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Luckless Aguero blanks as Bergwijn helps Spurs beat ten-man City

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester City

  • Goals: Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m), Son Heung-min (£9.9m)
  • Assists: Lucas Moura (£7.1m), Tanguy Ndombele (£5.8m)
  • Bonus: Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) x3, Bergwijn x2, Davinson Sanchez (£5.3m) x1

Sergio Aguero‘s (£12.0m) Gameweek 25 went the way of so many other well-owned Fantasy Premier League assets’ weekends, with the Argentinean forward blanking in a 2-0 defeat for Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Aguero had scored in each of his four previous Premier League appearances but that run came to an end on Sunday as City endured another cursed evening in north London.

The premium FPL striker’s luck was out from the start, as Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) toed his 26th-minute effort onto the base of the upright.

Aguero then won a penalty for the visitors (after intervention from the VAR), only for Ilkay Gundogan (£5.2m) to step up and take the resulting spot-kick.

Further salt was rubbed into the wounds when the German midfielder missed from 12 yards, depriving his teammate of even an assist.

Aguero missed the target from around two yards out and had a goalbound effort hacked away from near the goal line by Toby Alderweireld (£5.3m) either side of the break, with a day to forget rounded off in the 64th minute when he was brought off for Joao Cancelo (£5.2m) as Pep Guardiola restructured his line-up following the dismissal of Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m).

Not everything could be pinned on an absence of good fortune – Aguero ought to have done better with that aforementioned chance from point-blank range and he had a couple of wild stabs at the ball earlier in the game – but this was just one of those days where he failed to get the rub of the green.

On why Gundogan has stepped up to take the penalty, Guardiola said:

Their decision. When we spoke [about the running order] it was both, Sergio and Gund, Gund and Sergio, and they decide.

Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.7m) dismal run of FPL form continued and he couldn’t blame Lady Luck’s absence, having flirted with a red card for a nasty-looking tackle on Dele Alli (£8.5m) early in the game.

Jose Mourinho and co argued that he could have picked up a second booking for simulation in the 39th minute, too, hitting the turf under a challenge from Lloris and being denied a spot-kick award after a check from the VAR.

It’s now 11 blanks in 15 Gameweeks for the below-par premium midfielder, whose afternoon was capped off when he limped out of the game in the final ten minutes with an apparent muscle problem.

Guardiola said rather unhelpfully afterwards about Sterling’s injury:

I didn’t speak with the doctor, not yet.

The indefatigable Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£10.7m) magic touch deserted him in the final third as he occupied a more advanced central role alongside Aguero, while a bright start from Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) gave way to one of his more frustrating, selfish displays and it was from his awful 59th-minute corner that Zinchenko picked up his second booking.

A home match against West Ham United next weekend at least offers the perfect opportunity to exorcise Sunday’s demons, with the Hammers having shipped nine goals in their last three games and having lost 5-0 in the reverse fixture in Gameweek 1.

The fact that City then have a two-week break to recover would also be encouraging regarding rotation risk, although we never truly know with Guardiola and there’ll much crossing of fingers from Fantasy managers ahead of that match at the Etihad.

Either way, it’s hard not to see investment in City assets increasing ahead of Gameweek 26 despite their upcoming blank on EFL Cup final weekend.

Mourinho claimed his first ‘big six’ scalp as Spurs manager but it would be a stretch to say that this was a tactical masterclass from the Lilywhites, with the game following a similar pattern to the Gameweek 22 defeat to Liverpool.

With the impressive Fernandinho (£5.2m) mopping up well at centre-half for the visitors, Spurs hadn’t had a single attempt on goal until Zinchenko was dismissed on the hour-mark.

Even the hosts’ opener came out of the blue, with debutant Steven Bergwijn (£7.5m) superbly crashing in a volley from the edge of the box to break the deadlock.

Son Heung-min (£9.9m) then registered his eighth attacking return in ten starts under Mourinho with a deflected strike for Spurs’ second.

While the Spurs boss bemoaned the lack of a red card for Sterling, the hosts’ luck was otherwise in and two near-miss own-goals in stoppage time – Harry Winks (£5.2m) and Davinson Sanchez (£5.3m) almost diverting the ball past Lloris – rather summed up the two sides’ contrasting fortunes.

Speaking of Bergwijn, who limped off with cramp late on, Mourinho said:

It was a debut goal that was the icing on the cake of a very good performance. Independent of the goal I would say his performance was very good, very solid. Very mature.

We worked hard during the week. He came to us Tuesday so he had a complete week to work and to try as fast as possible to understand what we wanted from him.

So very solid performance against such a difficult opponent like Kyle Walker, but then he was clever enough to appear also in other zones and try to create some problems for City.

So very, very good performance. Also defensively very aware of his position, defending zonal, covering spaces. Very, very good and then, of course, the goal is a great goal. It’s so important for us.

On Alli, who needed treatment on his ankle following Sterling’s robust tackle, Mourinho added:

Since that moment he was ‘can I stay on the pitch or not?’. Half-time the same discussion, beginning of the second half the same discussion and then he realised that he couldn’t carry on.

A third clean sheet in 13 matches under Mourinho isn’t anything to get overexcited about, particularly given the nature of this latest shut-out, but it’s worth hailing Spurs’ defensive efforts in this match, with budget FPL defender Japhet Tanganga (£4.0m) among those to impress individually.

Lloris’ return could also be significant to Spurs’ future clean sheet prospects, given what we highlighted last week in our Big Numbers piece about his expected goal prevention (xGP) stats.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga; Winks, Lo Celso, Alli (Ndombele 70′); Son, Bergwijn (Lamela 70′), Moura (Dier 84′).

