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GW6 team news: Mendy blow can stir up defences

The Scout 21 Sep 2018
Benjamin Mendy, Man City v Newcastle

Man City's popular left-back ruled out of trip to Cardiff as The Scout checks the weekend's key Fantasy team news

The absence of Benjamin Mendy (£6.5m) for Gameweek 6 can have a big effect on the Fantasy Premier League transfer market.

The Manchester City defender is the second most-bought player in FPL, transferred in by over 1.4m managers.

Only Sadio Mane (£10.0m) with 1.48m transfers in has been more popular in the first five Gameweeks.

That interest has been due to Mendy's early-season form. The Frenchman supplied five assists and a clean sheet in his first four appearances.

But he will miss a second successive Gameweek after being ruled out of Man City's trip to Cardiff City.

Mendy's 37.5 per cent FPL owners face a dilemma if he is sidelined for a longer period.

Mendy replacements?

Indeed, over 176,000 have already parted company ahead of the Gameweek 6 deadline of 11:30 BST on 22 September.

Andrew Robertson (£6.2m) and Mendy's team-mate Kyle Walker (£6.5m) have been the most popular alternatives.

They have both replaced Mendy in 25,000+ FPL squads this Gameweek.

Marcos Alonso (£6.8m), the top-scoring defender in FPL, is another premium contender who could come in for Mendy.

Managers seeking cheaper solutions, however, could consider the Wolverhampton Wanderers defence.

Willy Boly (£4.5m) and Matt Doherty (£4.4m) are attacking, cut-price options and have a strong run of matches from Gameweeks 7-10.

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