Dugout Discussion

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.

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,725 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vinyl78LP
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Sterling running like he has lead in his boots.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

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

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        \o/

        Am I believing for the next one though? Absolutely!

      3. Vazza
          2 months, 28 days 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

      4. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      5. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A Stones majestic header would be amazing right now

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          heading practice from the bench?

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          He's nodding his head from the bench.

      6. Towsor44
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      7. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days 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
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          No.

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Need at least 1 striker.

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 28 days ago

            He will autosub on for one of the strikers.

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days 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
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yes

        4. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Impossible to play a formation without strikers

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Meet Sam Alladyce

        5. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I think you will

        6. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

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

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

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

      8. Lubic87
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      9. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Well time to cheer on Richarlison, Sterling adios!

      10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Man City will have won by:

        A) April
        B) May

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          C) March

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah probably

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          C) it’s in the bag

      11. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days 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
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          65%

          1. Steinburg FC
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days 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
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          How do you work that out?

          1. Steinburg FC
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            livefpl.net mate, enjoy...

      12. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Or Pablo Discobar’s lifetime ban?

        2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Cancelo goal me thinks

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          2nd yellow

        4. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          His first red

      13. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      14. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      15. Punty McPuntface
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        When are these gw 26 doubles being announced then??

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Tomorrow 4pm possibly

          1. Punty McPuntface
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Sound cheers

        2. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          They're waiting for Sterling to score before announcing them

          1. Punty McPuntface
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Hahahaha gw 27 then!

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Yes. In 2022

        3. djman102
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Possibly tomorrow. Pep has already let one slip.

          1. Punty McPuntface
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Oh did he?

      16. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Foden has been literal garbage as well

      17. MIDIMAN2010
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sterling useless plank. So glad to get rid of him

      18. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

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

      19. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sterling is almost as bad as Jesus

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Almost?

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Blasphemy.

        2. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Any chance of another Ederson assist?

        3. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          World number 1 going insane

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bilva goal! OR1 smashing it!

        5. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          OR1 has Bilva, of course he scores!

        6. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          World nr.1 has Silva

        7. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Hate owning Sterling

        8. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Sterling 1st to celebrate

          +BPS

        9. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bernardo hog when Sterling was free.

        10. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Imagine if Gundo was playing. Sigh.

        11. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Bilva outscoring Sterling, love to see it!

        12. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Sterling go away man

        13. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Pickford didn’t fancy that one