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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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Artetas big game approach truly is pathetic

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

      He's done alright recently.

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

      U oreferred the emery wenger way of getting thrashed?

    3. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What do you think he could've done?

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

        Not play auba as a lwb for a start, and maybe try a bit more adventurous approach now that it's only 15 mins left

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

      Know your limits. Parking the bus is his best option.

  2. aborg
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    So who gives the penalties when there is no KDB or Aguero?

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

      Gundogan, Mahrez, Sterling? Not clear.

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

      Sterling or Gundo.

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hope it will be Sterling if so

    3. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Gundog I imagine

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

      Sterling

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

      The ref

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

    What is this attack from Ole, ffs?

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

      Truly awful, AND Slab at the back.

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

      United are getting worst by the minute

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

      What's up with Greenwood?

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

    3 - Walker, Sterling, Ederson (27)

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

    Glad to see Maguire start as a Wilson owner

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I mean.. who else do they have? Alternatives are pretty dire as well.

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

        Anyone but him haha

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

    Greenwood punters in tears

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

      Where is he btw, not injured right?

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

        Has to be a late injury

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

    Pogba VDB benched? No Greenwood?

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

      Exactly, what is going on?

    2. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Lindelof and Maguire too !!!... Suddenly Chelsea is good option now

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

      Not encouraging news as a united fan

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

    What's wrong with Greenwood?

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

    Great win for Gerrard’s Gers today. The teddy bears are back.

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

      Be careful. FA might invite him to be England manager!

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

        No chance ; can’t upgrade that quick

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

    Luiz OG close

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

    Agent Luiz with a horrible own goal miss

  12. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Solskjaer did you not watch VDB over the international break! Give the man a start ffs

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

      Absolutely clueless. He's getting sacked soon

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

      He's trying to make VDB super-sub Ole v2

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

    Must say, I'm not regretting having no City or Gunners assets.

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

      Let's see what happens in next 2

  14. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Both teams trying to bore their opposition into making a mistake.

    Tactical genius.

  15. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Maguire all set for a yellow or red card.

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

      Time to score a goal

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

      Not an OG?

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

      ASM - make my day...

  16. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Any chance KDB comes back for the next GW?

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

      My question as well

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

      Yes. A chance.

  17. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Would you do this WC?

    McCarthy Button
    TAA Robbo Mitchell Ferguson Johnson
    Salah Son Havertz Barnes Podence
    Kane DCL Davis

    WC team

    Martinez Forster
    Robertson Lamptey Dallas Masuaku Mitchell
    Salah Havertz Grealish Trossard Stephens
    Kane Kun DCL

    0.2 ITB

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

      No

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

      No

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

      NO

  18. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Maguire for a MOTM performance, clean sheet and a goal to shut everyone up 😆

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Who is your dealer? I need the good stuff you are smoking.

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

      Gonna be hilarious

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

      More like own goal and red card after 35 mins

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

        Would love that.

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

    Almost 1m red arrow :'(

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

      Don't look...

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

      Until Christmas!

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

      That’s the worst Man Utd lineup since the early 90s.

      Pogba on his way out

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Newcastle are winning tonight. Wtf is that line up

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

        Fraser will run riots

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

      Come on Foden. Get something!

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

        He got a non-existent assist, what more do you want??

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

          More. I'm greedy.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Get this boring game out the way then onto the main course, BRUNO 😎

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

        Man City looking very ordinary.......cant work out why ???........

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Too slow, missing the main man

    • abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      WTH is this Carabao Cup line-up

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

        Maybe he wants the sack sooner rather than later

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

        Best they got

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

          Greenwood injured?

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

        To be fair Mata is the best player in the United squad.

    • Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      For next week's game at home against WBA.

      Barkley > Trossard for the double up (with Maupay)?

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

      VVD out for 8 months. Pickford ought to be ashamed.

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

        Genius move when the rules are so stupid. Assault allowed because it's offside

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Source?

    • Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Arteta is so boring. Was a boring player, and now a boring manager. Booooring

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Why the hell would you start James Ole?

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

        Baffling

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

        he wants the suck

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Pick uno:

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

      Cheerz

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        A

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

      Sterling wasting Ederson assist