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Hope that Kane could return in Gameweek 34 as Bale thrives under new manager

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton

  • Goals: Gareth Bale (£9.2m), Son Heung-min (£9.5m) | Danny Ings (£8.4m)
  • Assists: Lucas Moura (£6.7m), Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m)| James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m)
  • Bonus: Son x3, Bale x2, Ings x1

KANE ABLE (TO PLAY)?

A Double Gameweek 32 score that had the potential to be season-shaping ended up being merely satisfactory for owners, captainers and Triple Captainers of Harry Kane (£11.6m).

The Spurs striker had already bagged 12 points in the Lilywhites’ 2-2 draw at Everton last Friday but was denied the chance to face one of the division’s most out-of-form defences thanks to an ankle injury he picked up on Merseyside.

Spurs blank in Gameweek 33 thanks to the clash with the EFL Cup final but then enjoy another hugely appealing fixture, against relegated Sheffield United, in Gameweek 34.

Mason’s comments before kick-off sounded optimistic, with a return in the EFL Cup final still a possibility:

It’s difficult, we are still not sure. We are treating it day by day. The hope is he will be on the pitch at the end of the week.

Mason went onto make very similar comments after full-time.

We’ve just launched a snap poll for Kane owners on our website ahead of Gameweek 33, which you can find in the sidebar and below.

As things stand, over half of you are planning to keep the premium forward for Gameweek 34:

YOU CAN TAKE THE MOURINHO OUT OF SPURS…

The fabled new manager bounce/honeymoon period wasn’t immediately in evidence in north London, with the Ryan Mason era starting in an underwhelming fashion.

It was initially a ‘more of the same’ attacking display from the hosts and a suspect performance defensively.

Southampton should have been a goal to the good long before Danny Ings (£8.4m) nodded in James Ward-Prowse‘s (£5.9m) corner on the half-hour, with Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) earning an FPL save point after just 12 minutes.

There was at least a reaction in the second half, with a superb Gareth Bale (£9.2m) strike restoring parity. Son Heung-min (£9.5m) won all three points with a penalty after a foul on Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m) – the VAR awarding that spot-kick having earlier denied the same two players attacking returns by disallowing the Korean’s strike.

Bale’s thinly-veiled dig at Mourinho after full-time hinted at a more attacking mindset in the weeks to come:

We’re a big team, we have great players, we need to attack more. We need to try and stay higher up the pitch and I think we did that today.

LINE-UP LESSONS

Whenever there is a change of manager at a football club, there is hope of a second chance for previously out-of-favour players.

There are plenty of those at Spurs, such was Mourinho’s scorched earth policy during his tenure.

Bale was chief among them and he was thrown straight back into the side on Wednesday, repaying his new (interim) manager’s faith in spades.

Having lost over a million FPL owners in the last three Gameweeks, there may be renewed interest in a Bale free of Mourinho’s shackles when Sheffield United visit Spurs at the beginning of May.

HAMSTR-INGS

Hope that Kane could return in Gameweek 34 as Bale thrives under new manager 3

Southampton, like Spurs, blank in Gameweek 33.

Ings may be out for even longer than that, with the striker limping out of Wednesday’s game with a muscle problem.

Ralph Hasenhuttl couldn’t tell us much about his injury-prone striker:

Hopefully he is not too injured. I don’t know. I don’t know his situation.

From a Fantasy perspective, the main headline was the benching of Fraser Forster (£4.0m).

That left more than one in four of the top 10k without a playing goalkeeper in Double Gameweek 32.

That’s because Forster is paired with either Bernd Leno (£5.0m) or Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) in over 26% of these squads.

Forster was one of five changes that Hasenhuttl made for this match, with local journalist Jacob Tanswell sounding words of caution:


Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Winks 73), Bale (Bergwijn 83), Lo Celso (Lamela 79), Son, Lucas.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Walcott (Djenepo 67), Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Tella (Redmond 84), Adams, Ings (Diallo 58). 

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763 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Greenwood or Rashy?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Greenwood.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      G

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Rest of team,

      Mendy,
      Rüdiger, Shaw, Pereira, Trent
      Lingz, Jota, Bruno, Rashy/Greenwood
      Nacho, Watkins

      Martinez, Phillips, Kane, Son,

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Hamster-Ings

  3. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Make Gündogan -> Greenwood for free sense?

    Thank you!

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Yes! Wish I could do that.

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      I think so.

    3. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Ye

    4. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Thank you all!

