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Gundogan fit to start as De Bruyne returns to City XI and Foden drops to bench

After missing out on Manchester City’s win over Everton in midweek, Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) has made a swift return from a groin injury and makes Pep Guardiola’s starting XI this afternoon.

Arsenal are the latest team attempting to stop City’s 17-game unbeaten run, with kick-off at the Emirates at 16:30 GMT.

Gundogan featured prominently in both the transfers in and out columns in the run-up to Gameweek 24: 365,022 Fantasy Premier League managers recruited the German after his huge haul against Spurs, with 244,409 of us moving the in-form midfielder on – no doubt influenced by the yellow flag that appeared next to his name following his no-show on Merseyside.

There is other noteworthy team news from the City camp, with Gundogan one of five players who are recalled.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) makes his first start in over a month, with John Stones (£5.2m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Fernandinho (£5.4m) also back in Guardiola’s line-up.

Phil Foden (£6.1m) drops to the bench despite scoring at Goodison Park, with Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m), Kyle Walker (£6.1m), Rodri (£5.3m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) also making way from the team that took to the pitch at kick-off on Wednesday.

Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), who has not played for City since the beginning of January, is also among the substitutes for the visitors.

Having named the same team in his last two competitive matches, Mikel Arteta also makes five changes to his starting XI.

Kieran Tierney (£5.2m), Rob Holding (£4.5m), Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Marí (£4.4m) and Mohamed Elneny (£4.2m) return, with Cedric Soares (£4.6m), David Luiz (£5.4m), Gabriel (£5.0m), Emile Smith Rowe (£4.3m) and Dani Ceballos (£4.7m) dropping to the bench.

LINE-UPS

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Pepe, Aubameyang.

Man City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 25 SO FAR…

Gundogan fit to start as De Bruyne returns to City XI and Foden drops to bench 1

Second-place Leicester City warmed up for their Gameweek 26 double-header with a win over Aston Villa on Sunday, a match that was notable for injuries to two well-owned FPL midfielders.

Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) recorded his second successive double-digit haul with a goal and an assist in the Foxes’ victory, which took his total to 10 attacking returns in 11 Gameweeks.

James Maddison (£7.3m) is in similarly fine form and opened the scoring at Villa Park – his 12th goal or assist in his last 14 appearances.

But the England midfielder hobbled from the field of play just after the hour-mark, having twice needed treatment from the visitors’ physios.

Missing altogether was Jack Grealish (£7.7m), who was sidelined with a reported shin problem.

While some reports suggest the Villa talisman may be absent for several weeks, manager Dean Smith said he was “hopeful” of the player’s return against Leeds.

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1,652 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    That Madders injury is annoying

  2. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Hello?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is it me looking for?

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I don’t know, what are you looking for?

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It's me.

  3. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Man City defence EO about 130%. So double / triple Man City defence owners would value the CS.

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think they would. And if some of them get attacking returns that would be awesome as well.

  4. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Cancelogan let's go

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This!!

    2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Annoying to see Stones start, would prefer a rest today and 2 starts in the DGW

    3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Hoping for CS wipes but Cancelo/Gundo returns then

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        City defence EO over 100%

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which is exactly why I don’t want the CS? 😆

    4. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Harvey Barnes you beauty!!!

    5. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Any news on cavani starting?

    6. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      McCarthy, Son, Bamford, Ings, Watkins, Salah.. Nice gw

    7. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Hiding behind the sofa with Gundo on my bench.

    8. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No idea what to do here. Was thinking Kane in for Ings (need to find 0.2 somewhere) but Leicester seem essential. 2FT 2.4 ITB

      Martinez (Areola)
      Cancelo Stones Digne (Mee Dallas)
      Salah Bruno Son Gundo (Raph)
      Ings* Watkins Bamford

      Tricky one with Spurs being back to dodgy and Leicester looking good... could WC to take funds off bench but not sure it’s needed especially with 2FT?

    9. youneedmorecavaleiro
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Barnes on my bench 🙁

      1. moz_1983
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Same, Foden in my starting 11 instead. Praying he stays benched.

      2. marcos11
          1 month, 18 days ago

          First on my bench, was depending on Gundogan not playing

      3. AllGonePozzo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Pep done me again. Was convinced Gundogan would make bench at best so benched him. Arghhh!!

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          He's blanking anyway no worries. Probably subbed off in 2nd half as well

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          He was only out for 1 game... not short of match fitness so either he was good to play or not. Only reason for him to be benched would be for a rest (which he already had) in which case he only comes on if they're not winning.

      4. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Are people still feeling a Kane/Son double up for the DGW?

        1. Marcin the Pole
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Just of of them methinks

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            *one

        2. BeWater
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I've got Son already. I'm going to double up because they have Burnley, Fulham and then Palace. And I don't have my FH for 29.

        3. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          So what's the verdict on spurs for the double? I think I'll just stick with Son and forget about Kane

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I didnt see the game, how did Son play?

            1. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I didn't either. I already own him so I guess it's worth just sticking I guess

            2. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Son was poor ...Kane looked dangerous

          2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Genuinely don’t know. Kane certainly sounded to be the more threatening one today, which sucks as I currently own Son and have for ages

          3. Waynoo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Awful

          4. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Got both of them, but may sell Son to fund Barnes and DCL moves.

          5. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Really poor performance from Son but you never know with Tottenham this season.They could score 6 goals in the next two games.

          6. EL TANO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Son was anonymous

          7. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            not tempted by Son. First 11 GWs 100 pts - last 14 GWs 59 GWs (or 3 goals & 3 assists).

