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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. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How do people find out their OR rank change so fast? The FPL app takes forever to update.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Livefpl

    2. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Live fpl.net.

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks guys.

    3. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      However, don’t start using it after 61 mins. It only brings disappointment when Egan scores in the last minute!

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Ain't that the !@#$% truth

  2. adams_6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    60 and 4 to come. Not the best week to sell Salah I guess but I wouldn’t have captained him again this season. All my rivals have got rid too, luckily!

    1. Utopsis
      2 months, 15 days ago

      60 without Salah? Good going!

      1. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Slight cheat. Bench boost to get rid with Charlie Taylor, Kiko and Foden on board. No gk though. I wasn’t going to get one just for BB. Couldn’t see another week when I’d use it.

  3. FF Dirtbag
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Pope has to be England number 1.

    1. Utopsis
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Distribution and ability to play is pants.

      1. FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Better than pickford.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          It's really not

        2. Utopsis
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Pope is much better at shot stopping and commanding the 18, but modern GKing is not just about that anymore!

    2. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 15 days ago

      McCarthy

    3. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      It's frustrating. We have such quality coming through, but the keepers feel average irl. Maybe Henderson will make it.

  4. RoysCallerAnne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Any idication anywhere as to why Mendy not even on bench? Thanks.

  5. Fishy
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bottommed
    Team set for next gw?
    Ddg
    Doherty aurier taa
    Kdb mahrez martial pulisic Antonio 
    Rashford jesus

  6. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Firmino rested vs Villa
    Mane vs Brighton
    I think it s pretty clear that Salah will get rest vs Burnley.

    Similar was earlier in the season when Salah and Firmino got rest vs Everton and 1 GW later Mane was rested vs Bournemouth

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Hate seeing Doherty & Saiss high on the RMT scores for next GW still.

    The double-defence feels like a no-go now, and very few good options to replace them (sub 5.2m ish).

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      tbf they were about a minute away from another clean sheet (i also have double wolves defence), reasonable fixtures coming up

  8. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How to improve this FH team please?

    Schmeichel
    Azpilicueta, Soy, TAA
    Willian, Pulisic, Sterling, KDB, Bruno
    Vardy Jesus

    Money not really an issue. Would you change anything? No Liverpool midfield an obvious gamble, but hit and miss at the mo!

    1. AYLD28
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Digne?

  9. Dele
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane > Vardy or Jesus?

    Jesus a pick for the rest of the season feels like he’s worth it. Even though he doesn’t look great.

    1. AYLD28
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Prefer 3 city mids myself, feel that are more explosive

  10. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    On FH:
    (A) Ederson Justin TAA KDB
    (B) Schmeichel Garcia Robbo Sterling

    1. Leo10
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

      1. Leo10
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Sorry just noticed it's FH, probably B.

        1. AYLD28
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Garcia, nah

          1. Leo10
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Surely him and Laporte in this week?

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I’m a bit scared of rotation for both KDB and TAA which is why I made the ‘B’ option
          I think the alternative would be to swap Sterling + Garcia to Mahrez + Laporte

  11. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Best GK to see out the rest of the season?

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Ederson

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Tempted, but want that third city slot really

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Then Pope

    2. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pope

    3. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Or Martinez if you need the extra cash

  12. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Already looking to next GW.

    Which move for 2FT

    A) Son & Jimenez > Vardy & Pulisic
    B) Jimenez & Doc > Vardy & Saiss
    C) Son & Doc > Salah & Egan

    1. Kuzser
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    2. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A or C, Salah is a must but then again so is Vardy this week

  13. AD2110
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Tempted to get rid of Trent. Hasn’t really looked a threat in attack and their defence is awful at the moment

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not vs. Burnley. After, maybe.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Freekick goal and clean sheet coming up

  14. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Would you take a hit to do Jimenez to Vardy?

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      For free yeah
      For hit no

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers mate

    2. Leo10
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Personally no. I think Jimenez to Ings is the transfer next week.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        That's what I am thinking

  15. Kuzser
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What to do here guys?1ft, 0.3 itb.
    1)Rash Jota -> Vardy Greenwood for -4, bench Sarr
    2)Jota Martial-> Greenwood Willian for -4
    3)Jimenez Mahrez-> Vardy Willian for-4

    Krul
    TAA - Doherty - Baldock
    KdB - Fernandes - Martial-Mahrez - Sarr
    Rashford - Jimenez

    Subs: jota lund Lascelles Leno

  16. Cheeto__Bandito
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Kane please save my season

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      *Son

  17. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    People really making changes this evening? 2 big games still to go...too late in the season to waste transfers

  18. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Would have like salah to get 20mins rest - can see klopp benching him regardless of golden boot

    He wants to win all the games, it’s about the team and two bigger games follow Burnley

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lets hope so. He killed me tonight.

