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Guardiola wreaks havoc as Sterling, Cancelo and Stones all benched for Man City

Pep Guardiola has dealt Fantasy Premier League arguably the harshest blow of the season so far with his Gameweek 21 team-sheet.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m), Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) and John Stones (£5.2m) are all among the substitutes as Manchester City host Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m), Phil Foden (£6.3m) and Ruben Dias (£5.9m) hold onto their starting berths amid all the changes.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) returns to Manchester City’s line-up for the first time since the first match of Gameweek 19 while Foden and Ferran Torres (£6.9m) staff the flanks either side of him.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) comes in for Stones at centre-back with Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Kyle Walker (£6.1m) on the left and right-hand side of defence respectively.

Sheffield United, as ever, line-up in a 3-5-2 formation with John Fleck (£5.6m), John Lundstram (£4.9m) and Oliver Norwood (£4.5m) in midfield while Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) and Oliver Burke (£4.2m) are up-front.

Also of encouragement for the Blades is a return on the bench for Oli McBurnie (£5.6m).

Manchester City are not the only team to rotate this afternoon as Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) drops to the bench for Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) to come in.

Jordan Ayew (£5.6m) and Michy Batshuayi (£5.7m) are paired up-front for Crystal Palace with Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) dropping back to replace Andros Townsend (£5.6m) on the flanks of midfield.

Ruben Neves (£5.2m) and Adama Traoré (£6.0m) are on the bench for Wolves with João Moutinho (£5.2m) and new signing Willian José (£7.0m) come into the side.

Max Kilman (£4.0m) earns another start in the back-three while Romain Saïss (£5.0m) is not in the matchday squad.

West Bromwich Albion are in 5-4-1 for the meeting with Fulham featuring Robert Snodgrass (£5.7m) and Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) staffing the left and right-hand side of midfield.

And Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) is the fall-guy at Fulham, dropping to the bench so Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.5m) can lead their 3-4-2-1 formation.

Gameweek 21 Line-ups

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne; Zaha, McCarthy, Milivojevic, Eze; Ayew, Batshuayi.

Wolves XI: Patricio; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Hoever; Neto, Willian José, Podence.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Laporte, Dias, Walker; B Silva, Fernandinho, Gündogan; Torres, Jesus, Foden.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Ampadu, Egan, Basham; Bogle, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; Burke, Brewster.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Gibbs, Bartley, O’Shea, Ajayi, Furlong; M Pereira, Gallagher, Livermore, Snodgrass; C Robinson.

Fulham XI: Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; A Robinson, Anguissa, Lemina, De Cordova-Reid; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek; Mitrović.

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1,778 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Wtf gundogan was free ...

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      was difficult to get it to him from there

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      He was free there Fudgy well spotted.

  2. Rik Waller
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Bernardo bald patch being exposed

  3. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Can I just say , city look absolutely crap without cancelo

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Only 2 shots in 40 minutes. So crap

      1. MissouriMarten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Dull game, made worse by a really dull commentator.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      He's very creative you're correct Fudgy.

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Pukki I’m loving it, keep up the good work

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          #positivity4fudgy

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Without Cancelo the team does not work

      Sterling, Jesus, and Mahrez need to be sold this summer to make room for excellent players

  4. ivantys
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Ramsdale can't even hold that cross lol.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        He’s so ropey. Due a few howlers after midweek.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Stones would have nailed that!

    • ivantys
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Batshauyi miss open goal

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Bring Cancelo and Sterling on at half-time....PEP PLEAAAASE

        1. Belli2007
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          I need Sterling on as my captain , my VC is DCL!!!

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Cancelo, Stones and Mitchell. 3 clean sheets down the drain

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Ouchy

        2. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          This.
          I also have Wilson 1st on my bench to rub it in. I’m playing 3 at the back so will not get those points

      • 7_Dan_7
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Gundo set pieces are delicious

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Pretty amazing, so frustrating no one on the end of them..

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Jesus is horrible at set pieces

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 27 days ago

            So flat and pacey, keeper can't get anywhere near them

        • Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Batsman joins the contest

        • Mr Arsenal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          How much did they pay for Torres? He’s pretty average at best

          1. Jebiga
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            20 mil

        • TheBiffas
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Why did I cap cancelo

            1. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              17 points last week

            2. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Because you’re a sheep

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 27 days ago

                Gündo captainers are sheep

            3. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Points chasing

            4. Mr Arsenal
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Because you knew you’d get min 12pts, possibly 20+ if he did anything.

              If he had started...

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            I hope Sheffield score not only to wipe Dias clean sheet but so Pep realises he’s a knob for resting Stones and Cancelo.

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              You hope? Can’t see it

          • Shatner's Bassoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            City triple up.
            Strong bench options.
            Can't have the former without the latter.

