Scout Notes

Sterling stars as De Bruyne jumps back on FPL radars

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) may have been the top points scorer in Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace – but he was not the only midfielder to bring in double-figures.

Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) put himself right back on the Fantasy Premier League radar with an exceptional performance in time for the end of season run-in.

As we learned yet more about Pep Guardiola’s side at Crystal Palace, this Scout Notes article documents the latest instalment in an ever-changing picture at Manchester City.

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Goals: Luka Milivojevic (£6.4m) | Raheem Sterling x2 (£11.5m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m)

Assists: James McArthur (£4.8m) | Kevin de Bruyne x2 (£9.7m), Leroy Sané (£9.3m)

Sterling was comfortably Manchester City’s chief goal threat in the 3-1 win at Selhurst Park. No player was afforded more big chances, and he was top of the pile for shots in the box and efforts on target too. That certainly bodes well for future attacking returns, but Sterling will continue to have rotation concerns hanging over him.

Despite playing 90 minutes in each of the last two matches, he was named in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace and completed yet another outing. With Manchester City currently 1-0 down to Tottenham Hotspur after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, it seems highly unlikely that he will be left out of the starting XI for the second leg on Wednesday. That would mean five starts in a row for the Englishman ahead of Double Gameweek 35 when they host Spurs again. It will be interesting to see when Guardiola decides to hand him a rest.

At the very least, Sterling seems to be posing more of a threat than Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) who now has just one goal in the last four Gameweeks. Manchester City’s diminutive midfielder is also getting clear of the Argentinian for underlying statistics too, offering better minutes per chance, minutes per chance created and expected goal involvement (xGI) too.

Aguero continues to have his minutes managed by Guardiola too, without a 90-minute appearance since Gameweek 24. Obviously, that has helped him start more matches than most of his colleagues, but in games where he has not looked his best, like this one, it is frustrating for his owners that he does not stay on the pitch for longer. There were suggestions after the match that Guardiola had taken him off because of an injury, although the Manchester City manager has since confirmed that Aguero does not have a knock.

Coming back into the Fantasy conversation after an incredible performance is de Bruyne. He was easily the best player on the pitch at Selhurst, providing two incisive assists for Sterling and Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m). Amazingly, they were his first two of the season, but the fact that he has struggled with injury for much of the campaign it’s not a huge surprise.

Crucially, de Bruyne’s attacking returns against Crystal Palace were in line with the creative potential he has shown in recent matches. In the four outings in the build-up to Double Gameweek 34, the Belgian had created a chance every 18 minutes, so assists were certainly coming. With four efforts on goal at Selhurst Park, only Sterling had more shots than him too. With six starts in the last seven Gameweeks, and potentially a rest against Spurs given his absence on Tuesday night, de Bruyne could be a key Manchester City midfielder to own between now and the end of the season.

“The last three or four games the way (de Bruyne) played was incredible, we missed him a lot. He has the ability and vision to see passes that other human beings are not able to watch. With him around, our paces and passes in front – especially in the final third – are incredible and today he was so committed to defensive work, winning duels and being in that position. And of course, he is fresh mentally in the legs in those situations. That’s why he made not just the two assists that are so important but in all the other situations that we needed him.” – Pep Guardiola

Given that he missed the Champions League quarter-final first leg, it was no surprise to see Leroy Sané (£9.3m) in the starting line-up at Palace. He has worked his way back into consideration for Premier League matches it seems, with starts in both of the last two matches, after just three appearances between Gameweeks 25 and 32. Crucially, he has attacking returns in both of those, a goal against Cardiff and an assist at Selhurst Park.

The fact that he was able to produce a decent attacking performance despite sharing the left-flank with Benjamin Mendy (£6.1m) is worthy of note. The Frenchman was making his first league start since November and enjoyed nothing more than a solid afternoon. There was some overlap with Sané, but it was mainly the German who provided the width down that side of the pitch.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) was back in the side overcoming his yellow flag. He was named among the substitutes and came on for David Silva (£8.5m) in the second half. Meanwhile, Fernandinho (£5.3m) missed out with what Guardiola described as a “short-term” injury which could also make him absent for midweek Champions League action. However, Manchester City did not particularly miss the Brazilian with both de Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m) providing a decent screen for the back-four.

“Yes. (Fernandinho) finished bad against Tottenham. Today he is not fit. It’s short-term.” – Pep Guardiola

Crystal Palace certainly made themselves harder to beat than some were expecting pre-match. They were without James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Mamadou Sakho (£4.9m) and had to field Martin Kelly (£3.9m) and Scott Dan (£4.4m) at centre-back.

