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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. TFP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    is Mendy over, done, finito?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Maybe. I'm thinking to get Kepa as 2nd keeper.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Don't.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          For Forster. He'll cover Mendy. Keepers getting rotated now so hopefully I'll have a better CS chance than Forster or Mccarthy!

    2. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Gonna need a first name.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Tufnell is turning into Pep on steroids

      Mental note to avoid all chelsea next season

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Tuchel even 😆

        Autocorrect

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          The German cricketer! I was puzzled.

  2. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Which of Alonso and Raphinha do you think is gonna play or both or none of them?

  3. Pocky
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Took out Dias & Stones for a -8...couldn't have gone much better.

  4. Toughie
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Guys, if Raphina is fit I might just about have 11 players for gw33 however I don't own Lingard.
    As Its whu v che do I still get Lingard get this week?

    My options are:

    A. Save FT
    B. Son to Lingard (own Kane too)
    C. Raphinha & Dias to Lingard & 4.8 def (-4)

    1. Pocky
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I don't see any need to rush to own Lingard for this GW.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Which mids would you choose ahead of him?

        1. Pocky
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Jota, Maddison, Greenwood.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Isn’t he injured?

  5. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Martinez
    White* TAA Shaw Rudiger
    Bruno Lingard Jota Raphina
    Nacho Bamford
    (Areola Kane* Son* Dias*)

    White getting sent off was a real pain as I only had exactly 11 players as it was.

    a) White > Pereira
    b) White > Dallas
    c) White > Saiss
    d) White & Bruno > Dallas & Salah (c) (-4)
    e) White & Bruno > Saiss & Salah (c) (-4)

  6. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Bench Shaw or Rudiger?

    1. Ohh1454
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I’d bench rudiger

  7. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hardly worth a hit to do Bruno > Salah is it ?

    1. HellasLEAF
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hard to justify for a hit but could pay off.

  8. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hi.....any advice on what to do here please? Plenty of cash and no chips.

    Thoughts on alonso and vydra to Watkins and pereira  - 4?

    Watkins and digne both double in 35....only Watkins plays 36

    Mendy (forster)
    Taa alonso shaw holding (dawson)
    Salah jota lingard greenwood (son)
    Iheanacho vydra (kane)

    Thanks

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Sort out GW33 first, you need a keeper. Would leave it at that. Plenty will take hits for 33. Get DGW players in closer to confirmed DGW,. Could be injured, suspended or get COVID in the interim.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers....mendy will be back I reckon st weekend

  9. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Is Jota fairly nailed here on out? Feel like will share duties with Firm here on out..

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Might do. Played well v Leeds but not well enough FPL wise and Leeds defence weren't great.

    2. Vjm6891
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Salah didn't start this GW so I'm expecting him to GW33.

      Mane was the first one subbed, then Jota. Firmino played the whole game.

      At a guess Firmino rested, but may play all 4 as it is Newcastle at home. I would definitely expect Mane and Salah to start.

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Feels like one of them will be on the bench and then come on at 60 min each week.

      Need someone to take the team by the scruff of the neck but none of the attackers are.

  10. G00LI0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood or Maddison and why?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Greenwood. Form.

      1. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        This. Not even close.

  11. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone know how serious Philips’ hamstring injury is? He likely to be back this weekend v Toon?

  12. 1314
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    which gw will Aston Villa's game in hand placed ?

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Ben Crellin predicts GW35

  13. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Need Maddison to score 12pts + 2moz.

    Rival has Sanchez coming in for Pope!

    I have Button for Mendy and Dawson - 3 for Kdb (and of course Veltman 2nd on bench)

    On a Tc Kane wk end I'm getting overtaken ffs. Maybe nxt yr il get some luck.

  14. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Fun fact: Dawson has started the last 5 West Ham games and has a total score of -3

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      lol. our defense sure has gone down the shitter in the last little while.
      forgot he had on og in there.

    2. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I remember at one point he was pretty hyped up as a good option.
      Glad I didn't fall for it lol

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I had him for the 13 pointer and one of the zeros and thankfully benched the other times

    3. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      😆

  15. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How's everyone going?

    Sitting on 70 with Iheanacho to play.
    OR 335 (up from 449)
    Not likely to move either way tomorrow unless Vardy goes off - even that won't hurt much.

    Solid green arrow for the week - now got to figure out what to do with Mendy & Forster.

    Thinking a -4 which is super scary at my rank.

    Mendy & Son >>> ??? & Greenwood.

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      But enough of me lets talk about you...

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        lol - i'm more than happy to show off while i can! will never be up here again most likely.

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Fair enough. I was OR2 this time 6 years ago.

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            woah. that would have been cool but probably stressful. i see you ended up 53 - that's amazing.

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I gambled with no Kun and he destroyed me in GW36 i think. Good luck going for the title

              1. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 11 days ago

                cheers man!

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Forster to Sanchez?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I'm more likely moving Mendy - didn't like his fixtures after gw34 plus i have triple chelsea now - would like the ability to take a flyer on an attacker later on if i feel it.
        thinking Patricio, Meslier....maybe Edison too.

        1. Pocky
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yeah, I'd say Patricio.. safe.

    3. Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      80 -4 with only Nacho left to play nice points of the bench Watkins and Veltman in for Cancelo and KDB 🙂 TC Kane 104k to 73k nice big fat green arrow

  16. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What is the deal with Mendy... I can't believe they're rotating keepers too at Chelsea.

