The battle at the top of the Premier League got tighter this weekend as Manchester United get a hard-earned point at Anfield while Manchester City continued racking up those goals against all sides, their last victory being a 7-2 demolition of Stoke City at the Etihad.
Manchester City are absolutely threatening to break Fantasy football. The Blues have an irresistible attacking force and appear to have the capability of skittling any defence coming their way. And, in doing so, they are presenting us fantasy managers with an array of options to choose from. In this piece, we look at all the sizzling City assets who are wracking up points like anything.
Written by Nekzad Bajan
The Blues’ victory over a shell-shocked Stoke City took City to a whopping total of 17 goals from their last three home matches and 24 from the last five gameweeks. It left me wondering if we’ve ever seen a single team provide such a relentless avalanche of FPL points.
The underlying are staggering too. City have a tally of 103 shots with 23 chances created… that equates to a shot every 4.6 minutes over the past five gameweeks. Three City players got double-figure hauls in the victory against Stoke, with David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne grabbing seven and nine points respectively. The array of choice available is bewildering indeed.
Raheem Sterling’s 15 points clearly underline his potential during this spell of his career. The England international has got six goals and two assists to his name over his five starts in six gameweeks. The winger is priced at £8m and has been in Guardiola’s line-up each time he’s been available from Gameweek 3 onwards.
Then comes Sane, who is a more wide player, less inclined to tuck inside to flank the central striker. The German has produced four goals and three assists from the last five gameweeks. But, he has only made it into the starting line-up over the last three.
We must surely consider a second and perhaps a third route into City’s attack as their uninterrupted output of goals and points continues. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are undoubtedly the creators. They might be less explosive, but are consistent points scorers and positively scream for our attention. The Belgian chalked his fifth assist while the latter got his first goal of the season against the Potters.
It is difficult to separate the pair but the £1.5m you save by picking Silva makes him the ideal choice. The Spaniard’s goal also appears to have increased his direct threat to opponents and has added a new, convincing string to his creative bow.
When we start to examine the situation up front, our decision process gets even more cloudy.
Gabriel Jesus reacted to team-mate Sergio Aguero’s injury with a brace and a 13-point return at the Etihad. But now that he is back available for selection we need to consider how Pep will again marry the pair. He will surely not want to disrupt the perfect blend he had discovered and neither Sterling nor Sane can really be excluded. That may either lead to Guardiola rotating his two central strikers or probably adjust his personnel behind his two front men, sacrificing one of Sane or Sterling.
Even if the minutes are managed from now on, perhaps we just can’t lose while City’s thirst for scoring goals remains unquenchable. With free-scoring City sharing the points across their Fantasy assets, there is no wrong answer to this puzzle… unless you don’t have the pieces! Any manager who has been paying attention this season will have at least one City player but it is time to consider getting the maximum of three in your squad. From gameweeks 9-15, City have tasty fixtures with only a visit from the Gunners looking slightly daunting.
I wish you the best for the remainder of Gameweek 8, and hope you all have green arrows!