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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. Kane and Ablett
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    I sold Bale for Jota two weeks ago and kept Son....similar to earlier in the season if I could time my Bale and Jota owning I’d surely halve my OR

  2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Someone must surely have Bale(TC), Aurier and Havertz

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Who cares?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        The manager who has that combination I suppose

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Bale has just 1.28% EO in the top 10k

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      🙂

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Bale saving my season!!

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      You don’t have him ?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Sun lol

  5. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    How come no clean sheet pts for Kane?

    1. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Bc strikers don't get them

      1. tbos83
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Haha sorry thought I was speaking with a noob

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          3rd attempt at replying

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            And still no emoji showing

      2. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Bale’s score will be more than many team scores this week.

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Son on 1 bap now

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Great

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Bale
      Airier
      Alder

  8. pingissimus
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    🙂

    Rolled transfer as I couldn't decide whether to sell Jota for Bale or Havertz.

  9. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Cheers for being crap Kane

  10. Our Tiny Servant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Wow. Bale just won me £145.

    1. BRFC1883
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Peanuts

    2. Kane and Ablett
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Nice

  11. Bob_the_builder
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    FPL aside, great to see Bale doing well. Hopefully he is convinced to stay on for another year instead of going back to rotting on the Madrid bench.

  12. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Zero point to today’s football then, nice one

  13. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    It was only fear of ownership that prevented me bringing in Bale. Opted for Son. I’ve got four Liverpool and ManU. Only 1 point coming off bench. I’ve never texted anything like this before so I think it’s permitted: “I think this is the worst Gameweek of my life!”

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Ditto with Bale over Son. 5 MUN/LIV here with Jota Salah Trent Bruno Shaw. Vydra the only benchee with Rudiger(!!!!!) injured

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        United - Liverpool might still be played tomorrow according to rumours

    2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Pecker up mate. Lots in the same boat. Only 4 weeks of this tough season left. Thank goodness. Good luck for rest of season.

    3. Kane and Ablett
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      The Samaritans are always there if you need to talk to someone about this gameweek

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Pretty sickening stuff this!

    Doesn’t even feel worth dropping Son for Bale now at this point.

  15. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Bale(c) and Havertz. What a gameweek.

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      nicely done, Forza!

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Well played Forza

    3. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Wow. Well done.

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Wove, green with envy! Youo're green arrow will be ass big as my red arrow...

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Wow, wow!

    6. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Genius work

    7. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Wow

    8. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      No link no love

  16. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Snoop Dog is playing well tonight.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I thought they bought Ake and threw him in at CAM

  17. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Rival nailed it in hindsight, bruno f out on Friday for incoming bale.

    I was 20 points clear of him.. no more!

  18. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    I was going to captain Kane but i forgot nad left it on Havertz :D. Now Please Kane stay quiet sorry lads

  19. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    How many points does Lingard get tomorrow?

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      2

    2. JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      -2

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        ^this
        if my luck this GW is anything to go by

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      2

    4. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      5

  20. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Kane blank

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Klank?

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Hate him

  21. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    With this Kane(c) fail gonna need 8pts from Lingard Coady and Vydra to NOT have my worst GW.

    Tall order!

    1. Dirty_Harry
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Basically every is in the same boat dude

  22. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Son OMG

  23. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    yasss Sonny

  24. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Sonny!

  25. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Selling Kane

  26. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Sonnny

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Can’t save that

  27. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Yes son!

  28. Dirty_Harry
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Hooly dooly

  29. 1984 TC
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Loving the Kane blank so far… truly amazing stuff. JuuuuHuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

    Play it UP Sonny!!

  30. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Okay cheers Son. That’s something.

    But cmon Kane 🙁