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Who are the best Man City FPL attackers for their Gameweek 8 fixture swing?

Manchester City have had an encouraging start to their 2021/22 campaign, despite a tough run of fixtures which has seen them visit Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

During their opening seven Premier League matches, they have netted 14 goals, and given their forthcoming schedule (see below), it’s easy to see why many Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are scouting their assets ahead of Gameweek 8.

With Etihad encounters against Burnley and Crystal Palace in the next three, plus a trip to high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion – a side who they have traditionally done well against under Pep Guardiola – the upside is clearly huge.

However, nailing down a regular starting attacker isn’t straightforward. Looking at City’s two most recent Premier League matches against Liverpool and Chelsea, their ‘strongest’ XI probably looks something like this:

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Jesus, Grealish, Foden

That will of course change as the season progresses, and we have seen before just how quickly the landscape can change. Only a few weeks ago, Ferran Torres (£6.9m) was of huge Fantasy interest but has now failed to feature since Gameweek 4, while Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m) – a popular pre-season pick – hasn’t started a single Premier League match since the opening day.


Manchester City’s 2021/22 Premier League line-ups and minutes

It’s also worth noting that for their forthcoming run of fixtures, Guardiola will probably look to use his full squad, and perhaps be less reliant on that ‘strongest’ XI.

The rotation is further complicated by two important UEFA Champions League clashes against Club Brugge, which have taken on extra significance following defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in Matchday 2. The first fixture, which takes place in Belgium, arrives just three days after Burnley, while the return match is four days after Crystal Palace’s visit in Gameweek 10. 

There is also an EFL Cup trip to West Ham United to navigate after that latter match, but given that fringe players will surely be given a run-out here, if anything, it’s probably a positive for FPL managers.

Regardless of that, the schedule does suggest some rotation, which is why we have some big decisions to make ahead of Gameweek 8. So, before we give a player-by-player assessment of the main contenders, it goes without saying that if you do choose to invest, additional squad depth is definitely advisable.

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  1. CrouchDown
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 5 hours ago

    Anyone still going with Alonso?

    1. Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      I am as no FT, can't afford Cancelo.

      1. Invincibles
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        With Livra (v Raph-less Leeds) on the bench I'm fairly calm.

    2. CrouchDown
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      I'm on this WC draft atm

      Ramsdale Foster

      Cancelo Alonso Dias Livra Duffy

      Salah Son Foden ESR Luiz

      Lukaku Antonio Hwang

      1. Invincibles
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        I prefer Mbuemo to ESR but otherwise g2g. Dias to VVD is a shout too.

        1. Invincibles
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Also prefer Townsend.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        0 interest in Alonso on WC. Prefer Chilwell.

        1. Invincibles
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Any reason other than the fact Chilwell played the last game?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 4 hours ago

            He's a better player and I reckon he'll get more games going forward.

            1. Invincibles
              • 8 Years
              10 months, 4 hours ago

              Not sure - Alonso key to how Chelsea play and is reborn under Tuchel.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 4 hours ago

                I think he 'suits' how Chelsea play. He's not a good enough player to be 'key'.

                1. Invincibles
                  • 8 Years
                  10 months, 4 hours ago

                  Don't agree, was incredible against spurs the other week. Each to their own.

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    10 months, 4 hours ago

                    Eh. He then put up two poor performances against City and Juve then got dropped.

                  2. NateDog
                    • 1 Year
                    10 months, 4 hours ago

                    He was very good against Spurs but Arsenal also put 3 past Spurs. I wouldn't be using that as a main gauge. He wasn't great against City and was worse against Juventus and Tuchel seems like he might have had enough of him for a while

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Not for me. If going down that route, why not Chilwell over Alonso? Seems to be the preferred LWB and played well in the last league game

        1. CrouchDown
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          I disagree that he is the preferred LWB.

          Tuchel clearly loves Alonso and gets frustrated every time Chilwell plays.

