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

    GUNDO ASSISTTTTTTTTTTTTTT LET'S GO

  2. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Rodri taking the penalty??! Damn.

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

    Gundo (C) assist Get innnnn

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

    Rodri

  5. aborg
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Lol Ederson wanted to take that penalty 🙂

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

    Terrible penalty

    1. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      You can say that again.
      Gundo (c) but I'll take the points

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

    Poor Pen, Cancelo next in line ?

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

      Ederson by the looks of it

  8. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Lloris should save that tbf

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

    Sterling is a Captain I think?

  10. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Rodri in fantasy 5 - get in

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 27 days ago

        That's a brave pick

      • boombaba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Wise man

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

      GUNDOGAN ASSIST SIUU

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

      Rodri on pens hahaha crazy

    4. ivantys
        2 months, 27 days ago

        That was a poor pen too, who's taking the next?

      • Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gundo to KDB very soon.

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

        Bad pen new taker?

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Bloody Gundogan 🙁 assist at least

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

        Gundog on the board 😎

      • Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Ederson Is genuinely going to take one at some point.

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        That’s a DREADFUL pen!

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

        Gundo off pens.

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        So Gundogan misses one penalty and he’s off them?
        What the hell? You can’t expect a player to score every single penalty they take

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

          Did he score any ?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Yes, Villa at home springs to mind

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

          Good point

        3. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          One miss, an that’s that !

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

          He got 3 pts, be happy.

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Gündoğan assist. Get IN!!!

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

          Good point

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Get Gundo back on them

      • Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Why can’t City players hit penalties?

        They’re all quality players lol

      • Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Rodri ??!!

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          NANI?!

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Who’s next if he misses the next one !

            1. GROBARI
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Pep

                1. Gizzachance
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Bruno

        2. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Gundo was just tired. 😉

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

          Thought it was cancelo stepping up

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Me too

          2. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Me too !

        4. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          LOL, how does Lloris not save that.

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Thought he had at first 🙁

        5. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Pep using the darts approach when selecting penalty takers.

        6. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          What a poor pen by Rodri