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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. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    I sense Aguero goal if he gets a chance

  2. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    City are crap without Gundogan

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      And KDB

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        They were better without him

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Remember when Jesus signed for City 4 years ago and he was on fire for the first 5-6 games?

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Yea then he became crappy

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Looked the absolute nuts back then

    3. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      remember when everyone said they would switch to a 3-5-2 with Jesus and Aguero both playing?

  4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling is such a useless player haha. He needs Sane lol

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      He's so overrated

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Sane made him

      1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        Literally Sterling scored 20 same goals that year

  5. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Any other owners of City defenders getting nervous each time Everton pass the half way line?

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Won't effect my pick.

    2. rubberdignerapids
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Nope. (C)ancelo here for me...believe in the rock solid back line that has only been compromised once

  6. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Jesus’s constant whiney little face annoys me almost as much as how shite he is at football

    1. camarozz
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      It's his eyebrows that piss me off

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        He looks like a little boy about to cry at all times

  7. DK_13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Why are people talking about benches during double gameweeks for city? It will be so rare for someone to miss both games. And if they do, it's probably time to ship them(would be someone like stones or cancelo if it happens)

  8. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    City are a one-man team

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      gUNdogan

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Yep. Stones needed asap.

      1. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        No Stonesie, no cleanie

  9. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    We need a special show on which triple City to own

  10. Towsor44
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Jesus ain't no Aguero replacement. We definitely need to get some more Dirhams on the income statement

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 22 days ago

    6 points from sterling cap is ok I suppose

  12. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    City will get destroyed in the latter stages of the UCL

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Have to disagree, their defence is incredible

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      UCL between City / Atletico / Bayern. I’d fancy City tbh

  13. puhd
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling capper here. Cmon score a brace!!!!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Don't see it happening.

      Would take a clean sheet point.

    2. Towsor44
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      No chance and I'm a Sterling capper too!

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Fulham absolutely run riot against Everton

    City can't open them up.

    Who understands football and how it works?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Suits Everton to sit back and absorb pressure then hit teams on the counter. It’s why they typically do better against the ‘bigger’ teams

  15. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Cancelo a kind of false full back role?

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Forget the false 9. Gimme a false 2!

  16. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Raphinha, Bam Bam or Ings captain? Currently on Raphinha myself

    1. Old Bull
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Stick

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Will most likely go Bamford out of fear of EO%

    3. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Raph

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        EO% is a potential upside too. I won't be surprised of 2 blanks or only assist for Bamford

    4. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Bamford

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Swaying towards Bamford due to more double digit hauls and on pens

  17. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Ederson
    Walker Laporte Dias Cancelo
    KDB Rodri Gundogan
    Foden Haaland Sterling

    This City team would be erotic

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Haaland perma captain

      One less headache

  18. Bees4Lyf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Need cancelo to grab a return

  19. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Doucoure YC

  20. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Dias assist, Cancelo goal combo potentially but Cancelo poorly received the ball

  21. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    oh Cancelo

  22. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Hoping for a 0-0
    With Cancelo the only player i have (GUndo and stones benched)

  23. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Will Villa have a double GW in 26?

  24. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Get it to Sterling!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Not looking likely atm. Watching the game.

      Aguero if he gets the chance will score

  25. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Terrible game

  26. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Cancelo limping?

  27. Nomar
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Naturally, I have Stones and Gundogan.

  28. camarozz
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    One clean sheet here and il hit the ton.

    Could have been better with stones and Gundo capt

    1. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Same here.

      I’m 8 points short of hitting a century.

      So need a CS and two BPS from Dias

  29. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Foden. Gianni in heaven

  30. Towsor44
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Get in Foden!