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FPL fixtures: Kane and Son can make fast start

The Scout 20 Aug 2020
Kane and Son, Tottenham Hotspur

The Scout reckons kind run of opening matches lifts potential of Spurs attackers

The early-season schedule of Tottenham Hotspur looks set to pique the interest of Fantasy Premier League managers.

Jose Mourinho’s side have one of the kindest runs of opening opponents, facing just one of last season’s top eight sides in the first eight Gameweeks.

Spurs’ first eight Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
1 EVE (H) 2 WHU (H) 2
2 SOU (A) 2 6 BUR (A) 3
3 NEW (H) 2 7 BHA (H) 2
4 MUN (A) 4 8 WBA (A)  2

That boosts the appeal of investing in their key players as managers look to restructure their squads following the news that Manchester City and Manchester United will both blank in Gameweek 1.

Son Heung-min (£9.0m) was Spurs’ most impressive player under Mourinho in FPL last season. He averaged 5.9 points per match (ppm) from Gameweek 13 onwards following the Portuguese's arrival. 

The Spurs attacker was involved in 46 per cent of Spurs’ goals for Mourinho, more than any other player.

He offers a strong alternative to those who are looking to replace Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m), Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) or Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) in midfield.

Interest in Harry Kane (£10.5m) could also rise after his strong end to 2019/20.

He scored seven goals in nine appearances from Gameweek 30+ onwards, joint-top with Danny Ings (£8.5m) among FPL forwards.

Crucially, Kane had the best record of any Spurs player against their first eight opponents last term.

He scored eight goals and supplied one assist in his 12 meetings, while Son produced three goals and five assists.

Other alternatives

Elsewhere, Dele Alli (£8.0m) could be a big differential, with just 0.9 per cent ownership. When selected, he played a part in 43 per cent of Spurs’ goals under Mourinho.

The schedule can also boost Serge Aurier’s (£5.5m) potential to bring in points at both ends of the pitch. The right-back combined one goal and seven assists with nine clean sheets in 2019/20.

Also in this series

Part 1: Manchester blanks raise Reds' appeal
Part 3: Back Werner and Ziyech for instant impact
Part 4: Bank on Jimenez for early returns
Part 5: Opening matches add value to Mitrovic and Pereira

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