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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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 hours ago

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

  2. djoker_nole
      6 months, 14 hours ago

      Stonewall pen

      1. lifes a pitch
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        For who? There's 3 games on

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

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

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          That's OG

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

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        Goo defending according to commentary

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          *good

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 14 hours 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        25 mins left though.

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 14 hours 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 🙁

    • Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 hours 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.

    • estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 hours ago

      So hard to call anything at the minute 🙁

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        This game is all luck

      2. Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 14 hours 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.

    • Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 hours ago

      What's your template rating?

      Mine is a low 21. Should I be worried.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        No

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        template options are all hit or miss atm

    • Zilla
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 hours ago

      Periera finally returning consistently to reward patient owners from GW3

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        I had him gw3 but don't anymore!

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 hours ago

      Time to bring Raz on

      1. ivantys
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          No pep

        • HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

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

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          This

      2. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 14 hours 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
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

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

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 14 hours ago

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

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          This is a microcosm of the 7.5 million

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 14 hours 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
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 14 hours ago

              catastrophising*

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

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

        Zinchenko (24)
        Ederson (21)

        Tight!

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

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

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Gundogan? Foden? Stones?

      4. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        That matheus Pereira pick a few weeks ago is looking prophetic

        1. Big Mac 24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 14 hours 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
          6 months, 14 hours ago

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

      5. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        Gundagon please do something.

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

      6. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        Laporte passes back more than fwd

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

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

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

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

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

          🙄

      8. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        Any chance Cancelo plays/

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

          Of course.

      9. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 14 hours ago

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

      10. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 14 hours ago

        ‘No luck in fpl’

        Pep ‘Hold my drink’

      11. ivantys
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Zinchenko can shoot

        • Alexis Nonsense
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Maybe Digne?

          No Mbaye Diagne !

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Zinch messes up Foden A

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 14 hours 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

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Stones would of had two today!

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Gundogan assist almost

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 14 hours ago

            No points for almosts

        • Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          sterling coming on?

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 14 hours ago

            You’d think so but it appears not

        • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Saka & Tierney not starting for Arsenal

        • squ1rrel
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          My Digne(c) was masterclass

        • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Get foden off those set pieces.

        • Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          I would take an assist from Gundo

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 14 hours ago

            For sure.

        • MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Hope Pep makes no changes now!

        • tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 14 hours ago

          Foden should really stop taking set-pieces.

          1. zip it
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 14 hours ago

            Me too, Cancelo captain