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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.

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  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    PVA punters in tears

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mitchell benchers also in tears

      1. teneighty
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        As a Mitchell starter I will be in tears when he's replace in the 59th.

  2. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    FULHAM TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Crystal Palace: Areola, Aina, Robinson, Adarabioyo, Ream, Anguissa, Cairney, Lemina, Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, Mitrovic.
    Subs: Rodak, Odoi, Decordova-Reid, Le Marchand, Reed, Bryan, Kamara.

    CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Fulham: Guaita, Mitchell, Clyne, Dann, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Townsend, Schlupp, Zaha, Batshuayi.
    Subs: Henderson, Meyer, Sakho, Benteke, Eze, Kelly, Van Aanholt.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mitchell 🙁

    2. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Really surprised Mitchell is still playing.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Zaha off pen

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      When did Clyne sign? Wtf

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Last week. He has come home 🙂

    5. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mitchel!!

  3. Labile
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Ffs Mitchell starts please concede

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      thissss

    2. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Pipe down Tony, you're still banned for 2 games

      1. Labile
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        🙁

  4. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Inevitable Mitchell clean sheet to come.

  5. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    That's a bit of luck. Dallas coming in for ward.

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Same. Ward benched or not in the team?

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Doesn't seem to be in squad.

  6. ivantys
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Cancelo's passes are so bad

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Mili playing. Zaha off pens

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Ffs thought Mitchell would get benched

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        not everyone thought that - he's been playing really well.

        1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Didn’t mean ffs as in fantasy football scout!!

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I know! Great double-entendre initialism though.

        2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Exactly. Top tackles won in the league.

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Shocking yarmolenko

    • Right In The Stanchion
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Mitrovic get a brace. You can do it

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Mitchell bench points incoming for me now after bringing in a Villa defender this week.

      • Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Bizarre though it is, in the Sun Dream Team game, Yarmolenko is one of the top 6 points scoring midfielders. As is Mata.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Miloli stealing Zahas only goal threat... My season is over

      • Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Let's go Mitchell!

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I'm pretty sure I've seen Foden in Asda car park last night, altough he wasnt wearing City kit instead he opted for llonsdale tracksuit and argos jewellery. Wanted to ask him for photo but it looked like they were having a party playing tunes from 15 years Vauxhall Corsa with tinned windows and "go faster stickers" all over it.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        And Zaha reverts back to 0 shots per game

      • GOATMEAT
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Sterling, you are so spoiled... no effort

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        KDB on for walker

      • Silecro
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        ffs, Ward not in the team, already counted on his cs vs fulham...now Chilwell coming from the bench for inevitable 1 pointer

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I wouldve started chilwell

          1. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            i was on 50/50 but due to chelsea defence im most certain united will score and fulham is awful in attack, so that was my logic..but okay, not a bad substitute to have anyways

      • Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Very good defending from Haller

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Don't get why people thought Mitchel would not start? Top tackles won in the league so far and PVA only just made bench and not fully match fit yet.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Same I thought Mitchell is relatively nailed now with PVA moving into the LW

        2. Meinhoff
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          And also PVA will play on the wing instead of Schlupp

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Starting to think Cancelo is the City player to own

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Um no

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            He looks awesome

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              So that makes him a FPL prospect and top city option at that?

              Give your head a shake

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Why not

        2. Old Bull
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          You could be right.

      • Differentiator
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Sterlingoal eta?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          88 random tap in from a rebound

        2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          84 mins

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          5 weeks and 2 hours

        4. All Hail K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Flight cancelled

      • Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Will Gundogan or Kevin score this?

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        LOL

      • Steerpike
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Haller and Yarmolenko what an impressive attacking force.

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Sterling kicked up the hole.

      • ivantys
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Wow first time I saw someone lying down to defend a free kick.

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            To stop them going under the wall when it jumps.

        • The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Mitchell will get subbed at 59mins for PVA and lose his CS. Scenes.

          1. Labile
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I really hope

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              ... not. Finished that for ya.

        • Planet Jo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Forget to ask our friend Graham Scott to make sure he gives Mitro lots of penalties today.

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 8 days ago

            You will get -3 for each miss.

            1. Planet Jo
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              How did you know I am a Miss?