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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.

1,340 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Now Shaw, find a way to score or assist.

    1. Postman Ty
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I've got Shaw blocking Dallas today. This is literally worst case scenario right now with Kane not even on the score sheet...

  2. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I know I’m late to the party, but any reason whatsoever not to go Antonio to Nacho?

    1. JBG
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No reason. Antonio made out of glass, sadly.

    2. moz_1983
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nope.

    3. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nope...great fixtures and he is on form. Go for it

    4. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nope, fixtures still excellent for Leicester and hopefully maddison back too

    5. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Zero

      Do it quickly if price rises bother you. Nacho will shoot up.

    6. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Newcastle up next. Make sure he’s still injured first.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        They said 4-6 weeks

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Crikey. I’d better get rid too, then.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Would have been nice to know Thursday, huh...

    7. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Antonio hasn't ACTUALLY had a timeline attached to his injury yet, and they play Newcastle next.

      However, I did thst exact move this GW as the risk felt acceptable given Nachos good form and top fixtures.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I was always wait and see on Leicester this week. I waited. I’ve seen.

  3. JOELIO8701
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I’ve had the ultimate jam week. Activated wildcard last Sat and did a v quick random template - then my gf and I broke up, had to sort new flats etc and completely forgot about fpl despite being obsessed every week this season.

    Mcgill, Tuanzebe, Antonion in my starting line up. No Kane (will lose 1.2m getting him back now) or Son. But.

    Dallas still in squad and comes on for 17 points, iheanacho CAPTAIN. Gone from 20k to 8k. Mental, mental luck

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Note to self: break up with girlfriend when activating WC.

      1. JOELIO8701
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        1. JOELIO8701
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Haha could be something in it!

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Hey man, glad you at least had some luck go your way with the breakup & real-life stuff going on.

      Enjoy the points!

      1. JOELIO8701
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thank you sir!

    3. LC1
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Sorry to hear about you and your girlfriend.

      Unreal result mate.

      Make sure you put your OR on your Tinder profile.. 😉

      1. JOELIO8701
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thank you m8. Tbf the sort of thing I would add lol

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Glad that you're over the break up so well.

      Happy New home and all that!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Or she moved out?

      2. JOELIO8701
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Haha thank you. Hope you’ve had a decent gw also!

    5. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Good for you.

    6. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Goes to show that things that seem bad can be unexpectedly amazing in the long run. A lesson in there.

    7. Roy Hudd
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      It's not Jammy at all. The game is 99.9% luck. Everyone's rank is not a result of their ability it's a rank of how lucky or unlucky you are. So enjoy it and good luck for the future pal.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        If it was all luck; you could autopick and win.

        Stop

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          This.

          And players wouldn't be top 0.01% 3 years out of 7.

          Unless they had a lucky start that evens out by 2202!

        2. Roy Hudd
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          That's where the 0.1% comes in. Picking the team. The rest is luck. Don't be so naive.

          Stop

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            I agree.. aside from picking the team; the rest of this game is luck.....

            Head slap emoji

            1. Roy Hudd
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              Don't let the Jota captain fail upset you pal. Hug emoji.

              Face palm emoji for Jota captain choice.

              Stop

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                You are a touch slow, aren’t you?

                1. Roy Hudd
                  • 5 Years
                  1 year, 3 months ago

                  Really poor come back.

                  Let's nip this in the bud now. Conclusion is that you're upset at your captain pick and you're lashing out. Don't reply as it won't be seen by me. Try not to embarrass yourself on the Internet again son.

      2. JOELIO8701
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks m8 - hope you get some good hauls in the run in!

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    United fans feeling hard done by?

    Officials out to get them?

    1. LC1
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Lool don't be that guy.. Officials not out to get us but most certainly the wrong decision.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        You cannot hit someone in the face, accidental or not. It is a foul. End of.

  5. Digital-Real
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    UTD fans moaning about play acting by Son. Their players are just as bad if not worse. Bruno, Rashford and Martial probably the worst in the league.
    Karma is real.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      This is prime whataboutery...

      1. Digital-Real
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        reap what you sow

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          But United fans don't reap for the team do they?

          Or do some Twitter twats count as karma for Ole now?

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Bruno is the worst when it comes to cant aruge against it even as a utd fan

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Martial got who sent off earlier this year by doing what Son did and then some?

      1. Postman Ty
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Has also won 3 penalties from clear dives.

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He got hit, not acting if you actually get hit

      1. Postman Ty
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        That's just not correct is it. You can get touched or have your leg broken and there's an appropriate level of "look at me I got hit" for each. That being said, I expect any player who gets hit in the face to fall over holding their face because otherwise the ref won't see it and nothing will get called, unfortunately.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          I’d like to see you out there and see how you react

          1. Postman Ty
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            What exactly did you take away from that comment? I don't go down for anything that doesn't physically force me down and it's a problem - as I said refs don't call anything if you don't go to ground. Even standing and holding your face isn't usually enough.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 3 months ago

              Still insinuating he should have reacted differently; I think it was the most natural reaction possible, that’s all

              1. Postman Ty
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                "I expect any player who gets hit in the face to fall over holding their face" mate what?

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 year, 3 months ago

                  I’m just saying that he didn’t ask for a foul or chase the ref down, he got hit in the face and reacted. I don’t think there was any gamesmanship involved.

                  1. Postman Ty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 year, 3 months ago

                    I didn't say anything about any of that but maybe there was some confusion about the idea of "Actually getting hit". I don't think he actually got hit in the eye, and that's the only thing that would have been painful in any relevant way in terms of acting. But I still think it's reasonable to call it a foul and he wouldn't get the foul if he doesn't fall over so I don't have a problem with it.

