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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
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 2 hours ago

    Anyone still going with Alonso?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 2 hours ago

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

      1. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 2 hours ago

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

    2. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 2 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
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 2 hours ago

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

        1. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          Also prefer Townsend.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 2 hours ago

        0 interest in Alonso on WC. Prefer Chilwell.

        1. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

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

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            9 days, 2 hours ago

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

            1. Invincibles
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

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

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                9 days, 2 hours ago

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

                1. Invincibles
                  • 7 Years
                  9 days, 2 hours ago

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

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    9 days, 2 hours ago

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

                  2. NateDog
                    • 1 Year
                    9 days, 2 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
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 2 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
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 2 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
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 2 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
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 2 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
      9 days, 2 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
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 22 hours 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
      9 days, 2 hours ago

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

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 2 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
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 2 hours ago

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

      3. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 2 hours ago

        He has with Germany. Not with Chelsea.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Started the last two with Chelsea and scored in 1.

      4. DavidBadWillie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 2 hours ago

        Steering well clear of any City mids and attackers.

        Absolute minefield of disappointment

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          Mine tankard is filled with the tears of former owners!

      5. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 2 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
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          3

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          3

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 2 hours ago

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

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              Luiz > Brownhill.

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

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                9 days, 2 hours ago

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

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  9 days, 2 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
                    • 5 Years
                    9 days, 1 hour ago

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

            2. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              I would have Son over Rudiger.

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                9 days, 1 hour ago

                Downgrade Rudiger to get Son in?

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 1 hour ago

                  Yep

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 2 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
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 2 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
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          3

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 2 hours ago

            0.1 short even with Brownhill sir 🙁

            1. Ooh Ah Cantona
                9 days, 1 hour ago

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

                1. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 1 hour 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. DavidBadWillie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 2 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
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 2 hours ago

            Townsend.

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 2 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
              9 days, 2 hours ago

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

            • The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              Happy Gray owner here

          4. McPollolocco
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 2 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
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 2 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

          5. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 2 hours ago

            Likelihood of starting at the weekend?

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

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              50, 50, 100, 75

            2. CrouchDown
              • 9 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              50%
              30%
              80%
              60%

            3. Little Red Lacazette
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              50
              50
              95
              80

            4. TD Jakes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

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

            5. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 57 mins ago

              75
              25
              50
              50

          6. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 2 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
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              Save FT

          7. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 2 hours ago

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

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 2 hours ago

              Unlikely

              1. DavvaMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                9 days, 2 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
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 1 hour 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
                    9 days, 1 hour ago

                    Many thanks for the update.

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

                    Thanks

          8. The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 2 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
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 1 hour 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
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 1 hour ago

                It’s more to get Cancelo in

          9. Hryszko
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 2 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
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              GTG

              1. Hryszko
                • 4 Years
                9 days, 1 hour ago

                Ace thanks mate

          10. King Kohli
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 1 hour 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
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

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

            2. Ooh Ah Cantona
                9 days, 1 hour 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
                  9 days, 1 hour ago

                  Agree. Dont want a rotating expensive defender.

            3. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 19 hours ago

              Pick 2 from Dias, Azpilicueta and Rudiger. Thoughts?