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

    I captained Kane and own Son. ML rival captained Son and owns Bale. ML over.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Ouch

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

      Well done him I say

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Yikes

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Congratulate him for me.

    5. Kane and Ablett
        7 months, 3 days ago

        You’re up against a good ‘un but hang in there for the chaos to come

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

          That’s a 30 point swing right there. It’s over.

    6. Kane and Ablett
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Come on Mouss score a consolation and get Aurier to slide in on you to bump Sonny up the BPs

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

        Have to bring in at least one Palace player for the DGW with them facing Sheffield Utd

        1. Kane and Ablett
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Mitchell

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

            EZE

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

            They got a result vs Brighton. Not sure if I’d call them whipping boys, despite having nothing to play for. I am interested in Zaha, however

        2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Any news on when the United game will be rescheduled to? Is hoping for a game this GW unrealistic?

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

            No
            Yes

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

          Harry yeeeeees

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

            ??

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

              Thought he missed a sitter sorry mate really wish you luck but Kane blank is priceleas now 😀

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

          Yeah bugger off Kane

        5. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Well dropped from 299 to 699 so far.
          Only Lingard and Vydra to go.
          Pretty bummed - thought this week might continue my push to top 100 but looks like hanging on to top 1000 will be the goal.

          Fofana, Alonso, Rudiger, Holding, J-Rod, plus 4 in the MU Liv game. 2 points from 9 players. Just gotta laugh.

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Ouch. Commiserations!

            Tough at the top eh? 😉

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

              Aye. Even a rank triple keeps me in the top 1k at least.
              Living a charmed season so far, so won’t complain for too long.

        6. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Kane sitter but was offside

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

            Reg owner not happy

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Same!

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

                Think he would have scored if Kane left it

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

                  I don’t even care though just give me these Cs points for once and I’m fine with it...

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

          Why do you build me up...

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

          KANE SITTER....MISSED

          1. BRFC1883
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Wouldn’t of counted. Turn off the caps lock.

            1. Big Mac 24
              • 9 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Would it HAVE counted without caps lock on?

              1. BRFC1883
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 3 days ago

                We will never know sadly

        9. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          And I took a last minute hit for Kane, just because I was afraid of him 🙁

          1. BRFC1883
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            It’s very very logical to have the premier leagues top scorer in your team. It didn’t work out today. Don’t let it get to you.

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

          Lol Kane.. He was offside, but that miss.

        11. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Miles offside still misses the target.

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

          Kane you plonker

        13. The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Surprised if this Sheffield United side manages to stay in the Championship...

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

            This...

          2. BRFC1883
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Have you seen Rotherham or Sheff Wed this season?

        14. Tomerick
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          I’m officially never asking for anyone’s opinion on here again. So close to doing Bruno > Bale.

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Make your own decisions

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

            Anyone who told you to do that would be a complete moron.

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

            Take a vote up for this golden info

          4. 1984 TC
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 3 days ago

            You don’t get opinions on here; just facts.

        15. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          2 x Utd
          2 x Pool
          Rudiger
          Kane (c)
          No Bale

          Make my arrow a nice big red one please!

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

            I’ve got all those and on a small green.

            No one owns Bale

          2. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Almost as bad as me

            3x Pool
            2x Utd
            Holding
            Masuaku and Rudiger on bench
            Obv no Bale (but never would have)

            Only saving grace is Welbeck autosub points (which I gratefully accept!)

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

          Sorry guys Kane only likes to perform when I’ve capped him in the minority lol

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

          Kane channelling his inner Werner

        18. DropkickMurphys
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Which one of you kidnapped real Kane!?

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            So Mourinho was just being a dipshit not playing Bale?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah, against Sheffield United every week

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

            24 points, no other players left, worst GW ever

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

              Sorry bud - my post below was not meant to rub it in 🙂

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

              24 here too with Lingard and Dawson left. Had 5 from Liverpool / Utd aswell as Azpi. 1 point for Bamford and Struijk. Martinez blank, Kane(C) fail. Luck has been horrendous for the past month

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

            Son. Lloris. Kane — I'd have probably taken 24pts from them at the start, but when you look at 4-0 scoreline it's dissapointing.

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            How many bps is Kane on?

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

            Think we’ll get away with 9.5 for Son next year?

            Or is he going firmly up into double figures?

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

              10.5

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

              No way. 10.5 min.

            3. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              10.5imo

            4. thegaffer82
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              He’d be in everyone’s team at that price. So in some ways, prob for the best he’ll be 10.5-11.0

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

              10 imo, he got so many goals in one match and without Harry...

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

            Kane is his usual semi injured not 100% state at this time of the season. Rather than getting the rest he needs he keeps playing 90 mins...

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

            Kane needs always time after injury. Out he goes from my team now. Bale will get starts now and Kane will assist vs Leeds.

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

            Son(C) get the same points as my entire team.

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

              having sold Son last GW

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

              He’s burned me so badly first half of season I said never again. Done well today but so many weeks of rubbish

          • Pep Roulette
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Anyone thinking of selling Kane?

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

              I'll sell him off soon enough

            2. Salah’s Sonnet
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Lol no why?

            3. djman102
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              If they move the United-Liveroool game to 36, probably selling Kane to fund Salah.

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Kane looking like he's captained himself on FPL this weekend

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Trying hard...