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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. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    No card?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      The Lamela tackle on Jesus was right through him.

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        I thought would be a yellow and potential VAR red. Very reckless.

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Last time Gundo had a pen vs Lloris, it was saved. An assist is just fine!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Better than a miss.

  3. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Getting settled on my GW25WC GW26BB team. Thoughts? 🙂

    Lloris - Forster
    Stones - Maguire - Soyuncu - Holgate - Targett
    Bruno - Son - Grealish - Foden - Gundogan
    Kane - Ings - DCL

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      15 dgwers?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Yep

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          looks really good

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          leeds?

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Will get 2 in gw 25 and move out for a hit in 26

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Looks solid. Always nervous about having too many City mids.
      Do you have a Salah or KDB plan?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        No plans atm

        Plan is to downgrade ings to Brewster and upgrade Grealish to Salah if needed

    3. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      The only flaw with this is you miss out on Leeds DGW?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        See above

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          I see... In that case very good... I would have Shaw over Maguire tho.

    4. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      No Leeds this week?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Will have Bamford and Raphinha in 25

  4. Alexis Nonsense
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Rodri bandwagon ? 😛

  5. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    The only good thing about Rodri on pens is ateast no one has him.

  6. Vazza
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Son G please

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      City not looking great so far. Misplacing a lot of passes

    • Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      GW17: 1.25m
      Live rank: 90k

      There’s still hope!

      1. DaniCT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Wow! Nice!

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        How? You capped Lowton?

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 hours ago

          Just having a good cup run haha

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      City 2 v1 on both spurs full backs. Could get nasty.

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Let's just end this 1-1

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        As long as Son scores after Cancelo comes off at 60 mins.

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      BREAKING: The peno was so poor FPL have decided to only award 2 points for the goal

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Just found out More got a bad injury. Seriously this season ......

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        *Mee

      2. GROBARI
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          He will be fine

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Doubt it. Concussion protocol?

      3. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Looking forward to Jose rant about the pen!

      4. jammie26
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Just sold Gundo now he's no longer on pens.

          1. ivantys
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Didn't you already sell him in the first half vs pool?

            • Zladan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              It does make it easier to sell him. Not sure I can do it just yet when he is still involved and very cheap way into City.

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Gundo on 2 BPS.

          3. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Anyone else hearing far, far too much of the commentators breathing heavily? It's horrible.

            1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Which country? Not my Danish commentators at least.

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                UK. Jamie Carragher and whoever he is on with.

                1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  ahh yeah. I really don't miss the English commentary when its the likes of Carragher etc

            2. Says
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              nothing worse than McManaman sniffing all game long

          4. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Good news on Mee. Hopefully he gets the all clear for Wednesday.

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Lol no chance mate

            2. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Can’t see it happening

            3. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Seems quite likely from comments thus far

          5. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Sterling (C) massive fail. Why I own him ahead of Gundo

            1. grumpyman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Sorry, attempt at a reverse jinx not accepted.

            2. Vazza
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Don’t be a drama queen

              • Pépé Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                34mins into a double. No need to panic

              • Gizzachance
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Chill, own both, ster (c)

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Greedy Bilva owns himself.

            4. DaniCT
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Omg Bilva, Gundo was wide open.

            5. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Bilva doesn’t pass to Gundogan for a sitter.

            6. GROBARI
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Bilva ML rival has Gundo

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                I was told cancelo was attacking

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Too busy marking Son.

                2. Collie01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Not so much when up against Son

                3. hullcityfan
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Only in the games against the bottom half (which he is often rotated for)

                4. Parsnips
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    Usually plays centre mid but playing more defensive to help with the son and Kane counter attack

                5. faux_C
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Just logged into FPL to see that my lineup changes didn't get applied.

                  DCL (c) and Digne on the bench. Probably season over. Amazing

                  1. Gandalf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    Well done for captaining DCL last week!

                    1. Gandalf
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Ah could have been an early change.. ignore me

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    Bus team ftw.

                  3. jammie26
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Lol at the drama.

                    • Gizzachance
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Doubt it, dcl prob only got city game? Who’s your v/c

                    • Nomar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 3 hours ago

                      I’ll see you and raise you.

                      Got Pope and Shaw, sold Barnes, and went for bench boost.

                      Logged in at 11:50 this morning, horrified to see Pope and Shaw on bench and no bench boost activated.

                      Have to hope Forster starts instead of McCarthy tomorrow.

                  4. ivantys
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Shocking refereeing that Bernardo got a card but Lamela didn't.

                      1. Collie01
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 4 hours ago

                        Lamela got the ball when Bilva was nowhere near.

                    • Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Come on Sterling my boy. Blank like a little fella

                      1. Warby84
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 4 hours ago

                        And foden

                    • Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Gundogan (C) on 130% eo VS Pope (VC) on 38%

                    • Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Bernardo should have slipped Gundo through there FFS. At least we know he can score 1 on 1s unlike a certain Belgian wizard.

                    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Bernado should have passed to Gundo instead of shooting

                      1. Warby84
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 4 hours ago

                        But would have been Cancelo assist

                    • Big_Andy_GAWA
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 4 hours ago

                      Anyone wishing they had just captained Pope at this stage?! For 4 or 5 days last week I was intent on TC-ing him... 🙁

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 4 hours ago

                        Captain Hindsight is that you?