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FPL team guides: Manchester City – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is almost upon us and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

From our top picks from each team to a predicted line-up for the opening weekend, we’ll be covering each top-flight side in detail.

Next up is Manchester City, who remain the team to beat after successfully retaining their title on the final day of last season.

Data in this article comes from our Premium Members Area, which you can access with a discounted subscription for as little as £2.49 a month today.

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FPL points predictions for Gameweek 3 and beyond 3

LAST SEASON: ATTACK

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored991st
Shots7132nd
Shots in the box4991st
Shots on target2461st
Big chances1232nd
Expected goals (xG)98.821st

In the absence of a specialist striker, Man City still racked up a league-high 99 Premier League goals in 2021/22, averaging a very impressive 2.61 per game.

Their biggest win of the season was the 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United in Gameweek 17, while they also netted six against Leicester City on Boxing Day and five against Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Watford and Norwich City.

It was a real collective effort, too, with Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) their leading goalscorer with 15, followed by Raheem Sterling (£10.0m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.0m) and Phil Foden (£8.0m), with 13, 11 and nine respectively.

Their record from set-pieces is also worth noting, as they scored 22 times from free-kicks or corners, a league-high figure.

Summing up, their attack was brilliant.

However, two important squad members have since departed – Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) – with Erling Haaland (£11.5m) and Julian Alvarez (£6.5m) replacing them.

Haaland isn’t a natural fit in City’s current set-up, so it may take a bit of time for him to gel, but given his ability, it’d be a huge surprise if he doesn’t succeed at City.

READ MORE: Which FPL players could prosper for new-look City in 2022/23

LAST SEASON: DEFENCE

TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded261st=
Clean sheets211st=
Shots conceded2371st
Shots in the box conceded1641st
Shots on target conceded851st
Big chances conceded401st
Expected goals conceded (xGC)26.181st

Alongside Liverpool, Man City had the meanest defence in the Premier League last season, conceding just 26 goals and keeping 21 clean sheets in 38 Premier League outings.

They bossed the all-important underlying statistics, with their tactics and ability to keep the ball ensuring they controlled the vast majority of matches they took part in.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) is the only Gameweek 1 absentee from their backline at the time of writing, with Nathan Ake (£5.0m) expected to slot in alongside Ruben Dias (£6.0m) until he returns.

OPENING FIXTURES

Man City are the only Premier League team who avoid a ‘big six’ side in the first six Gameweeks.

They begin their campaign away from home, making the trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham United, before hosting newly promoted Bournemouth at the Etihad in Gameweek 2.

Appealing encounters against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa then follow.

A trickier run between Gameweeks 7 and 14 is less appealing, but there is an argument to suggest City’s assets remain appealing regardless of opposition: neither Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool nor United could beat City home or away last season, while De Bruyne delivered six attacking returns in eight starts against big-six sides and averaged 7.0 points per game. Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) delivered nine returns in his 10 appearances in these matches, too.

PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 1 LINE-UP

Man City’s first-choice defence sees no changes from last season, but with Aymeric Laporte set to be out until September, it’s highly likely Nathan Ake will fill in alongside Ruben Dias.

With their move for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella (£5.0m) stalling, Kyle Walker (£5.0m) and Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) will start as full-backs, with De Bruyne, Rodri (£6.0m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.0m) the likely midfield trio for Gameweek 1.

Guardiola may tweak his tactics to accommodate Haaland, although the 4-3-3 setup is likely to stay, with Mahrez, Foden and Jack Grealish (£7.0m) competing for the two wings spots.


This predicted line-up was compiled on August 2, so make sure to check out our Team News tab closer to the Gameweek 1 deadline for the latest updates.

BEST FPL OPTIONS

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ERLING HAALAND

Erling Haaland arrives in the Premier League on the back of 49 goals and 13 assists in 52 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.

While he didn’t score against Liverpool in the Community Shield, despite getting three shots and creating two chances for his teammates, the fact he is getting into good shooting positions is encouraging, something Guardiola was quick to stress after full-time.

“He is strong. He missed it and another time he will put it in the net. It happened – it’s football. He had another goal disallowed because the ball was out of the line. He has this talent and he will do it. I am not concerned or worried about that. I would be happy if he scored and we win but we have a long season ahead of us. It is so intense. He is going to help us, I am pretty sure about that.” – Pep Guardiola on Erling Haaland’s late Community Shield miss

Finding space in behind defensive lines will certainly be harder at City, but with chances supplied by the likes of De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish, the goals will surely flow.

