Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign are now available for the discounted price of £9.99 or the monthly price of £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,358 Comments Post a Comment
  1. barracuda
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any chance KDB might be rested at the weekend?

    1. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Always a chance

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Managed minutes again imo

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Big.

  2. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 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

  3. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    For all those aguero (c)s, it wasn’t that long ago (GW 2) where KDB blanked for me and Aguero returned 13.

    We’re all going to get captain failures. Keep thinking it would be better to perma captain a reliable 200 point player and forget about it.

    Take up and downs and be done with it

    1. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      GW 23 even haha

  4. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Bottomed. Thoughts here? Currently plan is to navigate 28 and 31 with free transfers, prefer Jimmy in over Ings because he has a game 31.

    McC
    TAA Aurier Lundstram Fernandez
    Salah Mane KDB Moura
    Vardy Deeney

    4.0 Holgate Cantwell Greenwood 2ft 0.0itb

    A) Greenwood, Moura to Jimmy, 4.3mid
    B) KDB, Greenwood, Deeney to Mount, Jimmy, Ings -4
    C)Vardy, Deeney to Ings, Jimmy
    D) Vardy, Moura, Aurier to Jimenez, Maddison, Doherty -4

  5. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Would you rather get VVD, Pereira or Boly as a Sidibe replacement for GWs 27-30?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Would you get a 3rd Pooler otherwise?

      1. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Not for GW27. Other options would be potentially Mahrez > Mane (if no double in 29) or Lundstram > VVD (if benched again) ahead of GW28.

        I'm more concerned about Robbo rotation than VVD, especially with the deficit in the CL and the easy fixtures in the league, and Milner back from injury.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      VVD

    3. Chasing Waves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Boly looks a lovely pick maybe even to cover 3rd pool defender

    4. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      VVD

    5. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      VVD

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    How did GW26 Wildcarders get on? 🙂

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Highest in LMS scored 80.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ouch

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Decent gain for future hits.

      3. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Afraid I’m done in LMS. 56-4=52 points.

    2. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      having PTSD from haunting nightmares...

    3. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      76 and halved my rank here

      1. Forlorn Hope
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Well done Ed, into the top 200 then!

    4. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 19 days ago

        my closest rival WC'd and got 47, so not good I dont think. Plus most lost Lundstram and got in Kun

    5. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Rank down 2k despite owning KDB lol...

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Rank?

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          23 to 26k...

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            New calculator needed, Chucker.

            1. Chucky
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              23,958 to 26,299... 😀 had only KDB...

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Mine was down 4.5k tonight! KDB owner also.

        Those pesky bench points from Mahrez owners!

      3. GuenDoozy
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Down about 2K ranks myself, KDB owner

        • Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          The whole world and my mother own him ... Diff would have been to captain

      4. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Deeney + Maddison > Jimenez + Barnes (-4) I reckon 😀

      5. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Looking at defensive stats city don’t concede many shots and are crushing it, with Laporte coming back is Ederson for example, an actual option?

        Or is it just dumb

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Not dumb as he is nailed. If you have the money then go for it

        2. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Can be a clever move when DGWs are on the horizon.

        3. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 19 days ago

            will get him for a City double at some point

          • Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Tidy differential, will certainly consider when wc'ing

        4. Raybel22
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          89pts gameweek!! yes!!!

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            6 years first post this season, LOL.

            1. Chucky
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              lmao

            2. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              haha love it

            3. jason_ni
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Been waiting for that humble brag...

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Wow, well done, huge green arrow for you, enjoy

          3. Tcheco
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Great first post well done 😀

          4. Utopsis
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hahah brilliant

          5. Steinburg FC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Best Shef defender? Son + Digne < Mane + 5.7M Def

            1. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Stevens is the best SHU defender IMO.

              1. Steinburg FC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                thinking Egan as i don't want to play him long term...

            2. Toby Lerone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Egan decent attacking stats

          6. wonkeydonkey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Start Rico and have Aurier 1st Sub or use 1 reaming FT to bring in C.Taylor?

