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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Rob Holding had originally been named in the team but picked up an injury in the warm-up and has been replaced by David Luiz.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. Abra Dubravka
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    A) Mitchell to TAA (have Robbo)?
    B) Podence to Grealish (have no Villa and have Jimenez) ?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Save

  2. No Totti No Party
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Will Grealish rise tonight ?

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

      Looks likely

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Probably

  3. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Assuming VVD our for the season would the WC this:

    McCarthy*
    TAA* Robbo Semedo Shaw* Ferguson*
    Salah Son Podence* Soucek Bisoumma
    Werner DCL Mitrovic*

    * are players I’d ditch - probably ditch Soucek/Biss too as I’d upgrade the midfield

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      hes out 7-8 month so yes

  4. Johan Queef
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Big entry into rough with the smooth already...Adams and Werner out. What a night after watching the Merseyside derby as a Liverpool fan too.

    Right now, I hate football.

    1. Belli2007
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yep. Same two out for me too. This game...........

    2. Zombiesmurffi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Same here. I wonder what next.

    3. Urchin
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      You may not be alone. Lots of ppl took werner out having lost patience

    4. Johan Queef
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Misery loves company guys. I feel for you all equally but it's nice to know I'm not alone.

      It wasn't a bad move. My annoyance is that I did it early for price changes which is against my style. If I'd have waited, I would likely have held Werner to deal with KDB.

  5. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I’ve not seen any of today’s action. Was Werner as good as the score line suggests? Presumably moved to central striker?

    1. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yes he's great. All depends on the service he gets though, Chelsea didn't look that impressive today.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Both his goals were fantastic. I'd say he's now worth his 8.4m

      1. Rojo's Modern Life
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        But that's not his price

    3. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He was very good but he played against a team very similar to the way a lot of Bundesliga teams play so still not sure of him against tighter defences in PL.

  6. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    How did Pulisic look today? Still looking good at 8.3? Assuming he is a bit rusty

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Keep for me

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      But rusty today but will make a mockery of that price imo

      1. Rojo's Modern Life
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Mockery

  7. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hopefully Sterling (C) gets the 3 Baps!

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Should o

  8. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Yx

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Ny

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Lol. A mispost!

  9. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I think my start this this season has traumatized me. I don’t even feel sad or cry myself to sleep anymore. Werner and Foden out for -8. So what!

  10. Urchin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Aguero ban incoming for manhandling assistant ref?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      yes thats a clear double Red

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      doubt it, but I guess if the media make enough of a fuss of the incident who knows.

  11. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Aguero should be punished with 5-6 games at least.

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Rule is 6 games for man-handling right

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What of woman-handling?

  12. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Surely the FA can intervene and hand a 3 match ban for Pickford.

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He didn’t touch the assistant ref as well did he?

    2. Urchin
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      With that yardstick Kepa should be forced into retirement

    3. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      as Liverpool fan i hope he wont be punished. Everton would love that ofc.

    4. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      no because everyone and their dog saw the incident.

    5. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      They should, but doubt it.

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Why should they?

        No intent. Eye on ball. Attacking player gets clattered by goalie. That’s football.

        It’s unfortunate that the media’s darling got injured.

        Move on.

    6. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He should be in jail.

  13. Hiddenpaw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I’ve got 2FTs this week what would you fix?
    Martinez (Steer)
    TAA Robbo Castange Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah Sterling Barnes Podence Trossard
    Jimi DCL Brewster
    Any help appreciated.

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Now Liverpool has Sheffield United that doesnt score so not the right time to lose double defence. See how Jimi plays. Maybe downgrade him and upgrade Podence

  14. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Where's greenwood?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Iceland

    2. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Covid isolation?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        He got covid?

    3. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Ole isn't that clueless to think James is better, so must be injury/covid.

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

    Who is the best reece James replacement to add to this defence. Money is no object

    Was going to double up with robbo but guess that's off rhe agenda now if vvd out.

