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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. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    PHEW go all none Cancelo owners!

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

    TBF if Cancelo had scores after that assault it would have been a tad unfair

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Cancelo useless prawn, getting booked and missing complete sitters, use your left foot

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

      He made it a ‘sitter’ tbf

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

      you are asking a professional footballer paid many millions per year to use both feet - it'll never catch on

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

    Stay on that bench Foden. Want Antonio points

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

    Cancelo all bark no bite as per usual

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

    Well.. There is the weekly Cancelo sitter. So frustrating to own. He should be getting double digits every week.

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

    If I'd picked Dias over Cancelo on my wildcard this week that would have gone in, apologies everyone

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

    A moment of silence for Cancelo owners.

  9. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Anyone over 50pts?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Not far off...

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

      The highest has 86

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Not yet

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

      60 if CS holds ,15 from my BB though

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Top work

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

    meh Cancelo just meh

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

    arghhhhh should have scored

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

    Luiz coming on

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

    Doing his best Coufal impression from Monday night.

  14. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Is cancelo the best worst player or the worst best player ?

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

      worst best

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

    To those watching, does KDB look back to his old good form?

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

      Rusty

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

      Looked*

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

      Nah don't bother.

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

      If you mean the form he was in before the injury, then yes.

  16. Milkman Bruno
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No Cavani 🙁 in come Tarkowski

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

        Gutted

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

        You benched Tarkowski?!

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Smith probably going to ban training photos and playing FPL!

      "Dean Smith left fuming with training ground leak surrounding Jack Grealish's injury."
      https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-jack-grealish-injury-19884693

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

        The best part is Leicester still set up their team to nullify grealish

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

        What a loser

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

        Could just be honest with his press conference and not lie

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

      Is that the first ever concussion substitution?

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

        Mee.

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

        Sure there was one the other week

      3. Bun Rab L3D2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No. Issa Diop went off.

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

      There’s no way I’m really about to bench 20+ points,!3 cleansheets while having NO returns in my XI

      Screw that

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

        Yep

        But for Gundo injury scare it was Bb for me this week. Oh well

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

      Is anyone on here at the game? Is Foden warning up?

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

        Hat and gloves on.

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

          Suspense is killing me

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

        Nope

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

      Wonder what Cancelo's composure stat on Fifa is...

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

        20

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

      Stones is the new john cena

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

      Pebbles really has come on so well.

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

      Mahrez goes from 24 to 28 baps, goddamn Stones is sat fixated on 26.

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

        An assist to fix that.

    • GE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Antonio -> Ings went well, and Dias and Digne on the bench..:(

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      10 mins of madness from Luiz coming up?

    • Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Still enough time for another Raz goal

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        That would be so good

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This!

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

        He looks done for the day. So annoying.

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I propose those baiting Cancelo owners should have their accounts suspended. This in no way can be considered community banter.

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

      Do we know how long Grealish is out for?

      1. Bun Rab L3D2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No. Smith said he had no idea. Which I find doubtful but nothing specific.

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bos very close

      A foul could be worth 3 points