Scout Notes

Injury latest on De Bruyne as Gundogan emerges as Man City’s best FPL attacker

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Bernardo Silva (£7.4m), Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Rodrigo (£5.4m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m)
  • Bonus points: Rodrigo x3, Gündogan x2, João Cancelo x1 (£5.8m), Ruben Dias x1 (£5.8m), B Silva x1

KEVIN!

Pep Guardiola and owners of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) alike will be sweating on his fitness after the player was forced off in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

There were already concerns about the Belgian’s condition going into Wednesday night considering he was given a rest during the final 20 minutes of the 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.

De Bruyne was able to start for the 13th straight Premier League game but he lasted just 58 minutes in the second match of Double Gameweek 19.

And Guardiola only heaped further concern on De Bruyne’s owners by confirming post-match that the injury could be muscular.

“Kevin De Bruyne put his hand on his leg, so I have the feeling it will be something muscular. These things happen with this amount of games.” – Pep Guardiola

It is, of course, too soon for either Guardiola or Fantasy managers to know the full extent of De Bruyne’s injury and the player is likely to have a scan on Thursday to assess the damage.

It is worth saying that there is slightly longer than usual for De Bruyne to recover considering that Manchester City’s next Premier League match does not take place until next Tuesday.

There is also an FA Cup match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday which will allow Guardiola a chance to rest De Bruyne.

Crucially, it means we will have at least two pre-match press conferences for the manager to update us on the Belgian although not many in the Fantasy community will enjoy being at Guardiola’s mercy in a media briefing…

HAPPINESS IS A WARM GÜN

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m) extended his impressive run of form for Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

His fifth goal of the season, and second of Double Gameweek 19, helped the German international to a third double-digit haul since Gameweek 13, more than any colleague across the same period.

In total, Gündogan has racked up 54 points in his last seven matches (7.7 per game) and, with West Bromwich Albion (away) and Sheffield United (home) up next, interest in his signature is sure to increase.

His new advanced role has been well-documented of late but what helped him get on the scoresheet against Aston Villa was his place in the penalty pecking order.

With a flagging De Bruyne removed from proceedings after 58 minutes, it fell to Gündogan to dispatch a 90th-minute spot-kick after Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) had forced a handball out of Matty Cash (£5.0m).

And if the Belgian is set to miss a few games, then Gündogan’s stock can only increase further, especially if he has a stronger claim to penalties than Jesus and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m), who he shared the pitch with during stoppage time against Aston Villa.

Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) had gone off by the time Gündogan put Manchester City 2-0 up but his troubles from the spot this season have been well-documented.

SILVA LINING

For the second time in three Premier League matches, Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) was selected to occupy the false-nine role for Manchester City.

With Jesus consigned to the bench for the second time during that run, Guardiola’s preference for a more fluid front-three comprised of midfielders is becoming clear.

Judging by his pre-match comments, it sounds as if that outset may continue until either Jesus or Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) can start finding the net again – when given an opportunity, that is.

“Strikers have to score goals. The way we want to play does not depend on strikers, centre-backs, full-backs. We have a special way to play, sometimes we need strikers, sometimes we don’t.” – Pep Guardiola

Silva is already reaping the rewards of his false-nine role as he scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Aston Villa.

But he went close on other occasions including a well-saved header at the back post in the third minute.

“Bernardo Silva, I said many times, is one of the most intelligent players I have ever seen. He can do everything in every position and he has the quality to score goals too. It’s really good for him and us. A fantastic goal.” – Pep Guardiola

CANCELO CULTURE

The João Cancelo (£5.8m) rollercoaster still had plenty of dips and loop-the-loops in the second match of Double Gameweek 19.

Fresh from a one-point cameo against Crystal Palace, the full-back returned to the side on Wednesday evening, playing in the left-back role initially and securing a clean sheet and one bonus.

That made for an eight-point score for the Double Gameweek while John Stones (£5.1m) and Ruben Dias (£5.8m) enjoyed 27 and 17-point hauls.

