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FPL fixtures: Sterling can make instant impact

The Scout 14 Jun 2019
Raheem Sterling

The Scout says why Man City winger should be considered over Sergio Aguero for opening Fantasy squads this season

Manchester City's favourable start to 2019/20 has Fantasy Premier League managers eyeing their attacking players, but it is Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) who should be considered first-choice captain candidate from the start over the more popular Sergio Aguero (£12.0m).

Pep Guardiola’s men face just one of last season’s top six sides in the opening 11 Gameweeks, boosting the potential of their players for the armband.

Hazard exit frees up funds

Aguero was the most-bought player in FPL last season, with over 5.3million transfers in, and is expected to be a major target once again up front.

By comparison, Sterling was bought by only 3.6million.

However, the departure of Eden Hazard from Chelsea to Real Madrid means more FPL managers may turn to the Man City wide man as a big-hitting midfielder.

Further analysis of Aguero and Sterling's performances in the corresponding fixtures in 2018/19 highlight the latter's ability to deliver huge hauls.

Man City's first 11 opponents 2019/20
GW Opp. Sterling pts 2018/19 Aguero pts 2018/19
1 WHU (A) 16 2
2 TOT (H) 2 5
3 BOU (A) 3 2
4 BHA (H) 14 8
5 NOR (A) N/A N/A
6 WAT (H) 21 5
7 EVE (A) 1 2
8 WOL (H) 6 1
9 CRY (A)  14 2
10 AVL (H)  N/A N/A
11 SOU (H) 21 13
Total  98 40

Sterling produced nine goals and six assists over those matches, compared with Aguero’s two goals and four assists.

The winger delivered double-digit returns in five of the fixtures, totalling 98 points.

Aguero, however, managed only one double-figure haul and returned 40 points. 

Although the Argentinian remains one of the most prolific forwards in FPL, Sterling could be more than a match for him over the opening fixtures. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Early matches favour Man City
Part 3: Pair up Kane and Aubameyang
Part 4: Salah can make flying start
Part 5: Richarlison can repeat early heroics
Part 6: Cherries eye another strong opening

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