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Five Man City talking points ahead of the Community Shield final

Manchester City have now completed their pre-season friendly schedule ahead of the 2019/20 season, leaving plenty for Fantasy Premier League managers to chew over.

We will get one final look at Pep Guardiola’s team before the Gameweek 1 deadline when they face Liverpool in the Community Shield final next Sunday.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for Fantasy managers to put to rest any final questions they have about Manchester City assets.

This article highlights five key areas of their team that we should be keeping an eye on at Wembley next weekend.

Front and centre

Sterling in action for Man City during pre-season

The chances of Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) lining up as Manchester City’s centre-forward in Gameweek 1 strengthen with each passing pre-season friendly.

The England international was deployed as the striker in Guardiola’s 4-3-3 system in the win over Yokohama.

He scored in that final game of the tour and has now been involved in six pre-season goals this summer (four his own, two assists).

As has been reportedly already, with Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) still on international leave following their involvement at the Copa America, Guardiola is clearly preparing Sterling to take their place in the Community Shield and possible beyond that.

We would expect him to start up front against Liverpool on Sunday but the key thing to look out for among Fantasy managers is how he gets on in that role.

It was discussed last week whether a shift to a centre-forward role is always beneficial to a wide-midfield player so an eye test against one of the best defences in the Premier League could prove a helpful test of Sterling’s credentials.

Sanéty Check

Sané’s position in the team came under threat after Sterling started performing well on the left

The implications of Sterling’s role as a centre-forward is also helpful for Fantasy managers in regards to other areas of the Manchester City team.

With the winger being pulled into a central role, it means there is much less competition for the flanks of Guardiola’s front-three.

The absence of Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), following his successful African Cup of Nations campaign with Algeria, is also a benefit for predicting the team early on.

Leroy Sané (£9.5m) should be the chief beneficiary as he should have unrivalled access to the left flank of Guardiola’s attacking trio.

Despite the uncertainty over his future, the German international has been used extensively on the left-wing in pre-season and has been quite effective too.

After 239 minutes, two goals and one assist, Guardiola has Sané well-prepared for the new campaign and he looks likely to be an important part of the attack against Liverpool.

If he performs well at Wembley, then he could just book himself a place in the Gameweek 1 side.

Where’s Kevin?

De Bruyne has done very well in pre-season for Man City

There were media reports last week that Guardiola wanted to see Kevin de Bruyne (£9.5m) take up a deeper midfield role this season and Fantasy managers will have to keep an eye out for this in the Community Shield final.

In recent games played on tour this dropping deeper has not happened with too much regularity for the Belgian but that may be because of the quality of opposition.

Against Yokohama, de Bruyne was one of the best players on the pitch and emerged with a goal and assist to his name. That took his pre-season tally for goal involvement to four (one goal, three assists).

Despite those encouraging numbers, a match-up with Liverpool will prove a much more reliable event for seeing what de Bruyne’s positioning will be this season.

However, not only do we have to assess where he’s playing, Fantasy managers must also pay attention to whether or not a deeper role actually has any impact on his points potential.

For example, de Bruyne’s hand in set pieces won’t be affected by his positioning. But given his quality, there is still a possibility that de Bruyne could still hang back a bit more, and yet still create a decent number of chances.

Furthermore, the Belgian boasted a better minutes per shot than Sterling in 2018/19 and has historically been accurate from range.

Therefore, a deeper role could unlock other areas of de Bruyne’s Fantasy potential, which is why he should arguably the biggest focus of FPL managers during the Community Shield final.

Left-back… in the changing room?

Zinchenko may yet be the first-choice left-back for Man City at the start of the season

Now that we’ve seen Manchester City play four times in pre-season, we have a better idea of who will start at left-back too.

The signing of Angeliño (£5.0m) this summer complicated the task of predicting who the first-choice was in this position but pre-season line-ups have made things slightly easier.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) has recorded more minutes in friendlies at left-back than any other Manchester City player.

