How to spend an empty Man City match week

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The Scout panel, made up of Fantasy Premier League experts, talks about how they plan to spend Manchester City’s 12th empty game week.

What the experts say
Lee Bonfield@FPLFamily)

Man City are too good right now. They have two home games at the Etihad Stadium in weeks 9 and 10, so I’ll keep all three Man City players. Joao Cancelo (£7.2m) Kevin De Bruyne (£12.3m) and Erling Haaland (£12.0m) may be the most expensive route to the Man City trio, but well worth it.

de Bruyne to Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) My most likely transfer to Blank Gameweek 12 as Salah will provide a good captaincy option.

Gianni Battis (ur.@GianniBattis)

Owning the Manchester City triple now feels very right. Of course, they are empty in the 12th game week, where I will most likely replace De Bruyne with Salah. Until then, however, I want a Man City treble, even with Liverpool in game 11.

Pras (@Pras_fpl)

Man City are facing the next four weeks of games with two tough matches against Manchester United and Liverpool and a draw. However, I don’t think they can be sold outright as they are favorites to win any match, especially at home.

After that, managers may want to consider unloading. However, with the inevitable value associated with Haaland, one might consider just putting him on the bench in Blank Gameweek 12.

Managers at Gameweek 9 Wildcard may only want to own Haaland and Cancelo. They could choose Salah or Harry Kane (£11.4 million) as second prize.

Sam Bonfield@FPLFamily)

I have three Manchester City players. One goalkeeper Ederson (£5.5m), but that’s not a problem when it comes to game week 12. I can just replace him with my second goalkeeper, Danny Ward (£4.0m) this week.

If I were to use wildcards now, I would only own Canselo and Haaland and then bring in a third player starting in game week 13.

This means managers don’t have to worry about fielding a full XI when both Man City and Arsenal are empty in Matchweek 12. This can be really important if they also own similar players. Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m) and Gabriel Jesus (8.1 million pounds) from the Gunners.

Jeff Dance (English)@JeffreyDance)

If I still had the wildcard, I would have kept it until game week 13.

This gives these managers a unique opportunity to sell Haaland in Game Week 12 before returning him immediately as a wildcard.

Their mini-league rivals will almost certainly keep Haaland and bench him for this week rather than sell and buy him back.

Playing Gameweek 13’s Wildcard gives you the chance to stalemate your team and go up against Haaland’s 80% ownership at Blank Gameweek 12 Man City.

Man City’s last four matches before the World Cup break have been too good to ignore and my plan is a treble with Cancelo, De Bruyne and Haaland.

Ben Crabtree (English)@FC_CrabDogg)

I think it’s worth leaving the Man City players for the game with Liverpool and in the 12th game week. They can score well against Liverpool and now is the time to start improving their bench to ensure a good 11 in week 12.

Nick (@WGTA_Nick)

Haaland is a must-have player, while Canselu proves to be a strong and consistent defensive player, picking up three bonuses even without offensive retaliation.

De Bruyne is an expensive midfield option, but he also rewards owners with great performance week after week. I don’t think there’s any danger of tripling, even with the upcoming blank being able to get through with a couple of assists in about that time.

Pranil Sheth@Lateriser12)

I do think you might consider swapping De Bruyne for Salah if you plan on captaining Salah for Gameweek 9 but I also like the idea Phil Foden (£8.0m), which will continue to score points.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW8 FPL Statistics: Haaland became the best captain
Part 2: GW8 Bonus Points: Saliba Gets the Most Profits
Part 3: Saturday Review: Son can provide KDB solution and Salah
Part 4: Keep or sell Man City stars in the FPL?

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