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De Bruyne, Foden on Man City bench as Aguero starts

Kevin de Bruyne (£11.5m) is back in the Manchester City fold after missing out through injury in Gameweek 5.

The Belgium star was also sidelined for City’s 3-1 win against Porto on Wednesday night but returned to training the following day.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) was also pictured back on the training pitches, though is not part of Pep Guardiola’s matchday 18. Nathan Aké (£5.5m) also misses out for the Citizens.

Joining KDB on the bench is Phil Foden (£6.6m), who fails to earn a place in the starting XI despite only being used as a substitute in the Champions League. Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) captains the side.

Sergio Aguero (£10.4m), who netted a penalty in that Porto clash, starts for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

On the striker, Guardiola explained in his pre-Champions League press conference:

Having Sergio on the pitch, we are better, we are safer. We missed him a lot in important moments in the later part of the season. Now it is good news for us that he is back.

The important thing is that Sergio comes back in good physical condition, starts to get his rhythm, doesn’t get more injuries and and plays good.

At his pre-West Ham news conference, Guardiola said of his other senior striker Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m):

He’s getting better but a tough injury. Hopefully still he couldn’t train with us.

He will be ready when he does train because he gets the form quickly but maybe one week, two weeks before that [happens].

On new centre-back Ruben Dias (£5.5m), the City boss added:

He settled good. He came from Benfica fully fit. He still needs time to get some situations, some ideas, some rhythm and process we need. He’s open minded.

In Laporte’s absence, Dias is partnered by Eric Garcia (£4.8m) at centre-back while Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) keeps his place from the XI that beat Arsenal 1-0 in Gameweek 5.

Joao Cancelo (£5.4m) looks set to operate at left-back in a 4-3-3 system, though Guardiola’s set-up against the Gunners saw the full-back tuck into midfield for large portions of the game.

While the City manager has named an unchanged XI from the Porto tie – his first time doing so since October 2017 – there are two changes from that win over the Gunners with Garcia and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) replacing Aké and Foden.

On his line-up, Guardiola told BT Sport:

It is what it is. For the teams who play in Europe and international competitions, the schedule is tight with a lot of games. It happened last season, so with the covid situation we have to adapt.

We didn’t have much preparation and we have to get it during the game. That’s why today is another opportunity to improve what we’ve improved the last games and get up to the table.

We decide to continue with the same guys to get the rhythm as quick as possible for some players.

Yeah, he’s important [De Bruyne]. Aymeric is close too and Nathan as well so it’s important players come back.

David Moyes names an unchanged West Ham XI for the third straight gameweek, with the Hammers fresh off a thrilling 3-3 comeback draw against Spurs in GW5.

Michail Antonio (£6.3m) Tomas Soucek (£4.9m) Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) are among the names that FPL bosses will be eyeing up ahead of fixture turn for the Hammers in Gameweek 8.

On new signing Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m), who does not make the matchday squad, Moyes explained on Friday:

He needs to get up to speed with what we want and where we are at so it has given me the opportunity to take a bit more time with him.

But I have said the same before with the boys from the Championship, I am not in any rush to put them in. I like to give them the opportunities at the right time.

I will take my time with him, bring him on when he is ready and get him in a good condition to start to then play well when he does.

West Ham United XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Coufal; Fornals, Antonio, Bowen.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Garcia, Dias, Walker; Bernardo, Rodri, Gundogan; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.

1,445 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Well that's stopped the Antonio bandwagon in its tracks.

    Knee-jerkers back to Bamford.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      For -4 now.

  2. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Fodennn!!! Yes

  3. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Game on!

  4. Seanigula
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    This couldn’t be going any better

  5. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Of course Foden scores. No surprise the way this season is going

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      TBF he passes the eye and stats tests. Yet ANOTHER great option.

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

        Passing the eye test is subjective

        1. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          So if the eye test is subjective, and as you said 'He just racks up stats without actually finishing his chances' - so you can't trust the stats, where does that leave you?

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

            With other players

            1. Aston VII lalalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              So is he still a rubbish coverage trap?

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

                Rubbish coverage traps score sometimes. Look at Jorginho

                1. Aston VII lalalala
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I wanted to contest that point and then I checked the data... I don't know what to say.

