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Why I’m looking at Man City amid Double Gameweek 24 planning

With the Double Gameweek for Liverpool and West Ham in Gameweek 24, much of the transfer activity and attention has been focused on Liverpool assets but two more teams certainly warrant discussion – Southampton and Manchester City.

I will start by talking about the Saints first. No team has racked up more points (13) over the last five Gameweeks with four wins and a draw (Liverpool played only four matches). They are joint-top of the form table along with Watford, scoring nine goals and conceding just three.

The 2-1 victory against Leicester last Gameweek epitomised their resurgence after a 9-0 hammering in the reverse fixture. They restricted the most prolific striker in the league to zero shots in the box (SiB), an impressive feat. This warranted a deeper look into their defensive and offensive numbers over the last five Gameweeks – which was also the focus of a recent Members Article.

Furthermore, only Manchester City (15), Watford (11), Manchester United (10) have scored more goals than the Saints’ nine over the aforementioned period. As the table shows, they are ranked fifth for SiB (43) which is again impressive considering the opposition they have faced. They are also fourth for big chances (13), trailing only Liverpool, Man. Utd (both 14) and Manchester City (17).

Screenshot from the FFScout Members Area: Gameweeks 18 to 22

The Saints are second only to Liverpool in terms of fixtures all the way up to Gameweek 30. I have chosen that as the cutoff point as Gameweek 31 is likely to be the big blank Gameweek due to FA Cup fixtures and I will likely use my Free Hit chip then and Wildcard in Gameweek 32.

I’ve not owned Danny Ings (£6.8m) at any point this season due to his past injury record, but after his recent performance against Leicester, I think he’s almost ‘essential’, if I’m allowed to use that word. No forward has scored more goals (five), taken more SiB (19) or landed more shots on target (SoT) (11) than the Englishman over the last five Gameweeks.

Manchester City’s attacking numbers need no elaboration so I will instead talk about the form midfielder in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) over the last five Gameweeks – Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m).

No midfielder has racked up more FPL points (37) over this period and the Algerian is also top for shots (20), SiB (15) and SoT (seven). Only Anthony Martial (£7.9m) (four) has scored more goals than his three.

As with any Manchester City asset, rotation is always a concern but he has now started each of the last five league matches and the latest comments from Pep Guardiola are encouraging:

“You see his legs it is impossible to be injured because he has no muscles. The final third he has something special, always I have the feeling he can score a goal.” – Pep Guardiola

After a dive into these numbers, I have made three transfers for my team for a -4. Alex McCarthy (£4.3m), Mahrez and Ings have all come in.

Nick Pope (£4.6m), Martial and Neal Maupay (£5.9m) have made way. I am aware that Maupay has a great fixture run but Ings passes both the eye and stats test with flying colours so I decided to make the move.

The captaincy is currently on De Bruyne but given his low ownership (6.6%), a punt on Mahrez appeals. Diego Rico (£4.4m) is next on the chopping block after losing his spot in the Bournemouth starting line-up with Brandon Williams (£4.0m) likely to come in the week after.

Thanks for reading and good luck in Gameweek 23.

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425 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pukkipartyy
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      I have 2FT
      If i Wc do burn them?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        yeah - next GW you will only have 1FT

      2. Joey Barton and Friends
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes

      3. GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes

    • GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Kun perma-captain the rest of the year. Lets go!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Including against Sheffield United away when Pool have a DGW?

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          Naturally he will 😉

          1. GloryManUnited
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 18 hours ago

            Strange response. Easy to say through a keyboard 🙂

        2. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          DGW is an exception! LOL

    • fcsaltyballs
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Henderson
      TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
      KDB Mane Salah Grealish
      Vardy Ings

      McGovern Greenwood Dendoncker Kelly

      1FT 2.1ITB

      Best move for GW23:

      1. Kelly >> Holgate (whu) play 442
      2. Kelly >> Dunk (AVL) play 442
      3. Greenwood >> DCL (whu) play 343
      4. Dendoncker >> Sarr (TOT) play 352

      Leaning towards improving defence this week and then improve mid or fwd next... thoughts??

      Thanks

      1. TMERC187
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 17 hours ago

        How about Rico to Dunk? Dunk and Kelly both have nice fixtures and Rico was dropped from starting lineup. Plus BOU are in a rut...

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          I could do with the extra 0.2 I think mate

          Plus bmth were terrible again, Rico still has a chance and he would be my sub anyway

    • hb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Dropping Martial. Looking to commit to one player for the next several gameweeks. Mahrez or Richarlison? Really trying to decide what's better value. I have DCL and KDB so there's already exposure to both teams. Thoughts?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Rich way safer than Mahrez in terms of starts

    • Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Foster to Pope for a hit?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Do you think you would ever have a FT to do it?

