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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. Cruicky
    • 9 Years
    24 days, 7 hours ago

    So how many are going to do Vardy to Iheanacho with WBA (H) next knowing Vardy's record against the Baggies?

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 7 hours ago

      not me but might go with both!

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

      They’ll then buy Vardy back at HT when he’s on a hatty...

      Let them at it 🙂

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 7 hours ago

      F*** Vardy

    4. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 7 hours ago

      Gutted i went Vardy over Nacho on WC

  2. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 7 hours ago

    The heading on this page makes it sound like we're surprised by the Bale benching 😛

  3. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 7 hours ago

    Llorris, Son and Kane the optimal 3 Spurs for the DGW ?

    1. KAALI_DAAL
        24 days, 7 hours ago

        Yes

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 7 hours ago

      Still a lot on BB for 32?

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          24 days, 7 hours ago

          TC

        • PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 7 hours ago

          I wildcarded this week and set myself up for BB32

          1. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Same here, not sure about Foster and Amartey now

      2. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 7 hours ago

        Raphina and Bale
        to Lingard and Son
        With exact cash for a hit is an easy no brainer?

        1. Echoes
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Do it. But only after the spurs game is over.

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              Thanks I will wait for sure. What about Nacho for -8?

          • Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Would you go Watkins to Nacho for -8?

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              No

            2. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              Not with a potential double looming

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

              Thanks all - 4 it is after this game.

          • Squib
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Aye

        2. Echoes
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Really got me thinking if I should bring in Vardy or Nacho next week. And, is JLingz.....a must have now? Unreal form.

          • Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Would you take a hit on this defence?

            Alonso Maguire Cancelo Dunk Targett

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              Yes

            2. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              If you can do Alonso or Cancelo to TAA then yes

          • Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            1-1 please. No involvement from Son, Bruno or Kane. That's not too much to ask right? 😆

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              Two penalties, coming up

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              24 days, 7 hours ago

              Would be great. Won't happen.

          • Ha.
            • 5 Years
            24 days, 7 hours ago

            Jota > JLingz?

            1. Echoes
                24 days, 7 hours ago

                When did you bring Jota in?

                1. Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  This week...what’s the relevance?

                  1. Echoes
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Give Jota time. Think he scores more than Lingard till season's end. Bring in Lingard only if you have another route

                      1. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Only for a hit which I’m not keen on

                        WBA fixture looks good, though...

                    • Tinkermania
                      • 1 Year
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Jota brace and Lingz blank next then you switch again?

                      1. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        I was on WC and it was a coin toss between the two. I was put off by the Leicester fixture.

                        JLingz is on fire and they have good fixtures. I wasn’t sure how he’d do without Antonio, but if anything he’s doing better.

                        Jota isn’t nailed, either. Plus I have Salah and Trent so pretty good coverage.

                        So no I won’t flip flop between the two.

                        1. Tinkermania
                          • 1 Year
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Still a coin toss. One is due a haul and the other due a blank.

                          1. Ha.
                            • 5 Years
                            24 days, 7 hours ago

                            That’s not how it works

                2. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  No

                  1. Ha.
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    How come?

              • TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                24 days, 7 hours ago

                Honestly a Son red card here would be really helpful

              • Kane and Ablett
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  This is the week of the template Kane will score Son assist and Shaw assist a Bruno pen

                • Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  i prefer Aurier over Reguilion for GW32

                • CONNERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Didn't catch the game - why did Cresswell come off?

                  1. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Looks like hamstring

                  2. CONNERS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Thanks

                • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 8 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Come on (C) Kane, Son (and Bruno) - lets go!

                • Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Tyler really needs to stop that "and it's live" thing. It's so cringeworthy.

                • Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Sterling has single handedly fooked my game week and mini league

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Haha same. With a helping hand from Vardy. Should have just stuck with the template.

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      It's so boring though, Pool have been awful, Salah overpriced this season, no-one could have predicted that City score, unbelievable!

                      1. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 8 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Yeah I'd still do it again. Bang average rank so nothing to lose.

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Everyone I asked agreed Sterling had more potential than Salah this week, it's just luck unfortunately

                • dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Points prediction for

                  Bruno 6
                  Kane 8
                  Son 13

                  1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
                    • 11 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Son 18, Bruno 11, Kane 5

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

                    2,2,2.

                  3. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Hopefully 2, 2, 2.

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

                    3
                    2
                    3

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

                    3,2,3

                  6. Weeb Kakashi
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Bruno 2
                    Kane 13
                    Son 6

                • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
                  • 11 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Mount to Jessie Messi, yes or no ?

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    I want both

                • how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Minute silence a bit easier these days.

                  1. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Two would be tough in a full stadium.