      1. Vazza
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Hey buddy, would you move Mane out for Salah for a -4 point hit?

        All my ML rivals have Mane and not Salah so he could prove to be a differential

  19. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Am I G2G for next GW?

    DDG

    Trent - Aurier - Holgate

    Salah - KDB - Fernandes - Pulisic

    Ings - Rashford - Vardy (c)

    Subs: Henderson, Saiss, Fernandez & Hayden

    1. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yes, already did your transfers?

  20. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    best defender up to 4.6 to go with
    Aurier TAA Doherty Fernandez?

    1. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Taylor

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Well moving out Salah for Foden didn’t work too well. Needing massive Kane haul! Having disaster since restart. 21 point ML lead into 39 behind?!

      Lamptey perhaps- looked good and Brighton couple of decent fixtures towards end of season

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        damn mate tho still hope with Kane yet!
        I have exact cash to do tonight

        Jimi, Nketiah and Maguiee to Vardy, Greenwood and 4 6 defender?
        Would you do it?

        Can't decide on Egan, Cresswell or Lamptey!

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Forgot about Cresswell- I would go for him. Great fixtures and West Ham something to fight for

          1. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            his scores are dreadful tho!

            Think its worth doing tonight?

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              You won’t be starting whoever you get. I would wait as plenty options at 4.5 and under for fifth mid. If Holgate fit that’s another good option.

        2. Werner Brothers
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Egan or lamptey maybe. Just pick anyone & pray.
          Your another 2 transfers is what you have to care of.

  21. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Choose 1 to play this week:

    A) Ritchie (wat)
    B) Foden (bha)

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Foden was really good tonight and should have scored more.
      If he plays him over Ritchie any time

  22. valurth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    2FT's banked to use this GW.
    1.4 itb

    Martinez

    Trent - Doherty - Saiss

    Salah-KDB-Fernandes-Son-Foden

    Greenwood-Jimmy-Rashford

    Subs: Pope, Kiko, Lascelles, ?

    Out: Jimmy + ?

    Which forward would you get in
    Vardy, Ings

    Which midfielder
    Martial, Pulisic/Willian, Mahrez, Sterling

    Or defender which one?

  23. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Very early but how does this look?

    GW 36 Jimenez ➡️ Ings
    GW 37 Vardy, Doherty ➡️ Auba,Holgate
    GW 38 Martial :(, Willian ➡️ Salah, 4.2

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Last 2 are for hits btw

      1. 20 Timess
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Looks excellent!!

    2. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Looks good to me

  24. Isco Disco
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who to TC?
    Vardy against BOU
    Mane against Burnley
    KDB/Sterling against BOU
    KDB/Sterling against Norwich
    Bruno against SOU
    Bruno against WHU

  25. Ambrosiana Inter
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Lucky Sterling Captain here

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not lucky at all

  26. More_Goals
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Wow in one night my mini league rival goes from 5 points to 50 points ahead.... brutal.

    50 points is too much now?!

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      50 perfectly doable, as long as you make more right moves than him

  27. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Jimenez owners what's your plan?

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lose for Vardy/Jesus. Id keep Wolves defenders though.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Prob switch to vardy

    3. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Keep one more week and ditch to Ings no matter what

    4. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Vardy swith

    5. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Its Kane or Jimmy out for Vardy.

    6. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      sold for kane last gw, who after he flops tomorrow will be sold for vardy probably, and when he flops, might punt on ings or even jesus

    7. Leo10
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Switching to Ings after this weekend.

    8. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      thanks

    9. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Holding

      I sold Vardy before the Palace game. 🙂

    10. golden skulltula 69
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I´m considering to sell him for Vardy..

      btw, Jiménez might drop tonight and Vardy is near to rise..

  28. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    double wolves defence, double liverpool defence, no Salah, no Mahrez or Sterling etc, not a good week so far, need Spurs to come to life tomorrow with at least 15 goals lol #pray-for-kane-and-son

    1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      That almost feels like a biblical hashtag.

      How did Cain, Abel or Seth have a "Son"?...

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        i certainly need a God-given miracle to recover this gameweek! 🙂

    2. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Unlucky, btw. Must have been a frustrating day.

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        yeah, just a bit but still some hope with Son/Kane/Greenwood/Martial/Fernandes(c) still to go, was expecting to have done better than i have so far though1 🙂

  29. acesingh
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Feel like I need more Man City. Any suggestions with me 2FT?

    Foster
    TAA, Maguire, Doherty
    Salah, Son, Bruno, KDB
    Jiminez, DCL, Greenwood

  30. Alli
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    2 FT. Any ideas?

    Pope - Martin
    TAA - Doherty - Maguire - Saiss - Lascelles
    Mané - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Foden
    Rashford - Jiménez - Ayew