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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. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Grealish + Vardy >> Barnes + Kane looking like a no brainer atm

    Pretending I can't see my GW29 team, so far only got Dallas, Raph, Bamford and Coufal playing

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      3 FTs you can use before then though

      1. Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Other than the leeds lot, the ones piquing my interest are Villa (depending if Grealish is back), West Ham, Kane and Saka.

        But frustrating because the players I really want from the upcoming doubles are often the ones blanking, plus not wanting to take out Bruno and Salah. wish I still had FH

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I’d just do the Grealish to Barnes move myself - Kane Vardy feels sideways

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        This

  2. luk46
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    would you bb this?

    Pope Bamford Dallas Coufal

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Fix Coufal first

      1. luk46
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I wish I could, would need to take a -8 tho

        1. luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          dont think its worth it to bb 2 players with just 1 game

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I'm likely BBing with 3 Leeds - all single game

            1. luk46
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              sounds alright, might concede, but could always score a few

  3. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any Villa fans around? Is El Mohamady first choice now until Cash is back?
    Cheers!

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don’t need to be a Villa fan to know that

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        So there isn't any competition for that spot now, right?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          None that we know of

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Guilbert (who I swear was in a bunch of teams preseason) got loaned out in January, who was Elmo's competition when Cash wasn't playing

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers. Need 4.3 def to BB in GW26 and he is perfect choice.

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thanks all!

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Apparently Grealish is out of the Leeds game too at a minimum so absolutely no point in holding him

    https://twitter.com/greggevans40/status/1363472107821297675?s=21

  5. Disco Stu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A. Watkins/Barnes

    B. DCL/Foden

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I'm not a fan of Watkins at all and if Villa are without Grealish for a couple of games then I wouldn't touch Villa at all.

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Watkins is an horrible player. J get slated for saying this but unlike most i look at it from a non fpl perspective. Utter dross. Had they actually got anyone who could play as backup he would have been off after 60 mins . So bad

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Completely agree. Don't understand the Watkins love on here.

          1. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Tempted & trapped by him because of that Liverpool match.

    2. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Probably worth steering clear of Watkins with no Grealish.

  6. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Can anyone give a brief assessment on Son and Kane today please as I missed the match. Thanks

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Son quiet, nearly scored a very fortunate goal last few minutes. Kane lively, unlucky not to score and assist. Spurs looked a lot better with Bale on, which probably bodes better for Kane than Son

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate.

    2. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Both actively involved and could have 10+

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ta

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Son = Sh.te
      Kane = Dangerous

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ta

  7. casual69
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    kick off delayed
    Silva Fernandinho and Gündogan not coming out
    petrified when they saw xhaka n elneny in midfield 😀

  8. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Well, day 1 of owning Barnes has gone better than expected. Was hopeful for a goal or assist, but 1 of each plus 3 baps is just delightful!

    I played him over Gundo though, so I’m praying for a blank before Gundo comes roaring back next week

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Someone wants to eat their cake and have it

  9. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Anyone else really really hoping for an Arsenal goal?

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yep, benched Cancelo

    2. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thos who benched or do not have City defenders obviously

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I am. Hopefully a Dias OG. 😆

  10. Alan The Llama
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Dean Smith says Grealish, if not fit for Leeds, should be back the game after. Hasn't been fully assessed by the medical team but rumours of a month out aren't correct. (On Radio 5)

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      How has Smith been in the past regarding injury news?

      Hopeful? Cautious?

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I might keep him. Him playing 29 helps a lot !

  11. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any news about Cavani?

    1. Ojpsan1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not in the squad, stil injured (muscle)

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kane blanking today has really blown open DGW26, could have been very boring had he returned well.

    So many options to get in, so many players to captain...

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Barnes will be popular

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah Barnes will be one of the most bought on here.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Very difficult to gety him 🙁

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don’t see how his blank today has a bearing on next week?
      Not like he’s going to be dropped is it? He had quite a few decent chances and could have realistically got a brace.

      If anything it’s the best possible scenario to capitalise on him next week now, but I know, I’m biased.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        You know how people buy in FPL 😀 . Imagine he got 13 points today...

        It could have been great blank for those looking too buy him as a lot more will now go without.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I know, just thinking of us less reactionary elite managers 🙂

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Even more annoying is his price rise, pricing him out of my gw26 plans.

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yep, less people getting him the better.

    6. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You act as if past points equal future points... not how it works

  13. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Can we have a Gundo fail please?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Failed hat-trick ...
      Only a brace 😎

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Probably a 1 pointer.

  14. subhojit123
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Guys...need a bit of help here. Which one of the following makes sense on a bench boost next GW -
    1. 4.0, Amartey, bamford -> Johnstone,
    Aina, Maja (-8)
    2. Bamford, amartey -> Watkins, Luke Thomas (-4)
    3. Bamford -> Watkins

  15. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Predictions for Ars-MCity and MUtd-New?0-1 and 2-0 for me.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      0-0 2-1

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2-5
      3-0

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      0-3
      5-0

    4. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      cheers

  16. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    I just put Werner into one of my WC Drafts!
    Should I stop drinking or he might be a decent differential?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Should stop playing fpl

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      logout

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Step away from the electronic device and return when sanity has returned.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Log out of FPL, drink more, hopefully more sense tomorrow 😉

    5. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The fixtures aren’t good enough for him to be worth the price tag even if he was any good.

    6. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Its not down to me to say it
      But yeah, don’t drink anymore
      Cheers

  17. Breezyy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bricking it with Gundo first on the bench absolutely bricking it

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Arsenal are a bunch of absolute oddballs. Can concede 5 one day and keep a clean sheet another day.

  18. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Come on Big Kev give them hell

  19. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sold sterling for raphina! So owners expect a goal

  20. A-L
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What do people expect is happening with Dier? Was benched against BHA and WBA but played against the more attacking teams and has been nailed other than that. Don't know whether worth having for bench boost

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thursday might be a clue, don’t expect many Jose wants for the weekend to start that one.

      1. A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Good point, thanks mate!

  21. bored by december
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A: Sterling, Pope and Brewster to Gundo, Martinez and Kane (-8) leaves 1.9itb
    B: Pope, Coufal, Brewster to Sanchez, White and Watkins (-8) leaves

    Kane & Sons overkill? Sterling to Gundo too sideways?

    Team:

    Pope* Forster
    Dallas Stones Cancelo Maguire Coufal
    Barnes Sterling* Bruno Son Raph
    Bamford Ings Brewster*

    BB will be sacrificed in 26, causes too many headaches

  22. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Tarkowski on bench so hoping Cancelo outscores him or Shaw benched

  23. FantasyTony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    While I'm sure he's made a lot of money, it's pretty sad that this is where Aubameyang's career ended up. Back when he was at Dortmund I thought he was destined to kick on and do something great.

    Not trying to be too shady to Arsenal but it's a shame they couldn't put a serious team behind him.

  24. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Tempted to go 5 at the back on FH. So many options in defence with a high point ceiling.

  25. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Would love a huge Gundo haul. Quite a few people benched or took him out this week.

  26. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sterling G
    Mahrez A

  27. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Raheem the dream

  28. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thanks for coming Arsenal...have a good day now

  29. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sterling G
    Mahrez a
    Floodgates O

  30. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Nice one Sterling!!!