Premier League Fantasy Football Tips 2021/22 – Manchester City

Premier League Fantasy Football Tips 2021/22 for Manchester City by @CoysFPL.

In this team preview series, Dan previews all 20 Premier League teams ahead of the 2021/22 season including season expectations, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems, and players to avoid.

Find all our other Premier League 2021/22 Team Previews here which will be continually updated as the season draws closer!

Manchester City 2021/22 Season Expectations

Manchester City have to go into the season as Premier League favourites after their dominant display last season. After a slow start, they won the league by 12 points, but the title was never really in doubt for the last ten or so games.

The Citizens scored 83 goals and conceded 32. Their goal tally was the worst since 2016/17, probably due to the losses of Sergio Aguero and David Silva. I can’t see that improving unless City sign either Erling Haaland or Harry Kane, as Gabriel Jesus doesn’t quite cut it.

In my opinion, it is no longer necessary to cover Man City’s attack in fantasy football. In recent seasons, Aguero and Raheem Sterling have been talismanic in the side’s goal scoring; Aguero has passed the batten on to Jesus, whilst Sterling’s form has dropped off significantly over the last season or so.

If City do manage to capture Haaland or Kane, I would expect City to once again smash the scoring charts – and Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne’s numbers should dramatically improve too.

Defensively, City were resolute, and that shouldn’t change.

I like looking at a team’s form coming out of the previous season as I think it can give a good indication of how well that team will fare the following season. If the season had started on Christmas Day, City would have won the league by fifteen points – although I do think that is when City are at their best.

They are one of the only sides that can rotate nearly their whole team without fear, and that really does play a part in their success, particularly around Christmas and New Year.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Manchester City start slowly once again, but I’m sure they’ll soon kick into gear.

It will be a closer title race than last season, but I think Liverpool will pip Man City to top spot. That is unless City go out and buy one of the forwards I mentioned.

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Manchester City 2021/22 Expected lineup

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If you successfully predict Manchester City’s line up during a crammed schedule, you should probably buy a lottery ticket. Luckily for us, the season starts quite lightly, so Pep might limit rotation and play his strongest side.

In the line up above, only Ederson, Ruben Dias and Kevin de Bruyne are almost nailed-on to play. I would say Phil Foden, John Stones, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan are the next four in terms of security of starts, whilst Kyle Walker, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus are the least safe in terms of weekly starts.

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Raheem Sterling probably doesn’t make Pep’s best eleven, but should share minutes with Jesus and Mahrez. Likewise, Joao Cancelo will regularly take either full-backs spot in the eleven.

Aymeric Laporte will get the occasional game over Stones, while Bernardo Silva will take any of the front three, or Gundogan’s space in the team now-and-again.

Rodri should play the majority of games, leaving Fernandinho on the bench.

With five substitutions set to stay, that really does dampen the appeal of nearly all City assets.

Manchester City Best Players:

Ederson will play every game barring injury and is my favourite for a third successive golden glove award. He is the perfect choice if you want a goalkeeper that you can leave in your side for the whole season. The only downside is his costly price tag and lack of save points.

I do prefer Ruben Dias as an option to Ederson. He has a higher upside, with his set-piece threat. He was unlucky to only score one Premier League goal last season, as he totalled an xG of 1.95, and scored three and assisted four the season before for Benfica. However, Dias’ upside is still relatively low considering his price, so I slightly prefer Stones if you play a fantasy game where benching a player is possible.

John Stones scored four times in the Premier League last season, and should be cheaper. Stones had double the xG of Dias per 90 minutes, as well as 0.26 extra shots per 90. Stones does face rotation threat from Laporte, so I do prefer Dias in a game where there isn’t a benching option.

Kevin de Bruyne is the pick of the attacking options. He gets the majority of set-pieces, and despite the penalty uncertainty, I think he will be the designated taker. He made the most shot creating chances per 90 minutes in the league last season, with 6.4, and was in the top four for shots per 90. De Bruyne was involved in more goals than any member of the City squad, and is the only nailed option of the attacking five. He registered a goal involvement every 112 minutes in the Premier League, which was second best in the City squad.

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Manchester City Under the Radar Players:

Riyad Mahrez is probably in Manchester City’s first choice eleven as it stands, so I would expect him to start the majority of early season games. He had the second best goal per game record last season of the City side, and the third best assist per 90 minutes record. He gets a few set-pieces off Kevin de Bruyne and is probably second or third in line for penalties. Only de Bruyne and Phil Foden registered a goal involvement more frequently.

Phil Foden‘s minutes should build from last season once again, and like Mahrez, I think he will start the majority of the early season ties. He was second in the City squad for assists per 90 minutes, and second in the current squad for goals per 90 minutes. That puts him top of the charts for minutes per goal involvement in the City squad. If he nails down a weekly starting spot, he could be the best attacking option in the team.

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Manchester City Players to Avoid:

Despite Ilkay Gundogan being Manchester City’s top scorer last season, most of those goals came in de Bruyne’s mid season absence: eight of the 13 to be exact, and in his last 10 Premier League appearances, he only scored twice and assisted once. I definitely prefer Foden, Mahrez and de Bruyne as attacking options.

Gabriel Jesus won’t play every game, and his goal record in Premier League isn’t good enough to justify his value. Last season, he only scored nine in 29 appearances, and his false-9 role means he doesn’t get as many chances as you’d want him to. He had only the seventh most shots in the penalty area per game, with 1.6.

Raheem Sterling doesn’t justify his hefty premium price tag from the start of the season in my opinion. He will go through runs of form, but I can’t see him starting off the season that way. Firstly, I’m not convinced that he’ll start. Last season, his goal record per 90 minutes ranked seventh in the City squad. If you put those two together, his fantasy prospects don’t look too appealing. I need to see a change of form before I can reconsider him.

Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko don’t provide the attacking threat you’d expect as full-backs, and neither will play every game. You’re better off with Ederson or the centre-backs.

Joao Cancelo, however, does provide the most attacking threat of the defensive assets. He was unlucky to only score two and assist three last season, as he ranked fourth for shots outside the box in the City squad, fifth for chance creation and fourth for accurate crosses per game. They are excellent records considering he is a defender up against some of the finest attacking talents in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, his future is rumoured to be uncertain, and I don’t think he is Pep’s first choice after only starting two of the final five Champions League ties at the end of last season.

Bernardo Silva and Ferran Torres aren’t fantasy options in my opinion. The former only scored two Premier League goals last season, and the latter won’t get enough minutes.

Rodri doesn’t offer anywhere near enough goal threat to be considered an option.

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