The injury problems mounted for the Eagles in the first half when Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m) was forced off with a muscle problem. He was replaced by Cheikhou Kouyaté (£4.7m).

The interesting line on Crystal Palace’s attack was that Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) was benched for Christian Benteke (£6.3m) to get his first start since Gameweek 26. Roy Hodgson explained that he wanted a player who could hold the ball up for his side, which the Belgian did admirably against formidable opponents. The Eagles’ manager also cited Batshuayi’s status as a loan player as a reason for dropping him to the bench, so it will be intriguing to see if that has a prolonged effect on his place in the team as the season winds to a close.

Crystal Palace XI (4-5-1): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka; Zaha, Schlupp (Kouyaté 22′), Milivojevic, McArthur (Sako 85′), Townsend (Meyer 77′); Benteke.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Kompany, Walker; Gündogan, de Bruyne; Sané (Stones 87′), D Silva (B Silva 65′), Sterling; Aguero (Jesus 75′).

1,016 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Irbox ⚽
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Tadic has 32 goals and 18 assists for Ajax this season in 48 games.. let that sink in.

    If only the premier league retained him and in a more fluent attacking unit - he would have capitalised on those immense underlying numbers of seasons passed!

    1. Weasel Boy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Wasted at Southampton

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Dutch footbaLOL

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        He has been tearing it up in the champions league!

        1. KingOllie
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          He got a 10/10 rating vs real madrid

    3. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      GW8. never forget.

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        We have been dining off that for years. Pellet and Bertrand triple up ?!

    4. Amey
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Amazing stats.
      Tbh he was also a bit inconsistent in PL.
      This is just huge numbers though. Good move for him then.

    5. el polako
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Much slower tempo of football in Eredivisie.

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Obviously but his numbers are strong in all European matches

    6. jia you jia you
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      League 1 is similar in quality to the Dutch top tier 😉

      1. jia you jia you
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        but he has performed very well in the UCL tbf to him!

    7. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I guess he would have done better under this new manager

    8. dicky2014
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Same with Mane.

    9. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jahanbakhsh was the top scorer in the Dutch league last year and hasn’t scored or assisted all season for Brighton, Janssen in 16/17, Depay in 14/15, Bony in 12/13 ....

  2. Hktrader88
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Fabianski / Ryan

    TAA - VVD - Luiz - Kola - Pereira

    Salah - Hazard - Son - Eriksen - Camarasa

    Wilson - Rondon - Barnes

    0.2m ITB, want to BB this week. Confused where to go next, and what is worth a hit.

    Want to do Barnes to Jimenez and Fab to Foster for -4

    But i need to free up some cash for Jimenez

    A. For -12, 0itb
    Pereira to Boly
    Camarasa to Hojberg

    B for -12 , 0.4itb
    Camarasa to Deulofeu/Doucoure
    Eriksen to Moura

    I could also go to-16
    With Rondon to Deeney

    Then I'll do Hazard to Sterling the following week.

  3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Lacazette triple captain next week?

    1. jia you jia you
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lol(C)azette

      1. jia you jia you
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        not feeling it with Arsenal assets but could be good, who knows!

  4. Weasel Boy
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone going Deeney (c) in 35?

    Tempted myself.

    1. Patrick Bateman
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah tight one between him or Jimi for me.

    2. Irbox ⚽
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Bound to be rotated due to FA Cup final

      1. Bodini
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        On 18th May?

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

        He'll have 4 weeks to get ready won't he?

        1. Irbox ⚽
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Might just be enough 😉

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      See how he plays tonight first

      1. Amey
        2 months, 4 days ago

        TM
        Is that you 😉

    4. The Senate
      2 months, 4 days ago

      my number one pick atm but might change my mind

    5. el polako
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Him or Jimenez for me.

    6. jia you jia you
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nah, stenches of ending in tears, missed pen and red card spring to mind 😉

      1. tokara
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        says the guy who cap DCL hehehe

        1. jia you jia you
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          says the joker with no team linked 😉

    7. RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Maybe triple captain

      1. S.Kuqi
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Considering same

    8. Iggypop
      2 months, 4 days ago

      no chance..... as I don't own him, but he did not even make 1 of my drafts WC

  5. Ian Davis
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Worth keeping both Mané and Salah or transfer one out for a DGW player?

