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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. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Lateriser wants to post on Twitter tonight so badly

  2. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Yeah... I’m sick of this game

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    How now? A hatty?

  4. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Wish I kept Bale 🙁

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Didn't know Jose would be fired to be fair

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Exactly this.

  5. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Aurier 2 assists.. what a bonkers week

  6. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 26 days ago

    Bale's finishing is unreal.

    1. Utopsis
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Such brilliant technique

  7. stuck in a dream 🙂
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Let me just admit it, I hate that bale 2-0 should be son

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah it should have been

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      How... honestly how

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Deletes team.......

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      BALE BALE BALE ...TRAP TRAP TRAP

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Bruno’s midweek performance stopped me from replacing him with Bale

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Bale playing is bad for Son

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        and kane

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Are you even watching the game

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Kane is absolutely seething that Bale has hattricked 😆

    • Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Well done Bale owners...

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Aye well deserved

    • Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Should have capped Bale. Also, should have bought Bale.

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If we played shite teams every week bale would be essential.

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Anyone knows Bale eo% ?

      1. BRFC1883
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Get (K)ane on!

    • Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Imagine not owning and TCing Bale

    • Tommy J
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Happy days, I had to take a punt to try to make up a 90 point gap and all those above me captained Kane- I captained Bale and I still have my wildcard. Got an outside chance of making up the difference...

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Wow big call, good job

      2. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        You won’t forget this GW in a while! Congrats.

      3. 272MK
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Similar boat here bro!!!!

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If they don’t hold this CS....

    • Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Any chance Spurs might bring Kane on now?

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Nah, rested for Leeds

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      If i was Mason I'd rest Kane now after that Bale 8th hattrick super show...

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      A cool 30k red arrow and counting...

      If only I’d had the cojones to go Bale over Son

    • Kodap
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Well Son over Bale wasn’t the best choice this week was it

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Better than kane

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Is wasn’t really a choice was it..

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Kane the new Firmino

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Where tf is Harry Kane?

    • Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Jota to Alli yes or no?

      1. JoTAA
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        No

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Why Jose didn't play him ?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Look at the opposition he has scored against this season.

      2. Kane and Ablett
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Didn’t track back enough or too a ‘super star’?

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Umm, you watched his performances against real teams this season, right?

    • 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 26 days ago

      I got Salah, Lingard, Zaha (Best fixture), Siggy, and Greenwood.

      Who to drop to get Bale?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 26 days ago

        You've missed the party imo

      2. tbos83
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Too late

        1. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Still have 4 games