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

    Ah a United game. Time to make those red arrows even redder.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      You only got Bruno?

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    This week was the perfect week for me to go out of the cup. It would have been nice to go out to someone who’s far superior in rank and with an all round better team. So I was resigned to it.
    Thing is, I’m actually doing ok. Little things are beginning to add up. Like he has Cancelo with a yellow and I have Dias with 1 bap. His big boys Son and Salah blanked and I have Sterling. I also have an extra player to go in Wan Bissaka. So with a little luck, there’ll be a clean sheet tonight and I could just edge it.

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

      I wondered what happened to MC Neat

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

      Well done. My team went out last week on goals scored after looking a sure bet to go through. A Sterling yellow was critical.

      Numbers go down rapidly I think. From 3m to 40,000 now I think

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeah I honestly thought that yellow knocked me out only to forget I had an auto sub for Antonio. So instead of losing by 1 point I went through by 1.

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

          That’s great. I wasn’t bothered about the cup at the start but now I’m really gutted to lose by such a small margin. Good luck going forward

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

    Newcastle are terrible. No way they score here. This is in no way an attempted jinx.

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

    Typical weak mentality de gea, gets fouled by two separate Newcastle players and barely complains

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

      Sorry replace barely for didn't complain or appeal at all

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

    Who are the three must have city assets now?

    1. Belli2007
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Tricky question that

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

      Ederson, dias and kdb? Gundo role might become more defensive with KDB back.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This is a myth, he was playing in a more attacking role prior to KDB injury and he was the false 9 yesterday. Gundo is not being played as a holding midfielder, the double pivot days are gone.

  6. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Next GW
    A Soucek > Barnes -4
    B play Raphinia

    Cheers

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

      Take the hit in the double gameweek

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

    chances of Mbappe and Haaland being in the premiership next year????

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

      2%

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

    Ugh. Can only weather one price rise or fall to do this transfer:
    Grealish, Ings > Barnes, Kane (-4)

    Why do Spurs have to play midweek?! Maybe Kane not in the roster again?

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

    Worth doing this?

    Pope + Dallas + Raphinha > Johnstone + Targett + Barnes(-4)

    To leave this team which I'd then BB:

    Martinez Johnstone
    Dias Stones Digne AWB Targett
    Salah Bruno Son Gundo Barnes
    Watkins DCL Bamford

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

      Totally, imo.

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

        Cheers. Was worried about not having Kane but Spurs look average at best.

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

    Ffs, every time you sit down to watch United and own their players they look like absolute garbage

  11. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Traore worth a punt for next week (for Raph). I should’ve put Son in my WC and now it means carving the team up

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

      In my thoughts

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

        Cheers. Trying not to panic after dubious WC. Think this might work out

  12. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Wildcard A or B??

    A
    Martinez Sanchez
    Cancelo Shaw Perreira Rudiger Aina
    Salah Bruno Gundo Salah Foden
    DCL Kane Watkins

    B
    Martinez Areola
    Stones Cancelo Shaw Perreira Burn
    Salah Bruno Gundo Salah Son
    DCL Watkins Ings

    Option B has Ings in because of DGW 27 but will be benched in 26

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

      You know that you cant play WC and BB in same GW?

      1. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Planning to BB in the next few GWs

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

    Martial is utter rubbish

    Anyone disagree ?

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

      Crickets

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Lateriser

  14. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Best move here?

    A Antonio Ings Son -> Kane DCL Barnes -8
    B Antonio Ings -> Kane Watkins -4

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Shaw
    Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Raph
    Ings Bamford

    Pope Antonio Coufal Dallas

    1. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      You don't want to keep Ings for 27?.... I would keep Son for the spurs cover. Spurs games are not as easy as it seems.I will just get DCL in. I think he can perform as well as Kane over those 2 games and also because he has potential DGW in 28

  15. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Took a bit of stick for having Cancelo on here earlier. At least he nabbed a CS.

  16. Super Jack Grealish
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Digne over Pereira?

    1. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No