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Who will start for Man City in Gameweek 38+ after win at Watford?

Watford 0-4 Manchester City

  • Goals: Raheem Sterling x2 (£11.9m), Phil Foden (£5.5m), Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m)
  • Assists: Kyle Walker (£5.6m), Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m)
  • Penalties missed: Sterling
  • Penalties saved: Ben Foster (£4.9m)
  • Bonus Points: Sterling x3, Foster x2, Walker x2

Raheem Sterling (£11.9m) has all but cemented himself in Free Hit squads for Gameweek 38+ with his latest double-figure haul.

The premium midfielder’s 20.1% ownership got exactly what they wanted in the big win over Watford, as Sterling secured three attacking returns in a scintillating display and came off just after the hour-mark too.

Between the massive haul and rest time Pep Guardiola was able to give him, Sterling already looks likely to be a relatively sure starter when Norwich come to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

There was already plenty of interest in the Englishman before this latest Premier League outing, his score at Watford the fifth double-digit haul from a possible eight since the restart, but he has also added another feather to his cap. Penalties.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) has been the spot-kick taker for Manchester City since solving the club’s issues from 12 yards in February.

However, it appears that Sterling’s late charge for the Premier League Golden Boot award might have influenced the pecking order, with the Englishman taking the penalty against Watford which he won. Admittedly, he saw his effort saved by Ben Foster (£4.9m) but was savvy enough to bury the rebound.

“I seen I was on, I scored the first one and knew I was on 18, I knew if I got the second one and I was on the pitch for 90 I knew I had another chance of getting a hat-trick. So I wanted to try and get a hat-trick today but it didn’t happen but I’m really happy with the two goals. A winger to score 20 in the Premier League is a great achievement, we have one more game left and hopefully, I can do it then.” – Raheem Sterling

While Sterling has been involved in eight of Manchester City’s last 16 goals, De Bruyne has had a direct hand in just two, the latest an assist for Aymeric Laporte‘s (£6.3m) headed effort on Tuesday evening.

However, the Belgian was certainly unfortunate not to come away with a bigger score at Watford.

Just before half-time, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) got to the dead-ball line and cut the ball back for De Bruyne, who was arriving at the back post, but he could only hook it high and wide under pressure from the defence.

The two players swapped roles after the break, De Bruyne pouncing on a loose ball from a Foster save, squaring to Bernardo, who could not find the target.

Then, on the hour-mark, the Belgian won a free-kick in a prime position on the edge of the box. Stepping up, De Bruyne always looks like scoring direct efforts from this sort of range and he went incredibly close against Watford, finding the top corner perfectly, only for Foster to produce a fantastic stop.

De Bruyne would have also received the assist for a Sterling in the second half, were it not rebounded to Foden to convert.

While Sterling was able to get on and off with just over 60 minutes to his name, owners of Gabriel Jesus (£9.9m) might be a little more concerned ahead of Gameweek 38+.

The Brazilian striker, who was arguably a little unfortunate to blank at Watford as a late goal was ruled out for offside, has now played 90 minutes in each of the last two matches in all competitions. That fact, combined with Sterling’s managed minutes at Vicarage Road, could see Jesus drop out of the starting XI against Norwich, especially as his English counter-part can play the centre-forward role and is potentially on a late charge for the Golden Boot.

Similarly, De Bruyne and Phil Foden (£5.5m) also lasting the entirety of the Watford perhaps concerning their respective owners, especially in light of Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) and David Silva (£7.4m) earning rests in Gameweek 37+. The Algerian came on for Sterling for the last half-hour, while Silva, ahead of a Premier League finale against Norwich was an unused substitute. A start on the last day of the league campaign looks even more assured now, and the Spaniard has double-figure hauls in each of his two most recent home matches.

Silva has played alongside De Bruyne recently, but 90 minutes in each of the last two in all competitions could be enough for Guardiola to consider benching the Belgian.

Foden’s case is harder to assess, especially after he stole in to convert Sterling’s rebounded shot in the second half. Manchester City’s number 47 got his rest in the FA Cup semi-final, playing just 24 minutes of the defeat to Arsenal and has started all but one home Premier League match since the return of football.

With Jesus also getting sufficient game-time to place a question mark over his starting berth, there is a chance the Manchester City front-three could feature Sterling as the spearhead, leaving room for Mahrez and Foden either side.

Anyone looking to Guardiola’s defence for the final Gameweek of the season were given a helping hand by the Manchester City manager.

After he had found the net in the second half, Laporte was handed a brief resting period at the end of the Watford win, replaced by John Stones (£5.3m) in the 74th minute. 

