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Gundogan’s goals, Foden’s starts and Pep on penalties: FPL notes on Liverpool v City

Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

  • Goals: Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) | Ilkay Gundogan (£5.9m) x2, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Phil Foden (£6.1m)
  • Assists: None | Foden x2, Bernardo Silva (£7.4m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m)
  • Bonus: Gundogan, Foden x3, Sterling x1

Manchester City warmed up for Double Gameweek 24 with a comprehensive thrashing of Liverpool on Sunday.

A second-half capitulation from the Reds and their goalkeeper Alisson (£5.9m) may have added a little gloss to the scoreline but the win was utterly deserved, with City even gifting Liverpool a penalty and missing one of their own to briefly make things interesting.

GUND-WAGON

The man responsible for that penalty miss was Ilkay Gundogan (£5.9m), who skied a 36th-minute spot-kick to temporarily preserve parity.

But the German still departed Anfield with a 13-point haul to his name, scoring twice from close range after half-time to take his tally to nine goals in his last 11 Premier League matches.

Owned by fewer than 20,000 Fantasy Premier League managers before this purple patch began in December, Gundogan is top for transfers in ahead of Double Gameweek 24 and is now the fifth most-owned midfielder in the game.

So long a peripheral squad player, or used in the double pivot when he was granted pitch-time, his redeployment as an attack-minded number eight has revealed a long-dormant eye for goal.

Even when moved back into a more disciplined central midfield role when City switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half of Sunday’s game, he showed a natural, Kevin Nolan-esque knack for popping up in the right place when scoring twice from inside the six-yard box: the first after Phil Foden’s (£6.1m) close-range effort had been saved, the second after the young Englishman had teed him up beautifully.

Pep Guardiola said after full-time:

Now he is playing close to the box. But more importantly, in the second half, we played with a 4-4-2 and he was far away from the goal and he [still] arrived to score a goal. He has an incredible sense to arrive in the right moment.

ED OF THE QUEUE?

Having penalty-taking duties in your locker has certainly been an advantage this season, although the spot-kicks have dried up a little of late, with just six awarded in the top flight over the last four Gameweeks.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£11.8m) enforced absence has seen Gundogan assume control from 12 yards, with the Germany international scoring from the spot in Gameweek 19 and given the nod to take Sunday’s penalty.

Gundogan became the third City player to miss from the spot this season when he ballooned yesterday’s effort over the bar and the ongoing spot-kick woes prompted Guardiola to again suggest that Ederson (£6.1m) wouldn’t be far away from being considered, even if the comments were slightly tongue in cheek:

When I commented [on the prospect of Ederson taking penalties] six months ago, it was a joke. Now, it’s a half-joke. We don’t really have a specialist in this area.

I still think that Kevin is a fantastic taker and Gundo is a fantastic taker. What I want is the guy who takes to have personality: ‘I’m going to take the penalty, I’m going to score a goal’.

PHIL YOUR BOOTS

Shortly after Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) had capitalised on a second Alisson error to nod in Bernardo Silva‘s (£7.4m) cross, Foden rounded off the scoring with a superb strike of his own.

Preferred over Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) as the central striker in Guardiola’s set-up on Merseyside, Foden was moved to the right flank upon the Brazilian’s introduction – and it was from a wide area that he scored City’ fourth.

Keen not to give his whizz-kid a big head in the aftermath of Sunday’s 16-point haul, Guardiola offered a little constructive criticism of Foden and confirmed what we pretty much knew already – that the City boss doesn’t quite trust the 20-year-old in central areas just yet:

When he is playing in the middle, sometimes he has some difficulty to understand what he has to do and the places he has to move. Right now he is moving perfectly in the sides as a winger. Of course, the second and fourth goals were outstanding.

The big question from a Fantasy perspective is: can he be trusted to start both of City’s Double Gameweek 24 fixtures?

It’s certainly a more realistic prospect than it was earlier in the campaign.

Foden has made the starting XI in six of City’s last eight Premier League fixtures and nine of his team’s last 11 in all competitions.

Whereas Gundogan looks pivotal to Guardiola’s set-up at present, however, there’ll always be the risk that the likes of Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m), Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Jesus can oust Foden from a fluid and interchangeable front three.

A benching in the FA Cup fifth round in midweek would be warmly received by those FPL managers who do take a punt on the youngster.

ALISSON DOODY

City’s clean sheet was spoiled when the hitherto dependable Ruben Dias (£6.1m) brought down Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) for a second-half penalty, duly converted by the Egyptian.

Guardiola’s previous comments about players keeping their places so long as they avoid mistakes may cause a tummy-flip or two among Dias’ owners, although the otherwise excellent centre-half surely has enough credit in the bank to allow for one rick such as this.

Dias’ error was completely overshadowed by Alisson’s remarkably calamitous display, with the last three City goals – including Foden’s emphatic strike – owing a debt to the Brazilian.

Klopp said of his goalkeeper after full-time:

The only thing you can do is learn off it. That is what he will do and it will never happen to him again, I am pretty sure. But tonight it was decisive, I would say.

RED ZONE

Alisson’s horror show made the headlines but he isn’t to blame for all of Liverpool’s current woes.

Two wins in nine league games, three home defeats on the bounce and goalless in five of their last eight Premier League outings: the malaise has truly set in on Merseyside.

A dozen different centre-back pairings in 2020/21 is a key reason why the Reds’ clean sheet tally stands at a very average six (only half a dozen sides have fewer).

And the knock-on effect of using Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) and Fabinho (£5.4m) at centre-half has left the centre of midfield looking limp.

Ederson was barely troubled aside from Salah’s spot-kick, with the return from injury of Sadio Mane (£11.9m) having little effect.

