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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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Should I dump Reece James or not?
    Don't have playing defender if he is benched again...

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes, asap.

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Probably yes

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I own him and shipping this week

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

    I preferred it when Manchester City were in League 1 where they belong.

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Not very noice.

    2. puhd
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Oi mate

  3. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Information on Virgil van Dijk‘s injury is that he’s done his ACL, and will be out for the best part of 7/8 months.

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

      wow

    2. Vazza
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      There goes Liverpool’s title down the drain...

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

        Doubt that but it will be closer

    3. F4L
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      sounds possible but I don't see how they could know that already.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        A physio can say if it's ruptured

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          not definitely without a scan

    4. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Source?

      1. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Bein Sports

    5. puhd
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Just a rumor

    6. St. Stephen XI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 58 mins ago

      NBC Sports reporting the same during the City v Arsenal telecast.

  4. HurriKane
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Andy sold Digne Rodriguez Foden Che Adams on wildcard

    Ouch not a good start so far

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Getting rid of Rodriguez looks like a poor move, other moves make sense.

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

      He didn't sell Rodriguez

    3. Custard Gannet
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      He didn't sell Rodriguez

  5. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Aguero is almost as slimey as Suarez.

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

      He didn’t bite her

    2. Frucke
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Hahahahah

    3. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      At least Suarez sticks with his wife and family and is not fathering kids all over the place.

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

        Yes, like a loyal guard dog. Protects his family and bites enemies

      2. Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Ok fair point. Kun is worse.

      3. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        I bet neither of them are interested in tabloid tripe though.

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

    If it's true VVD has done his ACL, think I'm happy to get rid of Trent.

  7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Information on Virgil van Dijk‘s injury is that he’s done his ACL, and will be out for the best part of 7/8 months. #awlfc [bein sports]

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Wow

  8. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Pepe is PATHETIC

    1. Vazza
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      He’s pepethic

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

        So bad I laughed

        1. Vazza
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          Lol

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

    So VVD out of this season

    what to do with double defence hmm

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Kiss goodbye

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

        TAA and Robbo are owned for attacking returns.

    2. ivantys
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Triple it with Adrian

    3. Z
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I rly cant belive that you have doubled them wo Alison

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

    Sterling's hairline receding?

    1. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Omg selling him for a hit

      1. Frucke
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Hahah

      2. Firebreathinturtle
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Hahahahaha

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

      Can’t attack a man’s hairline that’s low

      1. Frucke
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Haha, yes. Under the belt

  11. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Does anyone know what information there is on VVD's injury?

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Read above

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Lol

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

      All balls. For now.

  12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Anyone thinking of filling their entire defence with cheapies now if VVD is out for long?

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

      thinking about it seriously

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

      Already on it

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

      We don’t know it’s that. Some guy on YouTube speculating based on the footage of the tackle. Not like he’s had a scan that’s been released or anything

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

        Looked genuine to me. Effectively out for the season.

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

          Yes it looked bad to be fair just like I say until he’s had a scan we don’t know

    4. Z
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I am playing wo LFC deff from the start of the season and i am so happy (so far ofc)

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Already without LIV def this week, was planning to get Robbo in but now thinking twice

  13. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    English football refs are a joke. In fact the EPL is a joke

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Alright simmer down Hakim

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Tryna learn this from a Utd fan 😉

    2. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Bad joke atm...

  14. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Tempted by vvd > Dallas and wood > kun or Kane then downgrade jimi fail to Antonio in a couple of weeks,

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Good move, Kun worth a shot if he can get back to a shade of his prime self

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      KDB Wood > Grealish Aguero could be on the card here ...

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

      Kun looks way off form. Overpriced if he keeps playing like this

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        First game back ...

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

          He and Pulisic lack match sharpness today. They'll come good.

          VVD - I'd get a 4.5 and invest 2 million on a midf/fwd.

  15. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    3 - Sterling (30)
    2 - Walker (27)
    1 - Dias (26)

  16. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Which combination is better? Lamptey/Ayling would usually my 1st sub generally behind Castagne in a 3-5-2?

    A) Martinez + Ayling + Mitchell
    B) Ryan + Lamptey + 3.9

    Cheers!

  17. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    VVD out for 7 months? Or is that fake?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Can it be concluded by medical exam that fast? Doubt it.

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Scanning doesn't take that long. He didn't have to wait in que..

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

          Yes but the rumour isn’t coming from a leaked scan it’s a medical guy speculating by watching the tackle

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        It was a nasty challenge. Pickford no red card. No penalty to Liverpool

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

        Torn ACL is easy to diagnose. I did mine and the doctor said he was 99% sure that was my injury just by feeling the movement in my knee/leg. Of course it took a bit longer to get the exact scans done

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

          But Liverpool can probably get scan results a lot faster too

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

          That said I really doubt the physios would have let him walk off if the tests they did on the pitch indicated acl damage

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      It appears to be true

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      As a surgeon located in the merseyside area I cannot confirm that till 20:00 hours

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Fake. Only official note is he couldn’t play on.

  18. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Was planning getting Robbo in addition to trent this week.

    Clearly buying for attacking returns.

    Is this inadvisable if vvd out? Need someone to replace James

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      I'd say so, Allison is one thing but VVD is a huge loss and will lower the confidence of the whole squad, it could still come off but I wouldn't do it

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Cheers....

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

      I kept both on my wc this week as Alisson is probably back soon. VVD out is bad news from defensive perspective, but no teams are really keeping a cs at the moment.

  19. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Kun fail

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

    Best VVD replacement?

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

      Lovren

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

        Jokes on them, they sold the best defender in the world

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

      Digne

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

        Probably correct

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Watch Telles this evening maybe

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

        No chance I get a united defendee

  21. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    well with VVD.. they not been keeping CS anyway...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      But now it's even sure?

  22. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Brewster captain next week?

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

    Aguero looking very happy despite being subbed off

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Lol

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

    Neck feelers off

  25. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Rashford, Mata, James front three for United today.

    Pogba not starting.

    Might just be enough to see off Newcastle...

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

      ummm

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

      Doubt it

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        https://twitter.com/salfordredss/status/1317523432876158977?s=19

        Good track record. We'll see.

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

          The seeing off newcastle part

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 1 hour ago

            Haha. Fair!

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

      JAMES?! Could be a Bruno haul, he’ll spend most of the game on the deck.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      This is Ole out all over the place ...

  26. Pratik
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Is the game boring or am I just sleepy?

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

      both

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

      Feel the same

    3. Frucke
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Boring....

    4. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Cagey, Arsenal getting into the game now.

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Buses aren’t terribly exciting.

  27. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    Foden does not like BAPs

  28. Right In The Stanchion
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    David Luiz hasn’t scored one of those since the World Cup in 2014

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

      he is due

    2. Frucke
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Hahaha true?

  29. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    3 - Sterling, Walker (27)
    1 - Ederson (25)

  30. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    NEW: Darlow, Krafth, Lewis, Lascelles, Fernández, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson
    Subs: Gillespie, Schär, Manquillo, Murphy, Almirón, Fraser, Carroll

    MUN: de Gea, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Lindelöf, James, Fernandes, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Rashford
    Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Telles, Matic, Pogba, van de Beek, Ighalo

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Van de Beek still on the bench??

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

        How do you start James over him?!?!?