    So annoying. Do I use an FT to replace Forster?

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thinking the same, who would you get

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Kepa

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Doubt I'll do it in FPL. I don't have the spare transfer.

        No idea who really. I thought Mendy - Forster was foolproof... Think I'm gonna wait another week and hope Mendy is restored. If he's actually dropped then it gets interesting.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Chelsea are now a no-go zone for FPL a outside of Rudiger as he was only 4.5

      Next season when he’s bumped to 6.0 that’s everyone off limits

  17. No Kane No Gain
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Do we think martinelli starts at the weekend?!

  18. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    FCSALTYBALLS 5 Yearsjust now
    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Rudiger
    Son* Salah Jota Fernandes Lingard
    Kane* Iheanacho

    Forster Holding Vydra Kilman

    0.3 itb, 2FT

    What to do here please, would be a one week punt as would bring Son / Kane back for SHU:

    1. Son >> Greenwood
    2. Son >> Rashford
    3. Kane >> Vardy
    4. Kane >> Cavani

    Thanks

  19. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Rudiger
    Son* Salah Jota Fernandes Lingard
    Kane* Iheanacho

    Forster Holding Vydra Kilman

    0.3 itb, 2FT

    What to do here please, would be a one week punt as would bring Son / Kane back for SHU:

    1. Son >> Greenwood
    2. Son >> Rashford
    3. Kane >> Vardy
    4. Kane >> Cavani

    Thanks

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'd keep Kane but the Son>Greenwood move seems pretty tasty - also not sure I'd bring Son back.
      Would also fix your keeper - who knows if Mendy is starting

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yes think I’ll do Son >> Greenwood

        Would you do Mendy >> Schmeichel too given the uncertainty there?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I have Fofana and Iheanacho and might want Maddison/Vardy later so won't be doing that - but it's an option for sure. Think there are like 4-5 keepers that all are about similar to me in the run in. Really guess work to figure it out

  20. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Forster to Sanchez

  21. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Mendy / Forster >> Schmeichel a good use of FT ?

  22. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    best defender for 5.8m?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Shaw for a set and forget.
      Dallas too especially for the final few games.

  23. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Seriously considering Kane Vardy hokey cokey. If Kane reinjures himself in the final...

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      deadline is before the final though yeah?

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yeah but my thinking is if there is a problem Vardy is already in place. If Kane looks ok post final i will do the transfer back

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          ah - yeah that's a reasonable position to take to get Vardy in 33 regardless. be interested to see if he does anything tomorrow.

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I hate the ‘due’ word but surely a pen at the least is coming

  24. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How long is Cresswell out?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      heard it wasn't as bad as feared - maybe a 3 week one.
      think he could be a good option in the last 4-5 weeks, but WHU defense has been garbage lately. maybe him, ogbonna, rice and antonio back will help.

  25. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How does the FPL fixture difficulty rating work?

    Was just looking at fixtures for Forster/McCarthy:
    GW34 - LEI (rated 4/5 - red)
    GW35 - liv (rated 3/4 - grey)

    Is Leicester at home harder than Liverpool away!?

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      They lost 6 on the spin at home recently probably had a bearing

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Liverpool 1-2-6 in the last 9 at Anfield, ain't no fortress anymore 😉

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      According to the league table - that’s a hard yes

  26. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Stones & Son > TAA & Maddison - 4?

    Martinez
    Shaw TAA Digne Holding
    Bruno Maddison Jota Lingard
    Iheanacho Watkins

    Areola Cancelo Gundo Kane

    1. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      With your non-playing contingent, I think that's a good move, though Mount might tempt me over Maddison

  27. Roy Rovers
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone come up with the best defender for this team up to 5 mill.

    Schmeichel / Forster
    Coady Rudiger Konsa Phillips ??
    Salah Bruno Son Jota Greenwood
    Kane Iheanacho Watkins

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Dunk not the worst option

      1. Pocky
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Fofana

  28. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Who starts this weekend for Chelsea - Alonso or Chilwell?

    Considering we have limited bench cover this week, I need them to play. Worth transferring out Alonso? Feels bad to do it...

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      80/20 in favor of Chilwell most of games in my opinion (and I have Alonso).

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Given Alonso just started, my estimated guess is:

      - Brighton (PL): Alonso
      - West Ham (PL): Chilwell
      - Real Madrid (UCL): Chilwell
      - Fulham (PL): Alonso
      - Real Madrid (UCL): Chilwell
      - Man City (PL): Chilwell
      - Arsenal (PL): Alonso (?)

      There's a lot of important games coming up though, so who knows. Maybe Tuchel may value Alonso's aerial presence vs. West Ham.

    3. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yes. Alonso or Chilwell will start.

  29. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    To bring in, also regarding schedules...

    Greenwood:
    Leeds > Roma > Liverpool > Roma > Villa (DGW w/ Leicester) > Leicester

    Maddison:
    Crystal Palace > Southampton > Newcastle > Man United

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I still want Greenwood. The form and the stats are there.

      Maddison hasn't even started a game yet and Leicester are not looking too hot as a team.

  30. Boberella
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hey all,
    What's the general thoughts on Captain for 33? Suppose most will be Salah if they own him.
    TAA or Nacho could be good punts?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Nacho my captain- Palace very poor stats defensively away from home- can see Wilson grabbing goal v Liverpool

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        That's who I'm thinking. See how he goes tomorrow. Cheers mate

    2. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Salah will still be popular, but Nacho is a decent shout and will interest many probably