With seven blanks in nine for Salah and Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) on his longest-ever run without an attacking return as a Liverpool player, Fantasy managers can be forgiven for looking elsewhere.

One glimmer of hope is the capture of centre-half duo Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) and Ben Davies (£5.0m). That could serve to redress some balance to the side, allowing Henderson and/or Fabinho to return to their more natural positions, but it’s asking a lot of two Premier League rookies to have the kind of galvanizing effect that Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) did upon his arrival.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson (Tsimikas 85), Wijnaldum, Jones (Milner 68), Thiago (Shaqiri 68), Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez (Jesus 72), Foden, Sterling.

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448 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Best C & bench order correct?

    Any better C than DCL or Gundo?

    Bench order correct?

    Martinez,
    Dias, Mee, Maguire
    Salah, Foden, Bruno, Gundo
    Bamford, DCL, Watkins

    Johnson, Son, Coufal, Mitchell

    5.8

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Maguire vs Coufal is an interesting one

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Gundo
      I would play Son over Watkins myself

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        have you watch villa play. They are going to punish a very weak Ars defense

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          They played arsenal last week - this week is Brighton

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            sorry meant the seaguls

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 18 days ago

              You realise Brighton have conceded 2 goals in the last 6 matches right? And they played Man City, Leeds, Spurs and Liverpool in those 6.

        2. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          I think Leeds are playing against Arsenal

        3. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          No l haven’t
          Just thinking even Son has a tough fixture it will suits Spurs style and pinch something on the break

          Left DCL on bench over Saka/Soucek and turned out expensive player showed his value
          Just a thought

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Decisions not easy?

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Play Son over Watkins, Brighton have conceded 2 in the last 6.

  2. Jones Town
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Is a Dallas hatrick too much to ask?!

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Absolutely not. Brace as a minimum.

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Would you play Lookman over Son?

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      I would.

      1. Ch0udini
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Cavaleiro over Son too? Get caught by his out of position role a while ago and still have him...

          1. BeWater
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 18 days ago

            I would.

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      My friend and ML rival has 43 points rooted firmly to the bench, anyone beat that?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        That would be almost impossible to beat.

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          It’s amazing isn’t it.
          Martinez
          Gundogan
          DCL
          Justin

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        I’m not being funny but his decision making is at best ‘questionable’

        - McCarthy over Martinez
        - Wilson over DCL
        - Eze over Gundogan

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          To be fair, Eze over Gundo is the clear hiccup.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Eze double hattrick tonight no doubt now 🙂

          2. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            I can understand Wilson and DCL but not Gundo, anyway what do I know, hes beating me ha

    3. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Bench 3:

      A) Shaw
      B) Maguire
      C) Cresswell
      D) Antonio
      E) Soucek
      F) Bamford

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        B E F

        1. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Cheers

    4. richarlison2348
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Is this Bench Boost able? Areola, Adams, Coufal, Dallas?

        1. Ch0udini
            5 months, 18 days ago

            50-50 for me. I bet Coufal and Areola get CS each

        2. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Bamford & Dallas brace

        3. Fpl_elstatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Navigate though the mini double game weeks using this free gameweek planner! : https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/useful-tools/fpl-season-planner/

          1. Ruth_NZ
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Pencil & paper works for me. 🙄

        4. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Would be over the moon with 2 pointers from Bam, Raph and Dallas

        5. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Chance of this being snowed off in next 10 mins?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Extremely high.

            1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Excellent!

              1. richarlison2348
                  5 months, 18 days ago

                  Almost certainly

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Only a meteor/asteroid stadium strike would stop the match now.

              1. BeWater
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 18 days ago

                Bruce Willis would probably stop it anyway.

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 18 days ago

                  Not Chuck Norris?

                  1. BeWater
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 18 days ago

                    Haha 🙂

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              More chance of Eddie the Eagle landing off the South Stand roof?

              Or is it happening?

            4. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Invisible snow is dangerous.

          2. Z
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Guys, do we mby know any prediction about fixtures in GW26?

          3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Cahill and Dann about to pull both of their hammies with trying to defend against Leeds attack

          4. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            61 points and barely green arrow, almost certain to be red by the time this match ends. Pope over Martinez was the trap...

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Who do you have playing tonight?

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 18 days ago

                Nobody actually.

            2. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Benching Martinez was win-win strategy as Villa fan

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 18 days ago

                Didn't think Arsenal will blank smh

              2. Ruth_NZ
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 18 days ago

                As a Villa fan that doesn't trust his own team maybe. 😉

                1. Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 18 days ago

                  I was hopeful but we looked drained against West Ham

            3. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              That forward planning cost you whatever gains may have made and going forward giant bench headaches, woo!

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 18 days ago

                It'll probably be worth it if they both get DGW26. After that will have to get rid of one for sure.

          5. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 18 days ago

            And Bamford starting confines Foden points eternally to the bench 🙁

            1. danc1ngbrave
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Ditto

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 18 days ago

                At least we won't make the same mistake for the DGW

          6. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Bamford involvement - zero

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Timing

          7. Chilli Heatwave
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Bench correct?

            Degea
            Mee Cancelo Stones AWB
            Salah Bruno Son Gudogan (C)
            DCL Watkins

            Martinez Ogbonna Maddison Bamford

            Cheers.

          8. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Comedy Palace

          9. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Harrison goal. Unless Meslier saves a penalty that’s pretty much got me to the next round of the cup!

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              Another OG credited to player. Love it.

          10. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Palace looking horrible

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 18 days ago

              About as bad a first five minutes as I've seen ; have now started to play.

          11. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Bambam G

          12. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            Dallas and Bamford actually saving the week from hell. Heroes!

          13. dark91
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            And the new recruit Bam Bam has scored. What a calm finish