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Aguero and De Bruyne start but Mahrez benched for final Gameweek 26 fixture

The final match of Gameweek 26 is one that should have been contested ten days ago.

Manchester City v West Ham United was the only Premier League fixture to fall victim to Storm Ciara, with the postponed clash at the Etihad swiftly being rearranged for tonight.

This evening’s game brings to an end the longest Gameweek of the season (possibly ever?) and it could be one that has a significant bearing on many Fantasy managers’ overall rank.

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) is owned by just 30.11% of the top 10,000, with over half of those having handed the armband to the Argentinean striker.

Whatever Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) does tonight will be less significant for his owners, with the Belgian’s effective ownership at 98.91%.

Both of those players start this evening.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), the only other player from Pep Guardiola’s side who can boast an ownership of higher than 1% in the top 10k, is only among the substitutes.

Guardiola has made five changes in total from the side that lost 2-0 at Spurs earlier this month, with Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m), Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m), Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) and David Silva (£7.4m) all returning.

Fernandinho (£5.2m), Ilkay Gundogan (£5.2m) and Mahrez drop to the bench, while Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m) is suspended and Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) injured.

Leroy Sane (£9.3m) is not involved in City’s matchday squad despite a return to training.

Interest in West Ham’s FPL assets is more muted, with Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) the only one of the Hammers’ squad who has an effective ownership of more than 1% among managers in the top 10,000.

Snodgrass keeps his place, with David Moyes making only one change to the West Ham starting XI that drew 3-3 with Brighton and Hove Albion over a fortnight ago: Arthur Masuaku (£4.2m) ousting Sebastien Haller (£6.9m) in what is clearly a signal of Moyes’ intentions this evening.

Felipe Anderson (£6.6m) returns from injury and is among the substitutes, along with new signing Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m).

The reverse fixture of this evening’s game ended 5-0 to City in Gameweek 1, with Sterling bagging a 20-point haul and Mahrez registering a hat-trick of assists.


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Jesus, Aguero.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Soucek, Snodgrass, Antonio.

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1,358 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Kelly to Lascelles a no brainer if I've got 2 ft and no other pressing issues?

    1. Your Man With The Hair
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yea, him or Boly seem to be the popular bargain buckets at the minute

  2. kime67
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Its over. Its finally over

  3. Stejson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    5 captain fails in a row. It has been a tough few weeks.
    On to the next one

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 16 days ago

      finally broke my shoddy captain run

  4. MikeLowrey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best mid under 6.7?

    Thinking of Mahrez & Maupay to Jimenez & Grealish for my two FT

    1. boogle
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Barnes, Traore?

  5. tricpic
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I feel I need to ship Maupay, Digne, Mahrez and maybe Wood.
    -8 hit?
    Or wildcard?

    1. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Keep Wood, ship out the 3 others.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Keeo Digne and Mahrez

  6. SB007
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Kun fail. Jesus no show. Took him out for Jimmy.

    Mahrez no show means a bonus 9 points for Doucoure. Average GW

  7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Doing Auba to Kun (c) for a hit was one of the stupidest decisions I've made in fpl for ages.
    Yet conversely it's the kind of move a much better fpl manager would do and get right 🙂

  8. boogle
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    save this week, then Lord + Grealish > Pereira + up to 8M mid

    A) Barnes/Maddison (triple LEI)
    B) Traore (double WOL)
    C) Moura

  9. Mattymo23
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best Aguero replacement!

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Auba!

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Jimenez or Ings and move funds elsewhere. Not sure I like anyone else this week

  10. Mattymo23
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best Aguero replacement?

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Auba?

    2. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      depends on your other strikers?

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’ve done Aubameyang

  11. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB at 9.5, what a steal.

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      ikr, I've had him the entire season. What a guy 🙂

  12. kopite65
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts please, need to fix this lot, 1ft, 0.8 itb
    heaton*/mcCarthy
    gomez lund* aurier* kelly* soy
    salah kdb troare snod* cantwell
    front 3 of kun auba maupay* !

    A maupay to dcl (fund issue)
    B kun & maupay to jimi & ings -4
    C other transfers ?
    D w/c, dgw seem ages away to wait to use ,
    cheers

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Way too many issues to sort out. WC

      1. kopite65
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        been tempted last two weeks ! spose the dgw make us keep a battered team, feel like im losing more pts every week by holding onto w/c
        cheers

    2. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Don't WC

      Maupay out for sure and snods out

      Maybe DCL and Traore in

      Or Deeney and Traore

      Lundstram will prob start so keep for one more week

      1. kopite65
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        cheers, already have troare
        can do maupay to dcl, only have 5.7 for snod replacement
        maybe kelly to boly exact funds,bench snod?
        cheers

        1. squits
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I like that. Your defence have decent fixtures this week and Traore, KDB and Salah should all get returns. Kun is the prob. Get him out for a -4 next week and use the funds to upgrade Snod then you're back on track

          1. kopite65
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            cheers
            can do maupay an aurier to ings& saiss this week -4
            then looking at kun & snod to vardy an maybe barnes for gw28 -4 again !
            take the hits rather than w/c
            cheers

  13. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 16 days ago

    do you ever do a move early in a GW and then when the next GW comes around, you dont want or like the guy u got in anymore.
    Lol its Traore thats not bas is it?

  14. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Aguero to Jimmy ?

    1. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yep

  15. MaticMVP
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Arsenal need to lose to Olympiakos for a City DGW29, right?

    1. Wag the Drog
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      what??

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      not necessarily, City could also play Chelsea that GW.

  16. caddy118
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Offloading Son tonight. 10.9 to spend and currently have Salah, KDB, Grealish and Traore DCL, Aub and Ings too. Thoughts? Mine were:
    Martial - had him twice this season and got nothing
    Bruno - is he going to be any better?
    Alli/moura - is that just silly?
    Richarlson - already have DCL?
    Maddison - 5 blanks scares me

    Thanks

    1. Wag the Drog
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maddison

    2. wattonjack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martial

    3. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bruno will come good but still tough united fixtures.

      I gambled Mahrez last week and obviously failed. Blank aside, Pepe could be good but not really any options jumping out

    4. Soto Ayam
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Rich

  17. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Save FT this week? Not sure who to.get for Son right now! any thoughts appreciated! 

    Pope
    Stevens Stephens Boly TAA
    Salah KDB.Barnes
    Firm Jimi Ings
    Henderson Mooy Fernandez Son
    0.6 ITB.

  18. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would you do Kun + Grealish > Jimi + Mane -4?

    1. Utopsis
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Kun to Jimi yes, not sure Mane will be worth 4 more points than Grealish vs SOU (assuming you already have Salah?)

  19. Mr. Chimes
    1 month, 16 days ago

    What are Henderson + Button owners doing for blank week?

  20. wheredabudat
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Please tell me where the set pieces takers tab went. Really need that to know who is on Burnley direct and indirect free kicks.