His expected goals (xG) stats at Borussia Dortmund also bode well, while let’s not forget that he racked up an xG of 1.6 in the Community Shield against one of the country’s best defences.

READ MORE: FPL new signings: Can Erling Haaland be a success at Man City?

JOAO CANCELO

In the past two seasons, Joao Cancelo has become one of his team’s best performers as an attacking full-back, both on the left and right side.

The Portuguese finished second among FPL defenders for points in 2021/22, hitting 201, with his total of 11 assists just one short of what Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) managed.

His playmaking abilities, meanwhile, helped him scoop up a whopping 27 bonus points.

Despite registering 81 goal attempts, at least 30 more than any other FPL defender, some wayward shooting meant Cancelo was the biggest ‘underachiever’ among defenders for expected goal involvement (xGI, -3.70).

With a bit more luck, you’d expect to see one or two more of those efforts fly in next season. Indeed, Opta’s expected goals on target (xGOT) model, which measures the quality of a shot rather than just the chance, suggests he should have had 3.66 goals to his name based on the execution of his attempts.

Cancelo was also almost ‘nailed’ last season, starting 36 out of a possible 38 fixtures. Any new arrival at left-back would pose a little bit more of a rotation risk to Cancelo but his versatility means that he will likely still feature more often than not from kick-off.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE

Kevin De Bruyne chipped in with 15 Premier League goals last season, with his tally in all competitions rising to 19.

After a slow start, he contributed 21 attacking returns in 20 appearances from Gameweek 17 onwards, which included his ridiculous four-goal display in the 5-1 win at Molineux in Double Gameweek 36.

Notably, he was the best player in any position for bonus (33), and while he did significantly outperform his expected goals (xG, +8.77) tally, he is one of a handful of Premier League players – alongside Son Heung-min (£12.0m) and James Ward-Prowse (£6.5m) – who possesses such a dead eye from distance that he frequently makes a mockery of Opta’s expected numbers.

He also now has the prolific Haaland to feed, which could potentially boost his assist numbers given the Norwegian’s ability to overachieve on the xG front and turn half-chances into goals.

De Bruyne’s minutes-per-chance-created average of 26 was the best of any Premier League player who made more than one start last season.

EDERSON

Ederson (£5.5m) kept 20 clean sheets in 37 appearances last term, as he co-shared the Golden Glove award with Alisson (£5.5m).

However, a lack of save points (seven) and bonus points (four) meant that he failed to keep pace with the Liverpool stopper in the overall ‘keeper rankings.

Despite that, £5.5m is a kind price for the Man City number one, and with so much uncertainty at the beginning of the season, Ederson is a safe pair of hands who should reward his owners with a few clean sheets before the first Wildcard is activated.

DIFFERENTIALS AND PLAYERS FOR THE WATCHLIST

Who are the best Man City attackers to own in FPL ahead of Gameweek 8 fixture swing?

Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish are all appealing options in City’s midfield, but who starts on Sunday?

Foden developed into a key cog in Guardiola’s set-up last season, but hasn’t featured as much in pre-season, which maybe suggests Mahrez and Grealish will get the nod at the London Stadium despite so-so displays in the Community Shield.

However, longer-term, it’s still unclear who is favoured in the wide roles.

Elsewhere, Ruben Dias (£6.0m) and Kyle Walker (£5.0m) are alternatives at the back if your budget won’t’ stretch to Cancelo. Walker’s appeal would be boosted majorly if City don’t recruit another full-back after Oleksandr Zinchenko’s exit, while Laporte’s injury will surely see Dias form the bedrock of the backline until September at the earliest.

Watch out for Argentina international Julian Alvarez (£6.5m), too, who could make a big impact off the bench in the opening weeks.

770 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 54 mins ago

    Cucurella to Chelsea. Here we go!

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 53 mins ago

      So James now surely play LWB ?

