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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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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. Ashante'Kotoko
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Henderson
    WanB. Bailly Maguire. Telles
    Matic(mctominy). VandeBeek
    Greenwood. Fernandez. Pogba
    Rashford

    Someone send this to Solsjkaer

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Tbh this team doesn't make much sense

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Pogba on the wing?

  2. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Ole trying to get himself sacked it seems

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      He’s tried for quite some time. Woodward wants a toy boy.

  3. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    I'll take 6 points from Foden I guess.

    Only Reece James has failed to return for me from 5 players. Not a bad start to the week and Son (C) still to come as well.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I really don't feel confident with Son(c)

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        You should do, hardly anyone aside from Werner has returned heavily which Son can do

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Why? I'm fairly confident he can beat 7 points.

    2. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah could easily have more. Like a 9m midfielder if playing every game so ok for now

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      no i am not happy with that considering the chances he got

  4. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Who is getting off TAA this evening and to whom? Chilwell, reguillion, semedo or cheap?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Saiss

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      why would you sell him before next 2 home games. Lol.

      1. Dog and Fox
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        He plays in the worst defence inn PL. Liverpool and WBA 13 goals

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          LOOOOOL

      2. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        I have robbo. Double without vvd and allison too much risk

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I am on Chilwell or Reguilón. Already have Semedo.

      1. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Are you going to decide tonight? TAA price going to drop this evening

    4. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      keep

    5. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Gotta be Ben C

      1. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Probably the best call given he has already played too

  5. Pratik
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Arsenal have played as if they aren’t losing, weird af!

  6. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Double liv without allison and now VVD just too risky right?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I'd say so, yeh. Wait for Sutherns to have his say though.

      1. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        TAA going to drop so just going to call it this evening I think

  7. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Greenwood not even in the squad. Clearly a problem.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Covid precautions?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Wasn't mentioned. Is Ole blaming him for the 1-6?

  8. Manani
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    i know only 1 assist but pretty happy with Foden. The position he got in and how involved he is, don't think there will be anyone close to his value for 6.5m

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      yeah, with the injuries they have right now I suppose we should just keep, should start most games for now

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      You can keep him

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Oh boy!

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      yikes. the way pickford tackled him I can kinda see it. Hopefully more of a sprain than a tear

  9. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Well - 13pter needed from Son(c) tomorrow to break even with my hit.

    Cmon big man

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Could easily happen.

      Keep the faith!

  10. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    With no city or arsenal players. That’s a pretty good outcome

  11. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Sterling to snatch the 3 baps?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Hope not

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      He deserves it with his defensive play towards the end..

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Hope so.

  12. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Arsenal didn't even try to win. Arteta getting a nice Christmas presence from Abu Dhabi

  13. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Sterling should get the goal bonus?

    Sterling Walker Cancelo all on 28

  14. yakirh
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    How many baps for Sterling?

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I reckon all 3

  15. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Remember that GW2 Willian bandwagon 🙂

  16. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    So VVD is dead for 8 months

  17. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    James and VVd issues in my team. Have 2.4 ITB. Which one to move out first. Also, right move to get Robbo for one of them?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Obvs VVD. Shouldn't need asking.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Out for long? Don't know what the prognosis is, hence asking. If out for long is Robbo the right replacement or should I get a 4.5 like KWP and upgrade midfield?

    2. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Why would you not get VvD out first? Lol

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Vvd out for 8 months it is sounding like, easy decision.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Did not know that. Hence the question.

        VVD to TAA or Robertson is the question now!

        1. antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          With no VVD or Alison you’ve got to worry for pool cs potential. Robbo playing the better of the two of them at present if you feel the need for a pool def.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Don't know if they are actually needed. Seriously doubt spending 7 or 7.5 on them for sporadic attacking returns,

    4. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      If you're starting both, I'd take a hit and bring in Robbo+Chilwell/Saiss/Castagne/Digne

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        I probably wont. Playing 3 defenders and have this right now:

        VVD James Lamptey Dallas Mitchell

  18. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    That ManU attack is deadly!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Mata brace

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Deadly dull. This is gonna end a bore draw.

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        As a United supporter, I'd take a draw with that starting 11 tbh.

    3. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      😆

    4. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      somehow Man U are rapdily going backwards lol, it looked like things were working out at the end of last season. Now worse than ever :/

  19. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    How to bring Salah in?

    A) KDB + Semedo > Salah, 4.5

    B) KDB, Sterling > Salah, Bale/Puli/Grealish

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Removing Sterling to get in Salah not that great a move

  20. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Probably time to sell Liverpool defs.

  21. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    not very happy with Mahrez and Foden. I guess Mahrez needs to go. Can keep Foden though.

  22. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Bruno masterclass incoming.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Hope so

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      that would be nice, dont have him cap. But i'll take anything, open play goal would be sweet

  23. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Looks like Cancelo and Sterling 3, Walker 1.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Would take that.

  24. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Went Pulisic over Rodriguez in my WC team. Didn’t see the CHE game - is he going to repay his anonymity or have I messed up?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I wouldn't judge on one game where he lacks match sharpness. Werner and Havertz look worth having now unlike a game or two back.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Werner frustrating for everyone but the die hard who kept him. I obv ditched him a couple of weeks ago!

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      He played well. Annoying assisting the assister

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Just saw on highlights! Very frustrating!

  25. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Fred brace incoming.

  26. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Gabriel and Ruben Dias good performances for both sides today. Can see plenty CS

    1. F4L
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Big if but if Laporte can stay fit, him and Dias will make a good pairing. Shame Rodri doesn't look good enough and Fernandinho's legs have gone.

      1. Naby K8a
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Dias looks a real leader. Should help them hold onto leads

  27. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Van De Beek. 😛

  28. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Kneejerkers selling Trent and buying Werner. Casuals, casuals everywhere.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah, selling a player who has been sh*t and has lost 2 of the main defenders is kneejerking...

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        casual spotted. Imagine wasting transfers on defence. Lol.

        1. BackcountryDave
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          A pro like you should have your team linked...

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I would rather imagine wasting 7.5m for 1-2pts every week.

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            he had 1-2 points last season at the start of the season too.

            1. BackcountryDave
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              So what you're saying is that you didn't learn to wait until the scores improve?

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      At this point selling TAA is not a knee jerk.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Bookmarked.

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          NIH0992 making a bid to join Brosstan and Irbox in the popularity/credibility stakes

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Casual spotted.

  29. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    KDB to Sterling worked out better than Son to Rashford gw2.