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De Bruyne and Foden unlucky as Silva and Sterling score big for Man City

Man City 5-0 Newcastle

  • Goals: Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), David Silva (£7.3m), Raheem Sterling (£11.7m)
  • Own Goals: Federico Fernández
  • Assists: D Silva x2, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m), Sterling
  • Bonus Points: D Silva x3, Jesus x2, De Bruyne x1, Sterling x1

Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Newcastle was very much achieved by the alternative options with the more mainstream Fantasy assets struggling to live up to their billing.

While Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) managed just one assist in the rout, Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) reminded managers how much of an explosive differential he could be for the remainder of the Premier League season as he scored 10 points on Wednesday evening.

The England international only played 29 minutes in Gameweek 34+ but still managed to come away with a goal, an assist and one bonus point as he operated as a centre-forward once again.

The fact that he initially was rested for this game is great news for the 16.3% invested in Sterling looking forward to the Gameweek 35+ trip to Brighton as it would imply he will start at the Amex Stadium.

However, he might be of more use to Fantasy backers in the Gameweek 36+ home game against Bournemouth, considering where his attacking returns have come since the Premier League returned.

From Gameweek 30+ onwards, every one of Sterling’s three goals and three assists has come at the Etihad Stadium, the player blanking in both of his away trips during that period.

Sterling’s latest spell up-front could be somewhat ominous for owners of Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) in Gameweek 35+, who has struggled to make that spot his own since Sergio Aguero‘s (£11.7m) injury. The Brazilian by no means had a poor game, putting up eight points against Newcastle before coming off on the hour-mark.

Jesus could have taken a little more from the game too, which was very open in Manchester City’s favour, as he could not direct a first-half header beyond Martin Dúbravka (£5.1m) and saw his pass into Phil Foden (£5.4m) screwed wide shortly after. Jesus was also in possession of the ball when Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) tackled him and kicked it onto Federico Fernández (£4.6m) for the own goal that made it 3-0.

Whether or not Pep Guardiola decides to start him for that trip to Brighton is rather hard to second guess at this stage though. Coming off around the 60th minute sometimes implies the manager wants to keep that player fresh for the next outing, but that happened for Sterling at Southampton before his Gameweek 34+ benching. Perhaps, with both player’s minutes now managed over the last two matches, Jesus and Sterling could start together at Brighton.

After all, it does seem unlikely that Foden will feature from the beginning next time out as he is yet to make a start away from home since the Premier League restart.

Those in possession of the budget midfielder will be cursing their luck after his blank against Newcastle as he really should have come away with at least a brace.

After acting as the assister for the assist of the first two goals, Foden went through for a chance of his own in the 39th minute. A neat one-two with Jesus put the goal at his mercy, but the midfielder somehow managed to pull it wide of the post when he really should have scored.

It was even more galling for his owners in the opening exchanges of the second half. In the 49th minute, De Bruyne looped a cross over to Foden on the back post for what looked an easy chance from very close range. But the budget midfielder looked in two minds as he approached the ball, almost standing on it as he spooned agonisingly wide.

Despite the frustrating nature of both near-goal incidents, the level-headed way of responding to such a performance would be to retain faith in Foden, perhaps benching him for Gameweek 34+ and bringing him back into the starting line-up when Bournemouth come to the Etihad Stadium in Gameweek 35+. Even though he failed to return on Wednesday evening, the youngster still averages 9.3 points per home game since the Premier League restart.

Mahrez’s credentials for Fantasy inclusion continue to look good, especially at home. He was one of Manchester City’s most dangerous players before youngster Tommy Doyle (£4.5m) replaced him in the 74th minute.

The Algerian was rewarded with his 10th strike of the season, taking him into double figures for both goals and assists for the first time as a Manchester City player.

It was also Mahrez’s fifth attacking return of the Premier League restart, although, like many of his colleagues, the majority of them have come at home.

Even though the huge contingent of De Bruyne captainers were disappointed to get just one return from a 5-0 win, he was almost as unlucky as Foden not to come away with more from the 5-0 win.

