Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Top Fantasy Picks on BalleBaazi: Premier League 2021-22

Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Top Fantasy Picks on BalleBaazi: Premier League 2021-22

With Liverpool dropping points against Spurs last night, Manchester City have the golden opportunity to pull three points away from Klopp’s men with their next challenge being an in-form Newcastle side at the Etihad.

Let’s have a look at the best player picks from the two sides that you can select on the BalleBaazi app.


Ederson – 8.5

Manchester City’s Ederson is the primary choice for this position. Although he’s probably not the best at shot-stopping, his distribution is vital to Pep Guardiola’s side and he has averaged an 88% passing accuracy this season.

Manchester City have had a strong season defensively, and Ederson is second in the race for the golden glove behind his national compatriot, Alisson. So between both keepers, Ederson is the better bet.


Joao Cancelo – 8.5

Joao Cancelo has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. Predominantly a right-back, Pep deployed him as a left-back for most of the season where he excelled as an inverted full-back.

Cancelo has 6 assists in the league this season and has averaged 4 successful long passes and 4.4 chipped passes per game. Defensively, his performances have been solid as well. He has averaged 2.4 tackles per game along with 1.7 interceptions per game.

He’s an exciting player to watch, and would be a great pick for your fantasy team.

Ruben Dias – 9

Another Portuguese national who has been one of Pep’s most important players in the last two seasons, Dias signed for City in 2020 and came into a side that was conceding goals regularly. His influence proved critical and with him in the side, City’s defensive record improved massively and they went on to win the Premier League.

This season, Dias has had another good season. His contribution in playing out from the back is as crucial as his defensive qualities. Dias has a passing accuracy of 94% and even more importantly, a 91% accuracy in the opposition half. His long passing range is a key weapon consistently used by City with the 24-year-old recording 3.5 successful long balls per game.

Given his distribution and defensive qualities, Dias is an ideal pick for this game.


Kevin De Bruyne – 9.5

With Manchester City likely to win their fourth title in five seasons, De Bruyne has been one of the most, if not the most important part of this run under Pep Guardiola.

This season he has not lived up to expectations when it comes to assists. The Belgian has just 6 assists this season. However, his goals tally has improved with him scoring 11 so far. The timing of his goals has also been pretty important for City.

De Bruyne is world-class footballer, and should be a straight pick in your team.

Bernardo Silva – 9.5

Bernardo Silva was close to leaving Manchester City in the summer. After Grealish’s arrival and the probability of signing Kane, Bernardo Silva was one of the potential casualties in the squad. However, the turnaround of his Man City career has been nothing short of spectacular. From him being given the signal to leave, to now becoming one of their best performers has been quite a turnaround for the Portuguese schemer.

He has been used in various positions by Pep due to his excellent versatility and explosive work rate. He has registered 3 assists and 8 goals in the Premier League this season and is a pick you could benefit from.

Bruno Guimarães – 9

Bruno Guimarães was one of the most exciting January signings for Newcastle. The Brazilian came to the Premier League with a high reputation from his time at Lyon.

Guimarães has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last four Premier League games. Technically gifted, he is an explosive player to watch and his physicality is also suited to the English game. He averages 2.3 tackles per game, and is a useful pick from the Newcastle team.

Riyad Mahrez – 9

One of the most skillful players to watch, Riyaz Mahrez has had a brilliant season with Manchester City. In 25 appearances in the Premier League this campaign, he has 11 goals and 5 assists.

He is a constant threat down the right side of Manchester City’s attack and his combination play with the players around him has been a deadly weapon for City this season.

One of the most creative players, Mahrez should be a straightforward pick in your fantasy team on BalleBaazi.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 9.5

Allan Saint-Maximin is one of the most entertaining players in the league. He is an incisive dribbler with electric pace and acceleration in his repertoire. However, his numbers are not as high as the Newcastle fans would like them to be.

This season in 32 appearances, he has 5 goals and 4 assists which is of course not enough for a player of his quality.

However, there is a chance that he could have a good game against City. Pep’s side will dominate possession and when Newcastle regain possession, they will try and hit the home side on the break where Allan Saint-Maximin’s pace and dribbling will be useful.

He’s another pick from Newcastle you can select in your team.


Gabriel Jesus – 9.5

With all the talk of how Manchester City lack an out-and-out number nine, Gabriel Jesus’s performances have been impressive. The Brazilian has scored key goals for City with one of them coming against Liverpool at the Etihad.

He has recorded 8 goals and 8 assists in 25 Premier League games this season. He is a different type of striker as compared to a lot of modern strikers but his involvement always makes a difference for City.

Due to his recent form, picking him in your fantasy team could be the right call.

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