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

    After the turn of Spurs fixtures forward line of Antonio Bam Bam and DCL?

  2. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    This City team are a shadow of the side 2/3 years ago

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

      Mendy injuries destroyed him. So City have no good left-footed LB.
      Walker's age is beginning to catch up with him so he isn't as good.
      Kompany not replaced.
      Silva not properly replaced (Bernardo and Foden have not stepped up to his level).

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

        Fernandinho's age has also caught up with him and Rodri is not as good as Fernandinho was 3 years ago.

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

          No Dilva no Sane no Mendy

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

          And no Sane providing width on the left hand side

    2. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Agüero injuries catching up...

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

    West Ham defending well here

  4. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Mahrez is trash. Why isn't Gundo on. YC.

  5. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    How is that not a card after the play from Gundogan??

  6. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Stupid new rule, if the ref gives advantage and there isn't dangerous play then he can't give a card after that.

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Extremely stupid...

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        😉

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

      Really? Wow

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Used first time in this match...

  7. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    How scared are you having no hammers today?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Rank destroyer

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

      Im ok

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

      Luckily I have cover, otherwise would have been scared

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

      I’ve got Soucek but not expecting much 🙁

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

        I raise you Antonio, but first sub.

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

          Ouch! Who you playing instead?

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

            Ayling and Kilman

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

          I know it’s hindsight but who did you start ahead of Antonio?
          City defence not that strong

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

      Glad I went tripple hammers on my WC

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Wow bold! Still lots of game to play but looks good as of now

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Yeah, I was right to be worried. West Ham have become a very good team under Moyes and this City team is lacking offensive ability with the double pivot.

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

      GW8 im doing Saiss to Cresswell

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

        James to Masuaku for me probably

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

    Gundo has to come off here. Not sure why he's even starting after he started against Porto. This is a Foden game

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

      t. Foden owner

  10. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Antonio or Bamford?

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

      Bamford surely

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

      Both they look amazing value this year

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Getting rid of Kane and DCL?

  11. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Should have gotten Masuaku. Westham looking solid.

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Or Coufal?

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

    30 minutes and Fabianski not even make a save yet

  13. ivantys
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nice London bus by West Ham

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

      Antonio is so strong, I’d say he’d take Traoré 😆

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

        From behind?

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

          What every your into buddy 😉

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

            *whatever

          2. ivantys
              4 months, 6 days ago

              *you're

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

                Ta

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

          Just get in the West Ham defender who marks Antonio in training

      2. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        The current top four is:
        Everton
        Aston Villa
        West Ham
        Leeds

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          The top 6 have joined the European Premier League

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

          Give it a few GWs and the Top 9 teams will be the same ones - Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Wolves, Leicester.

          Then you will have Leeds, Villa, Southampton, Palace, West Ham, Newcastle fighting for 10th.

          Burnley, Sheff Utd, Brighton, Fulham, WBA fighting relegation.

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

        Everyone start buying Antonio I want those price rises fast

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

          i will tonight

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

            No point, he's on -98.3

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

          Yeah he will rise fast but I’d rather his points on my team than mocking me on my bench :((

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

          I prefer Jimenez (CPL) to Antonio (liv), so nah, I'll wait a week.

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

            No VVD no Alison, Antonio is better bet than Jimmy

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

              Roy defense is decent

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

          Liv next, nah

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Without VvD, Alisson perhaps not certain yo start...

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

              Still Liverpool.

        5. Bobby Reds
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Would of been quicker to just type "I have Antonio and he scored".

      4. Springbank
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Need Soucek to return something- even an assist at least - or I’m going to be a very unhappy Antonio ‘ bencher’ 🙁
        One of those 50/50 that has gone wrong again..

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          You benched Antonio over Soucek?!?

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

            I did:((( went to the wire
            Found all sort of stupid reasons at deadline time to play Soucek:(

            1. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Sorry to kick you when you're down but that is more like a 80/20 call not a 50/50!

        2. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Never in a million years would I have played Soucek ahead of Antonio. Isn't he on pens too? What was the logic behind that?

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

            Well said I dont get the logic too, why bench the striker and play the DM?

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

            I know... it’s painful trust me!

            1. Granville
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Yes we've all been there. Soucek could still deliver mind you.

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

                Thanks Granville yeah let’s see.. I’ve just tried to play it too clever or I blame Joe’s goals imminent table !

