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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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  1. Astronaut
      7 months, 20 days ago

      any thoughts on gundo to lingz?

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        No brainer

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Where would you prioritise free transfer, or just carry it? 0.1 m in bank

      Anticipate Alonso benched so Holding comes in but quite like Alonso for Fulham game following week

      A Kane to Vardy ( and potentially reverse uncouple of weeks)
      B Son to Maddison or Greenwood
      C A and B -4
      D Son to Maddison and Vydra to Watkins-4
      E Carry
      F Any other suggested move?

      Leno
      TAA Fofana Rûdiger Alonso
      Salah Lingard Bruno Jota
      Iheanacho (c) Vydra

      Forster Holding Kane* Son*

      1. Davros
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Tricky. I’m in similar position.
        Presumably you will want Kane and son vs SHU the following week?

        But there are other risks in your team- Rudiger and vydra and maybe one of Salah or jota could be rested.

        If you do lose son (I wouldn’t lose Kane) then change to a guaranteed starter

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Vydra must be very iffy no? Add in Alonso and I think hit is justified here.

        Think I'd just do B and wait on tonight for decision over Maddison Greenwood.

      3. POKE JOHN BALLS THE SECOND
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        No need to make any changes. Save the FT.
        Transferring out Son only to bring him back again is a waste of transfer.
        You may need all the FTs you can get in the final weeks.

        1. POKE JOHN BALLS THE SECOND
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Your team is gtg

    • Silecro
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      How is this for a WC guys, any changes here?

      Patricio
      Trent, Veltman, Fofana, Konsa
      Salah, Rashford, Greenwood, Jota
      Nacho, Watkins

      Meslier, Lingard, Dallas, Kane
      0.0 itb

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Play Lingard

        1. Silecro
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I can do Konsa > Coufal to sit on the bench and play Lingard instead

      2. AntiTorres
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Like it
        You’ve got everything covered it seems

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Best Neto replacement? (I know I’m a bit late)

      A. Pereira
      B. Bowen
      C. Raphinha
      D. One of the Arsenal boys

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm going saka for short term untill Leeds fixtures pick up again (already have raphinha)

    • gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2 FTs (BB left)

      Leno Forster
      TAA Shaw Rudiger Holding Lowton
      Salah Jota Lingard Bruno Son
      Nacho Vydra Kane

      What should I do this week? Any suggestions?

      1. AntiTorres
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I’ve got virtually same team and I’m confused as well
        Only difference is Mendy for Leno and Amartey for Lowton

        If you don’t want to burn the FT maybe Lowton to Veltman or Son to a one week punt. Leaning towards the former as Brighton have a way better defence than Burnley

    • G Banger
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      BB fail, rival catching up fast as I don't have TAA, potentially only 8 playing this week, thoughts on the below (2FT 0.0ITB):

      Mendy* Forster*
      Rudiger Shaw Fofana Phillips* Dias*
      Salah Bruno Lingard Jota Son*
      Nacho Vydra* Kane*

      a) Phillips + Bruno => TAA + Greenwood
      b) Phillips + Shaw + Dias => TAA + Holding + Mitchell (-4)
      c) Mendy + Phillips + Dias + Vydra => Meisler + Mitchell + TAA + Davis (-8)
      d) Other

    • tom2224
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Coufal + Son > TAA + Greenwood? 2FT so not hit

    • Mane Mane Mane
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Who’s playing in the double gameweek?

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        no announcement yet

    • Silecro
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Which combo is better?

      A) Martinez, Coady, Castagne, Raphinha
      B) Patricio, Fofana, Konsa, Jota

      1. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A is safer IMO

    • Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez
      Targett Cresswell Dallas Shaw Phillips
      Salah Bruno Son Raph Gundo
      Kel Kane Bamford

      Thoughts on:
      Son, Gundo -> Jota, Maddison?
      Or any other suggestions? Cheers.

    • De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Okay to save FT this week guys? Really wanted to bring Vardy in but would require a hit.

      Marti
      TAA Coady Azpi Rudiger
      Salah Jota Lingard Bruno
      Bamford Nacho

      Kane Gundo Struijk.

    • pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Wondered yesterday if Bale might become an option again. Wasn't a popular idea 🙂

      Didn't see second half. How did he compare to Son for threat? If you wipe out the pen which would go to Kane, might Bale be a call in 34?

      Having only seen first half I was all set on losing second Spurs attacker for SHU but I assume that no longer looks right.

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Need 3 points from Vardy tonight to break even on my bench boost. Any chance?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yes of course gl

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A goal and a red card is possible

      3. LC1
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah I'd be confident in that

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Best cresswell replacement ( long term until the end of the season)
      A Fofana
      B a brighton défender
      C rudiger
      D Dallas

      Thank you and gl

      1. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Dunk or Dallas for me

        Perhaps Dallas for better longer term gains but can see it being fairly close. Slightly depends on how many games you'd be starting them in.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          All of them pingi. Dallas possibly my favourite option yes. Thank you.

          1. pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            If he's playing all then I'd go Dallas for sure - he has the best chance of attacking returns by a distance and as we've seen they can come in any match. The cs equation if you focus appearances is much closer imo.

    • Mr Ozil
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Best Replacement for Mendy for up to 5.2?

