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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. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Yellow card for that? Where’s Rodon’s card for diving? Pathetic ref

  2. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Sonnyyyyyyyyy Get In!!!
    Need more from my differentialS

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Differential? 42% ownership

  3. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Players I sold on my WC, FML!

    Salah
    Son
    Watkins
    Bamford
    Dallas

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      That was always asking for trouble.
      Son has a DGW, Salah has the fixtures, Dallas is Dallas.
      Watkins and Bamford fine but you must of gone ultra differential

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        He just makes consistent calls.

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Haha love these captain hindsight post's!
        Son is coming in for Sterling who was a better option this week as I have Kane and Lloris but not City.
        Of course Salah was a risk but pool have been awful at home, he scored a lucky tap in and Bruno is better value so I went Jota TAA.
        Everyone sold Dallas, awful fixtures and playing the best defence/team in the league, no-one could have predicted that result let alone him scoring two!
        Watkins and Bamford awful fixtures so went Iheanacho and DCL so we'll see whether it pays off which I think it will.

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          Sterling was a better option than Son THIS week but I don't think that's a good enough reason to have him on your WC because it's not by a signficant amount. Sterling wasn't a good enough one week punt because he's done nothing to show this season he's capable of a mega haul so having Son and not banking a transfer for next week was IMO the better option.

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            Easy to say that now, City Leeds should have been a goal fest, not to mention Leeds going down to 10, how Sterling hasn't returned is a miracle! Agree banking transfer would have been nice but like most really fancied that City fixture to be the one. Pool were poor again at home and have been all year

    2. Mr. Chimes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Any good come from selling City assets? I sold points too but also cancelo stones and gundo, who all blanked, so maybe you’ve got something like that

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        I swapped Gundo for Torres.

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Sold Gundog Cancelo and Stones on my WC but one week punted on Sterling and got unlucky.

    3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      More about who replaced them.

    4. Please Answer Me
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Selling salah and Son was always a bad call imo

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      You have Son who just scored and are at live rank of 40-45k.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        (fail reply to Fudgy)

    6. ToffeePot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 8 days ago

      all except salah for me, I feel your pain

    7. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Dallas
      Coufal
      Bamford
      Lingard
      Havertz

      All sold by me this week 😎

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        At least you got good price of that pack

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    I would love a Shaw Goal and assist to make up for missing Dallas points

  5. PascalCygan
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    My one-week punt on WC of Son to Sterling was a disaster!

    Trent, Lingard, Iheanacho all well and good but my ML rival has an almost identical WC and kept Son. FFS!

  6. Mr. Chimes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Son really should take his skills to the theater

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Bruno is playing?

  8. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Son is disgusting

  9. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Sold Son losing 0.2 value to punt on Sterling(C) on WC. Sold Son on1st WC in the reverse fixture as well 🙁

    1. Please Answer Me
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Unfortunate but can only ble yourself

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Blame*

  10. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Refs totally lost control.

    Mourinho dark arts masterclass

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      United are such a petulant team its a good tactic. Maguire should be booked for his little outburst there too.

  11. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    I think Bruno could axe someone in the head and not get booked

  12. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    The league is a joke

  13. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Two of the most disgraceful cheating teams in the league

    Have to feel sorry for the ref

  14. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Could be in for a completely binary back line at this rate - provided 11 counts of course 😉

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      2, 2, 2 here

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      3

  15. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    This ref is shite.

  16. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    If Son scores another goal all were gonna hear next week is "Son or Kane captain?"

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

      DGW, it’s already down to those two...

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        The point I was trying to make was that it was going to unanimously be Kane captain out of those two and now there will be doubts

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

          Kane will still be over 200, but true, more Son cappers now

  17. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Cavani wastes bruno assist

  18. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    1 week punt over Son punished as always

    It’s not a season for imagination

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Yep this season is brutal for trying to think outside the box.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      And you need him back asap.

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Well ye I was obviously getting him in for GW32 but on WC seemed a good chance for some upsizing chasing of a 1 week city punt over Son

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Not a season to chase easy foxtures*

  19. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Wildcarders looking good

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Depends if you went template

      1. CrouchDown
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Template has been really good

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          Don't rub it in

          1. Please Answer Me
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            so good...its a template for a reason people aren't stupid

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

      Are they tho?

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Obviously...ihenacho lingard Son TAA

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

          Had 3 of 4 no WC
          What about Jota, Kane, Bruno, chelsea Def, Vardy, Neto, and all the other rubbish?

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Well...sold Son to Sterling, Dallas to Rudiger, Coufal to Masuaku, Martinez to Mendy...

