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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 Dance
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB & Mahrez dreamland

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Same get innnnn

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

      Yezzir

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

    KDB(C), Sterling and Mahrez. Hehe

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

      Awesome

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

      Already on 62 pts !

    3. Reg83
        1 month, 16 days ago

        KDB (TC), Kun & Ederson (luiz owner also)

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        What FPL dreams are made of 😀

      • HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Same with Ederson over Sterling

    4. Reg83
        1 month, 16 days ago

        this is my first TC success since Alexis sanchez haul i think 3 or 4 years ago !

      • Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        David Luiz

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          My hero, my mate

      • bryant
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Only just occurred to me that Ozil didn’t even make the bench. What’s going on?

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

        Wait was that a straight red???

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Yes

      • diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Need Leno to get one more save

      • Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        15 Points for one goal...yes!

      • teenagemutantheroskrtels
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Anybody ta price changes tonight?

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

        Got to love a 13 point goal

      • jdp219
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        So, then Kun to 20 minutes for nothing but fitness purposes? Or does he stay on the bench?

      • Karhumies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Mari injured, Luiz red card, Mustafi injured. Arsenal has any other CBs?

        1. ...al
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Need Pau Torres and Upamecano

      • The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It's not over yet Aguero should see mins against 10 men.

      • Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        YESS I have David luiz

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Must be TC Aguero time now 😎

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

        Lol how has Sterling not been booked there?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Wasn't even a foul.

      • Licky
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I have KDB TCed. >.>

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        any fa cup game for arsenal before their game against brighton? so luiz can play...

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          We're hosed Chuckles

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

            🙁

      • Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Saiss or Justin?

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

          Wolves better fixtures, but wait till they play to judge?

        2. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Saiss. WOL have a nice run.

      • mrodgers91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Aguero could cause a massacre in the last 20 here

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Do they need to risk Aguero?

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

            He needs game time i think, should get 20 mins

      • jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        ARS are in big trouble ...

      • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Come ooooon Jesus

      • Babelcopter
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        52 pts!! GET IN!!!

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

          If only I’d put C on KDB I’d be there. Get on for the route Aguero flips sake

      • chaser123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Put Aguero on

      • gooberman
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        KDB even more essential now as on pens.

        1. ...al
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Only took forever for him to take them

      • Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        The dude is getting paid millions and millions and millions.
        Not even being funny now, but how is it possible? I know he is not the ONLY bad heavily overpaid overplayed player, but has it something to do with the players agent smoothtalking the managers or something?

        David Luiz is the guy if you did not know

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          His hair is hypnotic

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            i'll curl mine to get millions and millions.

      • Lindelol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        KDB

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

          brace?

      • -Klaus-
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Rout imminent

        • Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Get Laporte off.

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

            ffs why? i need cs points

        • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Can we blame FFS for falling into Pepe trap?