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The Scout Network: Should we invest in Manchester City’s players?

On the back of their League Cup victory on Sunday, Manchester City dive straight into a Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening.

After this, they will be in Premier League action against Crystal Palace before the reverse fixture of their two-legged clash with PSG.

This leaves FPL managers with a headache in terms of selecting Manchester City players in their squads.

With what on paper appears to be an easy Premier League fixture sandwiched by the two all-important Champions League matches, could we see Pep rotation at its very best (or worst) this week?

We asked the Scout Network for their views on Manchester City, whether we should look to invest in the champions-elect and which of their assets is surest of starts.

FPL Blackbox – Az

Double Gameweek 26 Scout Picks built on Man City and Everton assets 3

No City players for me at the moment, and in all honesty, I’m comfortable with this decision.

I feel like to tap into any potential haul, you need at least two City players to maximise the chance of getting at least one starter. With the Gameweeks running out, the Citizens still involved in multiple competitions and rotation perhaps likely to affect performances on the pitch, there are too many good options playing for other teams.

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) seems the most sensible hold for me if you have him, as he continues to play almost every game. However, Ilkay Gundogan (£5.8m) has only started three of the last seven matches and João Cancelo (£5.9) has only started four of the last seven. I’d probably be looking to jump ship after the Palace game.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) is having a relatively poor season by his own stratospheric FPL standards and I don’t feel he is justifying his price tag even without the threat of missing games. As always, he has huge potential if you feel he will see decent minutes. You may find that switch is also made easier due to the poor form of Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m).

The likes of Phil Foden (£6.0m) and Ryiad Mahrez (£8.0m) are explosive players, but you would need to decide if you were happy with around a 50% chance of them seeing minutes in a game. It’s just not worth the risk, for me.

FPL Blackbox – Az

FPL Nymfria

I am currently City-less after selling John Stones (£5.1m) in the previous Gameweek due to his suspension. To be honest, with the relative shortage of City clean sheets, I wasn’t convinced on switching like for like.

Given the mass rotation at the Etihad at the moment, it is hard to feel confident investing in many. With other players from teams offering assured game-time and value, there’s an argument to finish the season without any of Guardiola’s troops. I’m still a fan of Ilkay Gundogan (£5.8m) and he remains important to Pep’s game plan, so hopefully, that means less rotation with games depleting.

FPL Nymfria

El Statto

I’m currently without any City assets after saying goodbye to Joao Cancelo (£5.9m) for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) this week. With City just two wins away from winning the title, I feel their focus will be the Champions League games against PSG in the short term.

With the Crystal Palace match sandwiched between those fixtures, you have to think that the team will be heavily rotated in a game you would still expect them to win. John Stones’ (£5.1m) suspension could still see rotation in the centre-back positions with Nathan Ake (£5.4m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) tussling with Ruben Dias (£6.1m) for the two available positions.

Ederson (£6.1m) is the only safe option if you are wanting a City asset but their clean sheets have dried up recently, too, probably due to the rotation at the back. Anyone else must be picked with caution and with the expectation they could easily not play or could get 20 minutes from the bench.

El Statto

Fantasy Chat – Kareem

As we enter the crunch time of the season, I expect Pep Guardiola to continue being a rotation nightmare for us FPL managers for the short term at least.

At the moment, I hold no Man City assets and I am not looking to add any before Gameweek 36. The Citizens do have a plum fixture in Gameweek 34 against Crystal Palace but I expect their ever-tinkering head coach to heavily rotate his squad to give his key players a breather after the League Cup final, in between the two rounds of the Champions League semi-final and before the clash with Chelsea in Gameweek 35.

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) is probably the only safe pick at the moment, especially with John Stones (£5.9m) suspended. For attacking players, I’d like to see how things progress with City in the Champions League first before I invest in them. I am quite sure they will return to our radars again before the season ends. 

Fantasy Chat – Kareem

FF Titan

Mahrez and Jesus emerging as Man City's key form assets

Having just played my Wildcard, I have used the opportunity to get rid of all my Manchester City players as a result of Blank Gameweek 33 .

For Gameweek 34, I will be looking get back at least one City asset as they play Palace. My top target is Riyad Mahrez (£8.0m). Firstly, the Algerian is one player who does not often come on as a substitute. This is crucial as he either starts or does not play at all; if the latter happens, your bench can step up. Secondly, his statistics are good when he starts: he has nine goals, six assists and five double-digit hauls. 

