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Dias recalled for benched Stones as injured Gundogan and Calvert-Lewin miss out

Double Gameweek 24 comes to a conclusion as Everton and Manchester City meet at Goodison Park.

Kick-off on Merseyside is at 20:15 GMT.

The two most-owned players from these two teams don’t feature tonight although the no-shows from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) aren’t shocks, with their managers having previously ruled them out in their pre-match press conferences.

Pep Guardiola gave an update on Gundogan ahead of kick-off:

The injured Gundogan is one of three players who started the win over Tottenham Hotspur who doesn’t feature in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

The other two are Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and John Stones (£5.2m), who both drop to the bench.

Kyle Walker (£6.1m), Ruben Dias (£6.1m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) all return to the visitors’ side.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) makes his return to the City matchday squad following a month on the sidelines and is among the substitutes, along with Sergio Aguero (£10.3m).

Guardiola has threatened more changes when City head to Arsenal this weekend, saying:

If you see the schedule that we have… we have a game every three or four days, everybody is going to play. Against Arsenal, we are going to play new ones.

Carlo Ancelotti has gone one better than his opposite number, making four alterations from the defeat to Fulham at the weekend.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) returns from a rib injury, with Robin Olsen (£4.5m) making way to accommodate the England international’s comeback.

Yerry Mina (£5.5m), Michael Keane (£5.1m) and Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) are also back in the line-up, with Seamus Coleman (£4.8m), James Rodriguez (£7.7m) and Andre Gomes (£5.3m) all dropping to the bench.


Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.

Everton XI: Pickford, Mina, Keane, Holgate, Godfrey, Davies, Doucoure, Digne, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Richarlison.

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1,725 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vinyl78LP
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling running like he has lead in his boots.

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

      Skips past Holgate, hacked, play on . . which is fair enough . . still no Holgate booking.

  2. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Put your hands up if you feel that DGWs are overrated..

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

      all these people tripping over themselves to get SOU players for a triple DGW lol

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

      \o/

      Am I believing for the next one though? Absolutely!

    3. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      You guys are going to hate me for saying this but I think all the high hopes for the Leeds players will shatter just like this next week

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    I just turned off the TV and I am going for a shower. Going to wash off that Sterling captaincy of of me

  4. Dirty Harry
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    A Stones majestic header would be amazing right now

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      heading practice from the bench?

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

      He's nodding his head from the bench.

  5. Towsor44
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Looks like he can't be arsed tonight Sterling. Gonna have to burn a trf and get rid

  6. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Stupid question.
    With all 3 of my strikers not playing, do I get Soucek off the bench?
    No, right?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      No.

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

      Need at least 1 striker.

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

        He will autosub on for one of the strikers.

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

          Yeah as long as he has at least one striker left up top he can get Soucek's points. If Soucek is last on his bench he may not get them.

    3. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

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

      Impossible to play a formation without strikers

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

        Meet Sam Alladyce

    5. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I think you will

    6. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Long as you don't already have five in midfield . . .yes.

      1. Egg noodle
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        How would I already have 5 in midfield? Soucek is on the bench.

  7. Lubic87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    I'm gonna finish on 99 points unless Stones makes a cameo. Come on Pep - make the 3 points safe!

  8. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Well time to cheer on Richarlison, Sterling adios!

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Man City will have won by:

    A) April
    B) May

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      C) March

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah probably

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      A

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      C) it’s in the bag

  10. Steinburg FC
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    first of all big up Ragabolly! whats every ones template rating? i wc'd this week so only 56% the lowest i have been all season

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      65%

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        i haven't been below 70 this season until this week, i was going to bench boost this week but with Gundo out and A Robinson out of favour I'll leave for another day.

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      How do you work that out?

      1. Steinburg FC
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        livefpl.net mate, enjoy...

  11. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Which comes first ... Sterling’s 2nd yellow ... or his substitution?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Or Pablo Discobar’s lifetime ban?

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Cancelo goal me thinks

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      2nd yellow

    4. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      His first red

  12. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    How has Dias not been booked either??? This ref is having a laugh.

  13. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    It’s almost as if Sterling has got money on himself to not score tonight looking at how far wide he keeps staying

  14. Punty McPuntface
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    When are these gw 26 doubles being announced then??

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Tomorrow 4pm possibly

      1. Punty McPuntface
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Sound cheers

    2. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      They're waiting for Sterling to score before announcing them

      1. Punty McPuntface
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Hahahaha gw 27 then!

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Yes. In 2022

    3. djman102
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Possibly tomorrow. Pep has already let one slip.

      1. Punty McPuntface
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Oh did he?

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Foden has been literal garbage as well

  16. MIDIMAN2010
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling useless plank. So glad to get rid of him

  17. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    I hope sterling gets caught biting Holgate or something and gets a red card.

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling is almost as bad as Jesus

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Almost?

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

      Blasphemy.

  19. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Any chance of another Ederson assist?

  20. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    World number 1 going insane

  21. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Bilva goal! OR1 smashing it!

  22. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    OR1 has Bilva, of course he scores!

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    World nr.1 has Silva

  24. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Hate owning Sterling

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling 1st to celebrate

    +BPS

  26. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Bernardo hog when Sterling was free.

  27. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Imagine if Gundo was playing. Sigh.

  28. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Bilva outscoring Sterling, love to see it!

  29. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling go away man

  30. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Pickford didn’t fancy that one