Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2019/20 campaign are now available for the price of £17.50.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

2,069 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Triple city attack paying dividends. But captained the one scoring the least points. So gratz to Sterling/KDB cappers.

  2. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    No chance that is assist

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Repost counts.. always done

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Right?

  3. balint84
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How was Richarlison today?

    1. NWA
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He played really well

  4. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    If Sterling stayed on he should have took the bonus too

  5. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Rule makers obviously have Aguero

  6. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Come on baby KDB, grab a goal my son

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He's off

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        not his baby

      2. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He's still there. They've used up all subs

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Dude, that's Zinchenko.

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          He was one of the subs...

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            The subs were KDB, Sterling and Jesus

            Baby KDB is still playing

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              It's not worth it if you've to explain it all.

        3. MeatPieSausageRoll
          1 month, 21 days ago

          That’s Fernandinho

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Erm.

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Baby KDB = Zinchenko

  7. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Aguero yet to blank 😯

  8. ManofKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A Kun goal would be nice to finish the match...

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Amazing.

  9. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    We need some random Everton goal for Sterling 3 BP

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Only if he changed clubs.

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Eh..?

  10. Would Ed Woodward
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Worst performance to end with a goal? Sterling this week or Wilson last?

  11. MeatPieSausageRoll
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Aguero assist definitely going to get removed?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It's just been taken off.

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Cheers

      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Is it?

  12. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Why are the assists never consistent

  13. arkom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sterling essential now.

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Still thinking of dropping him.

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Erm, how?

  14. Artemis Titans
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Get in you beauty. DSilva just got me 6pts. Blocking Mendy's 1 point Cameo. Kelly's cleanie.

  15. Arrow Marked Drogba
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Assuming that assist will definitely be removed.

    1. Artemis Titans
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Should be if Vardy's was last week

  16. Gregor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Looked like an Aguero shot to me so that’s a fantasy assist.

    I don’t own Aguero by the way.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Looked like he was putting it across the goal with pace hoping that someone put it in.

  17. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Dilva just cost me 6 from the bench.

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Strangest Citeh asset to own this season.

      1. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Only 2 behind Sterling before tonight so not that strange.

    2. Artemis Titans
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Opposite for me

  18. Railwayman
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Wow, what a nice "assist" from Aguero lol...

  19. arkom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Remove that Aguero pass?!

  20. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Kun assit talen off?

  21. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Kun might be best captain next week

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      When will you’s learn

  22. SMEE_HEEE
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    that's me - 37 all out

    Digne ->> Aurier went well!

  23. Don Van White Jam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    How is that ever conceivably an Aguero assist? Ridiculous.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      They give it an assist if it reaches the intended target. They must think that Sterling was the target.

      I think it was just hit across the goal with pace and hoping someone put it in. Maybe not Sterling specifically.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Uh, Sterling was absolutely not the intended target. That's a shot/ I haven't seen an alternate angle but not sure it was even going in.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          No it wasn't going in, because it was a cross.

      2. Don Van White Jam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Exactly. Pickford also altered the path of the ball, taking it into Sterling's path.

        Such a stretch to consider it an assist.

    2. FFMOTM
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I think they give the assist if its scored from the rebound of a saved shot

    3. Gentle_Turks
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Agree. There's no way he was trying to find Sterling. He was just playing it across the goal.

  24. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    And just how is Coleman on for two baps?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Because I took him out.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        If you'd let me know I'd have got him in! 😉

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Seriously mate, ask what I do and then do the opposite.

  25. yakirh
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What happened to KDB?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Subbed and touched his groin

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        now im horny

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Check your inbox.

        2. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          lol

  26. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    so angry at pep not playing sterling last week.....

  27. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Random man speaking with sterling

  28. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Seems like this will be a low scoring GW

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      What gives you that impression?

    2. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nah. Newcastle haven't played yet.

  29. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    56 all out.

    Now to hope for an Auba blank to make it a good week!

  30. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    47 all out and baps added big RED...

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bantz