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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. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Sterling stamping Ricardo.

  2. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Was hoping for Jesus to take

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

      Same

  3. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Gundogan G (penalty)
    Sterling A

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

    GUNDOGAN GOAL
    STERLING ASSIST

  5. Essan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Why doesn;t KDB take penalties? No-one owns Gundogan ....

    1. Free Hat
        2 months, 3 days ago

        This

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Benched Perreira 😉

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mark knows

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        About Vardy...

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

      Mark has Sterling(C)

      Mark Knows !!

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

        Same

    5. Trophé Mourinho
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mahrez should be on pens, is their best taker after Kun (or better)

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

          Missed a few in his time though.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Mahrez is a safe bet for a pen, especially when he playing like he is today.

          2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            If he can't win the league Pep will troll fpl.

        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sterling (C).... Now all you have to do is score a goal

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            This this this this

        3. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Glad I benched Soyuncu now.

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

            Arnold to outscore him

          2. Eastman
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I did then Willems didn’t start

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

          Jesus owners in tears

          1. Giggs Boson.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            🙁

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

            shocking

          3. Am sorry to say again it�…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            haha

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

            Gundogan was always going take that pen

          5. Jindaljain
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Gn to Jesus owners

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

          Gundo took it as expected.

          Have people seen Jesus take pens?

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I'd put Ederson on em!

          2. Giggs Boson.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Set piece tab says Jesus 2nd, and Gundogan not even on there.

            Probably the most unreliable part of this site...

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

              Similar to team news so.

            2. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Who cares, you can’t know what they agree in the locker room before a match.

        6. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sterling C lets go. Just one goal Raz !

        7. TERIYAKI 69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sterling A

          it's your turn KDB

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

          That was really, really soft.

          1. HurriKane
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            VAR is a joke

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

              EPL is a joke

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

            English golden boy = pen

          3. TomSaints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Not a pen, but equally not enough for VAR to overturn =[

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

          People with working eyes.

          Any chance it’ll be a Soy OG?

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

            Still might score one.

          2. Gobigorgohome
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            it is 50-50 imo

          3. baps sniffer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Imo they will check it, but need to see replay.

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

            Yes.

        10. Says
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Didn't know the Ilkay bar kid would be on penos, surely KDB would be a better option?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No, Gundo was the right option, as he scored.

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cuz he is German(ish) and they dont miss penos - its a unwritten law.

            1. Says
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              can't argue with that

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

            I mean he scored so not sure how kdb could do better

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

            It was time Jesus stopped taking penalties

        11. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Soy ban??

          1. HurriKane
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Soy Beans

            1. The gospel according to Mar…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Soy sauce

              1. Jindaljain
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Soy noodles

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

            Check the suspension tightrope >>>>

        12. Sid1891
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          KDB will punish Foxes on the break

        13. Public user
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sterling stepping people and fall , var sux

        14. Lamplighters
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          KDB best player in Premier League?

          1. in sane in de bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yes

            1. HurriKane
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              *After Sir John Lundstram

          2. Jindaljain
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            2 pointer today

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

              Oh yes, because a 2 pointer in FPL determines the quality of a player

          3. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            By a mile.

          4. dark91
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yup and then comes Mane

          5. Trophé Mourinho
              2 months, 3 days ago

              probably, but many disqualified due their positions

            • Sailboats
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              yes

            • Gobigorgohome
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              100%

            • Bunk Moreland
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Very harsh on Nicolas Otamendi.

              1. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                You spelt *Lundstram wrong

            • JamieNumber4
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Rashford

            • CARROW ROAD
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              The World

          6. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Jesus is so average

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

              He’s not that good.

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              simple carpenter...

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

                😆

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

              You are going to make the Devil blush

            4. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Agreed.

              Not the Aguero successor City and Pep were hoping for.

            5. Trophé Mourinho
                2 months, 3 days ago

                odd one, some games he looks amazing, others total cack. Lacking consistency big time, think he needs to leave City

              • Maddocio
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Overrated cry baby

            6. Regin
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Cup opponent has vardy captain, I have kdb captain. He also had cantwell, I have ings. Need something from kdb to be safe.

              1. Lamplighters
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                This

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

              Selfish Mahrez

            8. nerd_is_the_werd
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Soyuncu on -1.

              • Nightcrawler
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Only sterling and vardy for this game. Perfect half

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

                    Goal each would have been perfect.

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

                      Hattrick each even better

                    2. Nightcrawler
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Not without captains

                  2. CARROW ROAD
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Ricky van Wolfswinkel Or Almirón

                  3. Woy_is_back
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    KdB blank is fine by me(owner)

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

                      Same

                      1. Woy_is_back
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        You had some good ranks 2013-14, what happened? 😀

                  4. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Soyuncu coming off my bench for Willems.

                    Lovely 🙂

                    1. Cilly Bonnolly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Lundstram coming off mine for Alexander-Arnold. 🙂

                      1. Woy_is_back
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        U benched the Lord? wtf -,-

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

                          Knew TAA wasn’t playing

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

                            U reckon?