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De Bruyne out of Manchester derby as Aguero starts City’s Double Gameweek 29 opener

The first of two fixtures for Manchester City in Double Gameweek 29 takes place this afternoon at Old Trafford.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) will not be involved in the fourth Manchester derby of the season, however, as he has failed to recover from a shoulder injury and is not even among the substitutes.

Pep Guardiola said of the Belgian ahead of kick-off:

He feels better but he doesn’t feel 100%. And we don’t take risks. We have three important games in the Premier League but of course, the position that we have, Madrid and Newcastle are the real important games for us.

Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) leads the line for City, while Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) and Phil Foden (£5.1m) are also among the starters.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) has to be content with a place on the bench, as do the likes of Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m), Kyle Walker (£5.7m), David Silva (£7.3m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m).

Pep Guardiola has made five alterations overall from the side that beat Leicester City in Gameweek 27, although the Citizens have contested three cup matches since then.

Mendy, Walker, the injured Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m), De Bruyne and Mahrez are the men to make way from the win at the King Power Stadium, with Joao Cancelo (£5.2m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m), Nicolas Otamendi (£5.0m), Foden and Sterling all recalled.

Harry Maguire (£5.3m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) and Daniel James (£5.8m) have all recovered from injury to start for the hosts this afternoon, meanwhile.

James and Brandon Williams (£4.1m) in for Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m) are the two changes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made from Gameweek 28.

The Red Devils look to have switched to a wing-back system, as they have done in several of the “tougher” matches this season.

The three previous meetings between these sides in 2019/20 have all been won by the away team.

Aguero, who averaged 12 points per Double Gameweek last season (City had three of them), was the second-most-popular option for the Triple Captain chip in Gameweek 29, with De Bruyne just behind him.


Manchester United XI: de Gea, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fred, Williams, Fernandes, James, Martial.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero.

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1,641 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    When did Gayle join the toons?

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

      He signed in 2016 😆

  2. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Best Chelsea mid? Need one for villa

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

      It's a lottery.

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Will.I.An

      Hang on, what you saying about Villa?! 😆

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Barkley

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        bit more of a rotation risk than willian/mount possibly

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Willian

  3. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Bottom of last page...

    Anyone else think this FPL run-in is going to be extremely difficult to navigate? And I don't mean with the chips/DGWs. More just team/player motivation factors.

    - Liverpool will have the title won shortly. Will their players retain the same level of motivation and/or will Klopp rotate?

    - Man City. If today's game is anything to go by, City will have all their eggs in the CL and FA Cup.

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Definitely, plus there's some chance of games being called off, postponed, cancelled, who knows what else with all this coronavirus stuff.

      With that said, would you really want to stuff your squad full of relegation battlers instead?

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Thats what makes it fun - template could be obliterated

    3. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      yea it'll be definetly challenging, which might give you a chance if you're low in rank now to catch up, we just have to wait and see how teams/players will perform but it will be very difficult to predict. Not to mention that we won't know the gw34 matches until gw32 and chips will be tricky, players who want a move away might push hard... who knows
      What I know is, there will be lots of laughs and lots of tears.

  4. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Current squad:
    Dubravka, Button
    TAA, Aurier, Soyuncu, Saiss, Rico
    Salah, KDB, Barnes, Cantwell, Saka
    Auba, Vardy, Ings

    1) Two consecutive weeks of hits (and still not a full 11)
    2) FH in 31

  5. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Mane,Salah and Trent v Pickford! GULP

  6. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Vardy haul tomorrow night will turn this game on it's head when it comes to 'strategy'.

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I welcome such a haul.

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Amen

    • Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Do you reckon KDB is involved at all on Wed?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        You can always hope 🙂

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Hope so otherwise only 2 points off bench for me

      3. FOO FIGHTER
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Pep stressing after the match not risking KDB and Madrid and Newcastle being more important looks like two more blanks coming up for KDB.

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

        Any chance Auba gets anything on wednesday?

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

          Yes

      5. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Do you reckon Perez starts tomorrow?

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

          Yes

      6. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Looking at fixtures for 30 who is best captain?

        A Salah or Mané away at Everton
        B KDB home to Burnley ( is he fit ? Will he play?)
        C Fernandes or Martial away to Spurs
        D Chelsea player away to Villa- If so who?
        E Probably Aubameyang away to Brighton but for me too difficult to get in without hit and then blank
        F Anyone else?

        1. Velinter
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I will probably cap Ings, yesterday red card destroy the game but he looked pretty sharp...

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Had power front 8 this week - partly with KdB in mind.

          Normally very much form over fixture but punted on Ings over Bruno in 7th spot. Now hoping for a KdB no show 🙂

        3. Amey
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Who'd you get from wood & Jota ?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            How much Burnley do you want?

            Really like Wood - only for Jota by accident when he was out. But no prospect of DGW and I suspect Burnley may tail off a bit.

            Really good options both of them of course

        4. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Who are people planning to captain next week?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Bruno

          2. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Mo Salah

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

            KDB, if it looks like he will play, Ings maybe if he doesn't, before i sell him

        5. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Callum Wilson comes into my team ... 😉

        6. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ings Barnes -> Jota Sarr? (cant afford 2nd move on its own) no FH in 31.

          Hendo
          TAA - VVD - Fernandez
          Salah - KDB VC - Bruno - Barnes
          Jiminez - Ings - Auba C

          Pope Saka Stevens Taylor

        7. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          The case for BB on gw34 not gw37 (Teams with low TV), please prove me wrong if I am.

          - In gw37, we expect dgw's from:
          Man city (wat, NEW), Arsenal (sou,AVL), and man utd (WHU, avl) which makes a case for bringing in Aguero, KDB, Auba and Fernandes(or maybe even Rashford/Martial), with all of these premium priced, you might not have the luxury of fielding 15 good players, many would be enablers, thus little value for the BB chip.

          - In gw34, you don't need players from united or Arsenal, maybe only man city and it won't be even a dgw so kdb will suffice.
          A good lineup would have TAA + Salah/Mane + 13 mid-priced players.
          A wc on gw32/33 enables you to cherrypick the 13 best players and play a confident BB.
          Now it still depends on the fixtures, but teams like eve, che, shu, wat, nor might have good games/dgw, and these all have chep players, so it will be easy to have a good scoring 15 players on BB, theoretically.

          Thoughts?

          1. Velinter
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Too much overthinking for just a few points, enjoy the game, you'll be better for sure, telling you from my experience

              1. skilldave
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Considering the best strategy is part of the fun of the game. Otherwise it's just pick at random and hope

          2. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Excited for the vardy haul tomoz

          3. Dosh
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Sarr or McNeil?

          4. kobewan
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Will I hope he will not be used against Arsenal if his not fit enough, I have Salah as VC with 9x2 = 18pts. and have Lundstram on the bench with 12pts, that is 32pts .... c'mon pep let KBD rest, but going by how the season has been for me, he might be play and give me 4pts.

            • theo19
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Interesting. I'm hoping for a no show on Wednesday, as everyone else in my league has KDB, and I captained Mo Salah... So potentially 9pts to gain plus bench.

            • The Overthinker - I blame R…
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              I want kdb to come off the bench against Arsenal

            • Breww
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 1 day ago

              soo with pep clearly stating that the cups are the priority, is it time to possibly sell KDB? Might get rotated against burnley, given his fitness, and that Madrid is the big game up next. Then a blank, and a game against Liverpool at Anfield.

              Given' City's performance at Old Trafford, does it make sense to get rid right now? An extra body for the blank, a differential to help rise rank?