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Sterling benched as De Bruyne, Mahrez and Foden lead Man City attack

Pep Guardiola continues to ruffle the feathers of Fantasy managers as he named Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) on the bench for Manchester City’s Gameweek 34+ meeting with Newcastle.

The England international has been in decent form since the restart, returning double-figure hauls in both of his starts at the Etihad Stadium in that time.

But his 16.3% ownership will have to settle for, at most, an appearance off the bench tonight, where he has been selected alongside Kyle Walker (£5.6m).

Sterling’s place in the team has been taken by Phil Foden (£5.4m), snapped up by over 140,000 managers for Gameweek 34+ having averaged 11.3 points per game at home since the Premier League came back.

His backers will certainly be excited by the prospect of Foden playing in the front-three alongside Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), support in midfield by the Gameweek’s most popular captain: Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m).

However, Newcastle will certainly do their best to put their bodies on the line as Steve Bruce has gone with a very defensive-looking 5-4-1 formation.

It features Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) and Valentino Lazaro (£5.3m) on the flanks of midfield supported by fellow defenders Danny Rose (£5.3m) and DeAndre Yedlin (£4.4m) behind them in the full-back roles.

Still, they may find it hard to ask too many questions on the counter-attack with Miguel Almirón (£ 5.8m) on the bench and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) sidelined with a knock.

Sheffield United will be in good spirits as they host Wolves, with Jack O’Connell (£4.5m) finally back in the starting line-up for the first time since Gameweek 29.

Chris Wilder also has John Lundstram (£4.6m) at his disposal, recovering from his shoulder injury ahead of schedule to sit on the Blades’ bench.

Wolves come to Bramall Lane in the familiar 3-4-3 formation, featuring Diogo Jota (£6.1m) and Adama Traoré (£5.7m) either side of Raúl Jiménez (£8.3m), Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) dropping to the bench.

West Ham are another team with key reinforcements arriving just in time for Gameweek 34+ as Sébastien Haller (£6.8m) has been deemed fit enough for a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Michail Antonio (£6.9m) retains his starting centre-forward berth for now, but it will be interesting to see what impact Haller will have from this point onwards.

The mid-price midfielder, with three attacking returns in his last two matches, is supported by an attacking midfield of Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.2m), Pablo Fornals (£6.0m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m).

Still without Ben Mee (£5.0m), Burnley hand another start to Kevin Long (£4.3m) alongside James Tarkowski (£5.2m).

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Stones, Otamendi, Cancelo; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, D Silva; Foden, Jesus, Mahrez.

Newcastle United XI: Dúbravka; Rose, Fernández, Schär, Krafth, Yedlin; Ritchie, Bentaleb, Shelvey, Lazaro; Joelinton.

Sheffield United XI: D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Osborn, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; McBurnie, Sharp.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; D Jota, Jiménez, Traoré.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek; Yarmolenko, Fornals, Bowen; Antonio.

Burnley XI: Pope; C Taylor, Tarkowski, K Long, Bardsley; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Vydra, Rodriguez.

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1,975 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Traore off

    1. mysteryDave
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      boo only 3pts from a fantastic performance

  2. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Anyone wtching WHU vs BUR? How's Antonio looking?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Dangerous. But Burnley playing well in defence. Bowen, Antonio and Soucek all involved for West Ham.

  3. Amey
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Mane benched ... 🙁
    Nketiah first on bench
    Taylor second

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Mane will come on. I have faith!

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Hope not

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Hopefully potter sets them up defensively

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    doyle messes up kdb assist

  5. Says
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Commentator: *says anything*

    Steve McManaman: yeh

    1. The Suspended One
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      “Yeah..repeat what you just said.... doesn’t it “

      1. Says
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        *sniff* *sniff*

  6. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Poor KDB

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Should have got so much more, but looking like a massive C fail now.

  7. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    KDB could've easily had 3 assist today

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      would assist the whole team, if only they'd finish

  8. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Oh why did I start Kiko over Boly?

  9. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Really need the Wolves and City cleanies gone

  10. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Love a boly goal

  11. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Do we think KDB starts vs Bournemouth in GW 36?

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Why wouldn’t he

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Fa cup is being played close to that game

    2. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      See next GW first.

