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GW34 Lessons: Red-hot Bale to shake up run-in

The Scout 3 May 2021
Gareth Bale, Spurs

Spurs star has armband potential to transform mini-leagues in Gameweeks 36 and 37

His hat-trick at home to Sheffield United highlighted the huge captaincy potential of Gareth Bale (£9.1m) in Fantasy Premier League for the run-in.

Tottenham Hotspur's Welshman has now scored four of their six goals in the two Premier League matches since the departure of Jose Mourinho.

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Bale's display against Sheff Utd extended his outstanding home form when playing alongside Harry Kane (£11.9m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) recently.

The trio have started three matches together at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since Gameweek 26, also starring against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Bale has produced hauls of 19, 14 and 21 points across those encounters, scoring seven goals and supplying an assist.

Last three home starts together
Player Goals Assists Points
Bale 7 1 54
Kane 3 2 27
Son 1 4 28

As Spurs are not among the eight sides with a Double Gameweek 35, managers are likely to overlook their players as armband picks.

However, their back-to-back home meetings with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa in Gameweeks 36 and 37 are bound to raise significant interest.

Goal-threat comparison
Player Shots Shots in box Shots on target Chances created
Bale 11 8 9 5
Kane 16 9 4 7
Son 6 2 4 14

Further analysis of those recent three home matches shows that, of the three, it was Kane who produced more shots and shots inside the penalty area, with 16 and nine respectively.

Son, meanwhile, was the most creative, supplying 14 scoring chances for his team-mates.

But it was Bale who was the most accurate, with his nine shots on target more than the combined eight of Kane and Son.

Just three per cent of managers currently own the winger, compared with the 47 per cent of Kane and Son.

That underlines Bale's captaincy potential as a major weapon for managers looking to make up ground in their mini-leagues over the remaining Gameweeks.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Time to consider Everton
Part 2: GW34 FPL stats: Frustration for Kane backers
Part 3: GW34 Bonus points: Antonio returns to claim a maximum
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Watkins in form for Double Gameweek
Part 5: GW34 Lessons: European clubs causing rotation issues
Part 7: Who to target from clubs still in Europe? What the experts say

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