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Aguero and Mahrez benched as Guardiola rotates again

Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) owners once again find themselves burned by Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy as he is named on the bench for Gameweek 9.

It represents the second successive away match that the Argentinian has been selected among the substitutes with Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) chosen to lead the line at Crystal Palace.

Joining him on the bench is Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m), further frustrating those who signed the Algerian international ahead of Gameweek 8.

Against Wolves he was substituted in the 59th minute and this week misses out on a place in the starting line-up for the first time since Gameweek 5.

Those invested in Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) and Kevin de Bruyne (£10.0m) will be much happier ahead of the game as both of them feature in the first XI.

The England international continues his run of matches without a benching to three, while his Belgian colleague is back in the team after missing Gameweek 8 with an injury.

As Guardiola had promised before the international, it has proved not to be too serious and, after a pretty abject start to Gameweek 9, de Bruyne’s owners will be quietly hopeful of attacking returns.

Meanwhile, Guardiola appears to have shaken things up at the back by naming both Fernandinho (£5.2m) and Rodrigo (£5.5m), defensive midfielders by trade, in the two centre-back positions.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.6m) has come in for some serious criticism of late and finds himself not even in the matchday squad.

Crystal Palace line up in a 4-4-2 formation with Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) leading the line with Jordan Ayew (£5.1m).

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) is missing from the squad, which may encourage those invested in the Manchester City attack, as Wayne Hennessey (£4.4m) comes in for him.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Ward; McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyaté, Schlupp; Zaha, Ayew.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, Cancelo; De Bruyne, D Silva, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, B Silva.

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1,433 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JHolmes
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 2 hours ago

    Anyone else with the consistent C fails? Havent hit the optimal choice yet this season any gw...

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 2 hours ago

      Many have failed this gameweek, but yeah I have been unlucky with the Captain choice so far. Blanked in all bar 2 I think.

    2. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      basically everyone in ffs

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 2 hours ago

    33 with 4 to go. Double Sheff U defence so that means atleast another 12 there. Sorry Aubam owners 🙂

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 2 hours ago

      Lundstram brace incoming, and Pepe hatrick to top it off.

      1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          28 days, 2 hours ago

          omg if that happened 😀
          I do believe Pepe is going to get points this week, my gut been saying that big time. In fact my gut has been saying he was captain material...
          Its probably just gas tho :>

      2. TAT
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 2 hours ago

        SHU will win on Monday. Arsenal shouldn't be where they are on the table when looking at how they play.

    2. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 2 hours ago

      Thoughts on pukki Wilson Ota > Jiménez Vardy Burn -8

      Stupid or not?

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 2 hours ago

      I’m bad at / new to understanding all these stats available as a member. Can someone point me in the direction of which would be the useful ones to see how Wilson, Tammy, Maddison got on today?

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 2 hours ago

        My favourites in no particular order are:
        xGI’s
        Pen box touches
        Shots in box
        Shots on targets
        Big/Chances created and big chances

    4. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
        28 days, 2 hours ago

        anyone else watching these streams with constant adverts/"hacks" showing 100 different useless uses for cable ties lol

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 2 hours ago

          Busted come out of there with your hands up we’ve finally got you

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Hang onto Wilson?

      • Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        36 points with Salah, TAA and VvD to go.