                    1. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      That did feel a long one even in my lounge

                • Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Will the game ever start

                • Echoes
                    24 days, 7 hours ago

                    Potential moves:

                    A: Raphinha, DCL -> Lingard, Vardy (-4)

                    B: Raphinha, DCL -> Lingard, Nacho (-4)

                    C: Raphinha, DCL, Wood -> Lingard, Vardy, Nacho (-8)

                    1. KANTEnders
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Did B on WC

                      1. Echoes
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Think it's safe to say you've scored well this week. Well done!

                    2. camarozz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Transfer of the week so far..

                      Me..

                      Havertz ➡️ Maddison instead of Lingard
                      (with Antonio out worried bout Lingards output)

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Ouch, it's all luck mate so don't threat

                      2. GreennRed
                        • 9 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Can't have them all Cam. I sold Salah and ignored Ihenacho for Bamford on WC. That's not even half the story!

                      3. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Tough

                    3. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      50 years since the an on foreign games. Thankfully we have a different Ireland now.

                      https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/the-ban-how-the-gaa-came-to-rescind-its-prohibition-on-foreign-games-50-years-ago-1.4525334?mode=amp

                    4. Top Dog
                      • 11 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      The CS keep falling

                      GWK20 -29: Avrg CS 7.3 per GWK
                      *lowest amount of CS during ‘normal’ GWK 5 CS

                      GWK 30 & 31 (60% complete): Avrg CS 1.9 per GWK
                      *total of 3 CS so far

                      Very small sample but something to keep an eye on. Was expecting a drop off but not to this extent!

                      1. GreennRed
                        • 9 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Fatigue could be a factor? Plus unsettled teams from rotation at the business end of Euro competition ms. First few GWs of the season had rakes of goals flying in. Probably better investing in defenders with some attacking intent.

                        1. Top Dog
                          • 11 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          I actually think players will get more rest due to less cup competitions, and the reason for less CS is more quality play from the teams.

                          Completely agree about only attacking defenders worth making transfers for. I’m trying to save as many transfers as possible for mid/fwd

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

                      Does Gundo to Lingard make sense? If I knew that Gundo will play full time I wouldn't do it but I don't.

                      1. Jurgen Flopp
                        • 7 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Why would it not make sense? Compare form, fixtures, add in the blank and its one sided.

                    6. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      HERE WE GO BOYS, THE BIG UN

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        West Ham v Chelsea for top dog in London this season!

                    7. fusen
                      • 9 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Genuine question for people who don't currently own Lingard and haven't just transferred him out.

                      What has been the reason not to transfer him in?

                      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        For me, I thought/think he is overperforming. But to be fair, why would he stop now?

                        1. fusen
                          • 9 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          I think there is absolutely no argument to him overperforming. I've owned him for a while and he will definitely stop this scoring rate at some point.

                          But for me this is just like Gundo earlier in the season. It's the sort of wagon you need to jump on board to wait till it finishes otherwise you'll just go weeks and weeks of missing out

                          1. GreennRed
                            • 9 Years
                            24 days, 7 hours ago

                            He's well rested in comparison to tired players, on loan from a top club, England International and making himself nailed for Euros so no lack of motivation.

                        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Add Creswell to Rice, Ogbonna & Antonio

                          A team like West Ham is very unlikely to be able to keep performing without that calibre of player on board

                          Lingard could easily get another 3 or 4, maybe even 5 or 6 returns in his final 7 games

                          He almost certainly won’t get 7 or 8, and could possibly get only 1 or 2

                      2. JONALDINHO
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Had Antonio and didn’t fancy the double up. Switching would’ve cost 2 hits which obviously wouldn’t be worth it. After the Antonio injury I didn’t think Lingard would do as well without that target man to play off like the second half against Wolves.

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          I thought he'd do better as a focal point higher up with a solid team behind him playing him in.

                      3. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Over performing. Not sustainable

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Stick with the underperforming players then!!

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            24 days, 7 hours ago

                            I will, and will enjoy their long awaited hauls when they come

                      4. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        I think it's a mindset where people think it can't continue and don't want to hit the blank.

                        I've been captaining him myself.

                    8. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Son will score big here, went for sterling over him as a one week punt

                    9. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Lingard(new) or Jota(lee)? Jota still feels the move

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Jots

                      2. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Jota will be benched, I'm bench boosting

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          24 days, 7 hours ago

                          Funny you already can call he’ll be benched when the game is over a week away

                      3. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Hard to argue against 82 points in the last 10 GWs.

                        1 of those GWs he was ineligible to
                        play. Only 1 of them was a blank.

                        Both have Newcastle coming up, but Lingard has them next.

                    10. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      24 days, 7 hours ago

                      Why have I benched Son, can already see it’s going to end in tears

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 7 hours ago

                        Yep