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      no one knows

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      See what happens at the weekend. Arsenal in FA Cup is most important game and he will start that.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      No I don't. I think he plays the next one. Benched 36. Plays FA cup and then plays the rest.

  12. Skloppy Kops
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    KdB(c) fail.
    Story of my season.

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Same here. Only a few times has the captaincy worked out.

  13. Mané money
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Ok, now that I've played Foden ahead of Ings, I am 100% sure Ings will get double figures. This is what I do.

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Was 50/50 between bringing one of those two in and brought in Foden. Expecting the same 🙁

    2. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Acceptance is a start. now confess your other sinful benchings!

    3. MITHRRANDIRR
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Did -4 to do Sarr-> Foden. Now I'm 6 points worse off after freak assist for Sarr, who stank my team for 3 weeks. Luck.

  14. james 101
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Doherty/ Saiss looking like getting any attacking returns?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Lol, should be happy with the 2 CS's

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        I’m fine if that’s the final result

        Got to hope for more though. Always!

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Flat game. SHU look more likely to score.

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Remember when it seemed like doherty would score / assist any given game?

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    KdB C fail
    Pope masterclass again

    Awful GW

    1. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Fail?

      1. TwiggsJameson
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        He has 7 points?

  16. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Jimenez third blank in a row? Waste of space?

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Get Ings in a week early?

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Can stretch to Vardy

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Home to Everton this week. Pickford looks really really dodgy at mo. Could be 2-2.

  17. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    One more KDB return and i think its max baps

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      jinxed it

  18. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    TC disaster barring a late goal from KDB

  19. Says
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    When he mentioned fringe players I immediately thought of Foden

  20. MITHRRANDIRR
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Wasn't Doherty supposed to be a better pick than Boly/Saiss? What a disappointment.

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      He still is, one strong shot or accurate cross is all it takes. Nobody expected the Wolves attack to be this tepid.

      1. MITHRRANDIRR
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Had never owned Jimenez as never felt convinced by Wolves attack who depend on teams staying open. Of course, once I got him as a shield, he's gone on a run of blanks.

  21. Duke Silver ☑
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    C'mon KdB grab a goal ffs

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      more chance of an Ederson mistake late on

  22. Sun Jihai
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Salah has scored in two away games all season, scoring 13 points and 14 points against Bournemouth and West Ham
    In both of those games, Mane didn't feature 🙂

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Due a blank so.

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      I sold him to Sterling so expect a hat trick

  23. mitro
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Doyle assist kdb goal please XD

  24. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    KDB(c) here and reasonably happy with 12 or 14. Don't know what the fuss is about. Any return for a captain is ok.

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Not when other options will no doubt do better.

    2. TwiggsJameson
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Agreed.

    3. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      His points are fairly irrelevant too.

    4. TwiggsJameson
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Better than a kick in the head.

    5. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Yeah not bad. Only frustrating part will be when Fernandes hauls as those 50/50 calls have not been going my way.

    6. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      It's all relative, it will depend on Bruno's and Salah's points

    7. The Suspended One
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      As I non capper I fully agree

    8. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Yeah, I'm happy enough - looks like a bap too.

    9. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Me to but I took mahrez out for kdb (c) ! Sideways I know
      Had no luck with mahrez last two gw lack of game time etc
      Only 4 pts gain so far fir that move, would if had Bruno cap if hadn’t done that move

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Kdb wont score he looks pretty tired/bored

  26. Costa Nostra
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Yedlin 0 banked;)

  27. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Doing DCL to Vardy. Better way to fund it:

    A. Rash to Greenwood
    B. Salah to Puli (assuming Salah being benched vs Burnley)

    1. FreddyP3
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      We need to know who’s first on your bench

  28. FreddyP3
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Vardy vs Bournemouth essential?

  29. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    So much for wolves being better in 2nd half’s. Been rubbish today

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Loooooong season taking its toll.

      1. The Suspended One
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        This, Europa curse killing them

        1. Tinkermania
          26 days, 21 hours ago

          Don't give them an excuse.

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        Jonny worries me

  30. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Get out of my team Jiminez

    1. The Suspended One
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Lots of people laughing at me when I said they were knackered

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        They laughed at Louie Armstrong when he said he’d go to the moon...