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

    Cancelo roaming wherever he wants, man is everywhere

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

      No points for running everywhere unfortunately

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

      Power is nothing without control

    3. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      But nothing ever comes of it

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

    Sterling has finally made it onto my list of players never to be bought again. He's on a par with Wilf now

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

      Was seriouslt trolled the two periods I haf him last year, so I obviously thought well 3rd time lucky 😛

  3. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Strange move from Pep to replace Sterling with Zinchenko

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

    You know the story - everyone rage transferring Sterling, only for him to haul big in dgw26

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

    Does anyone have a link handy to Fudgy’s patreon?

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

      Don't have one yet, should I make one?

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

        Defending racists isn’t a good look

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

      Only does Only Fans

    3. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Lol

  6. The VAR Team
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    How has Laporte been tonight?

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      worst ive seen him play for City

      1. Lukakuna
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        How so?

  7. aborg
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    The more effort I put into this game the more it backfires.

    Still can’t believe I got a 1 pointer from Sterling ffs !

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

    KDB Gundo and which defender on WC then?

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

      Dias or Stones for me.

    2. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Diaz

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

      Too soon for KDB imo, don't see them risking him before CL

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

        He’s got to get up match fitness

    4. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Cancelo

    5. FPL_WILDCARD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      You must be sacrificing one or two from Salah, Kane, Son and Bruno then?

      Might be a bit too early for KDB at the moment

  9. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Current team:

    Martinez Forster
    Stones Dias Tarkowski Digne Coufal
    Salah Son Bruno Gundo! Grealish
    Antonio! DCL! Wilson!

    Got all chips in hand, 1 FT, several injuries and no Leeds or Southampton assets.

    Which strategy is best?

    A. Wildcard now, exploit lee and bb 26(with 13-14 dgw ers)
    B. Bamford and Dallas for Digne/Tark and Wilson -4 and TC in 26 (already have 10-11 dgw'ers in 26)
    C. Something else

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 1 day ago

      think the -4 could work out fine. not sure you need to WC. but also why not have some fun!

  10. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    You know the story - everyone rage transferring Sterling out, only for him to haul big in dgw26

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

    Still no Aguero, bizarre

  12. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Guess all these upcoming MC doubles should just be considered singles for everyone except Ederson. Anything more is a bonus.

  13. lifes a pitch
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Get out my team Sterling

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

    That Everton goal really is annoying.

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Richarlison goal my only 'plus' this evening!!!

  15. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling to KDB done

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Nice

  16. Blanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Not sure I can justify benching Martinez for Pope this gw anymore?!

  17. Fit_to_drop
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on this BB GW25. Allows me to get it out of the way. Was meant to do it this week with Lowton but missed the boat. Sigh.

    pope (WBA) struijk Rapinha (wol, SOU) rudiger (sou). The two Leeds guys signed this week.

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

      Looks okay if you just want to get it out of the way, but get the feeling your XI may have 1 or 2 you could bench instead?

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

        Eh looking at your XI (assuming Mitchell/Stephens to Struijk/Raphinha) it's okay.

        It feels like if you have made that move already you've made up your mind on the BB.

        Unless you haven't, in which case it's for a hit(?) and not as strong.

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

    Cancelo to who?

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

      Struijk?

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

    WC'd last week and was so disappointed that i hadn't reach 100 points this week because i would have cap'd Gundo instead of sterling but i just added up the points pre wc and i'm up 20 ish, and set up for this week and next so not as bad as i thought

  20. Zilla
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    When will the DGW be announced?

  21. Gameweek 24 Rough with the Smooth
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 1 day ago

    How was your Gameweek?



    Were any of your players benched? Did you get any injuries? How did your bench perform? Did your captain return?

    

Share your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 24, here:

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

      Week from hell

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

        Could have had Martinez and Lowton on BB. But decided against it with DCL and Antonio flags

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

          not even an option with those flags

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

            I know but typical with Lowton/Martinez hauls

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

              have you changed your name from Fudgy to Kaptain Fudgy?

        2. King Carlos
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 18 hours ago

          Same here. Missed Ederson's and Targett's 20 pts on the bench...

          In the last two GWs my bench has scored a total of 46 pts. So you know when I eventually will play my BB I'll score 2 pts... lol

          1. Rojo's Modern Life
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 16 hours ago

            You... Benched ederson?

