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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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

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

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yes, asap.

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Probably yes

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I own him and shipping this week

  2. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 7 days ago

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

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Not very noice.

      2. puhd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Oi mate

    • abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days 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
        1 month, 7 days ago

        wow

      2. Vazza
          1 month, 7 days ago

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

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

            Doubt that but it will be closer

        • F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

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

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            A physio can say if it's ruptured

            1. F4L
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              not definitely without a scan

        • KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Source?

          1. abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Bein Sports

        • puhd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Just a rumor

        • St. Stephen XI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

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

      3. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Andy sold Digne Rodriguez Foden Che Adams on wildcard

        Ouch not a good start so far

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

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

        2. Meinhoff
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          He didn't sell Rodriguez

        3. Custard Gannet
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          He didn't sell Rodriguez

      4. Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Aguero is almost as slimey as Suarez.

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

          He didn’t bite her

        2. Frucke
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Hahahahah

        3. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days 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
            1 month, 7 days ago

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

          2. Bank$y
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Ok fair point. Kun is worse.

          3. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

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

      5. The Chosen One...
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

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

      6. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days 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
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wow

      7. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Pepe is PATHETIC

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 7 days ago

            He’s pepethic

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

              So bad I laughed

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Lol

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            So VVD out of this season

            what to do with double defence hmm

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Kiss goodbye

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

                TAA and Robbo are owned for attacking returns.

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Triple it with Adrian

              • Z
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                I rly cant belive that you have doubled them wo Alison

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

              Sterling's hairline receding?

              1. Meinhoff
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Omg selling him for a hit

                1. Frucke
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Hahah

                2. Areyouthereyet
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Hahahahaha

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

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

                1. Frucke
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Haha, yes. Under the belt

            4. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

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

              1. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Read above

              2. Ron_Swanson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Lol

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

                All balls. For now.

            5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

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

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

                thinking about it seriously

              2. Meinhoff
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Already on it

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

                  Looked genuine to me. Effectively out for the season.

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

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

            6. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

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

              1. Ibralicious
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Alright simmer down Hakim

                1. Hakim Ziyech
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Tryna learn this from a Utd fan 😉

              2. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Bad joke atm...

            7. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 7 days 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
                1 month, 7 days 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
                1 month, 7 days ago

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

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

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

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  First game back ...

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

            8. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

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

            9. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 7 days 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!

            10. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              VVD out for 7 months? Or is that fake?

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

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

                1. baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

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

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

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

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

                    But Liverpool can probably get scan results a lot faster too

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

                It appears to be true

              3. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

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

              4. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 7 days ago

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

            11. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 7 days 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
                1 month, 7 days 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
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Cheers....

              2. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days 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.

            12. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Kun fail

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

              Best VVD replacement?

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

                  Lovren

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

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

                • Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Digne

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

                    Probably correct

                • Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Watch Telles this evening maybe

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

                    No chance I get a united defendee

              2. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

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

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  But now it's even sure?

              3. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Brewster captain next week?

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

                Aguero looking very happy despite being subbed off

                1. Hakim Ziyech
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Lol

              5. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Neck feelers off

              6. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Rashford, Mata, James front three for United today.

                Pogba not starting.

                Might just be enough to see off Newcastle...

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

                  ummm

                2. Ginkapo FPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Doubt it

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

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

                    Good track record. We'll see.

                    1. Ginkapo FPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      The seeing off newcastle part

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        Haha. Fair!

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

                  This is Ole out all over the place ...

              7. Pratik
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Is the game boring or am I just sleepy?

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

                  both

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

                  Feel the same

                3. Frucke
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Boring....

                4. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Cagey, Arsenal getting into the game now.

                5. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Buses aren’t terribly exciting.

              8. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Foden does not like BAPs

              9. Right In The Stanchion
                  1 month, 7 days ago

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

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

                    he is due

                  2. Frucke
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Hahaha true?

                • TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

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

                • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  ⚽ Team News 📰
                  NEW: Darlow, Krafth, Lewis, Lascelles, Fernández, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson
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                  1. Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Van de Beek still on the bench??

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

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