His total of 209 is made up of two outings over 60 minutes, and it was the Ukrainian that started in the most recent match against Yokohama.

Admittedly, Angeliño’s pre-season involvement is not that far behind Zinchenko, so it’s hard to be completely certain which one will be favoured in Gameweek 1.

The new signing (or re-signing) has recorded 151 minutes from to starts at left-back this summer.

However, only one of those outings lasted longer than an hour, hence the discrepancy of 54 minutes between him and Zinchenko.

Danilo (£5.0m) has 195 minutes to his name over the summer, just nine shy of Zinchenko, but he has predominantly been used at right-back and is likely to be Kyle Walker‘s (£6.0m) understudy this season.

Also, at least for now, Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) is out of the picture until September according to the most recent reports.

That is a handy development for Fantasy managers as they study the Community Shield for clues about the first-choice left-back.

Zinchenko remains the favourite to start that match, but Angeliño probably has an outside chance of being involved.

On Your Ederson

Ederson is yet to play a single minute of pre-season for Man City

Finally, it has not gone unnoticed that Claudio Bravo (£5.0m) has started and played 90 minutes in every single match of Manchester City’s pre-season so far.

Obviously, we know that Ederson (£6.0m) is still the first-choice at the Eithad Stadium but there could be a slight chance of him missing out on a start to the campaign.

The Brazilian has been away this summer as part of his country’s Copa America although is still behind Alisson (£6.0m) in the pecking order.

Goalkeepers are typically easier to drop straight back in a team with minimal preparation than outfield players, and with Ederson, he will probably be fresher than his Liverpool counterpart.

However, we know that Guardiola is a methodical man who values things should as preparation during pre-season, so it’s worth considering an outside chance of the cheaper Bravo starting the Community Shield.

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1,784 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bielsa's Bucket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    You've gotta go for Zinchenko. He starts and City do well, you're laughing.
    Funds saved. Money in the bank. Points on the table.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Hear hear

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Laporte’s in my team at the minute, but Zinky is so tempting

      He also opens up lots of interesting city treble ups

      Any combo of Zinky + 1 of Laporte, Ederson + 1 of Sterling, KDB works out very cheap for the quality you’re getting - assuming he’s nailed of course

      1. Bielsa's Bucket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Ideal scenario would be him bagging a goal or assist in CS.

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        How many Utd you got in your team?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          None - I think they’ll be a train wreck

          Pogba & Martial are interesting, and Rashford could be set for a breakout season... but I think they’re on the road to ruin personally so will observe first before partaking

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Mate you could sell it better

            I’ve three, which will likely end up being two

            AWB, Greenwood, Henderson

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Greenwood on my bench of lolz 🙂

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Must be one
          Greenwood

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            As a starter or bench fodder?

        3. Chazz69
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          None

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Chelsea fans - which 2 do you think have played themselves into week 1 side ?

    A Emerson
    B Alonso
    C Mount
    D Barkley

    1. Pumpy
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Doesn't matter what they think to be fair

      1. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Let's shut down the forum

        1. Pumpy
          • 12 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          If ya like

        2. Pumpy
          • 12 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Would you put a player into a team based on whether a fan thinks they will start or not ?

          If you would then god help you and good luck

          1. No Professionals
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            All very extreme, guy is just asking for a fan's view.

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A for sure. Probably C too, but there's 2 more games to go.

    3. Mitcheltree
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      They will both start, Barkley as no.10 and maseon on the side, both impressing in pre season.

    4. RichardNixon
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Watched all the games and IMO barkley and mount have been the most impressive. Not sure if the balance of the team will be right if they are both to play and looks like 4-2-3-1 is the formation Lampard prefers. So flip a coin as to who starts, and then flip it again to who starts in gw2. You can also flip a coin between alonso and emerson

    5. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Defo not Barkley

      1. RichardNixon
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Barkley has been Chelsea's stand-out in pre-season

    6. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Could be wishful thinking, but I'm hoping Mount and Barkley start. They seem to be thriving under Lamps, and they're exactly what chelsea need.