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          That's very true.
          I am trying to get rid of him before Christmas

      2. Cant fit my Willian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        No chance. I'd go the other way around but not sure its worth the hit in that scenario anyway.

      3. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        I assume you meant pope to foster ? If so yes that's a great move

      4. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        Worth -8 gtg! 🙂

    • Cant fit my Willian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Bench one this week:

      Traore (sou)
      Maddison (bur)

      I'll be playing Vardy and Soyuncu as well. No other Wolves players.

      Cheers.

      1. Pinball Wizard
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 17 hours ago

        I would bench Traore and play Madd regardless

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        Bench Traore (sou)

        SOU def looking stronger, BUR not so good ...

    • Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Thinking of some (or even all of these) moves this gw. I have 2 free transfers.

      Martial->Doucoure
      Traore->Trossard
      Button->McCarthy
      Aurier->Robertson

      Current squad:

      Henderson Button
      TAA Aurier Soyuncu Lundstram Kelly
      Salah KDB Maddison Martial Traore
      Vardy Rashford Ings

      What do you think?

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Dunk Dunk

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        Why all this week, rather than over 2 weeks to save 4 points or 3 for FTs?

        I'd question the value of the moves in terms of strategy & value. Where do you want to get to in 3-4/6 weeks?

    • Legohair
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Which one is best move?

      Fabianski
      TAA-Soy-Lundy-Chambers
      Salah-KDB-Maddy-Traore-Cantwell
      Vardy-Tammy-Jimmy

      A. Jimmy&KDB to Ings&Mane
      B. Jimmy&Aurier to Ings&Robbo
      C. Jimmy&Fabianski to Firmino&McCarthy

      Also is there any news on Fabianski?

      1. Reiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        B

        Last I heard Fab would be out 2-3 weeks

        1. Legohair
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          Then i also have to sell fabianski and make - 4 transfer.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 3 Years
            2 days, 18 hours ago

            🙂 This is the least of your worries. Concentrate on the legohair! I'm thinking you just need to spend a bit more time rinsing out the conditioner ... hope it helps and you can leave the house again. C

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      For GW 24 and onwards:

      A) Martial, DCL
      B) Martial, Deulofeu
      C) Rashford, Cantwell
      D) Rashford, Fleck

      1. Printing Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        A

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        D

      3. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        D

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        I suppose C is the rational call but B looks fascinating

      5. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        C , I think rashford is superior to martial

      6. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        C

      7. GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        C or D

      8. NotReadyForPrimeTime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 17 hours ago

        Partial to D since you say 'onwards.' Next week Cantwell may do well, but doesn't look appealing to put money into NOR any further.

    • Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Best option?

      A Webster
      B Holgate

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        A

      2. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Webster Webster & Cohen

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          If only Zanka were still in the Prem

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Don’t touch me!

    • The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Any love for a Pukki party against Bournemouth if fit?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Yeah - think Bournemouth are a side worth targeting. Cantwell and Pukki could do very well.

    • Wensink
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Ramsdale to McCarthy for free?

      A. Yes
      B. No

      1. GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        a

        1. Wensink
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          Cheers. Frees up .3m that allows me to go Rico, Kelly > VVD and Cathcart next GW.

      3. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 17 hours ago

        A

      5. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        made this move

    • mcginnntonic
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        good wildcard?

        Henderson / McCarthy
        soy / taa / lunds / egan / b wills
        salah / mane / lunds / egan
        vardy / ings / greenwood

        1. Monkey Hanger
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          ????????????????

        2. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Not enough Sheff Utd

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Too much Ginnn and Tonic

        4. Tony Moon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Needs a third Lunds

        5. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Drunk?

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Best duo for the next few:

        1. Dunk DCL
        2. Holgate Sarr

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          2 - if you want a Brighton defender still you can get Webster for 4.4

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Got a slightly better run of fixtures don’t they... Dunk prices me out of Sarr (unless I went Doucoure)

            Do you think Webster a better option than Holgate?

            Thanks

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Yeah - I am on a WC and brought in Webster over Holgate. Fixtures are better for longer with Brighton and he has a good goal threat.

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 17 hours ago

                Thanks for bringing to my attention mate, he has scored less points than Dunk but it’s looks due to the fact he didn’t play the first few games of the season

      • Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Best mid up to 5.7 to replace Perez and enable Martial to Salah for gweek 24?

