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

    How does this sound for -4?

    Salah, Jimenez, Lascelles --> Sterling, Vardy, Lamptey

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

      poor Salah is all I can say

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Salah just MOTHERHAULED and you want to shift him as part of a -4?

      My word.

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Who to start this week

      A. Martinez vs tot
      B. Pope vs liv

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

        Pope

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        A, I suppose

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Pope 10 Pter incoming

      4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Probably not much in it but A

      5. SH
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        A. I reckon Liverpool will score twice. Martinez has conceded just 1 goal in 4 matches he started, same as Pope.

    • Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thought on this tonight?
      Exact cash so need to be now with price moves.

      Jimi Nketiah Maguire to Vardy Greenwood Cresswell -4?

      Pope
      TAA Maguire Doherty Aurier Fernandez
      KDB Mahrez Martial Bruno Salah
      Jimi DCL Nketiah

      Thanks!

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Rinseboy sounds like a Jamaican homophobic slur

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Sell doc instead

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

          can't if I get Greenwood altho not bad shout

    • SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jimi to Ings this week? Or take a hit and get Vardy?

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

        Vardy this week

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      17 from 3

      All to play for; let’s go (C) Kane

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Robbo to start and TAA to be benched next week?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Possible

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Probably

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

        That was probably the plan but Williams didn't play well at all tonight so he might start and get benched later when they guarantee winning the match.

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

          I mean TAA and Robertson might both start, not Williams.

      4. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        cheers,TAA to robbo for me this week just to be on the safer side...

    • michudagawd
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I did Salah to Sterling this gameweek so a bit sickened to say the least!

      Team at the moment:

      Pope
      TAA Boly Doherty
      Sterling Pulisic KDB Fernandes Martial
      Rashford Jimenez

      Button - Cathcart Stephens Brewster

      How does this look?

      Save the FT and then do Cathcart and Jimenez to Digne and Ings next gameweek?

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

        Thoughts would be appreciated.

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

        Nice looking team. Worry with double wolves defence. Unconvinced with Digne.

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

          With Digne in I won't be playing double Wolves defence. I think Digne has a big haul in him soon.

    • Vazza
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Who to start this week

        1. Jimenez vs SOU
        2. Foden vs bha (assuming he plays 30 mins)

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

          Jimi isn’t playing SOU

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Lol. I meant EVE. Okay time to go to sleep. Haha

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Rashford is playing SOU..., Jimenez EVE

        2. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Problem:
          1. Want to have Vardy, not enough cash for Jimi >> Vardy
          2. GK issue: Henderson vs CHE, Pope vs LIV

          Would you:
          A. Rashford >> Vardy for free (and play Jimi and Henderson)

          B. Jimi + Henderson >> Vardy + 4.8 GK
          (Krul vs WHU or Martinez vs TOT)

          C. Jimi + Stevens >> Vardy + Egan (play Henderson vs CHE)

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

          Pope
          TAA AWB Doherty
          Salah KDB Fernandes Mahrez Martial
          Jimenez DCL

          Button Kiko Nketiah Simpson

          2FT, £0 in the bank

          I had planned to do Salah and Nketiah to Pulisic and Vardy (have the exact budget to do this), but not so sure now, as Salah looks to be chasing that golden boot, though I still feel he is at risk of a rest/not starting at the weekend. What would you do?

          A) Salah + Nketiah to Pulisic + Vardy (i.e. do it anyway as most of my ML rivals don't have Salah)
          B) Jimenez + Mahrez to Vardy + Foden (and only have Kiko available on bench)
          C) Something else

        4. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          To free up funds to do Jimenez >> Vardy...

          TAA >>

          1. Azpi (shu NOR liv WOL)
          2. Digne (wol AVL shu BOU)

          Thanks all

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Keep TAA.

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

              begrudging selling, but need to raise funds to do Jim >> Vardy

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                What does your team look like?

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

                  Pope
                  TAA AWB Saiss
                  Salah KDB Fernandes Mahrez Foden
                  Rashford Jimenez

                  Henderson Lascelles Connolly Lundstram

                  Thoughts?

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

            2

          3. sthelenslad92
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Digne

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

            Sold Vardy last week 🙁

            But after this one it doesn’t look that exciting. I’d go Digne if you’re set on it.

            Personally I’d hold and go Ings next week.

        5. FDMS All Starz
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What to do here? Need to close down a 30pt lead.
          1FT & 3.2itb

          Patricio
          TAA - Doherty - Aurier
          Mane - Kdb - Fernandes - Martial - Mahrez
          Jimi - Greenwood

          Subs: Martins - Kiko - Connolly - Simpson

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yes the thought of no City is scary. My team is linked. I have gone Cityless many times ths season. I have taken loads of hits as well lol so my rank most likely would have been better if I was not so hit happy.

            Some ideas if you want to chase

            KDB > Salah

            Patricio > Pope after LFC

            Mahrez > Pulisic

            Jimmy > Kane

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Obviously depends who your rival has.

