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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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Yess foden assist given!!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Wut?

  2. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Didn’t pull the KDB > Sterling trigger, feeling sad now

  3. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Was spooked out of Sterling/Mane for KDB so went Hamez/Kane for a -4 with Mitro also getting the boot.

    Going to take double figures from Kane to make things any better.

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Son’s gonna blank now too isnt he?

    Compound it

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      He hauls and blanks alternatively, so yes

    2. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Nah one goal for Son and one for Harry tomorow. Don't think it will be huge points but can't see them not scoring..... (famous last words)

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        With son BAPs I’d take it for Son at this rate

  5. Random Name
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    LENO PARRIES ANOTHER SHOT STRAIGHT BACK TO THE SHOOTER

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Can there be a single game where the most highly owned players blank?...

    Yea, they are coming tomorrow when my players play

  7. The Casual One
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Sterling in 6.2% of teams. Lovely

  8. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    come on Mahrez - score it!!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Pen?

  9. as33
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Pulisic>Mahrez?

    1. ididnt
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      I would

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      No. Pulisic will come good, Mahrez will have bench time.

  10. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Just waiting for the 'I was so close to gettig Sterling in' comments.....

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Can comfortably say I wasn’t fussed by him as KDB replacement - didn’t think City would manage much without Kev pulling the strings

      1. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        The season they set the the points record, kdb hardly featured.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          They had Sane who is better than anyone on the pitch now

  11. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Lateriser with a late haul!!!

    Love it

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      He's not gonna shag u mate

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      What is his team I'd?

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    If Foden ends with 5 (optimistic), I need 12 points from Son(c) to just break even with my moves this week.

    Chance?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      No chance Son is a troll

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Can’t remember if he’s ever done well for me - don’t think I’ve actually owned him a whole lot...

    2. Vazza
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        70% chance of that happening

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          I pray that it does haha

          1. Vazza
              7 days, 1 hour ago

              I hope so too. Would you mind responding to my post please

      • ididnt
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        What is Auba actually doing in this match? Totally anonymous so far

        1. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Has been like that since he signed the contract

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            Maybe he shouldn't be out wide

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Yeah, I thought Arsenal would look better then this

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            ? Arteta always parks the bus against the top six.

          2. ididnt
            • 9 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            Just play him through the middle Arteta!

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          He and the left touchline will be engaged by the 68th minute.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Mahrez is so selfish

      • ivantys
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Foden's finishing is crap, does he only know how to score tap ins?

        • Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Foden is like dilva but crap

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            Haha

        • Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Did Foden & Ings > Maupay & Son last week...

          As you can see, going great so far haha!

          1. ivantys
              7 days, 1 hour ago

              They haven't played yet.

              1. Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                I know... but let’s be honest, it’s written in the stars they’re gonna blank!

          2. Vazza
              7 days, 1 hour ago

              Which is better —

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

              Thanks

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                B

              2. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                A

              3. Tinkermania
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                Was this not supposed to be posted by 11am today?

                1. Vazza
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    I had already made some moves and didn’t fancy bringing sterling in a for a hit

              4. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                Damn it Foden!!

              5. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                Foden looks ripe for points now I've sold him. You're welcome.

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  This

                2. Hryszko
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  Couldn’t agree more..

                  1. Hadebayor Mum
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Yep, sold Foden and Werner so hauls inevitable

              6. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 1 hour ago

                Agüero is old.
                Not an fpl option anymore

                1. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  this

                2. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  He's how old Vardy was last season

                  1. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Doesnt work that way. Vardy reached his peak later.

                  2. Peter Ouch
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    That's different.
                    Vardy is playing professionally for less than 10 years and Aguero for 15.

                    Football age is different.
                    Rooney started playing football when he was 16 and by the age of 32 was a veteran

                    1. COK3Y5MURF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 58 mins ago

                      Yeah, but you just called him too old after watching him for 40 minutes

                      1. Peter Ouch
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 57 mins ago

                        I didn't make this assumption now mate.
                        I believe that already from last year.
                        I just mentioned it now cause he is playing!

                        1. Nightcrawler
                          • 1 Year
                          7 days, 54 mins ago

                          Just admit u were wrong and move on

                3. ivantys
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Injuries made him useless

                  • Mambino
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Nah

                  • Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 49 mins ago

                    Aguero’s first touch is better than 99% of the Premier League players.

                4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  Does Podence + James to Havertz + KWP make sense? Or any other combination?

                  1. Peter Ouch
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Yeah
                    Both James and Podence aren't nailed

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 1 hour ago

                      Havertz + KWP good options or someone else? Dont have any Chelsea attack. Have DCL for Eeverton.

                      1. Peter Ouch
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 1 hour ago

                        Not kwp, I prefer konsa

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 1 hour ago

                          Have Martinez in goal. Do not want to double up.

                5. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  No Laca and Auba still playing as LWB

                  Willian CF WTF IS THAT ARTETA

                6. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  City playing like City again.

                  1. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Maybe pogba...i mean kdb was the issue??

                7. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 days, 1 hour ago

                  Aguero looks past it. This is his last season in england isn't it?

                8. ivantys
                    7 days, 1 hour ago

                    Saka kept missing chances, so overrated.

                    1. Right In The Stanchion
                        7 days, 1 hour ago

                        Ok mate

                      • Hulk Smash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        7 days, 59 mins ago

                        He's 12 years old tbf

                    2. Teriyaki 69
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 1 hour ago

                      Get more involved foden dang it.

                      1. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 1 hour ago

                        He's had 2 one on ones with Leno...

                        1. Hulk Smash
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          7 days, 1 hour ago

                          Lol this

                    3. ivantys
                        7 days, 1 hour ago

                        Kun touching the female linesman lol

                        1. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          7 days, 1 hour ago

                          horny sod

                        2. Mambino
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          7 days, 59 mins ago

                          Not too clever that was it

                        3. PLerix
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 59 mins ago

                          Red Card that

                          1. Hulk Smash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            7 days, 58 mins ago

                            Only if you honk the boobies

                        4. COK3Y5MURF
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 58 mins ago

                          She shoved it off too 😀

                          1. Mambino
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            7 days, 57 mins ago

                            Too right as well

                        5. Crouching Tiger
                          • 7 Years
                          7 days, 57 mins ago

                          How many BPS for that?

                          1. Hulk Smash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            7 days, 54 mins ago

                            Just 1 bap. He didn't try for the second.

                      • Hotdogs for Tea
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        7 days, 59 mins ago

                        Ban incoming for Kun 😉

                      • Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        7 days, 58 mins ago

                        Nobody made the obvious joke yet. Post will get removed anyway

                        1. Hulk Smash
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          7 days, 57 mins ago

                          Aguero trying to get a bit of Kun?