Coming off a record breaking season, the Champions are set for a strong title defense with the competition getting stronger than ever.
After they face Arsenal in GW1, they are looking at a great run of fixtures when they face the six promoted teams in the last two Premier League seasons. Therefore, a double or a triple up is understandable, some would argue a must. However, with a lot of players involved in the late stages of the World Cup and the rotation nightmare, you have to proceed with caution.
The standout pick for me. Sergio Aguero, an FPL legend in my book, has been overlooked the last couple of seasons after a dip in form and the arrival of Gabriel Jesus who offers a good competition for the Argentinian. However, I still think Aguero is nailed on to feature in the starting XI come August 12th.
Although he’s ranked 4th among forwards last season with 169 points, he has the best point per match tally with 6.8 points. He also has the least minutes per goal (for forwards who scored more than 5 goals) with 93.8 (Kane 102.8, Aubameyang 105.8). Priced at 11 million, he has a lot of competition especially Aubameyang and Kane who are at the same price bracket. However, with the attacking strength of Man City and their easy fixtures, I think Aguero is a serious contender for your FPL team especially when he’s only owned by 12.9% (as of this writing).
With those easy fixtures coming up, one would think a defensive cover from that team wouldn’t definitely hurt. I think Benjamin Mendy (£6.0) is your guy. Priced at a lower price than Otamendi and Walker (both £6.5) and almost without competition (only Zinchenko is available in the first few weeks).
Mendy’s season was cut short last year due to injury. However, he showed glimpses of his FPL potential during that short period and one could only imagine what he can do this year. The World Cup champion has the attacking tendencies and will be a threat down the left flank for the Citizens and he’s a very good long term defensive option from the reigning Champions.
When it comes to midfield options from Manchester City, it is as complex as it gets. Browsing Manchester City’s midfield in the game, there are six players priced at a £7.5 or higher. There are basically two players per position for the Champions. Going into the first gameweek, one can assume their starting lineup but for the long term, who gets the most minutes?
I definitely think one cannot play the long term game when it comes to midfielders from City, at least not straight from GW1. I’d definitely go for a guaranteed starter for the first few weeks and re-assess from there. With Silva’s personal issues, Sane’s fitness concerns and KDB and Sterling coming back late from their post-WorldCup break, a well-rested Riyad Mahrez looks like the safest and the best route from that midfield.
Last season, Manchester United started really well the season but they ultimately fell behind to their exceptionally in form rivals, Manchester City. The most impressive aspect of Jose’s Man Utd was the defense; they kept the most clean sheets in the league (19). However, in attack, they were 5th in terms of goals scored at 68 (38 behind Manchester City).
With Jose’s clear frustrations aimed at the higher board in order to bring in new signings and the late comeback from holiday for their key players, Manchester United looks set for a slow start to the Premier League. However, a surprise may be on the cards and there are still some players that should be considered for your FPL team.
He is the second most expensive midfielder in the game along with Hazard. He is also an FPL legend in his own terms, especially during his spell at Arsenal. However, since his arrival at Old Trafford, he has had a slow start with the team which can be due to several things; new teammates, new coaching and new environment. This season, however, he looks set to regain that form and he could be golden in terms of FPL points.
With the absence of Lukaku and Martial slightly out of favor with Mourinho, Sanchez is potentially set to play up top and he could be their main source for goals for the first few weeks. He’s more expensive than the likes of KDB, Mane, Eriksen, Sane and Mahrez. However, he can still be a great differential being potentially on free kicks and penalties as well.
David De Gea
As previously mentioned, defense has been Manchester United’s strongest suit and one could argue a cover from their defense is an FPL must. However, it’s hard to pinpoint a guaranteed starter in defense for the Red Devils and the safest route would be the Spaniard.
David De Gea, last season’s golden glove winner, is the most expensive goalkeeper in the game (£6.0) for a reason; he has scored the most points out of all goalkeepers (172) and has the best point per match (out of all goalkeepers who have started more than 3 matches) at 4.6 point per match. He’s the “set-and-forget” type of goalkeeper and he’s arguably the best defensive cover out of Manchester United.
This guy might be one of the cheekiest differentials out there at £6.5 million. The Spaniard looks set to start the first few weeks of the season with the likes of Lukaku and Pogba returning late. He’s their main playmaker and he has linked up with Sanchez and Pereira well during the preseason. At his price and low ownership (1.1% as of this writing), he is a great differential from the Red Devils that has a lot to prove to cement a starting position under Jose Mourinho.