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Dont forget Ings. His last 3 matches looking top dollar for points...

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

            Jimi to vardy

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

            Mahrez to Sterling could work.

            Think Kane is an interesting option. Has a very high ceiling. Monitoring closely what happens next with him

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Agree, waiting to see how Kane does tomorrow.

        6. sthelenslad92
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Best Jimenez replacement? Other 2 strikers are Rashford & Vardy:
          A) Jesus
          B) Giroud
          C) Abraham
          D) Ings
          E) Deeney
          F) DCL

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

            Ings, next GW.

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

            Greenwood?

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

            A

        7. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          They called me mad because I wanted to sell Alonso+Mane+Jimi to Digne+Sterling+Kane(-8). The hit was already payed off with Kane yet to play.

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Don't be surprised if Kane gets negative points

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

              lol

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

            You don't really know if the -8 paid off yet as you could do Mane to Sterling for free. Digne and Kane haven't played yet.

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

              Yeah. I did Alonso to Digne and held Mane and Jimmy. :/

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

            Lucky

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

          Bench
          Doherty
          Lascelles

          Bench
          Foden
          Jimenez.

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

          Thinking along the same lines but wolves have Everton next so a little worried Jimi might turn it around

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

            yes, expecting him to bounce back with a brace.

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

              Wishful thinking

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

                last time he had 3 blanks,he was back with a 10 point haul and that too against city at Etihad...

        10. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Will end up with this for GW35, anything worth hits folks?

          Pope
          TAA Aurier Doherty
          Salah KDB Bruno [C] Martial Pulisic
          Vardy Greenwood

          McCarthy Egan Keane Nketiah

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

            No - GTG

            Surely (c) KDB vs Brighton!?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              May not start or minutes curtailed, Bruno/Martial at home enticing

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Why? Is Pep really going to start him again?

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

          Stick with pack (Vardy) or differential (Jesus)?, chasing in ml most the others have Vardy

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

          (c)?

          Vardy
          Brunooo
          KDB

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bruno

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

              Thanks man

        13. Vazza
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Who to start this week

            1. Jimenez vs EVE
            2. Foden vs bha (assuming he plays 30 mins)

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

              I think Foden starts this game why wouldn’t he?

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

                do you think he will

              2. michaelington
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Spin the wheel.

          • fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Pope
            TAA AWB Saiss
            Salah KDB Fernandes Mahrez Foden
            Rashford Jimenez

            Henderson Lascelles Connolly Lundstram

            1FT, 0.6 itb

            1. TAA Jimenez >> Digne Vardy
            2. Mahrez Jimenez >> Willian Vardy
            3. Other ??

            Thanks

          • The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Crap... Holgate out...

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

              source?

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Ancelotti

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

                cheers

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Ings haul confirmed

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bottomed

            Who wins?

            A) Lloris, Aurier, Greenwood and Kane(c)
            B) Bruno, Son and Kane + 4 pts

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Probably A, it's effectively 5 players (counting cap as 2) vs 3.

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

              b

          • Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Guys please help:

            Just 10 points ahead in my ML but the guy behind still has TC, FH and BB. We have pretty similar teams so not taking risks will certianly win him the ML

            So with that in mind...is this worth a hit?

            Son and KDB -----> Pulisic and Mane(c) ?

            We both have salah but he doesnt have Mane and pulisic

          • Hits from the Bong
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Would you do Son + Jimenez to Pulisic + Vardy? Seems wrong to do it before the Spurs game

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

              It’s a possibility

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

            Would you save FT? 0.5 ITB.

            DDG
            TAA Lascelles Saiss
            Sterling(C) Salah KDB Bruno Foden
            Jimenez Greenwood

            Nyland Stevens Egan Nketiah

            Thinking of switching Jimenez to Ings in GW36!

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              You don't have another -8 to pitch to us tonight, Pep? I can't believe it.

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

                Hahaha fortunately no! Surprisingly thinking of saving my FT! Thoughts?

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Looks good! Save.

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

            Jim has never blanked 4 in a row in the PL

            1. Hits from the Bong
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              He does look tired and sluggish atm though

          • mrodgers91
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Willian stats have been unbelievable since the restart. Is he playing for a new contract or putting himself in the shop window

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

              Both probably, whichever is more lucrative.

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

            1) Son > Martial
            2) Son, Nketiah > Vardy, 4.5 fodder (-4)
            3) Son, Jimenez > Vardy, Martial (-4) - have to do before price changes

            Has to be #2, right?

            Still allows me 343 or 442. Brings in Vardy against Bournemouth, and relieves me of Nketiah.

          • SH
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Better option for BB - GW36 vs 37?

            (A) Martinez (LIV), Lascellas (TOT), Taylor (WOL), Greenwood (cry)
            (B) Martinez (avl), Lascellas (bha), Taylor (nor), Vardy (tot)

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              B

              1. SH
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Think so too. Thanks mate!