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

    Brought Bale in for Jota and have Watkins and White coming in off the bench for Salah and Greenwood.

    I just needed to get that off my chest.

    1. FPL Notebook (John)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      That's a cracking gameweek! Nicely done.

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

        Cheers mate! Up to 39k.

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Great rank this season.

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

    Went Son captain and was not scared off by not owning Kane, good result!

    1. FPL Notebook (John)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Me too, but I was very very scared! Really satisfied that it came in.

  3. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    SHould I keep kane on FH?

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

      want to get Bale

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

      I think I may move him out for donkey

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

      Nahhhh. I'm on FH as well. Nacho, Watkins and DCL for me.

  4. ZeBestee
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    My season so far;

    Gw1 - Gw28 : Was very active, never got inside top 1M.

    Gw29-gw34 : played casually, forgetting deadline multiple times including this gw, now inside top 300k.

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

      Me too !!!!

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

        Its funny. I had a active 2 last seasons and i was in top 5k and 36k respectively. This season i completely lost it, my transfers turned out pure garbage. Dont get it.

  5. Aster
      7 months, 3 days ago

      60 points and without 3 players...because stupid ManUtd match is getting postponed. Wood and Soucek left to play.

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Tremendous!

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

        That’s a great score

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

        Subtle brag?

        1. Aster
            7 months, 3 days ago

            More like whining 🙁

            1. Casual Player
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 3 days ago

              Nearly double the top 10k average, so much to complain about

      4. Roni! Toni! Toney!
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Is there any chance MUN x LIV taking place still in this GW?

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

          We pray

        2. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          I think so -rumours of 3pm tomorrow, but they're running out of time to get it announced

      5. DF
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Was feeling pretty good about selling Jota when I saw the teamsheet.
        Bit miffed about the postponement robbing me of the benching Bruno flair move.
        Well chuffed with (B)ale .
        Top 1000K here I come!

        1. Tinkermania
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          what was the Liverpool team?

          1. DF
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 3 days ago

            Nice.
            Jota benched.

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

        Kane EO was over 180% Fomo, I have to admit. Had I known that Bale is going to start... Well, with hindsight winning fpl would be easy.

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

          And that's why Kane blanking means sod all. Neither does Bale hat-trisk (unless L rivals have him) he's on 3% owership

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

          Bale was guaranteed to start. Easy fixture and a manager that grew up idolizing Bale.

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

        Are there anyone in or around 10k that had a good GW?

        1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          On 46 with Lingard and possibly Coady left. On 2k

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

            Nice.. Went from 8k in GW28 to 50k now.

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

            Was or 299
            Have 18 with Vydra and Lingard to go.
            Dropped to or 699.

            Thing about high high up is so little difference between teams. Me not having Son was the real pain I reckon.

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

          My ML rival scored 74 points with Bale captain. Made my 58 so far look mediocre. He's not top 10k but won't be too far off after the week he had.

        3. Casual Player
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 3 days ago

          45 with Lingard to come is above average I think

      8. Chrisitis
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Can they still play tomorrow?
        There is literally no more dates available

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          GW 36 if they shift pool wba into gw 35 midweek

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

          GW39 incoming

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

          Yes imo

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

        Plan was to sell Son to fund TAA, not so sure now. Maybe do the hokey cokey with Kane - but FT's really too precious for that kind of luxury at this stage

      10. FPL Notebook (John)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        43 from 4.

        Only 3 left to play though (Coady, Lingard, Vydra)

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

        Is it a bit strange that a lot of the big bookies have listed the Utd-Pool game for tomorrow at 3pm? Or is that just something they do when a game gets called off?

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

          You basically cracked the Da Vinci code there.

          Utd - Pool game confirmed for tomorrow @ 3pm!

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

            I can't see it going ahead tomorrow tbh but just find it weird that the bookies have listed it for tomorrow. Maybe it's standard protocol when a game gets called off.

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

        I'm guessing United Pool can't be rearranged for this game week?

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

        Kane(c) next week!

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

          Yes.

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

          ^this
          Obviously an FPL veteran talking here

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

            Befitting user name btw

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

              Cheers

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

            uh, it's a DGW next week..

