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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. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Gundo(c) here but quite glad he didn't take it!

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same feeling. Not very good at them is he?

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Nope. Poor record. Then again that was a poor pen by Rodri!

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Yup. Seems like every City player struggles.

    2. TyroneGAA
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Agreed

  2. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Ederson next

  3. SM001
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Poor pen. Gundo on the next one?

    1. boombaba
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Take a stab in the dark

  4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Get Cancelo on them

  5. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Great no more penalties for Gundo.

  6. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Give the pen to Ederson next time.

  7. Finding Timo
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Why isn’t gundo assist on?

      1. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Chill out... may appear soon, it’s been 4 minutes

        1. boombaba
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          See
          Now it’s on

          I wouldn’t wanna be your missus, so impatient

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Hahahahaha

        2. Finding Timo
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Chilled out now !!

        3. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          It's not his assist. It's Bruno's.

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Assist given 🙄

            1. Finding Timo
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yeh seen that - and true should be more patient !!!

        4. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Sterling captainers unite! (because he didn't take the pen)

        5. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Sterlo and Foden switched wings

        6. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          All this talent and its Rodrigo on pens. Sickening.

          I actually think Ederson gets the next one. He was past the halfway mark now before they sent him back.

        7. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Rodri goal is appalling for BPS...

          Bad bad taker for FPL.

        8. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Captain assist at least.

        9. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson was thirsty for that pen. We may see it one day boys

        10. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Oh so now Gundo is off pens?! Effing fantastic.

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

            Stop moaning. He got an assist and looks good.

        11. umerlfc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Gundo and Bruno owners but non cappers want them to blank anyways

        12. DaniCT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson to take the next one for sure. That was bad penalty kick.

          1. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Lol he wanted it. If 3-0 up wouldn't surprise me if he had a go

        13. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Aguero will take the next penalty City get

        14. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Gundo TC going well so far

          1. 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Hope for more return.

          2. Kannbury
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Already level with my gw19 Salah TC lol

          3. Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Gundogan owner here but no way that was a penalty. Looks like he slipped off the ball

            1. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              How they can look at that again and still call penalty is beyond me. And I'm City fan.

            2. Predator
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Most dont agree with you

          4. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Shocking Peno

          5. HellasLEAF
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Poor penalty to take on Gundo. Just clumsy and foolish.

            Rodri penalty was abysmal. Very saveable.

          6. Jellyfish
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Happy with that Gundo assist

          7. Nikolai Volkoff
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Rodri contender for player of the season

          8. ivantys
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Lamela red?

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Dirty cheat ; would love it

              2. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Never

            • Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Should we just ask Stockley Park who’s going to be the top four and give the players the rest of the season off?

            • Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              That tackle...

            • Life_Ban
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Talk to me:

                How badly was Ben Mee injured?

                Is he likely to play the second game do you think?

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Head injury. Probable concussion. Likely to miss the next game.

                  1. Life_Ban
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Oh for god's sake. Just typical

                  2. NotNowKato
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Bbc sport said that he was off stretcher and walking around unaided before the match finished.

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  I'm just glad that Gundo is beating Sterling so far. Could really really do with a Sterling blank.

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Yes totally agree. Justifies our decision not to bring him in

                3. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Mee injured, Dias benched, not a good start of a double gameweek eh

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Mee CS and looks ok

                    1. grumpyman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Concussion protocol will keep him out even if he’s feeling ok. Owner

                4. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Terrible penalty. I find this whole penalty taker thing with City an utter nonsence. Just because a player misses a pen they have to be taken off them? Why? They are going to miss them on ocassions. So Rodri is on them now but only until he misses one? Just decide who is the pen taker and leave them on them! That was an awful strike of the ball from Rodri and it should have been saved.

                  1. estheblessed
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Gundo missed 3/6 not a good record. Right decision.

                  2. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    True about the miss and just stick with the taker.

                    But no aguero or kdb so I understand they are searching a bit. But changing every taker is indeed ludicrous.

                    Except jesus, sterling cause they are awful at pens...