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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. tbos83
      3 months, 6 hours ago

      This gw is shaping up to be the biggest washout of the season - and it wasn't even covid that caused it

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 hours ago

        People can't be trusted. Put them back in lockdown

      2. zotter
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 hours ago

        Probably did cause it indirectly .....

        1. tbos83
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Fair point

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 hours ago

        Time to bring back talk of GW39?

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          It won't happen

      4. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 6 hours ago

        Kane looks like decided to leave

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          I don't blame him to be fair

        2. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          Where to

          1. zotter
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            United I would guess.

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              Ahh man united. Wonder if their fans will still protest the way they have if they make that signing..

            2. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              Glazers have no money to spend on Kane

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Chelsea or City

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              No way Levy sells to Chelsea.

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          Thing is with Mbpabbe and Haaland on the market he will not be the hottest target among CF's combine this with Levy's likely high demands I may turn out that no club will be ready to invest heavily in glass ankled 28 years old.

          1. zotter
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Exactly. It will only be a team who don’t have the appeal to get those two. Which is united

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            It's Levy fault definitely. He sold Bale and Modric so he is a seller at right price in his head

          3. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Mbapppe will stay and Harland to real is done deal

          4. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Mbappe isn’t on the market. Haaland is going to City. Kane will stay.

        4. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          If the top 2 in England, Spain, Italy or Germany thought he was as good the English press make him, he would have left many years ago. No one major wants him. He isn't all that.

          1. Guru Mediation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Epic fishing

            1. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              Haaland, Mbappe, Lewandowski, Neymar are top forwards. They win trophies. They don't wait for a penalty. They run at defenders. They score goals. They assist every season. They don't wait until Mourino asks them to work hard. Even Aguero at the moment would be sought more.

          2. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            I disagree he is amazing he has to leave to win silverware

            1. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              The is a reason he is still at Spurs 😉

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 hours ago

        Boring half over

      6. Party time
          3 months, 6 hours ago

          Aurier you beast!!

        • gogs67
            3 months, 6 hours ago

            Bought Bale in and captained him, had 12 points from 5 before today, a real pleasant turn around.

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              You deserve it if you captained him, good differential

              1. gogs67
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  Cheers, I've no Kane or Son because of their blank the other week, so it could still easily go wrong, but its that stage of the season where risks are needed for any movement.

              2. Forza Papac
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Same. Shipped Salah for him.

              3. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Nice punt. Well done.

              4. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Well done champ

            2. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 hours ago

              Twitter rumour that United game could be on for 3pm tomorrow, hope so

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Link ?

              2. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Don't see why it can't be not like they have work or ewt just get it played

                1. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  United play Roma

                  1. zotter
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Three days is enough break. Same as a Tuesday ucl game and team plays Saturday which is normal

                  2. JJeyy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    And? City have 3 days after palace till PSG. Same for United if played tomorrow

                    1. Daniel Jebbison
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      City aren't whining

              3. David
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 6 hours ago

                Betfair have it listed as 3pm tomorrow.

                1. Egg noodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  Wow

              4. Aster
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  Certainly hope so

                • Aster
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    -

                • Daniel Jebbison
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  Rashford or Greenwood who is better pick for the double?

                  1. zotter
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Money no object rashford only for certainty of starts

                    1. Daniel Jebbison
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      But is he fit ? Is he in form ?

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Depends on where he plays, but we can scout him before final decision.

                      2. zotter
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Think so re fitness.

                • Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 6 hours ago

                  Two Police officers injured. Mob rule gets game postponed. Sad day. Discuss.

                  1. Dr Van Nostrand
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Mob rule beats billionaire buffoons

                  2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Let's go back to the 1970's. Isn't that what Brexiteers wanted.

                    1. Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Moronic comment - what has Man Utd fans protesting got to do with Brexit ?

                  3. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    United to be docked enough points to finish 5th. And well deserved. Gary Neville fined with incitement and jailed.

                    1. Sack The Glazers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Of course you would say 5th LOL

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        West Ham deserve it more.

                  4. Scholes Out Forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Select few ruining a good idea behind the protest. Always some stupid idiots ruining it for the rest of the fans

                  5. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    Our police are some of the softest in the world.

                    With all these anti-police protests in the last year, people completely forget they are people too. It’s disgusting.