  4. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    2 days of wildcard left and I'm still pretty clueless

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      Same, any positive ideas let me know.

      Goalkeeper is up in the air.

      Defence is a bit of a mess outside of Trent.

      Midfield seems like I could be set on Salah Jota lingard Greenwood and one other of Son, a Chelsea player or Fernandes.

      Forward line is a no go zone bar Kane and Nacho.

  5. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Stones to TAA for free, shift Cress for a hit?

    1FT 3.3m ITB

    Martinez
    Digne Targett Cresswell* Azpi
    ESR Bruno Jota Lingard
    Nacho Bamf

    Fabri - Kane* Son Stones*

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Just taa I think

      1. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        On reconsideration you're right, moving Stones I can just bench Cress and still get 11 players out this week. He might end up being ready for the Burnley game.

  6. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Was it stupid to do Pope -> Lloris for - 4 or just bad luck?

    Thank you!

    1. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Sorry ... and bench Sanchez ...

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Yes. Needed a cs to break even and spurs dont do those.

        1. Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          I thought that Lloris will get 9 points (2 against Everton and 7 against Southampton - Southampton is also not good) and Sanchez only 2 points.

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Spurs can concede against anyone. Could have been 4 down at ht.

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      I think ahead of a blank it was a bit daft unless you have another keeper

  7. NUFCAndrew
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Most likely team to win in GW33 (excluding Liverpool)?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Leicester

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Brighton and Leicester

  8. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    1FT 3.2ITB

    Martinez
    Shaw Cresswell Rudiger Burn
    Salah Jota Lingard
    Bamford Inheancho

    (Son Gund Kane Stones)

    Best move?
    A. Gund > Greenwood
    B. Stones > TAA
    C. Son & Stones > Greenwood & TAA (-4)

  9. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Kane and Sonny owners, keeping both and benching or swapping one out this GW..

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Selling son I think. Spurs were awful for 60 mins.

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Am also leaning towards Sonny out, but next GW is Sheff at home could be goals.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Depends on your bench I guess. I seem to be needing 2 subs every week (never the 3rd who actually has the points of course)

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Initial plan is to do Son to Maddison and Cresswell to TAA and bench Kane for this week for me!! Bruno to Son the week after if need be!!

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Similar to me below mate. Decent idea.

    3. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      One will go.

      If Kane is fit then it will be Son

    4. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      (A) Kane + Davis to DCL + Watkins

      (B) Son + Davis > Greenwood + Watkins

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        B

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      I'm shipping Son...

    6. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Keeping both for Sheffield obviously.

    7. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Keeping both, easy decision. See a major turnaround from spurs, they already looked 10x better 2nd half. Add kane back in the mix and easy fixtures and its quids in.

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

        Major turnaround? You watched them just almost lose to Southampton, right?

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 8 hours ago

          You think they almost lost? 2nd half Southampton did sweet f a. Not even close

  10. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    My team for GW33:

    Johnstone
    Mings-TAA-Dallas-Dunk
    Lingard-Salah(c)-Fernandes
    Bamford-Iheanacho(v)-Watkins

    Areola-Raphinha-Digne-Gundo

    I did Kane and Cresswell to Bamford and TAA for a hit.

    GTG?

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      How long they saying Cresswell out for. Would he play next GW?

  11. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    49(-4), catastrophic.

    Gone from 3k to 10k in a couple of weeks, season and mini leagues derailing. Everything going wrong at the minute.

    Time to switch off from FPL.

    1. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Last two GWs have been an ordeal

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      Very similar story here. Hurtling out of the top 10k after having been top 2k a couple of weeks ago myself - rubbish innit.

  12. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Will the double game week take place in game week 35?

    Thank you!

    1. Alcapaul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Yes very likely.

  13. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Stones>Dallas transfer completed........Stones has cost me 16 points in the last 2 weeks (played him over Holding last week and over Rudiger this week). Oh what could have been......

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Held Cresswell last week over getting Nacho in. Held Stones this week over getting Greenwood in.

      That’s a loss for you.

      Currently pondering whether to move for Maddison or play Shaw 🙂

  14. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Any news on Kane?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Mood music seems to be optimistic for sunday. I'd imagine fit for 34 unless he gets further injured.

    2. HellasLEAF
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      His health is holding up my moves right now. Hopefully plays the following GW then it solves itself.