            1. PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              C Taylor looks like a good pick.

            2. Wag the Drog
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Have the same question minus the Aurier ownership. Think I'm bringing him in.

          7. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            That was scary as Kun non owner. Fully expect brace against Leicester

          8. PLerix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Play 1;
            a) Lundstram (BHA)
            b) Taylor (BOU)
            c) Sidibe (Ars)

            And would you do Auba -> Jimi with 1 ft?

            1. MaticMVP
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              B

          9. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Up 11k with 68 -4. I'll take that

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              What’s your rank?

              Or do you mean overall for GW?

              I got 70 (-4) and tonight dropped 8k but since GW25 I’ve gone up from 129k > 115k

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                204k

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Plenty of green arrows to come for us hopefully mate

            2. jason_ni
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              69 tonight, and I'm dropping 10k places tonight.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                You must be pretty high up

          10. Tcheco
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Mourinho is past it

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Until he shushes the Bridge on Saturday.

              1. Tcheco
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Because Lampard is even worse

          11. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Hi....My bench is 2 x saints and 2 x sheffield. When do i bb?

            27..... brighton and villa home

            29....newcsstle and norwich home

            Any views? Thanks

            1. Tcheco
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              29

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Are the Southampton players both defenders? They have the worst home record in the league, I'd want an away fixture!

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Mccarthy and stephend v newc

                Fleck and egan v norwich

          12. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Lamela looks like the corpse of a dragqueen...

          13. FPL Kakarot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            So Salah scored two more points than Kun in the end......

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              2-1.

          14. kime67
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Dele alli is bang average.

            1. Tcheco
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Good player when his team actually plays in the opposition's half..

            2. kime67
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              hard for him to get back in england team.

            3. No Professionals
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              In other news, the earth is round.

              1. jason_ni
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                What's this flat earth thing about then?

          15. Iceball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Traore or Harvey Barnes?

            1. vityovics
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Exactly

          16. GuenDoozy
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Son, VVD > Mane, Saiss (-4)? Fixtures are great for liverpool

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Tempting, but doubt it is worth the hit all thing considered. Otoh not many good options to replace Son

              2. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Looking at similar move. My only problem is that having Salah as well that they rarely haul together .....

            • Wag the Drog
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Starting to feel stuck with TAA-Mane-Salah (no surprise)

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  whats wrong with that? Its like being stuck in a lift with Taylor swift

              2. Jet5605
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Best move here? 1 FT and 4.0 ITB

                A KDB > Mane
                B Grealish & TAA > Mane & Gomez for hit
                C Other suggestion?

                Guaita
                TAA / Williams / Lund
                Salah / Grealish / KDB / Traore
                Vardy / Jimi / Ings

                Button / Webster / Cantwell / Holgate   

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Lund to Gomez just?

                  1. Jet5605
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Yeah but Mane could explode in the next three.

              3. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Aguero to Jimmy A no brainer after tomorrows game?

                1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I'm doing it

              4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                How did west ham look? Still captain a pool attacker? Other options are TAA and Ings

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Happy it was only 2.

                  Yes.

              5. FDMS All Starz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                1FT&0itb...I Have Kun & Son, would you get rid of one for free or both for a -4? If get rid for who?
                Subs:Cathcart/Spy/Romeu

                Front 7:
                Salah-Kdb-Martial-Son
                DCL-Kun-Ings

              6. Chucky
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Anyone here got more than 301 points from last 4 GWs? 😉

                1. Tinkermania
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Subtle brag?

                  • jason_ni
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    One of those weeks my gw rank was 6.3 mill.. so no is the answer..

                2. Mattymo23
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Why are people reluctant to get Vardy. Surely about time he hits form and he has great fixtures

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    After city I will.

                3. Holteenderinthesky
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Mahrez no show means Lundstram comes of the bench for potentially a final fairwell gift. Is it time to move him on? Probably to Boly?