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Sterling, Cancelo and Foden benched as Burnley visit Man City without Pope

Pep Guardiola has had the last laugh on Fantasy Premier League managers once again with a textbook rotated line-up for a favourable home fixture.

With the division’s lowest scorers in Burnley coming to the Etihad Stadium, he has taken the opportunity to leave Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), João Cancelo (£5.6m) and Phil Foden (£6.5m) out of the starting line-up, leaving all three of them on the bench.

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) is handed the left-back berth in Gameweek 10 while Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) staff the flanks of the front-three ahead of Sterling.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.4m) and Rodrigo (£5.4m) are trusted with the central midfield slots alongside Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m), which means there is no room for Foden.

Those who opted for Rúben Dias (£5.5m) as a way of covering the Manchester City defence for a favourable fixture will be more pleased than Cancelo owners, as the centre-back starts once again.

Meanwhile, Burnley have moved away from 4-4-2 for this trip, lining Chris Wood (£6.2m), Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) in a 4-3-3 formation.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Mendy, Stones, Dias, Walker; Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne; Torres, Jesus, Mahrez.

Burnley XI (4-3-3): Peacock-Farrell; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Benson, Westwood; Rodriguez, Wood, A Barnes.

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2,039 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    That feels like a big wasted opportunity. Don't think I've ever been so disappointed with a 10 pointer from captain!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      The goal rather than the post would have been the icing ...

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yep. I owned Sterling and Cancelo also so 20pts from 3 players including captain from a 5-0 win is a bit disappointing.

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Try owning sterling.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I do.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Be thankful, some of us own Sterling instead....

    4. Ode
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This. Vardy/DCL captainers will likely score more

    5. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      It's gameweek 10 & this is my first captain double figures : Mahrez 36.
      Dallas (6pts) will fill Cancelo's shoes, while 9 from De Bruyne is helpful.

    6. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Could have been 2 goals and 4 assists

      It was terrifying for the non owner

      Few years ago I had to endure Aguero scoring 4 or 5 on Newcastle because I did not want to sell Kane and lose value for one fixture. Today felt that way.

  2. Drizz ✅
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    25 from 3 so far, could have been better

    1. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      1 from 2 here

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Big KDB fail.

    Massive points left behind before the casuals jump on board.

    1. Parsnips
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Still 20 point which I’ll take as I had him captain

      • Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Swooping In!

        I was gonna go Salad now - KDB

    2. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Woah, didn't take a hit to get Salah/kdb
      Both combined for a mere 16 points, got off the hook there! Hope Ziyech gets something tomorrow

    3. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Got to be relatively happy with that in the end as a KDB non owner. Could’ve been a huge haul.

    4. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Sterling(c), no KDB.

      Off the back of last week's discussion about luck, I feel very lucky right now.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        VC?

      2. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Who is your vice and bench

    5. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 1

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    6. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Non KDB owners (me included) were extremely lucky

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yep

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Are you buying Now?

        He might have Aguero to finish what Jesus routinely wastes

    7. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No BAPS for KDB

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Excellent

      2. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        He and walker on 31 maybe he'll get one bonus?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He shouldn't

    8. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      We need hauls from Rashford and Son. I don't mind Son blanking as a Chelsea fan

    9. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Of course, it's impossible to be certain until Bruno plays, but so far avoiding the temptation to trade him for Salah or KDB this week does not feel like the worst decision.

    10. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      3 - Mahrez (72)
      2 - Mendy (37)
      1 - De Bruyne, Walker (31)

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Will he hold the 1?

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Do they both get 1?

    11. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      KDB (C) owner should accept this result. Non-KDB owner should also feel not too bad.

    12. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Punished despite brilliant choices; KDB (c), Sterling, Cancelo. Identified the correct match to target with perfect mindset and analysis and still don’t come away with points. Fickle game this

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Getting Cancelo and Sterling is not a correct decision for me. Sorry

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Well, if you go by upside chasing and look at the fixtures a City attack double up looked the route to go.
          So KdB is one, who’s the other? Naturally Sterling, barely anyone would punt on Mahrez

      2. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Being a generational genius can be hard sometimes

      3. Troll hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cancelo wasn't brilliant choice after CL match.

      4. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Sterling was highly likely to be benched given previous and the fact he could do with a rest anyway. Clearly didn't do enough research.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He was rested against Spurs?