That should see the premium centre-back start against Norwich, who have conceded more goals from set-plays than any other side this season…

“Laporte had a tough tough injury important player for us a lot of time out. a big guy, needed more time to regain condition. today was one of the best games he has played int he last month.” – Pep Guardiola

Watford XI (4-3-3): Foster; Femenía, Dawson, Kabasele, Mariappa; Hughes, Doucouré (Chalobah 82′), Cleverley; Pereyra (Masina 87′), Deeney (Welbeck 67′), Sarr.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte (Stones 74′), Garcia, Walker (Zinchenko 64′); De Bruyne, Rodrigo, B Silva; Sterling (Mahrez 64′), Jesus, Foden.

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1,882 Comments Post a Comment
  1. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Who would you rather have for 38?

    A) Pope + TAA + Ings
    B) Martinez + Long + Auba

    Currently on 2 Burnley defenders

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A - Gooners both eyes on the cup now.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Watford are dreadful though

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      So taa v auba really. Maybe wait game v Chelsea and reassess ?

    3. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

  2. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I can obviously see why people are going for Raz, but isn't it *very* possible that he doesn't start?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nah, he'll start.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who knows with pep

    3. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      60 min sub, getting given pens, explosive form. All screams that he starts

  3. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is this GtG (chasing)??

    Pope
    Aurier Bardsley Pieters
    Salah Martial KDB Silva Sterling
    Kane Ings

    Martin Williams Thomas Connolly

    0.0itb

    Thanks

    1. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes!!

    2. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Really similar to my team tho..

      Martinez for Pope..

      Mahrez for KdB..

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        not keen on Martinez any more, i had him in but think Watford will score, think going all in with triple BUR might be better, the boys will be desperate to win the golden glove for Popey

        Mahrez for KDB is an option yes, differential isnt it - does Mahrez start ?

  4. Neo-Viper
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Pope
    Tierney Taa Pieters
    Sterling Antonio Bruno DSilva Mahrez
    Auba Kane

    Martin Greenwood Branthwaite Simpson

    How does this look lads? Think I am pretty sold. Captain Kane or Sterling?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      V nice

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cheers buddy!

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Kane vs Sterling is too hard to call, I go Kane. I have both as well, I am a biased Spurs fan tho

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Can't ignore Kane forms. He looks profilic ATM.

        Sterlings comment of going for the boot puts me off though!!

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          ugh, maybe you guys right. This decision, oh my

      2. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I am bias Spurs too. Never goals galore away against Palace..Sterling for me

    3. DRAFTSNAKE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'd go & am going Sterling. I honestly think he could nab the golden boot if he gets the full 90 against Norwich.

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        This. That too against a depleted Norwich side.

  5. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    For the final gw.....

    A. Auba, Lamptey, Martinez

    B. Rashford, Aurier, Pope

    C. Ings, VVD, Pope

    1. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    2. Fantabulous KdB
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      b

    3. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      C

  6. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    No point of Auba on free hit now right, no golden boot prob?

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Think Auba will be rested. Time to move on

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        gooooooooooooood evenin sir

    2. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why? When Sterling can dream, he can reach too.
      Also Watford are dreadful

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        So are arsenal

  7. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    What do you guys think of Antonio now? Still a good option on the free hit?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Big yes for me . No better option at his price anyway imo

    2. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Struggling to fit him in my team.. Salah Martial and 3 City mids.. Unless I sacrifice Martial for him..

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Should I lose Auba for Ings and make Antonio either Salah or Mane?
        Only have TAA as the pool cover.

        1. Moose™
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I dont have TAA atm in my draft..

          Got Aurier Bardsley Pieters..

          Antonio coule match Salah point imo.. Playing at home to AVL.. But, AVL still playing for their lives tho.. Might be a bit tough..

          1. Neo-Viper
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Going for the win, will leave them open at the back where Antonio can flourish.

            Auba Bruno Antonio to Wood Martial Mane would be my transfers. Worth?

  8. Nedvěd11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    1 FT

    A) Robbo
    B) Tarkowski
    C) Antonio

    Got Doherty, Boly and Puli as starters in GW38..

  9. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    What scores more

    A) Kane Auba Martial Bardsley
    B) Kane Ings KDB Aurier

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B i think, surprisingly. Doesnt seem so at first, but Aurier, Martial away, KDB vs newcastle and near assist record, Auba who knows?

  10. ZTF
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Sold Kdb for Salah this week as a last ditch at overturning a 60pt lead.

    Have since cut that in half with Sterling (C) and wondering whether you would get Kdb back for a -4 or go Mahrez/Dilva for free? Both rivals have Kdb.

    A) Kdb -4
    B) Mahrez/Dilva

    1. Openboxman
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Just go Dilva for the differential if your chasing

  11. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    What are we thinking will be the City defence this weekend then?

