Scout Notes

De Bruyne outshines Aguero as Sterling suffers first benching

Manchester City 8-0 Watford

Goals: Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) x 3, Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m), Sergio Aguero (£12.2m), Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), David Silva (£7.5m)

Assists: De Bruyne x 2, Mahrez x 2, Otamendi, Aguero, D Silva

Bonus Points: De Bruyne x 3, B.Silva x 2, Mahrez x 2

Manchester City demolished Watford 8-0 at the Etihad to bounce back in emphatic fashion from their shock defeat to Norwich City last weekend.

Amid all the discussion about Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) and Raheem Sterling (£12.2m) pre-match, it was Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m) who cleaned up and proved to be the key FPL star.

That was set against a backdrop of Sterling’s first benching of the season, as Pep Guardiola opted to rest the most captained player of Gameweek 6 and broadcast to the world that the Roulette wheel is now in full spin.

Sterling spent the whole game on the bench, opening up the door to some fortuitous vice-captaincy scores

While last week it was de Bruyne who was dropped for the trip to Norwich, this time the Belgian put on an attacking masterclass in scoring one goal and registering two assists to collect three bonus points against Watford.

It was a timely reminder to those in possession of the absent Sterling, who did not come off the bench at all, that once Guardiola has rested his key personnel, they are always likely to do well the next time and should probably be retained.

The 36% owned de Bruyne put on an exquisite performance, yet the player who excelled for the Citizens was Bernardo Silva (£7.8m). The Portuguese midfielder scored a hat-trick to reward the near 12% of managers who had kept their faith in the attacking asset. Not a key asset in terms of captaincy for Gameweek 6, but certainly a powerful differential.

De Bruyne was in excellent form for Manchester City on Saturday

Bernardo had registered just two attacking returns this season prior to the fixture against Watford, but an explosive and clinical attacking display saw him take home the match ball despite a number glorious chances for his team-mate Aguero, who arguably should have had his hands on it too.

The Argentinian’s performance was certainly bittersweet for his owners as, despite scoring and assisting for a nine-point score, the Argentine could have matched his counterpart Silva’s hat-trick at the very least. 

A number of golden opportunities fell at the feet of Aguero, but the striker was unable to add to his initial strike, despite the exceptional team performance that he unquestionably contributed to throughout the 8-0 demolition.

Aguero arguably should have scored more than nine points but continued to deliver reliable returns

Either way, Aguero retained his record of scoring in every Premier League game so far this season, and despite a number of his team-mates putting in exceptional attacking displays, it is difficult to look past Aguero as being City’s primary source of goals in 2019/20. 

Whilst previous seasons have seen City’s starting striker berth be alternated between Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) and Aguero, Guardiola has seemingly put his faith in the Argentine as being the club’s first-choice striker. A midweek match against Preston should allow him to be rested ahead of a Gameweek 7 trip to Everton too, which is encouraging.

There can be no doubting that Aguero is not immune to potentially being rotated by Guardiola, yet for now, those managers without the striker may be asking themself if they should move for him.

Both Silvas racked up the points against a dreadful Watford side

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) also sent a timely reminder of his explosive potential with a goal and two assists to record a 14-point score at the Etihad. Starting the game in place of Sterling, Mahrez tore through the Watford defence in an impressive attacking display, with a number of deft touches and mazy runs troubling the Hornet’s backline throughout the fixture.

David Silva (£7.5m) also delivered a typically reliable attacking performance with a goal and an assist in the rout, but whilst City’s attacking assets were mesmeric at the Etihad, there are some real questions emerging for managers in the Champions back-line. 

Mendy’s return to the starting line-up, while short-lived hints at left-back rotation moving forward

Given the long-term injury that defender Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) suffered in the game against Brighton, managers in ownership of the French centre-back were faced with a dilemma was to who could replace the defender in their squads. Those managers who opted for Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m) were handsomely rewarded by the Argentinian centre-back with a mammoth 15-point haul, including a goal, an assist and a clean-sheet. 

Yet Otamendi’s eye-catching performance was not the only point of note from City’s defence, with Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) starting in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.6m). Despite starting the first-half in impressive fashion, regularly bombing forwards on the left-flank, Mendy was taken off measure by Guardiola at half-time. 

Despite initial concern that Mendy’s substitution was injury-based, Guardiola allayed any concern that the Frenchman could be back on the treatment table, whilst also praising his replacement, Angeliño.

“He [Benjamin Mendy] is well but after two years playing only a few minutes, it [45 minutes] was enough. Angelino is an incredible nice guy, and is training well – he deserved to play. I saw many good things in him.” – Pep Guardiola

Otamendi now looks the ideal candidate to invest in the Manchester City defence

With the ongoing absence of Laporte, Fantasy managers will be looking to retain a form of defensive coverage from City, and whilst the scoreline of Saturday’s victory will naturally mean interest gravitates towards the Citizens’ attacking assets, there is an interesting narrative developing at the heart of City’s defence. 

Zinchenko appears to have lost his security of starts with Mendy’s return and whilst the enigmatic Frenchman has often rewarded managers with attacking returns in the past, it seems unlikely that he will start every week either. Instead, we might see Guardiola picking and choosing between his three left-backs

Therefore, a serious case presents itself for the reliable starter at centre-back Otamendi, who can similarly offer attacking output, but without the consistent concerns with regards to his fitness. 