            1. King Carlos
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 15 hours ago

              For Pope... it was a 50/60 call

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

      Sterling TC.

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Terrible night. No Pieters, no Stones. Sterling (c) and he and Richarlison YC's. Oh, and Pope two-pointer and no Gundy..

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

        i feel your pain, i TC sterling vs Leeds like gw 4/5 and he got 7 aswel

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

          It’s still not a blank (mane) but just hurts as I had it on Gundogan then read all these stats and articles about what a great differential. Just didn’t fall right (like this whole season).

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

      66 points.

      lol.

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

      WC'd last week and was so disappointed that i hadn't reach 100 points this week because i would have cap'd Gundo instead of sterling but i just added up the points pre wc and i'm up 20 ish, and set up for this week and next so not as bad as i thought

      Very disappointed that Gundo is injured and A. Robinson(Fulham) has lost his place as i planed to bench boost this week and now i can't

    5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      102(-4)

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

      Average week with a 94 point score

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

        feels average but is a decent green

    7. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 1 day ago

      101
      ended up with no dgw players (Dias, Stones, Gundo)
      also no hits.
      up to 3,325 OR (from 5,442)
      Pretty happy.

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

        noice

    8. Adetro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      104(-4).

      Captain Gundogan (38)
      Lowton (17)
      Martinez (12)

      25.01% increase in rank.

      Happiness 8/10

      1. Rojo's Modern Life
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 hours ago

        We can live without the decimals kid

    9. Reedy
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      I got 66pts from my defence! The twice-benched Robinson provided only 1 of those.

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

        got him on wc... why tf was he benched???? i thought he was there best defender...

        1. Reedy
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          No idea - we need a Fulham fan to let us know how stupid/unlucky we've been.

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

            i asked on here but no decent reply, i researched a bit and i got the impression that Robinson has been one of there best players for a while... and he only missed minutes while suspended. i was planning of BB him, Lowton and Gundo so with the latter's injury and Robinsons minutes not secured i'll have to leave it for another other day

    10. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Smooth - Took a last minute -8 to switch DCL, Justin and Button to Richarlison, Lowton and Pope and played BB for 124 points. Rough - captaining Foden turned out to be clever but not as clever as captaining Gundogan like everyone else!

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

        better then sterling though! plus more money spent elsewhere
        great score if you ask me, bb included

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

      101. Managed to break the triple digits after the nifty Digne assist.

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

      it stings picking a Fulham defender on wc(robinson) that didn't play during there cs...

    13. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Smooth - 95pts from first half of the double game week.

      Rough - 4pts from 6 DGW players in the second half of the double game week.

    14. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      35 on my bench - Martinez, Barnes, Coufal and Digne - luckily Barnes coming on for Antonio
      Sterling captain, only 3 players scored - Mee, Bamford and Watkins
      6 dgw players - got me just 6 more from the second game

      1. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        only 3 players scored less than Sterling

    15. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 1 day ago

      Bought Lowton in on a free transfer for Holding the morning of the gameweek, and played my bench boost.
      Gained 35 from bench boost and scored 139 points in total to move from 97k to 18k OR.
      Bizarre that it was effectively a single gameweek that caused the rise as I only scored 8 of those points today but I'm certainly not complaining

      1. Rojo's Modern Life
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 hours ago

        Nice work

    16. Milkman Bruno
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Rough with the rough as normal. Sterling captain, played BB and Tuchel gives Kepa a charity start. The list goes on.

      • im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Smooth: 123 nett. Looking at posts thought i’d be nowhere. Up from 45k to 15k though. Nice

        Rough: flagged players accruing - 4 currently

      • lugs
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Rough
        Rodriguez, Bamford, Dias fail, Martinez(12), Rudiger(7), Dawson(6) on my bench

        Smooth
        117pts and a big green arrow, helped among others by notable double digit hauls from Gundo(c), Lowton and the two Barnes

      • Party time
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Great gw for me.

          102 pts making it the 3rd triple digit score for the season

        • asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 22 hours ago

          Pretty awful - the one week I make an early transfer, both players get injured (DCL and Pope, who recovered). I’ve not done it at all all season, even when Salah has Covid.