    * other midfielders are Son, Sterling and Pogba

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I’d keep - Cardiff could be a cricket score

      1. Ian Davis
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        My thinking as well..

    2. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Keep. I’m actually considering ignoring double week players for captain and going with Mane.

  6. KINGS
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Original plan is to BB GW35. But having the likes of Duffy, Murray and Camarasa, now considering TC GW35 instead. What are your thoughts?

    1. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Used up TC but otherwise would seriously consider that

      GW35 - Brighton vs wol/tot, Cardiff vs LIV
      GW36 - Brighton vs NEW, Cardiff vs ful

  7. Jᴀʀᴠish
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Just 23 points between 5k and 10k at the moment.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      The gaps really start to increase rapidly below 5k though

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yep - interesting bunching going on.

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah. Boxing Day Digne hurts more.

    3. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Interesting!
      That's why I was wondering why I keep going in and out of the Top 5k so easily.
      Very tough to get a green arrow in the Top 5k.

  8. FPL Flop
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I love weeks where there isn’t an ‘obvious’ captain pick who ends up with 150%+ EO.
    Thoughts on Aguero (C)? Big game player (hat tricks vs Arsenal and Chelsea already) and surely nailed for these two huge fixtures.

    1. el polako
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      How did he play yesterday ?

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Haha, not sure that performance will be indicative of all future performances I’m afraid.

    2. FPLinho
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Have him nailed captain personally, unless any change following Spurs this week. I think they could destroy over the next two games and United have not looked good. Aguero's a big game player and has a decent chance of starting both games.

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        My thoughts exactly... been looking forward to this City double because the big guns will likely play 120+ mins, and it’s worth bearing in mind that City *are* the hard fixture.

        1. FPLinho
          2 months, 4 days ago

          yeah I agree. Spurs at home should be okay for them and they'll want to bury United after Old Trafford last year.
          CL affects things too. If United get battered at Camp Nou (not inconceivable) then they could really be there for the taking

    3. Pompel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Between him, Deeney and Jimi for me. But Deeney could conceivably be rested, and Wolves already on the beach?

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I’d personally feel wrong captaining either of the former over Aguero, as decent a shout as they may turn out to be!

      2. kennethrhcp
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        just like Bou were meant to be on the beach this week 🙂

    4. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I have Kun but more likely going one of my Son/Eriksen/Moura trinity if I can glean anything from CL re game time.

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Great three to own this week 🙂
        Good luck whatever you decide.

        1. TRASH BOAT
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          ..and to you...

    5. donlobatto
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yep I current have (K)un and Deeney / Jimi as VC - will see what the next couple of days brings!

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A good Aguero performance in midweek would lock him in for me. Manage dminites would also be nice...

        1. FPL Flop
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Managed minutes*, that is.

        2. donlobatto
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          This is what I’m hoping for. He needs to repay me for his poor show this GW!!

          1. FPL Flop
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I’m sure he’ll bounce back. Don’t think one or two bad performances change his elite FPL status.

  9. aleksios
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best defender to get up to 5.5 mil?
    Rest is:

    --Lloris-Foster
    -VVD-Dunk-Doherty-Valery.

    Thanks.

    1. FPLinho
      2 months, 4 days ago

      TAA

    2. JuulKrapuul
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Duffy (C)

  10. Karan14
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Deeney's EO is only 15% in the Top 10k for this week.

    Any returns could be very beneficial for owners.

    1. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      cmon Troy1!!! save us

    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Go Fat Drake!

    3. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      On the other hand Kola (10%) & Laca (16%) could also be great differentials for tonight.
      Auba not even on the chart. Guessing he'll be less than 5%.

      1. Fire Chief Moe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Aubameyang 3.88% EO:3.93%

    4. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Deeney could easily score a brace

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        but hope its 3-2 to arsenal

    5. Pompel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Hoping he will rocket me into top 100k finally.

  11. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    My 2 just became a 3. Reminds me that I joined FFS around the week where people were discussing Lukaku and Carroll for their GW34 TC, where Sanchez and Aguero scored 25 and 26.

    1. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      That was the last time that DGW was actually any good

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        The year after was just as good, Kane scoring 31, Sanchez 27 and Jesus 17 or 19 all in one week.

        1. Amey
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yes
          I crossed the 200 mark that gw 😀
          Amazing GW !!!

    2. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I miss the old Sanchez.

