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FPL Saturday review: Man City clean sheets keep coming

The Scout 20 Dec 2020
Ruben Dias, Man City

The Scout says Dias and Stones can continue to deliver after four shutouts in five Gameweeks

A 1-0 win over Southampton continued Manchester City’s fine defensive run of form in Fantasy Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side have now kept four clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks, conceding a single goal in that period. 

Ruben Dias (£5.6m) collected the maximum three bonus points at St Mary’s Stadium and remains their go-to pick at the back. 

The Portuguese has started every match from Gameweek 4 since signing in the summer. 

Budget Man City option

However, John Stones (£4.8m) continues to provide excellent value as an alternative pick to Dias.

Stones has started four of his side's last five Premier League matches and has kept a clean sheet in all of those appearances.

Indeed, Man City have conceded only one goal with Stones in the starting XI this term. 

Their prospects for more clean sheets look positive.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of Man City's next eight matches scores more than three.  

Man City's next eight Gameweeks
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
15 NEW (H) 2 19 CRY (H) 3
16 EVE (A) 3 20 WBA (A) 2
17 CHE (A) 4 21 SHU (H) 2
18 BHA (H) 2 22 BUR (A) 2

The only other clean sheet for a team on Saturday came at Selhurst Park, where Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 7-0.

Three of Liverpool's backline supplemented their defensive returns with assists, including Andrew Robertson (£7.2m).

No FPL defender has set up more goals this season than the Liverpool left-back, who recorded his fifth assist.

Salah moves above Son

Six of the nine highest-scoring players of Gameweek 14 so far are from Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) leading the way on 16 points apiece. 

Salah is now the top-scoring player in FPL on the back of his fourth double-digit haul of the campaign.

He moves above Son Heung-min (£9.7m) ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Sunday meeting with Leicester City.

Wilson rivalling Kane

However, even Salah cannot match Callum Wilson's (£6.6m) ability to rack up bonus points.

The forward has scored in six of Newcastle United's matches this season and collected bonus points in all of them.

His latest goal came in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Wilson's total of 16 bonus points is second only to the 18 of Harry Kane (£11.0m) in 2020/21 FPL.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW14 FPL stats: Fernandes rivals Salah with big haul
Part 2: GW14 Bonus points: Vardy leads way for Leicester
Part 4: FPL Sunday review: Martinez the No 1 goalkeeper

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