    Current defenders:

    Taa. Saiss. James. Lamptey. Mitchell

    Thanks

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      same question but instead of TAA i have Dunne(fodder)
      Absolutely no idea who to get even though money is no issue

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I have the exact same defence as you.

        Tempted by Robbo?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Chilwell. I was impressed by how attacking he was.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Reguilon

    4. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Chilwell

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

        Chill and reguillon defo 2 of the leading candidates.

    5. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Chilwell automatic

    6. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Chilwell

    7. THE KING CANTONA
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      PVA (if he plays this GW). Fixtures look great.

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

        Interesting option

  16. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Micah is terrible

  17. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    What was the point of signing Van de Beek? Why not play him??

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      So arsenal don't get him probably

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I’ve heard it was a big misunderstanding

      1. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rio wanted some beak from Amsterdam and Ed Woodward got confused

      2. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Panic buy to appease the fans

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yeah but a better option than most..

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          i mean obviously he hasn't been sharp enough in training to warrant a start.

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Dont have Liverpool defenders as of now, should i still be tempted by Robbo? Need to ship out Reece James

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I think that’s a reasonable switch. He’s going to get a lot of attacking returns so fewer clean sheets won’t hurt as much

        2. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          even with VVD out I'm still tempted to get him, he is just so attacking this year. I'll wait to see how Alisson is progressing before making the move, Matip/Gomez is still a decent defensive partnership.

        3. JONALDINHO
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          He’ll still get plenty of returns offensively and cs here and there. With so many budget players up top go for it

      4. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        How was Sterling today? Thought Aguero might negatively impact him

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I thought he was sharp, on and off the ball

        2. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          He was ok but not great. I wouldn’t be bringing him in, or any City players for that matter. I own him and captained him and feel like I got away with that

          1. JONALDINHO
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Next 4 are difficult imo. After that with KDB back and a more settled team I might bring in 1/2. For now cityless is probably best

        3. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I got him in this week. Could have more returns. Looked good

      5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        These Adams bench points are really getting on my nerves

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          And my Digne bench points! Played Brewster over him, haha

      6. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        £14.95 Umm? A.Yes B. No

        1. The_Fish
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The smart kids are definitely on option b.

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yeah but I want to see a Wilson Hat-trick

      7. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A) Robertson + Soucek
        B) Grealish + Bellerin

        I have TAA already.

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B as you have TAA

        2. The_Fish
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

        3. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

        4. JONALDINHO
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B easy

      8. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        With VVD out for rest of season is TAA/Robbo worth 1-1.5m over any of Digne Chilwell Reguilon Semedo Castagne or Telles

        Honestly dont think si

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I have the double up and save my ft, will keep for Sheffield and then move one out with 2ft

        2. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I don't think so either. 1.5 can be the difference between DCL and Mitrovic.

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Or Barnes and Rodriguez in my case

        3. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I know he pulled out today but Rob Holding was going to play. Might just put the money away from defence.

      9. Live Lad
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        (1) McCarthy to Martinez
        (2) Mahrez to Hames
        (3) both for a hit
        I can't see McCarthy getting more than 1-2 points in the coming games.

      10. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        United need Poch

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Can't blame Ole for the board not signing the players he wanted but yes i would like Poch at United

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yeah but he is tactically inept. That is nowhere near his strongest line up even with injuries.

      11. Mr Arsenal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        How was Pulisic today..?

      12. Freund88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Own TAA and Robbo

        If VVD is out a long time, do I have to get rid of at least one? And, if so, which one?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          U don't really need to. So many good midprice mids and forwards.

        2. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          TAA out for me. Robbo looks in form, sharing some of the set pieces too this season and more importantly 0.5 cheaper. One can even make a case for going without either.

        3. onceuponatyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I'm keeping them. They're essentially two of Liverpool's most offensive players. Any clean sheets are a bonus.

        4. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          If you really need to then TAA but if not then don’t fret

      13. Pad Randa
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Need to get KdB, VvD and Richarlison out. Have two FTs and would like to beat price drops. How late can I leave it?

      14. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        West Ham CS tomorrow is would be nice

      15. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        ASM is gonna murder Maguire here.