FF Titan

FPL Experiment Podcast

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City’s fixtures between now and the end of the season look incredibly appealing. If you can tap into the right players, it looks like you could score an abundance of points. 

However, with the Champions League ties against PSG on the horizon and the Premier League title virtually secure, there will no doubt be plenty of rotation and guessing Pep’s team selection becomes even more difficult than usual. Spending top dollar on a player who might not play is a risk that doesn’t interest us.

There could be value in someone like Phil Foden (£6.0m), although with players like Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) and James Maddison (£7.3m) offering more certainty of starting at similar price points, it looks as though we’ll be braving it without any City options.

FPL Experiment Podcast

Bendito Fantasy – Leo

City forwards are risky picks because of the aforementioned Pep Roulette and it’s worth noting that often, Man City’s starting XI doesn’t include any orthodox striker. Therefore, I think two players is enough; preferably a midfielder/defender combo. 

One Man City player to keep a close eye on is Phil Foden (£6.0m), with only 7.3% of ownership. The youngster is having the best FPL season of his career (seven goals and eight assists) and has registered 118 points, despite having started only 14 matches.

Man City’s key player is, of course, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m). Having fully recovered to start the Carabao Cup final, De Bruyne could be a great differential until the end of the season. The Belgian is always a reliable pick when fit and he’s a straight swap from highly-owned asset Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m). The differences in ownership between these two players (56.8% for Fernandes v 14.4% for De Bruyne) is massive, so this differential could help secure your mini-leagues over the next five Gameweeks. 

Bendito Fantasy – Leo

What’s happening in the Scout Network?

Scout Network: Thinking ahead to the blank and double Gameweek in 18 and 19

Last week, FPLFamily‘s Sam was joined on Scout the Gameweek by Pete from FPL Side Net, who are part of the Scout Academy. They looked ahead to Blank Gameweek 33.

This week, Sam will be joined by Karam who is part of Fantasy Chat, writes some of our Arabic content and is an active part of the Twitter community. They will look ahead to Gameweek 34.

FF Titans – FF Titans have this week had a guest contributor from Suriname to pick their UCL Fantasy Matchday 11 squad ahead of the Champions League semi-finals.

El Statto – As we approach the end of the season, El Statto has already started planning for the 2021/22 season. He is looking for budding writers to join the team at Jumpers For Goalposts. No experience is necessary, just a keen passion for writing and FPL. If you are interested, please contact El Statto either via the site or via DM on Twitter.

FPL Nymfria – Nymfria released a Gameweek preview video detailing her considerations and transfers ahead of Gameweek 33, as well as shining the spotlight on the Trending Transfers and some of the player picks to consider. She also launched a new series called The Football Reaction Show, which covered the latest news in the football world including Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

FPL Blackbox – FPL BlackBox with Mark and Az normally streams on Thursdays at 9 pm over on YouTube.

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  1. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Simple choice - Salah or Son this week?

    Leaning towards Salah but worried Son could destroy SHU if he finally turns up.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      For 1 week only? Son for sure

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son...

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Spurs only do self-destruction 😉

    4. Baron Penguin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I kept Kane and Son so expecting a Kane benching and a Son blank. Glass half empty and all that!

    5. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers all, Son's lack of double figure hauls is uninspiring but it could be a safe bet.

  2. Baron Penguin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Haven't asked for thoughts for a while, but I have a few players who are up against each other and a strong bench. Do people 'bet' against one team and bench their players from the other in this situation? Or just use RMT/play purely on who you think gets the most points? I have:

    Pope vs Lingard
    Martinez and Watkins vs Digne
    Jota and TAA vs Bruno

    So if I 'bet' on Burnley, Everton and Liverpool, for example, I would bench Lingard, Martinez, Watkins and Bruno.

    High risk/high reward or just overthinking? Sorry for rambling, just interested in people's thoughts.

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No need to apologize. It's a good q.

      Id take Watkins Digne, and hopeful that's 5pts at least in the bag.

      Same with TAA Bruno.

      Lingard. Isnt Burnley's defensive stats not as good as it used to be?

    2. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      More relevant where a players only pts potential is a CS - then I would consider it.

      To deviate I also expect a quiet week from Lingard against packed burnley defence. I also think Bruno is non essential now.

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Attackers vs attackers it doesn’t matter play them all they don’t hinder each other.

      I hate having a defender against one of my attackers - just the psychology of it being very hard for both to haul.