          People quickly forget Alonso has played all but one game

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 4 hours ago

            He was poor in the City game, subbed off early in the UCL and benched for the Soton game. Maybe preferred wasn't the correct word to use but it doesn't seem likely he will be starting in any of the upcoming fixtures

    3. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      on WC and decided to ship him out due to chilwell situation. Have gone for Azip with the rudiger situation.

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Interesting topic of Alonso vs Chilwell.

      I believe Alonso still the preferred choice by Tuchel. People say Chilwell started last game, but I said this game is not for all starters, so you can see Chalobah and Werner starting as well. This game is not good for reference.

      1. Invincibles
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 1 hour ago

        Agree with you here. Poor against City/Juve doesnt dictate otherwise, they're good teams and he wasn't the only one who was sub-par in those games.

  2. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Has Werner learned how to score again? Is he back on anyone’s radar?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Definitely on the watchlist. Chelsea have other options in Havertz, Mount and Ziyech vying for that position which is the issue

    2. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      i wouldnt take international games for reference. Tactics, players, manager, all different.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      He has with Germany. Not with Chelsea.

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        Started the last two with Chelsea and scored in 1.

  3. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Steering well clear of any City mids and attackers.

    Absolute minefield of disappointment

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Mine tankard is filled with the tears of former owners!

  4. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Ramsdale 4.0
    TAA Cancelo Rudiger Duffy* Livramento
    Salah Foden* Raphinha Mbeumo Luiz
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez*

    WC draft, best option:

    1. Duffy Foden Jimenez
    2. Dias Foden Hwang
    3. Duffy Son Hwang

    Thanks

    1. Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      3

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      3

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Just entered it, 0.1 short damn unless TAA was to drop

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Luiz > Brownhill.

          He's really not worth the 0.1m or 0.2m more.

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 4 hours ago

            Sorry I should’ve said, that’s with Brownhill 🙁

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 4 hours ago

              Ouch. Your TV is pretty low then.

              I have 0.5m on you and that's after missing the Son and Hwang rises.

              1. FCSB
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 4 hours ago

                I know I’m surprised, I’m usually quite high with TV

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          I would have Son over Rudiger.

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 4 hours ago

            Downgrade Rudiger to get Son in?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 3 hours ago

              Yep

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      My preference is 3 premium defenders so I don't have to waste a FT later to get funds out the defence. Toss-up between option 1 and 3, probably 1 as like the idea of a City attacker for those fixtures

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        I know what you mean, and Duffy and Livra are decent options for now

        I’m 0.1 short of 3 so currently 1 it is

        Thanks mate

    4. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      3

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        0.1 short even with Brownhill sir 🙁

        1. Ooh Ah Cantona
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Worse comes to worse perhaps go Bachmann 4.4 and Foster 4.0 to get that extra 0.1

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            As a previous Bachmann owner, I would not advise going with Bachmann until we see The Tinkerman improve Watford's defence. Also, Watford missing their key CB in Sierralta through injury.

  5. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Looks like I'm doing Bruno & Benrahma to Salah and a Everton mid??

    Which one

    A. Gray
    B. Townsend

    Swaying towards Townsend as he has better stats.

    1. Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Townsend.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      With DCL and Rich due back after the IB, I think Townsend becomes less appealing. More assisting than scoring. Gray will either play #10 (4231) or LM/LW (442 - Rich up top). Gray probably edges it since he has the chance to play #10

    3. gogs67
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      I would actually go Doucoure. Think he'll be the best option when DCL returns

    4. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Happy Gray owner here

  6. McPollolocco
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    My team:

    Sanchez, Ramsdale
    TAA, Tierney, Christensen, Marcal, Livramento
    Raphinha, Salah, Gray, Sarr, Sancho(Sancho sounds silly, but it was drawn in my mini-league that I have to keep Sancho all the year.)
    Lukaku, Jimenez, Armstrong

    my plan at the beginning of the season was to set the wildcard this gameweek, however i think it's not necessary to do this.
    I would only make this transfer:
    Sarr - Mbeumo.

