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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
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone still going with Alonso?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

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

      1. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

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

    2. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days 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
        1 month, 16 days ago

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

        1. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Also prefer Townsend.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        0 interest in Alonso on WC. Prefer Chilwell.

        1. Invincibles
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

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

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

            1. Invincibles
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

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

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

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

                1. Invincibles
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

                  2. NateDog
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days 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
        1 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days 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
      1 month, 16 days 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
      1 month, 16 days 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
        1 month, 16 days 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 month, 16 days ago

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

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days 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
        1 month, 16 days ago

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

      3. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        He has with Germany. Not with Chelsea.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Started the last two with Chelsea and scored in 1.

      4. DavidBadWillie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Steering well clear of any City mids and attackers.

        Absolute minefield of disappointment

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Mine tankard is filled with the tears of former owners!

      5. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days ago

          3

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          3

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Luiz > Brownhill.

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

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

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

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 16 days 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
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

            2. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I would have Son over Rudiger.

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Downgrade Rudiger to get Son in?

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yep

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days ago

          3

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            0.1 short even with Brownhill sir 🙁

            1. Ooh Ah Cantona
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

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

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days 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.

      6. DavidBadWillie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Townsend.

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days 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 month, 16 days ago

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

          • The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Happy Gray owner here

        4. McPollolocco
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Likelihood of starting at the weekend?

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

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            50, 50, 100, 75

          2. CrouchDown
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            50%
            30%
            80%
            60%

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            50
            50
            95
            80

          4. TD Jakes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

          5. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            75
            25
            50
            50

        6. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Save FT

        7. DavvaMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

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

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Unlikely

            1. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 16 days 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
                1 month, 16 days 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 month, 16 days 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
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days 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
              1 month, 16 days ago

              It’s more to get Cancelo in

        9. Hryszko
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days ago

            GTG

            1. Hryszko
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Ace thanks mate

        10. King Kohli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days 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
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

          2. Ooh Ah Cantona
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days 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
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Agree. Dont want a rotating expensive defender.

        11. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Pick 2 from Dias, Azpilicueta and Rudiger. Thoughts?