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Possible clues to Man City’s Gameweek 31 line-up after Champions League victory

Manchester City and Liverpool were both in UEFA Champions League quarter-final action on Tuesday evening, four days before they return to their domestic duties.

The champions-elect face Leeds United in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon, with Liverpool playing host to Aston Villa in the traditional 3pm slot.

And from a Fantasy perspective, there were a few talking points from last night’s encounters that could affect the thinking for Gameweek 31 – most notably team selection.

MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Speaking after the win over Leicester City on Sunday, Pep Guardiola promised that there’d be “fresh legs, more than ever” for the upcoming clash with Leeds.

What that entails is anyone’s guess, but the line-up he sent out against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening might be some sort of signpost.

In hindsight, the starting XI at the King Power Stadium wasn’t too surprising: nine City assets featured in all three of their countries’ fixtures over the March international break and the almost-nailed Ruben Dias (£6.1m) was the only one of them to start.

A lot of those players returned to the side at the Etihad on Tuesday, including John Stones (£5.3m), Joao Cancelo (£6.0m), Ilkay Gundogan (£6.0m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m).

There were a few exceptions, most notably Raheem Sterling (£11.3m): after a 27-minute cameo in Gameweek 30, the winger was an unused substitute against Dortmund.

Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Ferran Torres (£6.9m), along with the lesser-used Nathan Ake (£5.4m) and Eric Garcia (£4.7m), are the only senior City outfielders who are yet to start a match since the international break ended, so will surely be in their manager’s thoughts this weekend.

Moderator Legomané’s excellent “Pep Roulette Matrix” is shown below (click to expand) and details the minutes racked up by Guardiola’s squad of late.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m), Rodri (£5.3m), Kyle Walker (£6.1m), Ederson (£6.1m) and Dias are the six City players who have started both of their side’s competitive matches over the last week, although all bar the indefatigable Dias had limited minutes or a complete breather over the international break.

“Fresh legs” doesn’t mean that anyone starting Tuesday’s win over Dortmund won’t feature against Leeds (Guardiola has hailed the regenerative powers of several of his side before, including Mahrez and Cancelo) but there will be nagging doubts plaguing anyone who owns a likely starter in next Wednesday’s return leg in Germany and in the subsequent FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

As for the game itself, City went – as they often do in matches of this magnitude – strikerless.

Bernardo was tasked with leading the line for the first hour, with Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) relieving him of his duties in the final 30 minutes.

De Bruyne was impressive yet again in an advanced central role and his deployment as a roaming number 10 in the 4-2-3-1 led to more disciplined double-pivot duties for Gundogan, who managed just one penalty box touch – although the German is, of course, typically afforded more license to get forward when Guardiola plays his usual 4-3-3.

The Belgian opened the scoring after a classic City byline-cut-back assist from Mahrez, with Phil Foden (£6.1m) grabbing the winner after being teed up by Gundogan.

Foden hit double figures for penalty box touches and topped the shot count table from the left flank, wasting a couple of clear openings before his 90th-minute clincher.

Marco Reus briefly restored parity to keep things interesting for the second leg, with Ederson earlier fortunate not to concede when the referee adjudged that the Brazilian had been fouled in the lead-up to a Jude Bellingham strike.

One other thing worthy of mention: Mahrez was in line to take a first-half City penalty before VAR intervention overturned the decision.

REAL MADRID 3-1 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool’s brief resurgence and some excellent forthcoming fixtures has rekindled interest in the Reds in the Fantasy world.

With plenty at stake in the Premier League (which is increasingly not the case for the runaway leaders), rotation hasn’t quite been the issue at Anfield as it has been at City.

Nor do changes look likely to be wholesale this weekend, with Jurgen Klopp saying after Tuesday’s defeat at Real Madrid:

We cannot be picky with that, we have to go for everything. It’s not like we can now make the decision after that game there is no chance for us in the Champions League anymore. In the Premier League, we cannot change it every week – we have to fight until the end and we will.

Now we have to recover first and then concentrate on Aston Villa, which is for us a very important game, not only because of the results we had recently or in this season against them.

