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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. Kai
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Cangetyellow

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

      You tried.

      1. Kai
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Bottomed

  2. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    anyone considering taking out Cancelo?

    1. Kai
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cancellow

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

      I've hired a guy already.

      1. Kai
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Good one that

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

      Yes. Doubt I can prioritise the transfer though…

    4. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      He's out of my league :'(

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

      Yeah gonna switch to Laporte as he’s nailed

    6. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I would on WC but not for hits.

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

    Dias + Gundo goal combo needed now!

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

    pep parking the bus like jose

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

    31 points so far - good bad or average?

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

      Average id say

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

        Cheers, disappointing WC so far, but haven’t missed out on much I guess

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

      Averages:
      Top 10K - 32.52
      Overall - 27.54

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

        Thanks, just about keeping pace then

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        So 45 a rank riser

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

          huge

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

          Nice, I’m hoping to be on that after Bruno

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Have Bruno and Shaw then Ings and Bamford c on Tuesday night.

            Didn't extend to Raphinha tho.

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

              Same but no Shaw, Ings (C) over Bamford plus McCarthy and Raphinha

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

      Very average

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      average

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    4.6 for that dive

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

    I can already feel my disappointment as Foden trots onto the pitch

  8. Athletico Underachieving
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lowton and cancelo losing what could be quite important points in a low scoring week. So frustrating

    • Kai
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Ok I will stop Cancelling

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

        J-wow

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

          Sorry I tried too hard

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

        Kai #cancelled !

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Need Dias & Stones to come away with BAPS

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bald fraud got some problems,always warming up Kun and put Jesus in.

      What a boss!

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dias & Stones look tired, should be subbed. 🙂

    • Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Come on Ruben, crawl into 3 BAP territory

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      City look knackered

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        That first 15 mins took it out of them.

      2. TAT
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Arsenal even more so.

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

        CS in danger

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

          From who? Arsenal don't look particularly likely to score honestly. More involved in the game but not likely to score.

      4. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        They could be so tired that they are all asleep and arsenal still wouldn't get close to scoring

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

      These Arsenal players are really made of glass.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cancelo wtf

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      3 - Fernandinho, Zinchenko (29)
      1 - Dias (28)

      Stones (26)

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Mahrez needs to come off. Looks tired, losing the ball and not tracking back.

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      After that pass back Cancelo needs to go

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

      Get Walker and Kun on

    • SM001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz......

    • Chucky
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      48 points Stones and Antibiotics again on the bench... 🙁

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Antonio...

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Benched him too but had no choice

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Get well soon

        1. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Coming in this GW..

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cancelo’s gone off reservation last 5 mins

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thought I'd made the right decision playing Mee over Stones lol of course Stones is now going to outscore him

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

        City had better CS odds than Burnley did. ofc Burnley got a CS anyway, but yeh - playing City defenders was always the correct choice. Think people still see Arsenal as a difficult fixture on paper.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Burnley home v West Brom, City away to Arsenal lol

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

            Yes, and City still had better odds. Arsenal are a mid table side - better than West Brom ofc. But City are also significantly better than Burnely.

    • Coaly
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Kane -4 or Sterling next week?

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think I'm going to get depressed if Gundo scores. It's going to be 4 pages worth of gundooooo posts..

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

        Try closing the browser, works for me

    • Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cavani not in squad

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        As expected.

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Gundo sitting in bench 1 slot for me, ahead of Lowton and Digne. Bah

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anyone besides me capping DCL for the double? Not convinced by Spurs, and Salah/Bruno are lacking form and not having great fixtures

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      There is not a chance Arsenal score here and I'm actually being genuine

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

      This has been one boring weekend of football. Quality has been dross.

      1. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Best league in the world