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Gameweek 27 blank all but confirmed for City after nine-goal victory

Manchester City are set to have a blank in Gameweek 27 after hammering Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening.

The question is not whether the Citizens will make the final – of course, they will – but when their league match against Everton, currently scheduled for Saturday 23 February, will now take place.

City also reached the final of the EFL Cup in 2017/18, with their scheduled Premier League encounter against Arsenal simply moving to the following Wednesday and both teams avoiding an FPL blank.

That isn’t an option this season, with City’s Gameweek 28 fixture against West Ham arranged for Tuesday 26 February.

Pep Guardiola’s side are also in action in the days leading up to the EFL Cup final, taking on Schalke in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday 20 February.

Gameweeks 32 and 35 have been widely mooted as double Gameweeks, though there is the possibility of City’s trip to Goodison Park being tagged onto another round of fixtures: Gameweek 25 being one such option, though that would necessitate hasty re-arrangement and neither club to be involved in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Our preliminary guide to the possible blanks and doubles in the months ahead can be viewed here.

Manchester City 9-0 Burton Albion

  • Goals: Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m), Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) x4, Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.7m), Phil Foden (£4.6m), Kyle Walker (£6.4m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m)
  • Assists: David Silva (£8.5m) x2, Leroy Sane (£9.5m) x3, Riyad Mahrez x2, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva (£7.5m)

While they have encountered limited opposition in Rotherham United and Burton Albion in the last five days, that City have hit 16 goals without reply suggests some of the swagger that was so badly lacking in December has returned to the Etihad.

The narrow Gameweek 21 victory over Liverpool is no doubt City’s most significant result over the last week but the manner of this latest success, a nine-goal demolition of Nigel Clough’s League One outfit, would have further encouraged owners of the reigning champions’ Fantasy assets.

Wednesday night’s 9-0 win was done without the services of Raheem Sterling (£11.3m), Ederson (£5.6m), Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m), John Stones (£5.2m) and Fernandinho (£5.3m), who were either unused substitutes or rested completely.

Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) and Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) were also missing, with Guardiola revealing both players were unavailable to him:

Almost everybody is fit except Sergio and Vincent. I make a selection, for example, Kevin [De Bruyne] and David [Silva] in the last weeks haven’t played too much and need the rhythm.

Kevin has had four, five months injured so he needs minutes. He had 70 minutes last game and today more minutes.

Aguero is thought to only be suffering from a cold, though official word is awaited on both the Argentinean forward and Kompany.

When interviewed after the match, the City boss said the magnitude of his side’s victory means he can afford to blood a second-string starting XI for the return leg in a fortnight’s time:

We spoke about that at half-time – to play simple, let them run and try to score more goals. It’s the best way to respect the competition and respect the opponents.

If you are 4-0 up and forget to continue, you don’t have respect for the competition or your opponent. The best way is do what we have to do.

We spoke about travelling to Burton with as big an advantage as possible but we didn’t expect this. It’s good for us because we can play the second team and players who don’t play regularly. In this incredible schedule, we have a little bit of a break in that week to prepare for the other competitions.

That second leg at the Pirelli Stadium falls in between Gameweek 23 and FA Cup fourth round weekend, so Guardiola’s team selection at Huddersfield Town on Sunday week should be largely unaffected by any subsequent midweek distraction.

Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) was the headline-maker last night, scoring four goals in the space of 35 minutes and registering a slightly fortunate assist for substitute Phil Foden‘s (£4.6m) strike.

This was exactly the sort of confidence boost the Brazilian striker required after his hit-and-miss performances of late, which included a profligate display in the 7-0 win over Rotherham on Sunday.

Even ignoring his four-goal salvo, the Brazil international’s movement and sharpness were far more encouraging up front – though again, some allowance has to be made for the calibre of City’s latest opponents.

As he so often does with his squad players, Guardiola stressed the value of Jesus to his side after full-time:

Strikers need to score goals, Gabriel Jesus has had chances in the last few games and today he has scored. He is so important.

Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) and David Silva (£8.5m) were predictably far too good for their opposite numbers to handle, though Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) deserves credit for his own creative display at the base of the central midfield three: the Germany international kickstarting the moves that led to two of City’s goals with some excellent passes.

Many of City’s goals had a similar feel, with incisive balls from deep being sprayed towards “inside forward” areas and the assists coming from those zones.

That creativity from deep is something City were lacking during their loss of form in December and the return to fitness of De Bruyne and Silva is a huge bonus on that front.

Leroy Sane (£9.5m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) didn’t have to break a sweat on the flanks but Sane was perhaps the more impressive of the two, registering a hat-trick of assists before his withdrawal midway through the second half.

