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.

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1,725 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JP\'s
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Who’s better from GW26 onwards, Vardy or Ings?

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Ings. Due to dgws

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    6 extra points from my doubling players, what a DGW!

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Same here. Cancelo Gündogan stones pope and lowton = 6 extra points

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Ings (C) over Bamford too punty?

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Dont think so, if I owned either Raph or Ings I would captain them over Bamford

      1. Geriatric Unathletic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        I have all 3 and not looking anywhere but Bamford.

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Its the safe move for sure. But I prefer the other 2 because they make the games more interesting to watch and also I back all 3 of them pretty evenly to get returns this week

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      No, faces Leeds

    3. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

    4. Mengo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Not too punty...they play Leeds

  4. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Have Gundo, Cavani, Cancelo and no free transfers, not sure what to do

    Mccarthy
    Cancelo* Stones Shaw
    Gundo* Son Bruno Salah
    Watkins Cavani* Bamford

    Sanchez Chilwell Coufal Bissouma

    Was planning to do Chilwell to Ayling/Struijk for -4 this week then Cavani to Kane next week. Should the injuries change my plans?

    1. adam wigan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Is cancelo injured? I saw he got a kick to the knee but he finished the game ok I thought

  5. Stand By Mee
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    83 points. 33k down to 46k

    Few gws ago I was top 5k

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Ouch, good opportunity to recover that over the upcoming doubles

    2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Opposite situation here.

      Hang on, it all can change fairly quickly.

    3. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Well done for posting. No one ever does when their rank goes down. GL for next week

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Few weeks ago 43k. Today 567k. Wading in a sea of vomit at my place!

  6. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Who do I play, Martinez or McCarthy?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      McCarthy

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Think Leicester score so McCarthy for the double

    3. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      McCarthy

    4. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Tough.

      Villa have a better chance of clean sheet in my books than either of Soton games. But they have two so McCarthy shades it

    5. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez

  7. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    WC this week or next week? If next week then can’t use TC 26 obviously

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Depends on your team

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Really hard decision. I think I want to WC now.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Would like to wait a week though to see how Spurs do and the situation with KDB and Gundo. Also don’t have to have Leeds/Soton for their singles

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah exactly the same feelings.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Depends on team and chip strategy

  8. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Had 6 DGW players with good planning and saved FT for Leeds assets next GW only to get 67 points ugh!
    That's it now, couldn't care less for rest of season, just going to have some fun...
    Dallas(C)

    1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Maverick

  9. Nerdlinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    I'm sure I'm making a mistake but I'm not feeling the use of chips yet. Considering just hoarding the WC, BB and TC until later in the season. It's not really based on science but just an idea that I'll get more value later in the season dgws or not... Can't be the only one considering this?!

    1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Same train as you. Don’t fell the need for WC and BB now.
      Still have TC also. Am sure there will be an opportunity for us.

      1. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Right? It has just been that kind of season. I'm pretty happy with my squad and rank and just ain't feeling the dgw hype this year...

        1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Same. Might play Kane TC on DGW 26 tough. Other than that, wait n see, many potential surprises yet to come.

          1. Nerdlinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            I have Kane and agree with your thinking. With his potential for injury and Europa League and League cup final still to play for I just don't feel overly confident in committing...

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Feels a bit silly not to play it when there's decent DGWs to take advantage of BB/TC for examples - just improves your odds.

      Nothing wrong with saving it for later, but less doubles, no idea what form will be etc, where we have doubles & form players now.

      1. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Later in the season we'll also have a better idea of who is left in what competitions and who needs what. Just my experience but I've found rotation can actually become easier to predict in the last few gws. That said, I might still change my mind!

    3. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      An idea is not a strategy. Whether planning gets you more points in this funny game, that's another matter.

      1. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        It's an idea that will formulate into a strategy when the time is right! Haha

    4. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I’d defo play it for these tasty doubles

      1. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Might change my mind yet but honestly, I think I can grind out some reasonable scores in the next couple gws. Can't help but feel having the chips in the bag going into the tail end is going to be huge.

        1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          TC the better option for dgw26.

          Some clear options there.

          1. Nerdlinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Maybe... true enough. We'll see!

  10. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Need to bring in Sterling urgently.

    Who to make way-

    A. Salah
    B. Fernandes
    C. Gundogan

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Gundo

    2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Say what?

    3. Aster
      7 months, 5 days ago

      You mean take out? Not bring in?

    4. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Wait, what?

    5. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Nice one

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Hahahahahahhahhahahah

      Irony

    7. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Get Bruno

    8. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I’d keep those 3 mate rather than get Sterling in!!

  11. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Predicted rank by Livefpl is 67000 on the dot lol

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Congrats

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      wow nice, 54,176 for me.

    3. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      26k can’t complain even though dgw players gave me only 6 extra points

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Cheers

    5. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      11% rise to 234k but 6 points tonight from 3 was so underwhelming

  12. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Who's the biggest injury concern from the following?

    Gundo
    Antonio
    DCL

    Thinking DCL to Ings?

