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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. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Lol at Sterling, eh?

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

    Fek off Doherty

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

    Egan goal.

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Egan G

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

    No way no bloody way

  6. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Egan. Gl

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

    1 assist from 5 goals. I hate this game.

  8. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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

    I dont believe it.

  10. Burger
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Yeeeeeeeeessssss

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

    Really needed that wolves cs bust

    Egan hero

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

      Jimmy and Doc out for Kane and Holgate still has a chance!

  12. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    I'll take that as a Bruno captainer...

    Got a bit lucky there.

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

      Feel the same

    2. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Both my mini league rivals got him captained. Fuming at him and Foden how have I ended up with no points

  13. PLerix
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Salah -> Sterling?

  14. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Doherty fail

  15. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    OMG 2 clean sheets lost

  16. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Double Wolves cleanie gone

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

    F!ck off

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

    Jog off egan

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

    wolves paid the price of shite football

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      They looked terrible for the 30 seconds I just watched from them.

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

    doherty was on 3 baps for about 10 seconds

  21. Hybrid.power
    • 10 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Egan goal

  22. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Go to hell Egan FFS

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

    What a joke treble wolves defence in the 93rd minute. I could cry.

  24. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Egan goal Doherty cs gone

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

    Wolves cleanie blown apart!

  26. Hybrid.power
    • 10 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    I hate this game

  27. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Patricio + Doherty

    Egan first on bench

    I hate this f game...

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

    As Boly owner this is just great

  29. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    How's this FH team looking for 35?

    Ederson
    Azpi, TAA, Evans
    Mane, Sterling (c), Bruno, KDB, Willian
    Vardy, Greenwood.

    Subs: Martinez, Soy, Cresswell, Fodder

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

    Dammit. Rival has Baldock versus my Saiss