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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. JP\'s
      3 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Ings. Due to dgws

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

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

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Ings (C) over Bamford too punty?

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 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
          3 months, 25 days ago

          I have all 3 and not looking anywhere but Bamford.

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 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
        3 months, 25 days ago

        No, faces Leeds

      3. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yes

      4. Mengo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Not too punty...they play Leeds

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 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
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

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

    • Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      83 points. 33k down to 46k

      Few gws ago I was top 5k

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Ouch, good opportunity to recover that over the upcoming doubles

      2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Opposite situation here.

        Hang on, it all can change fairly quickly.

      3. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 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
        3 months, 25 days ago

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

    • Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Who do I play, Martinez or McCarthy?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        McCarthy

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Think Leicester score so McCarthy for the double

      3. marcos11
          3 months, 25 days ago

          McCarthy

        • Bagheri Arce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 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

        • Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Martinez

      4. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 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
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Depends on your team

        2. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

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

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 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
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah exactly the same feelings.

        3. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Depends on team and chip strategy

      5. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 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
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Maverick

      6. Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 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
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 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
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 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
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 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
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 25 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
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 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
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 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
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 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
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

        4. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          I’d defo play it for these tasty doubles

          1. Nerdlinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 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
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              TC the better option for dgw26.

              Some clear options there.

              1. Nerdlinger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

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

      7. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Need to bring in Sterling urgently.

        Who to make way-

        A. Salah
        B. Fernandes
        C. Gundogan

        1. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Gundo

        2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Say what?

        3. Aster
            3 months, 25 days ago

            You mean take out? Not bring in?

          • No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Wait, what?

          • Rep Poulette
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Nice one

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Hahahahahahhahhahahah

            Irony

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Get Bruno

          • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

        4. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Predicted rank by Livefpl is 67000 on the dot lol

          1. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Congrats

          2. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 25 days ago

            wow nice, 54,176 for me.

          3. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

          4. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Cheers

          5. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

        5. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Who's the biggest injury concern from the following?

          Gundo
          Antonio
          DCL

          Thinking DCL to Ings?

          1. yakirh
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Who is your 3rd striker?

            1. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Bamford

          2. yakirh
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

        6. Aster
            3 months, 25 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
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Mo is the way to go

          • DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 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
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Is all your team expected to have a double?

              1. DV8R
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

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

                1. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 days ago

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

                  1. DV8R
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

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

            2. estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Looks good to me

            3. Lukakuna
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Looks fine! I'm BBing doing something similar

          • Gael Actico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

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

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Hopefully tomorrow or Friday

              1. Gael Actico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Thank you very much!

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  No worries

          • estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 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?

          • marcos11
              3 months, 25 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
                3 months, 25 days ago

                A for this week, then switch Bambam for Watkins

                1. marcos11
                    3 months, 25 days ago

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

              2. Lethargio Alcantara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Gündo + Antonio

                to

                Raphinha + Ings ???

                1. George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Keep Gundo surely?

                2. marcos11
                    3 months, 25 days ago

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

                  • The Seagulls and the Trawle…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    So you don’t want Gundo for dgw26?

                3. Alisson WondHaaland
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

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

                4. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 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)

                5. jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Is Kaptain Fudgy Fudgy's Dad?

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Kaptain Kane

                6. mgilbert86
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  grealish to raphina -4 too much?

                  1. Rep Poulette
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Too much

                  2. WHUFCSmith23
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 25 days ago

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

                7. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 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

                8. AdamJ91
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 25 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
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Kane

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      This

                  2. marcos11
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Kane the standout

                    • Alisson WondHaaland
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 25 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
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        Can’t compare one option to the other tbh.

                    • Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Kane TC will probably outscore any BB!

                  3. wulfrunian
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 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
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Yeah, what has changed?

                      Why is he so wide?

                      1. wulfrunian
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

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

                  4. Easy Cheesy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 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?

                  5. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 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?

                  6. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 25 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 ?

                  7. Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 25 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???

                  8. Bagheri Arce
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Ings or Raphinha?

                    1. Robman
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Both!!