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Aguero benched as Sterling returns to starting line-up

Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) has finally fallen foul of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy once again as he finds himself on the bench in Gameweek 7, for the first time since the opening weekend.

Following a midweek rest, the Manchester City manager has chosen not to use the Argentinian striker in the starting XI for the second match in a row in all competitions.

That will come as a deep frustration to the 1,000,000+ managers who handed Aguero the captaincy for Gameweek 7.

Only Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), who blanked in Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United was captained by more this weekend.

Taking Aguero’s place up-front is Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) who played against Preston on Wednesday night.

The decision to bench Aguero after a midweek rest is perhaps a sobring reminder of the fact that Guardiola remains a manager who FPL bosses cannot always apply logic too.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) returns to the Manchester City starting line-up after missing the 8-0 demolition of Watford last week.

He flanks Jesus with Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) who, despite playing just 308 minutes in the league this season, still has one goal and five assists to his name.

Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) drops out of the starting XI to make way for the Algerian but Kevin de Bruyne (£9.9m) retains his starting berth.

The defence lines up as predicted with Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Kyle Walker (£6.0m) flanking Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m) and Fernandinho (£5.3m).

Marco Silva makes two changes to the team that lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United in Gameweek 6.

Theo Walcott (£6.3m) comes in for Bernard (£6.5m), who is absent with illness, on the flanks of attacking midfield while Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.8m) replaces Moise Kean (£6.6m) up-front.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Delph, Schneiderlin; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Walker; Gündogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

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  1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Liverpool's year.
    At last.

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ugh…

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      City drop points here and title is decided imo

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        They blew a 7 point lead last year, nothing is decided based on tonight’s result.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hope so

      • MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Congrats Liverpool fans

      • Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Top, must be a sign_Bringing out my Beatles vinyls.

      • Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The only people who ever say this are non Pool fans but Pool fans get lambasted when it proves to be wrong.

        It's only September.

      • Zlatanzo
          1 month, 17 days ago

          They beat a promoted side 1-0 today after a GK error... seriously?

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            City lost 3-2 to a promoted side with 8 injuries

          2. iL PiStOlErO
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Thats how you win titles.

          3. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Not without Glen Hysén.

        • Ady87
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Bottomed, Would you do either of these?

          A) Sterling/Wesley/Barnes > Yarmolenko/Wilson/Auba -4

          B)Sterling/Wesley/Barnes > Yarmolenko/Wilson/Kane -4

          1. Martial Mathers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            A

            Arsenal fixtures are sweeeeeet

        • teddypicker
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Will be 4 red arrows in a row, time to WC?

          Pope
          Robertson TAA Digne Otamendi
          Cantwell Sterling KDB Salah
          Abraham Pukki

          Button Greenwood Dendoncker Rico

          1. Ady87
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            It’s not even a bad time. Who would you bring in?

            1. Ady87
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Team

          2. iL PiStOlErO
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Dont know anymore, this game is very annoying. Whatever you do it will be wrong so just go the opposite

            • Hassan88
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              i would drop robertson digne and ota for 4.5 defenders... put the money in midfielders and attackers.

            • Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              It's only time to WC if you can hit an incredible fixture swing on several players. Otherwise your team is fine

            • Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Don't drop your Liverpool defenders. You'll be scraping round to fix a hilarious budget defence in a fortnight just like everyone else

          3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Most sterling goals came when he was running into the box and getting tap ins

            He seems to be sticking out wide rather than in the box. Unlikely to bang in a 30 yarder

            1. TAT
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Time to sell.

            2. Regin
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              This is something I noticed 3 weeks ago and sold him for kun. But kun benched!

            3. Jon Snow
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Definitely not looking like a 12m threat, Mahrez and kdb on the right looking far more likely to get points

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Hes a bad left winger when he cant play as a left sided striker running into the box.

            5. mixology
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Somebody had his stats on right wing vs left. Been trying to find it.