    Suggestions?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      I would delay the Sarr to Mbeumo move until GW9. Sarr playing against Liverpool who will be without Alisson and Fabinho and new manager bounce. Also Mbeumo have a tough fixture v Chelsea. Probably roll FT

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Likelihood of starting at the weekend?

    A. TAA
    B. Jota
    C. Lukaku
    D. Rudiger

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      50, 50, 100, 75

    2. CrouchDown
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      50%
      30%
      80%
      60%

    3. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      50
      50
      95
      80

    4. TD Jakes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 hours ago

      50, 30, 90, 90 imo. Hopefully we get news on trent before deadline.

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 hours ago

      75
      25
      50
      50

  8. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Hope Alonso & Lukaku are ok, and save FT?

    Guessing Raphina/Luiz are unlikely given Brazils late return.

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo - Rudigar - Alonso - Yosimasu - Duffy
    Salah - Saka
    Ronaldo - Lukaku - Antonio
    (Raphina - Luiz - Brownhill)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Save FT

  9. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    Just realised about Luiz, I take it he won't be available for GW8 as well?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Unlikely

      1. DavvaMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 4 hours ago

        Damn my team is in dire straights if players confirmed out 🙁

        TAA
        Rudiger
        Raph
        Lukaku
        Jota
        Jmiminez

        Shall I just hide!

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 4 hours ago

          Looking into it a bit more, it seems Luiz is a late call up and bench cover for Casemiro. Left on the bench for the 1st game. If he doesn't play any mins in the last game which is 36 hours until the Sat 3pm KO at home game v Wolves, there is a slight chance he could get a game but unlikely at the moment.

          I think Rudiger and Lukaku to be fine for GW8. We need to wait and see on TAA. Raphinha in the same boat as Luiz. Not looking good for Jota based on the latest injury info and Firmino didn't travel with Brazil. Wolves confirmed on their official twitter page he will be back in time for the PL game. Mexico last game is Thurs 3:05am UK time and Wolves play Villa on Sat 3pm away to Villa. I think that is sufficient time for him to be available for selection if travel arrangements are in place.

          1. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 3 hours ago

            Many thanks for the update.

            I guess I can only wait for the pressers and hope they give an update.

            Thanks

  10. The Mighty Whites
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    2FT, 0.0 ITB, thoughts?

    Sanchez / Steele

    TAA / Christensen / Coady / White / Livramento

    Salah / Raphinha / Gallagher / Gray / Allan

    Ronaldo / Lukaku / Antonio

    Thinking Ronaldo and Coady to Vardy and Cancelo - obviously wait and see on TAA and Lukaku first

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      I wouldn't be using a FT or taking a hit to remove United attackers against a poor LEI defence.

      1. The Mighty Whites
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        It’s more to get Cancelo in

  11. Kodap
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    With TAA still a risk and Rudiger now flagged... am I good to go with this team for this week? Would be happy with a couple of my subs coming in if either don't play tbf don't want to take another hit.

    Sanchez
    Taa - Rudiger - Cancelo
    Salah - Son - Gray - ESR
    Antonio - Toney - Cr7

    Steele - Livra - Sissoko - Williams

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      GTG

      1. Kodap
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        Ace thanks mate

  12. King Kohli
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 4 hours ago

    If you had adequate bench cover, which of these would you punt on WC?

    A. Laporte
    B. Chilwell

    Laporte looks to be nailed on with significant goal threat. Tempted to get him to double up on city defence.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 4 hours ago

      Got to be Chilwell. He has the highest ceiling out the 2

    2. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 hours ago

      Pep sticks with his CB's long term until one makes a big mistake, without meaningless rotation game to game, as evidenced last season and this.
      TT rotates Chilly and Alonso depending on the flip of a coin.
      I'd go Laporte, strengthened by its then easier to downgrade to 5.3 Stones when it's his turn for the run of games.
      Plus Man City's defensive numbers are better that Chelsea's.

      1. Lanley Staurel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 hours ago

        Agree. Dont want a rotating expensive defender.

  13. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 29 days ago

    Pick 2 from Dias, Azpilicueta and Rudiger. Thoughts?