        A - Traore
        B - Doucoure
        C - Noble
        someone else?

        Or keep Perez and instead do Targett to William's (UTD)?

        1. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          Target to Williams

      • danlynch13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 18 hours ago

        Any case for bringing in Felipe Anderson over Grealish to fund ings?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          DGW is the only case.

      • Yeezy FC
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 17 hours ago

        AGUERRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOO

        1. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Scream it from the mountaintopssssssss

      • nerd_is_the_werd
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Is Ramsdale worth the -4 or should I go keeperless for a week?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            worth it

          2. JamieNumber4
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Is he definitely out?

          3. nerd_is_the_werd
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              That's the problem, we don't know...

          4. abaalan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Ryan, (McGov)
            TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram, (Aurier, Rico)
            Cantwell, Salah, KDB, Sarr, (Maddison)
            Vardy, Abraham, Ings

            Already got Ings in. Anything worthy of a hit (3.2 ITB).....Maddison -> Mahrez?

            I guess the question is if Mahrez - 4 beats Sarr?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Hold Sarr

          5. Champions united
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Mcarthy or ryan

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              McC

          6. kuzser
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            What's the best use of 3 ft over over the next 2 weeks?
            2ft, 0.3itb

            1) Rico Grealish Jimenez-> ROBBO Fleck Maupay(will be rotating Fleck and Maupay)
            2) Grealish Jimi -> FIRMINO Hayden, gw25: Firmino Alli -> SALAH Ayew
            3) Grealish Jimi Rico -> GOMEZ Martial Ayew (and have 5 power mids for gw 24)- that power 5mid is really tempting
            4) Rico Alli Grealish -> ROBBO Hayden Martial

            Ramsdale
            Taa- Soy- Lundstram
            Mane- Kdb -Maddison- Alli
            Vardy -Ings -Jimenez

            Grealish Rico Kelly

          7. Marcuss
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            What needs to be done?And if i save what would you do Gw 24?

            Guiata Button

            Sidibe Taa Lundstram Soyuncu Hanley

            Kdb salah mane Richarlison cantwell

            Ings vardy Greenwood

            0 ITB 1 FT

            Thanks all and good luck.

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Save. Get rid of Hanley next week.

          8. Oggle22
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Mane and Salah double up essential not only for double fan week but for remainder of the season?

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Game*

            2. GloryManUnited
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Salah=Fraud

              1. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 17 hours ago

                Lies

            3. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Yeah, might jus captain either one of them for the remainder of the season.

            4. zøphar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              They have excellent fixtures even after the double so while not essential it's certainly not a bad idea

              1. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 17 hours ago

                Would mean I would have to have one non playing defender and striker to fit them in

            5. JamieNumber4
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Maybe not the end of the season but until their nice fixtures run out/they’ve won the title/no more records attainable

            6. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Other mids are doing better for less.

              1. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 17 hours ago

                The fear of Liverpools more favourable fixtures and the one I don't own exploding

          9. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Bench one:

            A) Cantwell (BOU)
            B) DCL (whm)
            C) Grealish (bha)

            Ta.

            1. Woy_is_back
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              B

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              c

          10. fcsaltyballs
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Who scores more next few:

            1. Webster Sarr
            2. Holgate Sarr
            3. Dunk Doucoure
            4. Dunk DCL

            Cheers all

            1. King Kohli
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              1 or 4

          11. King Kohli
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            If you were on a WC and picking your defence for medium term, who would you have?

            TAA Williams x x x

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              I am and went TAA Robbo Lundstram Webster Williams

            2. GloryManUnited
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              TAA/ROBBO/MENDY/LUND/WILLIAMS

          12. Riverside Red
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Hope you're all tuning into BBC to watch Boro Vs Spurs..come on the Boro

            1. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Up the BORO

          13. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Maddison grealish to mahrez cantwell?

            Schmeichel
            Trent sidibe dunk
            Kdb maddison mane grealish Salah
            Vardy ings

            Button greenwood lundy Williams

            2ft .5itb

            1. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              Yes

          14. danlynch13
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            Deeney + Martial > ings + Grealish

            Yes or no?

            1. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              No

          15. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 17 hours ago

            I bought Sarr, then Watford bought a new right winger

            Can't script this...

            1. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              I wouldn’t worry too much . Sarr is on form. New players usually get integrated slowly.

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 17 hours ago

              It's probably just some dodgy way to move money between the clubs.

              1. Nailed Jesus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 days, 17 hours ago

                This.