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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. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 mins ago

    Dammittttt Gundo G nearly and then Cancelo A nearly ffs

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      Sterling goal confirmed then. Such is FPL life

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 mins ago

        Pain

  2. michaelington
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 mins ago

    When will we find out the full DGW 26 schedule?

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

      This week probably.

  3. ivantys
      3 months, 28 mins ago

      Jesus wasted Cancelo assist too

    • DaniCT
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      All 3 of my city players included in those misses.

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      All these hate comments on Sterling need to stop. So much anti jinx.... I'm going to be mad if he scores

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 mins ago

        Is that a triple jinx unlock?

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 mins ago

        He definitely isn't going to not fail to probably blank.

    • Shultan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      How is sterling playing?
      I was impressed by all his stats on FPL Black box & LTFPL & got him in
      & (C)

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 mins ago

        Doing ok. Spurs are fairly tight. Could get an assist perhaps...

      2. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 mins ago

        Probably better off down this right side. He and Foden switched wings about 5 mins ago.

      3. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 mins ago

        He’s playing a bit too well for us non-owners!

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      Gundogan the new Aguero?

      1. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 mins ago

        No

      2. Says
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 mins ago

        Aguerogan

        1. One of Those Days
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 mins ago

          Gundoero

      3. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 mins ago

        Kundogan

      4. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 mins ago

        Akundoero

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 mins ago

      First Lowton, now Rodri. Guys need shrewd picks for DGWs: Armstrong next week?

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 mins ago

        Minamino

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 mins ago

        Oriel Romeu (TC)

      3. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 mins ago

        Armstrong is a decent bench boost 5th mid to be fair

      4. Vazza
          3 months, 23 mins ago

          Gabbiadini

          1. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 mins ago

            Those were the days.

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 11 mins ago

                Mate, I captained him when Soton had a double GW and he got injured within mins of the first game.

                Terrible memories

                1. JohnnyRev7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  He was an unpredictable but fun player to own.

                  He's even got cult hero status in one of my MLs.

                  If someone takes a punt on the (c) we call it: "Doing a Gabbi" 😀

                  1. Vazza
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Haha!!

            2. Echoes
                3 months, 21 mins ago

                Anguissa

            3. Kannbury
                3 months, 27 mins ago

                The bus may be parked, but it's a burnt out bus with all the windows smashed out.

              • Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 27 mins ago

                Son deserves to be playing in this relentlessly attacking City team. It’s painful watching him play with no supply.

                1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 mins ago

                  Agree. How nobody has come to get him from Spurs yet is beyond me. Such a good player

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 mins ago

                  Has he even touched the ball?

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 27 mins ago

                Doubt anyone will be taking Rodri's 3 BPS today.

              • Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 27 mins ago

                Raging about Dias, do you think he will come on?

                1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 mins ago

                  Will play a part over this DGW yeah

                2. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 mins ago

                  Maybe if it stays at 1-0.

                3. Shultan
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 25 mins ago

                  Even if he does it'll be a 1 pointer now 🙁

                4. FourLokoLeipzig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 20 mins ago

                  I reckon he sits out today and starts next game

                5. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 15 mins ago

                  I think most City defs will only start one game this DGW.

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 25 mins ago

                Nice feeling to get my first Gundogan points ever!

                1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 24 mins ago

                  Same here. Also C, juhuuu.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Yes!

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 25 mins ago

                Cancelo channeling his compatriot Ronaldo there.

              • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 25 mins ago

                Gundogod needs a goal for max BAPs

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 25 mins ago

                What’s more beneficial for rank:

                A double City clean sheet or a Son goal?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 mins ago

                  I’m guessing City defense EO is considerably lower with the Dias benching?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Nope, Stones and Cancelo have higher ownership

                    1. FourLokoLeipzig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 19 mins ago

                      EO lower though

                2. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 22 mins ago

                  Loads of goals and a decent match.

                3. Ragabolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 mins ago

                  Double CS will make you gain about 1.2*6 = 7.2 points

                  Son goal will make you gain 0.7*6 = 4.2

                  You want the double CS

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 18 mins ago

                    Nice one, as always.

                4. Gandalf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 20 mins ago

                  Double city clean sheet I think. Stones and Cancelo both around 55% EO and Son around 35%

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 mins ago

                    Thanks all

              • BeWater
                  3 months, 25 mins ago

                  Cancelo is going to have a great game, come away with a 2 pointer then get benched v Everton.

                • ivantys
                    3 months, 24 mins ago

                    Annoying Stones is outscoring Cancelo in BPS

                    1. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 24 mins ago

                      It's not annoying at all.

                  • Sanchit
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 24 mins ago

                    Capping sterling instead of gundo is already looking like a bad decision.
                    Sterling playing really well but gundo seems to be on the end of everything!

                    1. fedolefan
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 23 mins ago

                      He'll get 1 tap-in over the next two games. So hopefully 11 points.

                  • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 24 mins ago

                    Sterling was a waste of a transfer.

                    1. TOLV TUMS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 23 mins ago

                      So far. Fingers crossed - three more halves to play

                    2. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 22 mins ago

                      Always a risk with him, can still work. Everton game is more important.

                    3. gooberman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 22 mins ago

                      One half gone, 3 to go and your already writing it off as a wasted transfer?

                    4. Cruyff Turn
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 15 mins ago

                      135 mins to go. Calm down.

                  • gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Gundog looked such a huge threat in that 1st half. Always in the box.

                  • Salan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Sterling blank nearly confirmed, as teammates don't pass him the ball

                    1. Gandalf
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 21 mins ago

                      Happy to see him camping out wide as a non owner

                  • AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Tight game.

                    Dodgy penalty.

                    Spurs will need to venture a bit more in the next 45 mins.

                    All to play for...

                  • Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 23 mins ago

                    Cancelo teasing the points that will never come until he faces Norwich next season.

                  • el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 21 mins ago

                    Kane must be thinking "what am I doing here ?" - just imagine him playing upfront for City.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 15 mins ago

                      Shearer’s record wouldn’t last long

                  • Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 21 mins ago

                    Stones in the baps big!

                    1. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 20 mins ago

                      Another goal or two for City and he will drop like a stone.

                    2. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 19 mins ago

                      Needs a 1-0 or goal involvement.

                    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 mins ago

                      Stones will score

                  • Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 19 mins ago

                    C'mon Sterling. Becoming agitated here

                  • Vazza
                      3 months, 19 mins ago

                      Dele Alli to come on for Lamela at half time and score an equaliser

                    • smash
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 19 mins ago

                      Pieters look like he'll make the Fulham game?

                      1. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 17 mins ago

                        He was walking and celebrating the win on pitch after the final whistle

                        1. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 16 mins ago

                          Like DCL vs Spurs.

                        2. smash
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 10 mins ago

                          Bit of hope then!

                      2. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 17 mins ago

                        Groin so major doubt.

                        1. La Roja
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 16 mins ago

                          Dyche in Couple of days:

                          “Pietersy is touch and go”

                          1. smash
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 9 mins ago

                            haha

                    • Muscout
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 18 mins ago

                      Chances Antonio won’t play at all? Have Harvey Barnes first sub :/

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 17 mins ago

                        Low imo.

                      2. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 17 mins ago

                        50% chance

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 8 mins ago

                          Much lower.

                          He's basically fit and available.

                      3. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 8 mins ago

                        Little