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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
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling stamping Ricardo.

  2. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Was hoping for Jesus to take

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Same

  3. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Gundogan G (penalty)
    Sterling A

  4. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    GUNDOGAN GOAL
    STERLING ASSIST

  5. Essan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

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

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      This

  6. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Benched Perreira 😉

  7. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Mark knows

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      About Vardy...

  8. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Mark has Sterling(C)

    Mark Knows !!

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Same

  9. Trophé Mourinho
      3 months, 17 days ago

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

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Missed a few in his time though.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            3 months, 17 days ago

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

        2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

      2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

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

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          This this this this

      3. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Glad I benched Soyuncu now.

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Arnold to outscore him

        2. Eastman
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I did then Willems didn’t start

      4. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Jesus owners in tears

        1. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          🙁

        2. socho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          shocking

        3. Am sorry to say again it�…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          haha

        4. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Gundogan was always going take that pen

        5. Jindaljain
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Gn to Jesus owners

      5. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Gundo took it as expected.

        Have people seen Jesus take pens?

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I'd put Ederson on em!

        2. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 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
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Similar to team news so.

          2. Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

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

      6. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sterling C lets go. Just one goal Raz !

      7. TERIYAKI 69
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sterling A

        it's your turn KDB

      8. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        That was really, really soft.

        1. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          VAR is a joke

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            EPL is a joke

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          English golden boy = pen

        3. TomSaints
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

      9. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 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
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Still might score one.

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          it is 50-50 imo

        3. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        4. JustPark
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes.

      10. Says
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 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
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

          1. Says
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            can't argue with that

        3. beric
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        4. Regin
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          It was time Jesus stopped taking penalties

      11. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Soy ban??

        1. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Soy Beans

          1. Marvin de Milo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Soy sauce

            1. Jindaljain
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Soy noodles

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Check the suspension tightrope >>>>

      12. Sid1891
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        KDB will punish Foxes on the break

      13. Public user
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sterling stepping people and fall , var sux

      14. Lamplighters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        KDB best player in Premier League?

        1. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

          1. HurriKane
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            *After Sir John Lundstram

        2. Jindaljain
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          2 pointer today

          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 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
          3 months, 17 days ago

          By a mile.

        4. dark91
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yup and then comes Mane

        5. Trophé Mourinho
            3 months, 17 days ago

            probably, but many disqualified due their positions

          • Sailboats
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            yes

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            100%

          • Bunk Moreland
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Very harsh on Nicolas Otamendi.

            1. HurriKane
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              You spelt *Lundstram wrong

          • JamieNumber4
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Rashford

          • CARROW ROAD
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            The World

        6. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Jesus is so average

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            He’s not that good.

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            simple carpenter...

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              😆

          3. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            You are going to make the Devil blush

          4. Giggs Boson.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Agreed.

            Not the Aguero successor City and Pep were hoping for.

          5. Trophé Mourinho
              3 months, 17 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
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Overrated cry baby

          6. Regin
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 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
              3 months, 17 days ago

              This

          7. Royal5
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Selfish Mahrez

          8. nerd_is_the_werd
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Soyuncu on -1.

            • Nightcrawler
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Only sterling and vardy for this game. Perfect half

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

                  Goal each would have been perfect.

                  1. beric
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Hattrick each even better

                  2. Nightcrawler
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Not without captains

                2. CARROW ROAD
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Ricky van Wolfswinkel Or Almirón

                3. Woy_is_back
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  KdB blank is fine by me(owner)

                  1. beric
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Same

                    1. Woy_is_back
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

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

                4. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Soyuncu coming off my bench for Willems.

                  Lovely 🙂

                  1. Cilly Bonnolly
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Lundstram coming off mine for Alexander-Arnold. 🙂

                    1. Woy_is_back
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      U benched the Lord? wtf -,-

                      1. FPL_Sponge
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Knew TAA wasn’t playing

                        1. beric
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          U reckon?