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Bale benched as Grealish makes first start since Gameweek 24

Gameweek 37 has seen not only the welcome return of home supporters to Premier League grounds but also the revisiting of simultaneous kick-offs.

There are three top-flight fixtures getting underway at 18:00 BST this evening: Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United v Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace’s clash with Arsenal begins an hour later, meanwhile.

The headline story from north London is the benching of Gareth Bale (£9.2m) – something that Ryan Mason had hinted was a possibility when he faced the media on Tuesday.

Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) is also only among the substitutes, with Harry Winks (£5.1m) and Steven Bergwijn (£7.0m) coming into the side.

Despite widespread rumours about his future, Harry Kane (£11.9m) is part of the Spurs team this evening.

Aston Villa are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and Dean Smith’s troops will have Jack Grealish (£7.5m) in a Premier League starting XI for the first time since February.

Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) recovers from injury and Marvelous Nakamba (£4.3m) is recalled, as Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.2m), Douglas Luiz (£4.8m) and Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m) drop to the bench following the defeat to Crystal Palace.

There are two changes for Everton as Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) and the fit-again Yerry Mina (£5.5m) come into the side.

Mason Holgate (£4.8m) is benched, while – surprise, surprise – there is no James Rodriguez (£7.7m) in the matchday squad.

Nuno Espirito Santo has run wild with the changes over the last two Gameweeks and has made another five of them this evening.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy (£4.3m) makes his first Premier League start of the season, while there are also appearances for Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m), Rúben Neves (£5.1m), Willy Boly (£5.4m) and Max Kilman (£3.8m).

Rui Patricio (£5.3m) drops to the bench, along with Vitinha (£4.7m), Romain Saiss (£4.9m), Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m) and Ki-Jana Hoever (£4.4m).

This game comes too soon for Raul Jimenez (£8.1m), who had been seeing a medical consultant on Tuesday in a bid to get the all-clear from a long-term head injury.

Newcastle United are unchanged from their seven-goal thriller with Manchester City last Friday.

Opponents Sheffield United hand another start to teenage forward Daniel Jebbison (£4.5m) and have made just one change from Sunday’s win at Goodison Park.

Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) comes in for the injured George Baldock (£4.9m) at right wing-back.

Roy Hodgson makes two changes to his line-up for his final home game as Palace manager, with James Tomkins (£4.4m) and Vicente Guaita (£4.8m) returning to the side.

Jack Butland (£4.5m) is on the bench, with Eberechi Eze (£5.9m) out with a long-term injury.

Mikel Arteta has also made a couple of alterations to the side that beat Chelsea last time out.

Calum Chambers (£4.5m) replaces Pablo Mari (£4.4m) in defence, while Nicolas Pepe (£5.6m) is in for Martin Odegaard (£7.6m).


LINE-UPS

Everton XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne, Coleman, Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Holgate, Delph, King, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Davies, Olsen.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Ruddy, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Neves, Ait Nouri, Traore, Silva, Gibbs-White.

Subs: Hoever, Marcal, Rui Patricio, Willian Jose, Vitinha, Dendoncker, Sondergaard, Saiss.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Dummett, Krafth, Fernendez, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Almiron, Willock, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

Substitutes: Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Manquillo, M Longstaff, Hendrick, S Longstaff, Carroll, Gayle.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Bogle, Stevens, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Fleck, Norwood, Osborn, Jebbison, McGoldrick.

Subs: Foderingham, Lowe, Jagielka, Gordon, Boyes, Lundstram, Seriki, Brunt, Brewster.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Winks, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Alli, Son, Kane.

Subs: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Bale, Lamela, Lo Celso, Aurier, Moura, Ndombele.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Grealish, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi.

Subs: Steer, Taylor, Luiz, Wesley, Barkley, Elmohamady, Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell, Townsend, Kouyate, McCarthy, Schlupp, Benteke, Zaha.