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        left back is a toss up. But prob alonso plays

  3. Syd.
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I was out walking the dogs just before 5 and could hear the Liverpool fans in full voice.

    Haven’t heard a peep since

  4. Srv210
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Where's the rmt link?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      There's no RMT article, if that's what you mean.

      1. Pumpy
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Is there going to be a thread? Can you keep all the RMT posts away from here? Would be better for most of us mate

    2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      What do you mean? There’s no RMT thread yet

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Please post your rmt here 😉

  5. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    28. juli: Napoli i treningskamp
    31. juli: Lyon i treningskamp
    4. august: Manchester City i Community Shield-finale
    9. august: Norwich i serieåpning
    14. august: Chelsea i UEFA Super Cup-finale
    17. august: Southampton i serien. Liverpool’s schedule ahead, a lil worrying, or no? Sorry its written in norwegian.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      ....wow I can speak norwegian !!!

    2. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      They will have their 3 main players back so I wouldn’t be all that worried

    3. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Salah er mest spikret som Van Dijk. TAA kan ha minutter tatt av Gomez. Safest er Salah + VVD + Rob

      1. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        sikrest*

    4. Thuug
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Du vil aldri gå alene

      (you'll never walk alone)

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        *You'll never work again

      2. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        lol

  6. Srv210
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Suggestions welcomed

    Pope
    TAA / coleman / Zinchenko
    Salah / Sterling / Moura / Trossard / Robinson
    Wilson / Vardy

    Button , Greenwood, targett ,lundstram

    1) Vardy or lacazette ?
    2) Zinchenko or van aanholt

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Trossard, what’s the rationale here? I saw he set up a few Duffy goals, was gross on the pitch? I think there will be some bargains in Brighton attack so just curious

      1. Srv210
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Kind of a punt, I heard the new Brighton coach is an attacking coach

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Cool, I’m on Gross atm so just wondered

          1. Srv210
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            I'm switching between players still..gross also looks good with his set pieces added advantage

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Vardy
      Zinchenko

  7. anish10
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Anyone fancy Zouma at 5m?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If ahead of Christensen in the pecking order I’m very interested

    2. Andy Mac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I’m hovering and want him in if he can show he’s nailed the spot

    3. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I have him

  8. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I prefer walker. Nailed and looked attacking at last friendly

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Well he wasn't exactly playing high-level opposition you need to defend deep against

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        He was almost a right CB last season againts any team. Weak or strong. Things may change this season

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I had him in my team too but took him out to get in Sterling. For 6m it's a nice price but as you allude to, you'd want him attacking the wing

  9. El Lobito 10
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    No reservations over Sterling's risk of rotation? When Mahrez, Jesus et al. are back, that roulette wheel starts a spinning. If nothing else, it's just annoying not being 100% sure.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      He will miss around 1 in 6 games if last season is anything to go by

      I couldn’t care less 🙂

      1. Dokdok666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        he didn't lose anything near 1/6 games last season though

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Looks good value even with the risk tbh.

    3. HurriKane
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Sterling is the most nailed on attacker for city

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Is he actually? I thought and still think Aguero started all...

    4. TOBY1
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      After Laporte and Ederson one of the most nailed.

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        And KdB

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      How many games did he miss last season?

  10. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Happy liverpool conceded 3. May put off people from doubling and tripling. More differential

  11. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Did Lacazette get injured today?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yeah went off early. Check scout tweets, sprained ankle. Saw him leaving in a boot, but doesn't sound too bad.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Ah that sucks! Had him nailed in my team, be hard to find the funds for auba now.

        Thanks for the heads up.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          He should have been in far more teams I think, but couldn't quite fit him in myself. Not sure what sort of timescale we're looking at though, might still be worth a look!

