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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. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Reguilon smashing it.....1 x G and 1 x A .....

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He will get tired soon and will want to get sent off.

    2. Party time
        2 months, 17 days ago

        & bonus pts to be added

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

          Half an assist for the first goal too... 😉

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I sold Watkins for a hit to get Kane 🙂

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        ouch

    4. tbos83
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Who oh why did I bench Watkins

      • Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Richarlison ruins Digne assist

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Ohh noo

        2. tbos83
            2 months, 17 days ago

            They really should trade him in the summer

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              too bad Everton's defence cant play as a 4, a 433 would really suit the attackers and midfielders

              Richarlison - DCL - James
              Allan - Siggy - Doucore

              1. Limbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Siggy / James should never play in the same team. Zero mobility.

          • JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Big chance created though?

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Digne will get baps if Everton get CS

              big if though

        3. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Any chance Lingard or Salah miss the game?

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Both gona play

          2. Nikolai Volkoff
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Or Antonio?

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Burnley 2 wins and a draw in their last 9 v Liverpool. Not a one hit wonder beating Liverpool this season.

          Today may not go all Liverpool's way.

          Albeit I suspect it will and Leicester will feel some heat and Chelsea too.

        5. PascalCygan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Solidarity with my fellow Watkins benchers.

          My only hope of getting those points is a Lingard benching.

          Oh well!

          1. tbos83
              2 months, 17 days ago

              He must be one of the most benched players this gw

            • Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I started Zaha and Son over him.

          2. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Spurs looking horrible so far. Bale and Ndombele on at H-T please.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              yeah, they look uniterested.

          3. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Watkins got a red card when i started him hahaha

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Hahahaha

          4. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Just came in , not looking good as Kane capper, season over if this stands

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              yeah yeah, captain fail is done and dusted. Salah could probably run riot against us Kane captainers

            2. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              True, not that I expected much from him but atleast one attacking return would be nice

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

            The amount of time Grealish spends on the floor is an utter disgrace.

          6. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Dele Alli playing in slow motion

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Followed by their colleagues ...

            2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              😆

            3. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              It's all that kissing Guardiola's daughter...

          7. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I'll just take an assist from kane at this point.

            Watching mo later is gonna be grim.

          8. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Watkins has been steady throughout the season. Price next season?

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              7.5, Jimenez-like

            2. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              7-7.5 should be about right

          9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Get out of my team Kane you useless lump

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Captain?

              1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                My differential

          10. tbos83
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Anyone else thinking of taking a break from FPL next season?

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I did 1-year break. I might do it next season again, still not decided

                1. tbos83
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    This season has just been so brutal. Want to be able to enjoy games again wo stressing about clean sheets and bps

                2. Scots Gooner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Considering it.

                  It's been a tough season to enjoy.

                3. F_Ivanovic
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  i tend to take a break every other year...never played 2 seasons on the bounce.

                  1. tbos83
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Sensible strategy

                  2. Stejson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Sorely contemplating it. Might just stick a dead team in and check it once a month.

                4. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Digne created 2 big chances & the only diffential amazing

                5. Hy liverpool
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Villa with grealish are beasts

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Bringing in Grealish GW38? Sounds fun to me ...

                    1. tbos83
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        Tempted but they've got Chelsea

                        1. Magic Zico
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          I don't mind CHE ... still penetrable

                  2. Daniel Jebbison
                    • 12 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    3 - Watkins (30)
                    2 - Bergwijn (28)
                    1 - Traoré (21)

                    1. Jindaljain
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Future Says KANE

                  3. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    El ghazi fluffs it

                  4. BobB
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Villa, Arsenal, Spurs competing for one place in the new comp

                  5. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Own martinez, son, kane(c) *and bench watkins.
                    This is going great...

                  6. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Spurs trying to make sure Kane leaves

                  7. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Willock misses sitter ffs

                    1. djman102
                      • 12 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Of course. Brought him in for Jota and benched Watkins.

                  8. Salan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    You can see the body language of Kane. He is not interested in Spurs match, anymore.

                  9. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Pillock sitter missed

                  10. El Presidente
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    It was quite clear from that starting 11 that this was gonna happen...

                  11. tiger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Newc G

                  12. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Why is it when you need your bench the scores are in binary and when you only have one player not red flagged on your bench, Watkins, you don’t get the jam! I want jam after this season, delicious undeserved jam.

                  13. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Watching this Tot Im getting more sympathy for Mourinho...