Scout Notes

Cancelo stars for City as Sheff Utd’s weak right-side bodes well for Chelsea

Sheff Utd 0-1 Man City

  • Goals: Kyle Walker (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m)
  • Bonus points: Walker x3, João Cancelo x2 (£5.4m), Aymeric Laporte x1 (£6.0m)

CANCELO CULTURE

João Cancelo (£5.4m) is fast-becoming the key Manchester City defender ahead of their fixture swing in Gameweek 10 as he starred in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

While Kyle Walker (£6.0m) emerged with a 15-point haul, thanks to his spectacular first-half goal, it was Pep Guardiola’s left-back who suggested more sustainable output.

Since making his first Premier League start at that position in Gameweek 5, Cancelo is yet to blank, averaging seven points per game.

In that time, the Portuguese international has collected two clean sheets and, even though he has only managed to provide one assist, that has not been for lack of trying.

In the first half alone against the Blades, Cancelo created more chances than any Manchester City defender in a Premier League match since February 2012. That impressive tally was a big reason why he was able to secure two bonus points despite registering no attacking returns.

DEFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

However, Fantasy managers may still want to hold off before going all-in on Cancelo or anyone from the Manchester City defence.

They face Liverpool (home) and Spurs (away) in the next two Gameweeks, two sides that are likely to be hard to contain.

Gameweek 10 looks like the time swoop for Cancelo, with home matches against Burnley, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion between then and Gameweek 13.

Waiting until then may also help Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Ruben Dias (£5.5m) settle into together as a centre-back duo.

The trip to Sheffield United was only the second time this season that Guardiola has been able to start the two players but there is plenty of promise about having the two of them together.

2019/20 was a sub-standard year for the Citizens in terms of defensive returns, and their manager has already highlighted that consistency at centre-back will make a big difference this season.

“(Laporte + Dias) are both playing really well. They are guys to give us consistency. We struggle a lot last year to have two central defenders (every week). This year, we will need everyone because these amount of games it is impossible to play both every game.” – Pep Guardiola

FRIGHT RIGHT

Cancelo and Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) were afforded a considerable amount of freedom on Saturday, as they made the most of Sheffield United’s weak right flank.

Between Gameweeks 1 and 6, the Blades conceded more chances down their side of the pitch than any other team in the Premier League and that trend continued at Bramall Lane.

As you can see from the match data breakdown, there was an uneven spread of opportunities given up by Chris Wilder’s men. They allowed 10 chances, of which 70% were constructed on the right-hand side.

While Sheffield United’s problems here may have helped Cancelo’s numbers, they bare more Fantasy relevance when examining the Gameweek 8 fixtures.

The Blades travel to Chelsea next weekend and, if Wilder has done little to shore up George Baldock‘s (£5.3m) side of the pitch by that point, we could see Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) and Timo Werner (£9.3m) take advantage.

FRONT AND CENTRE

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) can consider himself unfortunate not to have left Bramall Lane without some attacking returns.

Having netted as a centre-forward in the Champions League midweek, Manchester City’s number 21 was given a chance to reprise that role in Gameweek 7.

“It’s a new position for him but he did it well (against Marseilles). We have other people in the middle but the striker position is the most difficult one. He did really well and we try again.” – Pep Guardiola

Torres was the chief beneficiary of Cancelo’s marauding runs and incessant chance creation, as he had three golden chances to score during the game, Aaron Ramsdale (£4.9m) proving equal to him each time.

However, whether the £6.9m midfielder can offer long-term appeal as an out-of-position asset remains to be seen, with Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) closing in on a return to fitness.

That should, hopefully, mean an end to Sterling having to deputise up-front as well. He was tasked with that role in the final 10 minutes of Gameweek 7 as Phil Foden (£6.6m) came on for Torres.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Stevens, Egan, Basham; Lowe (McGoldrick 81′), Osborn (Lundstram 55′), Ampadu (Norwood 65′), Berge, Baldock; Brewster, McBurnie.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, B Silva; Sterling, Torres (Foden 81′), Mahrez (Gündogan 85′).

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1,752 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Marvin abides
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Up the pool.

  2. Manani
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    captained Salah instead of Kane/Son. pretty acceptable result

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Won’t be too much difference

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not blank is the most important the rest is bonus

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Never captaining Mane over Salah again. Gonne be a long day tomorrow as a non-Kane owner

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Worked for me last week. Went Son this time

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      He was really bad tonight I have to say

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Was Salah any better?

  4. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Will baps stay as they are?

