It’s no secret it’s going to be a good move to get Man City players in your Fantasy Premier League team. The problem is though, their players are expensive, and justifiably so.
Which of those players present the best value for FPL managers and how do Man City’s fixtures look to begin the season.
Man City 2018/19 Home and Away
|Finishing Position: 1st|
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Man City have got in the habit of winning. Champions for the second season running with the best home and away form. Their only dropped points at home all season long were in their shock loss to Crystal Palace.
The Citizens scored an average of 2.5 goals a game, testament to their attacking prowess. Additionally, they conceded 23 goals all season long.
- Odds of winning Premier League: 8/15
- Expected Premier League finish: 1st
Tricky Start But Good Fixtures Overall
Two away fixtures with a home fixture against Tottenham wouldn’t make for good reading for any other team that wasn’t called Man City. Their opening fixture against West Ham comes across as tricky but in reality they are nearly 1/4 on to win the game.
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With Man City’s impervious home record, Tottenham won’t scare FPL managers either. This is followed by a trip to Bournemouth, which while tricky for some is another expected win for the Sky Blues.
Fixtures then look really good for City. Brighton (H), Norwich (a) and Watford (H) are matches you can ill afford to not have Man City players for.
Best Man City Players for FPL?
Man City players are essential – few would argue that. The only question is who are the best options.
Ederson Guaranteed Route Into Man City Team?
Ederson Moraes played every minute of Man City’s Premier League campaign last season and despite Claudio Bravo playing the Community Shield, there is no reason to believe he won’t start again.
This means his £6.0m price tag is a way to almost guarantee a Man City starter every week. The downside to this though, is his price tag where other goalkeepers are available for £4.5m and there are defensive players who may well start at cheaper prices.
Zinchenko Underrated Option?
One of those players is Oleksandr Zinchenko who despite playing just one third of the available minutes throughout the season still contributed three assists.
The Ukrainian opted to stay and fight for his place at the beginning of last season and it looks like that decision has paid dividends. With Benjamin Mendy nursing an injury and Angelino inexperienced, Zinchenko is favourite to start in the left back berth.
At £5.5m he will be a tempting option to try and secure Man City coverage.
Stones Another Route?
John Stones (£5.5m) spent much of last season on the bench. However, with the departure of Vincent Kompany and injury questions hanging over Aymeric Laporte, the former Everton man might be the most likely to start at centre back.
If Laporte is injured that Nicolas Otamendi is another player who at £5.5m would provide a route into the Man City defence. Stones is seemingly the preferable option of the two though, as he was favoured more often last season than the Argentinian.
Furthermore, Laporte will almost certainly come back into the side when he is fit and ready. However, he does come at premium price of £6.5m.
Raheem Sterling is becoming an increasingly must pick player for Fantasy Premier League. Priced at £12.0m, FPL managers will be expecting Salah like returns but it looks like he is capable of providing them.
17 goals and 15 assists last season certainly warrants this price tag. 5 goals and 2 assists in pre-season has only added to his appeal.
In addition to these impressive stats, there’s a chance he will start the season in the number 9 role.
Bernardo Silva The Cheaper Option
B. Silva received plaudits for his tireless performances last season. His energy and discipline didn’t go unnoticed by Pep Guardiola who made him one of the first names on the team sheet throughout the second half of the season – there’s no reason this will change for this season.
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Priced at £8.0m he is an excellent way to get into the dangerous and potent Man City midfield. His 7 goals and 8 assists may pail in comparison to Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero but his starting likelihood and price provide two big reasons to include him.
De Bruyne Under The Radar?
A year ago FPL managers would have snapped your hand off for Kevin De Bruyne at £9.5m. Now, he is only picked by 15.4% at this price.
The Belgian’s injury problems have been well documented but if he can move past them and produce the same form he showed in 2017/18 then he could be the steal of the season.
De Bruyne looks to have license to go forward at will and his direct style needs no commentary. He looks set to start in the midfield alongside the holding Rodrigo Hernandez with David Silva seemingly most likely to finish off the trio. Guardiola will probably rotate at him at times, like he does with most of the team, but he should start often enough to justify his inclusion.
Aguero and Jesus
Both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus may not start the season as they played the entirety of Copa America. The latter came off the bench in Community Shield while Aguero didn’t feature at all.
Either of them could start against West Ham but it is a big risk assuming either will.
Aguero’s record is undeniable and if he is a likely starter, even at £12.0m, he is a player you want in your team. If this situation arises where Jesus becomes a regular starter then his returns, in the short time he has played, would make him imperative for your team. Notably the Brazilian is only picked by 2.3%.
How Will Man City Lineup?
That’s the question all Fantasy Premier League managers want answering. While we can’t answer that question with absolute certainty, we can provide Man City’s most likely starting lineup along with the percent changes of each player doing so. You can find this on our Fantasy Premier League Team News page.
All other Premier League clubs’ starting 11s will also be predicted.