          Ben Mee injury was annoying as was the lack of Sterling points. I did get Barnes off t he bench for Antonio, so swings and roundabouts

        • Levi's 501
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 21 hours ago

          76 a bit average this week, captaining Bruno, not Gundo cost 10 extra points.

        • shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 20 hours ago

          Another stinker! Have now dropped 500k since Xmas to 838k. 78 points with Sterling(tc) fail.

          Rough; Sterling(tc), Stones only played once, Antonio injured. Rivals in my ML BB'ed to massive 130 point scores. Even my 11 year old got 103!

          Smooth; Pope and Jesus returned 17 points my transfers in this week. At least that's something. 7 point Sterling(tc) only 1 point behind those that went KdB earlier. Coufal, Stones and Konsa for full house at the back. Bruno again.

          Season over now. Needed Gundog(c) to fail and Sterlingtc) and Jesus to fire me up the ranks. Didn't work.

        • Trippier Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 hours ago

          Smooth: Gundo 38 captain points, Lowton on 17, good returns from defense and mids. 110 total

          Rough: Good score despite forward blanks, no Antonio, 2nd Stones and 2nd Gundo benching - who knows what it might have been

        • Rojo's Modern Life
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 16 hours ago

          Rough: Antonio didn't play, Had almost 90 points on Saturday night but only about 30 after.
          Smooth: Ederson, Lowton (my one FT), Barnes, Gundo (c),

          121 points, my biggest haul of the season, no chips.

      • Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Do we think Super Ally enjoyed that Mahrez goal...??! 😮

        😉

      • Vinyl78LP
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        At least 20 Aina GW points has softened the Sterling sh.tshow.

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

          i had to pick a Fulham def on my wc last week and i won't lie he was third on my list.. well done!!!

      • OleBall
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 1 day ago

        DGW26 fixtures out tomorrow lol?

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Had worse triple captains I guess.

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

          To be fair, it feels like a gut punch but I’ve had mane and dunk as my last 2

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

            Had Sane and Dunk. Sure Lukaku blanked a double for me once too.

            I rarely get it right. Think last season's goal and assist GW1 is my highest Triple Cap score.

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

          2018: Kane 1x3
          2019: Sane 1x3
          2020: Mane 1x3

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

            Avoid the ‘ane’s

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

              I said I would never TC an "and" again. What am I considering? Kane TC in 26! (You have all been warned)

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

                *"ane"

        3. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          TC Sane for 3x(0+1)pts still hurts

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

          last season i TC Ings in a single game week and got 13points, my best ever return from a TC. Aguero 7, sterling 7 are the only others i remember returning...

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

        In all seriousness I will just hold sterling for their doubles now

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

          i have him to but with KDB back i'm going to watch the next game very carfully

        2. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Sold him for Raphinha - Allows me to get Kane and still afford Dias, Foden or Aguero

      • jontybonty
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Sterling is a joke. Fell for the hype and paid for it. Never again. First and last time he is in my side.

      • No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Gutted for the sterling (c) gloaters. Really sad to see him being in a 1 pointer.

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

          ?

      • Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 1 day ago

        Nooooo

        1. Bam Saka Laca
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Cancelo

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          What happened?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 1 day ago

            Knee cap back row

      • Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 1 day ago

        What is the MCI first choice midfield and attack now?

        Rodri, Gundo, KDB

        with

        Foden, Jesus, Sterling

        What are:

        Bernardo and Mahrez now?

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

          No KDB prob false 9 Bernardo in the midfield and Mahrez rotation player

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

          No such thing. They will all get rotated equally.

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

          Mahrez probably ahead of Sterling for now

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

            Sterling plays all ''tough games'' and gets rested against weeping boys. Next 3 is ARS, W HAM, UTD. You can predict which one he is rested out of those 3.

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

              ..maybe another rescheduled game for a double too.

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

              Irrespective of the bait - he plays next midweek in champ lge away - so I think he’s benched v Arsenal

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

              I though weeping boys was more of a Michael Jackson thing?

        4. FPL_WILDCARD
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 1 day ago

          Pep will rotate Bernardo and Mahrez with likes of Jesus and Foden for sure, and maybe Sterling now and then too. Pep is enough crazy/genius to play Gundo in false 9 now when Jesus doesn’t play