Generous scheduling before and after next Wednesday’s return leg may also help with the recovery of key players.

Diogo Jota (£6.9m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m), both of whom racked up the minutes for their countries over the international break and were then rested against Arsenal, returned to the starting XI in Madrid, while Andrew Robertson‘s (£7.1m) ‘breather’ may well have been the half-hour he was spared at the back-end of Gameweek 30.

Naby Keita (£5.2m) was the only real surprise inclusion last night, with his evening ending ignominiously early when he was hooked before half-time with the Reds trailing 2-0.

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) made it two goals in as many competitive matches with Liverpool’s only strike of the game, while Jota topped the shot count with three.

There were more worrying signs in defence after the recent improvements at the back, with Liverpool’s two full-backs as culpable for the Madrid win as the inexperienced centre-half pairing.

As Zophar pointed out in his thread of the game, of course, the partnership of Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) and budget FPL asset Nat Phillips (£4.0m) “is clearly not for the top-level” but much easier tests await in the run-in domestically.

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308 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JabariParkersEyelid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Putting my pens down I think. Anything I'm missing here?

    Schmeichel Forster
    Trent Shaw Rudiger Coady Holding
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Jota
    Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Nope, all set

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      The obvious omission is City. I think I'm going to stick with Dias (nailed) and Gundogan (great value and not the end of the world if he's benched). With a strong bench it can work.

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah I totally agree it's a risk. For me Dias is such a great option, but sacrifices had to be made to get the big hitters I wanted.

        Gundo is the same thing, like you say great value if you have a good bench, but I just don't have the money to spare on a quality bench option if I bought him. It's a worry though.

    3. Jrot94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I have same team, except dropped TAA to phillips, Vydra to fodder so I can go nacho to vardy (plus different goalie) Personal preference on vardy over nacho but board seems to like your plan better frankly

      1. Reece’s Pieces
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Do you think GunDog will be benched this weekend to keep him fresh for Dortmund and Chelsea next week?

        1. Pepeye
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 23 days ago

          I think Gundo might be okay this weekend.

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 23 days ago

        I think both are valid. I'd love Vardy honestly but I can't afford your route without a 4.9 keeper and none appeal.

        It came down to salah or vardy for me and I will captain Salah a lot more than I would Vardy.

        1. Jrot94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          I have 0.1 more and can afford Leno, who I don’t love...but don’t hate. Amazing how one matters

          You can take son out and buy him back after he drops this week to sneak an extra 0.1 I think?

    4. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Putting your what down? Oh, pens. Why do you need 2 Pens, isn't one enough?

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Why do sharks need two penises is the real question on everybody's lips

  2. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bottomed ...

    Is it likely Spurs v Fulham will stay in GW33, in midweek?

    Thanks

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      That game was played in 26?

      1. Earn your Spurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Ugh! Not having a good day!

        Thanks

  3. footballcandy
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    WC starting lineup:

    Forster
    Philips - Rudiger - Holding (maybe) - Lowton
    Bruno - Salah - Sterling (c) - Jota
    Kane - Mitro

    (Lloris - Fofana - Lingard - Ihenacho)

    1. Will do Sterling -> Son for the DGW32 (TC Kane)

    2. Will FH GW33

    3. Will probably take a hit in GW34 and BB.

    140k rank. Chasing in some mini leagues.

    G2G?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Would start Lingard over Mitro, otherwise g2g

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Mitro? Is that a typo?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        At least he tried something different 😉

      2. footballcandy
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Hehe, he is starting to get nailed. Scored last game. Cost nothing. Has wolves/burnley/south/newcastle left for the run in. Team fighting for survival. Need goals. On pens. Simply benched with strong midfield (as I think my midfield is).

        Punty, but in it to win it!

  4. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Planning to do these transfers for -4...
    But which one to go with? Pls suggest.