    Mendy - Garcia - Laporte - Walker?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

  12. Openboxman
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Jesus & KDB > D silva & Kane for a hit?

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No

      1. Openboxman
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Any advice?

        Pope
        Aurier VVD peiters
        Salah KDB bruno martial mahrez
        Rash jesus

        1mill itb

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      yep

  13. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Do you think Jesus will start in last game?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      yep, no reason why he wouldn't

    2. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      50/50 read the articles

  14. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Hi guys. Is this free hit draft GTG:
    Martinez
    Robbo, Pieters, Aurier
    Salah, Sterling, D Silva, Bruno, Antonio
    Jesus, Ings
    Button, Nketiah, B Williams, Lamptey

    Any changes that you would make?

  15. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Sterling Mahrez Silva now for me I think

    Everyone else?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Silva and one of the other 2. Antonio Salah and martial the other 3 mid

    2. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      My City's three player too.

    3. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      KDB gotta be there

  16. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Just noticed this is best GW rank for me this season. 2 K. Sorry for brag.

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Great tune and great point

      2. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        However will be my best score this season 😀

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sorry not sorry!

  17. King Henrik
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bought in Salah for triple captain! How do i look for the last dance?

    Pope
    Trent Pieters Egan
    Kdb *Salah* Pulisic Antonio Bruno
    Jimenez Ings

    Martinez Greenwood Doherty Masina

    1. dontyouknowimloko
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I wouldn’t bench the Doc, if I got him I’d play him - probably in for Egan

  18. Moose™
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    FH.

    Martinez
    Aurier Bardsley Pieters
    Salah Martial Mahrez Silva Sterling
    Kane Ings

    Martin Williams Lamptey Nketiah

    0.2ITB

    Any suggestions?

    1. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Solid. captain Sterling.

  19. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is Willian ---> Dilva too much? Already have KDB + Sterling

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      nope, all good

    2. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nope. Dilva last match for Citeh.. Near essential for me..

      But, I am sitting at 450k OR.. So...

  20. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Fh 38. Think I’m sorted baring any early team news

    Pope
    Aurier, Pieters, Lamptey
    Kdb, Sterling, Silva, salah, Bruno
    Kane, rashford
    Subs, Button,

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Williams and ngakia

    2. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ings could punish you tho.. But, well covered by Rashy and Bruno.. Gtg imo

    3. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      would you be tempted by Gomez over Aurier?

  21. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    KdB + Jesus -> Dilva + Kane.

    Yay or Nay

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes

  22. Oakley
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I have DaSilva and my rival has him and KDB...lm leading by 5pts do l bring in Sterling and TC or KDB to block him? He has FH so likely he can bring in Sterling too..any help??

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      5 points is too tight for blocking. Pick the one who you think will score the most

      1. dontyouknowimloko
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        This. Plus Sterling hungry to get to 20 and if the floodgates open he’ll target 4 for the golden boot

  23. I AM THE FPL MONSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    On FH. OR 2914.

    A) KANE & BARDSLEY

    B) INGS ROBBO

  24. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Sterling on why he took Man City's penalty: "I scored the 1st and knew I was on 18 (goals). I knew if I got the 2nd I had a chance of getting a hat-trick. A winger to score 20 PL goals in a season is a great achievement. Hopefully I can do it."

  25. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Sorry guys, silly repost but just interested in your thoughts-FH draft;
    Martinez
    Gomez, Pieters, Aurier
    Salah, Sterling, Bruno, D Silva, Antonio,
    Jesus, Rashford
    Subs:
    Button, Nketiah, Lamptey, B Williams.

    1. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No Kane No Gain.. Haha

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        How would you get Kane in?

        1. Openboxman
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bruno to kdb jesus to kane?

  26. ZTF
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Any 5.8m defender worth a -4 to make up 11 players? Went Saiss, C.Taylor and Ngakia on a wc 🙂

    1. ZTF
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      (other two are TAA & Doherty)

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Tarks, expect Saiss back and Donk to go in midfield.

  27. Goooo Rickie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    1.Henderson
    2.Martinez
    3.AWB
    4.Pieters

    Pick 1 goalie + 1 defender for GW38+

    1. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ignore my post!
      I meant Henderson/Pieters
      OR
      Martinez/ AWB

  28. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Who would you prefer?

    A) Jimenez (che)
    B) Greenwood (lei)
    C) Rashford (lei)
    D) Ings (SHU)

    1. dontyouknowimloko
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      D for me. Think ManU game could be tight. Jiménez good but Ings needs 3 for GB and will go for it

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      C D A B

  29. acidicleo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Would you lose any of these for Dilva?

    A) KDB
    B) Mahrez

    1. vincentwsho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A if the cash can be used elsewhere

    2. ZTF
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No

  30. LloristheHounds
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Option A)
    KDB, Saiss, armstrong
    Dilva, aurier, son - 8 hit

    Or

    Option B)
    Jesus, Saiss, pulisic
    Kane, aurier, Dilva - 8hit

    Or

    Option C)
    Saiss, aurier for free