But Cancelo certainly had chances to get close to his central-defensive counterparts as he struck the crossbar in the first half, which would have resulted in a De Bruyne assist had he found the back of the net.

And in the second half, the Portuguese international drove through the middle of the pitch and fired an arrow of a shot at the bottom corner before Emiliano Martínez (£5.1m) turned away a certain goal.

It is worth saying that Cancelo was more involved in the game during the first half when stationed on the left-hand side of Manchester City’s defence.

However, he was forced to staff the right-back berth after the 28th minute when Kyle Walker (£6.1m) was forced off with a knock and replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) – a switch that somewhat limited his involvement.

That said, Cancelo’s chances of starting games and avoiding further benchings could be boosted if Walker faces more time on the sidelines.

“I haven’t spoken to the doctor. If Kyle Walker asks to be out, it is because something happened. Hopefully just a kick.” – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Walker (Zinchenko 28′); Gündogan, Rodri, De Bruyne (Jesus 59′); Foden, B Silva, Sterling (Mahrez 72′).

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett (N Taylor 75′), Mings, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, D Luiz; Grealish, Barkley (Ramsey 68′), B Traoré (El Ghazi 68′); Watkins.

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1,041 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Terrible week gets worse. Just 84 atm

    Started at 20k
    Dropped to 26k by monday
    30k on tuesday
    35k now

    Only saving grace is that all the chips are still intact and Salah(c) could work out

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Subtle brag

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Doubling ur rank is no brag

      2. LC1
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not so subtle

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Inspiring top post

    3. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Unlucky mate, doubt Salah blanks again.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks man its been tough

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Sounds like a Craig David song 🙂

    5. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Nobody cares try and understand

  2. G Banger
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Limping through the double with 83... hoping to bounce back next week... anything to do here or just save?.

    Martínez
    Stones| Holding | Dallas
    Grealish | Salah | Fernandes | Soucek | KDB*
    Vardy | Bamford
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Button | Coufal | KWP | Brewster

    1. nisag17
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Great team. I wouldn't touch it. Though I would start considering who to downgrade to get one more city def with 2ft.

      1. G Banger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks for the boost, will be looking to do that next week 🙂

    2. PAs lag
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Soucek 》Saka for me

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    What’s the Rashford situation? Now sitting with kdb and Rashford in my mid, was he dropped or just rested? Should start v shu or 50/50? Surely he’s better than martial

    1. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Was Just rested for sure.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ok thank you pele

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Defo wasn’t dropped

    3. LC1
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I think it was a mixture of rest and poor performances. He has been rubbish the last few weeks and was getting caught offside practically 4every 5 minutes. As a Man U fan I was really glad he was finally dropped for a game.

      I'm certain it won't be a longterm thing and he'll be starting against Shef

  4. HVT
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Who to buy? (Have Dias)

    A - Cancelo
    B - Stones

    thanks

    1. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Cancelo a better option now playing in midfield or does it just create additional rotation threat?

    Not sure whether he is worth the extra over Stones...

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      His goal is coming

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Think a triple up on City defenders is valid.
      Only team in the league looking likely to return a CS most weeks.

      I am looking to take out KDB and bring in Cancelo next to Dias and Stones.
      With Walker off injured I think Cancelo is worth the 'risk'. He is looking like the most advanced defender in the game, many shots on target, many opportunities for assists.

      Cancelo > Dias and Stones at this point.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cancelo was never a risk

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Youre going to triple up on City for three weeks only? Then what happens when the fixtures turn in gw23... going to be a scramble to remove them all

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Nono. Triple and starting all three for as long is KDB/Sterling/Gundogan/Foden does not looked nailed and for as long as they look solid at the back playing focused in all 95' minutes even when up by 2 goals.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Gundogan looks as nailed as possible under Pep

  6. elwardio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    What a frustrating last few matches, they promised so much more

    Vardy 2
    Kdb (TC) 1
    Stones 6
    Cancelo 7
    Fernandes 5
    Rashford 1
    De gea 3

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      After the haul, getting greedy with Stones? 6 and 7 from those two defenders is not too bad!