    A. Bale / Antonio / Targett >> Salah / Davis / TAA
    B. Bale / Targett / Martinez >> Jota / TAA / Mendy
    C. Bale / Raphinha / Targett >> Jota / Salah / Phillips

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      C in my opinion as Salah is a sure starter and will be captained by the masses

    2. Il Capitano
      5 months, 23 days ago

      C looks nice, might be able to get away with benching Antonio for a week or two if his injury is minor

  5. Il Capitano
    5 months, 23 days ago

    1 FT - 6.6m ITB - Only TC remaining

    Martinez Fabri
    Cresswell Stones Azpi Digne Targett
    Bruno Gundo Lingard ESR Raphinha
    Kane DCL Bamford

    Raph to Jota and leave it at that? Will move Gundo to Son next week most likely.

  6. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts please gents

    A. Ayling >> Robbo (free)
    B. Ayling, Gundo >> TAA, Neto (4pt hit)
    C. Veltman, Watkins/Antonio >> TAA, Nacho (4pt hit)
    D. Stones, Ayling >> TAA, Saiss
    E. Something else

    Current team

    ——————Areola——————
    ———Veltman Dias Stones———
    —Bruno Salah Gundo Son Jota—
    ————-Antonio* Kane————-

    Bench: Forster, Watkins, Ayling, Struijk

    FH available for GW33

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      C

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Anyone else please

    3. Hibbopotamus
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      i'd say A, then get Veltman out of there after this week

  7. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bench one -

    Cresswell, Veltman, Shaw

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Veltman

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Veltman

    3. Il Capitano
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Veltman

    4. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Veltman would be my first starter

    5. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Veltman

  8. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Has anyone seen enough in Vardy to bring him in ? Haven’t been watching Leicester but is he worth the outlay considering the fixtures

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      His last few performances have been hardly inspiring. Will be pure punt on fixtures.

    2. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Vardy rarely comes up to scratch on the eye test ,

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I really want to, but can't justify it with Spurs double in 32 making Son a must and Nacho providing value for so much less.

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Haven't seen enough so far to consider him. I'd also like a Lei attacker as the fixtures are sweet.

    5. Hibbopotamus
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Iheanacho seems to have better upside

  9. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Best cheapish Mitchell replacement if BB'ing this week?

    Holding possibly or a Wolves defender? Anyone fancy another who may be a good punt this week and decent bench asset?

    1. Bharris92
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Obvious choice is Philips for Liverpool

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks. He was in my thinking

  10. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Tierney clearly made of glass, big shame.

  11. Hibbopotamus
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Vestergaard or Coady? both might be coming in anyway if Cancelo is rotated, but just in case.

    1. ChinaCraig6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Coady

  12. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Which scores more:

    A) Bruno (tot + BUR) + Leno (shu + FUL)
    B) Jota (AVL + lee) + Martinez (liv + MCI)

    1. Hibbopotamus
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      i'd say A is a safer bet

    2. ChinaCraig6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A for that 2 week polarity

  13. ChinaCraig6
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    A) Sanchez vs Everton
    B) Martinez vs Liverpool

    ???

  14. AsdcavirPT
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Please rank my WC Draft:

    Ederson / Sanchez
    TAA / Rudiger / Coady / Reguilon / Holding
    Salah / Bruno / Jota / Lingard / Maddison
    Kane / Iheanacho / Vydra

    1. ChinaCraig6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Can you fit Laca or some Arsenal attack in?

    2. ChinaCraig6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Maddison to Raphina and Vydra up to Laca

    3. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Keep Maddison.
      GTG

  15. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    After a shocker, thinking Bale (Maureen not playing him) to Sterling?

    Mendy,
    Rüdiger, Shaw, Dias,
    Son, Sterling C, Lingz, Jota, Bruno,
    Kane, Bamford,

    Martinez, Watkins, Cresswell, Dallas,

    1. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Good move

  16. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    New Community Article

    2nd of the day for you, or 3rd if you play Fantasy Allsvenskan. This one is the latest from Greyhead looking at the Great and Good, with a special feature on the Community Champions who trail the headliners but are looking to close in with Pras taking the lead.

