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Aguero starts for much-changed City as Guardiola benches De Bruyne

Pep Guardiola has rung the changes for the final match of Double Gameweek 30+, which kicks off at the Etihad at 20:00 BST.

Burnley are the visitors to Eastlands, where Manchester City defeated Arsenal five days ago.

There are only three surviving members of Guardiola’s starting XI from that 3-0 win over the Gunners, with Ederson (£6.0m), David Silva (£7.3m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) keeping their places.

That means that Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) are both rotated out of the side, with the two premium Fantasy Premier League midfielders only among the substitutes.

Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) gets his chance up front, meanwhile, with Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) making way.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m), Kyle Walker (£5.6m), Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m), Ilkay Gundogan (£5.2m) and Eric Garcia (£4.5m) are the other City starters from midweek who drop out of the City line-up, with all bar the concussed Garcia on the bench.

Guardiola has changed his entire back four, with Joao Cancelo (£5.1m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m), Fernandinho (£5.1m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£4.9m) tasked with keeping Burnley at bay.

Phil Foden (£5.1m), Bernardo Silva (£7.7m) and Rodri (£5.5m) are also recalled further forward.

Sean Dyche’s side are missing the sidelined Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes (both £6.1m), so Matej Vydra (£5.3m) and Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) are paired together in attack for the visitors.

Josh Brownhill (£4.8m) makes his first Premier League start, while Matthew Lowton (£4.2m) returns from an enforced lay-off at right-back.

Not only are Burnley hit by injury, they are also without four players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the month: Joe Hart (£4.2m), Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m), Aaron Lennon (£4.6m) and Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) are not even among the substitutes as doubts linger over their futures.

Four academy products make it onto Dyche’s under-strength bench as a result, with two goalkeepers among the seven substitutes that the Burnley boss has named.

De Bruyne is the most-captained player of Double Gameweek 30+ both overall and within the top 10k.

Over half of the managers inside the top 10,000 handed the armband to the Belgian.

Aguero was captained by 26.74% of those elite managers, meanwhile.


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, D Silva, Foden, Bernardo, Mahrez, Aguero.

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.

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2,167 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Twisted Saltergater
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    I had Foden in BB draft #29

  2. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Foden owners props

    • The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Thank goodness, anyone but Kun.
      Come on Mahrez nick one!

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I'd be happy if he got even more!

    • Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      BILVAAAAAAA

      🙂

    • masyuris
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Foden will get more minutes as preparation to replace David Silva's role next season

    • Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Im so f***ing happy, Foden you beautfiul man. Never in doubt, never forget!

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        relax

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        K

      3. Bilbao Baggins
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Some pick, well done.

    • james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Is kun looking like a threat at all?

      1. _Ninja_
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        No service

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Needs more KDB?

          1. _Ninja_
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            That would help yes.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          He wasted a Mahrez assist already...

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Not had anything

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Nothing of note yet

      4. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Scared his teammates from passing the ball

      5. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Cheers lads

    • Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pep's its Burnley, not the World Cup final...circle jerk not needed.

      1. sunnyh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Explaining to them how to get the ball to Aguero obviously

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Lol he cares more about this than any city player

      3. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Stay mad

    • FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I feel asleep and was woken up by Fooooooden

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Foden with 2G (12pts FPL) in 47 minutes of play time

      1. CC22
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Second in my ML brought him in this week for his Bench Boost!

    • puhd
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Lads! I need help with my transfer this week:

      Pope (Button)
      TAA Lascelles Holgate soyuncu Boly
      Mane Salah KDB Fernandes Fleck
      DCL Jimmy Ings

      A- Upgrade Button
      B- Upgrade Holgate
      C- Upgrade Fleck

      I’ve got 1ft

      1. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Downgrade fleck to a cheap playing 5th midfield bench player

      2. puhd
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Holgate to Wan Bissaka? And downgrade Fleck even more to say McCarthy?

      3. In and Out
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Mane Salah KDB 50% game time looking likely

        1. puhd
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Yeah but who else would you go for? They’re still the best mids

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Martial Bruno Son

            But yeah, Salah/Mane and KDB obvious 1 and 2 spots

    • La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aguero back from a toilet break

      1. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        he went to put on his scoring boots

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who would have thought the top goalscorer for City this week would be Foden...

    • Nomar
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      ** changes WC team to put Foden in ***

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        😆

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      AWB yes or no? If no, which defender at similar or cheaper price would you get on WC?

      Have Trent Doherty Lascelles and Ward

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Aurier? No competition for his place 🙂

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Maguire Ritchie or aurier

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Meh. Would go cheap if you have Trent and Doherty. Holgate, Lascelles, Taylor, Saiss etc.

      4. puhd
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I think it’s a good shout

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Never heard the Etihad this loud... fake news

    • aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Need Mahrez assists with Kun goals now. Foden and Bernardo are ruining my hopes !

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Floodgates won't open as Burnley just want to keep the score down and use this as fitness prep for their next game.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ues theyd take 1-0 if u offered them right now

    • Teahupo'o
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Us Kun cappers could use a David Luiz doppelganger on Burnley, right about now.

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yep

    • Over Midwicket
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'm soooo happy to be rid of Kun when my FH reverts back. Useless slow Argentinian. Past it.

    • 420king
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KDB to Foden after Liverpool game?

    • TheTinman
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I think I'll drop KDB. Not interested in paying that much for rotation. He's protecting them all for Champions League

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It’s one game....

        1. Stupendous
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          He has a point. Not a gamble I'm taking though.

          Might double with Foden and that's it for city

    • Stupendous
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I mean, is Foden actually a WC option to finish the season?

      Enabler and looks set to be a huge piece for us. League has gone and he likely won't start in C.L

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Structurally how do you fit him into your team? Most people are going for Salah/Mane, KDB, Son and Bruno, plus a budget enabler for the bench.

        Do you drop a premium asset that most others will have or do you take him as a slightly more expensive fifth mid?

    • Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yawn

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Reply fail to lots of people?

    • james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Will KDB get on now they are ahead?

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Probably not

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Figured that too

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Woukd of thought he’d be more likely to come on if they were struggling to lead the game, so god knows now

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Exactly

      3. Vazza
          1 month, 20 days ago

          At some point he will... surely he needs some mins ahead of the Chelsea game. Otherwise, he would have not played for 10 days.....

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I like your logic

            If we are voting I vote for your logic

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Thanks mate. You’d hope that my logic translates to FPL points...

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            5 subs came on when 2 up against Arsenal, so yes he will probably come on

            1. james 101
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Hope so

              I guess we can’t treat these early games like regular mid season games

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                training days are being lost and players need to say match fit, so I expect the bench to be used a lot, irrespective of the score

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Zinky's running up and down a lot, and Phil never gets 90. The 2 Silvas will go off with Kun.

        • DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Not sure if it’s a good thing that KDB is less likely to come on now. Less likely to ruin my rank but also need someone to setup Aguero!

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yep

          2. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Plenty of time.

        • DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Sterling on for Mahrez surely a good shout second half. He looks tired.

          1. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Hopefully not

          2. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I’m ok with that

          3. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Likely. Might even see Sane

          4. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Not getting the ball coz cancelo is shocking

          5. Vazza
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Mahrez has no leg muscles apparently...

          6. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thank goodness Aguero has started!

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Has he?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yes, goal incoming!

          7. EL tridente
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Ederson could give good value for rest of season. Not many games they Will Concede

            1. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Burnley spending alot more time in Citeh's than people would have imagined.

          8. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Cancelo worst player on the pitch so far