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Belated joy for Aguero owners but Pep and City continue to frustrate

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton

  • Goals: Sergio Aguero (£12.1m), Kyle Walker (£5.9m) | James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Walker, Angelino (£4.7m) | Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m)
  • Bonus: Walker x3, Ward-Prowse x2, Angelino x 1

Manchester City left it late to secure all three points against Southampton at the Etihad, with the Citizens’ premium assets delivering mixed fortunes yet again for Fantasy managers who had backed them to haul big against Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side.

The most captained player of Gameweek 11, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m), failed to register any attacking returns, with his owners’ misery compounded when the England winger registered his first “one-pointer” of the campaign after picking up a yellow card late in the first half.

Sterling’s midfield counterpart, Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m), was also unable to deliver against the Saints, with the Belgian blanking for the second time in his last three outings. 

In truth, neither player looked like scoring, with the Belgian’s 79th-minute effort from an indirect free-kick inside the Southampton box about as close as either player came to finding the back of the net.

Yet whilst Sterling and De Bruyne’s returns were a source of disappointment for their owners, a goal for Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) will have understandably provided belated joy to the Argentinian’s remaining backers – his ninth of the season and a first in the league since the 8-0 demolition of Watford in Gameweek 6. 

Although Guardiola had opted to rotate Aguero at the expense of Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) in Gameweeks 9 and 10, with the Brazilian forward making his first consecutive league starts for the first time since December 2018, the Spaniard opted to return the £12.1m striker to the starting XI. 

Aguero’s equalising goal was just-rewards for those who had maintained faith in the striker, although there remain real concerns over his risk of rotation and this may well have been his swansong in many FPL squads with some unfavourable fixtures ahead. 

The City boss spoke after the game regarding his half-time team talk and the response from his squad that delighted him:

I told them at half-time to keep going for it, to keep attacking. It is the only way. There was no space, it was almost impossible but we did it and that is why I am delighted.

City’s defensive selections continue to perplex Fantasy managers, with Joao Cancelo (£5.3m) and Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) – who were both rested in the EFL Cup in midweek – only among the substitutes for this rematch against the Saints.

Guardiola instead opted to select Angelino (£4.7m), John Stones (£5.3m), Fernandinho (£5.2m) and Kyle Walker (£5.9m) on Saturday, with Walker stealing the show at the Etihad with a goal, an assist and three bonus points: his first double-digit haul of the 2019/20 campaign

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m) did not feature in the starting XI and, much to the frustration of the Argentinian’s 5% of owners, Guardiola opted to bring on the centre-back in injury time for a one-minute cameo – a particularly disappointing situation for those managers who may have had the likes of 21-point hero John Lundstram (£4.7m) on their benches. 

City were not at their best against Southampton, who frustrated Pep Guardiola’s side throughout the fixture and went ahead when James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) found the back of the net after 12 minutes – Ederson (£6.1m) spilling a shot from Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) at the midfielder’s feet.

After being humbled in a 9-0 defeat against Leicester City in Gameweek 10, two games against City in a week – in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League – would have seemed a daunting prospect for the south coast side.

Hasenhüttl spoke after the game regarding his side’s task in visiting the Etihad twice in just a week, saying:

To come here twice after losing 9-0 is not the easiest moment for a team but I think it was a chance to show up today, and we did, and it was really a pity that we didn’t get something for the amazing work we did today.

Although neither of the games resulted in a victory for Southampton, their performances, particularly in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat, can be seen as a source of credit to Hasenhüttl and his staff.

Some favourable fixtures await the Saints between now and Gameweek 18 but many of us are likely going to need to see a lot more improvement before their assets re-enter the Fantasy radar.

Southampton XI (4-5-1): McCarthy, Valery (Danso 75′), Bednarek (Adams 88′), Stephens, Vestergaard, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Ings (Djenepo 84′), Redmond.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva (Jesus 45′), De Bruyne, Bernardo (Foden 84′) Sterling, Aguero (Otamendi 90+2′). 