That Mahrez has played 180 minutes in the two domestic cup fixtures on Sunday and Wednesday (Sane 99, Sterling 57) suggests he will be the fall guy on the flank when City entertain Wolves on Monday evening.

Sane’s pitch-time could once again be affected in the medium-term, however, with Benjamin Mendy (£6.2m) closing in on a return.

Speaking on Tuesday, Guardiola said of the French defender:

He’s much better. He’s training alone. Two weeks, three weeks maybe [until he returns].

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.7m) played the full 90 minutes at left-back last night, though Fabian Delph (£5.3m) – on the bench after the completion of his three-match ban – could return to that position in Gameweek 22.

HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED

1-0: David Silva’s pinpoint cross from the left was headed home by De Bruyne from ten yards out.

2-0: Sane’s shot from a narrow angle was saved after an incisive pass from Gundogan, the ball popping up kindly for Jesus to head into an empty net.

3-0: David Silva’s ball across the six-yard box was controlled by Jesus, who took his time before firing in off Bradley Collins’ left-hand post.

4-0: Sane’s ball inside from the left flank was met by Zinchenko, whose attempted cross from 25 yards out looped straight into the net.

5-0: David Silva’s pass released Mahrez on the right of the box, with the Algerian’s cross met by a Jesus header from seven yards out.

6-0: After having an initial shot saved, Jesus’ attempted follow-up rolled into the path of Foden, who stroked home from the edge of the six-yard box.

7-0:  Mahrez’s ball from deep released Sane on the left side of the box and the German winger nutmegged his marker with a deft pass into the path of Jesus, who scored his fourth of the evening with a flicked finish.

8-0: David Silva’s pass released Mahrez on the left of the box, with the Algerian winger’s cut-back being cushioned home by Walker from eight yards out.

9-0: Bernardo Silva’s ball from the left flank was finished at the second attempt by Mahrez eight yards out after the Algerian had initially miskicked.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Muric; Walker (Danilo 74′), Otamendi, Garcia, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Foden 58′), Gundogan, David Silva; Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sane (Bernardo Silva 66′).

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  1. tisza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone got any views on the Saints goalkeeping situation?
    Is Gunn going to hold his place?
    Seems to be down to him or McCarthy. Need to sort out Hamer and not sure I fancy keeping Fab over next 4/5 weeks

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I’m looking at Guaita

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Gunn is very highly regarded and long term will take the spot. Maybe not just yet?

      1. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        thanks

  2. PogBooom
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Auba + Martial > Salah + Ings/Barnes/Kamara for a hit worth it? Or save and get Salah next week?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Save

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I wouldnt do it even without a hit.

    3. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Isnt ings injured?
      Was considering such a move but not so keen on other cheaper ones..

  3. SADIO SANÉ
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    any ideas for this team please? I've got 2FT and a load of different ideas (including removing Kane) but any obvious moves? I'll want Rashford pretty soon

    Guaita (Button)
    TAA Pereira Digne (Holebas Doherty)
    Salah Haz Son Pogba Anderson
    Kane Kamara (Quaner)

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I would save and get Rash for Quaner next. Your choice who to lose as enabler

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Well Son obviously

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Son -> Rich this week allows Pereira+Quaner -> Bednarek+Rashford next week...

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Holebas >> Bednarek to raise funds for use of 2FTs next GW to get Rash

      1. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        What he said

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        yeah decent idea, thought about this, only leaves 6.5 for the Son replacement...think I'd want Rich ideally

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Pereyra for sure!

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            yeah, or Deulofeu? some decent options at Watford/Bournemouth in that range I guess

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Prefer Pereyra. Passes the eye test

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    New crowd... trying to decide on this. Which do you prefer?

    2FTs and 0.4itb. A & B allow Auba+Son >> Rashford+Salah next GW. C does not. That’s if I sell Auba 🙂

    A. Fab >> Guaita
    B. Schindler >> Bednarek
    C. Kola >> TAA

    Fab
    Kola • Digne • AWB
    Haz • Rich • Son • FAnders • Martial
    Auba(C) • Kane
    (Button / Schindler / Doherty / Kamara)

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B as would want to keep Fab

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Personally I'd try to leverage in a situation where you can delay the who goes for Salah decision between Auba and Hazard. B makes sense to me, I wouldn't do A.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah that’s what I’m thinking mate. A or B allow me to give Haz, Auba, Kane one last week to prove who’s worth keeping. Son will make way of course due to leaving 🙁 I’ll miss that man

    3. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B
      I am considering haz v Auba cap?
      Any reason for auba?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Close. Haz trolled me a lot and the team is playing poor. Also Fernandez back in training for us so big plus and a big bus getting parked. Also a Newcastle fan so a little away there too. Then Auba is in great form and West Ham are poor at the back so could be an open game. And the FFS podcast by Jonty and the G-Whizz hot topic.