          4. pundit of punts
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Tempted by Wickham + Sterling + Zinchenko ➡ Aubameyang + Mount + Guilbert for -4.

            Good moves?

            1. Tomthewise1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Tasty...

            2. La Roja
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yeah

            3. KGFC
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yep

          5. Tomthewise1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Think owners of city assets should keep the faith. Man city look a far more fluid, attacking team than Liverpool today. With the upcoming fixtures would take Salah out over Sterling

            1. beric
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Agree

            2. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Liverpool at the back city at the front. Same as it ever was

            3. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              And Liverpool are always one injury away from problems. City have about three replacenents for any attacking mid

            4. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yep.

            5. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              True that

          6. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Why are all our players so bad

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              This season is a complete write off

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Son (C) could've been so good today, everything I try goes wrong atm.

                  1. KGFC
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Yep, only if Poch wasn’t such a *#@#**

                  2. ZICO SENNA
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    For sure, i’m just playing for fun now, hits galore

                    1. mixology
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Bit early for that tbf. Plenty of gw’s left

              2. Would Ed Woodward
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  🙁

                • iL PiStOlErO
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    They just can't keep up with our plans...

                • Peter Ouch
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  I can hear pep screaming

                  1. Tomthewise1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Hahahahaha

                  2. Hakim Ziyech
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Lol

                  3. MTPockets
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    What does Jesus give mci that Aguero doesn't?
                    Nothing imo

                    1. Peter Ouch
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Jesus saves

                      1. MTPockets
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        amen

                    2. Halftime
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      He's giving Aguero a rest before the Champions League imo

                      1. MTPockets
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Yeah that's all I can find as a positive. "a rest"

                    3. TallestJohn
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Sometimes he looks like he might have a cry

                    4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Legs not made from spaghetti.

                    5. MoManeTaa
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Lets ppl think pep gets his tactics spot on for every game

                    6. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Movement

                    7. iL PiStOlErO
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        He has the (holy) spirit

                      • Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Absolutely nothing. Hes a lesser player in every way.

                    8. Tamagotchi Massacre
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Bit of a glass jaw this city team haven't they. Don't like it up em

                    9. diesel001
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Didn't Sterling score a second half hat-trick last season?

                      Still hope for owners.

                      1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        This season in GW1, I think

                      2. TAT
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Playing out wide? Don't think so.

                        1. Zlatanzo
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            Can always change positioning mid game

                            1. TAT
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Could do, but don't see it happening.

                      3. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        top 10 k ave around 34

                        wow

                        1. La Roja
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Phew

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            *phoo

                        2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          How????? 24 here with 1 to play

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            ask raggamuffin bolly

                            1. Ragabolly
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Well, a quick look here https://www.livefpl.net/top10k shows that Mount + liverpool defense + Wilson + Kane + Mcginn did the job

                        3. Magic Zico
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          And am on 32 ... red arrow

                      4. Stokelona
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Sterling winning goal for 10 points please!

                        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Yes please

                        2. MoManeTaa
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Guess he will be first sub off

                      5. Lindelol
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        How was Sterling doing in the first half?

                        1. Stokelona
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Stayed wide for the first 30. After Everton equalised he said sod this and got more involved with Zinc pushing on.

                      6. StayoutheSpiceZone
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Average this week has got to be like 20?!?!

                        1. Christina.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          31

                          1. Joyce1998
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            I'm on 31 lol all captains have failed

                      7. diesel001
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Don't worry. Man City will score before 60 mins and then it will all be good.

                      8. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Always feel having David silva and kdb frees one of them up to create chances. Can't put two men on both of them. Get gundo off.

                      9. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        TAA cappers are the biggest winners

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          6 points was it?

                          1. Warby84
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            7

                            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Looks like he's fourth on bonus?

                          2. Joyce1998
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            Best thing to have happened so far

                      10. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          10k average 34, overall average is 32

                        • mookie
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Next time I have 7 scout picks, I'll play the free hit chip. 🙁

                          1. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            to get 11?