          1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            I just really see Newcastle as whipping boys and think Arsenal will thump them GW1. It then follows onto BUR GW2 and GW3 is when I’m aiming to
            Wildcard which works well in terms of Arsenal’s fixtures turning bad and spurs/city/leicesters getting better.
            If he’s out, I’ll be getting Auba, just a pain trying to find another 1.5 now!

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yep ankle, doesn't sound serious.

  12. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Crazy to go Richarlison over Siggy as everton attacking cover?

    Owning Richa feels more exciting and Maverick. Thoughts?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If I had a choice I’d 100% go Richarlison. Siggy over the season will score more points but I know I won’t have the patience with him or Everton to reap the rewards. So I prefer Richarlison, generally starts the season well and seems to improve every season

      1. HurriKane
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yh he does start strongly. With 2 seasons in the belt under him think Richarlison will go from strenght to strenght

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I feel covering eve with digne especially if eve sign a good striker like Haller and have Fraser and hopefully Fernandes joins Manutd he will probably score half if what he managed in Portugal which is good for me.

    3. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Match fitness maybe a slight issue but he's a quick starter so a good pick I think.

      1. HurriKane
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Shouldn't be a problem as he trained regularly with brazil in copa

    4. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I’d definitely go rich over siggy. Rich starts well normally and I’m just useless at catching siggys hauls.

      Think I held him for like 7 weeks last season when he has a block of amazing fixtures in which he blanked in every single match. I then sold him and he started hauling. Never forgiving him for that 😆

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Rich starts well at a new club - new territory ahead

  13. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Captain kane vs villa at home or sterling vs westham away?
    Assume westham may cause some problems for city at their stadium, with almost all of their players fit. Villa is much weaker side

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Will Kane be DM again do you reckon?

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I don't care if he plays CB and scores 2 penalties 😀

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          You could be onto something, he has the physique and aerial ability for centre half - that could be Poch’s masterplan for him 😉

          1. Jacky boy
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Good. CBs with good aerial ability score well on set pieces too

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Now all we need is the positional reclass & he becomes a viable FPL asset 😉

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            And he is breathing like Darth Vader - scary sight for attackers.

    2. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Kane

    3. HurriKane
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Promoted teams always have a surprise in them

      Surely not a walk in the park for spurs

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        5th championship team? Although they have signed some, but takes time to get better

    4. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Raz: oop striker at City (best attack)
      Kane:oop cdm/dm/cam for Spurs
      Raz for me

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Sterling also has the unfair advantage(s) of an extra point per goal and a point per CS, as well as KDB & Bilva tee’ing him up

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          More talented too.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            😀

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          P
          Might play as lone striker too (or is it confirmed that Kun won't play as he might lack match fitness ?)

    5. Hint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Kane captain is a good shout. Villa will likely only have one player from last seasons back four (Mings), maybe even back five if they sign a keeper. Every chance it'll take them a few weeks to get used to playing with each other and in the Prem.

  14. Victor Moses
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts of going 1 up front?

    Pope
    Robbo/VVD/Zinchenko/Digne/Dunk
    Salah/Sterling/Siggy/Jorginho
    Kane

    Bench fodder

    1. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Don’t like 1 up front personally as it’s quite inflexible and you’re one benching/rotation away from fielding 10 men (assuming the 2x 4.5F on the bench are unlikely to play)

    2. Predator
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Pope, Zinchenko, Dunk, Jorginho every week doesnt look good to me

  15. Amey
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    KDB giving high fives to John Cena ??

    1. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Who’s John Cena?

      1. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        WWE wrestler

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          😀
          Thank you for help
          I hope you got it

  16. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Asking for a bidding game:

    Any chance Willian will be first choice in Lampard's Chelsea team?

    1. Markus
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      At the start could quite well be...

    2. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I expect him to be first choice

    3. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Willian has always been inconsistent

  17. Prawnsandwich
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    The case for KDB and Sane instead of Sterling / 7m mid...

