If Manchester City go Invincibles 2.0, or as I’ll forever describe it, Invincibles Lite*, the trip to Anfield on Sunday is the most difficult remaining obstacle. Before Sadio Mane’s red card in GW4, any neutral viewer suspected City were headed for defeat or, best case, a 3-3 draw. More on that topic to follow, but first, a word about Chelsea: Conte has quietly put together, tactically, one of his most impressive stretches during his time at the club. Dating back to their terrible loss at Palace in mid-October, Chelsea have taken 33 points from an available 39 in the EPL, but unlike last year, the stability of the 3-4-3 has given way to eight (8!) different formations. What does this mean for fantasy? Disaster. If you don’t own Hazard or Alonzo, Chelsea are a stay-away in OFPL and pure chaos in Togga. Now, they’ve added Ross Barkley and depending on who you ask, he’s either rotational backfill sitting behind Fabregas and Bakayoko or he’s a savior and represents the future of the club.

*ICYMI, the manufacturing of City’s accomplishments has been made possible by an abundance of cash so nefarious it makes Roman Abramovich blush.

No postscript from GW22 since it seems like ten years ago.

Let’s get started.

  • Studs: For all the deserved abuse leveled at Mourinho for his handling of young talents, Lingard has blossomed and don’t laugh, but Luke Shaw looks close to doing the same. Not only that, but if you’re a Pogba owner, that’s good news for you because it has allowed Mourinho to trot out a 4-3-3 with Pogba on the left side of the midfield. Oh yeah, that just so happens to be where he played when he lit up the Serie A with Juventus. Stay home, Ashley Young.
  • Duds: Salah’s abuse of Otamendi in GW4 was only alleviated by the cover provided by Mendy. Pep won’t be dumb enough to start a back three against Liverpool a second time, but whoever he starts on the left will be a weak foil for the Egyptian winger. Either Delph (not a fullback) or Danilo (natural position is right back) will also depend on defensive cover, especially since both are likely to be involved in the attack. I suspect Danilo will start, which will give Pep the opportunity to test a theory about playing a right-footed left back against Salah. Everybody knows Salah is gonna Robben-esque cut inside and it probably can’t be stopped but a right-footed player should ostensibly fare better.
1David De GeaMarcos AlonsoKevin De BruyneSergio Aguero
2Hugo LlorisCesar AzpilicuetaChristian EriksenMohamed Salah
3Lukasz FabianskiBen DaviesEden HazardRaheem Sterling
4Jordan PickfordAntonio ValenciaDavid SilvaHarry Kane
5Thibaut CourtoisKieran TrippierMesut OzilRomelu Lukaku
6Jonas LosslHector BellerinPaul PogbaAlexis Sanchez
7Petr CechVictor MosesRiyad MahrezRoberto Firmino
8EdersonBen MeeWilfried ZahaAlexander Lacazette
9Kasper SchmeichelLuke ShawLeroy SaneRicharlison
10Wayne HennesseyChristopher SchindlerSadio ManeAlvaro Morata
11Nick PopeJames TarkowskiHeung-Min SonMarcus Rashford
12Mat RyanJan VertonghenJesse LingardJay Rodriguez
13Alex McCarthyPhil JonesWillianJamie Vardy
14AdrianArthur MasuakuJuan MataChristian Benteke
15Ben FosterShkodran MustafiDele AlliGlenn Murray
16Heurelho GomesHarry MaguireCesc FabregasWayne Rooney
17Rob ElliotShane DuffyJ. Berg GudmundssonCallum Wilson
18Asmir BegovicDavinson SanchezManuel LanziniCenk Tosun
19Jack ButlandDeAndre YedlinMatt RitchieSalomon Rondon
20Simon MignoletVictor LindelofAaron MooyLaurent Depoitre
21James TomkinsPascal GrossAndre Gray
22Gary CahillChris BruntAshley Barnes
23Kyle WalkerN'Golo KanteJordan Ayew
24Nicolas OtamendiSofiane BoufalAndy Carroll
25Jonny EvansFernandinhoJoselu
26Pablo ZabaletaGylfi Sigurdsson
27Ciaran ClarkAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
28Charlie TaylorMarc Albrighton
29Ahmed HegaziAbdoulaye Doucoure
30Michael KeaneEmre Can
31Angelo OgbonnaGranit Xhaka
32Simon FrancisJoe Allen
33Virgil Van DijkSteven Defour
34Phil BardsleyMikel Merino
35Maya YoshidaWilfried Ndidi
36ZankaJordon Ibe
37Lewis DunkChristian Atsu
38Nathan AkeTom Cleverley
39BrunoDusan Tadic
40Daryl JanmaatTom Ince

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