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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. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Kane always blanks when playing vs easy on paper teams at home

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      He's usually got a great record against the bottom teams

      1. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Not at home i think ... Too many blanks vs weak teams and i remember because i captained and TC fail often 😀

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      His last easy home game he got 19 pts?

    3. Dirty_Harry
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Incorrect.

  2. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Brewster > Kane

    1. Dirty_Harry
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Keep Brewster

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        😀

  3. Dirty_Harry
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Vryda goal tomorrow would be magical

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I need this so bad.

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Same!

  4. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    If Kane is semi injured like people keep saying why didn't they take him off

    1. xuwei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Seemed nuts to keep him on in that form.

  5. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Ramsdale didnt C Kane, put it on Bale

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Smells of match fixing scam, high stakes between them on Fantasy bets 😉

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      The funny thing they actually have defended solidly except when Bale has had the ball so could be validity in that lol

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        You see the little wink/boss after FT? 😉

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Wink/nodd autocorrect

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            CONSPIRACY!

  6. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    5 utd / liv players and Holding on the bench... this has ruined my season 🙁

    1. Dirty_Harry
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      You got to realise that many people have the same

    2. Fergie's Hair Dryer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      12pts with 2 playing tomorrow....5 pool/united waiting

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        18 with two to go.
        Woof.

      2. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Tough times hey!!

        When we thinking United Pool gets played, 36??

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    not even a kane assist there

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Delighted with that, rival for MotM has Reguilon

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Can’t they just give Kane a goal, they’re going down anyway

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Can’t Spurs just give Sheffield a goal? They’re not getting Europe anyway

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Clean sheet pride

      2. stuck in a dream 🙂
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Fare enough

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Reguilon you foool!

    3. JBG
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Ffs... The one week a -4 would have actually paid off. Salah to Son, but noooo.. 2 GWs with hits scared me off.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Michael Oliver was set to ref today Salah and Bruno we’re excellent picks

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Don't be scared of hits unless you're ranked top 1,000.

        Not all the time.

    4. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Oh Reggie...

      Gtf out of my team

    5. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Godssake Reguillon

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Reguilon denies Kane assist

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        He tired and missed

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Needed to be the other way round

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Kane covertly clocking up a 6th blank in his last 11 starts

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        8g2a in 11 games isn’t too bad is it

      2. Dirty_Harry
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        This is good as it will open up a possibility of breaking from the template for the run in

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Feels like nearly all those came in the Palace game somehow

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Maximus Cherry Pickemous

    8. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      89 with one to play. Any good?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        ok...

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Congrats

      3. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Ban please

      4. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Decent. You'll be in top 1k for this gw for sure.

      5. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Link to your team?

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Good week!

      6. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Well done. Love it when a plan comes together!

      7. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        No link no love

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Probably TC Kane, Havertz, Aubameyang, Aguero and triple Bha defence

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            *Bale

          2. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Bale(c), Havertz, DCL, White, Lloris, Nacho

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              88*

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Wow blimey, there’s the upside of not being template right there!

              Congrats and enjoy in this very low scoring week, big gains!

      8. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Time to quit pal

      9. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        You mean 8.9

      10. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        24 here. I’ll catch up next week

      11. 1984 TC
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Well done!

      12. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I think he was talking about minutes 😀

        1. ChelseaGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Lol

      13. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Nah, a bit rubbish.

    9. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      What's better than a Kane rotation, a big blank....

      Sorry to troll but after previous shenanigans things you love to see.

    10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Watkins to Kane for a hit turned out to be a baaaaaaad call

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Just this seasons bad luck

      2. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I did the opposite before spurs blank 😀

    11. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      40 points down in mini league. Top 2 have Kane (c) no Son.

      No Kane son (c) for me. Channeled lateriser differential pick and worked for first time this season

    12. FPL Notebook (John)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Fellow non-Kane owners...

      We did it!

      Group Hug

      1. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Less go

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        What a rollercoaster

      3. Dirty_Harry
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Who'd you captain or vice captain?

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Captained Son

      4. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        It passed without damage yaay but no group hug 😀 covid and all

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Oh yeah, sorry. Hugs postponed for now

      5. FPL Notebook (John)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Son (C), Lloris and no Kane here. Nice change of feeling after my 5 MUN/LIV players missing out

      6. Would Ed Woodward
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I don't own Kane but my rival had Bale(C) so doesn't feel like a win.

      7. Reece’s Pieces
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Happy Nacho(c) here.

        Feels like a bit of missed opportunity now form him/Leicester

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          5 points much better than 2 i always say.

          1. Reece’s Pieces
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 24 days ago

            I’ll happily take it - 10 over 4, and the right hunch that Kane wasn’t right

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Captained Bale?

              Or on the West Brom talisman...

              At this end of the season what does 1st or 2nd really mean in a mini league now?

    13. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Everyone in my ML had Kane(c). Nearest rival is on 14 points and 1 player to go. That’s brutal

    14. Kaneyonero
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I honestly think Kane is done, his days of being top striker are far gone. Goodbye Kane.

      1. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        been back a week after being injured clearly gonna be rusty so early

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          He needs akways time to find his form after injury. I think he avoids contacts and therefore prefers to pass and be more creative.

      2. Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Fitness played a part?

      3. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Ok...top scorer and assister in the league...

    15. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Removed Kane last gw to accomodate Vardy. Ended up captaining Son hence had to captain him. Absolute luck.

      1. FPL Notebook (John)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Niiiice. I was similar, but in came Watkins and Trent

    16. Pukkipartyy
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Nice blank!

    17. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Kane to Watkins done! Feels good 🙂

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Why the rush?

    18. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Chance of Man Utd v Liverpool staying in GW34?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Reckon it’ll go to GW36, and Pool/Brom will double GW35

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Would that mean WBA v Liverpool game moving then?

          Ben Crellin in a social media blackout when we need him 🙂

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Yep pool Brom moved back a few days into midweek of GW35 giving both teams a double35 & removing Utd’s blank 36

            1. Cookie Kid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Brilliant thanks!

              Hope that happens, I’ve been fearing Bruno every week (owners will say ‘why?’) and if he has a double and then a game in 36 he’s a buy for me still

    19. rokonto
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Anyone captain Bale?

      1. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Captain Havertz :))

      2. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I believe Lateriser did. Credit to him

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          He captained Kane, did he?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            *didn't

        2. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          He went Kane

        3. rokonto
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          No he didn't

        4. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Lateriser has given up already. No credit for that

          1. mixology
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            My mistake, I thought he did. I actually (vc) Bale fwiw. Switched captaincy to Vardy. But I’d have taken Vardy vs 10 men for 80 minutes any day. Just didn’t work out

    20. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      56 with Coufal & Soucek to go! Had many bad weeks now so just need to write this down!

      1. Reece’s Pieces
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Well done!

    21. sk24
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      71 all out any good?

      1. 1984 TC
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Yes, very good imho and everyone is happy you got that score.

    22. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      What formation is everyone on this week?

      I’m on a pleasing on the eye, symmetrical looking

      3-2-3

      1. FPL Notebook (John)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        1-2-3

      2. 1984 TC
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        2-5-3 = “all out attack” chip

    23. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Wtf 4 goals and ZERO attacking returns from Kane...

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Hardy touched it