      Then it comes down to personal preference about risk vs expected points

    4. Baron Penguin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Thanks all for your input. Much appreciated.

    5. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Personally, I always try to maximise expected points and play defenders and attackers against each other if they are expected to score more points than the alternatives. Over the long term, this should be the optimum strategy. However, there are only a few GW's left and if you are chasing, betting on one team over the other could be the way to go.

  3. artvandelay316
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Am I GTG for the next GW?

      Schmeichel
      TAA, Dallas, Rudiger
      Salah, Bruno, Lingard, Mount
      Kane (C), Nacho (VC), Bamford
      (Subs: Forster, Coady, Gundo, Mitchell)

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Depends on city champions league line up

        Depending on that I’d take the chance of Gundo over Bamford and have Bamford first sub

        1. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Disagree, play Bamford - theres chance Gundo doesnt start even if hes not involved tomorrow.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            How many do Brighton usually concede at home? How many has Bamford scored in last 5?

            Gundo has much more upside so I’d take the chance. Otherwise he should sell him.

            1. Invincibles
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              It personal preference, I'd not want to risk a Gundo 1pt'er off the bench. I sold him and have no city assets, and only 1 from chelsea.

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Agreed it’s def personal preference - the beauty of this game! 🙂

                1. artvandelay316
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Thanks to both of you. Both valid points. I will probably sell Gundo, but I am saving up my transfer this week so I can do two FT the following week.

              2. #Swish41
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Bam has 20 pts over last 5, Gundo 10. Bamford output has decreased with Raphina being out. I'd go Bamford personally!

                1. artvandelay316
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Cheers. I think I will probably end up playing Bamford. The main reason for keeping Gundo recently was that my mini league rival had him still, but he has now sold him so I'll get rid of him soon unless he shows a sudden return to goalscoring form this week.

        2. Il Capitano
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It's been a rough few weeks with 3 consecutive red arrows, hope I can have a decent end to the season at the very least.

            Thinking I should probably save FT this week to help with GW35 moves. Any transfers I should be looking at?

            1FT - 1m ITB

            Martinez
            TAA Digne Azpi
            Jota Bruno Son Lingard
            Kane (C) Nacho Bamford

            Fabri - Cresswell* ESR Targett

          • Mac90
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who here ever managed to catch up to your 100pts ahead ML leader.

            What are your tips??

            This need to be a hot topic.

            1. #Swish41
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I caught 90pts this year over about 6 weeks. I jumped on the Lingz/Nacho wagons very early and got lucky with captains. 100pts at this stage will be very hard sadly. You would need differentials and lucky captain picks IMO

            2. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Depends on the time frame you are taking about. Over 30 weeks easy, over 5 weeks v hard.

              But broadly if a short time frame.

              1. Look at their team compared to yours and see how many different players there are - you want to maximise variance
              2. Ideally captain a player they don’t own (the best scenario is where there are 2 good captain options, you own both and they only own 1). That gives maximum upside minimum downside.
              3. Never make transfers to make your teams more similar, make them more different.

            3. Invincibles
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Captain your differential and hope they haul. Players fighting for survival and top 4 though be wary of chelsea with UCL commitments.

              Don't be silly and ditch a kane/iheanacho/Lingard who could seriously affect your OR.

              1. Invincibles
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Oh and form over fixtures.

                1. Mac90
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Nice. Thanks all!

          • #Swish41
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            For once this season, on a good roll - top of ML's and up to 15k.

            Mendy (FUL)
            Dallas (bha) Rudiger (FUL) Shaw (LIV)
            Lingz (Bur) Bruno (LIV) Salah (mun) Son (SHU)
            Kane (SHU)(c) Nacho (sou) Bamford (bha)

            Forster Jota Coady Phillips

            I fancy WBA to score v Wolves, so going for Shaw.

            2FT, £0.5ib so thinking Coady >

            1. Konsa
            2. Godfrey

            Currently on 1 as rivals have Martinez and Konsa provides cover. May downgrade Mendy > Pickford and to leave enough itb for Bamford > Watkins.

            Any tips?

          • HaffNanner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A. Vardy and Fernandes

            B. Kane and Vardy (-4)

            C. Kane and Fernandes (-4)

            1. #Swish41
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B - I think you need Kane

            2. garriq
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              D. Kane and Iheanacho

          • Bonus magnet
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Anyone with time please check this team and advise on best optimisation

            3 transfers max

            martinez
            dallas veltman rudiger digne
            salah moura fernandes trossard
            dcl vardy

            areola watkins jwp aina

            1. #Swish41
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I would do DCL/Vardy > Kane/Nacho, but I also think you should really provide some suggestions for people to comment on...