In the 44th minute, De Bruyne played a shot-turned-cross into the box, only to see his own player Rodrigo (£5.3m) direct it over the bar like a defender’s clearance.

He was then stood over the direct free-kick won by Sterling in the second half, having netted plenty of them this season. However, it was David Silva (£7.3m) who pulled rank and dispatched it himself.

It was Silva who blocked another De Bruyne goal involvement in the 74th minute, the Belgian getting around the back on the left-hand side, squaring to his colleague who could only force a save out of Dúbravka from the edge of the six-yard box.

Then as stoppage time beckoned, De Bruyne won the ball on the right, offloading to Silva. He pressed towards goal from a tight angle but could not trouble the goalkeeper with his effort.

For all of those reasons, De Bruyne’s place in Fantasy teams remains exceptionally secure, especially with Brighton and Bournemouth up next.

Despite those late fluffs, Silva was actually the top-scoring player from this game, his goal, two assists and three bonus making for a 17-point haul.

Whether that sets him apart as an option for the run-in is probably still in question though. 90-minute outings in each of the last two matches will not have done him any favours in terms of starting at Brighton. Furthermore, since the Premier League came back, Silva has only delivered attacking returns in two of a possible six matches.

“We have games every three days so everybody has to play.” – Pep Guardiola

It was arguably very difficult to find too many takeaways from this game as far as Newcastle were concerned.

Recent injury problems forced Steve Bruce into a back-five that featured three full-backs, with both 

With Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) and Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m) standing a better chance of involvement in the Gameweek 35+ trip to Watford, the Magpies are sure to have better fortunes at Vicarage Road than they did at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Zinchenko, Stones, Otamendi, Cancelo (Walker 46′); Rodrigo (Gündogan 46′), De Bruyne, D Silva; Foden (B Silva 61′), Jesus (Sterling 61′), Mahrez (Doyle 75′).

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Dúbravka; Rose, Fernández, Schär, Krafth (Muto 84′), Yedlin; Ritchie (Atsu 84′), Bentaleb, Shelvey (M Longstaff 66′), Lazaro (Manquillo 66′); Joelinton (Gayle 66′).

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1,665 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Henderson
    TAA AWB Aurier
    KDB Sterling Foden Bruno Traore
    Jimmy Rashford

    1.8m ITB

    I hear Traore is injured? I was planning to swap Jimmy for Vardy which leaves me with 6m for a midfielder... suggestions? This would be a -4 hit

    Or swap Traore for Willian/Pulisic and keep Jimmy?

    Or do something completely different? My rival leading has Jimmy and Traore

  2. olidooley
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Hey guys....2 FTs here to ponder

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez Sarr
    Rashford Jiménez

    Button Lascelles Connolly Robinson

    Jiménez/Doherty TO Vardy/Holgate?
    Others?

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Any chances of KDB being rested? Thinking of doing KDB to Mane(C)!

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Why mane? Salah is fighting for golden boot

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        Have him already

    2. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Not even Pep knows. I think the best approach with City assets is long term investment while being mentally prepared for benching. Too much uncertainty for short term punts.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        Good point.

  4. Bob_the_builder
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Will wait for tomorrow but how does Jimi and Salah to Vardy and Son sound using 2 FTs? Would be 1 week punt since plan to play the WC in GW36, Bench boost in GW37 and Freehit in GW38.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      No from me, keep salah

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        This

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      No

    3. Fortune
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 4 hours ago

      i have son, and im planning to ship him out after this GW.

      no.

  5. Better luck next year
    • 1 Year
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Jimi + Mahrez -> Vardy + Puli for -4 or save FT?

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Could pay off... but i fancy jimmy to return v everton. Maybe just sell mahrez, that's my plan.

  6. Jink
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    I’m switching to 3-5-2. Who’s the best striker for under 5.4m? Will be on the bench every game.