      5. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        So many hindsight geniuses here. This place is full of retrospective managers only (very sad)

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Says the one who is defending wrong choices.
          The other's did not pick Cancelo or Sterling.

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Not hindsight at all. Like I said, do some research. Pep has said (might have been in the City documentary) that he prefers Mahrez (and Sane in the past) against teams that defend deep because their trickery and skill is more important than the runs of Sterling in a fixture like that. The fact he's been benched every time recently against them is even more evidence.

        3. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Agree with this.

          "If man score goal, he right pick."

          Hindsight is extreme here.

          But Cancelo was a bad pick imo. I made the same mistake. Took the risk over Dias, despite knowing what could happen...

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Haaaaaaaa used hindsight to figure out whether a player was a good or bad pick. You wouldn't have picked him if you thought he was a bad pick at the time, Giggsy!

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Nope, I knew I made a mistake way before this game.

              I should have checked how far Mendy was away from being fit. That was my mistake. Were he fit, I wouldn't have gone near Cancelo. Bad foresight, if anything.

        4. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I would have done Lamptey to Cancelo had I been certain that he starts. But Mendy started in CL, played well and is left footed. Cancelo played full 90 minutes. So without hindsight the risk was more than obvious. Dias I didn't get since he lacks attacking threat and Walker is expensive if in form Mendy starts.

          I think this was widely discussed here.

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yeah, I wouldn't have bought him had I saw that CL game beforehand...

            But had him a couple of weeks unfortunately. Aw well, lesson learnt, easily corrected...

      6. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Brilliant choice this week would of been Mahrez C

      7. DGW Sane TC Fail....
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        who you got coming from the bench?

      8. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Unlucky Ibrox hopefully Sterling will be back next week. Cancelo to Dias on a free might do it.

      9. NejiHyuuga01
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        True, the game can be punishing sometimes for perfect players like you with genius analyses

    13. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      KDB very close to ending up with zero baps

    14. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pool defenders hold or bin?

      Got Robbo just cannot keep a clean sheet!

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I binned before the Leicester game which didn't go well but I think they are overpriced this season

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thinking Bellerín & move cash into midfield

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yes ML rival brought Bell in a few weeks ago and he's been doing great. Personally I don't trust Arsenal defenders and think he is a bit injury prone so I've gone cheaper with Lamptey Justin KWP Coufal rotation but I'm not exactly having a good season :(!

      2. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Next two are easy games
        Wolves and Fulham

      3. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'm keeping until I really need the funds

    15. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'll take 20 points from KDB (c)

    16. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Foden punishes sellers

      1. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Didn't he get 4 points?

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        “Oh man! I left 4 points on the table!”

        Said No One Ever

    17. Henrik Larsson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What are cancelo owners thinking? I'm not too worried long term as they have more good fixtures and if he's been benched now he should come back into starting 11 next week.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Hope so. Mendy played well though on his first time back to fitness. It remains to be seen. I'll hold as have a bench to provide.

    18. Vazza
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Anyone thinking about playing Hokey Cokey strategy with the big hitters?

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          If only it were that easy

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          of course ... just line them up against WBA & Fulham etc

        3. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I am planning. But not A to B and then B to A. Salah to Kdb now is on cards, but perhaps MU player to Salah after that.

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          It's tempting, but nah. Been burned in the past. I want 3+ fixtures to return the investment

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Sold Hames to Sterling as part of a -8....oh dear please keep quiet Hames...

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          That and everyone else you could have bought 😉 Who's on your bench to come in?

      • jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Klopp showing poor form in that post match interview...if Liverpool ever start to really struggle the man will fall apart!

      • ivantys
          1 month, 24 days ago

          That pool defence... Should I hold Jimmy now lol

        • GROBARI
            1 month, 24 days ago

            0-3 Leeds please

          • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Plan to get Sterling now, he could haul big time vs Fulham. Have KDB so it would be city double up. Will wait for midweek games ofc but what do you think of doing James and Bruno to Sterling and Jota?

          • Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Fulham, Burnley and WBA are The official teams to feast on this holiday season

            If Sheffield panics and fires Wilder, the next dude might All-Attack to score a goal. Then you have 4 teams to feast on during the Festive Period.