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2,994 Comments Post a Comment
  1. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 16 hours ago

    After getting tons of bench points in defense for past 3-4 gws, this is the week i finally start all 4 - Taa, soy, Rico , lund (5th def injured) - 1 pointers incoming for these ones folks

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 16 hours ago

      Not sure soy gets anything against arsenal

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          I do not see Arsenal getting anything vs LEI at home.

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        I can tell by the Superbru average score predictions have dropped by 20%. FPL is a more complicated version of the same thing.

    2. Hakim Ziyech
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        So who has been the most over priced fpl asset?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Pepe

            1. Hakim Ziyech
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Agree... I think sterling is in the category too 😉

            2. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              eriksen

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                  8 days, 16 hours ago

                  😆 absolutely. Everything from spurs actually asides aurier 🙂

              2. Jullepuu
                  8 days, 16 hours ago

                  Surely it's Lukaku 😆

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                      8 days, 16 hours ago

                      😆

                      1. Jullepuu
                          8 days, 16 hours ago

                          31 people have actually gotten Lukaku in this game week 😆

                          1. Hakim Ziyech
                              8 days, 16 hours ago

                              31 wise men 😆

                      2. Kopkloppers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        8 days, 16 hours ago

                        Erik or Alli

                    • Jullepuu
                        8 days, 16 hours ago

                        Thoughts on this team after next game week?

                        Pope

                        TAA - Robertson - Soyuncu - Lundstram

                        Sterling - KDB - Mane - Mount

                        Abraham - Vardy

                        Bench: Button - Connolly, Hayden, Reid

                        1. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          8 days, 13 hours ago

                          Template mctemplate face.

                          But good. Not that many will get the TAA, Robertson double so you should be good for a while.

                      • Hakim Ziyech
                          8 days, 16 hours ago

                          Dilva-> Maddison, Yeah or Nah??

                        • ShackledAce
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 16 hours ago

                          Replacement for Son

                          A) Tielemans (+ TAA next week)
                          B) Maddison (+ 2.2 ITB)
                          C) Martial (+1.9 ITB)

                        • Shackalackaboomboom
                          • 3 Years
                          8 days, 14 hours ago

                          Advice much appreciated.1ft and 0.8 it.
                          Pope
                          Ota/Taa/Lund/Rico/Kelly
                          Salah/ster/Kdb/mount/can't
                          Conn/Abra/Vardy
                          Been hovering at 900k and going nowhere!

                        • The Man Pastore
                          • 5 Years
                          8 days, 12 hours ago

                          What would you do with this lot?

                          Pope Button
                          TAA Chilwell Lundstram Lowton Kelly
                          Sterling KDB Maddison Mount Cantwell
                          C.Wilson Auba Abraham

                          2FT / 0.3ITB

                          I am think about doing Auba --> Vardy this week and Sterling + Wilson --> Mane + Firmino next week for free.

                          What's your thoughts on that? Do you have a better suggestion?

                        • jimbo90
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 12 hours ago

                          Potential Yarmo replacements? He is really stinking out my team right now

                        • Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                            8 days, 2 hours ago

                            soy, barnes and vardy is a nice triple up no?
                            All those poepl;e going mad or tielmans, why no love for Barnes?

                            1. korbendallas82
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              8 days, 2 hours ago

                              I guess his price is just a bit to high, touching 6 mill mark. So many go for a mid in mount range instead.

                              1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                                  8 days, 2 hours ago

                                  yea, his price compared to maddison is good. Vs Tielemans price not so great, but hmm I think he might be good

                                  1. korbendallas82
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    8 days, 2 hours ago

                                    Yes. I think so to. Im sitting on McGinn. Pluss i have 2 no shows in defence to fix, so i dont have the chance to look into this type of transfer.

                                    1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                                        8 days, 1 hour ago

                                        I went Trossard this week, so I probably dont have time nor room either but maybe. Surprised more arent interested really