                    1. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 year, 3 months ago

                      Yeah, I have an issue with the ref, not the player. Ref has to give that goal and tell him to brush himself off

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    The one finger foul!!

    Deadly assain...

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Its a foul. Move on.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        It was a fingertip.

        He fell over holding the other side of his face.

        I've got Son not Cavani in my team and i support football, not Utd or Spurs.

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Castagne or Ricardo?

  8. Steve Chance
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Why all the anger about diving? It's only cheating as much as any foul is cheating. Part of the game. You'd have to be a fool to think VAR would stop it.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Wasn’t a dive.

      1. Steve Chance
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I don't even care if it was. Deception is part of the game.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not his fault he got hit. Ref should have let it stand and gotten sonny a tissue

      1. Steve Chance
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        True. He might have milked it. So what?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          I just think he reacted normally.. not like he chased down the ref and asked for it to be disallowed

    3. MissouriMarten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A fould can be accidental. A dive isn't.

      1. MissouriMarten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        *foul

  9. Flair
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Son brace needed

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I heard a rumour that he is gonna be in the next Batman film

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Definitely

  10. Isca Extremadura
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Does anyone see Kane’s or Sons time managed
    v Saints, less than 4 days before League Cup final ?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Maybe, but they both should still start.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Subbed a little early if anything. They are still playing for Top 4 & a trophy still. Can't see Mourinho resting them.

    3. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not with top 4 ambitions

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Zero chance

  11. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    There’s a difference between a push off and a petulant flick in the face. Amazed Redknapp and Micah are saying it’s not a foul. Not so much Keane.

    1. Postman Ty
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I see it as 50/50 for a foul, nothing to argue about either way (although it lead to controversy because of the goal). I definitely don't think it was an intentional "flick" he was just trying to push Son's arm off, albeit a little high.

  12. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Spurs hooooold!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Son brace and Bruno penalty upcoming

  13. Daniel Jebbison
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Late to the party was babysitting my boy but Soooon juhuuuuu geeettt iiiiinnnnn. Get in you beauty. Happy days!!!

    Viva la template

  14. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Who would you keep on WC?

    A) Dias
    B) Stones

    Rest of defence is TAA, Azpi, Coady and Konsa.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Neither. Get Shaw instead

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Dias

    3. Assisting the assister
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A - more likely to play

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Neither.

    5. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Dias

  15. Assisting the assister
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Not bad so far for WC31ers

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      FH is for 1 week, WC jury still out

    2. Flair
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Indeed, been a pleasure

  16. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    So the 1 week punt on Sterling before Son switcheroo was categorically not a good idea.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not sure what people were expecting from Raz...

      On the beach

    2. Utopsis
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nope - assuming Son retains 3 bonus (and doesn't return any more), the move has cost me 14 points 🙁

  17. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I'm impressed by Reguilion ......looks lively and defending well......

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Can’t wait to sell him

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Got him for the double, cleanie this week would be a bonus.

    3. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He'll find a way to let you down

    4. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      If Creswell is injured the swap to Reguillon for the double is an easy switch

  18. OLD Rafiki
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    son to compensate for lingz brutality.

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Son able to continue in the 2nd half. Great to see.

  20. JBG
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Wish someone like Roy Keane or Vinnie Jones played against Son today...

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Vinnie Jones wouldn't get near him. Keane not the paciest either.

      1. JBG
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Don't really need to run after him to do what Keane did to Alf Inge for example.

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          That was premeditated well in advance. Dunno did Roy kick much football that day!

      2. Cantona's Kung Fu Kick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        they would find a way

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Son would have them on the ropes to be fair

  21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Surely spurs are not going to sit back and invite united on

    1. Flair
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You must be new to Jose Mourinho.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Of course, and then Mourinho will claim it was the players choice.

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      #gameplan

  22. Echoes
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    With games coming thick and fast and the Southampton game just few days before the cup final, really not getting good vibes about the Kane TC in the upcoming DGW.

  23. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Shaw G and Bruno A needed

  24. Daniel Jebbison
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bruno or Mount to Lingard Messi ?

    1. Echoes
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Mount. Bruno's penalty potential still worth a hold imo.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        But Mount had an amazing game today and is in form of his life

        1. Echoes
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          True. But Mount will never be explosive enough, whereas Bruno could have a double digit haul any week. But towards the end of the season right now, it also depends on how your team is and what your objectives are. If you feel saving the money on Mount instead of Bruno gives you chances for more points elsewhere, then that could work as well. But if you don't need to save money, I'd still say go for Bruno.

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 13 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Thanks man so helpful

  25. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Need the Son CS busted

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You’re worried about 1 point?

      1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Yeah. Didn't pick Salah, TAA, Ihenacho or Son on WC so I need to start making the points back somehow.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nahh

  26. Flair
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Spurs are going to park the bus with their abysmal defenders and throw away the lead, aren't they?

  27. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rivals getting dallas 17 points 3rd from bench unless bales comes to the rescue for me.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Don’t hold your breath

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bruno last 5

    3 3 10 2 5 and today

    Pogba is back too.

    Maybe this is the chance for a differential?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      If he doesn't score today that is 4 and half blanks in 6

    2. Life_Ban
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Bruno will score, hopefully assisted by Shaw

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Next game ?

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Went for Auba... Didn't work out.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Forget Auba he is terrible. Maybe Pulisic Kai Vardy Mount

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Havertz was on my mind too.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            If he were only nailed...

  29. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bruno looking ineffective again with Pogba in the team.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I agree. Pogba is stealing his thunder

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Bruno has been ineffective for months ; scores fks and pens that’s why we have him

  30. WVA
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Sterling Bruno over Salah Son may have cost me my mini league