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Aguero, De Bruyne start for Man City as Sterling, Cancelo on bench for Double Gameweek 26 opener

Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) both start for Manchester City in their first Double Gameweek 26 fixture at home to West Ham.

Aguero makes his first appearance in a City starting XI since Gameweek 6 – in the reverse fixture against the Hammers – while De Bruyne made his full injury return by starting in the 1-0 win at Arsenal in Gameweek 25.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) is another longer-term absentee making an injury comeback, which means a host of FPL assets find themselves on Pep Guardiola’s bench.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m), Phil Foden (£6.1m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) are all out of the XI, as is Joao Cancelo (£6.1m).

Rodri (£5.3m) is also on benchwarming duty as Fernandinho (£5.4m) earns a second consecutive league start, anchoring a midfield three also featuring De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m).

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) drops out of the starting line-up after beginning in the Champions League, as FPL managers’ favoured duo of Ruben Dias (£6.1m) and John Stones (£5.2m) are flanked in defence by Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) and Kyle Walker (£6.1m).

On his rotated side, Guardiola told BT Sport ahead of kick off:

Many games, we have two days recovery. We have a fantastic squad. Everyone deserves to play, all doing incredibly well, fresh legs and a very good mentality.

On West Ham, the Man City boss added:

Looks like they will play five at the back, previous seasons they did it as well, we knew it. They can do normal shape but they’ve done five at back at Old Trafford. The ideas are the same, good runners up front, two incredible holding midfielders. We try to impose our game.

Fabianski is absent for the Irons

Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) is the big name missing from West Ham’s starting line-up, with the Poland keeper ruled out due to a training-ground injury.

“Unfortunately one of the players just stood on Lukasz’s arm yesterday (in training). It’s swollen up, he’s just not been able to extend his arm. It’s a real blow, he’s been in really good form.” – David Moyes

Ireland international Darren Randolph (£4.3m) is between the sticks for the Hammers, behind a back five of Ben Johnson (£3.9m), Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m), Craig Dawson (£4.5m), Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m).

Declan Rice (£4.7m) and Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) will hope to add to the spoiling effect of Moyes’ five-man defence, behind a front three of Jesse Lingard (£5.9m), Pablo Fornals (£5.9m) and Michail Antonio (£6.5m).

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Zinchenko, Dias, Stones, Walker; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Torres, Aguero, Mahrez.

West Ham United XI (5-2-2-1): Randolph; Johnson, Cresswell, Dawson, Diop, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Lingard; Antonio.

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  1. Thescaff
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 23 days ago

    Yesss Cancelo wins

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Too early

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      how ?

    3. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Dias has 8 points already in the bank...

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 23 days ago

      As A Cancelo owner with double City of Stones /Dias in my MLs, that West Ham goal is beautiful

  2. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 23 days ago

    Just had a gut feeling that City wouldn't keep the CS.

    1. Weilong7
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      They struggled in fact IMO. West Ham deserved the equaliser.. played well on the break

  3. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 23 days ago

    I hate Antonio

    1. Benjustjamin
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      goal for a defender = 6pts, ceiling already fell through bud

      1. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Nowhere to hide bud.

        1. Benjustjamin
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          team ID not linked, who you hiding from?

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Own goal incoming

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 23 days ago

    Dias wagon derailed.

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Hardly. CS defence EO 100 percent. Infact Dias owners are winning if anything

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      How? He scored

  5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 23 days ago

    Antonio has scored 2 goals since I sold him:-(

    1. tbos83
        7 months, 23 days ago

        And so say all of us

      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Yes, it was such a trap that injury.

    2. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Excellent for Man City no CS

    3. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Is Pep showing support for the pub trade with that hoody that he wears?

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        I'm just glad he's ditched that woolen jacket he used to wear

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          The grey one? I liked that

          1. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah thats the one. Would be useless in the rain.

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 23 days ago

              Style over substance for Pep. Always

    4. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio second sub.

      At least I didn't sell him. Could've already had a brace.

    5. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Dias owners in heaven 😀

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        I'd rather have the Cs as well though so dropped from heaven just onto cloud 9.

    6. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio Blank Vs Fulham and Sheffield then gets goals Vs Spurs and MCi what a troll!

    7. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Get Foden on

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        HAs to act

      2. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        And Sterling and Cancelo

      3. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Hope so. Tonight Man City lacks of creativity and energy.

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          Its only just afternoon

    8. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio fixture proof

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Never coming in my team ever again

        1. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          why lol

    9. Zilla
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Gundogan Top 10k EO is 92.75%

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Don’t get it once off pens and KdB/Aguero/Jesus playing again

    10. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Oh I see this week is going to be a troll week. Good to know so early.

    11. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      I despise Antonio

    12. gers23
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio to Watkins hmmm

    13. Says
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      You think Antonio is bad? Wait until you see what Salah will do to his sellers.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        1 assist?

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Who the hell sold salah

        1. Says
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          loads, he's due to drop in price

        2. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 23 days ago

          Me, for KDB TC. Yes, I'm anxious about it.

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        It’s not bad. There’s no way anyone would have kept Antonio if they were bench boosting. Pointless hindsight imo.

      4. JBG
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Jota sold Salah from his FPL team.

      5. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        haven't sold salah......yet

      6. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        We're absolutely dead mate.
        Season's over.
        Salah won't do anything.

    14. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Would love a West Ham win here. Will absolutely LOVE it.

    15. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Rival mate has Antonio and Coufal on bench.

      Forgot to activate BB 🙂

    16. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Lingard now locked in next week

      Fixtures now not looking so awful 🙂

    17. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Besides Antonio's goal, Man City is playing "walking" football and taking 50% rest on the pitch.

      Believe this will be the same case for the coming few matches in PL from them.

    18. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Justice for Cancelo owners, get in

    19. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Stones 2 point DGW haul, if West Ham don’t score again...

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        8 points*

    20. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio punishing his sellers haha

    21. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Now benching Mitchel for Cancelo was a bad idea lol!

    22. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio has LEE next week and people sold him loooooooooool

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        In on wc for that game , 1st sub though today

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        They can get him back

      3. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        well I sold him 2 weeks ago when he was supposed to be 'injured'

    23. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Antonio on so many benches

      Another reason why this was the week to use Bench Boost

    24. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      City need Cancelo.

    25. JBG
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 23 days ago

      Weird there is no reaction to Jota selling Salah from his FPL team.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 23 days ago

        Wouldn’t mind this one bit as a non owner