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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Need a City penalty here, will settle for that

  2. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    FFS Reid...how can u miss that!!!!

  3. squits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Why is foden playing so wide?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      No Sterling

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      That’s his position.

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 27 days ago

      City's wingers always play very wide

    4. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      So many strange comments and questions this afternoon

      1. squits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Haha sorry I'll rephrase this. I didnt think he was a left winger, but he is playing there.

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          That's been his season judging by the position maps

  4. Yes Ndidi
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Bobby Reid first on the bench today, after letting me down in the DGW. Trouble is, it looks like he'll stay there.

  5. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Oh FFS, ML rival getting DCR off the bench!

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      lol decordova is one word

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Its hyphenated

  6. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    I'd take 3 points from gundogan as my captain at this point ffs

    1. The Habib Beyes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Lol its 20mins in and you've whined about this at least twice. Quit being such a baby

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Dude, enough, seriously. Damn, you must dry up women quicker than a hairdryer in a sandstorm.

      1. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Wow

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      seriously, i thought you said you quit for the season, why are you still here

    4. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      What we're you expecting at this point?

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 27 days ago

        At least a hatty I reckon

    5. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      stay strong fudgy, us gundo captainers are in this together

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Very popular cap choice

    6. Rog.
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      I think he looks ok

    7. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Its unlikely he'll get 1.5 points

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Kilman CS needs to go with autosubs...

  8. ReindeerHotdog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 27 days ago

    Zero sympathy for anyone who has started Cancelo and/or Stones.

    Was obvious there would be rotation.

    And DCL? Obviously Everton would struggle at home to Newcastle.

    What a difference a week makes huh. One week everything is so obvious to everyone on here and the next it couldn't be further from the truth.

    Every Man City player is at risk of being benched at any time. WBA/shu are equally easy fixtures. Everyone got lucky last week and unlucky this week, nothing more.

    1. ivantys
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Logic? So if you owned Cancelo or Stones, you won't start them this game?

      • Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Wasn’t obvious, sit down armchair pundit

      • Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        As a cancelo stones and DCL owner I’ll accept that.

        Still think it will score more over last he and the next 2 than most other combos.

      • In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Rein it in lad. These comments offer nothing and are the worst to read

      • ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        team link please so we can see your genius

      • DickFranDyke
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Got enough bait on that hook

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          The idea that these are just bait comments is so tired

          1. DickFranDyke
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Well,you fell for it.

            1. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              What are you 6?

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Oh dear, pipe down ya noob

      • Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        What an absolute melt you are

      • PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Ha ha thanks for the no sympathy vote .. can we see your linked team so we can have a laugh as well?
        Thankfully I may have Lewis coming in with 11 anyhow, so it’s happy days anyhow .

      • Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        I’m not that bothered I’ve got 40 points from cancelo and Stones the last 2 weeks

        I’d be annoyed if I brought one or either in this week

        Probably swap stones for Dias for safety

      • Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Oh shut up. “No sympathy for anyone who has City players because Pep rotates his team!” is a stupid take.

      • Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Own Stones and Cancelo. Have to assume there'll be rotation but a little annoying to see both.

        Brought in DCL this week. Was always going to be a gamble but felt like the right move on balance. May still pay off in next couple of GWs (if I haven't shipped by then).

        Captained Gundo given high chance of starting (and don't trust Son without Kane). Safe, boring choice.

        All in all can't complain. Hardly acts of god.

    2. Patrick Bateman
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Percentage chance the following comes on off the bench for citeh:
      A) Stones
      B) Cancelo

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        B higher than A imo

      2. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        5%
        45%

      3. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Stones, no. Cancelo, I think so

      4. Alexis Nonsense
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        A) 15%

        B) 0%

        Why would Cancelo come on if they're winning?

        1. Clintymints
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Rest, tight schedule, rotation, general Pep trolling

    3. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Ffs I've captained a defensive midfielder

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        You really don’t know anything about football

      2. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Better than me putting the armband on DCL.

      3. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Gundo reverting back to type, but hey I capt a bench player so..

