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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. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    The player who can hurt me most tomorrow: Vydra

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Need a hatrick from him

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Me too

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    43 with Lingard, Bruno(lowton), Salah(1 point) to go

    We Move!

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You are doing it wrong

  3. Steve McCroskey
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    ML rival had Son captain as he couldn't afford to bring in Kane.

    Real sickener.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah i capped son cuz i had vardy over kane too

      One way or another vardy does give u a party

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Blank party

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The way i see it vardy 2 and son 12 got me more than kane(c) 4

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            The way I see it, you can’t credit a blanking player for another players haul. You could have C Son over Kane if you owned him also.

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              No chance that was happening. Kind of like DCL working out for people cuz he got them dallas 17 pointer

  4. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    hey guys 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.

    thanks

    1. Gringo Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hold on, Zaha might be injured, wait for pressers

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        That groin issue is the issue. If he is certainly fit to play, I woud get him. Even Eze is worth considering. PvA was dropped, but he might haul vs Shu also.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I’m wondering about both of those things. Mitchell praised by Roy, wonder if PVA has one foot out the door. Zaha didn’t look injured, he looked like he’s done with palace (again)

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I like JWP on pens with a great fixture and whatever he can get vs liv

    3. grooveymatt65
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      ok thanks for the input guys 🙂

  5. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    When does social media blackout end, tonight or tomorrow night?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      My personal one forges on

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Tomorrow night

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      23.59 tomorrow

  6. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    $hitkins has been absolutely killing me these last few weeks. Stupid Bamford...

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I have DCL, Nacho and Kane. Kane is the one who let me down, such a weird season.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Kane has been great for me all season; no complaints

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I am not complaining, but his ankle injury has hurt a little. Leeds won't concede too many and other players have two fixtures. Vardy blanked but looked perhaps sharper than Kane, anyway no big difference. On WC and I am considering front 3 with Nacho, Watkins and DCL.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I’m FH 35 and triple spurs for the run in

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              I fear that triple Liv and triple Spurs might be overkill. Yet, now I partly regret selling Son and losing .1 tv since I perhaps could have benched him.

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Same here. Thought I was clever to keep my Leeds players in anticipation of good run of fixtures at the end, but Raphina injury sadly messed up everything for me

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        That really was the turning point... I sold him and Dallas and kept bam planning to get both back. Not sure I will now..

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Kept all three. Will sell Bumford for Watkins or DCL now, but will hold on to at least Dallas and probably Raphina if he's back in GW36

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah Dallas is a keep

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Atm I believe he is the Leeds player to get in (on WC) now and bench until those fixtures.

  7. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    This team looks bad on paper. Which 2 players would you get for next gw ? Or which 2 should go first ?

    Mendy (Areola )

    Wan Bissaka - Dias - Pereira ( Alonso, Coufal )

    Son - Havertz - Salah - Jota ( Soucek )

    Vardy - Bamford - Nacho

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I would take hits and fix that team, since with the help of dgw those hits can easily be worth it. Alonso and Bam to Shaw + DCL/Watkins is easy start.

      1. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah. Agree. And guess I will do 2 transfers for a hit. But not sure if I should make 3 or 4 for -8/-12

  8. fantasy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Just checking - if I do free hit do my 2 FTs not carry over/go back to 1FT the following GW?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Correct

    2. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      YeS

  9. balint84
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Next week captain favourite? Bruno or iNacho?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Both but Bruno will have higher EO

  10. Bobby
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Anybody here in the know on man u pool rearranged date? Really hoping its tomorrow

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      They play in an hour, just announced

      1. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Excellent, what channel is it on?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          They decided they are just playing fifa on twitch; when asked if the match would count towards the table premier league officials said “ aww f$&k it why the hell not, this season he ruined football anyway..”

          Game on!

    2. Pointless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Channel Zzzzzxxx

    3. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      To put on a Prem game - even without fans - you are talking several hundred people involved in it all.

      Not sure if they can mobilize everybody in time for tomorrow can they (I’m thinking Police, Stewards, Medics more than playing staff)

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I am not a specialist on that. Medics probably aren't difficult to arrange but police probably more difficult. In this country we don't need to alert police in sports events.

  11. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    There must be some kind of irony in the timing of this event reported below, given today’s happenings in Manchester. But it’s too late at night for me to figure it out. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/ls-lowry-going-match-20499552.amp

  12. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    So is the coming gameweek definitely a double?
    What's this about depending on when the deadlines are set?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Thats in the past. Fpl have confirmed the deadlines. DGW 35 and blank week 36

      1. rokonto
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Yes
      The rescheduling of Liv/utd

  13. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Anyone holding back on hitting FH button after today’s events?

    Were Pool (&WBA) to get a DGW, then I’m suddenly a lot closer to 11DGWers (4pt hit) and I don’t think I’d be making that many changes to my side. But my BGW team is looking fine too (4pt hit to field 11).

    GW38 is a candidate for FH if the chips fall in the right way imo

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Negative