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

    How in the world does Dias have more BAPS than Stones. Boggles my mind

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

      because he was man of the match?

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

        Stones was winning all the headers, making all the passes and tackles. Dias was just committing fouls

    2. KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Hes Dias

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

        I want to know where Cancelo’s are

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

          He stayed on 26 BPS for half an hour there and made the most clearances and tackles and didn't give the ball away once.

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

          About 2 feet wide of the left post

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

      Sold Pope, Antonio and Stones on WC oops...

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Damns

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

          WC is a long term strategy, relax.

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

            True

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

        3 - Fernandinho
        2 - Zinchenko
        1 - Dias, Mahrez

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Love to see it

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

        Pick 1 of each for GW 26

        Kane & DCL
        Barnes & James Rodriguez
        Digne & Pereira

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Kane, Barnes, Digne.

        2. Groot the Leveller
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thinking of going rogue and buying players that give me joy.
          Only my man city defence has returned anything this week - all the attacking players were blanks.... Time for a radical rethink

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

          Also pet hate, but the ball was out of play for 13 minutes in that second half. How can there only be 4 minutes added time and then 2 fouls and the balls dead for nearly 3 mins

          Clock management is in the dark ages for football v every other sport.

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

            It’s basically two 30 minute halves and has been for ages

          2. JJO
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            When idiots are in charge it doesnt matter if it is clock management,var or pure reason

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

            Nobody wanted that 2nd half to carry on any longer

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

          I can't understand the bonus system which calculated Sterling has not bonus points even scoring a winning goal.

          It has its rules and that must be a bad one.

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

            He was shocking for the rest of the game. I despise having him in my team as he’s so infuriating

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

              I feel exactly the same.

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

              Even he did nothing for the rest of the game, he should have at least 1 bonus point.

              It's a football match, win or loss only counts for how many goals you score. And he scores the only one!

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

            Be happy you have him.

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

            Did you see how much he gave the ball away and fouled, though?! (Sterling owner)

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

            You can’t understand the BPS system because you own Sterling and you’re upset he didn’t get BAPS. Big deal.

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

            He’s poor for BPS, the defenders are good for BPS.

            Like if Salah was to score in a 1-0 win.

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

              So the BPS is poor.

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

            Fernandinho the only surprise there

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

              Defender on FPL.

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

              This further explains why the current BPS is poor.

          7. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He loses the ball all the time and that's why he never gets bonus.

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

              That's the point why this BPS is poor.

              Even he loses the ball 100 times, he still scores the only winning goal in the match and help the team got 3 points!

          8. Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Same like Salah...but u know all these things...not so??

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

              whoever is Salah or Sterling or whoelse?? is this relevant?

              1. Studs Up
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Ofcos its relevant....the bps rules are the same for all the players. Given u are "veteran" at this game...i rest my case

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

                  Of course the same for all the players, but you seem telling it's different on Salah and Sterling

                  Did I say Salah not having a bonus point when scoring a winning goal is good from BPS? Come on

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

            He’s always cack that’s why. Just scores so many cos he’s in the best team.

        5. Ejaaz11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Really tight in my cup game
          Ings and Dallas Vs mCarthy + 4 PTS

          Who goes through?

          1. BeWater
              1 month, 18 days ago

              You.

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

              A. Can’t see Ings blanking

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

              I’d much rather have Ings

            • KAALI_DAAL
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Think Ings and Dallas. But tough one.

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

                Ings / Dallas

            • aborg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I am certain that if I did not bring in Gundo this GW he would have hauled to make my day miserable again.

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

                Thank you for doing so, cause I benched him.

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

                  And I benched Barnes instead ! Lost a total of 25 points from him alone in two GW’s from me benching him against supposedly hard teams to break down !!

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

              Low scoring week so far.... I hope :/

            • La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Is this good for WC team?

              Martinez
              Shaw Cancelo Dier
              Barnes Salh Bruno Sterlo
              Vardy Kane DCL

              Sanchez Raphinha Dallas Burn

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

                What team value do you have?
                I can have the Same but gundo instead of Sterling

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

                KDB over Sterlo?

            • Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Phewwwwwww! Benched Gundo

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Very very fortunate - def got away with that

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Ditto

            • TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This week really is points for no one!

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

              “Rumours of Grealish's injury were circulating on social media on Saturday and Smith is not happy at a potential leak.

