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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. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Do something Ferran

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    So much for waiting a gameweek before picking a Man City player :/

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bought an attacking fullback from them who’d been their best defender recently, thought that’d be enough and then maybe move for KDB next week.

      Ffs

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Same. Things is, any of their players can be rotated, at any time. Probably just have to hold and wait for your time.

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Burnley sucks, they are just as sloppy as Fulham

  3. Party time
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Come on KDB. Score a goal now sweetheart

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      This

  4. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 20 days ago

    I reckon KDB will get taken off at 60, or even half-time

    1. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Job done

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Nah, he got the rest he asked for.

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Champions league Tuesday

        1. Kloppage Time
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          City have already qualified for the CL

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He’s just been given a weeks rest. Others will go off first

    4. Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      desperation of a non-owner?

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        KDB and Cancelo owner. Concerned he’ll be pulled early and Cancelo will play Tues, rest next weekend

    5. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bit worried about this as well..

    6. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      will play 90 sadly.

    7. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I hope so, he is headed to a 30 point game if he stays on the pitch

      Stop the Count!

  5. southernpacific
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Being 0.1 short to getting kdb and getting Sterling has really ruined my afternoon

    1. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Me too man so so painful

      1. southernpacific
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Tempted to do a hit next week and get him in.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yeah, that’s harsh. You’d think Sterling will play vs Fulham though, but who knows?

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not to mention that random rise from nowhere

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane Podence to KDB Wilson (-4) next week could be solid

  7. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Cancelo to Dias is probably the sensible transfer if nothing more pressing. Cancelo will be a doubt from here on and its not worth the grief of Pep roulette.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I cba even with Dias, Pep will probably start Stones ffs

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        True.

        Shame, cause those upcoming fixtures are silly.

    2. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Except what if dias is rotated v fulham??

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'll probably just get Reece James if he doesn't start against Fulham either

    4. Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dias has aerial threat as well

    5. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dias rest next week? Stones and Laporte to start maybe...

  8. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Jesus misses close to goal

  9. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Pleaseeee get Raz on right now

  10. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Interestingly, before this game, Sterling has been on the bench 3/6 last meetings with Burnley in the league and was subbed off in 2/3 where he started. Zero returns in any of those.

    1. Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Does his lack of physicality at defending set pieces play into Peps mad thinking for Burnley games?

  11. Basil1977
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Got to love careful planning,
    Bringing in Sterling and Cancelo for city's good fixtures worked out well

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      RIP

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Nothing about that was careful planning

      1. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        If he rolled 2 transfers to make the moves happen this week, maybe. But yeah, it's not that deep haha

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Good decision, bad outcome. But at some point those good decisions will roll in your favour and compound.

    4. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not careful enough to consider Mendy's return 😉

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Jayziz

  13. vanishing spray
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    That Jesus pass in the buildup was hilariously bad

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Sterling on at Half time, Pep to give him some goals and a confidence boost

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hope so

  15. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Burnley are a joke

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      They spend nothing and stay up every year, how so?

  16. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    With regards to Cancelo, you should be able to tell from midweek games who is most likely to start the GW11. e.g. If Mendy plays 90 against Porto, Cancelo should start against Fulham.

    Obviously you look to get rid long term, he was a mistake, but if it looks likely he'll play FUL, you keep a week.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      difficult to say, nobody expected mendy to start 1 game let alone 2 in a row after coming back from injury. He might just keep starting

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Exactly this

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It's possible.

        Wouldn't say it's likely though, and more information can't hurt.

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You cannot own two defenders hoping one starts?

    4. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Doesn’t work like that with Pep. He’ll assess energy levels, sure. But he’ll have a preference of which fullbacks will be better suited for each individual game. Can’t just go on midweek minutes. Cancelo can easily play midweek and at the weekend.

  17. GE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah -> KDB or James -> Jota?

    (will of course wait after the matches have been played)

    1. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      keep Salah, due for a hall against Fulham

  18. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Looks like Sterling being used as a backup striker for CL if Aguero has aggregated something.

  19. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Take KDB off at half time, rest him for UCL, he stated that he needs rest

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Noway this will happen

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      sure maybe he'll wanna retire post game

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      they are already through

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Kdb(C) Juhuuuu

    5. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Already qualified

    6. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      he already had his full rest last week...

  20. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Halftime KDb looking lively he can grab a goal or assist again

  21. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    How in the hell did the ref blew the whistle when city were that far ahead in Burnley's half?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Because the first half ended

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Lmao

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He put the whistle to his mouth, and blew.

    3. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Isn't it obvious?

  22. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    On another note of Mendy is nailed on starter he is essential

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He's not in the slightest, but a goal like that doesn't hurt.

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      he wasn't until 45 mins ago....

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    How's Foden looking?

    1. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      We don't know he's no where to be seen

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Asleep

  24. djoker_nole
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KDB Penalty needed in the second half now

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Mahrez on hattie

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        This

    • UshFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Get Raheem on for the last 30+ please!

    • Og
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KDB really is the goat.

    • FootballDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A) Oriol Romeu & Kane > Brewster & KDB
      B) Watkin and Son > > Brewster & KDB

      Have exact funds, with 2FT

      Current front 8:

      Salah / Bruno / Ziyech / Oriol Romeu / Son
      Watkin / DCL / Kane

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No Zinchenko on the bench and Pep won’t risk Mendy playing 90 mins 🙂

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        😮

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Surely you have to keep Cancelo for Fulham home?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Wont play

    • gers23
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Fernandinho on for Dias at half time possibly?