  5. acidicleo
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Suggestions please:

    Current attack:
    Hazard Pogba Richarlison Anderson Hojberg
    Kane Auba Jimenez

    1FT 1.4 ITB

    A ) Auba + Anderson to Salah + Kamara or 6.5
    B) Save FT (as salah v brighton away and auba has a good fixture) and get Salah in next GW with 2 FT
    C) Any other move to get Salah in this GW itself?

    Cheers

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I’m doing B

  6. jomikijiq
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    2 FT, 1.5 itb

    Foster
    VVD, Digne, AWB
    Hazard, Sane, Martial, Rich, Hogg
    Kane, Auba

    Button, Diop, Doherty, Ings

    A) Hogg -> Camarasa
    B) Martial, Auba -> Salah, Jimenez
    C) Martial, Kane -> Salah, Rashford

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A is decent

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hazard to troll his sellers with a brace this weekend.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He’s going to troll someone that’s for sure. Sellers / Keepers / Buyers / Captainers / Non-Captainers so can’t win really

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        You forgot Kiwivillan 🙂

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Most are still holding. Hes waiting until next week against Arsenal to punish.

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

    4. caldracula
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Goal and an Assist

  8. Goonermeister
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A) Sane Brooks
    B) Pogba Fraser

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  9. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Why are people selling Pogba?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No idea.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      let them 🙂

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      We don't like him

  10. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Any suggestions to this team?

    2 FTs and 0.8 ITB

    Fabianski - Button
    Luiz - TAA - Doherty - Digne - AWB
    Hazard - Sane - Richarlison - Pogba - Gibbs-White
    Kane - Lacazette - Rashford

    Thanks guys!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Lack of LFC attack.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Consider getting rid of Lacazette.

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hazard, Lacazette to Salah, Arnautovic

    4. caldracula
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Lacazette to fodder, Sane to Salah next week. Would also change keeper.

    5. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Fab to Guita lose LacA next week

  11. Ode
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Why is Kane's ownership dropping despite good upcoming fixtures and a 12 point haul last gameweek? People selling him for Salah?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Yes.

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      People think that without Son he's handicapped.

    3. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He's hardly losing owners.

      He's at 12k net loss for the game week which is just over a half percent loss of ownership.

  12. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A. Lloris, Digne
    B. Etheridge, Luiz

  13. Gamer18
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who is best striker £5.8m or under????

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Barnes

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        What about Barnes?

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        barnes looks good

      4. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ings when healthy

      5. kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Rondon

    • ITFC96
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Hello all,

        Team gtg?

        Fabianski

        AWB, Alonso, Digne

        Salah (C), Sane (VC), Richarlison, Fanderson, Martial

        Kane, Rashford

        Bench: Kolasinic, Kamara, Docherty

        Struggling on deciding who to start. Thinking on saving my transfer and taking Alonso & Martial out for Pogba & TAA...

        1. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Good plan...

      • Bookmark
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Any suggestions to this team?

        2 FTs and 1.0 ITB

        Fabianski - Hamer
        Kolasinac - TAA - Doherty - Digne - AWB
        Hazard - Anderson - Son- Pogba - Gunarson
        Kane - Auba - Jimenez

        Plan for next week Son & Auba -> Salah & Rashford, to achive this without a loss i have 0,3 anf 1FT for this GW.

        Thanks for advice and good luck

      • MGD
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Fanderson, keep or get rid?

      • Gamer18
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Going into Week 1 of Last Man Standing who should I pick? Comment below

        • Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Got 0.4 still on WC, do I bank it or any obvious improvements?

          Guaita
          VVD TAA AWB
          Salah Hazard Sane Richarlison
          Auba Arnie Jimenez

          Patricio-Puncheon-Doherty-Bednarek

        • only2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Play Shaw (spurs) or Wan Biss (watford)?

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Wan

            1. only2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thanks! Not quite set, but I guess

          2. jason_ni
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Wb

        • jason_ni
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Fraser the best bench option out of these?
          Taa (bha)
          Fraser(eve)
          Richa(BOU)
          Anderson(ARS)

          1. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah

        • Blens
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Kane + Son > Auba + Sane for a -4...need a big return