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Aguero starts for De Bruyne-less Man City as Sterling shakes off minor injury

Sergio Aguero makes his long-awaited return from injury this evening as Manchester City play host to Arsenal.

Kick-off at the Etihad is at 17:30 BST.

Aguero hasn’t kicked a ball in a competitive match since June but returns to spearhead the City attack in Saturday’s penultimate Premier League match.

The Argentine’s inclusion sees Raheem Sterling, who has shaken off a minor hamstring problem to start, move to a more familiar wide-midfield role.

Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez keep their places but Ferran Torres drops to the bench, with Bernardo Silva replacing the Spaniard.

The other three of Pep Guardiola’s four changes were enforced, with Kevin De Bruyne‘s unavailability having been confirmed on Friday.

Aymeric Laporte or Benjamin Mendy also miss out through injury, with Nathan Ake and Joao Cancelo stepping up to replace their teammates.

As for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has made two changes from the side that defeated Sheffield United.

Mohamed Elneny and Eddie Nketiah drop to the bench, with Granit Xhaka and Nicolas Pepe returning to the visitors’ starting XI.

Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.

New signing Thomas Partey is only among the substitutes, along with Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to lead the line for the Gunners at the Etihad, then.

A red flag for De Bruyne saw the Belgian transferred out by almost 1.4 million Fantasy managers ahead of the Gameweek 5 deadline, making him the most-sold asset of this round of games.

Aubameyang takes second place in the table of Gameweek 5 sales, with over 610,000 FPL bosses losing faith in the Gabon international.

Not one City or Arsenal player was in the top 30 for transfers in.

It’s not often we can say that not a single member of Guardiola’s starting XI is owned by more than 10% of Fantasy managers but that is the case today, with De Bruyne ruled out.

Aguero is a veritable differential as he sits in just 1.4% of squads.


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe.

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849 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    LMS safety score currently 8

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Thanks. I didn't want to be first to comment again!

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 2 hours ago

    The man is back!

    1. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Zlatan?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 2 hours ago

        No theman

  3. ivantys
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Is Jesus back soon as well?

      1. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 2 hours ago

        We don't really know, the Bible isn't clear about that

        1. JayKay1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          Touche ;o)

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          Yawn...

          1. Leonard hatred
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            I love that somebody's weak pun inspired you to express your discontent.

            Jesus loves you, my friend.

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      How’s everyone getting on this week?

      20(-4) from 4 here, seems very average

      1. ivantys
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          18 from 3

        • Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          24(-4) from 5 incl captain.

        • Traction Engine Foot
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          15 from 4

        • The Casual One
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          34 from 5

        • Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          22 (-8) in 4 including captain 🙁

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 2 hours ago

          Overall average is 20.16 with 4.25 played.

          1. Traction Engine Foot
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            18 after hits

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              correct

            2. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 7 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              wow significant effect by hits this week

        • Joey Tribbiani
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            9 from 2 players, benched Digne

          • Nice to Finally Michu
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            61(-4) with 4 to go

          • Holmes
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            2 from 2 😎

          • seewhyaxe
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            18(-4) from 4

          • Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            33 from 5 (37 w/ bonuses)

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            19 from 2, D(C)L and Digne

          • Right In The Stanchion
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              40 from 5

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              27 -4

              All my players returned: Salah, Digne, Dcl and Ings. Can’t complain so far 🙂

            • Chirsbom
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              21 from 4. Everybody either a goal or an assist. Not bad really.

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              20 from 5

            • JayKay1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              46 rom 4, Werner C ;o)

            • Maddamotha
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              38 from 4

          • grooveymatt65
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            Luiz starting now, as Holding was injured in the warm up can only be good for us Sterling owners!!!

            1. ivantys
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Injured in warm up lol hilarious.

              • Chirsbom
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Luiz is the best thing that has happend to Arsenal!

                Regards
                Spurs fan

            2. pricycle
              • 7 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              Werner just saved my season

              1. fr3d
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                After ruining it for 4 weeks

                1. pricycle
                  • 7 Years
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  Indeed. I almost minus foured him to Kane this week though

              2. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Not according to your linked team

              3. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Funny, you have Bamford, Mitro and DCL for captain.

                1. pricycle
                  • 7 Years
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  Haven't gotten round to updating the link

                  1. pricycle
                    • 7 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    I'll jump right on that

            3. Amey
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              If Aguero looks nice, it's an easy decision to bring him IN.

              1. Erdogan
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Looks alright I guess if you fancy blondes

            4. Kakashi Of The Leaf
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              Richarlison>Antonio/Maupay?

              Allows Jimenez>Werner the following week.
              Have Pulisic too.

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Maupay, but wait for the games.