      4. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Ignore and move on guys, ignore and move on

      5. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Clown

      6. squits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        He is in the box now

      7. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 27 days ago

        *yawn* Fudgy needs his own forum page so he can monologue away

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          I’ve never known such a sad soul

    4. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      So it seems like the City defence bonanza is over. It was good while it lasted but the Stones and Cancelo benchings is evidence that neither are nailed so will have to be sold. Only Ederson then is a guaranteed route into City clean sheets.

      1. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Dias is the best pick for me

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Why just because he has escaped today? Every chance he will be the one for the chop next week.

          1. Clintymints
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Not just that he’s the best defender from the 3 of them and has the partnership with Stones. Laporte compliments him too and give the lefty cb balance

            He’s not immune to rotation but he’s the best defender for me that works in every combo along with taking charge at the back

    5. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      I spent ages agonising over goalkeepers knowing I’d pick the wrong one.

      At least West Brom went early!

    6. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Jesus hogging the spots Gundog recently been finding himself

      1. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 27 days ago

        They’re almost side by side. Just depends who it falls to it seems

    7. Tabasco
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago

      Got in Stones & DCL this week; own Cancelo and Sterling (C). Let's go boys! Hold the line, buy the dip, ride to the moon!

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 27 days ago

        Haha that's the spirit!

    8. ivantys
        5 months, 27 days ago

        PVA playing is making Zaha useless.

        1. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          PVA playing is (making Zaha) useless.

          1. ivantys
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Yeah true that too.

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          weak from gundo

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Careful you’ll end up morphing into sad clown fudgy

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Haha

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          I only just noticed that Mitchell lost his spot - F this GW!

          1. mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            that really hurt on top of the stones and cancelo benchings for me mate

          2. GROBARI
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Yeah,so bad

          3. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Nah, he'll be back, PVA is due to another defensive disasterclass

        4. stevep69
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Not worth bothering with City. Such a rotation risk. I’ve had fingers burnt before but did I learn?...

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            We will never learn I guess... it’s lovely when they start though

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            They're a rotation risk, but comparatively many of there players will outscore those in other teams. You've got to take the rough with the smooth and accept its part of the deal.

            Good luck going no City.

        5. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Sterling to Mané?
          At least I know Mané starts.

        6. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Its not the benchings that kill but the subbings on and 1 pointers. If Cancelo and Stones dont come on then at least I then have Salah (c) and Cresswell and Soucek to play with some hope of points.

          1. squits
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Also hoping that stones will get his place back next gw

        7. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Difficult week. Depends on Salah, Bruno and Son now.

        8. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          We really need a Gundog penalty here

        9. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Is Gundo playing advanced or CDM?

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Sweeper

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Advanced, behind Jesus.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Yep

        10. squits
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          The city mids are rotating lots

        11. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Any chance Sterling stays on the bench?

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Depends on how City get on - if it remains 1-0 or worse I think he comes on

        12. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 27 days ago

          Imagine if Kane starts

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            He won’t though

          2. GoonerSteve
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Is that even possible?

          3. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            got rid for a hit.....for DCL so yeah wouldnt surprise me

          4. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            His ankles are so swollen they can't scan etc until next week

          5. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            ive started him on the team lol

          6. Clintymints
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Back for Chelsea Wednesday at the very best

        13. Party time
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Allardyce is a fat fraud.

            Glad wba will get relegated. Shouldn’t have sacked Bilic

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 27 days ago

              Cheers mate

            2. GROBARI
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 27 days ago

              They sacked him after a draw in Etihad. They deserve all of this

          • ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Last GW started with a bang with multiple double digit scorers and ended with the heavy hitters all blanking.

            So maybe this will be the opposite ? fingers crossed poor start and then big hitters come good

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Man City average positions

            Foden
            Jesus
            Gundogan most advanced 3

          • Niho992
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 27 days ago

            Adams to DCL went well. Casual move and i deserve it.

            Last time i sold him he hauled vs Chelsea and he will haul tonight again