Fantasy Football: The solution to the Aguero and Toure Man City pickle

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Manchester City’s next five Premier League games are as follows; Leicester (a), Crystal Palace (h), West Brom (a), Burnley (h) and Sunderland (h).

From this it is fairly easy to see why many Fantasy Football managers will be looking to load up on Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the same way they did on the Southampton squad earlier in the season.

Sergio Aguero looked a safe captain pick for the next month, Yaya Toure is coming into form with three goals in four and Gael Clichy remains a bit of a bargain at 5.4m. Yet, picking Man City players to take advantage of the fixtures has suddenly become tricky.

Aguero’s injury against Everton doesn’t need any more going over, Toure is now one booking away from a Premier League suspension and has the African Cup of Nations in the near future, while Aleksandar Kolarov may be preferred to Clichy for his greater attacking threat in the aforementioned fixtures, especially the three at the Etihad.

So where should we be looking?

David Silva may well make the Leicester clash after not playing because of injury since October, but he has scored no more than three points in six of his nine appearances so far.

Meanwhile, killer passes are his forte and with Edin Dzeko set to lead the line, it is obvious that the Bosnian is not the logical choice to play on the shoulder and run onto a through pass.

James Milner has only completed 90 minutes in one of Man City’s last seven league games so is hard to trust and Samir Nasri has a similar problem. Therefore, Jesus Navas may prove a differential choice in midfield, given he only has a 1.4 per cent ownership.

In defence, Pablo Zabaleta is no stranger to appearing in opposing penalty boxes and looks a sensible selection, especially for those managers with money to burn through selling Aguero.

Of the strikers, Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are both back from injury and price about the same. Preference is for the latter though after his contribution of 19 points across his last three appearances.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.