    Sterling not best captain option for at least the first 2-3 weeks...

    KDB and Sane good preseason form...

    Zaha /CHE mids / other 7m mids picture is uncertain..

    When form 7m mid emerges there is the option to switch to Sterling and that 7m mid...

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      That's 2 transfers you plan before any balls are kicked... Not ideal imo. Also not sure on Sanes game time, bayern more confident of a deal. KDB could easy be rotated with more in his position whereas Sterling will play due to no jesus or Aguero for a while.

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        2 Potential transfers...if KDB / Sane return well, could keep, anyway thats what transfer are for...

        Predicated on Sane staying which we should know before start..

        KDB and Sane could return well over first 1-3 weeks

        Sterling playing out of position might not suit him..

        Don't see much KDB rotation

        1. Prawnsandwich
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          And leaves place for getting Son in......

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Both very good points. Personally going for both KDB and Sterling. Sane a good punt but personally prefer Sterling as looked on fire in preseason and involved more often imo. And will want him at some point and more difficult to get in otherwise. Definately see your point :). Community shield will help and I may change a few things. If you do go for this then hope it works bud

          1. Prawnsandwich
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Cheers.....yeah I know what your saying about Sterling, but if Salah shows good form, he's almost perma captain for a long run of fixtures.....so do KDB & Sane outscore a non-captained Sterling / 7m mid....

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Yh that's true I guess, Ive owned Sane in the past and wasn't fun so kinda want to avoid. Like the look of a few OOP mids tbf like Perez so potentially do I guess. Could go either way

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Sterling missed CS shield last year but was in week 1 squad . Same could apply to Kun this time for similar reasons. WC and CA.

          Pretty certain Kun will be in week 2 anyway. Pep puts out his top players for top 6 matches.

          1. Prawnsandwich
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Yeah thats the problem, Aguero's return, any news on likely return date? Will he go straight in to the side...

            1. Prawnsandwich
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Then again, if Sanes in form maybe he retains his place to provide that width...

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              He’ll surely get the Spurs game in week 2. Week 1 is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking not.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                You're gonna love this - totally mentalist. I'm going into GW1 with Sterling, Sane AND KdB.
                My plan was always to switch a 9.5 placeholder for Son for GW3 and couldn't decide which of Kev or Sane to choose. So, I'll have both and sell whichever one (prob Sane) doesn't look like staying in the First XI.

                I've got the Liverpool Big 3 at the back in a 3-5-2, so no Salah, by the way.

  18. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Ryan
    Coleman, Trent, VVD, Maitland-Niles
    Fraser, Sterling, Siggy, KDB, Tielemans
    Kane(c)

    Wish I had bigger balls to go without Salah because I love this team.

    1. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I like the Maitland-Niles pick

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Basically Kane, Siggy instead of Salah, 6.5? Meh ;).

      1. Carlton P
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Then when he reposts the same team with a 6.5 up front everyone will say the attack’s is too weak!

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          You playing your game or everyone else's? Go with what you trust 🙂

  19. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Isn’t Sane the best short-term city option except Sterling)? And a good way to Son in GW3.

    I have both atm.

    1. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Can't believe Man city could leave Sané going

  20. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Realistically, y'all expect Sane to leave?

    The Munich Sane saga has been going on for a while now. Pep handing Sane great amount of playing time in preseason as well.

    I think he might stay back at City.

