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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. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Should have Free Hit in this blank game week. Damn it!

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Rival gets Wilson off the bench for Saka

    ...

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      My cup opponent gets Wilson coming on for Sterling and vc to Bruno. Gulp.

  3. alsybach
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Thankyou Pep, Wilson off my bench!!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      The luck

    2. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I moved him to 2nd on the bench, got Watkins coming on instead 🙁 ... down to hoping Son, Salah or Barnes doesn't play

      1. alsybach
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        He was second on my bench, was trying to swap Kane for DCL this morning but just missed the deadline! Happy days!

  4. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Only captain Jack can save me now! Argh Matey!

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Can get all the assists he wants with Watkins, that will help me

  5. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    7pts all out....anyone doing worse?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      😆

    2. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      -3 at the moment

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yup

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      well 😆

    5. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      What's your team?

  6. Cruyff Turn
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Appreciation post for Dias.

    12 games – 10 cleanies, 1 last min goal conceded and 1 own goal... steady rock at the back taking me to the top of my ML.

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Dias been super value

    2. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Got him in for Burnley at home?

      1. Cruyff Turn
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah, on wc.

        1. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Same matey

  7. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    2 ML rivals bench boosted this week. Both have Mitchell, but one has Stones, Cancelo and Sterling as well. Just wish I hadn't captained the troll DCL.

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      That's why I preferred to BB during a dgw

  8. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Soucek and Bamford coming on, good bench pays off for once

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Uh, have they played?

    2. alsybach
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Have you a crystal ball then?

  9. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Bamford in for Sterling
    Dallas in for Stones
    Vc Richarlison

    Shame I took the hit to sell Jesus

  10. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    If there was ever a time I needed a Bruno haul (vc)

  11. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Pep: We NEED 5 subs.
    Also Pep: Rotates half the team and makes one sub in the 89th minute.

    1. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      He cares about fpl managers after all

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        My thoughts

  12. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    AWB and ESR coming on for Cancelo and Stones
    4 points combined isn’t it??

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      ESR doubtful

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Just saw lineups - phew I have him on bench coming in too

  13. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    6 from 6 any good ... scout picks

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Shambolic performance 😆

  14. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I like Fulham away kit

  15. Klaren
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Dias 2 baps is a joke. Fernandinho tackled and won the ball and lost 1 bps as a result in extra time.

    1. Charlie&TheLads
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      them grapes be sour

      1. Klaren
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Nothing to do with being sour, 1 point doesn't make a difference. It's the general tendency of FPL to go against stats in baps calculation in favour of high ownership players which is my issue.

        1. Charlie&TheLads
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          And do you have Dias or Stones/Cancelo?

  16. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Son(C).
    Dallas in for Cancelo.

  17. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Fkkk. Capt ster vice dcl. Anyone same? My god

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Captain Gundo ... it's only a 1 point advantage over DCL

  18. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Loving my 13 points from Wilson coming on from the bench

    He chose a good week to go big. 😀

    1. alsybach
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Snap!

  19. Offside Trapattoni
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Other than Dias not sure who my other City players should be - Jesus is going to get minutes so probably a decent shout moving forward. Such a guessing game.

    1. Animo et Fide
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Had him since the double and it's horrible owning him as he's so uncertain to start. Sold him this week and he gets 9pts

    2. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      The keeper, or Kdb.

    3. Supertrooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo

  20. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    This season is bonkers, ref decisions are horrendous, clear handball by Sheffield UTD in the penalty box. Earlier in the season that's given without blinking.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      It wasn’t handball at all. It was rifled at him from 2 yards and his hand was by his side. FFS

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        he stuck his hand out and turned his back, clear handball, that is given earlier in the season.

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      And they stopped giving them because it was wrong.

  21. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    My main rival went Salah (TC)
    I went Sterling (c), DCL (vc), don't own Salah.

    In this kind of bullsh1te GW I can already see Salah brace at least.

    1. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Same here. My god

      1. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Do you guys have the same rival?

  22. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Gundogan cappers get best cap choice on paper points at least

  23. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    people have a good bench for a reason, nothing to do with luck if wilson comes on for some. well played i say.

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Zeker

  24. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Apparently I’m on for a green arrow with my 11. Hilarious.

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      My 8 from 1 is knocking me down 10k places

  25. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Years ago I’d be totally up for United / Arsenal. Sad how far these teams have fallen, better things to do than watch the wheels on the bus.

  26. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Salah EO over 100% now because of Cancelo(c) and Sterling(c) no shows?

    1. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Could well be

    2. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Still under

      1. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Actually it depends, at my rank (1m) he's under but at top 10k should be over.

  27. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Fernandes EO over 100% now because of Cancelo(c) and Sterling(c) no shows?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

  28. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    With Cancelo and Stones not playing, I now have Cresswell and Coufal subbing in against my Salah(c)...

    1. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      1-1 with no involvement from the goals from any of your players incoming.

  29. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Hoping salah also 2 pts like calvert

  30. fusen
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    - Top 10 captains choices from multiple leagues -

    FFS League

    Top 10 Captain Picks

    3 Sterling
    2 Gündogan
    1 Fernandes
    1 Cancelo
    1 Foden
    1 Son
    1 Salah
    1 Digne

    FPL Black box

    Top 10 Captain Picks

    5 Salah
    2 Calvert-Lewin
    1 Gündogan
    1 Son
    1 Sterling

    Overall in the World

    Top 10 Captain Picks

    6 Salah
    2 Sterling
    1 Fernandes
    1 Gündogan

    Clearly Gundo was not the choice for people who want to cement their place. Always captain a (historical) heavy hitter never a wiser choice?

    1. Harper (Dallas Season Keepe…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Surprised so many with Salah. Even my 27k cup opponent has him (C). They know something we don't.

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      My last 10 captains have been Salah (5), Mane (1), Son (1), Fernandes (2) and Gundogan this week, unless Kane miraculously picks up thy cot and walks tomorrow.

      Every one of them has blanked when I’ve capped them.

      Historical big hitters indeed!

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Salah at a flying West Ham is a bizarre choice to me.