Pro Pundits - Zophar

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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427 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 days ago

    I have 2FT
    If i Wc do burn them?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      yeah - next GW you will only have 1FT

    2. Joey Barton and Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    3. GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

  2. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Including against Sheffield United away when Pool have a DGW?

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Naturally he will 😉

        1. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Strange response. Easy to say through a keyboard 🙂

      2. GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 days ago

        DGW is an exception! LOL

  3. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days 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
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days 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

  4. hb
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Rich way safer than Mahrez in terms of starts

  5. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Foster to Pope for a hit?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Cant fit my Willian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

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

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Worth -8 gtg! 🙂

  6. Cant fit my Willian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Bench one this week:

    Traore (sou)
    Maddison (bur)

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

    Cheers.

    1. Mané money
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I would bench Traore and play Madd regardless

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Bench Traore (sou)

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

  7. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Dunk Dunk

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days 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?

  8. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

      B

      Last I heard Fab would be out 2-3 weeks

      1. Legohair
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days 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

  9. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      D

    3. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      D

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I suppose C is the rational call but B looks fascinating

    5. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      C , I think rashford is superior to martial

    6. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      C

    7. GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      C or D

    8. NotReadyForPrimeTime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days 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.

  10. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Best option?

    A Webster
    B Holgate

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Webster Webster & Cohen

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        If only Zanka were still in the Prem

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Don’t touch me!

  11. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Any love for a Pukki party against Bournemouth if fit?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

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

  12. Wensink
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Ramsdale to McCarthy for free?

    A. Yes
    B. No

    1. GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      a

      1. Wensink
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      A

    5. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      made this move

  13. mcginnntonic
      4 months, 13 days ago

      good wildcard?

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

      1. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

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

      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Not enough Sheff Utd

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Too much Ginnn and Tonic

      4. Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Needs a third Lunds

      5. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Drunk?

    • fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Best duo for the next few:

      1. Dunk DCL
      2. Holgate Sarr

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days 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
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 13 days 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
      4 months, 13 days 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
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Target to Williams

    • danlynch13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        DGW is the only case.

    • Yeezy FC
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      AGUERRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOO

      1. GloryManUnited
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Scream it from the mountaintopssssssss

    • nerd_is_the_werd
        4 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          worth it

        2. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Is he definitely out?

        3. nerd_is_the_werd
            4 months, 13 days ago

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

        4. abaalan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Hold Sarr

        5. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Mcarthy or ryan

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            McC

        6. kuzser
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Save. Get rid of Hanley next week.

        8. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

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

          1. Oggle22
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Game*

          2. GloryManUnited
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Salah=Fraud

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              Lies

          3. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

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

          4. zøphar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

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

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

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

          5. JamieNumber4
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Other mids are doing better for less.

            1. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

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

        9. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Bench one:

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

          Ta.

          1. Woy_is_back
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            B

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            c

        10. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            1 or 4

        11. King Kohli
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            I am and went TAA Robbo Lundstram Webster Williams

          2. GloryManUnited
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 13 days ago

            TAA/ROBBO/MENDY/LUND/WILLIAMS

        12. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Up the BORO

        13. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Yes

        14. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Deeney + Martial > ings + Grealish

          Yes or no?

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            No

        15. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days 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
            4 months, 13 days ago

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

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 13 days ago

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

            1. Nailed Jesus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              This.