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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, 13 days ago

      Why are all the Palace fans in both goal stands??

      Seems ridiculous they’re not spread out

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Better for the atmosphere

      2. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Would be ridiculous if they were spread out

        1. DavidBadWillie
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Surely if they want to bring back crowds safely they wouldn’t be screaming next to each other??

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It's also easier to manage the seperate parts of the stands.

          When Palace have had event days (e.g. I've been there for a beer festival, and seperately for a charity match) - they almost always restrict most fans to the goal stands.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Also, what you can't see is that there are plenty of fans below where the TV cameras are.

            My mate is at the match and I've just seen it on his Instagram story.

      3. tbos83
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Willock owner + NUFC fan = 🙂

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers.

          2. DavidBadWillie
              2 months, 13 days ago

              How much for Willock?? £40m

              1. Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Depends which team's asking.

          3. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Just one Harry, just one. Please!

          4. Steinburg FC
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            is there an option to block people on this site?

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              😆

            2. Mighty Wings
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I would pay for it

          5. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Every cheap mid besides Greenwood has hauled lol. Now zaha will punish me for selling him.

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Raphinha 3p megahaul. What about Harrison?

          6. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
            Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
            Subs: Adrian, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Williams, Koumetio.

            BURNLEY TEAM NEWS
            Starting XI: Norris, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Cork, Gudmundsson, Westwood, McNeil, Wood.
            Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Barnes, Rodriguez, Pieters, Vydra, Nartey, Dunne, Richardson, Glennon.

            WEST HAM TEAM NEWS
            Team to face West Brom: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.
            Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Noble, Bowen, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson, Odubeko.

            WEST BROM TEAM NEWS
            Team to face West Ham: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Gallagher, Pereira, Robson-Kanu, Phillips.
            Subs: Button, Robinson, Diangana, Diagne, Peltier, O’Shea, Grant, Gardner-Hickman, King.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Lol what is a Norris

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Is that the rumour earlier then?

              2. PaladinVargas
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Hope it's not Chuck!

              3. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Just not that Chuck guy, and we're fine

              4. Lazaretti
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Chuck

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thank you!

              Lingard Coufal Salah [C] TAA let's go! Hope that kills ...

              1. Steinburg FC
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                same + Mane! lets go!!!!

            3. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thought they might play Allison up front?

            4. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              C'mooonnnn!!

            5. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Salah against third choice Will Norris, who's last game came against MK Dons in January (made 2 pen saves in a shootout that game)

              Either Salah bags a hat trick or this keeper plays out of his mind and gets a cleanie. No in between

              1. Burger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Mane will get the hattie, you juet know it.

                1. TLF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Hope so, got the armband on him this week

                  1. Burger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Ha, mega! Wish you luck. I bought in, but no armband. Tonight we feast.

            6. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Salah (c), TAA and Firmino let's go!

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Go where?

                1. Scots Gooner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Hilarious

          7. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            No Jota hurts

            1. DavidBadWillie
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He was never playing this game pal.

                Wake up and smell the coffee.

                1. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  you must be new around here

            2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Norris that Burnley GK

            3. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Mo Salah!
              Mo Salah!
              Mo Salah!

              1. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                runnnin down the wing

            4. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              ASM playing like Messi without finishing

            5. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Burnley knew Peacock-Farrell had an awful record.

              Solution: Don't play Peacock-Farrell!

            6. djman102
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Salah(c) in the mud. Chuck Norris in goal for Burnley.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yep

            7. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Hoping for a late Kane show like Bamford yesterday!

              1. Isco Disco
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I'm praying for a late show by Kane

            8. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Norris masterclass upcoming then

            9. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Will Pope start vs. Sheffield United?

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Last game, what would be the point?

              2. THE KING CANTONA
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yet another Touch and Go..

              3. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I have Pope and Messslier ((

            10. ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Need Kane to blank, Arsenal to concede and DCL to score.

            11. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Who have Burnley Chuck in goal?

            12. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It's all set up for a Norris masterclass

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Definitely

                1. Fudgy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I can just imagine it. Him in tears at the end dedicating the clean sheet to a deceased family member. I'm very worried now.

            13. REDMOND IN SANDALS
                2 months, 13 days ago

                iheanacho captain against this spurs backline looks tempting

              • Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Dele Alli the culprit?

              • Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Son goal would be nice

              • The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Reguilon up to -1. Yay

              • Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Would be very like Everton to concede now

              • Royal5
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Ryan Mason really is clueless. Winks over Ndombele is a joke.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Ndombele's only fault is not being Mason's mate.

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    100%

                  2. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    He should be ahead of him but that's not true. He's put in some iffy performances hinself

                2. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Deschamps chose Sissoko over Ndombele

                3. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Apparently Mourino was clueless. Yes, the serial winner, Jose. This has always been a top 7 team. Some fluky CL qualifications. Average team.

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Maybe if Jose had developed the players over the two years instead of ruining everyone except Son and Kane. Not to mention the terrible transfer business

                4. Salan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  The most ridiculous problem is, 65 mins behind but still not sub in Bale to save the match.

              • Isco Disco
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Come on Harry!
                PLease save my GW and score a goal or 2

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Son has been atrocious

                1. Fudgy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  His heads in the clouds. He's definitely leaving in the summer.

                2. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Have you seen him? I haven't.

                3. The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I’m ready for Bale to outscore him

                4. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  It was the same last match. Definitely jinxed it now, but he's lost a bit of zip - wondering if he's carrying a minor injury at all.

                5. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  That's your cue Son...

                6. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  *Spurs

              • Steinburg FC
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                My planned transfer for 38 was Kane to A ntonio(depending on tonight) but i think i will -4 Son out too. No way we are scoring vs Leicester

              • BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Watkins the absolute troll. Had the first time for -1 dgw and now on bench.

              • _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Watkins huge chance missed

                1. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Good

                2. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Offside anyway, but how's he missed that lol.

              • Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Mason sleeping... Zzzzzzzzz