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

          Captain vs a more organized Leeds on that pitch?

        4. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Bruno for me

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

          Nacho or Greenwood

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

          Vardy double

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

            Or Bruno

      14. Tango74
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Hmm

        So if Liverpool v wba move to DGW35 and Man U play. In BGW36

        When do I play my WC?

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

        Fck this gw...

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

          *Season

      16. FPL Notebook (John)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Rocking the classic 1-2-3 formation this week

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

        27 plus Pereira & Lowton to go. About average?

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah, average is on 30 with about 2 to play

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

            Cool thanks, I just need Lingard to stay quiet!

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

              He's my first sub for Pulisic

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

                He’s been a pain in my arse! Reckon I’d be about 3k places better off if it wasn’t for him

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

          22 with Pereira and Lingard to go

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

            Have you seen United vs Liverpool could be tomorrow at 3?

            Could change our gameweeks significantly!

      18. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Who else Only capped Son cuz they had gone Vardy over Kane?

        Vardy did give us a party after all

        1. FPL Notebook (John)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          I only Captained Son because I had Watkins instead of Kane.

          I've been shaking nervously all day though!

        2. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 3 days ago

          Right here

      19. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        If Liverpool get a dgw next week then it’s a no brainer to do Maddison and Kane to Salah and Watkins for -4 yes?

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

        Lol - I only just realised someone who is 25th in the FFS Career Hall of Fame is in my companies Private League.

        Means nothing but that's no fair 😆

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

          Haha do you know them personally then?

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

            Not personally. However they are my bosses mate.

            I knew he was good as often towards the top of our league, but not that good!

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

              Crazy, proper fpl closet fanatic

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

          My league also has some very good players in there. The guy leading is top 100 of all time FPL managers and in the top 10k this year too.

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

        After a gameweek like this one I draw breath and look around at the world. I see the havoc that Covid is still causing. I look at the social inequality and injustice. I look at the global environmental catastrophe to come. And I think - shall I go Kane to DCL?

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

          Love this lol

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

          Watkins is the answer here...

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

          Richarlison

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

          Benteke

      22. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        BB week!!

        Sanchez | Areola
        TAA Shaw Lowton
        Salah Son Lingard Saka
        Kane Vardy Iheanacho
        ¦ Pereira Coady Phillips

        1 FT, 1.5 ITB

        Coady to Digne?

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

          Phillips won’t play

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

            Why?

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

              Still injured I believe

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

                He was in the starting lineup today

      23. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Kane non owners rushing down the corner shop to get a lotto ticket

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

          Be about 3 million winners splitting that chicken dinner

      24. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        When's the United-Pool game likely to be played?

        1. Tango74
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 3 days ago

          I wonder if they try to get that postponed again!

      25. Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Jota to????

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

          Bale?

      26. Iceball
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Guita
        Shaw Castagne Digne
        Bruno(C) Greenwood Siggy Zaha
        Kane Nacho(V) DCL
        Mendy TAA Lingard Veltman
        Early thoughts on this?

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

          I WC this gw, plan was to save a transfer and then kick 2 nonplayer out

      27. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        My Iheanacho captain gets me the 3 extra on Kane. Small victories and all that!
        There must have been some great scores some (mad) people must have had Son, Bale. Aurier, Digne and Havertz.

        I was not one of them!

        I noticed according to FFF there is no real difference between the top 10k average and OR average for this gameweek.

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

          Just Digne out of those

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

          It's not over this week either

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

        I feel physically sick

        Maybe this game is not for me

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

          I’ve 20 points couldn’t be worse than me bro

        2. Casual Player
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 3 days ago

          If this game makes you physically sick, I think you shouldn’t play. Seriously. Look after yourself.

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

            He's trolling negativity normally from Iceland

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

          Bye bye

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

          What’s up?

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

            Attention hit

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

              I know what it’s like when the game can get you down, need to be less involved in it

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

                Was contemplating Jota, Bruno to Bale, Havertz for -4.
                Didn't go through with it.

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

                  If it makes you feel any better, it wouldn’t have turned out how it did had you made the moves.

                  Firm believer in the Butterfly Effect