For Watford, this was an unfortunate result but Quique Sanches Flores’ side came out of the traps exceptionally poorly and were unable to come back from their dismal start. 

Early-season interest in the likes of Gerard Deulofeu (£6.2m) has understandably simmered, whilst Saturday’s showing was also reliable advert as to just how unreliable Watford’s defence are from the perspective of solidity and clean-sheets. 

Given the Hornets’ poor start to the Premier League season that saw Javi Gracia lose his job after four games, it is difficult to even consider any Watford players as viable assets at such a volatile time for the club, and after today’s performance it is unlikely that managers are likely to be considering investing in their assets anytime soon. 

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Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker (Cancelo 54′) Otamendi (Garcia 63′) Fernandinho, Mendy (Angelion 45′); De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Bernardo Silva.

Watford XI (4-4-1-1): Foster; Mariappa, Holebas, Femenia, Dawson; Foulquier (Pererya 33′) Capoue, Cleverley; Doucoure, Hughes (Sarr 59′) Deulofeu (A Gray 77′).

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2,087 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DannyDrinkVodka
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Took a -4 for VVD>AMN, Donck>Cantwell, while missing the news of Lanzini’s injury.....I’m already down 6 points compared to an FT of Lanzini>Cantwell, let’s see how bad it’s going to get with Donck and VVD still to come..... almost certain that Donck will score.

      1. lifes a pitch
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Hope u are right.

    • lifes a pitch
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Best defender to replace digne...I have £6.8 to spend.
      I have Ota, Robbo, Lund, Montoya

      1. Daddy Kev
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Rico.

          1. pjanns
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yep

        • Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Lowton
          Söyüncü

          Maybe Spurs

        • MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Those 3 are gud enough I think - I wud do Rico and invest elsewhere

        • Karhumies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I am planning Digne->Ota myself, but since you already have him, it gets complicated.

          Emerson, Maitland-Niles, Soyuncu, Mings, Lowton, Rico, Kelly, your pick from either Tottenham or United.

        • Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Soy

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Rico. You want to move as many funds out of defense as possible by the look of things.

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        KDB vice captain points and Rico and Lundstram coming on from 2nd and 3rd sub respectively thanks to no Sterling, Lanzini and Greenwood (1st sub). Anyone jammier?

        1. aborg
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Had Lundstrum come on for Zinchenko but Cantwell on for Sterling.
          So it’s a fairly acceptable outcome.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Congratulations

        3. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          You member

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Basically same for me except I organized my subs correctly and has Lundstram first sub.

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            lol. correctly

        5. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I started Lund and had De Bruyne as Captain. Rico 2nd sub, not much chance of him coming on, but I’ve got 76 points with 4 to play in Pool game so not complaining!

      3. Feanor
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Praying that Kelly stays on the bench so I get Pieters' 7 points off the bench.

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          so you dont want palace to score

      4. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        We need a hack gate livestream quick.

        Anyone.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Not sure if you're trying to be funny, but this comes across as a poor post.

          1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I want to see faces.

        2. Nightcrawler
            2 months, 23 days ago

            😆

        3. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Aurier isn’t nailed is he?

          Looking at Digne replacements

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Unfortunately not. Foyth and soon KWP to take games off him.

        4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Fiji - Australia
          France - Argentina
          New Zealand - South Africa
          Leicester - Spurs
          Newcastle - Brighton

          Italy - Namibia
          Ireland - Scotland
          England - Tonga
          United - West Ham

          Then to take me home:
          Chelsea - Liverpool
          Ravens - Chiefs
          Saints - Seahawks

          Anyone else? Or do you all have "lives" ;)?

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            suns is shining in berlin

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Don't let that ruin your weekend :p

              1. Dr. Agabuse
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                i went out on the street (bis street) in my underwear and pyjamas to tank 10mins of sun and now ready myself for the depressing darkness

                1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  My old friend

          2. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I have no idea what you're referring to but I hope you enjoy it 🙂

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Rugby World Cup, premiership, NFL 🙂

              1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                But thanks!

                1. Dr. Agabuse
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  y

            2. Dr. Agabuse
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              thank you.

          3. shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            No time to fit the F1 in?

            At easy there's no cricket on today!

        5. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          sun is so important. try to watch close to your window. go outside at halftime even if you hold your phone in the hand with your eyes fixiated on them to chat here

        6. Kane Lane
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Gutted news mount available on the bench I now won't get my 12pts from Lundstram how crawl this game is all done to luck nothing else.

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            why bench?

        7. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Haller failed another eye test

        8. Jellyfish
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sake!! That’s 2 OGs in as many weeks. Tammy last week...now Doncker the plonker

        9. the vanisher
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Any reason not to do Zinc to Otamendi for free tonight?

        10. SomeoneKnows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          On my WC trying to find a way to squeeze in TAA instead of VVD but I'm 0.6 short ☹️
          Any ideas on how to achieve this?

          Pope (Button)
          VVD, Otamendi, Soyuncu (Lundstram, Rico)
          Mane, De Bruyne, Son, Mount (Cantwell)
          Aubameyang, Abraham, Pukki

          1. Lestat
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            mount to mcginn

        11. anel2ka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I was very angry Saturday morning. Very angry:

          https://www.instagram.com/p/B2raKMSHcMI/?igshid=mn8rvxh0v4cw