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

    "City have had at least one major season-ending injury the last 4 seasons: Gundogan, Mendy, De Bruyne, Laporte/Sane, I'd like to see how Liverpool would have done losing their equivalents!"

    Tom Poynton in Bristol

    Consider me triggered

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

      Guess we'll find out this season.

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Gundogan and Mendy shouldn't really count.

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

    Will KDB snatch PKs back from Aguero when he comes in?

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

      We shall find out soon hopefully. Does affect my transfer a lot

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

    City missing that fear factor

  4. Mario Balofail
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    KDB to come on it seems...

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

    Remember when Antonio was used as a wing back...

    1. Mario Balofail
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Those days haha...

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

    No Van Dijk, No Alisson. Think it may be time to stock up on West Ham a week early.

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

      Alisson will be back

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

    Bernardo Silva is no David silva

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

      Haha, so not even close, David Silva one of City's greatest ever players and was just a magician on the ball

    2. Penang Sandman
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      running around like a chicken for the past 2 seasons now

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

      He cannot play that position. Look how he plays for Portugal... but the Catalan genius knows better...

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

    Gundongan getting himself in the box often (checks price)

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

      Don't do that to yourself.

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

        I Fodened myself already

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

          Große

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

    first time really watching Declan Rice play and to be honest he is not worth 40million pounds. Average player overated by English media.

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Indeed English premium

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

      Like Longstaff valued at 50m LOL

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

      I thought he has been decent actually

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

      jeez hes playing well what game you watching

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

        This time of the week is always full of useless comments.

    5. Joey Tribbiani
        4 months, 6 days ago

        You could say that about anyone after ONLY watching for 45mins, wtf

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

      I've got a bad feeling about my decision to captain Sal over Kane

      1. Chirsbom
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I did the opposite and also have a bad feeling. Will always be like this.

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

        Based on nothing, relax.

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

          it might be my hangover that's the real issue

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

        I have a good feeling cappin Salah no cap

    7. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      So many good forward options this season

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

      Moyes > Pep

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

        Never in doubt

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

      City are an overpriced fulham right now. Pass pass pass, no plan or real threat.

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

        Pep's maybe stayed too long?

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        100%

      3. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        It's pretty obvious all the eggs are in the Champions League basket.

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

          that's not a good basket to put eggs in

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

      City averaging a goal a game

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

      city on the ropes.

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

      Where did this coufal fella come from? He’s quite good

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

        Came from a Czech team early October for £5.4m. Good scouting.

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

          The Czech connection with soucek

          Shows some real bargains to be had. I thought he’s looked very good since he’s come into the side

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

        Keep it quite now! Hidden gem.

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

          Him and Masuaku are both 4.5m wingbacks.

          Prefer Masuaku personally.

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

            But isn't cresswell on set pieces? I'm being swayed to him. Is masuaku better than him as an option too? Disregard the prices. I will switch saiss to one of them in gw8

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

              Disregarding prices, Cresswell will probably outscore Masuaku slightly.

              But I think Masuaku is better value than Cresswell.

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

                Actually wouldn't be surprised if Masuaku outscored him tbh.

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

        Slavia Prague

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

      soucek attempting Gru's scorpio kick.

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

        I am getting for WBA most probably

    14. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Sterling looks a real fail for me this gw. red arrow coming

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

      Aguero off pace. could he hooked off at HT.

      1. Right In The Stanchion
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah they’ll bring on Niall Quinn on as they have so many strikers on the bench.

        • Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Right on the money

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Absolutely horrific start. Sterling out my team and never come back you pathetic rat!

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

          Not even halfway through the game Fudgy.

          If West Ham score 3 goals in 10 minutes, so can City.

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

            Not feeling it unfortunately and I'm fuming with Sterling

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

          They do face sheffield next tho

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

          Yikes

        4. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          City have shown none of the form from last season so far, so why did you think he'd suddenly spark?

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

        Looks Reece James to Coufal is on cards. We need to assess Whu 4.5 assets. Will be difficult to pick the correct one.

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

          Is he nailed on?

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

            The way he is playing he should be?

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

        Aguero off at HT? City on the counter and he’s walking past the halfway line...

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

          Yea noticed that too. He just passed the ball on and then jogged lazily behind.

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

            He's shattered

        2. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          He's not looking up to speed - and well spotted by the way.

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

        Aguero is looking absolute garbage. Not pressing, lazily jogging around, poor ball control, doesn't even bust a gut when they have a chance to counter

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

          He needs time to get match fit

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

            If he's too unfit to participate in a counter attack after 40mins he shouldn't be on the pitch

        2. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 6 days ago

          He's making me sick

        3. Aston VII lalalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I was looking to bring him in this week. Not sure what to do now.

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

        Staying of City for a while. First I want to see form improvement, then the fixtures. Way too many other options to support premiums from that team.

      7. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Aguero walking around at the end of that half, he looks shattered already.

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

        Anyone can explain to me how come Gundogan wasnt booked for his pull on Declan Rice ?

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

        I don't fancy Salah captain against this West Ham team. Kane against Brighton seems more appealing. Anyone else

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

          Bruno captain next week Vs Arsenal. Was on Salah vs Westham but hammers look like prime AC milan right now.

      10. The Littlest Robbo
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Who looks better to own?

        A. Coufal
        B. Masuaku

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

          Coufal has looked better

      11. djoker_nole
          4 months, 6 days ago

          City need a new coach or new players. Ideally both

        • tokara
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Is bowen having a good game?

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

            great game actually