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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. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    dias owner & son seller > sterling (C)
    want city to concede but somehow son & kane to not be involved!
    unlikely i know

    1. boombaba
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      You never know.
      Sterling C can come off.

  2. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    WC already activated. First name on the teamsheet for gw25?
    Lewis Dunk

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Lowtonaldo

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Kane
      Raphinha

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Kane wins a dangerous one.

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Those Gundo runs into the box. Hook it into my veins!

  5. Says
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Anyone else benched Son?

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah and feeling the nerves

    2. marcos11
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Took him out for Sterling, will probably get him back next week on wc

      • Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        As soon as DCL was confirmed out for first game and Dias a ?? I brought him in

      • Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Benched Son, played Bamford.
        Hope it doesn't backfire

    3. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Just saw Ben Crellin doesn’t own any Burnley defenders. I thought doubles and blanks were this man’s bread and butter?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Maby he’s preparing for the coming dgws? Bur players out next week. Can’t have them all

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I think he likes the fixture schedules too

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Kane -bps

    5. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      OMG Kane! Inside of the post

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Christ that was close!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Crisp!

    7. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      14 managers in the top 10k still own Ben Davies. How?

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Ben Davies and his family

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Impressive family if that many of them are in the top 10k!

    8. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Dyche's post-match quotes on Ben Mee: "He’s OK. It was pleasing to see him walking down after. I think the medical team just had to take the precaution with the stretcher. I spoke to him after and he seemed fine."

      Hope he's okay!

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Great!

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers david

      3. SM001
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Phew!

    9. Vamos Los Celeste
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Read in previous page.

      Ben Crellin reckons the most likely DGW setup has Southampton doubling 3 weeks in a row for GW25, 26 and 27.

      No he doesn't. City Wolves more likely in dgw26 and Spurs can play in gw27 and gw28 only if knocked out by the austrian team Wolfsburger in Euroa league.

    10. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Possession 76-24. Lol.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Hasn't been an issue in this fixture normally.

    11. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Brilliant free kick from Kane.

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        First decent one for 6 years, always hits the wall!

    12. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Is GW 26 defo a double? FPL doesn't have the additional games yet

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        It will be. Games still to be confirmed, but there should be plenty in that GW.

      2. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Definitely a doublw they just need to sort the fixture

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Still just assumptions if and which teams. Would be nice to know so we could plan..

      4. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Yes of course.

      5. El Lobito 10
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers all

    13. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Come on Sterling!! My Triple Captain is being burned!!

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Up in smoke.

        1. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Eek!

      2. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Early days

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Playing in the left side bleachers ... again

    14. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Overconfidence could be City's downfall tonight.

    15. Says
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      From the people who brought you "Player X has failed, 15mins into the first game of the GW" we're proud to announce the a new series: "Mee will miss the next game" !

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        TBF it looked quite likely at the time

        1. Says
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          the hit didn't look that bad, they sure were taking a lot of precautions with him, but he was conscious and moving.

    16. Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Whats the wildcard template? Kane son grealish targett kwp jwp/ings?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Well you want Dallas Raphinha Bamford in GW25.

        Other template options ready for DGW26:

        Martinez
        Cancelo Stones
        Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Grealish
        Kane Ings Watkins

    17. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      After all these years how the hell is Zinchenko still playing left back

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Because he’s a left back?

        1. GROBARI
            2 months, 27 days ago

            No he isnt

        2. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Mendy lost his initial form and kept getting injured, and Walker and Laporte can't be fully trusted. He's there by default.

        3. Says
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          he plays the false KDB role

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gundodonkey purple patch over

      3. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Once MCI score TOT will fall apart. No fight in the team except Kane.

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lamela messing up another attack

      5. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Sterling fail

      6. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gundo pen

      7. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        OMG Pen City

      8. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        anyone doesnt own Burnley def around here ? 🙁

      9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gundo Assist for Pen ???

      10. 3 A
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gundo score penalty please

      11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Penalty

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Gundogan taking?