Dugout Discussion

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.


Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

1,193 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Points prediction for Lingard tomorrow? Need one of his 12 pointers but just can’t see it vs Burnley

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

      Somewhere between 1 and 21

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

      Everyone owns him anyway

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

        This

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

        My rivals don’t

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

        Not me

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

        I actually need a Lingard blank/no show and a classic Lowton 15 pointer

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

          You meant Coufal?

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

            Haha Lowton off the bench for Trent

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

              Yeah Coufal for TAA, Konsa for Azpi here, still miserable 😆

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

                I got Jota, Masuaku and Rudiger for Saka, TAA, Salah and Shaw. Happy days.

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

        Yep

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

    How mad must live FPL traffic be today?

    Hopefully coining some ad revenue dollar back from the giants

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

    Is a Lingard hat-trick tomorrow too much to ask for?

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

      It what I need

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

      Minimum

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

      Would be OK but only 1 player in the top 10 of my ML doesn't own him... he is 25 points behind me so I guess it would help kill off his competition

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

    Out of interest. If you play FH chip and make a transfer are you still able to cancel the FH chip please?

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

      No

  5. Sterling Archer
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Wow!! With sonny captain today cudnt havnt gone better!

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

    I wish everyone is selling Kane now...

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

      Be happy, I already did. If I can't afford all three big hitters (Salah, Bruno, Kane) it has to be Kane out imo. Son and Bale can at least cover him imo.

  7. balint84
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Next week Bruno captain anyone?

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

      100%

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

      Europa final

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

      Greenwood

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

      If fit and in form.

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

    Jesus, Sundays for whatever reason have been consistently miserable FPL days for me but eff me, today has been about as vomit inducing as it gets.

    6 players wiped out by the postponed game followed by Kane (C) blank and Son haul who I sold to fund the useless Vardy!

    Have Lingard to play but I dont think I can even look at anything associated with FPL at least until next gameweek.

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

    Played a guy with 7 blankers and no Son. Lost.

    Havertz, Nacho C, Watkins, Ederson

    Ugh

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

      Damn ... not your day

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

        Survived LMS despite not owning Bruno so I’ll take it

  10. Garth Marenghi
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    It's still possible for the game to be played Monday, right? Or has that idea been thrown out?

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

      Possible but highly unlikely at this stage

  11. ZAMUNDA
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    So yesterday I asked who's going to score more of these knowing the answer in my head, well. Lol
    A) Bruno, Kane (C), Shaw
    B) Bale(C), Mané

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

      All 12 people who Captained Bale are currently here and posting about it.

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

        Well, I would let everyone had I done it tbh. I guess it's worth bragging. Unless OR is over million.

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

          Those two data points are likely correlated in some way

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

    22 with Lingard and Pereira to go. Anyone worse?

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

      Not quite but close

    2. Goro Majima
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Yes, 20 with Lingard and Coufal to go. The one week when I have no bench...

  13. TAT
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    17 points with only Lingard left. Today has really destroyed my OR.

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

    What you guys suggest:
    Martinez (forster)
    Azpi taa konsa (holding* veltman)
    Salah Bruno son lingard gundo*
    Kane ihenacho (vydra)
    2FTs 0.2itb

    1. Gundo -> JWP
    2. Veltman + gundo -> Casta + ESR

    In 2 I would play Casta and play either ESR or holding

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      I like you matter of fact get on with the job attitude while teams are imploding left right and centre.

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

        Lol mine did too. Hence I'm focusing on next gw now

  15. 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

    A) Coady -> Digne
    B) Phillips -> Keane

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      A

  16. Rick891
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Essential transfers for GW35 Wildcard??

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

      Christensen in as a def placeholder.

  17. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    What an uninspiring performance from Kane.

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

      Inspired me to sell...

  18. DRIZ ✅
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Omg H is Hastings

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Kevin Hastings?

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

      ban

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 3 days ago

        Huh??

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

      Gavin Hastings, I suppose

  19. Rick891
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Gundo Dias Stones Bruno Jota Azpilicueta all blanked

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

      That’s is correct sir

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

    Could we get a Liverpool DGW35 if game is not played towmorrow?

    1. TeddiPonza
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Yes. Almost guaranteed I would say.

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

        35?? then what about ManU? Triple game week?

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

          Nah Liverpool and West Brom will move into GW35 to make United - Liverpool able of being played in GW36.
          Result would be no blank for Man U in 36.
          DGW for Liverpool in 35 and no blank 36.
          DGW for WBA in 35 but blank in 36

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

        At least I will need to get TAA then, Captain choice gets interesting - make or break if choosing wrong one

  21. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    I think Bale nicked Moura's hatrick.

  22. grooveymatt65
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    do people think that bringing in zaha is a punt or a really popular move at this stage?

    i only ask as im 50 points behind the rop of my league and need to take some decent punts that not everyone will do.

    I was also considering JWP as he's on set peices and im a saints fan.

  23. Ohh1454
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    Could firmino be an option as a differential on Fh if Liverpool double ? Or should I just avoid haha

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

      Probably just avoid, haha

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

    So Spurs want 150m for an attacking DM with ankles made of an extremely fine porcelain-type material who only scores against your Crystal Palaces & your Newcastles and will be 29 at the end of next season?

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

      Still better than Vardy

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

        Vardy’s ankles are made of compressed steel

        He took all 20-stone of Vestergards weight through his studs into his ankle & somehow managed to play on - man is hard as nails

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

      MU might want him. They don't need him to be fit all the time.

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

    Vs Leeds they may need Moura to do running and defending and he might start imo. After that with easier fixtures it's probably Bale time again, what do you think?

  26. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    28 with Lingard and Vydra to come, gutted 🙁 ML chance shattered

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

      Lingardinho to the rescue

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

        Everyone bloody has him

        Vydranaldo to the rescue*

  27. Tomas_brolin
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 3 days ago

    So it being listed on Betfair at 3 tomorrow doesn’t necessarily mean anything? It could be a placeholder for the true date once confirmed?

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

      Yeah - I suspect they've just put it there as a placeholder so as to not void bets yet

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

      That Is a strong possibility. They might also have leaked info, but they wouldn't publish correct time in that case imo.

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

    Latest news when Manu-Pool is played?

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

      Awarded as a 3-0 to United based on form

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

        And all 3 goals counts towards Bruno as pk’s.

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

    Sorry about all the pathetic moaning on here guys.
    I need to take responsibilty for my actions and inactions.
    From now on I won't be crying on here like a little baby.
    Good luck for the rest of the season.

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

      That's the way that the world goes round
      You're up one day, the next you're down
      It's half an inch of water, you think you're gonna drown
      That's the way that the world goes round

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Hopefully the countless others who do the same thing will follow your lead

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

      Be the change you want to see

    4. Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Good luck too, chaos is a very shaky ladder, let's climb.

  30. Party time
      7 months, 3 days ago

      Aurier, Son & no Kane. Good day this captain Lingard let’s feast!