reguilon will play in both games in the double?

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Even if he does they can't defend.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I wouldn’t touch him regardless

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Probably will. Worzel Gummidge time for CS though.

  12. gonzalocampos
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Any change or GTG for next week?

    Leno
    Azpi - Shaw - Coady
    Son - Bruno - Lingardinho - Jota - Salah
    Iheanacho - Kane (C)

    Martinez - Rudiger - Bamford - Phillips

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Very good to go.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Bamford ahead of Rudiger on the bench I think. Looks good.

      1. gonzalocampos
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Great, thanks.

  13. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    61 all out. Will take it. Broken into top 2.5k for now.

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      All the big dogs are out tonight. Well played.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      66 with DCL to come. Broken into the top 250k 🙂

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Not quite a big dog more a mid size dog.

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Lol. Even if he bites, it doesn’t hurt.

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Exact same

      Shame I tried to be too clever and punt on Gundo for 1 week over Son

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Lovely stuff.

    5. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      58 with Dunk left, so that'll be 57 for the week 🙂

    6. gonzalocampos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Congrats, I am still battling with getting top 10K. Currently at 13K.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        You are very close. Right Spurs cappo next week and you are in.

        1. gonzalocampos
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Has to be Harry.

    7. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Nice work!

  14. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Spurs triple up plans in tatters

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Was never a plan.

  15. Dammit_182
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Where is auba?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        not well

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          but is really playing fortnite with Ozil

          1. Dammit_182
              3 months, 23 days ago

              To make enough money for that mascot to make a living whilst the crowds are away....

        2. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          out for dinner

          1. Dammit_182
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Perhaps he was late to training again so they sent him home on full pay???

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Flu

          3. Dammit_182
              3 months, 23 days ago

              At least he can’t do a bale 1 pointer.

          4. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Thoughts on this? Had planned originally to wildcard for GW33 when Spurs and City blank.

            Martinez
            TAA Cancelo Azpilicueta Coufal
            Bruno Gundo Son Jota
            Kane Antonio
            (Sanchez Raphinha Bamford Targett)

            A) Sanchez to Lloris for the double
            B) Raph to Lingard, bench Cancelo/Azpi
            C) Wildcard now

            1. gonzalocampos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Don't get any Spurs defender. Get Lingardinho ASAP.

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Don’t think you need to WC. Trip Spurs seems excessive, though I’m considering Moura to add to Kane/Son.
              J-Lingz against Newcastle...looks tasty to me.

            3. stu92
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Or do A and B for a -4 and still wildcard next week.

          5. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            whats the latest on Antonio?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Rumor was 4-6 weeks I though I heard in a pod. Sucks as a Hammers fan. Though Bowen/Lingard double up for the last few games might be on

          6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            DCL + Gundo to Iheanacho + Son for -4 done.

          7. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Arsenal aren't keeping a clean sheet are they?
            Only one CS this GW.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Could be a great game of ball. 2 teams with nothing to play for.

              1. Dammit_182
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Did think this. Relegated team vs the Europa league hopefuls.

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Lordstram in the hole!

            3. Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Jaded hamstring

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Jaded who?

            4. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              The ultra template wildcard should have scored about c60- 75 points shouldn’t it?

              Huge win for wildcarders?

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                The thing with most of these WC is that they concentrate on 2 games.

              2. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Yeah lots of hand wringing about boring WC squads but seems to have worked out.
                I thought mine was better set up for next week too.
                The gw33 blanks should make things interesting again.

            5. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Sterling to Son now or wait?

              1. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Wait for mid week games etc. unless you’re needing that extra money for something exactly.

            6. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I wonder with Spurs now as good as out of the top 4 race, will Son and Kane be rested for the 2nd game of the double which is only 4 days before the cup final?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                very good point.

              2. Londongeezaa
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Well spotted. Can see that happening.

                1. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Could be something to consider for those with the TC chip left thinking of putting it on Kane for this double.

              3. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Kane wants golden boot.
                Spurs can’t defend so will have to attack.
                That’s my thoughts.

              4. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Four days is enough recovery time imho. Kane wants golden boot and won't be subbed off. Spurs must keep him happy.

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  what about son though?

            7. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Son out of bonus deffo?

            8. Londongeezaa
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I keep staring at those Dallas bench points, still painful to look at.

              Would never have changed it though. Made so much sense to start Cancelo and Stones. Banked a lovely 2 points combined.

              1. BDA Shadow
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Shaw (14) + Fernandes (10) benched against City, not Dallas (17). A few years ago it was Robert Huth scoring 2 against them on my bench. I think I'm going to just start playing anyone I have against them...

              2. Levi's 501
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Would love an 'in play sub' to change Cancelo to Dallas!

            9. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I'm thinking of taking some hits

              1. AzzaroMax99
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Me too.
                Bruno+Aina+Digne to Salah+Saiss+Philips (-8) looking very tempting.

            10. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Looks like 50 all out this week. Just hoping it’s enough to stay in LMS

            11. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Any suggested moves for next week please?

              Martinez
              Cancelo | Dallas | Rudiger
              KdB | Gundogan | Son | Bruno
              Kane | DCL | Bamford

              Forster | Raphinha | Phillips | Lowton

              1FT, 0.3ITB.

              Don’t mind a cheeky hit.

              Thanks

              1. Londongeezaa
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                I’m considering Jota for Gundogan

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Gundo to Jota

              3. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Gundo > Lingard.
                Given rotation and bw33 for a city.

            12. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Was Bruno just subbed or was it because of possible injury ?

              1. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Sure it was just game management. He was too tired to track back.

              2. BDA Shadow
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Just crap

              3. maditass
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                2-1 at 90 mins and he is subbed for matic........kinda obvious why he was subbed off