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Alli and Bale return to Spurs XI as Kane is widely backed with Gameweek 34 captaincy

Amid the chaos caused by the postponement of Manchester United v Liverpool, it’s easy to forget that there is another Premier League match still to come on Sunday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United gets underway in north London at 19:15 BST.

It’s a significant match from a Fantasy Premier League perspective, too, with Harry Kane (£11.9m) widely backed with the armband.

Over 2.3 million FPL managers overall have captained the England international in Gameweek 34, with 88.62% of the top 10,000 doing likewise (see below).

Kane’s ‘effective ownership’ among this leading group is in excess of 181% as a result.

He and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) were among the top three most-bought players of Gameweek 34 ahead of last Friday’s deadline, attracting a combined c. 590,000 transfers in.

Any lingering concerns about the premium FPL forward’s fitness were assuaged by interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason in his pre-match press conference and Kane indeed starts this evening.

There are only two changes to the Lilywhites’ line-up from Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Gareth Bale (£9.1m) and the long-overlooked Dele Alli (£7.4m) return to the starting XI, with Harry Winks (£5.1m) and Lucas Moura (£6.7m) making way.

Mason said of his team selection ahead of kick-off:

[Dele] had an excellent training week. The boys have been bright all week but I felt that Dele stood out and had to reward him for that.

Lucas missed training all week, only joined the squad yesterday. Gareth produced a moment for us against Southampton, he was unlucky at the weekend not to get the nod; he’s also had a good training week so we felt it was right to bring him back in.

As for Sheffield United, Paul Heckingbottom has made just the one alteration from the side that defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 last weekend.

The fit-again Chris Basham (£4.6m) starts ahead of Kean Bryan (£3.9m), who is absent from the matchday squad altogether.

Sander Berge (£4.9m) is also back from injury after a lengthy absence but is only among the substitutes.

LINE-UPS

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Son, Alli, Bale, Kane.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Bogle, Fleck, Norwood, Stevens, Osborn, McGoldrick, Brewster.


SUNDAY’S OTHER GAMEWEEK 34 ACTION

A match that had very little impact on the upper echelons of Fantasy Premier League went the way of the visitors at St James’ Park.

Thanks to a combination of injuries, rotation and general disinterest in either side, not a single player on show had an effective ownership of greater than 0.27% in the top 10k.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) was back in the starting XI after a spell out with malaria and continued his fine individual record against a listless and potentially ‘on the beach’ Newcastle United, scoring one and fortuitously assisting another en route to a first double-digit haul since Gameweek 24.

A third of his 12 attacking returns this season have come against the Magpies.

Budget FPL midfielder Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) set up the Gabon international’s goal, with the even-cheaper Mohamed Elneny (£4.2m) scoring the opener following an Aubameyang miscue.

Bernd Leno (£5.0m), Bukayo Saka (£5.1m), Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m) and Rob Holding (£4.3m) were all either unused substitutes or not involved as Arteta once again ran wild with the rotation with one eye on Europe.

Arsenal were again without Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m), with Arteta offering a pessimistic update ahead of kick-off.


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1,193 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    If you only have Kane (C) from this game then you are basically f---ee

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

      Like to see a SU goal

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

    This is a ball striking clinic

  3. Bam Saka Laca
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Kane(c) next week...

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Cheeky wee green arrow as things stand not sure how 🙂

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    I swear to God Son was my bus team captain

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      So be it

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Scenes when Kane gets and misses a Pen

  7. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Targeting Sheff Utd is the captain strategy for rest of season:

    Zaha, DCL, Joelington

  8. Astronaut
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Son beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
      Two more to go.

    • lespaul
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Lateriser was right about Bale doing a Pogba

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Broken clock and all that

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Despite the crap GW and yet another captain fail, at least my Vardy Gundo to Iheanacho Son (-4) paid off nicely

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        God you got lucky with Vardy out v 10 man soton

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          A tad. Didn’t watch the game, should he have hauled?

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Not really, Leicester were poor which again was a real surprise

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Would be awesome if the United vs Liverpool game was on afterwards 🙁

    • Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Why does he leave glass ankles on?

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Kane G Son a please

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      End this season for christ sake 😆

      All the bad luck has come this year, should be in credit next season!

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        I thought luck had nothing to do with it

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

          I said you were making bad decisions mate, not that there was no luck. Learn how to read?

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Sounds like you are too

    • MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Lads whats up with the Liv Man match ?? Is it postponed Out of this week?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Not sure yet

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Fu kane

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Fabio Borges on 52 points, up to 1.5k OR - he's so good!

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        He has Bale ?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Son (c)

    • Drogo
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Had Bale for 6 gameweeks. He barely played and only gave me one goal. Now look at this....

    • Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Changed from Son to Kane (c) on Fri, FFS

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Me on Thursday late evening 🙁

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Have a 50 quid league, 650 first prize. Guy behind me in second went Son (c).

    • Astronaut
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Reminds me that time where Leeds scored 5-0 with no bam involvement

      • Champions League Varane
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Praying Son stays quiet for the rest I’m fcked need Jlingz haul

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Sheffield United were the 10th highest spenders IN THE WORLD on transfers this year (56m - more than PSG in 11th)

        Money well spent

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Seriously???

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Yup - wasn’t a very big year for transfers in fairness, but they’re sitting pretty in 10th in between PSG on 50m & Man Utd in 9th on 58m

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          😮

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Leeds 3rd highest transfer spenders in world football this year on 95m too - only City & Chelsea have spent more than Bielsa this year

        4. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Bought a very exciting young english striker from Liverpool, that costs alot these days. Berge is also in IT perhaps, that is netter use og money, maybe Liverpool buys BACK all their spent money

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        At least I can tell myself I never considered Bale in any capacity... come on Kane do something

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        What moves to make here, DGW in mind? 1FT 0.3 ITB

        Martinez (Forster)
        TAA Rudiger Shaw (Coady Johnson)
        Salah Bruno(c) Son Jota Lingard
        Kane Iheanacho (Vydra)

        Jota to fodder and Vydra to DCL? Something else?

      • 272MK
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        ARGH COME ON WHY TOOK BALE OFF

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          To keep him fresh and safe for next hattie. Don't be greedy.

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Why play a game that makes you feel so bad about yourself.

        I'm actually depressed now

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          No you’re not, or you shouldn’t be. And that is a dangerous rhetoric

      • Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Sold Bale for Greenwood, took the armband from Son and gave it to Kane last-minute. This has gone well.

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Not gonna lie to you.... kinda deserve what you get selling Bale before SHU. The rest, unlucky yeab

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            No guarantee of a start.

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              He was guaranteed to start this week. Easy fixture... he starts.

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        KANE do something

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          He will, when we don't have him as C.

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Salah, Son, Greenwood, Jota and Lingard. Who to sell for Bruno? Think I may have to go without

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          I was going to go Son to Bruno. Difficult to do now but remember this is SHU; Leeds will be tougher

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Could we pleeeease have a Kane G Son A? How is that too much to ask against the Blades?!

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          No we couldnt

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Would be nice, but Son eo over 80% and Kane eo over 180% So the gain wouldn't be huge.