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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
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Sterling stamping Ricardo.

  2. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Was hoping for Jesus to take

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Same

  3. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Gundogan G (penalty)
    Sterling A

  4. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    GUNDOGAN GOAL
    STERLING ASSIST

  5. Essan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 9 days ago

      This

  6. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Benched Perreira 😉

  7. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Mark knows

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      About Vardy...

  8. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Mark has Sterling(C)

    Mark Knows !!

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Same

  9. Trophé Mourinho
    5 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Missed a few in his time though.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        5 months, 9 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
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

  10. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 9 days ago

      This this this this

  11. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Glad I benched Soyuncu now.

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Arnold to outscore him

    2. Eastman
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      I did then Willems didn’t start

  12. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Jesus owners in tears

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      🙁

    2. socho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      shocking

    3. Am sorry to say again it�…
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      haha

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Gundogan was always going take that pen

    5. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Gn to Jesus owners

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

    Gundo took it as expected.

    Have people seen Jesus take pens?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 9 days ago

      I'd put Ederson on em!

    2. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 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
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Similar to team news so.

      2. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

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

  14. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Sterling C lets go. Just one goal Raz !

  15. TERIYAKI 69
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Sterling A

    it's your turn KDB

  16. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    That was really, really soft.

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      VAR is a joke

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

        EPL is a joke

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

      English golden boy = pen

    3. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

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

      Still might score one.

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      it is 50-50 imo

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

    4. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Yes.

  18. Says
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 9 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
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. Says
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        can't argue with that

    3. beric
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

    4. Regin
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      It was time Jesus stopped taking penalties

  19. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Soy ban??

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Soy Beans

      1. Simmering Marv'
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Soy sauce

        1. Jindaljain
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Soy noodles

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Check the suspension tightrope >>>>

  20. Sid1891
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    KDB will punish Foxes on the break

  21. Public user
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Sterling stepping people and fall , var sux

  22. Lamplighters
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    KDB best player in Premier League?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        *After Sir John Lundstram

    2. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      2 pointer today

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 9 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
      5 months, 9 days ago

      By a mile.

    4. dark91
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Yup and then comes Mane

    5. Trophé Mourinho
      5 months, 9 days ago

      probably, but many disqualified due their positions

    6. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      yes

    7. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      100%

    8. Bunk Moreland
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Very harsh on Nicolas Otamendi.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        You spelt *Lundstram wrong

    9. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Rashford

    10. CARROW ROAD
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      The World

  23. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Jesus is so average

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

      He’s not that good.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      simple carpenter...

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

        😆

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 9 days ago

      You are going to make the Devil blush

    4. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Agreed.

      Not the Aguero successor City and Pep were hoping for.

    5. Trophé Mourinho
      5 months, 9 days ago

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

    6. Maddocio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Overrated cry baby

  24. Regin
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 9 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
      5 months, 9 days ago

      This

  25. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Selfish Mahrez

  26. nerd_is_the_werd
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Soyuncu on -1.

  27. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Only sterling and vardy for this game. Perfect half

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Goal each would have been perfect.

      1. beric
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Hattrick each even better

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 9 days ago

        Not without captains

  28. CARROW ROAD
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel Or Almirón

  29. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    KdB blank is fine by me(owner)

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Same

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

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

  30. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 9 days ago

    Soyuncu coming off my bench for Willems.

    Lovely 🙂

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 9 days ago

      Lundstram coming off mine for Alexander-Arnold. 🙂

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 9 days ago

        U benched the Lord? wtf -,-

        1. FPL_Sponge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 9 days ago

          Knew TAA wasn’t playing

          1. beric
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 9 days ago

            U reckon?