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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. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Can I fall to BALE TRAP second time in two months

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    At least Son gets a return.

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Well done bale owners.

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Son(c) Reguilon

    No kane

    End this already!

  5. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale owners the winners this week.

    Wish I'd been brave enough

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Hindsight

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        Obviously yes, as I'm commenting on the fact he has literally just scored his second goal.

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 25 days ago

          Well yes

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Indeed.

  6. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane involve in celebration

    1. son of city
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Thinks we can't see him

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane to DCL?

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Nice joke

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Lol

  8. son of city
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Son assist, I will take that

  9. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Sole owner of Bale and captained him in my ML

    others went with Kane Son.

    Never went with differential captain b4.
    This is nice!

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      nice one!

  10. JBG
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Wtf is that on Dele Allis head??

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Buffalo soldier

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 25 days ago

        Hahah.. Good answer.

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Let's go Kane wtf?! Gooooo!

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane off FKs

    1. Must.Go.Faster.
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Great observation there, in IMHO.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Kane has taken 45 freekicks scoring once

  13. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane goal needed

  14. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Will Spurs sign Bale permanently ?

  15. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale in should’ve been our first transfer after Mourinho was sacked. Easy with hindsight, I guess.

  16. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Lateriser has Bale captain

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      He’s been punting on captains for weeks

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Upside chasing

    3. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      finally something for him

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      broken clock

    5. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      No he doesnt

  17. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Not sure why the CBs went up for that free 😆

  18. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone having Havertz and Bale this GW would have huuuuuuuge green arrow

    1. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Or Auba

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      no sh1 sherlock

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

      Had both - were sh1te - sold both - been great.

    4. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Brains on Brad!!

  19. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Can this season please be over.

    I'm exhausted

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah those games at 3pm were great

  20. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Why always me!

    Last wk spot the differencial I bring Mane in. NOTHING

    This wk differencial Bale I say NO WAY. Brace.. The fact I sold him not too long ago coz he'd been benched played it's part..

    1. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Hatty

  21. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale Hattie

  22. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale hatty

  23. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale x3

  24. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Bale hatrick

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Aurier another assist

  25. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE(c)

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Shut up

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Eff off

    3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Nice one 🙂

  26. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane looks pissed

    1. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Can’t stand the lad

  27. squ1rrel
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Brought in Bale but took captain off him for Kane last minute. Can't complain though.

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Kane blank confirmed

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    that's it i'm switching off the tv

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Line of Duty is on shortly

  30. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Aurier 2nd assist.