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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. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    I hope Ferran and Jesus score a brace each and Sterling doesn't come on

    1. ivantys
        4 months, 21 days ago

        He will probably still come on, pep mostly uses 3 subs every game.

    2. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Time to delete my team? 🙁

      Sterling (C) -- Benched
      Stones-- Benched
      Cancelo- Benched (sold Dias)
      Mitchell- Benched
      Took a hit for DCL: 2 pointer

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        DCL (vc) between

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Omg

        2. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Mate.

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        that is so rough, although selling dias wasnt wise. the rest is ridiculously unlucky

      3. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Brought Cancelo /dcl /
        Digne (c) in for a - 8 and have Stones lol.

        4 - 8 at the minute capt played.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          This deserves a moment of silence.

      4. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        yep season over

      5. elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        unlucky bad week, you will recover soon though!

      6. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Selling Dias to Cancelo was not a good move at all, you've seen him benched before. Trying to chase last weeks points is always going to end up in tears.

    3. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Sheff wearing the same kit they beat ManU in. Probably didn't wash them either.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This made me chuckle.

      2. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Wilder lives by the Wild Philosophy

      3. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        That's 'cos they plan to...ahem...clean up...today

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 21 days ago

      This is just the start, City's upcoming fixture list is very congested and the DGWs will make it even worse.

      1. gogs67
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Keep a playing bench, anyone without that and Man City players, is playing with fire

      2. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Come on Sheff UTD!

      3. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I give up..
        28 points benched midweek.

        Now after one game 13 points wilson on bench (took -4 to get in dcl)

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Brewsters goal day.

      5. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        With all the City nonsense, people are overlooking the fact Mitchell is f**king benched. Shocker of a gameweek

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          That’s what he’s There for isn’t it? He’s 3.9

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            He's been a starter for Palace!

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Just so many on here saying PVA would rotate with him so I didn’t go near him.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Wilson > DCL for a hit ....

      6. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Stones & Cancelo have had their hauls...it is Dias’ turn today!

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Dias header from Gundogan FK would be fantastic

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            THIS

      7. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Come on Brewdog. This is your moment. Wreck them cleans!

      8. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Wonder if Laporte is even fit to play 90 here

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Forgot the Cheltenham game, probably 90.

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          It's not an issue of fitness, he's third choice CB and Stones is being rested, he'll be back next game.

      9. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Captains in my ML - 1st Sterling, 2nd Foden, 3rd Gundo, 4th Cancelo

        I'm 3rd 🙂

      10. themaindanger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Transferred in DCL and Stones, and captained Cancello. Not a great start to the weekend☹

      11. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        So Mitchell back out of favour just in time for Palaces run of good fixtures...:(

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          PvA must have finished his defender hypnotherapy sessions

      12. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        It's not working Pep...bring Cancelo on!

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          This. No shots at all, pathetic.

      13. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        ...Pep.

      14. Joey Tribbiani
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Dias' turn to haul

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            This would be nice.

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          "Pep Guardiola has dealt Fantasy Premier League arguably the harshest blow of the season"

          I am sure the league will never recover

          1. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I'm grand, all my city players are playing 🙂

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Owners well and truly stunned!

          3. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            "Fantasy Premier League DEMOLISHED after Pep's benchings are more APOCALYPTIC than entire games being postponed"

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            It’s not that bad. Sterling is a bad pick anyway.

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Gundagon playing high

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            As expected

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Somebody should nick his stash on Saturday mornings.

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              😆

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              😆

            3. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              😀

          3. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            High on what?

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Gundogan is playing centre back basically...

          1. Obi Wan Elokobi
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            He’s playing high?

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Dude

        • BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          I am on my knees for a Gundogan (C) haul.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Zip.

        • HaveYassineChikhaoui
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Vardy and Kane to who? Nearly did a -4 to bring in DCL but thankfully didn't. Honestly can't see any great FWD options. Can't go Antonio because of dud keeper Martin taking up the third spot. Watkins is a potential shout, maybe Lacazette as a differential? The options really are bleak.

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Firmino as a punt?

              1. HaveYassineChikhaoui
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Firmino and Liverpool in general haven't really been on the ball, especially recently. Going forward I don't particularly like their fixtures. If it wasn't for the fact that Salah is so heavily owned I'd have no Liverpool assets in right now.

            2. Optimus.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              I'm guessing everyone is watching the City sidelines

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                I'm looking at Zinchenko and Walkers hamstrings first 29 minutes

            3. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Could have, should have, was going to, didn’t mean to, changed my mind at the last minute, shouldn’t have listened to advice when I asked for it .... zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

            4. Oggle22
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Love city to concede here and was going to say a foden goal but I don't expect miricales

            5. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              this is one of those funny weeks where Gundo goes off on 59 and Sterling comes on for a brace I can see it

            6. Says
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              How many goals would Wilson score if he played in this City side instead of Jesus?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Jesus goal

              2. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                This aged well

                1. Says
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  I'm sure Wilson would have scored that too, and without getting it stuck under himself first.

              3. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Say summat negative about foden see if it works for my punt for him over gundo

              4. jammie26
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  Highly amusing.

              5. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Chances or Sheff Utd punishing Pep for his changes?

                1. aborg
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  I wish as it will teach him.

              6. Al Moon Yeah
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Fun fact: The last time Sheffield beat City away from home was in 1987. Chris Wilder played the full 90 minutes in that game.

              7. aborg
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Lol still not one player playing or who has played in my team so far. Still on 0 points 🙂