    1. Better luck next year
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Greenwood

      1. Jink
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        Forgot to say, I’ve got 3 United already 🙁

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Gayle

    3. Leander The Doncker
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 6 hours ago

      Just choose the cheapest striker if you dont want to play him

  7. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Guys, please help:

    Henderson
    TAA AWB Aurier
    KDB Sterling Foden Bruno Traore
    Jimmy Rashford

    1.8m ITB

    I hear Traore is injured? I was planning to swap Jimmy for Vardy which leaves me with 6m for a midfielder... suggestions? This would be a -4 hit

    Or swap Traore for Willian/Pulisic and keep Jimmy?

    Or do something completely different? My rival leading has Jimmy and Traore

  8. PepSala
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 7 hours ago

    Captain:

    A) Vardy
    B) Bruno
    C) Sterling

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      C

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      C

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      A

    4. Soto Ayam
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        See how Bournemouth are today. A

    5. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 7 hours ago

      Kdb will start next game? Will use my FH and get sterling. Wanted david silva too but seems no space

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        Only Pep knows chief

    6. Sloane426
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        Have the league tables been updated?

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Login baby

      • dezille
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        2 FTs. Some thoughts would be appreciated!

        Pope
        TAA AWB Doherty (Kiko, Simpson)
        Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno (Guendouzi)
        Rashford Jimenez DCL

        A) Guendouzi, Rashford > Pulisic/Foden, Greenwood
        B) Guendouzi, DCL > Connolly, Foden
        C) Mahrez, Guendouzi > Foden, Pulisic (would have to be done tomorrow)

        I have a v week bench and 343 is killing me atm (missing out on a lot of midfield value in Pulisic, foden, etc). I think Foden pretty much matches Mahrez on returns over the remainin GWs, with the former being much better value. I'm less comfortable downgrading Rash to Greenwood, and will be keeping a keen eye on them tomorrow. What are your thoughts?

      • BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 7 hours ago

        How’s this looking for the weekend?

        Henderson (McCarthy)
        TAA Aurier Boly
        Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno Tony
        Vardy(c) Greenwood

        Bench: Egan Ings Taylor

        G2G?

      • JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Vardy price going up tonight?

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Naah

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            I’m not experienced but how does one determine? Is there a set net transfer gain for all players?

            1. Tempestic
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              fpl statistics

              1. Tempestic
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 6 hours ago

                its a website

      • Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Start Jimenez or Foden?

        Also (c)?
        Bruno
        Vardy
        KDB

      • Ivor Mac
        • 1 Year
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Lots of Vardy love. He is fools gold.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          The top scorer in the league? Right.

          1. Costa Nostra
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Yep! Love me some of that fools gold!

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              Averages 20 goals per season, 2mil cheaper than either Liverpool winger, has more points, rotation proof... Fools gold, yep!

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

          And I am fool. Soon to be a rich fool enjoying a Vardy Party. 😀

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Cant hit these 50/50 captain choices,will leave it on Salah(C) till end.

      • Disturbed
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 6 hours ago

        Taylor first on bench. Can only hope for a no show for one of aurier, Bruno or rashford.

      • 20 Timess
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Very early but thoughts!?

          GW 36 Jimenez ➡️ Ings (free)
          GW 37 Vardy,Doherty ➡️ Auba,Holgate (-4)
          GW 38 Tony, Willian ➡️ Salah, 4.2 (-4)

          Thanks!

        • Nas
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          All my post-restart moves are leading to negative points. Kane and foden in for a hit meant I sold auba and benched Taylor. Goodness knows how many points I’ll lose from that move unless kane scores a hatty tomorrow.
          The week before I played FH which meant I got in salah and capd instead of Bruno and goodness knows how many points I lost with that.
          The only love that has been a success is selling the injured aguero for rashford

          1. Tempestic
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            I did the exact same move, fuming Foden hasnt come away with anything. hopefully Kane can deliver

        • Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Jimmy and gomez to
          Vardy and awb

          Yay or nay??

        • jdp219
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          1) Son > Martial
          2) Son, Nketiah > Vardy, 4.5 fodder (-4)
          3) Son, Jimenez > Vardy, Martial (-4) = exact funds before price changes

          Has to be #2, right?

