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. Azathoth
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    What to do
    a) Saiss to Dias/Cancelo
    b) Mane to Mo/KDB
    c) Save

    Thanx

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      A if you need to play him

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Pulisic Robertsom Barkley> Ziyech Rashford PVA (-4) worth it?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah but worth exploring the other options available over PVA (Cresswell/Zouma)

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Pva has great fixtures in next 4. Might as well be on pens (mili out).Long term i fancy Palace defensively more than Hammers.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          That’s cool then, go for PVA.

  3. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Best move here?

    A. JRod + Robbo > Bruno + Balbuena/Cooper (-4)
    B. Robbo > Zouma
    C. Anything else

    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Konsa Kilman Mitchell Johnson
    Salah Sterling Son JRod Anguissa
    Ings DCL Maupay

    1 FT 0 ITB

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Robertson to Chilwell

    2. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Such a poor defense if you do A.
      How about Rashford and 5.5? Like Van Anholt or Cancelo

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Bigger upside move GW8?

    A) Justin (WOL) to Cresswell (FUL)
    B) Rodríguez (MAN) to Ziyech (SHU)

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      B easy.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 20 days ago

      B

    3. Azathoth
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      B

    4. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      B

    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      B

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez vs Arsenal (A)
    Double Liverpool vs City (A)
    Double City vs Liverpool (H)
    Double Wolves vs Leicester (A)
    Double Everton vs United (H)

    Oh dear.. though the way my "amazing weeks on paper" have gone this could go very well lmao

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Always happens

  6. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Which side did SHeffield United look more vulnerable down against City yesterday.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Mahrez was dreadful, majority of the play went down Sterling - best player on the pitch - and Cancelo - who was excellent offensively - through the left so Sheff Utd's right but I wouldn't look at this game in isolation for the reasons mentioned.

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      The best attacking play from City was on their left (so Sheffield’s right). Not sure if that says more about City than Sheffield though.

  7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Is there a chance of Benrahma taking some set pieces off Cresswell?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      No

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      I think so.

    3. Hint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

  8. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez
    Robbo,PVA,Chilwell
    Salah,Son(c),Grealish,Zaha
    Kane,Dcl,Maupay

    1ft 0 itb, anything worth transfer ? Suggestion please

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      The only player I don’t like is Maupay. I’d be tempted to hold.

  9. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone looking at dedonker? £4.9m and soucek-esque marauding into box all the time

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Currently on Romeu

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Prefer Soucek at that price

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      I'm keeping an eye on Saka who's possibly dropping to 5.2 soon, a bit more expensive but the upside is huge

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    TAA + Maupay -> Zouma + Werner (-4)? Yay or nay?

    Martinez
    TAA Semedo Kilman
    Salah Grealish Son Zaha
    Maupay Kane DCL

    Steer Bissouma Lamptey Dallas

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      I guess Maupay might be worth giving one last chance vs Burnley and then do it with FT next week. but if he looks poor again then probably do it

    3. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Hmm. Maybe. The only thing putting me off is the fact that Werner was benched. Can’t decide if Frank was just resting him or if he felt like it was better starting Tammy/Pulisic ahead of him.

      I wouldn’t rule out further benchings.

  11. GE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Oh, Should have done Saiss -> Zouma yesterday, thought he wouldn’t rise when I last checked at FPL-stats

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Priced out now? If not I think we’re better off waiting until the end of the week at the moment.

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Same here.

  12. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    With both Noble and Antonio out, who's taking pens for WHU?

    Any chance Cresswell gets them or is that too much of a wishful thinking?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Haller

  13. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Robbo to Zouma ? Have 1 FT

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

  14. Kannbury
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Not too bad a day yesterday but how does Jota get more bonus than Salah?
      He was only on 20 minutes!

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Winning goal bonus.

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Foden to Ziyech worth -4?

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