Subs: Butland, Van Aanholt, Ayew, Mateta, Clyne, Batshuayi, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi, Riedewald.

Arsenal XI: Len, Tierney, Gabriel, Saka, Aubameyang, Holding, Partey, Pepe, Chambers, Elneny, Smith Rowe.

Subs: Ryan, Ceballos, Lacazette, Odegaard, Willian, Cedric, Mari, Xhaka, Martinelli.

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867 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gooner Kebab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bale fail

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I benched him but can't celebrate too early, anyway.

      He can easily come off the bench & outscore the likes of Greenwood & Shaw who flopped for me yesterday.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What did you do?

      1. Gooner Kebab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        One week punt with Bale before the presser 🙁

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Nice idea but I guess that’s why it’s called a punt.

  2. DavidBadWillie
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kane hat trick would be delightful. Do it football gods.

      1. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Kane points are irrelevant to me; sadly, but I'd like a lost Martinez clean sheet.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yes please.

      3. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yes.
        Also Salah.

      4. dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        A Kane blank would be very sweet

      5. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        A Bale one-point cameo would be great too.

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Auba!

    • Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Willock please...
      2 goals save me!

    • Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Must say Bale is other worldy looking, not helped by the man bun. For once agree with Graham Souness who wrote off players with pigtails!

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He reminds me a bit of the elfs from Lord of The Rings

        1. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Bit of an under-bite doesn't help. Reckon he'd look good with a beard.

        2. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Elrond doppelgänger.

    • Kabaranko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      anyone now arsenal lineup already?

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tensed time of the season.

      Only 6 points in it at the top of my ML...

      1. Halftime Lemon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Same. I'm ahead by 8. 24 points separate top 4. Squeaky bum time

    • Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If ESR scores again I swear ...

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        You’ll kiss me?

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Those 19 points were sweet - and I picked him too. Sheer joy. And luck.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Silly man. You should have got rid on a free hit.

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He better. I benched him last week

      4. Tango74
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Dish pick him ?

      5. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Isn’t it strange to have players that you don’t want to score (Kane today, Bruno yesterday)

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Want Harry to get a hattie on his swansong fixture at home.

        3. aborg
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No. You have them there as shields like I do. Your rivals have them as captains so you would not want them to haul, although you still get the points from them, you halven your losses if they haul.

      6. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Pick a Euro 2020 Fantasy Team here: https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uefaeuro2020fantasyfootball/create-team

        These are the key points to know about the difference from FPL (please comment if you notice a mistake or I've missed something important):

        Limit for players from the same team:

        Group stage: 3
        Round of 16: 4
        Quarters: 5
        Semis: 6
        Final: 8

        After all matches on a single day have finished, you can:
        - Sub players into your XI from the bench if they are yet to play. (Cannot sub-out players with red cards).
        - Change your captain to another player who is yet to play (even if your original captain DOES get a red card).

        Free transfers per phase:
        Group stage: 2 per matchday
        Before round of 16: Unlimited
        Before quarter-finals: 3
        Before semi-finals: 5
        Before final: 5

        (Only one FT can be carried over to the next matchday. Hits are 4 points.)

        2 Chips are the Wilcard and "Unlimited" (which is the same as Free Hit in FPL)

        Point scoring is the same as FPL except:
        - No BPS
        - Goal scored from outside the box (+1)
        - Conceding a pen (-1)
        - If a player gets a red card, they'll continue to be penalised for goals conceded by their team after they've been sent off.
        - When a goal is scored from a solo run or dribble, no player will be credited with the assist.
        - Players will keep scoring points throughout extra time. However, players can't score points for penalty shoot-outs.

        Check out the rules in full: https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uefaeuro2020fantasyfootball/info/EURO.FANTASY.RULES/0

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Do you win anything?

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No I'm not very good at fantasy games

          2. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yes. A horse.

            But you're allowed to choose your own name for the horse. It doesn't have to be related to Mary Tourtel's work.

