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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 month, 29 days ago

    Cancelo roaming wherever he wants, man is everywhere

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No points for running everywhere unfortunately

    2. Vazza
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Power is nothing without control

      • matiakez
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        But nothing ever comes of it

    3. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days 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
        1 month, 29 days ago

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

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Strange move from Pep to replace Sterling with Zinchenko

    5. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

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

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

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

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

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

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Defending racists isn’t a good look

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Only does Only Fans

      3. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lol

    7. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      How has Laporte been tonight?

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        worst ive seen him play for City

        1. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          How so?

    8. aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days 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 !

    9. PP6
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      KDB Gundo and which defender on WC then?

      1. Vazza
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Dias or Stones for me.

        • Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Diaz

        • OleBall
            1 month, 29 days ago

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

            1. PP6
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              He’s got to get up match fitness

          • One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cancelo

          • FPL_WILDCARD
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days 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

        • TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days 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
            1 month, 29 days ago

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

        • Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

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

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Still no Aguero, bizarre

        • RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

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

        • lifes a pitch
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Get out my team Sterling

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          That Everton goal really is annoying.

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

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

        • MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sterling to KDB done

          1. One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Nice

        • Blanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

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

        • Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days 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
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days 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
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days 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.

        • Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cancelo to who?

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Struijk?

          2. Steinburg FC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days 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

          3. Zilla
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            When will the DGW be announced?

          4. Gameweek 24 Rough with the Smooth
            Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days 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
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Week from hell

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

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

                1. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  not even an option with those flags

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    I know but typical with Lowton/Martinez hauls

                    1. Steinburg FC
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      have you changed your name from Fudgy to Kaptain Fudgy?

                2. King Carlos
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days 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
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    You... Benched ederson?

                    1. King Carlos
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

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

            2. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Sterling TC.

              1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days 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
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days 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
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days 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. PP6
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              66 points.

              lol.

            4. Steinburg FC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days 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
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              102(-4)

            6. Vazza
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Average week with a 94 point score

                1. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  feels average but is a decent green

              • RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days 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
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  noice

              • Adetro
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                104(-4).

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

                25.01% increase in rank.

                Happiness 8/10

                1. Rojo's Modern Life
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  We can live without the decimals kid

              • Reedy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

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

                1. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

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

                  1. Reedy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    1. Steinburg FC
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days 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

              • DandyDon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days 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
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

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

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

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

              • Steinburg FC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

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

              • themaindanger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days 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.

              • HashAttack
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days 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
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  only 3 players scored less than Sterling

              • Guru Mediation
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 29 days 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
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Nice work

              • Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 29 days 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 month, 29 days 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
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days 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
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Great gw for me.

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

                • asquishypotato
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 29 days 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

                • Kannbury
                    1 month, 29 days ago

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

                  • shirtless
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 28 days 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
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days 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
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days 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
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

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

                  😉

                • Vinyl78LP
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

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

                  1. Steinburg FC
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 29 days 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 month, 29 days ago

                    DGW26 fixtures out tomorrow lol?

                  • Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Had worse triple captains I guess.

                    1. TomSaints
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days 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
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days 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
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

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

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Avoid the ‘ane’s

                        1. djman102
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 29 days 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
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            *"ane"

                    3. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    4. Steinburg FC
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days 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
                    1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    1. Steinburg FC
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    2. HashAttack
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

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

                  • jontybonty
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days 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
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    1. Steinburg FC
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      ?

                  • One of Those Days
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Nooooo

                    1. One of Those Days
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Cancelo

                    2. Camino Aleatorio
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      What happened?

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Knee cap back row

                  • Camino Aleatorio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days 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. PP6
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    2. Tinkermania
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      No such thing. They will all get rotated equally.

                    3. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Mahrez probably ahead of Sterling for now

                      1. Tinkermania
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 29 days 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
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          ..maybe another rescheduled game for a double too.

                        2. SackWenger
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 29 days 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
                          1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    4. FPL_WILDCARD
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days 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