      1. PartyTime
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 52 mins ago

        Rwb

      2. diesel001
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 51 mins ago

        Mendy
        Koulibaly Silva Cucurella
        James Jorginho Kante Chilwell
        Mount Havertz
        Sterling

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 44 mins ago

          Cheers

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 25 mins ago

          Switch Havertz and Sterling

    2. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 51 mins ago

      Forget Cucurella. All about Ward and Iversen combo in FPL.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 51 mins ago

        Yes what to do get both ?

      2. Hey_Arnold
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 36 mins ago

        Keep it down eh?

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 50 mins ago

      Might be playing as a left centre in. Back 3 which would mean he’s not really a major asset like James is so i would wait and see how he fits in but good move none the less

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 44 mins ago

        Cheers

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 54 mins ago

    Any Thoughts ?
    Sanchez (Ward)
    Walker, TAA, James , XXX
    Bailey, XXX , Salah ©
    Haaland, Kane, Jesus
    (Neco Andreas Colback)
    A- Perišić & Neto
    B- Tripper & Martinelli

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 50 mins ago

      A

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 43 mins ago

        Cheers

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 38 mins ago

      id go for Doherty and Martinelli

  3. Jässi
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 54 mins ago

    Already have Martinelli and Jesus nailed in my team, which one would you choose:

    A) Saka
    B) Mount
    C) Foden

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 53 mins ago

      Mount for me. Keep an eye on Foden

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 50 mins ago

      B or mahrez

    3. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 32 mins ago

      Gw 3 might be time to get Saka. I've been thinking about it and now is too soon with these fixtures. Foden vs Sou has big upside.

    4. Front 442
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Exactly where I’m at only Mahrez is currently in my starting lineup.
      Im waiting on any new on the pressers but we all know what Pep can be like!
      Foden is my longer term target and could even start.
      Or do I play it safe until we have more info and pick Saka or Mount.
      Somehow if I pick Mahrez it doesn’t feel righ doing a free transfer to Foden in GW2. I was originally hoping to roll my 1st FT. Decions decisions

  4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 53 mins ago

    Repost bottomed-

    Good evening all!! Best option here??….

    A- Maddison, Martinelli and James
    Or
    B- Saka, Barnes and Trippier

    Cheers everyone!!!

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 51 mins ago

      A

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 50 mins ago

      A

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 49 mins ago

      A

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 41 mins ago

        Cheers everyone!! A is what I’ve been on!! Will stick!!!

  5. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 52 mins ago

    Cuceralla to Chelsea done - isn't he a left back?
    Also, do city have another player in mind now? Coz walker now looks way more secure. At least for now.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 23 mins ago

      Left side of three at the back ; James/Chillwell on the flanks.

  6. undersarmy
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 51 mins ago

    A) Williams or B) Patterson

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 49 mins ago

      A

  7. arkom
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 51 mins ago

    XXX / Robertson / TAA / Cancelo
    XXX / Salah / Bailey / Martinelli
    XXX / Jesus

    A) White, KDB/Son, Wilson
    or?
    B) James, Neto, Haaland

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 49 mins ago

      B

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 49 mins ago

      B

      1. arkom
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 44 mins ago

        TY guys!

  8. Da Funk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 49 mins ago

    Please help me out by choosing A or B.

    A = James & Nunez
    B = Robbo & Jesus

    Ta.

    1. In a Rush
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 48 mins ago

      B for me

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 42 mins ago

      B

    3. Triple P
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 10 hours ago

      B

  9. Ham-Solo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    14 days, 47 mins ago

    Is ward and iverson a shout? or are Leicester looking to buy a GK this window?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 42 mins ago

      A wasted transfer waiting to happen

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 41 mins ago

      better to wait on this till ur first wc imo

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 38 mins ago

        Hey Zimzalabim

        What team have you selected?

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 33 mins ago

          Currently on this team
          Ramsdale (ward)
          Trent Robbo Cancelo Perisic (Neco)
          Salah Saka Bailey Neto (Andreas)
          Kane Jesus (plange)

          But I might swap Perisic, Saka and Neto to Doherty, Martinelli and Mahrez or some other 8m asset not 100% sure on which one I should go for tbh, working it out still.

    3. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 40 mins ago

      Even if they don't, they have Arsenal, Chelsea and United in the first 5.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 38 mins ago

        Gonna go Ward for GW1 and play Sanchez thereafter until I W/C.

        1. Baps hunter
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 35 mins ago

          Considering this

      2. Baps hunter
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 37 mins ago

        Many save points?

