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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. DavidBadWillie
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Great team goal by Arsenal

    • ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Looking forward to Salah (c). Glad I avoided the Kane trap!

    • Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Thanks for the 4 points DCL what a joke

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

        He'll score away to city when people sell or bench him.

        1. ajay_kl +42
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          selling him to Nacho or Antonio

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      kane to who?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        United or City

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Watkins

    • Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      i disagree. He is a CB but the best RB in our squad...

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I'm gonna win my ML at this rate XD

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Come on Harry!

    • EWH2020
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      DCL has been such a troll for me this season.

      DCL, Son, Podence killed my rank

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Any Pepe owners?

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Digne closing in on 3 baps.

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hollld

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Pen cancelled for Wolves or not?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        VAR deemed not a clear and obvious mistake by ref.

    • Old Bull
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Meslier over Willock proving to be right up there for my dumbest transfer award
      Son as Captain a contender for my dumbest captaincy award.
      I’m getting worse at this game

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

        Meslier over Willock yeah?

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Siggy really going for a banger goal here

    • son of city
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Just saw the score sheet, Watkins we gooo!!

      • Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bloody hell Arsenal could conceivably sneak 6th place. There are clubs more deserving of that spot on form over the season.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          If they finish 6th then the points they will have got for finishing 6th would suggest they deserve to finish 6th.

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            the team who scores more wins the game

            1. JustSomeGuy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Unless you're Spurs.

        2. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          the only club deserving 6th is West ham

          1. Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            This

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Pickford is going to get a jammy save and nick the two BAPS?

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Dele so bad today, should had been a 45mins sub

        1. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          who has played well? lol

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Absolutely bricking it over this Digne cleansheet. I'm absolutely desperate for it. Stomachs in bits.

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Nailed on cleanie here.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I hope so. I'm so nervous lol

          2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No don’t jinx

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          clean sheet confirmed well done

          1. Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            100%

        3. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Wolves look like scoring.

        4. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          pls stop jinxing

        5. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Jeez you really need to get out more or a hobby if FPL does this to you

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Martinez ain't getting that Friedel record.

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Couple of penalty saves in the last 10 mins?

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Just catching up has Regi been playing for Villa?

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

          If he has, he's played well.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            OG & A

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        How many points for stylish backheel? Got Saka and ESR in my team like it's still December.

      • mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Shocking from spurs. Devoid of confidence and shrinking in front of their supporters. Kane news may have also played a part. Lei assets are certainly a hold for the weekend

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Holding on to my triple LEI for the Spurs defense, surely even Vardy should get something against this

      • PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Siggy with an assist but not even in top10 for bonus pts in the match

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          too many missed shots from 30 yards

      • Sleepless in Settle FPL
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        willock off injured

        1. Wild Guus Chase
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Get your facts straight pal. It’s ASM who’s injured

          1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            ASM off age ago bro, Willock just off

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Get YOUR facts straight. Both off injured.

            1. Wild Guus Chase
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Why so serious?

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Why so touchy?

                1. Wild Guus Chase
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Take a look in the mirror. Ending this conversation now the facts have been cleared up. Have a good one bud

          3. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Lol commented with such sass too

          4. Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Page hadn’t refreshed and now it has I can see Willock IS off injured

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Coolio.

        2. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Come on Wolves, one poxy goal.

        3. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Oh well, one of these gameweeks when not a single result or goal is in your favour.
          And now to watch Salah and Mane haul for ML rival

        4. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          DCL absolute waste of bloody space

          1. ajay_kl +42
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            He is killing me, one of my main differentials in chasing a 1pt lead in my cash league

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Yep same

        5. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Villa 19 shots lol

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Think Kane’s had less touches!

          2. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Very Good news for Chelsea fans bcz opponents with tired legs

        6. pjomara
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          No spurs players, no Man utd players.
          Safe to come out from behind the couch?

          1. Mighty Wings
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Definitely

        7. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Have Salah as captain and need him to blank because ML leader has him TC and 7 points between us