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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. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 26 days ago

    Lucky if I break 20 pts this wk ffs. Currently 5 - 8 with two no shows and a capt fail.

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 26 days ago

      In the exact same boat mate. Feel sick.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Still a long way to go Fudgy, plenty of games left to get points from.

        #positivity4fudgy

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Cheers

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Yup ... all this

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Haha I just said the same thing, could be my worst week of the season

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Don’t you own subs?

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Unless you have linked someone else’s team I don’t understand your comment- And how is Salah a fail for captain?

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 26 days ago

    Captain Gundogan they said, he will haul they said, he’s on penos they said, bap monster they said.....cheers all, last time I listen to anyone on here they said.

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      you are on your own

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      He's a great player all the same.

    3. Gooner Kebab
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Who's your vc?

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Kane 😎

    4. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Tbf he is on penos

  3. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 26 days ago

    Gundogan looking like getting some good assist points here. Probably a penalty as well.

  4. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 26 days ago

    Down to 10 players already, Cancelo Stones and KWP out, Gundo cap fail, may not make 20 points

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Mitchell benched too in a guaranteed clean sheet. Ffs.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Very unlucky Fudgy, looked like he nailed down that spot again. Hope Coufal gets something against Liverpool.

        #positivity4fudgy

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Thanks for being supportive

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        My rival is getting BDR in for Mitchell!

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Still 45 minutes to go...

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        That won't help me

    3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Players do sub on.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        My thoughts.

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Not mine

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 26 days ago

    Cancelo(c) going to be the lucky ones. Won't come on so (vc) comes into play plus jammy bench points

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Nice try

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        I can't see why Cancelo would come on. 1-0 up and cruising. Sterling, I can see coming on. But why bring on a defender?

        1. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Why bring on an attacker if they are cruising?

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 26 days ago

            To rest Gundo and Foden. They are key players. Save one sub in case there is an injury.

            1. Guru Mediation
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 26 days ago

              Cancelo could cover those 2 positions late on

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn't surprise a 1 point appearance.

      Mahrez, Sterling and him will probably be the 3 subs

    3. TAT
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      He'll come on for sure.

    4. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      This is why VC Captian needs to go. Just one Captain choice and you live or die by it. Can reward or kill but certainly would add huge drama (again) back to the game.

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        VC is like having a bench, so by your logic we should also do away with that as well

        1. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          I'm not sure of your 'logic' or ability to understand my comment. I am clearly speaking about Captain & Vice-Captain. The bench is another branch of another argument.

          1. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 26 days ago

            For the record, I am fully in favour of the bench, how ridiculous not to have a bench as part of the game.

    5. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      He will come on.

  6. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 26 days ago

    SHU goal please, the bald knob needs a lesson!

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      This

    2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      This

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      yeah so that sterling can come in

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 26 days ago

      This

    5. djoker_nole
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Wishful thinking

    6. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Who’s laughing now Gundo cappers?

    7. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Looks like 12th consecutive green arrow fail...

    8. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Wilson first on my Bench and I have two City defenders not playing, still won't help Wilson, what a day !

      1. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        I hear you, Broadsword.
        Wilson first on the bench.

        1. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Just getting over all the points left on the bench last week (as with many of us) :))

    9. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Mitchell just rested we think?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Probably dropped. He was absolutely useless against west ham

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Dropped

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Ah damn really, cos of one game? That’s a shame

    10. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Half time sub predictions?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Sterling on for foden around the 55th maybe

    11. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Stones & Mitchell benched 😮

      That’s me down to 8 players this GW 😆

      Last time I take advice from the five patreons I pay subs to....

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        I was told to bring in cancelo and I pay £70 a month for private tutoring

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Same here, I’ve shelled out over $150.00 for ‘expert advice & guidance’ so far in 2021...

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        😀

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        You pay for fantasy football advice?
        Damn, I’m gonna have to start something then!

      4. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        I didn't pay,I was lucky,they only told me to bend over and cough

    12. fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Get Razeem in at HT Pep.

    13. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      No HT changes.

    14. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Gundo (c) fail unless he gets a penalty

    15. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Just noticed, Jesus had a bit of a tum.

    16. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      I think Cancelo comes on so hopefully he gets a goal

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Cancelo one pointer and my shirts off

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Ideally for Dias in the 59th min

    17. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      A Gundo blank would make my DCL captain fail feel less galling.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        I was 50/50 DCL or gundogan so I deserve a blank really

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Nobody deserves captain blanks Fudgy, but it's an important part of the game. Still time to go.

          #positivity4fudgy

    18. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      This season taking the p Soucek 15 points bench last week, Wilson double digits second on bench this week - so Cancelo no show will not help.

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        that's very unlucky

    19. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      That was Dias’ chance.

    20. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      How’s the Frosty Jacks going down Fudgy?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Polished off the bottle 10 minutes ago. Don't think I feel anything yet.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          :O

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 26 days ago

            :mrgreen:

    21. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 26 days ago

      Looking at the bench can imagine we will see Sterling & Mahrez 2nd half for sure, then either Stones, Cancelo or Rodrigo to probably play in front of the back 4 I would expect.

    22. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        5 months, 26 days ago

        gundo assist to dias would hv been mad

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Bartley goal

      • The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Bartley!!!!!!

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          Who?!?!

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 26 days ago

            Yeah I know. Bet someone triple captained him though. It's not exactly a thriller at the Hawthorns so needs an occasional goal to keep people awake

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Bartley G

      • MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Areola CS gone gutted he better make some saves!

      • Esalman
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Where are my Stones+Cancelo double up points?

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 26 days ago

          They Will add after 60. min

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Does anyone own Bartley? Or is it just celebrating the Fulham CS being wiped?

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 26 days ago

        Oh fabulous. Congratulations Martinez owners, you’ve got a haul incoming.

        Swapped him to my bench and Areola starting this week after the debacle of last GW, what a fail ffs