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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. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    City being tactically quite dirty here

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      They always are. Always seem to get away without yellows too

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        And again ...

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    5 points still my highest scoring player, while I have a combined 21 on the bench? Awesome

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I've 6 for stones . So far.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Good week for bench boost!

    3. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      How much did you get off bench on your BB?

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        15. Crap.

  3. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Tierney with hopeless cross nr 126 in this game.

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Surely this is the week trashford repays my patience

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      There is a chance with this lineup.

  5. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Pro wrestler fall from Jesus

  6. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Jesus, try and pass to Raz you useless fool.

  7. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    ARS happy to lose this game 1-0 - no ambition

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Gundo midweek rest after 90’ post knock?

    1. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      he'll sit back and watch the game with a shish kebab

  9. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Is Gundo playing as advanced as he used to?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yup

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes.

  10. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone captain Bruno?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sensible folk.

      1. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        should have

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes, my wife.

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes. Meant to change to Raph but missed out in the Friday rush. Might work out ok

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nope, Ings 🙂

    5. Vazza
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Plenty in my ml 🙁

      • ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        yep

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Kick someone else now, Fernandinho!

    7. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Jesus! 😀

    8. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Jesus row Z

    9. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Leeds Southampton better finish 4-4

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        It will, Che Adams 4 goals and Harrison 4 goals, no assists

    10. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Zinc CC

    11. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Better option for 26

      A. Son and Watkins (TC Son Salah or Bruno)
      B. Kane and Barnes (-4) TC Kane

      Thanks

    12. BeWater
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jesus would make a great number 10. In rugby.

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jesus making good ball contact for once

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jesus just broke window in his dads house.

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hezuez Christ!

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jesus general play is very good, shame he can’t finish his dinner

      • Bada Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jesus is terrible at football.

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        That finish should put Jesus on the transfer list asap if we wasn't on it already. What a waste.

      • ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        was this Jesus shot worse or the Firmino one yesterday

        Brazils star strikers !!

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          They’re fake Brazilians

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        That Cancelo miss was worth 9 points.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Use his full name please: The Man City Lamptey

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          He’ll get another chance

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          It wasn't.

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Luke Shaw assist & CS would be huge in a week like this! Come on lad

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          ASM against Maguire and Lindelof, comedy value alone means I'm tuning in

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            He doesn’t have end product, we’ll be alright 😉

            But that pairing is terrible. Bailly needs to start

        2. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          The CS is pretty much banked.

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Is Dias worth .9 m over Stones?

        1. lifes a pitch
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeh..but i have both.

        2. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          No

        3. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Irl yes. On FPL not really.

        4. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I reckon he'll play when Stones rotates out for Laporte.

      • lifes a pitch
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Pulled trigger on Wc to earlier i think. Sold Cancelo, Sterling, Antonio, Sterling, Tarko. Current score 27 from 9. Lol.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Was Sterling that bad you sold him twice?

          1. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            He is so bad, you never buy again after selling.

          2. lifes a pitch
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Lol. See his name's still trolling me.

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Dias +BPS

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          For time wasting?

        2. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Now that's sexy football!

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Luiz dirty bstrd no eye on ball