        2. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Are you running a ML Deulofail?

          If so, I'd be interested. None of my mates are interested.

          Casuals, eh? Pfft!

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Ah yes shall do: Here's a code: 34AGPQQP04

      7. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Ready for Siggy to hurt me on the bench

        1. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Sold him for Raphinha, so I can see it happening

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I was going to sell him for a hit to Bale, and bench Foden. One of the better moves I did this season (or didnt do i guess)

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Ready for that Everton defence to let me down one last time.

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I really think (hope) the fans give this Everton team a boost

            Have Digne and DCL

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Just get off the bench then.

      8. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        The fans have had a taste of all football matches being televised. And if you are a fan of PL football (or at least more of a fan of PL football than fantasy football) then it is time for the UK ban on 3pm Saturday matches being televised to be removed.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          That's to protect lower league attendances but they clashed too.

          And if iFollow continues for lower league teams to pay per view their club at a tenner, rather than travel hundreds of miles for some that's an option.

          Goal Spurs....

      9. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Hope everyone enjoys their penultimate FPL of 2020/21 season.

        And all your hopes and dreams are realised, or the video replay works for you...

      10. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        That Everton fan 😆

      11. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bergwijn goal

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Assist?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Maybe Regulion..

          2. The White Pele
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            no assist

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Could be Bruno then

              1. Scholes Out Forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Either Bruno or Watkins

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Fired hone into the roof of the net.

      12. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Beautiful

      13. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Damn, just got home from long day at work to see the Eze news 🙁

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yep.

          Tough for him.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Rubbish news. At the very least, at least a big portion of his time out will be during the off-season. Unfortunate it will drag into the new season though.

        3. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah, awful for him - has just found his stride

      14. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Tot 1:0 Avl

      15. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Idk how to feel about Bale. 7 point Ayling on my bench and Bale is bound to come on isn’t he :/

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          he will for sure, get a few mins to say hi to the fans

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          18 mins?

      16. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        lol there goes the Martinez CS

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Plenty of time for 9 saves and 3baps

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Lol.

          He still gets points tho which is kind of the point of him.

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Cant wait to play him vs Chelsea and save a Jorginho pen

      17. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Reggy assist, do we think??

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No assist I would have thought

        2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          nope

        3. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I doubt it but who knows these days.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Who didn't touch it?

        4. Art Vandelay
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Bruno...

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Konsa or Hause touched it first before Bergy. Almost an assist!! Lol

      18. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bruno assist?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          nah Watkins

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          If it's not claimed within 10 minutes, he gets it by default.

      19. Tango74
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What’s this mean , the guy who leaked Carson starting

          https://twitter.com/unit_football/status/1395062920116121604?s=21

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Dyche starting at centre half.

          2. leeboy104
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No Pope? Rotated his strikers?

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Vydra isn't starting, for starters. I'd assume no Pope again. Also sound like another key player or two could miss out by the sounds of that...

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Let’s go Salah C

              2. TheSteel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Salah megahaul imminent

            • Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Why isnt that Reguilon assist?

              How is it any different to the one watkins got?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Berg tackled the Villa player to take it off him.

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  It was the exact same thing as the watkins ine

              2. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 15 days ago

                The difference is that I have Reguilon and not Bruno

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Marvellous, Marty's CS has been wiped!

            • Please Answer Me
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Who we kidding DCL is gonna blank again smh

            • ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Pen Villa

              1. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                top clubs bias continues

                Var is a joke

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  What? AVL or TOT the top club?

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    The European Cup winners.

              2. Nightcrawler
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                No

            • Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I tried to play another keeper. Getting Martinez anyway.

            • Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              How is that not a penalty?

              1. MIGHTY JOE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Watkins punished for previous red card

              2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                agree

              3. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                No logical reason will apply

            • Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              So going Salah over Kane captain has proven to be a horrible mistake

              1. Limbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Erm

              2. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Not at all

              3. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Silly panda.