            1. ivantys
                5 months, 27 days ago

                They will all be subbed in so it's useless.

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 27 days ago

                I’ve got Coufal coming in.....hopefully!!

            2. ivantys
                5 months, 27 days ago

                Would love Jesus scoring one more to set up a trap.

              • Mr Arsenal
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 27 days ago

                City won’t score another one. They created absolutely nothing this half.

                1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  They did score a goal in this half though.

                  1. Mr Arsenal
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    Their only chance.

                    They will settle for 1-0. It’s their new philosophy.

                    1. Shatner's Bassoon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      Very new - adopted some time since scoring 5 on Tuesday?

                2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  Penalty

                3. RedAlpha10
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  Cancelo will come on and then they will create

              • Ha.
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 27 days ago

                Is it as bad as the score line suggest?

                1. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  Man City? They’re winning? What teams thrash sheff united?

                  1. Ha.
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    They’ve conceded more than 3 on 4 occasions...

                    1. Qaiss
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      They don’t get thrashed though, nor is the game finished yet. Winning 1-0 at half time, controlling the game.

                      1. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 27 days ago

                        They’ve concede more than THREE goals on FOUR occasions

                        1. Cookie Kid
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 27 days ago

                          Once actually

                2. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  City scored the one clear chance they created.

                3. ZimZalabim
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  City all possession but no incision

              • fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 27 days ago

                Come on Burke, get more points while sitting on my bench

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 27 days ago

                This is the week Soucek scores a hat-trick to crush the non-believers, isn’t it?

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  No, this week people are expecting him to do something so be will blank, then next week is benched and will haul

              • Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 27 days ago

                Worried Gundo capper.

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  He's blanked. The sooner we accept it the easier it is. Just want that delicious CS point.

                  1. HonestBlatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    that 1 pointer is now under radar....59min sub out

                    1. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 9 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      3 points would be my 2nd best captain return in 10 weeks. Pray for Gundo CS point.

                      1. CRO KLOPP
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 27 days ago

                        Who is your captain next gmwk?

                        1. HonestBlatter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          5 months, 27 days ago

                          Salah (TC)

                2. Clintymints
                  • 12 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  He’s got into good positions and on dead balls, so it could be worse

              • ivantys
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  City's done nothing apart from a lucky tap in. Cancelo and Sterling will be subbed in for sure.

                • McSauce
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  5 players + (C)

                  Currently on -1 for the week HAHA

                  1. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    How is that possible?

                    1. mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      Took a big hit?

                  2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    Wow that's awesome

                • RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 27 days ago

                  Johnstone save point could be the highlight of my GW

                  1. Il Capitano
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      That's the one

                    • mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      45 mins later "Johnstone -1 point could be the highlight of my week"

                    • JohnnyRev7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      Nice save.

                  2. hullcityfan
                    • 6 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    So frustrating as a triple City defence owner. I predicted a 1-0 but I'll only get 1 clean sheet out of it.

                  3. MoSalad
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    Guarantee Pep cameo’s all my bench players cheers!

                  4. Mr Arsenal
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    We need a Sheffield goal to liven up this bore fest.

                  5. HonestBlatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    This was the last gameweek I can play...Pep didn't me again..-4 to have three City incl. captain was my suicide

                  6. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    So,City players were not good last gmwk,WBA was bad?

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      WBA are by a distance the worst defensively in the league.

                      Sheffield United have a structured back 5 which does frustrate teams.

                      1. mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 27 days ago

                        This, rarely do they get totally smashed, can't recall a match where all 11 players haven't worked their socks off too

                      2. CRO KLOPP
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 27 days ago

                        I agree

                  7. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    Pep loves rotating his team and for the most part it makes sense to use his full squad and give players a rest etc keep them fresh
                    but his changes today seem a bit extreme imo, he won 5 nil took gundo and foden off early but sterling and Mahrez needed game time and confidence and dropping/resting both seems like poor management imo again.

                    I get they have Liverpool coming up next weekend and he will want his best available 11 and Jesus needs game time but to drop 5 players from that game just sends them back to the heavy possession with no incision as such.

                    If they end up dropping points here he has no else to blame but himself.

                    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      Tbf this is the easiest game of the season

                    2. Pukki Party
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      He's doing a good job keeping his players who deserve to play every week happy tbh, you'd think more world class players like Sane would want to move elsewhere.

                    3. Team Bobcat
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 27 days ago

                      He is looking ahead knowing well that away to Burnley next is a tricky assignment followed by Liv a few days later.

                      This was his only chance to give players a rest as will need his strongest team for the next two.

                      Makes sense now..

                  8. lordkippe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 27 days ago

                    Oh my. Just checked in. Disaster so far from my guys. Guess it was coming after som good weeks. Il hope for some luck to limitate damage