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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. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    West Brom and Fulham both looking like decent team. Mitrovic gets a shot on target. Weird season!!

  2. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Any subs yet for Man City?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Zilch

      1. Sif
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Zilchenko?

      2. FantasyTony
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Zilchenko has been on since the start

    2. tambourineman
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Cue mass rotation Wednesday

  3. Kaneyonero
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Guardiola wreaks havoc on my overall ranking

  4. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Guaita on form today

  5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    City have been poor today. Very lethargic.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Probably doesn’t help playing a second string team

  6. JJO
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    F off Pep

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Raz C
    DCL vc

    Lovely

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      4 point haul, happy days.

  8. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Can one of my players please just do one thing good? One return?

  9. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    How many times has pep complained about the fixture congestion, and player welfare, bla bla, and here he is, not a single sub made 82 mins into a game!

    Not like he doesn't have options from the bench.

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Almost every player is already well rested

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        They always are.. he was also one of those who kept going on about getting 5 subs to make.

        He just contradicts himself withhis words and his actions!

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          To be fair i thought Klopp was far more vocal on that front.

    2. Hawk
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He also didn't make a sub against Burnley.

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Because it's 1-0 and he's already benched some of his players that have played a lot?

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He’s a bald troll

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Do something for a bit of excitement, Pep.

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Like triple change on the 90th min?

  11. Drogo
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone else saw that grin on Peps face when he got reminded to play my captain, Sterling with just 1 minute left? Just wait and see.

  12. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Wolves goal would be sweet. Although does anyone own a Palace defender not called Mitchell?

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Wolves goal is useless, will hurt more with Neto owners down there.

    2. dansmusen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Mitchell starting for me and yes i would love a Wolves goal 🙂

    3. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      yep

    4. FantasyTony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      King of the week will have triple palace defense and Wilson captained

  13. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Missing De Bruyne today big time.

  14. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Very suspicous from Pep. Making absoolutely 0 substitutions.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He's got history for this

  15. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Sheffield goal incoming believe me !

    1. ZimZalabim
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      missed their chance

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Half chance

  16. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Another disastrous GW. Worst season I've had playing this game.

  17. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Got Cancelo c for a hit, DCL vc. Stones...

    But I did KdB to Pereira!

  18. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    I mean, you’re moaning, but I actually sold Jesus to bring in Sterling (c)
    I mean!!!!

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Oof

  19. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Sheff Utd close

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

    Fleck close

  21. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Fleck close!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Inches from the bald fraud paying the price

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    So Flecking close.

  23. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Fleck close

  24. Firmino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Get Sterling on! Don't want any jammy Salah VC points.

  25. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Diminutive City players pinging off Sheffield like it's Land of The Giants.

  26. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Flecks sake

  27. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Fleck off Pep

  28. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Come on SHU!!

  29. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Fleckin hell

  30. REDMOND IN SANDALS
    7 months, 20 days ago

    damn that was close