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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. bring_on _the_fantasy
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling Captain.

    10.59am changed VC from Gundogan to Son.....

    Weekend not over yet!

  2. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    You just have to hate Pep and City.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not really

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Masterclass from Pep

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        If this is masterclass, he is sh1te.

        1. bring_on _the_fantasy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          3 points is 3 points

    3. bring_on _the_fantasy
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Love him for not bringing on Sterling for a 2 min cameo!

  3. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    2 Brewdog points from this game with Sterling(C), Stones and Cancelo. But at least I have Captain Jack to go now.

  4. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Could be worse I suppose!

    Sterling (c) shift to salah (c)
    Sterling out / Soucek off bench
    Cancelo our / coufal off bench

  5. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Bought Sterling this gw. Captained him. Vice captain on Son.

    Wilson coming in for Sterling.

    Thank God I didn’t get Gundogan instead.

    Can’t thank my lucky stars enough.

    LOVE YOU PEP! 😀

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Ridiculously lucky

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      only casuals C Gundogan. Well done mate !

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Jam

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I was due this for some time

        Can’t ever remember getting jammy points

  6. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Imagine captaining a trap like Gundogan...

  7. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Dias 2 baps confirmed?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Checking bra size now....wait out

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

    DCL being sold already 🙂

  9. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    8 from 4 with captain fail. Time for a break from here. Worst transfer ever.

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Try 8 from 5 with captain fail

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Similarly bad

      2. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        0 so far lol

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      You promise?! Please be true! Would make all our weekends much better

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes. This will be my last post till next game week.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      0 from 4

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Ouch 🙁

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I have been overly due a bad week tbf

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I thought I was due a haul

        2. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Liar

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Sterling, Cancelo, Stones and Mitchell from the bench (who would have come on)

    4. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      2pts from 3

      Sterling (c) Stones no show

    5. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      6 from 1 🙂

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Plus 1 or 2 baps 😆

  10. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Casuals with gundog and Cancelo finally punished...

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      😛

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        😉

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I think I’d be quite happy knowing that Cancelo will start against Burnley now.

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

        Agreed. Anyone who buys players for one match isn't playing this right. Cancelo and Gundo are good long term picks (although not expecting a big score against a much improved Burnley). Just keep a few on your bench and ride a few blanks

  11. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Foden and Gundogan to Sterling and Mahrez for the Burnley game ?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      This is why King Kev works because at least he plays most of the time.

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not sure even he would be nailed every game at the moment, City’s schedule is brutal with FAC and Champs League midweeeks coming up too.

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

      Foden was one of the most lively & creative players on show today.
      Better finishing from team mates he nearly has 2A

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah agreed but surely he won’t start against Burnley now, that’s the issue. Started last 3 inc FAC game now so due a rest.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Same same most weeks

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Lol?

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Trying my best to predict Pep Roulette........

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

    Looking forward to the Man Utd game. Football > FPL.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Enjoy

  13. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is it going to be Lacezette

    Or Cavani

    Or Grealish afterall?

    Probably Ings.

  14. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Jammy cup opponent with Sterling (c) son (vc) and wilson 1st sub

    Unbelievable

  15. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Got in Saka and DCL for a -4. Love it.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      For who?

  16. HD7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    This team looked promising before this GW. Looked:/

    Mccarthy
    Cancelo Stones Mitchell
    Salah Bruno Sterling(C) Maddy
    Antonio DCL Bamford

    Fraser Coufal Taylor Bissouma

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      VC?

      1. HD7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        DCL:/
        If it was Salah maybe there was some chance to make it up a lil

  17. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    BobbyDR actually saving my GW currently!

  18. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    At least Pep has sparred us more agony by not subbing on the bench guys.

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    So Gundo wasn’t a trap, he was only a captaincy trap.

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

    Saiss to Liverpool i heard

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

      That would be good for FPL

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Thought was Diop

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Arr you being serious now?

  21. Aster
      3 months, 7 days ago

      So Cancelo did not play, Sterling (C) did not play, and Saka is not playing.

      Order of priority on my bench: Dallas, Coufal, Wilson.

      Saka will be replaced by Wilson correct?

      De Gea

      Dias-Cancelo-Shaw

      Son-Soucek-Sterling-Saka

      Antonio-DCL

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        3 not playing and 3 on bench, pretty obvious really mate.

        1. Aster
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Still cannot believe my luck haha, after 15 points from Soucek left on the bench last week.

            My vice-captain is Son

            Thanks!

        2. Harper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          They all play.

        4. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          You'll get all three subs

      2. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        8 from 4, captain gone. Going well.

        1. Parsnips
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Same here mate. Feels awful. Got Soucek Coufal and holding in for cancelo stones and Saka

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          So, do I just give up and leave the armband on 1 player now and just wait for a captain return at some point before the season ends?

          I genuinely don’t know what to do anymore. Nothing is working.

          Worst season by some considerable distance and everything I do fails.

        3. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          C Cancelo VC Salah, just got interesting.

          1. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Lucky

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              why lucky?

              1. hullcityfan
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Good chance he made a cameo - probably would have if it was 2-0 with 20 mins to go

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  he could also have started and hauled

            2. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Very

          2. Podge
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Exact same, good luck

            1. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Same to you pal

        4. fusen
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Surely people who were getting in Gundo THIS week were just doing so because you felt the need to cover him?

          I brought him in and am almost glad he blanked. He's owned by nearly 100% of players around me. Counting the gameweeks when he disappears again and more fun picks can be chosen.

        5. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Fellow Gundogan cappers.... based on the fixture, form, stats and pens he was the best captain choice. On to the next one

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Every damn week for me this season.

          2. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Hope u enjoyed those best cap choice on paper points

        6. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          is dcl injured ?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            No?

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              good 🙂

        7. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Citeh 1-0, so maybe Pep Roulette was a blessing for some? By hook or by crook my XI now looks like:

          Johnstone (2)
          Lewis (11), Cresswell, Alioski
          Souček, Bruno, Son, Salah/El Ghazi
          DCL (C) (4), Bamford, If He's Fit

        8. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Bamford on for Stones then. Who are you getting in from the bench?

          1. Podge
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Soucek and Justin

        9. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          10 from 2 is good right?

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

            Yes

          2. Parsnips
              3 months, 7 days ago

              No shocking