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            2 doesn't make sense. Nketiah is cheaper than 4.5.

            1. jdp219
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              I only have 0.1itb.

        • mlm
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Son and Jimenez =>

          A) Vardy and Pulisic
          B) Vardy and Martial (-4)

          1. Joyce1998
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            A

        • JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Please help:

          Henderson
          TAA AWB Aurier
          KDB Sterling Foden Bruno Traore
          Jimmy Rashford

          1.8m ITB

          I hear Traore is injured? I was planning to swap Jimmy for Vardy which leaves me with 6m for a midfielder... suggestions? This would be a -4 hit

          Or swap Traore for Willian/Pulisic and keep Jimmy?

          Or do something completely different? My rival leading has Jimmy and Traore

        • Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Jimmy to vardy??
          Yes
          Or
          No

          1. Disturbed
            • 6 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Yes

          2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            I'm holding as think Everton are on the beach.

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Need to do something crazy to catch my mini league leader

          Do Salah to Sterling (C)?

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Too crazy

        • Disturbed
          • 6 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Need 0.3m to do jimmy > Vardy. Who would you downgrade?

          Ddg
          Taa Doherty aurier
          Salah kdb Bruno Mahrez Foden
          Rashford Jimmy

          Martin Taylor Connolly ngakia

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Mahrez

            1. Disturbed
              • 6 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              Thinking the same. Get in Pulisic?

              1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                • 4 Years
                27 days, 6 hours ago

                I'm looking at antonio as he has watford and norwich and posting good stats. Puli also a good option I am considering him as well.

                1. Disturbed
                  • 6 Years
                  27 days, 6 hours ago

                  Cheers

          2. Jafalad
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Doherty->Sais.

            1. Disturbed
              • 6 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              Looking at dumping Doherty as well. Stick with a wolves defender?

              1. Jafalad
                • 10 Years
                27 days, 6 hours ago

                Yep. Motivated to do well and hardly concede.

        • seewhyaxe
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          that Salah -> Sterling move didn't exactly work well.

          Seeing Taylor deep on my bench hurts too

          1. Disturbed
            • 6 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            He’s first on my bench. Painful.

            1. seewhyaxe
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              no chance of sub?

              1. seewhyaxe
                • 3 Years
                27 days, 6 hours ago

                I have a marginal chance if Stephens is rotated

              2. Disturbed
                • 6 Years
                27 days, 6 hours ago

                Need one of Aurier Bruno or rashford to not play.

          2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Had Egan first sub last week and lucky enough to play him this week. You will be on the right side of the luck again soon my friend. 🙂

          3. Jafalad
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Not sure why anyone would sell Salah tbh.

            1. seewhyaxe
              • 3 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              Ha. trying to be different I guess since I'm chasing so much

            2. PastaFasul
              • 6 Years
              27 days, 5 hours ago

              Half my main ML sold Salah weeks ago for United mids...they were laughing last week and crying this week. I kept.

        • Uncle Gamst
          • 9 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          a) Nketiah, Rashford, Jimenez > Vardy, Ings, Greenwood -4.

          b) Just Rashford, Jimenez > Vardy, Greenwood. Will require a hit GW36 for Ings as he's due to rise in value.

          c) Another way to free up cash for Vardy?

          Your thoughts appreciated.

          1. Jafalad
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            C. Sell expensive ds.

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Same boat mate
            I’ve got A with 2FT but want to keep Rashford
            Actually looking at Trent to Azpi to fund jimmy to vardy
            Only 4 games left so damage can be limited

        • Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Gomez to awb
          Already own taa
          Yes or no

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            No brainer

          2. Jafalad
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            No. You may need 3 UTD attacking players e.g 3/4 Martial, Rash, Gwood, Bruno.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 6 hours ago

          Will Antonio still play as striker? Or Haller will be playing now? Any idea anyone?

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 6 hours ago

            Antonio up front. Has been good there don't see Moyes changing things.

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 6 hours ago

              Cheers mate!