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

        Lots of this, I suspect

  20. Squib
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Best 8.5 defender combo excluding Rudiger and Coufal?

    1. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Nat Phillips + Holding

      1. Squib
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Have to drop Jota for Phillips. How nailed is Holding?

        1. A-L
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          Wait and see if he starts but I think very nailed because he's right-sided and the other 2 options are both left sided. Or could just bottom out with a 3.9 defender and Coufal

          1. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            Oh didn't see above

          2. Squib
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            Will check it out tonight cheers

  21. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Can't catch a break this year

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Fudgy man you say this every week. Your literally above the average for this week and have a decent OR.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Lol ; aren’t you in the top 50k? Absurd luck.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      You have Son who just scored and are at live rank of 40-45k.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Your OR is great. What you on about?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        One of the luckiest people on here and biggest whiner. Apparently why people love him..

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

          They do?

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

            I think people feel guilty for the 100 upvotes on the post that asked him to go away

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

      Except for all the breaks you’ve caught. Oh wait, those are skill, right?

      Sorry. I forget.

    6. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      You are above top 10K average which is good in my book

  22. FourLokoLeipzig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Which would you prioritise with a FT for next week?

    A: Raphinha to Lingard
    B: Antonio to Ihenacho

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Ihenacho because Antonio gametime in question.

      But both for a hit.

    3. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Possibly consider the hit?

      Leicester play WBA and West Ham play Newcastle.

    4. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Thanks all. The hit’s pretty tempting...

  23. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    That disallowed Cavani goal is the first time a referee has given a decision against Manchester United in 34 years (since 1987).

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

      Hahahaha!

  24. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Touch on Son's right cheek and he uses his left hand to hold his face to the right of his nose.

    He knows he's lost the ball and goes down the side he was tickled!!

    Joker...

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      I hope someone gives him an actual reason to go down in the 2nd half.. Cheat.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Can’t do that. End of.

    3. BDA Shadow
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Didn't see a comment about Rashford doing the exact same thing. Or Fernandes claiming en elbow when someone put an arm across his chest.

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Correct on both counts....even Roy Keene said Rashford did the same thing as Son 5 mins earlier......football gone though when any of these decisions are a foul.......and dont get me started on the rubbish 2 x offside VAR decisions from yesterday

  25. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Think it’s time for a re-structure of my side & I’m tempted to spend a -8 now to get my team back to something I’m happy with...

    How does this sound?

    Auba, Gundo & Bamford > Salah, Linz & Vydra (8th attacker and perma bench)

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Can you afford without the Bamford move?

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Nope. All that leaves me with 0.2 ITB

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Vydra -> Watkins or Nacho or no mullah?

  26. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Nearly went Sterling or Maddison over Son for a 1 week punt. Bullet dodged!

  27. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Is Son looking better than Kane FPL wise? Still unsure who to TC next GW. Leaning towards the Korean.

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Usually does in big games with more space to run behind into

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Kane clever flick created that goal. Kane is still an elite option.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Nah.

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      No.

  28. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 8 days ago

    “The games gone”

    When a decision goes against Man United. They should be the last team complaining about refereeing decisions.

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 8 days ago

      You are absolutely right but that was still a wrong decision

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Utd fan here we've had the rub of the green all season and the last hard to conplain if one debatable call goes against us

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Standing ovation from the crowd.

    3. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      That gets said week in week out, you're just specifically biased against them to the point you don't want them to complain against bad decisions

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Yes because of the numerous, numerous bad decisions they’ve had in their favour.

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          I don't support them, like most big teams they get more but enough has gone against too. People just are irrational when it comes to them, their fans are blind and biased and the people that don't like them are also blind and biased

      2. BDA Shadow
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        7/9 of their penalties in the league this season have been absolute crap, feel free to look them all up. What are you saying now?

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          In your opinion

          1. BDA Shadow
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            Go look at them and tell me any of them aren't at best debatable. They range from extremely soft to clear dives and most of them have been called out by every pundit I've heard in the post games. I can appreciate a 50/50 decision but most of these have really rubbed me the wrong way and it seems to be almost every penalty decision ending in their favour.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Yes 100%

      It’s almost as if some people think two wrongs don’t make a right

  29. ToffeePot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Son is so good he rose from the dead to score. If Var doesn't change next year I'm done with football. 4 ridiculous decisions this week again. They've had their year with their toy, making it all about them. Sick of it

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      You can’t slap someone in the face. It wasn’t malicious, its not a card, it IS a foul.

      1. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 8 days ago

        Son also can't grab him, that's a foul...play advantage

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 8 days ago

          He didn’t though. He tried and missed. McTominay didn’t.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 8 days ago

            And you STILL can’t whack someone in the face.

            1. Sack The Glazers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 8 days ago

              then why didn't he get a YC

            2. ToffeePot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 8 days ago

              nonsense...his face could've been anywhere, he was flicking him off him and son went down like he was shot. there are arms going everywhere in this match but a slo-mo replay makes it look worse, just ask guy ritchie. Unless McTominay is a closet ninja, that is no way a deliberate slap in the face

    2. BDA Shadow
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 8 days ago

      Did you watch football before VAR? Every match had a joke of a decision in it.

  30. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 8 days ago

    Are the 3 bonus points for Son attributed to his acting skills?