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Vardy and Rashford are probably the ones I would be most disapointed with.

      KDB (TC) was unlucky imo it was the right time and player to use it on but sometimes things don't work out.

      Still 18 gameweeks left.

  7. tbos83
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Was planning to cap Bruno but if he starts in FA Cup on sat surely he'll be rested? VC currently KDB but that's now dodgy as well.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Reckon hes benched vs pool

        1. tbos83
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Hope so!

        2. Right In The Stanchion
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          United need to do well in the cup as they’ll fall away in the league. Bruno will start imo

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        My cup run continues to be close this GW, who do you think will win?

        1. Martinez, Grealish, Salah (C) + 6 points
        2. Targett + Salah + Wilson

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          1
          I'm also through

      3. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Saka or Gundogan??

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          For?

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Gundogan

      4. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        GTG?

        DDG
        Stones, Cancelo, Coufal
        Saka, Salah, Bruno (C), KDB (VC)
        Bamford, Antonio, Vardy

        Subs: Martinez, Tierney, Soucek, Mitchell

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yep

      5. Wally banter
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Feeling good finally..
        When gw17 started i was 3.1 million and with three weeks 17, 18, 19 reached upto 1.1 mn
        Just salah tc remaining, didn't use any other chips... all of a sudden feeling hopeful on 500k finish.

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          500K could be easily achieved imo.

          More than 50% left of the season.

          1. Wally banter
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yea... hopefully 🙂

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          You'll get there mate, I went from 1.5m to 100k in a few weeks

          1. Wally banter
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thanks mate... its incredible to achieve that fate at the moment.. coz of the point gap... still hopefull

        3. chrismoo75
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          gone from 2.2m to 7k myself so you should be aiming for top 100k

      6. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Player's I want most, 1. Kane 2. Justin 3. Gundogan.

        KDB and Brewster to Kane and Gundogan?

        Martinez
        Stones Dallas Coufal
        Salah KDB* Bruno Son Grealish
        Bamford Antonio
        Johnstone Holding KWP Brewster*

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          If you got 2 transfers and KDB is injured I would do it.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thanks mate.

      7. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Like everyone I'm desperate to get 2 City defenders in my team but by the time I have a free transfer to do it they'll be starting the below fixture run, is it worth it?

        Away v Burnley
        Away v Pool
        Home v Spurs
        Away v Arsenal
        Home v West Ham
        Home v United
        Away v Fulham

        1. chrismoo75
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I would say yes but I already have double City.

          Obviously changed something this season to make them more defensively minded which has meant their attacking threat has been nullified

      8. Saka_me_sideways
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Probably plenty in the same position, but it’s frustrating that gundo has scored in 4 of the last 5 matches. The one he didn’t score in... the week I FH him in *Urgh*

        • Aster
            2 months, 23 days ago

            GTG or I should get someone in? I was thinking Grealish for Son, potentially Gundogan for KdB:

            De Gea

            Dias- Cancelo- Shaw

            Bruno-Son-KDB-Soucek-Saka

            Antonio-Bamford

            Bench: Mccarthy, Coufal, Dallas, Wilson

            Torn about Coufal, Dallas and Shaw.

            1. Sigurd's Son
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Setup nicely for next GW, would be inclined to save FT

          • Oggle22
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            1ft 1.8m itb
            Martinez
            Konsa Stones Holding
            Salah Son Bruno Foden
            Kane Antonio Bamford

            Steele Soucek Mitchell Kilman

            Stick with foden or sideways to gundagon?

            Kilman to another city defender?

            Hold ft?

            Cheers

            1. Aster
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I would leave it as it is.

              • Sigurd's Son
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Nice team. No pressing issues so would be inclined to save FT