                            1. mookie
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Yeah, and the bench.

                        • Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Awaiting for a Greenwood haul ha!

                          1. Joyce1998
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            Against Arsenal?? I don't think so

                          2. HurriKane
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            He's due

                        • Albrightondknight
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 17 days ago

                          Should not have bothered watching Pool highlights.
                          Mane should score 2 tbf 1 was probably offside and that was a definitely penalty on him for an assist.

                          1. Peter Ouch
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            It was never a penalty

                          2. Berbinho's Forehead
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            Amazed that wasn't given a pen. Maybe his lack of reaction meant it didn't go to VAR. His misses were horrendous.

                        • Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            after this game Auba owners have it good, there is no one left to fear but Auba. No one should be worried about Greenwood

                            1. The Pope
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Vardy

                              1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                  not owned enuf tbh, altho a leciester cs could be a thorn in the side

                              2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Nobody should fear dubravka either. Which other players that nobody fears should nobody fear?

                                1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    only players with high ownership, duh

                                    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      Okay. I imagine greenwood has very low ownership that have actually fielded him though

                                      1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          tbh he has lower ownerhsip then I thought but still probably highest owned out of all remaining players. Vardy on less than 10% for instance, Maddison probably injured. Leicester defence will probably be highish.

                                  • HurriKane
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    Greenwood to tear luiz a new one

                                    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        We’ll beat them 8-2 like usual bro lol

                                    2. Yank Revolution
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      EO for Auba is 15.1% in top 10 k, so, no real fear there.

                                  • The Pope
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    Cmon Zinny

                                    1. Magic Zico
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      Wow yes ...

                                  • HonestBlatter
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    KUN show incoming....

                                  • Woy_is_back
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    Need a Sterling blank and Kun to come in and score

                                    1. HurriKane
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      *Sterling winner and kun 1 min caneo

                                    2. Top Lad Dakes.
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      need the opposite

                                  • Stoic
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    Aurier owners , what are you doing apart from cursing ?
                                    He rose to 5 mill , so we can keep him on the bench for next GW ?

                                    1. HurriKane
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      Not an ownee but id Sell to soy,/tomori

                                    2. mookie
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      I'm probably keeping and playing Lundstram.

                                    3. Would Ed Woodward
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        I'm not sure he'll come back into the side though, especially if Foyth comes in and doesn't embarrass himself.

                                      • KDB4PREZ
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Yeah prob bench and for evaluate

                                        • XabiAlonso
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Will play either cantwell or lundstrom instead

                                        • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Play him as a bench winker.

                                      • Lucackadoodledoo
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        Might captain KDB next week. Really consistent

                                        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Very true. But I still want to chase the hattrick guys. Can't help it.

                                          1. Peter Ouch
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                            Even more true!

                                            We aren't satisfied with the given ones and we want more.
                                            We end up with Sterling

                                          2. Lucackadoodledoo
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                            Yea. Same. Always favour salah when he has a decent fixture but this season feel like I should mix it up

                                        2. Tsparkes10
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Did it this week. No way was I feeling Salah... Only 4 points in it atm though

                                          1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                            Unlucky today. Well played from your boys. You'll stay up with that sort of heart and resilience

                                      • Nomar
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        Enough of this Pep nonsense.

                                        Just get Kane and be done with it

                                      • HD7
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        2 FT; 0.0 ITB

                                        Any ideas for a transfer?

                                        Its strange a few weeks ago I took a hit and now I cant see any reasonable transfer. I even did Digne to Ota last week just not to have 2 transfers...

                                        Pope
                                        TAA Ota VVD Guilbert
                                        Salah Sterling Mount KDB
                                        Abraham Haller

                                        Subs: Button, Dendonker, Greenwood, Rico

                                        1. tsm
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          Salah + Haller > Auba + Pukki

                                          Pukki seems to have better form at home and I think auba will outscore Salah over next 5gws

                                          1. HD7
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                            Ok but thats 3 transfers 😀