          8. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Not considering him but Bale looked decent. If he gets more minutes it should negatively impact Son's points as Bale hogs set pieces.

            1. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Godamn. Looks like I own the wrong Spurs player.

        4. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Despite fails for everyone in my team and returns on my bench I’m somehow still getting a small green arrow wtf

        5. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Gundo gonna inflict maximum pain for benchers today isn't he.

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Hope so! In dire need of returns now

          2. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nah

        6. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Honestly cant believe so many people benched Gundo. If he wasnt fit he wouldnt play.

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            This

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            this has got to be bait, please don't do it guys

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This.

              Fishing at its worst.

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Who would you have benched instead?

            Bruno | Son | KdB | Raphinha
            Kane | Ings | Bamford

            1. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              You are an exception! 🙂

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Would probably have benched Son instead.

          4. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I sold Antonio - got Ings. Looks like a bust right now

            At least it wasn’t an Antonio brace

          5. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Save this till he scores atleast.

        7. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Lost on previous article. Thoughts on this for a minus 8 to bench boost appreciated:

          Peacock-Farrell, Mitchell, Dallas, Grealish
          To
          Martinez, Targett, Aina, Barnes

          Makes team this:

          Martinez (Pope)
          Dias Cancelo Shaw Targett Aina
          Barnes Salah Bruno Son Gundogan
          Watkins DCL Bamford

          1. Couch Potato
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Like it.

            I have the same Mitchell > Aina dilemma, just wondering if Mitchell might be back in favour, so worth holding off until tomorrow

        8. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          The BB chip is honestly a burden.

          The amount of points lost by spending transfers upgrading the bench/having too much money on the bench in future GW’s and benching the “wrong player” cancels out any points you get using the chip.

          Strong 11 with a cheap as possible playing bench has always been the way to go

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            To be honest having a bench through the Covid struck games really helped me

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I had no good bench all season - barely benched any points and yet through COVID it didn't matter.

          2. BeWater
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yeah you are spot on. I've posted similar messages in the last couple of days. That chip does my head in. I'm abandoning it in 26 so I can sacrifice Pope to a 3.9 and get Kane (c) for Ings.

              I somehow managed a massive 3 points on BB last season.

            • Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Disagree. With all the spare change people have had, it has been prudent to have a strong bench, especially with covid and postponements.

              I'm gonna have my 15 strong squad, BB, hopefully smash it, and then edge my way to a WC with a strong first 11, and a half decent nailed on bench.

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                And I don't need to take hits for bench

                It's the starters that are the problem!

          3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            You know it’s been crap when Ben Mee is your highest scoring starter

            1. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Pope is my guy- at least my Captain has not played at all

            2. Ragabolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Same here! We probably have the same team

              1. Ragabolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Lol just checked and we have identical starting 11 and captain 😀

                1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  We struggling this week RB ;(

            3. Neevesy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Mate I'd kill for Ben Mee. My biggest scorer is Digne..... And he's on my bench

            4. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I have Cancelo benched,Stones playing and raphina(c) but everything else is the same as you.

          4. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Need Gundo and Dias to go wild and Cancelo and Stones to blank

            Pretty much 100% unlikely but we can dream!

          5. marcos11
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Best dgw defender for 4.5?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Probably one of the Fulham lot. GW29 fixture too.

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Aina or ElMo if you haven't got Villa coverage.

              3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Aina probably!!

              4. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Rudi?

              5. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Aina

            • mattk lfc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              My bench is Stones Dias Gundo

              I'm in danger

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Err..

              2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                You can't be serious.

              3. F_Ivanovic
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Arsenal aren't a top 4 side anymore.

            • TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              KDB going to haul.

              I’m hoping Aguero gets 30 mins as if so I’m jumping on for DGW.

            • Coys96
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              WC draft - locked in players...

              Martinez
              Pereira Konsa Dias
              Bruno Son Traore Gundo
              DCL Kane

              Vardy or KdB to fill up last starting XI place? Cheers!

              1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Barnes or Maddison surely if on a WC. They have proven themselves to be better options than Vardy.

                1. Coys96
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Not PPG wise but I'm considering Barnes.

              2. BeWater
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  KDB to fill the last spot. Not sure about Traore though.

                • George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Traore!

                • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Get Traore outta there

                  1. Coys96
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Looked good today and on set-pieces. Another DGW in 28 & plays in 29

                    Leeds game looks great for him

                  2. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Agreed

              3. George Agdgdgwngo
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                What scores more next week

                A. Targett & Son
                B. DCL & Barnes

                1. Coys96
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  B

              4. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Is it true Grealish is out for a month ? BBC reported this

                1. potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Sky said just this week.

                2. BeWater
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Looks like it. I read the BBC article earlier.

                  • Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Bunch of nonsense

                  • Rotation's Alter Ego
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Saw that article - no idea how they settled on that date, even included quotes of Smith saying "I've no idea [how long he'll be out for]. I'm hopeful. I'm always an optimist." Not sure how you get a month from that.

                    Athletic said 2 games and then he'd be assessed, so sounds pretty open-ended. Month is probably what it'll end up as but not sure BBC can call it as that yet.

                3. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  But game in my ML. Rival has KDB, Gundo and Stones and I have Sterling, Gundo and Cancelo. Who wins?

                  1. HollywoodXI
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    *Big

                4. grumpyman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Benched Stones and Gundog. Off out for a walk.

                  1. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Same but I've already done my walk today.