Monday 1 October 2012

6 Wk Team Analysis - Man City

Following on from Man Utd I turn my attention ot their local rivals Manchester City and look at how they are doing as a team this season, and which players are providing value to fantasy managers.

Team Form
When season to season fixtures are compared City are performing almost to the exact same and extremely high standards of last season's title triumph.   There's a slight improvement in their percentage of shots in the box but that may be skewed by the anomaly that was the end of season drama agaisnt QPR (44 shots?  44 shots!!).  It feels like City have had an unceratin strart but these stats say otherwise with them conceding the exact same number of goals in last season's coresponding fixtures.

Player Form

Quite a bit of rotation in midfield and defence plus injuries to Nasri and Aguero has meant City have not field a consistent team yet and it's been hard to own anyone other than Kompany and Toure, adn Tevez ('ril late).  Aguero, now he's recovered from injury, looks set to continue his form from last season, and remember, Mancini used Aguero whenever available last season.  He's their key player up front, as are Silva and Yaya in midfield.  

David Silva has shown that when given a full 90 mins he's not lost the talent to accrue goals and assists.  Yaya Toure has been given license to get forward in the opening games but looking at his form in the last 2  perhaps this was only in the absence of Aguero and Silva.  I do fancy Silva to get plenty of gametime in the coming weeks.  He's had his rest now, and his presence not only provides a spark up front but allows the likes of Toure to sit in midfield where he can boss the play.

In defence Clichy could be a good pick if Mancini holds true to his word and opts to try and build a settled defence this season, and if that defence includes Nastasic over Lescott he could be a great pick-up.

Despite the obvious lack of clean sheets City are in the same form as last season, both in attack and defence.  Aguero and Silva are the main protagonists for fantasy points although Tevez  and Yaya should never be overlooked.   Rotation risk still looms large though and we are going to have to wait to see Mancini's intent around Champion's Leagues games before we get a clear picture.


  1. Do you personally own Tevez? If so what are you doing with him? If not what would you suggest? I am considering getting rid this week and holding my breath for the next 2 gameweeks without any city players and I think the fixtures allow me to do so as I cant see sunderland @ home or WBA away being high scoring.

    Please share your thoughts!

    1. Hi Pulma. I sold Tevez prior to GW5 when I WC'd (injuries!). I sold him sa I just fancied the money could be spent better with Berbatov, Defoe and Ba all in form. I would suggest you sell him though, for Suarez. IMO a £9-10m plus FPL investment needs to be absolutely guaranteed game time, paritcular in easy matches, and needs to provide you with a reliable (C) option.

    2. I will see what happens in CL and than I will make my final decision on him. But wont get Suarez- im much more tempted by Defoe or Berba(if fit)- already have Ba and Jelly. Dont think Suarez is worth the 9.5 and Stoke even away wont be an easy fixture IMO.

      Thanks for the word of confidence on the sell idea though, as I would really want to do it. :)