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/04/07/learning-from-the-great-and-the-good-20-21-gameweek-30/

  17. alexl1989
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    WC thoughts greatly appreciated:

    (Transfer Aguero to Vardy in GW 32)

    Mendy,
    Rudiger, Holding, Lowton
    Fernandes, Lingard, Salah (vc), Son, Jota
    Aguero (c), Kane

    Forster, Coufal, Iheanacho, Mitchell

  18. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Arsenal say Kieran Tierney will miss four to six weeks due to ligament damage suffered in the Liverpool game.

    Martin Odegaard also a doubt for Thursday due to an ankle problem.

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      2 crucial players 🙁

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Rumours of Saka playing LB/LWB what you think Deulo?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Rumours or just suggestions that he could?

          I think it's reasonable. You saw my lineups yesterday 😉

          It's him or Cedric, most likely. Saka gives the team more of what they miss from Tierney. But then Pepe, Martinelli Saka himself could play more of a winger role on the left (for the crosses) with Cedric more defensive and cutting inside from the left for those crossfield balls to Saka or Pepe (on the right), for instance.

          There are plenty of options in attack to allow Saka to drop, especially with ESR back, but Saka is probably the best attacking threat, and second creative threat behind Odegaard, so I can see him playing high up the pitch as usual.

          If Odegaard misses out, though, I think the knock-on effect means that ESR plays in the centre, and Saka is less likely to move back into the LB position. Lots of conjecture, but yeah, it could happen either way imo.

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 23 days ago

            Cheers, nice analysis. Would be a shame as Saka was killing it at RW

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 23 days ago

              I think, all things considered, he's more likely to stay in the front line.

  19. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Saka or Neto on WC??

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Neto

  20. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Guys

    Bale to Jota
    And
    Tierney to Taa look good for a -4

    No Liverpool at moment

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      No brainer!

    2. Steiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      For sure

      1. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers

  21. AlpoShearer
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    A. Raphinha to Neto
    B. Raphinha and Dallas to Lingard and Philips -4
    C. Rapinha and Watkins to Lingard and Nacho -4
    D. Save

    Pope
    Cancelo Aina Veltman
    KDB Gundo Son Bruno
    DCL Kane Watkins

    Martinez Shaw Raphinha Dallas

  22. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    What's it like? 352

    Leno Forster
    TAA Alonso Shaw Rudiger/Coady Veltman
    Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
    Kane Nacho Davis

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      The Liverpool love affair remains strong in these parts...

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        I don't think there are better options since City is a lottery.. And there's room for Kane Son Bruno. Think it's a bad idea?

  23. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Iheanacho to get less playing time now with Maddison back?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Probably

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Personally think Perez will suffer from Maddison being back.

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Not until Barnes back- Maddison will take playing time off Pérez

  24. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Sell one.

    a. raphina
    b. gundo

    Buy one

    a. salah
    b. jota

    1. Zebras
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Raphinha to Jota but I would like him back after these next 3 fixtures

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Can get him back on WC. Cheers

  25. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Who scored .com predicting front three of Jota Firmino Shaqiri (and no Phillips for you cheapskates) - that would cause some stir. But pure speculation ofc

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      No way, Klopp will have the 7-2 in my mind

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        In mind*

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah, it's close to a must win in the fight for 4th place, so I find it a bit speculative. Question is still whether to bring in Salah or Jota

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Going both, but if one or the other I think it comes down to captaincy

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I brought in Salah and have him as my C.

  26. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Tempted by Saka. He tends to be rotated less than most and can cover def or mid.

  27. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    0.1m off Watkins to Aguero (C).... DEVO

  28. Zebras
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Who do you think is most likely to start AND score more between Mahrez and Gundo?

    Difficult assessing what we might get from both city and Leeds.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Neither.

      Mahrez but both will be rested.

      1. Zebras
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Welp. I’m seeing this as a one week punt before going for Son in gw32. Mahrez more explosive so am leaving in that direction I think

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Not if he doesn't play.

          He's in my team but I don't expect him to start.

          Maybe 20 mins?

  29. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Gundo and Cancelo out for Torres and Mendy the smart transfers this week?

  30. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Mahrez really bad at penalties since his Leicester era