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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, 6 days ago

    Kepaesque from Ederson. Reacted like he was stuck in a barrel of gelatin

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Theres no way to react to a hit like that at point blank, nothing like flappy kepa

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

        De Gea, Pope or Fabianski would all save that no problem

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

          Or Henderson or any other good shot stopper

        2. djoker_nole
            4 months, 6 days ago

            De Gea is the most overrated player in the league bar none

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

              He's a great short range shot stopper

            2. Sco
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Adama Traore is.

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

                Firmino...

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

              Tell me how that's not a pen compared to the one Rashford got against Newcastle?

      2. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Barrel of gelatin #vivid

      3. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Probably could have done better but had no vision or line of sight the way it was hit

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      DCL > Antonio. Who wants to try that?

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        nobody until DCL stops scoring for few matches I expect

      2. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        No chance. There are too many good forwards at the moment, can't have them all.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Shame - I wanted Antonio to keep his powder dry for a week or two.

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

        Finding form before a great run of fixtures is even better do.

    4. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Foden to come on for a masterclass

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Let's hope!!

    5. mitro
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Coufal looks like a good cheapie

    6. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Sterling has barely touched the ball

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Oh good. I have him.

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Touching the ball doesn't get you points.

        Not being involved in the build up is arguably a good thing.

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          You have to touch the ball to get points?

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            only once though

    7. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I can see City singing Antonio next season, can I put a bet on that?

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

        Yeah i’ll bet you £50 they dont

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

          they so will

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Not Peps type of player

      3. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I think he's good enough to play for a top club.

        Offers so much.

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

        If not City then who? A big club is gonna come knocking

      5. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Never heard of the song Antonio. Is it good?

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          it's raining it's raining again, Antonio, Antonio, it's raining it's raining again

    8. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      who is the best long term defender up to 5.6m to replace reece james?

      Backline is:

      Martinez
      Taa saiss lamptey mitchell

      Thanks

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Dias

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Everton defender....maybe Keane

      3. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Telles could be interesting

      4. Dexters Laboratory
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Telles/Bellerin/Dias/Dallas/Zouma

        • Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Coufal/Cresswell

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks

      5. ivantys
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Why are city playing long balls? Ran out of ideas?

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            No creative midfielders

        • jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          City really are a different beast without kdb aren't they.

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            most teams are without their best midfielder

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Maybe, but if liverpool lose one of salah or mane, it doesn't seem to affect them like city without kdb.

              1. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                that's true - the exception that proves the rule?

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            And Laporte

          3. Sco
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            They miss Dilva too. Haven't replaced him.

        • LarryDuff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          So glad i kept Antonio from the start through the price drops

        • bitars
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I like Antonio but he is way to injury prone.

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            too

        • FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Form over fixtures lads 🙂

          1. ivantys
              4 months, 6 days ago

              This is only his 3rd goal, he doesn't have form.

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

                He’s passed the eye test for me

            • Fred54
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Man City have been leaky ever since Kompany left...

              1. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                so hard to replace world class CB's

          2. Dexters Laboratory
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Foden - Keep or Sell. GW10+ fixtures are fantastic

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Keep for next week and then see

              2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Sell. Too many nailed on players in that price range.

              3. FPL_Motty
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 6 days ago

                I would have sold by now. Kdb back

              4. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                sell. i have him too and he's gone on my potential wildcard. no time for benched players

              5. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Depends on structure
                With 2FT I’d like to sell but haven’t got a target replacement just yet

              6. waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                This is the risk with foden, no? Still think he could be a good pick, just have to be patient

              7. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                A lot of City player vying for the same places.

                If you're happy with benching and sub appearances, sure thing.

                A lot will be out off and move to similarly prices assets, also with good fixtures, who are nailed.

            • Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Mahrez just use your right foot lad!! So one footed

            • waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Happy antonio owner. But should have done sterling to Salah

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Let's celebrate Antonio owners juhuuuu

            • FPL_Hazards
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              That was a pen grrrrrr

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

                Ref doing all he can

                Blatant pen
                Blatant yellow

            • Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Antonio juhuuuuuu get in juhuuuu

              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Dial up?

                1. Daniel - WC Active
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Not watching on a Family dinner in a yard on a splendid weather and just saw it. Is that ok to celebrate?

              2. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 6 days ago

                My first sub.

                Was always a risk but couldnt find a place for him this week

                Meslier
                Ayling TAA robbo Saiss Kilman
                Hamez Sterling Salah Son
                Dcl

                Still hoping for Nuno to rest Kilman for Marcal

                1. Daniel - WC Active
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  I would have benched Ayling

                  1. Daniel - WC Active
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 6 days ago

                    Great team btw

                    1. FPL_trail_runner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 6 days ago

                      Yep, still reckon i have a 50% chance of Antonio from the bench with Hamez / Saiss/ Kilman all possibly benched

                      Lets see. Annoying though,

            • Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Cancelo looking decent

              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Rotation and no CS. No thanks

                1. Noah’s Ark
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Never an option unless someone gets injured but from a non fpl view

            • Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Michael u beauty I adore you.

            • FPL_Hazards
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Raging. Should be a pen, Antiono hacked when one on one

            • El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Stirling invisible

            • Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              We want more we want more

            • Neevesy
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Foden and Brewster to Bamford and Costa for free (2 FT)?

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

                yes

              2. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Not for me

            • Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              City have no width. Amazing how much they have declined in the last year

              1. Daniel - WC Active
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Why they sold Sane?

                1. tokara
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Sane wants to go and good choice he made

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

                No creativity just a bunch of overrated frauds who think they are gods gift to football because they've been tapping in kdb and Silva assists for years

              3. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                City were quality when Mendy and KDB were both fit. Mendy gave them a lot of width down the left and KDB was good at passing it around to create space for the full backs.

                Walker is getting older and is not as good as he was 3 years ago as age catches up with him. Mendy's injuries have destroyed him.

                1. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Agree with this. And agree with the above that they never replaced Sony

                  1. Baines on Toast...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 6 days ago

                    Sane

            • De Gea is GOAT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Who to replace Wood with?

              A) Antonio
              B) Bamford

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                A

              2. GOTHAM City F.C.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Whoever scores next

                1. Daniel - WC Active
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Bam Bam

              3. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                B

              4. De Gea is GOAT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks guys!

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Soucek assisting the assister 😎

            • Sco
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Gundogan not getting booked... refs had a mare there.

            • Fer Fuch's Ake
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Mahrez or Bilva off Foden in at HT surely?

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                KDB in.

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  Absolute farce of a decision that was! Crazy

                  1. jason_ni
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 6 days ago

                    Reply fail... this was for the lack of yellow

            • ivantys
                4 months, 6 days ago

                No yellow card? how the heck

                1. Noah’s Ark
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  How that is not a yellow is ridiculous

                  1. ivantys
                      4 months, 6 days ago

                      Ref forgot that incident happened