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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. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      1 month, 4 days ago

      All my potential transfers punishing me for not taking a hit.. Lingard Iheanacho brace.. TAA 11 pointer.. Lacazette gonna bag a double isn't he..

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Fred is a special player.

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Very.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Special Ed?

      3. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        This guy knew

      4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Is he? First good game in a year

      5. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Nice goal

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Kane has been awful

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Clearing the rot for his DGW masterclass next week

        1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Yeah he need to be quiet for mega score as TC next week

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        He’s entitled to an awful 54 minutes every now & again tbf

        1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          On the other hand a risky TC on Son might be a cheeky punt

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Plays for Liverpool?

    • GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Maddison must have given up on his slim Euros chance.

      Were himself, Perez and Choudhury out partying?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Party last Weekend. Madness.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Eejits.

    • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Top 4 race is amazing this year

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Amazing fails?

    • Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Dier could hold his place for the dgw?

      1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I wouldn't go near

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Been rotting on my bench anyway. Will need a minus 4 and that’s before I consider getting rid of him.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Went without Bruno for the last 4 with the plan to get him back for Burnley but not sure anymore. Pogba and Thursday nights seem to be getting to him

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Fred G

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        What they gonna disallow this one for??

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          No foul this time

      2. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Fred, the next Messi

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      As I said, special player.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Timing

      2. fusen
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Which sort of special did you mean?

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

          Do you have different meaning to that word?

          1. fusen
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            the dictionary does

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      1-1

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cavani save.

        Fred.

        Justice!!

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          ? Why justice?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lovely goal

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Sweet.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Fred was torrid earlier. Of course 😆

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        2 and a half years ago in the league!

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Right said Fred

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Is he not a leftie?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          String vest man

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Get in! Love it!

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      All setup for a winner from the big man himself X

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Is Nat Phillips playing?

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Lingard got himself a brace.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      That equaliser was so, so predictable. Standard Jose.

    • fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Great player

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Son close

    • Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Somehow on a green arrow this week with 45. Makes Watkins and Dallas on my bench that much more painful...

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Son denied a 2nd goal by Utd No 1 GK

    • lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Who got the assist for fred's goal?

      1. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cavani

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cavani save, finish.

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

        Cavani

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Nobody

        1. Sack The Glazers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          wrong, cavani

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Son should score there

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Good save Hendo.

    • Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Stay on the bench Bale - I want Watkins off the bench.

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        5% chance of Bale coming on

        1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I think Bale will be subbed in

    • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Son to decide it with a brace

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Bruno Goal denied

      1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Ouch

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Was a good chance

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lloris good save

    • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Son goal and Bruno goal needed asap. Son more important

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Both chances just came and went.

        1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          It will come

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Interesting baps battle

      Shaw not quite out of it.

      1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        What's the current score ?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Son and Fred 26

          Then a raft of players between 13 and 16. Moura doesn't seem to like baps much - behind Lo Celso and Maguire

    • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Sisoko in, still no Bale

    • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Is Cavani nailed on now ?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Not 100% as Greenwood can play up top. Should play a fair few mins though.