    1. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Agreeing 100%

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Also put on his insta. Prem soon so yh... Doubt it

    3. Poseidon.
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Would love him at Utd think he’s a cracking little player

    4. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Think he’s handed he minutes to be convinced to stay. Wouldn’t surprise me if he went when Aguero gets back

  21. Nigawan
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Hey guys , which is better ??

    A) Kdb, mcGinn, kane
    B) sterling , perez, delofue

    Ederson, 4.0
    El mohamady- Taa - Vvd- Digne- Kelly
    Salah - Siggy- dendonker- ***-***
    Greenwood- King-****

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Probably A not convinced on Kane though

  22. hogree
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Is nobody talking about Bilva? Surely one of the best City options

    1. Demí
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Just a poor man's Felipe Anderson

    2. Poseidon.
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      More people than there should be

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      He's the new Dilva. Good player, bad FPL points

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      All city options have their reasons tbh. And all will probably return tbf, Bilva can play multiple positions but often the assist of the assister etc. One of my fav prem players for sure but not consistent when it comes to fpl points unfortunately

  23. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    If you had Laporte would you go Zinch or Coleman?

    1. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Coleman

      1. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Need 2 attacking City spots

    2. Poseidon.
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Coleman. Nothing would actually make me go for Zinc. I like my non-starters priced 1.5m cheaper

    3. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Coleman

    4. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Well that was easy cheers all

  24. Hog Roast Junkie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Any Southampton fans out there with a view on Che Adams? Seems to have been scoring in pre season so could be value at 6m

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not a Southampton fan, but I’ve seen him play. imo his finishing isn’t quite there, but still has the potential. Wait and see especially with his opening fixtures

      1. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Thanks

  25. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Any Sheffield fans - How has Callum Robinson been playing, and will he be nailed?

    1. RUUD!
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I wouldn’t call them Sheffield fans, there’s 2 teams in Sheffield.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Are there? Not sure the Owls count any more

      2. Poseidon.
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Manchester is red

      3. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Only on Wednesday, it's Sunday today 😉

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Nah... One team in Yorkshire never mind Sheffield ;).

      Robinson is in my team for sure, standout player in preseason, most minutes out of the forwards and looks extremely confident. Only problem is doubt he'll be on set pieces but can't have it all

  26. RUUD!
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Anyone concerned with Liverpool’s recent results in terms of conceding? I’ve been on Liverpool double up since day one but not so convinced anymore.

    1. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Watch Charity Shield before deciding, still early days

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I’ve never been convinced they’d get the same cs record this time especially that home consistency. Held long term they’ll still be great cs value surely

      What sets TAA and Robbo apart though is that they are assist machines too.

  27. Ninjaa
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Latest draft.
    Thoughts? Out of 10?

    Ryan (Button)
    Robertson Zinchenko Coleman Azpi ( Kelly)
    Salah Siggy Sterling Brooks (Dendonker)
    King Vardy (Greenwood)

    1. hjalmarekdal
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      8.
      Don't like Azpi that much. Rest is fine!

    2. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      8

      Like the Azpi pick over double pool defence, something I'm considering.

      I've gone right off Siggy...Everton aren't scoring goals at all in pre-season. Get Fraser or a Leicester mid instead, maybe allowing King to Wilson

    3. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Looks a very solid team.

      Personally don’t like the Brooks/King double up but it could pay off with good early fixtures. I’d look to swap one of them - Tielemans/Pérez or Jota maybe.

      Zinchenko game time would worry me but I know a lot on here like him.

      Like the Vardy pick

  28. Smash10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A) Sterling, Mount and Zouma or
    B) KDB, BSilva and Wan Bissaka

    1. Cert
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B but maybe sigurdsson or moura etc instead of bsilva bc even tho he’s good, he gets bad FPL points

  29. hjalmarekdal
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Latest draft, give your thoughts:

    Alisson
    TAA Zinch Digne A.Smith
    Salah Sterling Fraser
    Laca King DCL

    Button Kelly Dendonck Hayden

    Assuming Laca's injury will be fine...

  30. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Given that Harry Kane's couldn't score in a barrel load of fanny's in August, is Lucas Maura essential?

    1. Pumpy
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      He's a great option. Far from essential.

    2. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A nice option for GW1

      Has City away GW2 then loses his place to Son in GW3.

      So not for me :-/