  5. The Frenchie
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    What to do with TAA?

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I’m going to wait until the European games are done and sell him for Chilwell or Zouma.

      1. The Frenchie
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I have Chilwell and I was thinking to get Zouma as well..

        But price will rise tonight for Kurt...

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Getting Kurt Zouma today

          1. Ron_Swanson
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            I got Kurt Happy Zouma this week - first thing I’ve got right this season.

  6. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    So jota has more points than TAA for 1 million less already.

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah1 BAP or 0?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      1 atm.

      1. AnfieldLad
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Likely to change?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Not if FFS is correct. R.James changed hours later recently.

    2. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      1

  8. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 11

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  9. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    37 points and inside 1m(700k) for the first time this season.Now i am preparing for Tottenham's massacre.

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      38 and on 692k for the first time.

  10. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    There's a hurricane looming

  11. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Double Chelsea defenders too risky?

    Robbo, Chilwell, Lamptey, Mitchell #Saiss > Zouma?

    Or Cresswell/Coufal

    1. The Frenchie
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No, fixtures are good. I will do the same

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers, nearly did it Friday but held off, DOH

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I’ve done it. Join me.

  12. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Ziyeck or Fornals/Bowen – Bamford or Werner?
    If Bamford I have the cash to bring in Zyiech for Bissouma as well.

    1. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I have 2 transfers. 4ph to bring in Zyiech.

  13. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Was gonna get rid of TAA but think I’d rather keep him and sell Robbo. People with both, what’s your plan?

    A) Keep both
    B) Sell TAA
    C) Sell Robbo
    D) Sell both

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Sold Trent

      1. AnfieldLad
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Already? Why?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Had both, few weeks back got rid of Trent, Robbo doing better.

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Keep TAA sell Robbo

      1. AnfieldLad
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah thinking this. I think looking exclusively and the start of this season you’d say keep Robbo but TAA seems to be picking up. And you have to look at the last few seasons

    3. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Sold Trent in GW 2 and never had Robertson.

      Best decision I've made this season.

    4. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I need someone to give me some stats of the last 3 GWs so I can decide.

  14. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    I won't say that my Salah captain was a fail. Onto tomorrows matches.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not fail not haul

      Another low scoring week, sucks not taking advantage

      1. Birds of Prey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        it could have easily been another asst or goal and max bonus. Oh well.
        Lets hope spurs fail.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      It wasn’t, be typical spurs to draw 1-1 tomorrow

    3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      It was grand.

  15. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Really annoying when 2 of your non captained players over 100%..

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No it’s not, it’s a win/win

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Got the safety net in case of hauls but still a rank drop for any points they get points

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          If your players blank, you do better because of higher EO. If they score, you score. It’s a hedge that caps your upside

          1. Brosstan
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            You effectively dont score when they score... Kane/Son scoring is worse than for instance Jota's goal for you

  16. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Bye Trent. See you when you start scoring points again.

  17. Good Times
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Ended up with a zouma James double up! Finally something smooth in a while. Will deal with Saiss Jimi and foden later XD

  18. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Kane needs minimun goal and 2 bonus to match Salah

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      He will

  19. Babelcopter
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Jota scores and gets 2bap last week Foden scores and gets 0 bap. Wtf this bonus point system is such a joke

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Totally

    2. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      its a joke and a bad one

      1. Ian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Jotas was the winning goal and you have to balance it in context of what the other players earnt. Its not BS. Just have to understand the context.

  20. mackan
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Cresswell vs coufal?
    Zouma vs Chilwell?

    Plz help

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Chillwell and Chill

  21. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    19 from 6.
    Another great week incoming.

  22. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    BAPS for Chelsea game?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Ziyech
      Zouma
      Werner

  23. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Is Castagne price locked due to injury?

  24. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah returned. The bare minimum. B-

  25. Party time
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Bus captain for next gw?

  26. Mweene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    14 from 2 - decent start with all the blanks going around.

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah real good.
      19 from 6 for me

      1. Party time
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Hehe. Sounds guilty

  27. Sam (Team Sam)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Zouma or Cresswell to replace Saiss?

    Have 5.1 available

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Zouma

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Zouma or Coufal

  28. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Mane(c) was frustrating!!!
    Specially when I had Salah, Kane & Son as options too 🙁

    1. Party time
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Jimenez & Sterling cappers feel the same. Focus on next gw & more points. GL

  29. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    22 from 4 and the smallest of small green arrows overnight

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      21 from 4

  30. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Saiss to Chilwell or Dias?