              2. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Maupay but Antonio after 3 weeks looks good

            5. Right In The Stanchion
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Arsenal are going to win this

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  Hopefully, I wouldnt normally ever want Arse to win, but if City lose or draw it opens the league up a bit more for Spurs 😀

                  1. Right In The Stanchion
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Lol as an Arsenal fan I laugh at you

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Why?

                      2. Chirsbom
                        • 3 Years
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Yeah, why?

                2. ivantys
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Almost assist for Sterling

                    1. Seanigula
                      • 11 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      That was almost worth a post

                  • umerlfc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Any chance that all 3 of Zaha, Lamptey and Mitchell do not feature at all this gameweek?

                    1. Collie01
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      There is a chance.

                      Mitchell could well be replaced by PVA. Lamptey and Zaha both slight injury doubts.

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Lol I need this to get Keane off the bench

                      1. Sloane426
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Lol Keane. Casual pick if I ever seen one.

                      2. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Keane benchers punished

                  • g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Mahrez setting his sights

                  • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Anyone else have Adams on their bench or just me?

                    1. Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      just you

                    2. HurriKane
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Only you. Awful decision to bench him vs Kepa

                  • Kay317
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Anyone able to tell me if Pulisic looked any good today? Bit annoyed they scored 3 and he had no involvement. Punt fail.

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      No, anonymous.

                    2. Dellman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      He looked ok just a bit rusty...

                    3. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Wasn't involved.

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 3 Years
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Assisted the assister for third.

                  • Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    How is Kun looking?

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Yh blonde hair is not bad

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      heavily involved

                  • HurriKane
                    • 8 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Best chelsea mid to own is Havertz or Pulisic?

                    1. 11SPECIALONE11
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Havertz looked better today

                      1. HurriKane
                        • 8 Years
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Better option than Pulisic?

                        1. 11SPECIALONE11
                          • 5 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          Hard to say

                          Pulisic needs a few more games to get in the groove. Ziyech looked lively when he came on

                    2. Dellman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Havertz

                  • RED_ARMY
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Kane to Kun straigh swap GW 9 looks lovely

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Not for me. Kun and Jesus will be rotated by pep depending on tactics

                  • Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Willian up top ahead of Auba lol. What is Arteta thinking?

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Outfrauding the fraud

                    2. Ginkapo FPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      He suggested as much when he signed him

                      1. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        I just don't understand what he sees in auba out wide that makes him so adamant not to play him up top

                        1. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          He sees him being regularly unmarked.

                          Do you understand why Salah doesnt play up top?

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

                            Salah has very different qualities than auba. Pace, for one

                  • lordkippe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Sterling(C) fail...

                    1. Gudjohnsen
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Why?
                      Is he injured?

                  • KGFC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Comn Foden get a goal or the exit door is open for you. Has been a total fail pick since brining him in a couple of weeks ago.

                    1. Top Lad Dakes.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      I pied him out last week to enable Son in with the funds I got from Werner to DCL.

                      In deficit so far and hoping that doesn’t continue lol

                  • Davros
                    • 11 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    The goal madness continues. If only I could have less than 3 defenders

                    1. Top Lad Dakes.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      I’d just take Robbo and run lol

                    2. Iceball
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      We need the "all out attack" chip back!

                  • Top Lad Dakes.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    Time to hide behind the sofa with nobody in these 2 games. Anyone else?

                    Can’t be too displeased with 25 from 5 post-hit, and Son(c) still to come.

                    Werner haul hurt but so it go. Spotlight on Son to make it at least semi worth it!

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Only got Wilson in the next match

                      1. Top Lad Dakes.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        14 days, 2 hours ago

                        Definitely hoping for a Toon win, small margin

                  • Von Lipwig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 2 hours ago

                    nil-nil please

                  • Vazza
                      14 days, 2 hours ago

                      Which is better -

                      A. KDB => Sterling (free)
                      B. KDB, Wilson => Mane, Watkins (4 point hit)

                      Thanks

                      1. Zrinkec
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          1

                      2. Zrinkec
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          23 after 4 pretty solid everybody with goal or assists.

                          1. Top Lad Dakes.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

                            Exactly how I feel, no massive hauls for me but nobody blanking yet

                        • Gallas25
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          Anyone have any clue as to whether John Egan will play tomorrow? Che Adams is my first sub and need the points badly 😀

                        • Steve The Spud
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          Foden to greilish or wood to Watkins

                          Talk about dead wood!

                        • KGFC
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          Will this be a boring 0-0... Looking like it 🙄

                          1. KGFC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

                            Timing 😆

                          2. Cilly Bonnolly
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

                            Timing.

                        • Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          This city team without kdb is so meh... Just a bunch of talented attackers but doesn't seem to be a plan. It's like a more talented West Ham.

                        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                          • 10 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          OMG sterling