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De Bruyne returns to central midfield as Aguero makes the Man City bench

Kevin de Bruyne (£10.3m) takes his place in central midfield once again as Manchester City host Leicester City.

The Belgian was handed a more advanced role against Arsenal but is back in his usual position in Gameweek 18.

Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) are the two selected to flank centre-forward Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) for the crucial encounter.

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero (£11.7m), who has been missing since Gamweeek 13, finally makes a return but is named among the substitutes for now.

Either way, it may spell the end of Jesus’ run of games in which he has been considered a nailed-on starter.

With plenty of Christmas fixtures to come, we may well see Aguero back in the starting line-up again very soon.

Meanwhile, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has reverted to his 4-1-4-1 formation for this afternoon’s visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Ayoze Pérez (£6.1m) and Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) return to the starting XI to add some width for the usual suspects of Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), James Maddison (£7.8m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m).

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Mendy, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker; de Bruyne, Gündogan, B Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi; H Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Pérez; Vardy.

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1,296 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    At the start of the decade Vardy was playing in the 10th tier

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Real life hero that guy !

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Legend 😉

  2. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I know some ppl who sold Vardy

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Surely no serious players sold.

      1. RoysCallerAnne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        i sold

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Stay away from them 😀

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Amey for the win! Well played balls of steel

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Did they get Ings?

    4. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I know some who dont own Vardy like Mark Sutherns

    5. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm struggling to imagine how an idea like that even begins to emerge in someone's brain.

  3. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Imagine those that don't own Vardy

  4. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez goal

  5. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I'm delighted Vardy stayed with Leicester

  6. JamieNumber4
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Riyad Mahrez scores and goes nuts

  7. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Should have never moved the armband from Vardy 🙁 season over

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      These kinds of season over posts are beneatg you chucky

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Great flick by soy

  9. Random Name
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    If Leicester win the league, Vardy has a serious claim for the Ballon D'or

  10. Sid1891
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Pool fans opening champagne this year looks like it

  11. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Evans OG.?

  12. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Soyuncu OG

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      nah

  13. Trophé Mourinho
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez is such a sick player, wish he started every week

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Millennial terminology.

    2. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Criminally underused at City.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Well I guess they blocked any other team from having him, thats part of their logic. And Mahrez will take benchings for medals 🙁

  14. Regin
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez goal or own goal by soyuncu?

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling C fail

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Assist?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Bendy mate

    2. theodosios
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      mendy

    3. beric
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mahrez

  17. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bendy assist

  18. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Graelish (and others) safe now regarding five yellows?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      1/2 more games I believe

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        1 for Grealish.

    2. dark91
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      After GW 19 if I am not mistaken

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Pool and West Ham GW20

        1. dark91
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yes true

  19. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Oh dear Soy OG?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      on target so no

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Phew

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Wouldn't have minded it.

          1. Royal5
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Surely a few captainers.

  20. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Finally Mendy repaying faith after all blanks and 0.3 drop 😀

  21. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    praying not to be Soy OG

  22. beric
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Soy OG

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      nope

  23. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Not an OG

    On target before Soyboy deflektor

  24. Trophé Mourinho
    2 months, 4 days ago

    clear Soy own goal 😀

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nopeity nope

  25. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Surely an OG

  26. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    How is KDB looking? Asking for a friend that's a scared non owner.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Decent

      Hit post, set up Sterling big chance

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Good as always

    3. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Involved

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

      Cheers, not a defensive mid tonight then I take it.

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Hatty confirmed

  27. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    How do people still not know the rules for what constitutes an own goal

    1. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      People who don’t follow football

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

      It looked like it was off target to me tbh..

  28. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    looks an OG to me at replay

    1. Yozzer
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      You been playing 8 years and you still don't know the rules 😆

  29. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Lol @ ppl thinking OG

  30. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Can see all the Soy owners on this page haha