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Why you should spend your budget on Man City’s premium offerings

It feels like every other season there’s a debate about whether Man City could win the quadruple.

In 2018/19 they won every domestic trophy but fell in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s side remain in contention for every trophy at this stage of the 2020/21 campaign and most would say their 14-point lead at the top of the league looks unassailable.

And it’s highly likely City will start as favourites in the EFL Cup final at the end of April.

A comfortable 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 saw them put one foot in the last eight and a win over Everton in FA Cup would secure a spot in the semi-finals.

It’s not a question of whether or not Man City will win a trophy this season, but how many?

DT SPECIAL: Bruno Fernandes OR Kevin De Bruyne to score from outside the box AND Raheem Sterling OR Marcus Rashford to score inside the box this Sunday – 10/1 (was 7/1)

Medals incoming

Medals incoming

Any self-respecting Dream Team gaffer knows you have to take full advantage of the football calendar.

With City still hunting for trophies on four fronts, it might be wise to invest your budget into their premium options, if you haven’t already of course.

City’s three most-expensive players at this stage are Raheem Sterling (£6.4m), Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£5.8m).

We’ve soliloquised enough about the Portuguese full-back this season and as the outright best defender in Dream Team by a country mile, he’s hardly gone under the radar.

But it seems like now is the time to go all-in on the other two.

De Bruyne has fully recovered from his latest injury and remains one of the most effective midfielders in world football.

No player has provided more assists in the Premier League than the Belgian playmaker this season.

A winning combination

A winning combination

As for Sterling, he’s gone about his business in a quieter manner than last season, when he was Dream Team’s overall top scorer.

But 13 goals and ten assists in all competitions represents another impressive campaign thus far.

Add in four Star Man awards and a flurry of 7+ ratings and you arrive at a points tally of 167 points for the England winger after 23 Game Weeks.

Sterling is the sixth-best forward in Dream Team at the time of writing and with a busy schedule in his favour, he will fancy his chances of chasing down the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£5.8m).

No players are immune from rotation under Guardiola but Sterling and De Bruyne are two of his most-trusted servants and almost guaranteed starters in what most would consider ‘big games’.

This weekend, City take on their local rivals in the Manchester derby and will be wary of the threat posed by Marcus Rashford (£5.0m) and Bruno Fernandes (£5.3m), two of only four players with 200+ points.

Man United may have registered three 0-0s in a row but their two standout players have combined for 40 goals and 24 assists.

Fingers crossed for a points deluge this Sunday.

DT SPECIAL: Bruno Fernandes OR Kevin De Bruyne to score from outside the box AND Raheem Sterling OR Marcus Rashford to score inside the box this Sunday – 10/1 (was 7/1)

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