        3. ivantys
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Soucek is garbage, not sure why so much hype over him.

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

            50/50 😆

            Not even saying this in hindsight but that was never a 50/50 call

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

              For me anyway

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

                Really? Ouch I genuinely thought it was with Soucek set pieces treat and Antonio slight hamstring scare

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

                  I didn’t realise Antonio was a doubt but even in that case he was either likely to play or not feature at all. Penalties for Antonio too right?

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

                  Hope Soucek drops to 4.7 or 4.6

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

                  It’s unfortunate. I’ve made terrible decisions myself every week so far this season.

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

                  Soucek a good option, but even with anotonio injury scare he should have been starting and if injured soucek would play. But in fairness, id still say city are there for the taking still, and soucek is getting in the box

          • Mike2795647
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Wow, that should not even be a 50/50

        4. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I can't quite believe this transformation of West Ham. They look like a top 6 side. City however just look like a team of individuals.

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            They're playing the West am way

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

            Agree. After the first few minutes of the game last week, I thought it was a blip but the manner in which they fought back was incredible.

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

            Antonio has been Drogba since January

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

              Drogba? Really?

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

                His underlying stats are amazing

                Why i have him.

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

            They've been this good since at least lockdown - check out their data from that period!

            Soucek and Bowen were amazing signings for them in January.

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

              yes, I agree as players but do you think Soucek is gong turn out to be one of those really good players who doesn't;t translate to really good FPL player?

          5. Granville
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Bowen too. They look powerful with plenty of pace.

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

            The manager benched a lot of overhyped players and that worked

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

            And Spurs scored 3 against them so easily

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

              Feeling confident about Kane captain

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

            Won't play city every week

        5. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Cancelo very attacking. Sadly he is not nailed.

        6. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Bring Foden at HT

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            KDB

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

            *Kdb

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

            this

        7. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          West Ham making that tough fixture run look like a joke.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            LIV next week what’s your verdict?

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

              0-4 Antonio poker

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

              DCL showed he’s a definite play

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

              I guess don't captain Salah

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

              Pool defence without Allison and VVD surely makes them a bit more weaker

          2. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Tough for defenders, not so tough for mid & fwd.
            Not buying with antonio due to haller threat... Not a thrrat anymore i guess.

        8. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Soucek doesn't go that far forward, does he? Could be the opposition

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

            Not this game he isn't, and rightly so. Against lesser teams he plays as a centre forward at times.

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

            He's a DM like Rice. Just he can play the 'Fellaini role' for Moyes when West Ham need a goal and has threat at set pieces.

        9. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          City will concede a second here. They look vulnerable each and every time westham push forward. Flappy has hardly been tested.

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

            Ay KDB will come on

            1. Mike2795647
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Agree and then city will then score, will be interesting if Moyes then moves the bus

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

            Antonio need to score another one

        10. boc610
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Mahrez has one trick and he will never be as good at it as Robben was

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Who said he was as good as robben 😆

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

          This is how I imagined Spurs vs Hammers were going to go tbh

        12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          City have become a possession based side lacking threat

          Pass pass pass. If you cut out the passing channels they really struggle.

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

            All Jorginho whatsoever

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

            They need KDB for those passes. Silva is a big loss.

        13. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I'd say the smaller teams who aren't affected by the normal pressure of playing in front of a crowd. These improved performances are going to catch out managers of top teams like Pep. So more surprising wins by lesser teams.

        14. Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Tempted to go with this front line of DCL/Antonio/Bamford

          I thought Bamford was going to be like Pukki last season. He would start getting some goals but would regress to a poor average; however, with Bielsa attacking style I think he will score plenty of gol throughout the season.

          1. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            *plenty of goals

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

            Me 2. After those Kane fixtures turn I might do it if I don't go Kun

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

          Had a quick look at some wolves fans forum

          They want Saiss dropped but expect Kilman will be rested for Marcal this week

          Either and im happy to get some Antonio points

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

            If only fans decided the team. I want a lot of changes for my team too but they never happen

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

              Sometimes it can be of use.

              Leeds forums had the team spot on last night

              I reckon there is a good chance Kilman is rested since he is 1) Young 2) Nuno may want a more attacking lwb with Saiss moving inside

          2. Joey Tribbiani
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Rested? For what

          3. Sir Alex Telles.
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Why start Mahrez ahead of foden?