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

    Would love classic Aguero back for the double

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

      Template breaker.

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

        Defo

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

      He's surely starting atleast one of them. Can see sterling sitting one out after 90 here

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

        He's been on the bench for 3 PL games now. (not sure about other cups)

        Unlikely to suddenly start, as Pep appears to be extremely cautious

      2. tambourineman
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Highly unlikely, hasn't started a game since 24th October and last played a minute on 3rd January

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

    Gundo playing very deep now.

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

    City defense acting weirdly

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

    who is Shoretire?

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

      Young academy player. Rated very highly at Carrington

    2. SM001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Not much of a fan then eh?

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

    Every 3 points city get drives ever so slightly further away from FPL viability?

    Surely Pep starts to prioritise Champs League & cups soon going 19 points clear of Liverpool

    Gundo & the defenders are easy enough holds as they’re only 5.5’s... investing more than that seems possibly risky now though

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

      Yep agree. Im on WC and still looking at double City defence.

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

      Pep pushed his team until the end to hit 100 points in 2018

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

        Champs league is such a glaring gap in his City CV now though - has to become priority 1 shirley

  6. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    #MUFCXI vs Newcastle : De Gea ; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw ; Fred, Matic, James, Bruno, Rashford ; Martial

    • Banc : Henderson, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Telles, Williams, Mata, Amad, Shoretire, Greenwood

    #MUNNEW #MUF

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

      Cavano

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

      Bruno time 😎

      1. Bounce
          1 month, 18 days ago

          EO above 100%

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

            Don’t care, had since GW2 so my returns should be worth more 🙂

            1. Bounce
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Enjoy the red arrow lol.

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

                  Already red haha

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          How is De Gea still in goal?

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

          Shaw & Bruno let’s go

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

            This

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

          Cavani dead

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

          Watch the average go up significantly by the time this next match has finished

        • Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Newcastle??

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

          Going to get punished tonight Bamford failure & ML players have Bruno

        • Breezyy
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Martial + Shoretire and Amad 🙂

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

        Oh ya know.......just Stones and Antonio laughing at me from my bench

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

          Same but was never playing Antonio and played Mee over Stones

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

            At least Mee got 5

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

            Sorted, just hope Dallas does something

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

          Benching a defender from the best defence in the league against a mid table side... yeh, makes sense /s

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

        Arsenal not even trying to score, agreed on taking the 1-0 at half time.

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

        This United lineup looks promising for Rashford owners.

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

          Rival sold Barnes and Rashford 🙂

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

          why?

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

            Playing off the left

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

            Because he be either on the left or through middle which suits him.
            Last few games was suffering on the right becasue Ole wanted to squeeze in both Cavani & Martial.

        3. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Hope so. Hate the sight of him in my team.

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

        Cancelo misses a sitter

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

          Water
          Wet

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Great move kicking someone in the face to get free

      6. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Having both Martinez + Pope GK with Dzgw warrant a BB?
        Rest on bench will be Coufal Dallas Raphina, from which for -8 I can get Shaw Targett as dgwkers....Worth BB or will I get opportunity again?

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

        WHAT A MISS CANCELO

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

          whyyyyy

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

        Oh piss

      9. BeWater
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cancelo WTF dude.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Oh dear.

        • Zilla
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cancelo -BPS

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

          Bad bad finish

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

          Cancelo you absolute turbo-goblin

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

          Jesus ignored Sterling completely.

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

          Best move here?

          A) Ings -> DCL
          B) Ings & Sterling -> Son & Kane (-4)

          Salah, Bruno, Sterling, Gundo
          Watkins, Bamford, Ings

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

            See how midweek goes.

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

          Cancelo, use your left foot!

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

          He's like Sterling

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

          Should have squared it to Gundo.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Big xG boost at least...

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

            Got a 17 pointer after the last time that happened

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          THE MAN CITY LAMPTEY IN FULL FLOW

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

            lmao

        • fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What a miss from Cancelo!

        • Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cancelnooooo!

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

          Cancelo is like JWP. Involved everywhere but no FPL returns.

        • Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It would be disallowed by VAR anyway.

        • dark91
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          You are not Quaresma man what are you doing?!!!

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lol

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

            😀