    1. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Who is your 3rd striker?

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Bamford

    2. yakirh
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I think Antonio out, DCL might be back for the doubles

  13. Aster
    7 months, 5 days ago

    SOS! Help Sterling refugee! Tired of this dead weight in my squad.

    1 FT, 0.4 ITB

    De Gea

    Cancelo-Dias-Dallas-Mee-Shaw

    Sterling-Saka-Son-Bruno-Raphinha

    Antonio-DCL-Bamford

    Who do I replace Sterling with?

    A) Foden
    B) Gundogan
    C) KDB
    D) Someone else?

    1. Mengo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Mo is the way to go

  14. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Is this team sufficient for BB26? Holding off WC for now

    Pope / McCarthy
    Cancelo / Stones / Dallas / Lowton / White
    Salah / Bruno / Son / Gundo / Raphinha
    Kane / Bamford / Watkins

    Could even do Pope -> Martinez for a -8 in GW26 but not sure if that's worth it.

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Is all your team expected to have a double?

      1. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Not all, I can get 12-13 at most.

        1. Tinkermania
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Then looks gtg. Could have Ings instead of Kane this week.

          1. DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Would mean taking an additional hit for Kane in GW26 though and I'm already planning a -4

    2. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Looks good to me

    3. Lukakuna
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Looks fine! I'm BBing doing something similar

  15. Gael Actico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Can anyone please tell me when the DG26 fixtures will be confirmed?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Hopefully tomorrow or Friday

      1. Gael Actico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Thank you very much!

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          No worries

  16. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Currently on this:

    Pope / Martinez
    Alioski, Shaw, Cancelo, Stones / Dier
    Fernandes, Gundo, Salah / Grealish, Barnes
    Ings(c), Bamford, DCL

    Will probably do:
    Alioski to Rudiger and Ings/Bam to Watkins for DGW26 and BB.

    All sound OK?

  17. marcos11
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Better combo on a wc? (gw26 onwards)
    a) Grealish and Bamford
    b) Maddison/Barnes and Watkins

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      A for this week, then switch Bambam for Watkins

      1. marcos11
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Plan is to have Bamford this week regardless, looking for gw26 onwards

  18. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Gündo + Antonio

    to

    Raphinha + Ings ???

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Keep Gundo surely?

    2. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Would wait to hear more about Gundo injury before looking at replacing him

    3. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      So you don’t want Gundo for dgw26?

  19. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Mccarthy or Sanchez? I got hit by benching Sanchez this week and now Im tempted to start him over Mccarthy's double

  20. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Just wildcard and TC left. Team for this week below.

    Plan to save wildcard till after the bgw29. Cash for Kane gw26.

    Does that sound like a decent plan? Thanks

    pope (martinez)
    Cancelo dallas Lowton (dias coufal)
    Salah Bruno grealish gundogan raphinha
    Bamford dcl (watkins)

  21. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Is Kaptain Fudgy Fudgy's Dad?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Kaptain Kane

  22. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    grealish to raphina -4 too much?

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Too much

    2. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Was thinking of this too, Villa and Grealish have looked really poor for quite a few games

  23. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Best option for the team below ?

    1. WC and BB
    2. FTs and 1/2 hits towards 26, no BB, maybe TC

    Martinez/Martin
    Robo/Cancelo/Stones/Tarko/Coufal
    Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo/Stephens
    DCL/Antonio/Bamford

  24. AdamJ91
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Is there any stand out TC options at this point for GW26 with the doubles?

    1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Kane

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        This

    2. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Kane the standout

    3. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Kane but Id also say potentially Grealish depending on which second fixture he gets

      1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Can’t compare one option to the other tbh.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Kane TC will probably outscore any BB!

  25. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    93 with Sterling(c) it's good but it was a huge opportunity to climb the ranks today.I am also thinking to Sterling,small chances to score in the position he is playing atm.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah, what has changed?

      Why is he so wide?

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah wide left,with Gundogan going forward is too much to have Jesus,Gundo and Sterling inside the penalty area.

  26. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    On a WC. Thinking about selling martinez for ederson (and pairing w Sanchez for 29 and 33 coverage). Could backfire so considering getting both targett and konsa in as coverage. Does that make sense or should I just have one villa defender?

  27. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Don’t suppose there was any further update re DCL and when he’ll be back?

    Need to decide if he’s a hold or not

    Also do you think Ings is worth bringing in for GW25 with FT even if he potentially makes way again in GW26?

  28. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias Dallas Shaw
    Raphinha Son Salah Bruno
    Kane Watkins Bamford(C)

    Forster Gundogan Stones Targett

    exact money for this wildcard, hit the wildcard button ?

  29. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    pope (johnstone)
    Cancelo stones Lowton AWB coufal
    Salah Bruno grealish gundogan ESR
    Bamford dcl Antonio

    4.7 itb and 1 FT
    Who I bring in here. Open to one hit.
    Antonio + coufal to Ings + Dallas???

  30. Bagheri Arce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Ings or Raphinha?

    1. Robman
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Both!!