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Aguero benched as Sterling and Mahrez start for Man City

Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy has struck at the earliest possible opportunity after the Premier League restart.

Less than three hours after the Double Gameweek 30+, some Fantasy managers are already reeling from the Manchester City manager’s unpredictable line-ups.

Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) has been named on the bench for the home match against Arsenal, after over 500,000 signed him for the Double Gameweek.

The Argentinian striker was also backed for the captaincy by 26.7% of the top 10,000 Fantasy managers.

Starting in his place is Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) who, against Arsenal will be flanked by Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m).

That may favour those who left the armband on Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m), which included 54.4% of the top 10k, as he starts in central midfield – although it is still very early in the Gameweek.

Meanwhile, Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) does manage to command a spot in the heart of defence for Manchester City, joined there by Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m), Kyle Walker (£5.6m) and budget option Eric Garcia (£4.5m).

Following in the footsteps of his former master, Mikel Arteta has also sprung a few surprises on Fantasy managers.

Mesut Özil (£7.3m) was left out of the matchday squad entirely while Nicolas Pépé (£9.3m) sits alongside Dani Ceballos (£5.2m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) on the bench.

Thankfully for the bulk of Fantasy managers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m), Bernd Leno (£5.0m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) are all in the starting XI.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Garcia, Walker; Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tierney, Mari, Mustafi, Bellerin; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Willock, Saka; Nketiah.

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  1. The Rock
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Aguero won't be too happy with Pep for not giving him more minutes, only 3 goals behind Vardy.

    Could certainly have done some damage against a 10 man Arsenal.

    Did anyone see his reaction after hitting the post? More annoyed he missed, than happy Foden scored!

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

      Should have scored it then, the useless ****

      1. Yes Don
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        agreed

      2. BDA Shadow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        3 points for an assist and 1 point for Leno's save is the same as 4 points for a goal 😉

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

          Lol thats one way to look at it. Although Kun(c) would have been 2 points 😉

  2. grumpyman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    84 with 15 to play. However one of those is Ozil.

  3. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Could Leno sneak a bap?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      1bp

  4. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    117 with 20 left. 300 incoming

    1. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Haha painful isn't it. Why do they think people care

    2. Yes Don
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      amazing

  5. tm370
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I panicked after the Villa team news and made some dodge decisions but 75 bonuses with 15 left (on BB).

    Expecting less off the next fixtures though.

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

    63 with 15 to go, satisfied!

  7. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Not bad for 2 games played

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

    Kun gets a helper? Is that new?

  9. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    22k to 10k with 15 still left.. BB paid off 😀

  10. BDA Shadow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Mendy seriously had to block Walker and Leno by one bps..?

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

      Check again

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Leno you legend. Cheers.

  11. Reg83
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FPL is a funny game. my highest this season is 81 pts in a GW. Now i have 74 points with 10 games to go! (despite having D Luiz)

  12. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    72 points, Auba and McBurnie not doing much. Concerned about Lundy and Sterling getting any minutes next game though

  13. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB C, Sterling & Aguero turned out ok in the end 🙂

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

      Nice

  14. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Leno 1 Bap.. Uodated 😀

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Really? 🙂

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

    WC activated! Fernandes, Rashford double risers?

    1. Sparky6670
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I did that last night but no price changes!

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

    When do we find out about ozil? (Yes I have ozil...)

    1. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Word on the street is he is lying in the trunk of Arteta's car

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Did they have to take out Kolasanic first?

  17. pstokes2010
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    83. On the BB with all 14 to go. Regret going to Sterling captain over KDB

    1. pstokes2010
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      *15

  18. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    72 pts with Kun (c)
    12k to 7k

    1. Aido1975
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How do you know your rank has gone from 12k to 7k before they add the bonus and update everyone's score?

      1. Mattski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        livefpl.net

        Put your fpl id in and you can see how you're doing overall plus in your leagues

        1. Aido1975
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          That's brilliant thanks!

          1. Mattski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No problem at all!
            You rising up the ranks after today??

  19. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    some huge scores out there

  20. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    67 points on the board and really excited about my Saturday traveling quintet:
    Leno Vardy Jimenez Doherty PvA

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Rare that a keeper double-up on BB does so well, even after just one match.

  22. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling gets 30 minutes at least against Burnley. Sane's first competitive game after 10 months out. There is no way Pep is giving him the full 90.
    I would not be surprised if Sterling starts again but comes off early with an eye on Chelsea.

  23. TAT
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone here with bad scores?

    1. sminkypinky
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      53

      1. sminkypinky
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Seems like a bad score here

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

          Exact same score here. Seems like everywhere you look (here, mini leagues), the scores are 70+.

    2. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I thought 43 was great until I started looking at ML rivals and found out I'm bottom!

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

        Ouch! So many huge scores around. Most of the teams seems to have played BB, with triple Sheffield defence and KDB (c).

  24. Sif
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Wan Bissaka & Cantwell
    or
    Mount & non playing 4.0 at 3rd bench

    WanB could be someone else. Got TAA & cheap Burnley, Wolves, Newcastle.

  25. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Williams (United) a good shout to start? Enables a lot of money

  26. BDA Shadow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sitting here reading people's high scores wondering how they did it, then I realize I got 5 points from Aguero+Pepe+Ozil+Samatta with 31 minutes between all 4.