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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
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. zotter
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Probably did cause it indirectly .....

      1. tbos83
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Fair point

  2. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Time to bring back talk of GW39?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      It won't happen

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Kane looks like decided to leave

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I don't blame him to be fair

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Where to

      1. zotter
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        United I would guess.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

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

        2. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Glazers have no money to spend on Kane

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Chelsea or City

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          No way Levy sells to Chelsea.

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Mbapppe will stay and Harland to real is done deal

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

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

    4. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Epic fishing

        1. Tinkermania
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days ago

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

        1. Tinkermania
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          The is a reason he is still at Spurs 😉

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Boring half over

  5. Party time
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Aurier you beast!!

  6. gogs67
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      You deserve it if you captained him, good differential

      1. gogs67
        4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Same. Shipped Salah for him.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Nice punt. Well done.

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Well done champ

  7. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Link ?

    2. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days ago

        United play Roma

        1. zotter
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 22 days 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
          4 months, 22 days ago

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

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            City aren't whining

    3. David
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Betfair have it listed as 3pm tomorrow.

      1. Egg noodle
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Wow

    4. Aster
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Certainly hope so

    5. Aster
      4 months, 22 days ago

      -

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Rashford or Greenwood who is better pick for the double?

    1. zotter
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Money no object rashford only for certainty of starts

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        But is he fit ? Is he in form ?

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

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

        2. zotter
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Think so re fitness.

  9. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Mob rule beats billionaire buffoons

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

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

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Of course you would say 5th LOL

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          West Ham deserve it more.

    4. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days ago

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

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days 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
            4 months, 22 days 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
            4 months, 22 days 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
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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
        4 months, 22 days 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
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          all united supporters are choirboys

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

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

        3. son of city
          4 months, 22 days ago

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

    7. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days 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.

  10. son of city
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Maybe it's better?

  11. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Pipe dream if it happens tomorrow at 3

  12. Utopsis
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Bruno finally gets his rest

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

  13. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      173%

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

    Red Card coming up

  15. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Thats a red!

  16. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      That's not how football works

  17. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Fleck could be off here

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      VAR saying it’s fine!

  18. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    brewster off

  19. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    I think he knows what he is doing there.

  20. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Naughty from fleck

  21. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    That is downright disgusting. Clearly intended.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

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

  22. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    No sign of apology or remorse there.

    Should have seen red.

    1. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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

      I agree though should have been a red.

  23. ChippyT
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      His foot accelerated too.

  24. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days 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
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Ridiculous

  25. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Which GW to FH?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Next week

  26. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    OMG, that looked so painful!

    1. janowsc
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Dude got his face raked like a pile of leaves

  27. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Got to laugh really

  28. SH1M1
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Refs in this country are an absolute joke

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      They are so inconsistent it's unbelievable.

  29. Abraham & Cheese
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

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

  30. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    How is that not a red card?

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

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