                  Perhaps it seems different because Foden is an emerging player and so the stats rules don't apply in the same way?

                  Anyway I can certainly see your point now.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Passes the rotation test aswell

  6. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Granville is on a roll, tells you everything about this season...

  7. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    That's what you get with foden. Unsure of starts, but still a possibility of goals.
    Non owner, have sterling.

  8. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Well, Kun & Struijk hasn’t worked out very well on my WC 🙂

  9. ivantys
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Pep's a total fraud, doesn't even know his best 11

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Lol

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Haller is a better player than we have seen from him in the PL. Maybe now he will get his shot.

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Took Foden out two weeks ago, he’s returned two weeks in a row... you have me to thank everyone who still owns!

      1. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Thank you Hryszko

      2. theDillinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Cheers lad

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

      People don't actually own Foden really?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        have grealish

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Same. We’re idiots.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You mad?

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

          No. Stunned

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

        Casuals who can't afford someone better picked him and got rewarded as usual

      4. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You would rather have Aguero?

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

          Wouldn't own any city player

      5. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Had him post restart. He was getting lots of minutes but still blank.

    • BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Beautiful Foden redemption for owners

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes

    • Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      4 point hit Bruno and Wilson out for Grealish and Aguero. I love dis game. Might stick a tonne on Wilson and a Bruno goal

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Poor moves really

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Selling Bruno seems strange especially for a hit

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

          this

        2. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          indeed, bad move imo. Bruno was great last week and has Chelsea this week

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Why'd u get rid of bruno after that game against Newcastle and then psg too

      4. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Aguer sub was tactical or injury?

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lol Foden still shocking even with the goal, quick everyone flock to him!

      1. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Already own him. 6.5 for a regular goalscorer from the most attacking team in the league. Easiest pick in the game.

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

      Foden in

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

        high speed internet

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Thank you, Foden

    • lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Sterlig useless

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Water is wet

    • ...al
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Antonio off and Foden scores after being subbed on

      What a time to be alive

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Old Man moaning back then too!

        Classic...

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Oh come on! xD

          Get over it please!

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Ha ha!

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Hahahaha! My bad!

          2. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Hattrick of poor finishes?

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Post enough guff you'll eventually get one comment to stick 😉

        1. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          😆

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Antonio off

    • bitars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Told you. Antonio is to injury prone. Really sad for owners.

    • Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      2 points from 4...

      1. BenDavies
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        seriously? im guessing you took a hit

        1. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yep

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        -1 from 2 here 😆

        1. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          We are in alot of trouble!

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

            Nah I’m ok. Still have Trent, Robertson, Salah(c), Son, Rodriguez, Trossard, Pereira, Kane and DCL to go.

            1. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Lucky..

              Only have (S)alah,Kane,Son,Pulisic,Lamptey,SaissMaupay

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

                With a bit of luck we can still have a green arrow. Here’s hoping Tony.

                To be honest I’d take a minus score from all of my players if it meant United were to beat Chelski

    • BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Surely this means Foden is a guaranteed starter now?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes that's how pep works

      2. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        for 1 week

      3. bitars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Nah, he didn't even start today and KDB is going in to the team.

      4. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Of course not, it's Pep

      5. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not guaranteed but ups his chances

      6. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mahrez has been off the pace. He should be ahead of him but this is Pep we are talking about.

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

        Until KdB is fit...

      8. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hopefully

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Well done Scout picks, you proved the doubters wrong, you don’t need to start to score 🙂

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

      Classic FPL, Foden doing bugger all for 2 weeks for me after WC, sell him (for Son, in fairness) and he has G+A and counting in 2.

      Lovely stuff

    • Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Soucek makes a run into the box EVERY time the ball is on the wings. What a hardworking lad

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He’s going to have a massive haul one week!

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        And that’s why he’s a season keeper

    • Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Benched Foden for JRod & Lamptey, but this at least reassures me he's not a priority to ship (and maybe even decent City cover at a time when their premiums really aren't impressing).

    • ivantys
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Does the scout picks have budget?

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Foden running the show since he came on.