Dugout Discussion

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. GAMBIT
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 hours ago

    Antonio with a beat!

  2. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 hours ago

    Coufal A

  3. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 hours ago

    ederson mate save that

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 hours ago

    My Oh My

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 hours ago

    The problem with this City team is that they have no creators, just selfish players. Kun, Sterling, Mahrez all play for themselves. Even Gundogan is more likely to take a dumb shot than pass to a better placed player. Sorely lacking Silva and KDB

    Watch them score some worldie team goals now that I've written this

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      I really think Mahrez Is a problem. They have never been the best team in the league with him in the first 11

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Yeah mahrez is too slow. No idea what he has done in the past 4 games to warrant a start.

      2. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        will end 4-1 to city

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      Can I resist until next GW to do Maupay > Antonio???

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        He’s fixture proof. I’m bringing him in this week.

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        I should've just got Antonio on WC last week. Might just make the transfer this week too. Antonio much better player and fixture seemingly irrelevant.

      3. kopite65
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Thinking same to do Wilson to Antonio
        After pool game w ham have decent fixtures, but have done well in tricky fixtures to !

    3. One Nation under Marvin
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      By Jove!

    4. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      That Garcia lad is absolutely terrible.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        That was Dias

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          I thought?

          1. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            It was

        2. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          I just mean in general. He's so slow. Everything is coming down his side.

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Ah, I see. Yeah when WHM go forward they do seem to be targeting that side.

          2. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Yeah, some talent but definitely a work in progress. Might be a hard day at school for him today

    5. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      I can’t tell if that is poor defending or amazing strength

    6. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      Should of gone Antonio and just ignored the fixtures

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        One of my better decisions

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          You did advice it to be fair! Well done mate! I went Biss >> Grealish!

    7. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      Antonio essential

    8. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        City won’t be winning the league this season. Peps time is coming to an end.

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Nor will Liverpool. Everton or West Ham? 😉

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Is it Evertons time?

      • The_Fish
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        No handball in the buildup?

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Nah, defenders hand if anything

      • FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        My first sub

        Could do with a Kilman / Hamez rest

        Always knew the risk mind.

      • AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Maupay --> Watkins--->Bamford ---> Antonio

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Gw8 Antonio

      • JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Maupay to Antonio if he fails to deliver

      • Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Anyone relying on a KDB remaining on the bench to save Bamford points is now doomed

      • Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          predicted Antonio goal against City, not that type tho 😀

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Antonio could score a hatrick and I still wouldn’t select him

          1. One Nation under Marvin
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Stout fellow.

          2. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Cool story jerk

          3. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Leeds are a crazy team. They have conceded the most goal attempts in the league (92) but have also had the second most goal attempts on goal (85, just behind Liverpool). Yes they have played an extra game but this is kamikaze football!

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Yep makes sense with all the Bielsaball they play... they will score big or concede big. Or both at the same time

            2. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              It is, but they don't concede loads of shots in the box and they don't create a disproportionate number of big chances to reflect all those shots they take.

              Leeds are the type of team who will get thrashed one day and thrash someone else next week.

          4. Traction Engine Foot
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Coufal looks very interesting

          5. BenDavies
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            This is great for Foden owners btw. Can see him coming on at 45

          6. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Ruben Dias masterclass...

          7. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Can’t seem to fit DCL Kane Bamford and Antonio all in, help!

            1. BlzE_94
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              first 3 is what im going with

          8. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Kane to Antonio in a few weeks

          9. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            City's issue with LBs is crazy. Hope they switch to playing Walker - Dias - Laporte - Ake in future.

            1. Aston VII lalalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              I was surprised at just how slow Ake looks

          10. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Where's my sterling hatrick?

            1. Mambino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              2nd half

          11. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Coufal and Creswell...