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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. tafrère
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Gündogan really missing the delivery from Cancelo. Torres and Foden are wasting everything.

  2. djoker_nole
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Stonewall pen

    1. lifes a pitch
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      For who? There's 3 games on

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      How much is Stonewall? Seems to score a peno every week....

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        That's OG

        Every time off the bench in my old match day programmes!

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Goo defending according to commentary

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        *good

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Oh screw this GW. Digne fail, Cancelo Stones bench, Gundo(c) fail and now even Areola has reverted to being crap the one week I play him over Martinez.

    So frustrating

    1. tafrère
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      25 mins left though.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Gundo probably gonna be hooked early, likely to get cameos from Cancelo/Stones at best, and dead and buried with Areola. Martinez haul locked in 🙁

  4. Hect.OR 98th
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Well my starting defence are all rested, and Gundogan(c) not great, but took no hits, saved a transfer, so this week might pan out ok after all.

  5. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    So hard to call anything at the minute 🙁

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      This game is all luck

    2. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Justifies a cautious approach, I think. Lots in my ML are taking hits around me, so I'm gaining ground even with no huge scores.

  6. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    What's your template rating?

    Mine is a low 21. Should I be worried.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      No

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      template options are all hit or miss atm

  7. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Periera finally returning consistently to reward patient owners from GW3

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      I had him gw3 but don't anymore!

  8. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Time to bring Raz on

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 18 days ago

      No pep

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Not gonna happen...maybe Cancelo (C) 2min cameo

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      This

  9. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Sounds like lots of people are having bad GWs so far. So it can't be that bad then...

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      “Good week for a bad week” shite in overdrive the next few days so.

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Such a crazy season because I didn't score points when actually I wanted to score points.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      This is a microcosm of the 7.5 million

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Somewhat representative, though. People are catasphrophising that their popular picks are not doing well while other peoples's popular picks aren't doing well.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 18 days ago

          catastrophising*

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    3 - Jesus (31)
    2 - Fernandinho (26)
    1 - Laporte, Walker, Dias (25)

    Zinchenko (24)
    Ederson (21)

    Tight!

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Where's Fernandinho's customary YC when you need it?

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Gundogan? Foden? Stones?

  11. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    That matheus Pereira pick a few weeks ago is looking prophetic

    1. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Fair dos to Allardyce, he called him out and he’s scored 4 since and assisted one

    2. Earwicker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      I was tempted for a 2 week punt this GW for Soucek...went J Rod instead 🙁

  12. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Gundagon please do something.

    I can’t believe I’m typing this. What a weird season

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Laporte passes back more than fwd

  14. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    3 - Jesus (31)
    2 - Walker (27)
    1 - Fernandinho (26)

    Laporte (25)
    Dias (25)
    Zinchenko (24)

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Sold Jesus for a hit so I could buy and captain Sterling

      🙄

  15. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Any chance Cancelo plays/

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Of course.

  16. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Don’t EVER suggest you need 5 subs again Pep!!

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    ‘No luck in fpl’

    Pep ‘Hold my drink’

  18. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Zinchenko can shoot

  19. Alexis Nonsense
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Maybe Digne?

    No Mbaye Diagne !

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Zinch messes up Foden A

  21. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    So my wild card calls
    - not getting Guaita as he’s a trap and going cheap gks
    - Barnes over Perreria (might be ok)
    - captain Cancelo. Very nervous

  22. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Stones would of had two today!

  23. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Gundogan assist almost

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      No points for almosts

  24. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    sterling coming on?

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      You’d think so but it appears not

  25. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Saka & Tierney not starting for Arsenal

  26. squ1rrel
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    My Digne(c) was masterclass

  27. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Get foden off those set pieces.

  28. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    I would take an assist from Gundo

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      For sure.

  29. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Hope Pep makes no changes now!

  30. tafrère
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Foden should really stop taking set-pieces.

    1. zip it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Me too, Cancelo captain