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FPL Show: Man City's pain is managers' gain

19 Apr 2019

FPL experts say now is time to back Sterling and De Bruyne to deliver in Premier League

This week's UEFA Champions League exit for Manchester City could be good news for Fantasy Premier League managers who have, or are considering, their star players.

In the latest FPL Show, experts Holly Shand and David Munday focus on Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m), now Pep Guardiola will have his team's sights set on retaining the Premier League title.

Both are in form. Sterling has four goals in his last two matches in all competitions, while De Bruyne has five assists.

Although City's Double Gameweek 35 fixtures look tough, at home to the Tottenham Hotspur team who knocked them out of the Champions League and then away to Manchester United, the experts are not put off by the prospect of having both players.

"The double-up looks really good now, especially now Manchester City are out of the Champions League," says Shand. "Pep won't be rotating his team as much and they are both great options going forward.

"This week the fixtures do look tough on paper but Man City cannot afford to drop any points or else Liverpool will be hot on their heels."

Munday regretted not using his Wildcard on the two players, assuming they would still be in Europe and rotated.

"I'd be surprised if we don’t see lots of goals where De Bruyne assists it and Sterling scores it," he said. "So if you have them both you are completely exploiting everything they can do."

However, he does caution against adding both midfielders if you have Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) already in your team, mainly for fear of Guardiola's unpredictable selection.

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