Finally, this Saturday Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho renew their rivalry in a league game for the first time since Pep departed Barcelona in 2012. It will also see one or both of the teams lose their 100% record with a draw looking a distinct possibility. Contests including the game have just been uploaded onto DraftKings and as a special one off we have taken an in-depth look at the game from all angles to give you all the tools to make it a successful day.
Man Utd: David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Man City: Claudio Bravo; Gael Clichy, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Pablo Zabaleta; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Nolito, David Silva, Raheem Sterling; Kelechi Iheanacho.
Set Piece Takers
Free Kicks: Juan Mata
Corners: Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata
Penalties: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Free Kicks: Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov
Corners: Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva
Penalties: Sergio Agüero
Team by Team Stats
I think you go with David de Gea ($4,900) here, purely because United are at home and Jose will enjoy nothing more than a stalemate win. You also have to factor in that Claudio Bravo ($4,600) will be coming in cold for his debut if he does play. De Gea has shown his ability to dig out a big performance when his team needs it and the Spaniard has already kept five saves this season in a trio of straight-forward fixtures.
Guardiola likes his full backs to tuck in whilst attacking whereas Jose is of the get-your-full-backs-to-attack-as-much-as-possible persuasion. Knowing that, Antonio Valencia ($4,500) or Luke Shaw ($4,200) are the best options, Valencia just edging it because he is basically an adapted winger. So far in the Premier League this season he is averaging 8.6 fantasy points per game and had 17 fantasy points including 14 crosses against Hull City. He will have a quieter game than that and could even miss the game due to international duty. If that is the case, pick Shaw or his replacement.
Cash Game Plays: Antonio Valencia
GPPs: John Stones, Daley Blind
The toughest position to distinguish between teams is midfielder due to the sheer wealth of options available.
First up, the home team. Henrikh Mhikitaryan’s presence here is a non-factor due to his injury and the fact Jose seems allergic to playing him. It leaves us down to Paul Pogba ($7,900), Juan Mata ($6,600), Marouane Fellaini ($4,000) and Anthony Martial ($7,200) (M/F designation).
Martial offers the best breakout potential of the three as he is basically a wide forward being asked to play in midfield. Whilst he has only scored three and four points in the last two Premier League games, Martial had two assists on the opening day and it that was typical of the contributions he brings.
For cross-category, cash game performance, Pogba is your man. He is yet to score a goal for the Red Devils but it is coming and he is averaging 10 FPPG in two appearances. A huge amount of that number is made up of his five shots per game.
Mata is someone that can create you some separation in a GPP contest yet never completes a game and needs a goal or an assist to top 10 fantasy points. Fellaini is a non-factor unless United get some joy in the air from set pieces.
Next up are City. Kevin de Bruyne ($9,600), David Silva ($8,100) and Raheem Sterling ($7,400) are your men here.
There are few midfielders that are better cash game pick-ups than de Bruyne. He has not had a single-digit fantasy point week so far this season and is on a three-game run of assists for Man City. Add in his 7.3 crosses per game and a smattering of shots. It’s then you realise that he’s rarely a bad option.
David Silva, averaging 11 FPPG, is another of the gifted attacking midfielders supporting the lone centre forward. Silva shares set pieces with de Bruyne yet is more boom-bust than the Belgian player and usually relies on a goal or an assist to push past the 10-point mark.
Sterling is the other option and one that is becoming more trusted by fantasy players as the weeks go by. After a quiet opening day against Sunderland (five fantasy points), Sterling has 23 FPPG in the three games since then and scored a brace in his last game against West Ham. For a player that is this in-form, there’s little reason not to slot him in.
Ilkay Gundogan ($5,700) and Fernandinho ($4,100) only become good options if one of them scores a goal.
Cash Game Plays: Kevin de Bruyne, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling
GPPs: David Silva, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial
Now to the fun part: the forwards. There’s really no one more fun than Zlatan Ibrahimovic in world football, after all.
The Swede has hit the ground running since arriving at Man Utd on a free transfer and his seven shot performance against Hull City showed that he can bring points to the table without scoring a goal. I would caution that none of those shots were on target and if he doesn’t score, you will be left with an expensive deadweight in your line-up.
Wayne Rooney, however, is the other way entirely. He is yet to have a week without a goal or an assist, and for club and country is averaging 15.1 FPPG. The most pleasing part is his decision to begin crossing the ball on a regular basis. The introduction of Zlatan has also lifted up his cross numbers.
On the City side of things, Sergio Agüero is out injured and young Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to be drafted in. So far this season he has achieved little in terms of fantasy performance, his one start against Steaua Bucharest burning a great deal of players.
The other player to factor in is the Spaniard Nolito. He has played a part in all five of City’s games in all competitions, averaging 16.3 FPPG if you include his 45 minutes for the Spanish national side (three assists and 25 fantasy points).
Cash Game Plays: Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GPPs: Kelechi Iheanacho
Last Six Results
Man Utd v Man City
Sunday, 20 March 2016: Man City 0-1 Man Utd (Rashford 16’)
Sunday, 25 October 2015: Man Utd 0-0 Man City
Sunday, 12 April 2015: Man Utd 4-2 Man City (Young 14’, Fellaini 27’, Mata 67’, Smalling 73’; Agüero 8’, 89’)
Sunday, 2 November 2014: Man City 1-0 Man Utd (Agüero 63; Smalling sent off 39’)
Tuesday, 25 March 2014: Man Utd 0-3 Man City (Dzeko 1’, 56’, Yaya Toure 90’)
Sunday, 22 September 2013: Man City 4-1 Man Utd (Agüero 16’ 47’, Yaya Toure 45’, Nasri 50’; Rooney 87’)