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. Wılly
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A. Pulisic to Ziyech
    B. Pulisic to Bowen, will leave enough ITB for Rashford or Son to KDB

  2. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    What are people doing with TAA?

    Current defence is TAA, KWP, Taylor, Kilman & Mitchell

    Thinking TAA & Mitchell -> Chilwell & Coufal/Cresswell for free

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Will prob keep, just cause I’ve got other priorities to sort. Not convinced he’s worth a -4.

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Hey

        Been a few weeks since ive seen you here

        So regarding our chat on City attack a few weeks back, the numbers continue to be way down - you may recall we were talking about this.

        Im starting to consider not backing them despite the fixtures.

        They are looking more solid and less creative. Sterling which I have looks about 2mil overpriced.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah, not quite clicking right for them in the Prem is it. Fine in Europe tho.

          Getting Jesus, Aguero back and fit shoud help.

    2. Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Chilwell

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Has there been any formal release about whether sports will continue with UK lockdown from Thursday

    1. Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Elite sports will continue

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks

      2. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Elite sports, does this include my team Sheff Utd?

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Sheffield United's fixtures deferred until at least 2nd December but all others will go ahead as planned

    2. Vazza
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Yes it should continue

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks

          1. Vazza
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Can you please help Son to get his hat trick tomorrow?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                He’s had one already this season, I told him earlier today in training it’s my turn this week!
                Of course the win is the priority

      • Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I think Saiss might play some of these tougher games...

        1. Vazza
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Yes I can see Saiss and Kilman rotating to be honest

          • avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah, think I agree, hard to own tho if that’s the case.

          • Wılly
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            If you're going to invest in Wolves, go for Semedo or Boly

        2. just a man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          When's everyone getting Trent back in? Thinking after Intl brea, not a bad stretch.

          1. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            When his points returns justify that price tag. He's gone this week for me. Just gotta work out for who and where to spend the surplus

          2. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Next season at 7.0m with VVD at 6.0m

        3. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Early thoughts ? 2 FT

          Martinez

          TAA - Chilwell - Reguillon

          Salah - Sterling - Son - Podence

          Jimenez - DCL - Mitrovic

          Button - Justin - Mitchell - Bissouma

        4. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Yay or nay to
          Sterling jimi robbo to rashford Kane chilwell (-4)

          1. Vazza
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Brave moves but can pay off

              1. Rhodes your boat
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                My thoughts yeah, 0.1 short of getting Bruno over rash 🙁

                1. Vazza
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    Rashford can do well too and match Bruno’s scores

              2. MessiGOAT
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Yay

            • MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Lads thoughts on this for exactly 0.0 itb for -8

              Mings >>> Chilwell
              Lamptey>>> Balbuena
              Barkley>>>Bowen

              Yay or Nay ?

              Will give me this :
              Meslier
              Semedo. Balbuena. Chill (IVA/mtchl)
              Salah. Son. Bowen. Grealesh (Lookman)
              Kane. Ings. Werner

              Thanks all God bless

              1. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                No

                1. MessiGOAT
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Thanks man for reply cheers

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                I personally wouldn’t no, sorry. Just the first one if you can afford

                1. MessiGOAT
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Thx m8

            • Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Coufal or Zouma for Saiss?

              1. Vazza
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Zouma without a doubt

              2. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Keep FT or maybe Robo to WH def?
                1FT and 1.6 ITB.

                Martinez
                Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
                Salah/Son/Hamez/Grealish
                Kane/DCL/Bamford

                Martin/Kilman/Mitchell/Stephens

                1. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Save. I'd be tempted to start Kilman over Robbo.

                  1. Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    Thanks ! Could be good

                    1. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Don't be silly, play Robertson

              3. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Double Chelsea defence too much?

                Need a replacement for Saiss

                Martinez
                Robbo,# Saiss#, Chilwell,
                Grealish, Salah, Zaha, Son
                DCL, Kane C, Bamford

                Steer, Podence, Mitchell, Lamptey

                .8

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Fine for the next two, not sure you’ll want both after tho.

                2. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Its good.

                3. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Thinking Saiss to Zouma?
                  Could do Robbo to Zouma to free funds.
                  Was binning Podence but he might now go on a streak - either Zyech or Jota

              4. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Everyone seems to think Sheffield United are going to be relegated and not that they have had the hardest fixtures of any team other than West Ham.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Drew 1-1 with Fulham. Defence is working but need to score with is an issue.

              5. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Bottomed. Thanks for the response Vazza.

                Martinez
                Chilwell, Semedo, Lamptey
                Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Foden
                Ings, Jimenez, DCL

                Steer; Robertson, Mitchell, Stephens.

