Last year’s title winners are back, can they maintain the rage? They have enough money to refresh their squad, which way will they go? At their best they are a free flowing force with a staunch backline. The only worry for fantasy managers is rotation, who will be ever-present?
Joe hart is the only name worth mentioning here, priced at a steep 7.0 I don’t think there is any reason to pay that for a keeper when they are getting zero attacking points. Their defenders will get the same clean sheet points but offer something going forward. Pantimillion will be an able backup if required.
Last year City kept 17 clean sheets and conceded one goal 14 times… they are seriously tight at the back. So we need to get on one of their defenders, but who is nailed on? Starting centrally, Kompany is nailed on, but at 7.5 may be out of range, Lescott is close to nailed on, depending on new buys, he is priced at 6.5 and seems a good purchase seeing that he only scored 10 less than Kompany last term, he also has a presence at set pieces too. Toure and Savic are probably too speculative at this stage. At full back we have a small pool of players priced at 6.0. Clichy, Richards, Zabaleta and Kolorov. Picking the right one is tough. I’d say Clichy is the closest to nailed on at left back, Kolorov takes a mean free kick but can’t be relied on to defend, Richards will be at the Olympics to start but he should play the bulk of the time at right back but Zabaleta seems to play at the most inopportune times for us fantasy managers. Tread with care with your city defenders!
Another fantasy minefield with rotation everywhere. City scored 93 goals last year; you want to at least be involved in some of them! At 10.0 Silva is the highest priced mid in the game scoring 184 points… but also the most nailed on guy here. Will you fork out? Nasri at 8.5 is a great scorer but in and out a touch, steer clear for mine. Toure at 8.0 seems a bargain but shifts from attacking to holding week to week…. He isn’t the worst pick, he will be solid for you, is definitely an option. Adam Johnson at 7.0 is a star! And would score loads at any other club but he just can’t get his foot in the door here, if he moves clubs jump on! Milner at 6.5 seems wasted and stifled at city, Barry 5.5 is holding but scores a few points and De Jong 4.5 is even further back holding! Good luck picking your man from this lot.
The smart way into their 93 goals is through the forwards, Logical option is Aguero at 11.5, he scored 211 pts last year, albeit in bursts and is a captain option. Tevez and Balotelli at 9.0 will scores goals, (if still there) and Balotelli is on pens… if he can keep it together he could be a smart pick up. Beware the red card though. Dzeko at 7.5 would score a lot of goals at another club, but can’t get a consistent run here. Keep an eye out, if he plays a few in a row get on him for a small burst. He generally plays in a horses for courses role, when the opposition dictates it.
Being a power club most fixtures are winnable for City, so we all need one or more of their assets. They are free flowing going forward and tight at the back so either way you will win. Who will you pick?
(our resident city expert billymumphrey might be lurking around the comments to answer any questions better than me.. he seems pretty switched on about the noisy side of manchester!