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

      Mou would have played him

  15. Nedvěd11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Leno
    Azpi TAA Coady Holding Rudiger
    Salah Jota Lingard Bruno
    Nacho

    Forster Kane Son Davis

    A) Wood for Davis
    B) Greenwood for Son
    C) Save

  16. Kuzser
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    For the first time ever I have 2 no playing defs (Azpi and Cancelo) who will be autosubbed to Stones(-2) and Dawson (-3).

    Speechless

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Sometimes you just have to laugh.

      Last week Burn's 2 minute cameo blocked Dallas's 17 points for me. This week put Dallas ahead of Burn on bench, and Burn not only starts but gets a cs away at chelsea.

      What can you do.

    2. Pointless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      That’s rough!

    3. Emre Can Pie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      That is perhaps the roughest of the rough I have ever seen.

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Ouch

  17. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Fortunately Stones was leaving anyway...

    A) Stones/Bamford > TAA/Vydra
    B) Stones/Son > TAA/Greenwood
    C) Stones/Son > TAA/Maddison
    D) Stones/Jota > TAA/Trossard

    - Vydra (WOL, WHU) is decent.
    - Greenwood (LEE, LIV) is okay.
    - Trossard (SHU, LEE) is good, but Brighton.
    - Maddison (CRY, SOU) is good, but fitness?

    Latter three mean no Son for SHU in GW34, unless selling Bruno (LIV) for him in GW34.

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Just seen above mate were thinking similar!!! I fancy Maddison because of the fixtures and double in 35 possibly, going to wait and see what part he play tomorrow first, Greenwood and option too, but I think I’m Leaning towards Maddison!!

  18. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Jota, Maddison or Greenwood as a one week punt for Son. Which one please?

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      I am torn on this one as well. For me initial thought was Jota. But then Greenwood became an intriguing option. Leaning Jota.

  19. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Mendy to who?

  20. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Bamford or Watkins?

  21. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    currently on 80pts with two left not bad even tho bench boost only got me 13pts no foster

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Where's the humble bit?

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Poor BB

  22. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Thinking of doing Vydra + Dias > Watkins + 4.3m, probably from Brighton

    Which is more likely to play? Or any better options?
    A. Webster
    B. Burn

    1. Hits Magnet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      have you already got Iheanacho? Much better option than Watkins (who I currently have in my team and have owned for a long time now )

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      A

      Could still see Burn being rotated with Moder.

    3. Vjm6891
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      I'm not trying to put you off it as a lot of people seem to say the same, but i'm not sure I understand the putting Watkins in?

      West brom haven't let in too many goals recently and Villa are hardly very goalscoring? Also fixtures after this week aren't exactly great.

      The only plus is he could have a DGW soon?

  23. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Hi....no chips....who is the best defender to bring in out of:

    A....digne

    B...pereira

    Both double in 35. But only digne plays 36. Pereira has better fixtures though

    Thanks

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      B

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 9 hours ago

        Thanks

    2. Hits Magnet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      I transferred Digne to Pereira this week .... I just don't see him scoring points at the moment. Not even on set pieces with Rodriguez about

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 9 hours ago

        Cheers.....been stung by pereira before .....may jump on him though!

        1. Hits Magnet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 9 hours ago

          I was just looking for someone nobody in my ML had ....not sure it will even pay off

  24. TFP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    best cheap (6.1 or less) midfielder to hold till the end of the season??

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Pereira

      1. TFP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 9 hours ago

        not a terrible shout, I suppose. awful fixtures though.

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 9 hours ago

          They need wins to cling yo faint hopes. Attack has improved after IB.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      Lundstram. Logical decisions not paying off atm so need to look elsewhere.

    3. Alex_thekid
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 hours ago

      Foden

  25. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Why is Laca only yellow?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      Has a hamstring strain, not a tear. Could be back this GW though unlikely.

      1. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 7 hours ago

        cheers

  26. RedJive79
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Stones and Bruno to TAA and Greenwood for -4??

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      Yes. Thinking of Philips and Bruno to TAA and Greenwood myself

  27. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Any reason not to go Son -> Salah?

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      Perhaps you can't afford it?

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 9 hours ago

        Ah ah ah

  28. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Which one?
    a) KDB to Greenwood
    b) Son to Greenwood
    c) KDB to Salah

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

      Gotta be c

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 hours ago

      A

  29. Trondero
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 9 hours ago

    Why didn't Mendy play yesterday? Need to transfer out?

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

      Rehabilitating Kepa transfer value

  30. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 9 hours ago

    Second week running I will have nine players tops. Iheanacho and Maddison could reduce further tomorrow. Madness. Scores have been alright though