                1 FT 0.4 ITB

                A) Save
                B) Foden -> Bowen/Soucek

                1. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Bowen could be a nice punt tbh

                2. Vazza
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    I still think you should stick

                  • El Fenomeno R9
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    A with 2FT after IB

                3. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Best Mahrez replacement? Have Salah Foden and son

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    Ziyech

                    1. Hansel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Think so too

                4. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  They can’t stop elite sport I need to be miserable about my fpl team every weekend

                5. Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Best move? TAA, Bissouma out in A&C, TAA, Mitro out in B

                  A) Robbo, Coufal, Ziyech (3-5-2, Mitro first sub)
                  B) Robbo, Chilwell, DCL (3-4-3, Bissouma first sub)
                  C) Zouma, Coufal, Rashford -4 (3-5-2, Mitro first sub)

                6. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Is Benrahma going to be nailed?

                  1. stu92
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    Averaging a point per minute so would think so.

                7. stu92
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Is Zouma rising in price tonight?

                  1. Vazza
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      See my post below. My question exactly

                    • Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Likely

                      1. stu92
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 15 days ago

                        Reckon Saiss > Zouma tonight is worth it to catch the price rise?

                        1. Wılly
                          • 7 Years
                          6 months, 15 days ago

                          I'd be looking to get rid of Saiss but I wouldn't be looking to bring anyone new in on Saturday night before half the teams have played

                    • g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Looks that way?

                      1. Vazza
                          6 months, 15 days ago

                          Are you getting him?

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 15 days ago

                            Yes toying with double Chelsea defence?

                            1. Vazza
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                Wow! That’s a good sign for me to get at least one. Thanks

                                1. g40steve
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  6 months, 15 days ago

                                  Chelsea starting to look like Pool from last year, side starting to gel

                            2. stu92
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              I have Saiss and Kilman, evaluating potential Saiss replacements and whether it’s worth getting Zouma before he goes up.

                      2. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        6 months, 15 days ago

                        Need a DF wildcard...

                        TAA, Saiss & Michell all doubts. Justin probably living on borrowed time.
                        And I’ve got Pulisic too.

                      3. Vazza
                          6 months, 15 days ago

                          Will Zouma go up in price tonight? He is currently 98.3 on fpl stats with two blue arrows

                          1. Wılly
                            • 7 Years
                            6 months, 15 days ago

                            Likely, best to check FF Fix and fplstats, they both say he's going up tonight

                        • Bring back Rafa
                          • 1 Year
                          6 months, 15 days ago

                          Is Zouma nailed?

                          1. Vazza
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              As nailed as once John Terry was

                            • g40steve
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Yes, might get the occasional rest

                          2. Noah’s Ark
                            • 8 Years
                            6 months, 15 days ago

                            Think these moves make sense anyway?

                            TAA, Robertson and Pereira to Cresswell, Kilman and Fernandes -4?

                            Trossard to Bowen the following week.

                          3. Don Kloppeone
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 15 days ago

                            Unsure what to do here. At least I have 2FT but often it makes it harder because you feel more pressure to make moves!

                            2FT 1.1itb
                            Martinez
                            Robbo*, Chilwell, Dallas
                            Salah, Son, Pulisic*, Grealish
                            Kane, DCL, Bamford
                            (Forster) (KWP, Stephens, Branthwaite)

                            Puli, Robbo > Bruno, Zouma/ Cresswell (2FT)?

                          4. dmcnam12
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Ziyech now nailed?

                              1. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                Very versatile player with eye for goal

                            • PP6
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Balbuena nailed now for West Ham?

                            • El Fenomeno R9
                              • 5 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Hold Pulisic if hes back after IB?

                              Have bad experience with keeping injured players

                              1. Wılly
                                • 7 Years
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                He was in my initial team, let him go GW2, brought him back GW5. I think this will be the final nail in his coffin for me but I tried to give him a chance

                              2. UshFPL
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                I'd sell

                            • Fernando Torres
                              • 9 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Rodriguez to Ziyech for free?

                            • FF Dirtbag
                              • 9 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              What's your thoughts on my proposed 2 FTs this week?

                              Saiss and Rodriguez out
                              Coufal and ziyech in?

                              Current team: 2FTs and 0 ITB
                              Martinez
                              Reguillon Chilwell Saiss
                              Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez
                              Kane Ings DCL

                              Forster; KWP, Mitchell, riedewald

                            • Tsssst
                              • 9 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              So many fires, two FTs and I'd be open for a hit what to do?

                              Martinez
                              TAA Justin Kilman Mitchell Vinagre
                              Barkley Son Foden Salah Burke
                              Kane Werner Jimenez

                              1. FF Dirtbag
                                • 9 Years
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                Werner barkley and Vinagre out
                                For
                                DCL, Grealish and Chilwell? Possible?

                            • Pratik
                              • 11 Years
                              6 months, 15 days ago

                              Which channel is bbc motd on?

                              1. FF Dirtbag
                                • 9 Years
                                6 months, 15 days ago

                                1

                                1. Pratik
                                  • 11 Years
                                  6 months, 15 days ago

                                  Thanks! It just started later than I expected and was wondering what’s off