  12. NUFCAndrew
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    1 FT, 0 ITB. Just need to use 1 FT or take a hit or 2? Bench boosting GW35

    Ederson Gunn

    Robertson Periera Duffy WB Bednarek

    Salah Mane Son Pogba Brooks

    Vardy Wilson Rondon

    1. JuulKrapuul
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Maybe Vardy(and/or Rondon) to Lacazette/Deeney/Jiminez/Rashford.

      Rest is ok, I think

  13. Ian Davis
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    A) Sterling & Deeney

    or

    B) Aguero & Deulofeu

    1. Amey
      2 months, 4 days ago

      CL minutes may give us better clue.
      If all play both matches, A has higher ceiling due to Raz.

    2. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A for me atm.

      1. Ian Davis
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Pretty sure they’ll both play close to 90 mins as it’s a huge game, unless they’re 3 or 4 up...

  14. TRASH BOAT
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    After the 0-5 what odds a Duffy goal tomorrow?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I never expected anything vs Bournemouth I only got him for his upcoming hattrick vs Cardiff

      1. Amey
        2 months, 4 days ago

        😛

    2. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Frankly I'll take 2pts x 2

    3. BoomBoomShacktheroom
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      100% happening.

    4. Ian Davis
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Duffy goal - Dunk assist. Pretty surely it’ll be an overhead kick as well.

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Did Elvis take the initial corner?

        1. BoomBoomShacktheroom
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Foster did.

  15. Pompel
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling expected to play both DGW fixtures? Both are big games, so Pep will want to field strong team, but will he simply need to start one match on the bench given the testing schedule?
    Was burnt by no Sterling yesterday, and getting Mané against Cardiff is tempting

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      'Expected to play', is a phase never used in line with any Man City player, except Ederson.

      1. Pompel
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Second guessing Pep is futile, yes. I had sort of hoped he would be rested against Palace having played 90 mins mid-week, and then three big matches in a row now coming up.

  16. FANTASY FOOTBALL STOUT
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Wow Fabianski still topnof the watchlist. Free drugs in FFS towers?

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Don't think there is any building for FFS hahaha

    2. Amey
      2 months, 4 days ago

      They've forgotten him 😉
      (Set N Forget)

  17. tokara
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    i felt good today, bench hazard for Mili even though i got a City keeper

  18. HD7
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Lloris Foster
    Laporte Duffy Robbo Doherty Valery
    Sterling Eriksen Son Jota Redmond
    Aguero Jimenez Deeney

    Captain in 35 - Aguero?

  19. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone else captaining sterling?

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not worried about rotation? Im thinking Deeney

    2. Amey
      2 months, 4 days ago

      \0/
      (Depending upon CL involvment though)

    3. jia you jia you
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Better options I feel, they potentially look two very tough games for City...cant deny his form though and captaining him for a few of his hauls has def helped make my season so I am a little tempted!

  20. boc610
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Say ' spirit of 99 ' one more time!! I dare you, i double dare you !! is how I imagine all the United squad feel right now

    1. Amey
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Give them a Break.
      Focus on your own title challenge man 😉

  21. S.Kuqi
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone here considering Mendy?

  22. Ian Davis
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Any Watford defenders worth getting in?

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      No because there are only 4 FT's left

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        If he was back from injury earlier in the season then i would say hell yes

        1. Ian Davis
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Who’s he?

          1. Amey
            2 months, 4 days ago

            😀

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Apologies, Reply fail to the above post. Not sure how that happened.

  23. Perthite
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Would you use a FT on Camarasa or Valery on my BB team?

    Ryan Foster
    Robertson Doherty Duffy Valery Bednarak
    Sterling Salah Son Jota Camarasa
    Lacazette Jimenez Deeney
    4.0m 1FT

    1. S.Kuqi
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Camarasa. Mids have higher ceiling

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Valery has been reported as cramp so should be okay. Keep an eye on press conferences.

  24. simong1
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Looking to replace Siggurdson .Better to bring in Deulefeu or Mane this week?

    Could hold on Mane until his match against HUD. Only have TAA as Liverpool coverage at the moment

  25. jake0910
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Afternoon Chaps,

    Who do we think is the better pairing?

    A. Aguero & Erikson/Son
    B. Sterling & Lacazette

    (Currently have no spurs coverage)

    1. KINGS
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

  26. Legend of Rosický
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone thinking about TC Hazard in 37? Probably his last PL home game for Chelsea

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Maybe. But Watford aren't going to roll over imo.

  27. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Transfers planned. Nathan Holland. West Ham. Midfield 4.0. 0.0 tsb. Hello fir gw36 and welcome to my team to allow Firmino back in.