                    1. Dr Van Nostrand
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      They're not anti-police protests what are you new? They're protesting police discrimination which exists in spades.

                      1. Qaiss
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        There have been a lot of ‘anti-bill’ protests in the last year in the UK with police getting injured, burning police cars, etc.

                        1. Dr Van Nostrand
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          The draconian bill they are protesting is not anti-police it's anti-authoritarianism.

                          Far more people have been injured by your supposed 'soft' police than protesters injuring police btw.

                        2. Traction Engine Foot
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          If you mean the ones in Bristol, don't forget the police said officers were injured and then mysteriously retracted that statement a few days later. Don't believe everything you read.

                  6. Sack The Glazers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 hours ago

                    for all we know, the TRUE United fans were outside, protesting peacefully. maybe the "thugs" that went inside OT were actually Pool supporters who were afraid of seeing them lose and falling further out of the top 4

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Nonsense. Utd fan here and its time we acknowledge a fraction of our supporters are thugs!

                      1. Sack The Glazers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        all united supporters are choirboys

                      2. Bushwhacker
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        To be fair they left early for their trains back to London.

                      3. son of city
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          C'mon, not this one too ffs!!!!!

                    2. Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Agreed - I think there is a right to peaceful protest but this was a mob that broke into the ground. That crossed the line.

                  7. son of city
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      I don't get why my draft team keeps out scoring my actual team every week.

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Maybe it's better?

                    • Patio Kev
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      What it could look like:

                      West Brom v Liverpool 6pm Thurs 13 May

                      Man Utd v Liverpool to then take the place of the West Beom v Liverpool game at 4.30pm on Sunday 16th May.

                      That would give Liverpool a DGW35 with fixtures against Soton and WBA, that would be massive.

                      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Pipe dream if it happens tomorrow at 3

                    • Utopsis
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Bruno finally gets his rest

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        I thought he’s been resting the last five gameweeks according to my team.

                    • Sleepless in Settle FPL
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Kane EO anyone?
                      I have both but captain nacho, should I expect a Kane blank?
                      rank 40k

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        173%

                    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Red Card coming up

                    • Original Pirate Material
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Thats a red!

                    • Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      I have feeling that I will hate transfer Kane out today. If he can't score vs Shu, he isn't going to do anything against Leeds. Watkins and Vardy could easily get double the pts he is likely to get.

                      1. Utopsis
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        That's not how football works

                    • Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Fleck could be off here

                      1. Pat Bonner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        VAR saying it’s fine!

                    • Sack The Glazers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      brewster off

                    • Original Pirate Material
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      I think he knows what he is doing there.

                    • _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Naughty from fleck

                    • Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      That is downright disgusting. Clearly intended.

                      1. Pat Bonner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        VAR really is waste of time when you see some of the decisions

                        1. Twisted Saltergater
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          3 months, 6 hours ago

                          I’m at a loss as to how they’ve ducked that decision.

                    • Scots Gooner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      No sign of apology or remorse there.

                      Should have seen red.

                      1. Sack The Glazers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        if the foul had been against Son, he would have been off

                      2. The 12th Man
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Yes there was. He went up to him and patted him on the head.

                        I agree though should have been a red.

                    • ChippyT
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      That's a red, he's looking straight down at him.

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        His foot accelerated too.

                    • Nimby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      I can't believe you can get a red card for clearing a ball but not for stamping on someone's head. The game has gone absolutely insane. I hate the people running it.

                      1. Utopsis
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Ridiculous

                    • Vazza
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Which GW to FH?

                      1. Pat Bonner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Next week

                    • BeaversWithAttitude
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      OMG, that looked so painful!

                      1. janowsc
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Dude got his face raked like a pile of leaves

                    • mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Out of all the reds var has given, this is the one they don't give ffs

                      1. Egg noodle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Got to laugh really

                    • SH1M1
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      Refs in this country are an absolute joke

                      1. JBG
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        They are so inconsistent it's unbelievable.

                    • Abraham & Cheese
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      How the hell was that not a red card? Is VAR high?

                    • how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 6 hours ago

                      How is that not a red card?

                      1. BeaversWithAttitude
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 6 hours ago

                        Right? Where's Mike Dean when you need him?