              He said: "I was made aware on social media there were rumours he was not going to play. If that is coming out of our training ground I will find out where it is coming from and reprimand whoever it is coming from.

              "It certainly does [give the opposition a leg up]. It is something I would not be happy with."

              Premier League players banned from FPL in 3...2...

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I said this over a year ago.

                Can’t believe it hasn’t been stopped before.

                It’s technically a gambling game (there are prizes) and they are insider trading

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

                  I’m sure all the professionals are willing to cost their team a game to win a FPL goodie bag

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

                  There will 100% be some sort of change - moreso by clubs management in the short term, but possibly by FPL in the medium term

                  Writing was on the wall when you have players actually going on camera after a game saying FPL influenced their decision making on the pitch (Aka Bamford with the assist vs Leciester)

                  Then following it up the next week saying he’s captained himself.... then this Grealish incident which Smith actually considers a leak (he’s right tbf) - a change will happen soon

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Ye exactly - it is clearly on their mind at least subconsciously

                    3-0 up, you’ve captained yourself, game is won, do your shoot or square it to a team mate

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

                      Are you having a laugh?

                      1. TheDragon
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        It’s the first thing Bamford mentioned in his last 2 interviews for example

                        Maddison tweets about it regularly etc etc

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

                Or just getting villa players in fpl

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

                Even weirder how there are adults looking at their transfers. Proper weird stalking.

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Paid off here didn’t it

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

                wasn't it because he wasn't photographed in training?

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

                  Nope - Smith (probably dishonestly in hindsight) attributed the lack of training pics to him doing promo work - obviously to try prevent Leciester from knowing

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

                I get his frustration but I very much doubt even if the Leicester camp had gotten news of it even paid much attention to it

              6. Jon Snow
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                all things considered it's impressive how quiet they managed to keep it. Was mainly the combination of no training pics, random rumour and insider trading that made it seem remotely likely

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

                How about managers not lying in press conferences...

            • Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              38 with 6 to go inc Cap

              WE MOVE!

            • SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              34 with Bruno bamC Dallas raph to go..Is it average?

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Average points but most have that plus 1 more player to go

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

                  Thanks

            • KAALI_DAAL
                1 month, 18 days ago

                So Grealish rumors were true?

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

                  Rarely that much smoke without fire.

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

                  erm...what do you think?

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

                  No he’s fine it was all just a big ruse to lull Leciester into a false sense of security by not playing him

              • greggles
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Feel like I escaped there... my rival forgot to change his team so still has Gundo(c), though he did have Sterling. He also has Dallas on the bench, no Bamford(c) or Raphinha. Reckon he gets punished for his error on Tuesday?

              • JJO
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Johnstone Dias Richa bench
                I wont score half of that when i BB

              • Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Goodbye Cancelo, too frustrating watching you

              • TeddiPonza
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Better option for 26

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

                Thanks.

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

                Did Arsenal use 4 subs?

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

                  yeah, one concussion

                2. jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Not sure if official count, but I know one was a concussion sub.

              • BeWater
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Trying hard to be calm about it but damn you Cancelo. How big a chance do you want.

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

                    He even kicked a guy in the face to get it!

                • Kane Lane
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Lingard Antonio> Raf Bamford did not pay off it seems even tho knew there be returns from Hammars I couldn't keep them being Spurs fan.

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

                    Did similar, Richarlison and Digne to Dallas and Ings. Been very unlucky this double gameweek so far

                • F_Ivanovic
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  25 points from 9 on a WC any good?

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

                    28 from 9 here. Get good

                • DangerFC
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Playing wildcard. What two city players would you say are a must have now. Ederson is definitely one of them. I was thinking dias and kdb.
                  1. Ederson
                  2.?
                  3.?

                • jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Martinez, Pope
                  Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Coufal, Kilman
                  Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo, Raphinha
                  DCL, Ings, Bamford

                  1) Pope, Ings > Sanchez, Kane (-4)
                  2) Grealish, Ings > Barnes, Kane (-4)
                  3) Grealish > Son

                • Coaly
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Kane -4 or Sterling for free next week?

                • slove
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Grealish and Ings to which combination of Kane or DCL , Son or Barnes (have money for any combo)

                • Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Benched Gundo for DCL as I thought there was a risk Gundo got subbed on. Ended up with DCL being benched and still outscoring him. Bullet dodged.

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

                    Game of luck
                    Kept antonio last week 1 point sub
                    Sold for kane this week..