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

    Stay out of the team for this whole gameweek please KDB!

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

      This!

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

        I have 8 points that will come in from the bench if he doesn't get involved 😀

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

          I have 20 points on my bench

          And Cantwell coming on with 1 point...

          🙁

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

            My first 2 subs have 8 and 7...KDB is my best hope of them getting on, but also if Vardy is a total no show then both will come on.

            But of course, you know that both Vardy and KDB will get 5 minutes each or something!

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

              Always.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I got rid of him on WC but I'm confident he'll still outscore Mahrez, Pepe and Saka combined if he starts vs Arsenal.

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

        It's the way this crazy game works...

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

      This!

  2. Syd.
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Pep on KDB

    “He feels better, but he doesn’t feel 100% and we don’t want to take risks,” he told Sky Sports.

    “Because we have three important games in the Premier League, but the position we have we have Madrid and Newcastle the really important games for us and we don’t want to take the risks.”

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

      Right decision.

      Madrid the biggest game of course, but Newcastle probably more important than today as it is directly linked to winning a trophy. And Pep tries to win every trophy for sure.

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      prolly on bench vs arsenal then

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

      That's in the article above.

  3. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Any early tip for replacements? Richarlison and Sidibe out for who? Not playing FH 31. Thinking Sarr and Robbo

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

    Hoping KDB becomes complete no show this game week. Whatever points he can get will be worth less than Fernandez 7 pointer off the bench

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

      Casual perspective.

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

        Explain? 😆

    2. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I have Lascelles 6 and some of my rivals have Lundy 12.

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

      He'll be subbed on 83 min v Arsenal because pep hates you Brosstan.

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

        Sounds plausible.

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

      I have Hayden’s 3 points ready to come on for him.

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

      Will need game time before Madrid game so perhaps ( assuming declared fit) more likely to play Arsenal game and then rested against Burnley

    6. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      KDB scored 19 in the reverse ARS match?

  5. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Williams coming on for KDB while others are getting Lundstram, Wolves defenders etc 🙁

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bertrand for me, hope KDB plays midweek

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

      Holgate's minus 1 on mine.

  6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Score prediction for the Manchester derby?

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

      2-2

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

        Season 11 airs in May, just in time for the end of the footie.

    2. david31058
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Plenty of goals a possibility with Otamendi involved!

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

      1-1

    4. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      0:0

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 33 with autosubs.

  8. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Liverpool fan.

      Go UTD!

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

        Feel disgusting 😆

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Pep can go do one.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                4 months, 2 days ago

                😀

          • Prisoner B5160-8
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Newcastle fan.

            Cheers.

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

            We will win bro. Dont worry

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Hope so mate.

            2. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              No, i hope for City won and ca. No points for fernandes

            3. david31058
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Liverpool fan.

              Go City!

            4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              your no pool fan

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

            C’mon Red Shite!

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Teach Pep a lesson!

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

              Pep's statement suggests he's keeping KdB safe until the 14th & Burnley... More so if he thinks he has the measure of the Gunners as is...

              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Salah(VC) here so wouldn’t mind

              2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                "safe" v Burnley. I would consider that a risky game to play in

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

                Which statement?

              4. Tinkermania
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  If he was fit, he would be playing.

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

                Mahrez should honestly leave City. Doesnt get to start in a big derby ahead of has beens and youngster nobodies...

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Unlucky picking him, probably hauls vs Arsenal.

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

                    Was always a risk, fingers crossed

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

                  Who’s the has been?

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

                    Raz

                3. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  I've had Mahrez since GW23. Just keep him for an extended period and you'll get his points.

                4. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Could genuinely see him going back to Leicester

              6. FOO FIGHTER
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Zinc brainfart backpass.

                  We need more!

                • KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  COME ON WILLIAMS, reward my good faith in you!

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    You started him??

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      Who didn't? OOP

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 2 days ago

                        On my bench with Henderson, Dunk and Perez so very likely to haul !

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

                    Last on my bench, haul imminent!

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

                    What are you hoping for?

                • United 99 4Ever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  martial is garbage

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

                    lol..

                    aged well that did.

                • TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Great game so far.

                • KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  After getting returns from Mount, Lundstram, Ryan and Callum Wilson earlier.
                  I hope Sterling keeps up the rewarding of my patience

                  1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Wow, are you recovering from a serious accident?

                    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      😆

                    2. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      No just like differentials

                  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Seems like you need to update the link to your team

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      2nd team

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Raz misses sitter, would have been Foden A

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    😆

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    A 0.02xG sitter.

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

                      Would have been a sitter for Kun

                • Ole Trafford
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Damn Kdb captain fail. Will he make Arsenal ? I have Salah vc and Lascelles 1st sub.

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

                    Will play if fit- needs game time before Madrid so more likely rested v Burnley or play 60 minutes

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

                  Feel very stupid owning Bruno Fernandes now. Id do anything to go back in time and get rid

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

                    Literally anything?

                    1. Prisoner B5160-8
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      Lol.

                  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Why?

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

                    Why exactly?

                    1. 4-4-who?
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      30% United possession...

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 2 days ago

                        Don't play City every week

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

                  Afternoon, Need help for GW31.
                  Ings out for Woods or Deeney
                  or
                  Cantwell out for McNeil or Sarr

                  1. Holmes
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Ings for Wood

                • Differential (c)
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Shaw skinned by an aging Aguero

                  1. Holmes
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Aging Shaw skinned by Aguero

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  James ruins Bruno assist

                  1. 4-4-who?
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Really...

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

                  Just dive once in the box, you can’t do anything else.

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

                    James that is, not Sterling.

                • Gravless are for Kinnear
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Has anyone done a 'KDB spotted, no it's Zinchenko' joke yet?

                • Bubz
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Aguero haul looking highly likely

                • SHOOTER MCGINN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Antonio or Sarr for the next 6?

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

                    I prefer Antonio

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

                      I'm leaning that way too. And a better fixture in 31

                • Ole Trafford
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Does Peps quote imply he won’t use Kdb until Madrid/Newcastle?

                  1. Bubz
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Does seem that way

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

                    Minutes in a home game before Real likely.

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

                    Sounds like he will at least play those 2 if available.

                  4. 4-4-who?
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Off the bench for a point against Arsenal apparently

                  5. Prisoner B5160-8
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    I'd assume he just means three games in seven days is a no-no.

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Fred getting bullied

                • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Imagine being Ighalo and seeing Daniel James starting ahead of you in a derby. Oh well, he gets paid handsomely for being at the end of this cruel joke.

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

                    Imagine being Mahrez and seeing Raz "Tap in merchant who hasnt scored in 20 games against United" Sterling start ahead of you

                  2. Berbs
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Both poor players if we're honest

                • potatoace'scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Zinchenco drifting into centre mid is confusing my head. I keep thinking its KDB.