We continue our FPL stats series by looking at the essential Man City FPL stats from last season. We’d recommend reading our article on the best Manchester City FPL players 2021/22 too.

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Essential Man City FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers

What can really be said of this Manchester City team? They kind of do it all, right? They keep possession with the best pass completion (89.4%) and best pass completion in the final third (86.6%).

Astonishingly, City had 705 more passes than 2nd best (Liverpool), and 1,255 more passes in the final third (6,514) than 3rd best (Manchester United).

City also had the fewest unsuccessful passes (2,730), a whopping 178 less than Wolves who had the 2nd fewest as mentioned in the Wolves FPL Essential Stats article. Conversely, they paired this with the 7th most chances from counter attacks (20) and the most through balls (38).

To further compound the difficulties in defending against City, they also had the most successful dribbles (485), bested only by the mighty Fulham (506).

While these attacks are slightly concentrated in the centre of the field (177 in the centre compared to 138 on the left and 140 on the right), the difference seems to be the quality of Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) and the surprise attack of the Ilkay Gundogan (£7.5m).

Take all these ways that City attack, add the conversion of the 2nd highest expected goals (xG) Delta of 14.09 and the highest expected assists (xA) Delta of 11.69, and you have a real force to be reckoned with.

City have learned that they don’t need to entertain. They can thank 24-year-old Ruben Dias (£6.0m) for that lesson.

The one thing City do not do well is complete crosses for headed chances. Gone are the days of a soaring Aguero with his neck locked back, powering the ball to make waves in the old onion bag.

City had the joint lowest cross completion (18.5%) and the 6th fewest headed shots (67). True to form, however, they turn these poor stats into the 5th most headed goals. Go figure.

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Essential Man City FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers

Manchester City’s defence don’t really lag behind their offence too much. They conceded the fewest big chances (36), and conceded just 200 small chances all season. That’s 41 fewer chances than 2nd best (Chelsea).

This resulted in the 2nd lowest xGA (expected goals allowed), while performing only a negligible 1.03 better than their expected stats.

Despite not creating headed shots, City also conceded the 2nd fewest headed shots (49). The danger for City is when their seemingly perfect system falls apart.

They conceded the joint 2nd most penalty kicks last season (10). One may fear this is due to a dogmatic system that does not account for breakdowns.

The attacking play is variable, and if coaching is consistent, one would think the defence should be adaptable as well. If it is, it’s not unreasonable to expect this side to be a little more mature defensively.

Player selection is always the most interesting and tedious of the conversations surrounding City assets. In my uninformed and humble opinion, Ederson (£6.0m), Joao Cancelo (£6.0m), John Stones (£5.5m), Ruben Dias (£6.0m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m), Rodri (£5.5m), Gundogan, Jack Grealish (£8.0m), Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m), De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) is their best lineup.

I can pretty much guarantee that this will not happen.

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