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Foden replaces Sane in the only change to either side at the Etihad

The final match of Gameweek 37 takes place this evening between Manchester City and Leicester City.

Kick-off at the Etihad Stadium is at 20:00 BST.

A win for the hosts leaves them in pole position at the top of the Premier League table going into Gameweek 38.

There is only one change to the starting XIs this evening and it is perhaps a surprising one: Phil Foden replacing Leroy Sane for the home side, with Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne still not fit to return.

Foden’s recall means that Bernardo Silva is pushed further forward into the three-man City attack alongside Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Sane, Gabriel Jesus and former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez are among the substitutes.

Vincent Kompany again partners Aymeric Laporte at centre-half, with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi forced to watch on from the bench.

Benjamin Mendy is once again omitted from City’s 18-man squad.

Brendan Rodgers has kept faith with the same 11 players that started the 3-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.

That means that youngster Hamza Choudhury again gets a start in a central midfield three alongside Youri Tielemans and anchor Wilfred Ndidi.

James Maddison and Marc Albrighton will flank Jamie Vardy in attack, so Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray again have to make do with a place among the substitutes.

Only Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals than Leicester since Brendan Rodgers’ appointment.

Vardy has been involved in more Premier League strikes (nine goals, two assists) than any other Fantasy asset in that time.

Aguero will be endeavouring to keep up his own impressive record of never having blanked when starting a home league fixture this season.

Both Aguero and Vardy registered assists when the two sides met at the King Power Stadium back in December, with the Foxes running out 2-1 winners.

Sterling, who leads all other outfield players for points per match (7.1) in 2018/19, has six double-digit hauls to Aguero’s four at the Etihad this season.

Aguero is the leading captain option this week, with 33,241 managers handing the Argentinean striker the armband while using their Triple Captain chip.

13,121 FPL bosses have used the chip on Sterling in Gameweek 37, meanwhile.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Evans, Pereira, Choudhury, Maddison, Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Vardy.

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  1. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    My last roll of the dice has to be a defender. Who’s the best shot:

    A) Bertrand (HUD)
    B) Shaw (CAR)

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Van Aanholt for old times sake? Of those I would go Shaw

      1. Smurf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I fancied PVA but him not starting this weekend has put me off.

        1. AndyCook
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Good point. Not many attacking defenders that could go really big outside of Liverpool, shame really.

    2. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

  2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone getting kompany for the final gw?
    Too risky or fairly certain to play?

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Fairly certain to play

    2. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Risky that he starts but I suppose after that goal it would be hard to leave him out.

    3. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I think you’d be ok with it mate. Risk over so many players but after that goal surely Pep can’t bench the lad!

    4. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Be amazed if he didn't play, unless injured between now and GW38. Three starts and clean sheets in a row, six days to recover from this game, plus Pep had previously talked about preferring Kompany or Otamendi - who has barely featured recently - over Stones to deal with high balls (hello Brighton).

    5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers all. Feels like a good punt for 38.

  3. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I'm probably gonna play Hoiberg instead of Jota this week.

    Just saying.

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    It won't happen but city deserve to bottle it after celebrating on the pitch like it's over with one game to go.

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Totes.
      It's pretty arrogant

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      For it being their last home game, walking around and thanking the fans?

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No it's not. It's their last home game. Thank you to the fans.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        The fans who were absent for almost every game?

    4. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You never been to a game ? Last home of the season it’s typical to do a lap of appreciation and hand out player of season awards etc

    5. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Every club does that during the last home game.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Only when it's already won.

  5. Old Bull
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Bloody awful GW. 33pts if Sterling’s YC doesn’t appear. 27pts from two players stuck on the bench.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Christ. Who are those two?

    2. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Doherty and?

  6. Tev
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    When do points become unchangeable? With the addition of baps? Worried Sterling’s YC won’t have time to change if confirmed his. Does Mark have him?

  7. Plymouth
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    How is it possible to have such bad luck...

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/820675/event/37

    1. Tev
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      That’s next level. Hope you’re not a Plymouth fan as well.

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Variance gets us all now and then.
      Do you ever ask how it's possible to get such good luck when all your players score or is that skill?

  8. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Going back to the mental health discussion, just all but lost my ML to my rival after it being tight all season to Dedonker, yep Dedonker. I own Jimmy and Jota and he has Dedonker. Nail in the coffin for me 🙁

    What I am asking is for some alternative hobbies to FPL that have worked for anyone else? Ideally ones that are less frustrating. Obviously there is exercise etc but wasn't sure if anyone here who has had a break has had anything that works for them

    Or is it better to stay with FPL and find a strategy (that works) to take it less seriously?

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I dipped out this season and played he draft game, if you have a group of mates that play in a mini league that’s a much more toned down version in many ways. I’d drop the game, it adds stress to your life and strain on relationships. Exercise naturally makes people feel good, if that or sport in another form takes your interest is try and pursue that.

    2. They Are Lost
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Try not to take it seriously.

      Go out for walks during matches and check your score after, rather than risking your blood pressure during.

      And whatever you do, try to avoid the comments on here during matches. It brings out the worst, believe me.

    3. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      It gets obsessive checking lineups and price changes. Enjoy your time with friends and family without it hanging over you evenings and weekends

      1. Dare Do The Punt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks guys. Some very helpful feedback 🙂

    4. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Hard luck but just carry the lessons learnt from this season to next. For me its to pick a tighter team from gw1 and keep my 1st WC for december (used mine gw2 😆 .

      Spend little in defence (2 big hitters and three 5.0-4.0's) and chop and change budget mids and back Sterling Mane Haz(?).

      Upfront I'm going 1 big hitter (Kane), 1 mid priced (Vardy) and 1 cheapie (promoted striker or Perez)

      I followed this template 2 seasons ago and placed top 2,5k

      And no hits is key as this forces you to plan properly.

    5. Pilgrim62
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Avoid ML. Just play globaly

  9. Miguel Sanchez
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Which one scores more:

    A) Redmond (HUD)
    B) Kompany (bha)

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Redmond if he plays

  10. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    How confident are we that Salah will start against Wolves?