  10. Pukki Party
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 39 mins ago

    Have you scrolled through every teams player list when picking your team?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 38 mins ago

      No

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 37 mins ago

      no

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 36 mins ago

      Nah

    4. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 36 mins ago

      Nope, I have been too spoonfed.

  11. Bourbon, Pot Still or Islay…
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 35 mins ago

    My team is now causing me a captain and bench choice headache

    Captain
    A Kane
    B Salah
    C Haaland

    Bench
    1 Cash
    2 Ake
    3 Neto
    4 Bailey

    Ward (Sanchez)
    TAA Walker Ake/Cash (Neco)
    Salah Martinelli Bailey/Neto (Andreas)
    Kane Haaland Jesus

    1. Bourbon, Pot Still or Islay…
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 33 mins ago

      Or bench boost is Ward is confirmed

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 29 mins ago

      B2

      1. Bourbon, Pot Still or Islay…
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 25 mins ago

        Currently on A2

    3. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      B3

  12. Free Hat
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 30 mins ago

    Cucurella definitely leaving has put me off Sanchez then.

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 28 mins ago

      Not really as he’s not majorly defensive anyway

      1. Free Hat
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 26 mins ago

        He was playing lcb in pre season. And he will be a huge loss i reckon,offensive minded or not ...

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 20 mins ago

      I have Brighton to struggle anyway ; if Ward is confirmed he's a much better pick anyway.

    3. Triple P
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 10 hours ago

      Rashford (C) 😉

  13. Bourbon, Pot Still or Islay…
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 18 mins ago

    A) Sanchez and Cash

    Or

    B) Mendy and Dalot

    Context;
    No Chelsea or united at moment.

  14. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Which one?

    A) Ederson - James - Cancelo - Rashford
    Or
    B) Sanchez - Walker - White - Haaland

  15. BlzE_94
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Robertson James Perisic
    Salah Martinelli Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Ward Neto Greenwood Andreas

    1. Perko
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        I like this except for the missing 8m midfielder. I’m still learning so just a thought

      • Toothpick Bandit
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 20 hours ago

        This is literally my team (except different FWD fodder) so you are gtg in my eyes

    2. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 20 hours ago

      Rate this team?

      Sánchez // Ward
      Trent Robertson Cancelo James // Williams
      Salah Saka Neto Bailey // Andreas
      Haaland Jesus // Archer

      Quite a few enablers in there, but it allows me to have Trent, Robertson, Cancelo, James, Salah, Saka, Haaland and Jesus, in a 4-4-2 with a decent bench.

    3. murf5646
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Rate my team? do I need to change anything?

      GK - Ramsdale

      DEF - Cancelo - James - TAA - Robertson - Dias

      MID - Salah - Bailey - Martinelli

      FWD - Haaland - Jesus

      BCH - Ward - Archer - Dasilva - Andreas

      .5 in the bank

    4. murf5646
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Is it just me or does it seem like nobody is keen on Dias? Am I missing something?

      1. lugs
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        you should post on the latest article, but Dias is a boring pick with not much attacking potential, i'd rather have Saliba that does pretty much the same job for a fraction of the price

      2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Within the City defence, for 1m more you get Cancelo, and for a bit less you can have Ederson or Walker.

    5. monte
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 13 hours ago

      Bailey or Perisic?

    6. BusbySwede
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Thoughts on my pretty template team?

      Sanchez/Henderson/Raya
      TAA, Dias, James, Perisic, N. Williams
      Salah, Neto, Bruno G, Martinelli, Bailey
      Kane, Jesus, Martial

      -Go for a 5.0 and 4.0 keeper instead?
      -Try to bring in Cancelo instead of Dias?
      -Better options then Bruno G?
      -Kane or Haaland?
      -Martial to a 4.5 fodder to get cash to improve other positions?

    7. dshv
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 5 hours ago

      Ramsdale mount
      Mendy saka (have martinelli jesus)

      Choose final spots please

    8. scsb79
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I have Bernardo in midfield... are people thinking he won't play much?

        At the moment, starting 11 is:

        Mendy
        Martinez Walker James Salida Perisic
        Salah Bernardo
        Kane (c) Halaand Jesus.

        Wondering if I should swap Bernardo.