      Thinking Pickford. DGW coming up and some nice fixtures after Arsenal

      1. LC1
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Old poppadom wrists seems a good shout

      2. West End Exile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm thinking the same.

    • KUNingas
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2FTs and 2.7 ITB. Better to jump Dallas straight away or use Wolves defender for three weeks?

      Phillips + Dias -> TAA +

      A) GW33: Dallas
      (MUN, bha, TOT, bur, sou, WBA)

      B) GW33: Coady/Saiss/Semedo -> GW36: Dallas
      (BUR, wba, BHA, bur, sou, WBA)

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Worth a 4pt?

      Dias, Azpi >> TAA, Holding/Masuaka

      1. LC1
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'd say so

    • LC1
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Mendy
      Coady Phillips* Holding Coady
      Salah(C) Jota Lingard Bruno
      Iheanacho Vydra

      Forster Dias Son Kane

      2 FTs and 0.7 ITB.

      Thinking of Mendy and Dias to Martinez and Fofana?? This will bring me in 2 more DGW players before BB and they both have decent short term fixtures,

      I will definitely need at least 1 playing player on the bench as there may be a chance Jota / Rudiger / Phillips or someone being benched.

      Any feedback is much appreciated!

      1. Reacher
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Wise moves, i dont think Phillips will start this week so covers you in that dept, thought on my post below?

      2. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Good moves. Mendy for me one of the worst moves I've made in FPL history so need to shift back to Martinez myself

    • Reacher
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2 free transfers, the priority is getting 11 starters this GW, which is the better 2 to bring in?

      A, Fernandes & Dunk in - Son and Cresswell out

      B, Greenwood & Trent in - Son & Cresswell out

      C, Trent & Dunk - Cresswell and Reguillon out

      I have the funds to get Son back the following week, help?

      1. Van der Faart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Like A

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        B perhaps for me

        Reguilon is a very decent prospect in 34 surely and it's a question of whether there will be a sensible move off him in 35 - given DGW that seems quite likely.

        Like C too

        1. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          A not C

        2. Reacher
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers Ping, I have just realised i can keep Reguillon and lose Azpil instead, would this sway you?

          1. pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Haven't gone the Chelsea defence route at all here but can't see the logic in a sale before 36 - they are still the business really and Azpi shouldn't miss again surely.

      3. LC1
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I like C.
        Trent on fire and Dunk will play 90 mins every week.

        Also means you keep Son for Shu

        1. Reacher
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers, tricky one as no Bruno could hurt my in my ML but id like to keep Son

    • CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Watkins or Bamford?

      1. Reacher
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Watkins due to his impending DGW

        1. CrouchDown
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          cheers mate

          Would you do these moves for free considering DGW and also need to use BB?

          Son + Davis > Greenwood + Watkins

          1. Reacher
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Yes

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Watkins

    • Van der Faart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Any thoughts here?

      Mendy (Forster)
      Rudiger Holding TAA Shaw
      Salah Saka Lingard (Gundo Son)
      Vardy Vydra (Kane)

      Need at least one move, If not a -4 to get through the BGW.

      A)Cresswell to Coady
      Mendy to Martinez (-4)

      B) Cresswell to Dallas

      C) Gundo to Jota
      Cresswell to Struijk (-4)

      D) Something else.

      Thanks

      1. LC1
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A

    • Reacher
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Gundo to Greenwood but not sure what funds that leaves for Cress to?

      1. Reacher
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Reply Fail to Van der faart

        1. Van der Faart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers. Leaves me with 4.1 for a defender

      2. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Saiss

    • MissouriMarten
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Anybody out there with any insight into whether Mendy will play for Chelsea in 33? Just been burnt by having him and Forster in 32 and with Forster blanking I'm concerned it'll happen again.

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Same here mate. Think I'll risk another week. Should have stuck with Marty on WC in hindsight

        1. MissouriMarten
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Never thought for one minute that GK rotation would become yet another issue to contend with this season!

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm pretty sure Mendy is safe

        The last time he missed out was in GW24 against Newcastle - that too immediately followed a cup game. There is a pattern there.

        Nothing guaranteed of course.

        1. MissouriMarten
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers. Fingers crossed.

    • fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      How likely are these upcoming doubles? Wondering whether the best approach is to FH the double or FH the blank and whichever I choose will impact my transfer this week

    • Andrew
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Pogba or Greenwood for this week, can't afford Bruno.

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Greenwood

      2. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        On current form Greenwood even if you could afford Bruno

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          This^

    • antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Unsure what to do here.

      a) Raph + Dias to Lingard + Dallas (-4)
      b) Raph + Dias to Greenwood + 4.8 Def (-4)
      c) open to suggestions!

      Meslier
      TAA Digne Coufal Lowton
      Salah Bruno Jota Raph
      Nacho Brewster*

      Areola Dias Kane Son

    • FPL_BUCCANEER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez
      TAA Konsa Veltman Alonso Struijk
      Salah Bruno Jota Lingard
      Iheanacho

      Fabri Kane Son Brewster

      1FT 0.5ITB

      Any advice lads?
      Feel Alonso and Struijk are probably the ones to target

    • Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Wich one? OR 9k, if it matters.

      Bruno + Davies -> Greenwood + Vardy.
      Reguilion + Davies -> Targett + Watkins

    • Mahjongking
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Son to siggy for a punt?

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Pulisic > Greenwood?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah