Well after a comprehensive 3-2 victory, City look to be in great form heading into GW1. Chelsea had patches but were dominated for the most part. The most interesting and important question coming out of the game is what formation City will take into this EPL season, it will control who we pick and could create some steals if they continue with 3 at the back.
Well as far as the overall match was concerned City certainly looked the better throughout. They had the better of the chances during the first half, yet it was Fernando Torres who opened the scoring for the Blues. The moment that changed the game, and probably made the final result harder to evaluate was Branislav Ivanovic’s red card. City then came out in the second half and dominated, scoring 3 quick goals before Chelsea got themselves a consolation. I will look at how each side lined up respectively and who was hot… plus who was not.
Man City- Most of the questions coming out of the game from a fantasy perspective concern the boys from Manchester blue. The best way to sum up what I’m about to write is this, everything we saw yesterday comes down to what formation they play, it will be crucial to their fantasy assets. If they continue in their 3-5-2, Clichy looks a nailed on starter as it suits his playing style, so does Kolarov. We had doubts over the job security of these two but if City continues to play 3 at the back they will continue to thrive. Another who benefitted was Yaya Toure, who plays a much more attacking role in this formation scoring yet again last night. One concern I have is that when Silva returns, he may play deeper once again. However he continued to push forward yesterday after the introduction of the Spaniard, suggesting he may truly benefit from this formation. If this is the case 8.0 is an absolute bargain and would make him a lock for the start of the season. Nasri snagged himself a goal after a great run from Kolarov, still not convinced over Nasri’s playing time just yet, could be worth the risk though. Upfront Aguero and Tevez looked great, and with 2 upfront Tevez seemed just as likely as Aguero for most of the match with both looking very dangerous. Tevez was the one who ended up on the scoresheet, banging in a great goal. At 9.0 he is getting more relevant each day, as his job security at least for the start of the season looks great.
One major problem I have with City as I say if their formation. I can’t see them play this formation against a Man United, Chelsea etc. during the epl. He may introduce it for home games or easier games, but I’m not convinced it is here to stay. If this is the case Guys like Clichy, Yaya Toure, and Kolarov are still dangerous picks. However I think we can be confident Mancini will roll it out on Sunday so all aboard for GW1!
Chelsea– Big concerns here. The Blues looked under pressure from the get go and never really looked like winning it. The red card made it a tough task but even so City looked the most dangerous throughout. A positive was Torres getting on the scoresheet, so his prospects look bright. However elsewhere Mata had little impact, and Hazard struggled in his first real test in England. The back 4 held up well before Ivanovic was sent off, but even so they were under pressure and I don’t think a clean sheet was likely anyway. They certainly didn’t look as dangerous as we would have expected which is worrying. Load up in GW1 if you must, but other than Torres no one really stepped it up. Cole had some good runs down the flank and will be as dangerous as seasons past, but otherwise there’s not much else. Bertrand got on the scoresheet and as a 4.5 defender looks one for the future, not yet though. Lampard looks past his prime, playing in a very defensive position. Definitely avoid on this basis. Ramires looked decent, but didn’t set the world alight with his performance. He was more advanced than Lampard but still not attacking enough for me. Won’t produce great returns. GW1 will tell us more, just make sure you don’t pick Ivanovic who will miss the first 3 GW’s!
Well that’s it from this game, hope you guys enjoyed it and I will bring you more of my team over the coming week. Follow me @MattCraigDT or keep up with the action @FPLaddicts. Cheers.