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GW9 Lessons: Man City lack form as fixtures improve

The Scout 23 Nov 2020
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

The Scout says managers are not sold on Pep Guardiola's side despite their kind schedule

Managers in Fantasy Premier League have a big decision to make as Manchester City head into a promising run of fixtures in unconvincing form. 

Man City have four home matches in the next six Gameweeks, hosting Burnley, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United

This raises the appeal of their key attackers as captaincy options. 

Man City's next six Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR
10 BUR (H)
11 FUL (H)
12 MUN (A)
13 WBA (H)
14 SOU (A) 
15 NEW (H) 

However, Pep Guardiola's side have scored only five goals in the last six Gameweeks.

The last time they scored more than once in a match was in Gameweek 3, when they lost 5-2 at home to Leicester City.

That lack of output has been reflected in the FPL transfer market ahead of Friday’s 18:30 GMT deadline.

Don't be put off De Bruyne?

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) is the most-bought Man City player for Gameweek 10 but has earned only 24,000+ transfers in.

The Belgian has managed only two assists in his last six outings.

But encouragingly for managers looking to take advantage of City's schedule, De Bruyne's underlying numbers show he has boasted a major goal threat recently.

He has produced 14 shots over the last four Gameweeks, joint-top among midfielders in FPL.

Look to Cancelo

Left-back Joao Cancelo (£5.5m) looks to be the standout pick in defence.

His 12 chances created over the last four Gameweeks is a team-leading total and also ranks top among FPL defenders.

Meanwhile, big-hitters Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) are both owned by under 4.6 per cent of managers and have the potential to be huge armband differentials.

Beware, though, as neither player has impressed in their recent matches. Sterling has four straight blanks and was benched for the first time this season against Spurs.

Aguero was an unused substitute at the weekend, having recovered from injury. He has failed to score in both his appearances this season.

Form or fixtures?

If Man City can return to their best in the lead-up to Christmas , their fixture swing could prove a pivotal point in 2020/21 FPL.

But their lack of form means managers must decide whether to risk turning to Guardiola’s misfiring stars or keep faith in the form picks such as Son Heung-min (£9.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) and Harry Kane (£11.0m).

Also in this series

Part 2: What to do with Man City players? FPL experts' views
Part 3: GW9 Lessons: New formation benefits Calvert-Lewin

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