              1. #Swish41
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                It also depends on circumstances...leading/chasing etc..Kane/Nacho aren't good if you need/want differentials

                1. Bonus magnet
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  thanks for the initial thoughts

                  I'm chasing 50 points and only TC

          • Bubbles1985
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Squad for this week:

            Schmeichel (Forster)
            TAA Rudiger Coady (Masuaku Mitchell)
            Bruno Lingard Mount Jota Son
            Vardy Nacho (Davis)

            I have 0.2itb and 1ft
            Going to roll the transfer and use 2 for the DGW (hopefully!)
            Madness to go without Kane for this week?!

            Cheers!

            1. Bubbles1985
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              And tbh will probably dump Son and Bruno after this week!

            2. #Swish41
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Looks good...Kane the only real hole as you say. Maybe watch the SHU game from behind a sofa. Jota is starting to annoy me..I'm benching him this week. Good idea to keep as many FT's for the DGWs. good luck

              1. Bubbles1985
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Upgraded Jota to Salah last week.

                Behind the sofa is comfy anyway...

                Cheers tho, you too!

          • TheBiffas
              1 month, 29 days ago

              GTG i think

              Leno

              Targett TAA Rudiger
              Salah Son Lingard Bruno Greenwood
              Kane (c) Nacho (vc)

              Forster Coady Holding Davis

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Coady vs Targett vs Holding is not an easy decision

              2. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Probably a suboptimal keeper pairing 😉 but that's really nice provided you get Ruidger - think you should.

                GtG.

            • Sods Law
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Shocker last week, need a "difference maker" transfer, any advice? 0.5 in bank.

              Current Team:
              Ederson
              Robertson / TAA / Dunk
              (C)Son / Fernandes / Lingard / Gundogan
              Kane / Bamford / Nacho

              Bench: Martinez / Coady / Targett / Jota

              A) Gun -> Bowen
              B) Coady -> Dallas
              C) Targett -> Coleman
              D) Anything else you muppet

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                If you want a low owned player with potential big upside then Gundogan -> Pereira (West Brom) is an option

                1. Sods Law
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Good shout, no one owns him in my league but thats true for Bowen as well. Cheers.

              2. SmasherLagru
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Coady to coleman

            • Fantasyamateur
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Best cheap striker for 34, 36, 37 and 38? (FH in 35)
              Thinking of using my transfer this week to get rid of Watkins. My budget is 7.4M. Tempted by Bamford! Also DCL could be interesting if his value drops from 7.5 to 7.4. My other strikers are Kane and Iheanacho.

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Ye Bamford for 36-38 certainly

            • vova
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Hey guys, who should I bench from this lot?

              Ederson Sanchez
              TAA Castagne Reguilon Coady Konsa
              Fernandes Son Jota Lingard Saka
              Kane Watkins Iheanacho

              Coady, Konsa and Watkins?

              Thanks!

              1. SmasherLagru
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Saka coady konsa

            • Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              i have bruno and greenwood

              A bruno to son
              B greenwood to son -4
              C save, kane is enough

              1. onceuponatyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                A for me, Son's got a much kinder run in and you'll have some change to spend elsewhere.

            • Fpl_elstatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              GW34 Differentials

              Another gameweek is just around the corner and we’ve cast our eye over the fixtures and form table to try and put together what we think is a team of the best Differentials available for this week.

              Anyone you would have included we haven’t?

              https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/fpl-gw34-differentials-xi/

            • robinkurosaki
                1 month, 29 days ago

                After playing my wildcard the week before last gw due to 3 injuries and wanting to make some changes anyway, I then accrued 3 injuries and a suspension for gw 33 which was unfortunate however a silver lining was evidently on the cards.

                For 33 I decided to get rid of the suspended player in Stones and bought in Castagne, an then take a 4 point hit ditching Laca and bringing in Wood(who I seen as the only real viable option, with already owning Kane & Nacho). Never expected him to then have the game of his life and Castagne to also score as well as my captain pick in Nacho paying off.

                Ended the week on a massive 83 points.

                Much better than what my other considered transfers were; Stones > Coady & Laca > Vardy, meant an extra 27 points.