Manchester City XI (4-4-1-1): Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Sterling (B. Silva 84′), Gundogan, Rodri, Mahrez (Jesus 72′); De Bruyne; Aguero (Cancelo 64′).

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881 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Bench looking correct & keeper for next week?

    McCarthy,
    Trent, Robbo, Holgate
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Traoré
    Ings, Vardy, Jimenez

    Pope, Maddison, Soy, Lundy,

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Tough choice of keeper- Pope in such good form but you have to think Ings going to score so yes good set up

    2. Bagheri Arce
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Hell of a benching headache!

      What's your team value?

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Do you think ok to keep Traoré on WC even if we get no further news pre deadline given Wolves play second week of winter break? Nuno says “He’s a strong boy. He’ll be ok, hopefully “

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I wouldnt want him anyway

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      You can use him as 5th mid

    3. Stuart_UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Keep

  3. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    I know it's an unpopular opinion on here considering peoples transfers...
    but Lundstram may actually get his place back - did well when came on and may sign new contract.

  4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Hey guys!! What to do here? Help is appreciated thanks

      1,0 ITB
      McCarthy
      TAA-Dunk-Stevens
      Mane-KDB-Grealish-Salah (c)
      Vardy-Jimi-Ings
      Button, Söyuncu, Hayden, Kelly

    • AchilleasP
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Best midfielder option up to 7.2£? Already have Grealish.

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Maybe Moura, maybe Traore

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Barnes or Traore

        3. Earn your Spurs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Or Tielemans

        4. Stuart_UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Traore

        5. FantasyHero
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Traore or barnes

        6. mineinplace
            6 months, 2 days ago

            hudson odoi maybe if u have a decent bench to cover the rotation risk. 5.3, starting for a top 7 team, great fixtures similar to leceicester, potential alternative to barnes/fleck/traore/grealish

        7. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Got Lundstram with a selling price of 4.5m. Got 0.7m in the bank. Am I overthinking it if I don’t just do Lundtstram > Enda Stevens?

          Also have Mane and DCL - if I downgrade Mane to say Son I can upgrade DCL to Jimenez...

        8. ludaslol
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Pope
          Lascelles TAA Williams Egan Kelly
          KDB Salah grealish Mahrez Saka
          Ings Auba Firmino

          G2g?

          Anything worth a hit/WC?

        9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Guys is it time to sell lund or wait for at least another week?

          Team
          McCarthy
          Taa lund holgate
          Salah kdb Mane Martial mooy
          Vardy ings

          Button greenwood Rico soyu
          0.3 itb 1ft

          A) save
          B) lund to oconnel
          C) greenwood to martinelli

          1. Stuart_UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            I’d probably sell

          2. FantasyHero
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            B

        10. Stuart_UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Henderson, Button
          TAA, Soy, Lundstram, Holgate, Williams
          Salah, KDB, Maddison, Traore, Dendoncker
          Vardy, Ings, DCL

          0FT, £6.5 ITB. Used a FT on Haller > Ings

          So tempted to WC to this, which leaves £0.1 ITB:

          Henderson, McCarthy
          TAA, VVD, O’Connell, Stephens, Lascelles
          Salah, KDB, Son, Traore, Hayden
          Vardy, Jimenez, Ings

          A) Save WC, just do Lund > O’Connell
          B) WC

        11. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Time to sell the fraud Aguero? Might not even start against West Ham after him and Pep looked like falling out after the sub!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Could backfire enormously

          2. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Nope. I am making him my captain next GW. Is this a double bluff? 😉

            1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              No, he's staying for me this week and will be my captain.

          3. Stuart_UK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            If you have him you can’t sell him this week

          4. Tinkermania
              6 months, 2 days ago

              You also said Sterling was going to be dropped for not following instructions when he took and missed the pen. He started next match after.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                He should have been dropped though, look at his form since then...

                1. Tinkermania
                    6 months, 2 days ago

                    Yes, poor fantasy form. But was referring to you pre-empting Guardiola's decision.

              2. FantasyHero
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Ha
                Funny. The guy is on fire and doesn't return in 1 week (thanks to pep for shaking the penalty order) and people selling?
                He is def gonna start against west ham esp cause now pep needs the strongest team out there to bounce back. I would suspect sterling being replaced by jesus and gundogan being replaced by B or D Silva.
                Possibly even mahrez replaced with B silva but I am hoping not.

            • abaalan
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Lundstram + Sarr -> Walker-Peters + 7.0 (who?). -4

              Any suggestions?

              1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                harvey barnes?

            • Earn your Spurs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              So is Lundstram now behind Besic and Berge for game time?

              I bought him at £4.1m but if he's not going to play I should just cash in I guess

              1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                cash in mate

                egan and o connel are tempters

              2. Bookkeeper
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                He's not playing due to contract issues

              3. FantasyHero
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Cash it!

            • ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Anybody whose thinking of mane (c), as a bit of a differential this gameweek, will have to consider that the gw deadline is sat 8th and liverpool dont play till sat 15th. A bit of a risk ? I may be stating the obvious but only putting it on the table.

              1. Bob McMayday
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Surely no one is seriously considering it

            • AchilleasP
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Is Martial and Maupay to Ings and Traore worth a -4?

                1. Bob McMayday
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Yeah as fixtures are decent for both

              • Five Season Wonder
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Anyone still got Mane?

                if so, what are your plans?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Majority are probably keeping.