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Why Pep Guardiola’s rotation shouldn’t affect your Dream Team selections

Pep Guardiola is the grim reaper of fantasy football.

There, we said it.

Just as you thought you’d worked out the inner goings on of Guardiola’s tactical mind, he springs a few pesky selection surprises against Watford.


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Evil genius

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Evil genius

Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte – both huge Dream Team favourites this season – were left on the bench for Man City’s 2-1 win.

Instead in came Vincent Kompany and Riyad Mahrez, leaving a load of Dream Team managers pulling their hair out.

But here’s why you shouldn’t worry too much about it.

Settling for a place on the bench

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Settling for a place on the bench

The pure footballing frenzy that is December means that rotation is always inevitable, particularly with a squad as deep as City’s.

Just because Sterling and Laporte didn’t play against Watford doesn’t necessarily mean you should transfer them out.

Far from it, in fact.

Mahrez really shone in a rare league start

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Mahrez really shone in a rare league start

Both players, even if they miss the odd game, are still likely to outperform alternatives simply due to their respective point-scoring rates this season.

Only six players have hit 100 points on Dream Team so far this season and Sterling and Laporte are two of them.

They’re both averaging over five points per game.

Sterling and Laporte are still first choice

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Sterling and Laporte are still first choice

Mahrez and Kompany – their replacements against Watford – average just 4.1 and 3.1 points per game respectively in comparison.

All the statistics point to what we already knew; Sterling and Laporte are guaranteed big point scorers and must-haves this season.

Both will almost certainly come back into the fold to play Chelsea on Saturday evening considering Guardiola’s first-team tendencies so far this campaign.

Don’t fret, even if Pep is an unpredictable swine.


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