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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. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Brewster is going to score. Don't understand what he was thinking, but ge prolly doesn't either.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      So out of his depth it’s frightening

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Looks like a boy in mans game. Sad for him really. He will never shake this off no matter where his career takes him.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Gets no service whatsoever. Another year in the Championship will do him good though.

  2. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Bale goal aurier assist

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Lol

  3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Bale keeps on scoring since I sold him

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      This

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Same here, thing is sold him just before Mourinho got the sack so can't really blame my logic.
      Just unlucky.

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Yeah same.

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Garra

  5. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    BALEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE(C)

  6. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Bale goal. Aurier assist.

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Ffs. Should’ve gotten Bale rather than Son then

    1. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Many of us in the same boat

  8. Life_Ban
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Jesus Christ Bale

    Would it make me a sore loser to kick out the top player in my ML

    Soddiest blooming luck

  9. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    DAMN persona non grata HAULS

  10. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Ughh bale u selfish man shd have squared it to son!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      We love to see it oh yes we do.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Dint like the taste of my own medicine!

  11. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Forget Kane and a big score now.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Points on board yesterday from Watkins, Veltman and Mendy looking even sweeter now.

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Great finish. Was really hoping he’d pass to son there...

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Thought the same when the ball went through to him

  13. GoonerSteve
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    This is a nightmare week to have three from Liverpool and Fernandes.

    My bench has Veltman so not all bad, but other two are Brewster and Holding (zero)

    Is the match definitely not happening this game week?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I’m down to 8 players this week so could be worse

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Try three from each and Holding 😉

      1. Citytilidie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Add to that a Rudiger!

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    I could get my lowest ever GW score here!

    1. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Many of us in the same boat

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Me too. Easily. Blanks for Kane and Son and I’m staring at 10pts

  15. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Mourinho made a bad decision not playing Ali and Bale

    1. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Led his downfall in the end, many many weeks he didn’t play them when he should have. At least 10 games in PL both could have played

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Alli played a few and was garbage

  16. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    I am selling Son. With Bale around he is not worht the 10m

  17. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Probably been asked but I’ve just woken up... any word on what happens with MU v LIV now from FPL perspective. Thanks

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Gw39

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    get out of my team kane

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Leeds up next, we all know how that one is going to go whilst everyone decides to captain a DGW player

  19. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Bale captain COME ONNNN

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Hmmmmm

      1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        🙂

  20. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Alli tekkerd

  21. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone has the WhatsApp number of Crelin ? WhatsApp him please what will be happening with the postponed fixture and post the answer here. That way we will keep up with the boycott and still be ITK

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Haha this is brilliant. Could try and get his home address and get someone to go round

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      ffs give ben some peace, he is a human being not fpl robot

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Has the blackout exposed an unhealthy dependency for you?

      1. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Inability.to.think.for.oneself I believe it is called. 😉

        In general, the more people rely on tools they don't understand, the dumber they get.

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Daniel u r my fav poster i wish i could come up with such comments

      1. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Harsh

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers

    5. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      There is only one solution

      Liverpool DGW35 (SOU, wba)

      United vs Liverpool GW36

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Well looks like that is the logical one if tomorrow is not the game. I will play my BB that way.

        Cheers Karan.

        Fingers crossed

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        That’d be a great double for Liverpool

      3. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Thats to good to be true, I have 3 liverpool players so it wont happen

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Same here so fingers crossed. After today's disaster we deserve that. But really thats the only solution looking at the schedule for both teams.

      4. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Is it? Then that makes Son>Bruno a no brainer.

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Yes I believe so and I think Ben would have also suggested the same.

  22. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Will Kane take the FK or Bale ?

  23. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    C'mon Kane take a decent free kick for once in your life.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Brutal as usual.

  24. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Kane pssing away baps

    Looks like his ceiling might be 6 points for today

  25. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Kane looking rusty

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Spurs looking rusty

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Why is Kane out looking for my dog "Rusty" when he right here beside me?

  26. Tinkermania
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Why does KANE take free kicks? Anyone know?

  27. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Spurs are poor.

  28. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Of course it’s Bale who scores. I’m trailing my rival and his one player from the United/Liverpool game, while I’m sitting here with four out from that game, and another two who already didn’t play. All I want is for my Kane (c) to save me and his Bale to keep quiet.

    Really feels like today just ended my season.

    1. zotter
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Oh dear

  29. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Kane looks unfit to me

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      He is passing at first touch and not going into duels

  30. zotter
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    This is so poor from Spurs

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Kane probably told them that he is leaving imo