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Dias named alongside returning Aguero on Man City bench

Rúben Dias (£6.1m) is the latest victim of Pep Guardiola Roulette in the first game of Double Gameweek 24.

After missing Manchester City’s midweek FA Cup victory with illness, the centre-back finds himself on the bench for the first time in the Premier League.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and John Stones (£5.2m) are the heart of the Citizens’ back-four today with Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and João Cancelo (£6.1m) occupying the left and right-back roles respectively.

Rodri (£5.3m) is fit which allows him to retain his holding midfield role and allow Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) to take up more advanced roles when Manchester City are in possession.

Backers of the German international might be somewhat wary of Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) playing through the middle as a centre-forward this afternoon, considering he tends to perform better when Guardiola goes with a false-nine.

And those days of requiring midfield players to spearhead the front-three could finally be at their end now that Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) has recovered to take a place on the Manchester City bench.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Phil Foden (£6.1m) are on the flanks of the front-three today and it will be interesting to see which of them occupies the left-hand side of that.

Spurs are second only Southampton for chances conceded on the right-flank over the last six matches – and they have named centre-back Japhet Tanganga (£4.9m) at right-back at the Etihad Stadium today.

Ben Davies (£4.6m), Eric Dier (£4.9m) and Davinson Sánchez (£5.2m) join him in the back-four preparing to face Manchester City’s in-form attack.

Still, there will be plenty of interest in Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) tonight. They sit in 22.1% and 53.0% of squads worldwide respectively.

Double Gameweek 24 Line-ups

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Laporte, Stones, Cancelo; B Silva, Rodri, Gündogan; Sterling, Jesus, Foden.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; B Davies, Dier, D Sánchez, Tanganga; Højbjerg, Ndombele; Son, Lamela, Moura; Kane.

Double Gameweek 24 so far…

Burnley got their Double Gameweek off to a relatively positive start, although it came at some cost.

As expected, they secured a clean sheet against a Crystal Palace attack still yet to score a Premier League goal without Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) in the team this season.

Nick Pope (£5.5m) secured an eight-point score thanks to three saves and a one bonus while Matt Lowton (£4.5m) score his first-ever goal for Burnley.

While it was a rare attacking return for the right-back, he capitalised on Crystal Palace’s well-documented problems defending their left flank of late, recently discussed in our Double Gameweek 24 preview article.

However, the second half produced two concerning injuries for Sean Dyche’s men.

Ben Mee (£5.0m) was taken off with a potentially serious head injury, receiving extensive treatment on the pitch and coming off wearing a brace.

And minutes later, Erik Pieters (£4.3m) felt a groin problem develop and was replaced by Phil Bardsley (£4.4m)

Fantasy managers invested in the Burnley defence will know the impact Mee has had this season and with Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) still sidelined, their left-back position could also be a problem against Fulham…

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1,678 Comments Post a Comment
  1. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    29 with Sterling TC, season over...

  2. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    What a disaster.... Dias didn't play. Stupidly brought in Sterling instead of Gundogan trying to be clever/differential. 40 points. Huge rank drop.

    1. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      He might haul in the next game and Gundo blanks. I’m Sterling owner and captained too. Tried to be different than my ML rival to overtake him but for now Gundo owners win

  3. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    73 from 5,buzzing!

  4. The VAR Team
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    80 from 7 so far. Don't mean to brag

    1. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I meant to brag

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Same. From six.

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Counterbrag.

  5. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    My 63 from 5 looks mediocre.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Nope

  6. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Grealish double digit haul would be great tbh.

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      This.

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Grealish would get 16 points hauls very frequently

      Except

      He plays with Donkeys that can’t convert

  7. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Only 4 players for me: Lowton, Salah, Cancelo and Gunogan(C). 66points, Now for Martinez and Grealish to continue the party!

  8. Amey
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Only 3 games into a long GW.
    Calm down !!

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      This

  9. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I won't say anything about Grealish

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      1st on bench for me, there I said something...

  10. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I did C-Gondwanaland

    Season is Over

    My rival TC-Gondwanaland

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      That's a win for you imo.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Some odd math

  11. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    'For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: 'It might have been"

  12. Crouching Tiger
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    74 with 7 players played, Gundo (C), Lowton. Great week so far. Only minus so far that Dias didn't play, but can't complain.

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Actually 6, as I benched Son. Let's go Grealish!

  13. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Brighton win please!!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Deserve to. Better team, worse luck.

  14. aborg
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Us Sterling captainers can still have the last laugh next game.
    My only worry is if he does not start !

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      He won’t. No need.

    2. Chrisitis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      The arsenal game gives me hope
      Can rest before cl

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Rest Everton, play Ars and CL

  15. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    71 (83 with bonus) from 7 players

    Finally got decision right

  16. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    What are FPL kids going to do when KDB comes back?

    Most kids have a MCI triple and 7M in the bank.

    Do you sell a defender and get KDB for his glamorous partnership with Gundogan ?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Ignore him. I have three better places to use my City slots.

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Ignore for now and then decide whether to sell the defender and go with the Gundo double in mid when using 2nd WC, probably around GW30