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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
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Need one of Digne or Dunk to somehow miss out tomorrow

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

  2. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Cresswell injured?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Looks like hamstring

  3. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

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

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      173, from Johnny Gollaguna OR 8 million.

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      The best? >150

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 5 hours 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
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      62 with Leno Holding to go

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Maddison or Greenwood for the next few?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Have a feeling Greenwood going to have strong finish to season

    2. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Greenwood could be explosive end of season option

      I'm thinking of him rather than bruno

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours 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
        24 days, 5 hours ago

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

  5. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Mount > Son or should I not bother?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

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

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          24 days, 5 hours ago

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

  6. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 5 hours 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
      24 days, 5 hours 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
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 5 hours 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
      24 days, 5 hours 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
        24 days, 5 hours 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
    24 days, 5 hours 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…
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      So you should be. Well done.

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        Heck yeah!

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

          Same players mate. Well done!!

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Getting Salah for Sterling for next gw?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        24 days, 5 hours ago

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

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

          Moura was lively today.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Congrats!

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Well done

    6. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Thanks all!

  8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Play Dallas or Raphinha next week?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Dallas

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      you're the leeds fan, you tell us

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        Dallas has more upside.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

          Drop Bruno for him?

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            24 days, 5 hours ago

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

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 5 hours 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
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Was wondering same between or including Bamford and Dallas.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

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

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Saka playing at LB?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Yes.

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

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 5 hours 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
    24 days, 5 hours ago

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

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

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

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Even if he does they can't defend.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      I wouldn’t touch him regardless

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Probably will. Worzel Gummidge time for CS though.

  12. gonzalocampos
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 5 hours 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…
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Very good to go.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. gonzalocampos
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        Great, thanks.

  13. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

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

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      All the big dogs are out tonight. Well played.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        Cheers

    2. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        Not quite a big dog more a mid size dog.

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

      Exact same

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

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Lovely stuff.

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

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

    6. gonzalocampos
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

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

        1. gonzalocampos
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

          Has to be Harry.

    7. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Nice work!

  14. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 5 hours ago

    Spurs triple up plans in tatters

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Was never a plan.

  15. Dammit_182
      24 days, 5 hours ago

      Where is auba?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 5 hours ago

        not well

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          24 days, 5 hours ago

          but is really playing fortnite with Ozil

          1. Dammit_182
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

          out for dinner

          1. Dammit_182
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 5 hours ago

            Flu

          3. Dammit_182
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

          4. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            24 days, 5 hours 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
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 5 hours 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
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

          5. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 5 hours ago

            whats the latest on Antonio?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 5 hours 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!
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 5 hours ago

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

          7. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 5 hours ago

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

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 5 hours ago

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

              1. Dammit_182
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

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

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 5 hours ago

              Lordstram in the hole!

            3. Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              24 days, 5 hours ago

              Jaded hamstring

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

                Jaded who?

            4. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 5 hours 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!
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

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

              2. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                24 days, 5 hours 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
              24 days, 5 hours ago

              Sterling to Son now or wait?

              1. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                24 days, 5 hours 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
              24 days, 5 hours 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
                • 6 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

                very good point.

              2. Londongeezaa
                • 2 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

                Well spotted. Can see that happening.

                1. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  24 days, 5 hours 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
                24 days, 5 hours 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
                24 days, 4 hours 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
                  • 6 Years
                  24 days, 4 hours ago

                  what about son though?

            7. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 5 hours ago

              Son out of bonus deffo?

            8. Londongeezaa
              • 2 Years
              24 days, 5 hours 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
                24 days, 5 hours 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. Kannbury
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

                I'm thinking of taking some hits

                1. AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

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

              4. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

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

              5. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 5 hours 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
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

                  I’m considering Jota for Gundogan

                2. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

                  Gundo to Jota

                3. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

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

              6. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                24 days, 5 hours ago

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

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  24 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

                  Just crap

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

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