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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. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Madness... as a double City defence owner I just got a green arrow from the Antonio’s goal

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      That makes no sense unless you have Antonio.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I don’t have Antonio

        Own Dias and Cancelo so makes plenty of sense

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Can only make sense if Stones lost baps after the goal but doubt he was on baps before it

    2. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      As an Ederson owner i am hoping for one more save just.

  2. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    At first I was happy with the Dias goal, but then I remembered his EO is 100.00% because it would be madness not to own

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nice bait

      1. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Really? That was so weak.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It was sarcasm L. Very obvious.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He’s more than likely going to be outscored by Dallas so I wouldn’t be too happy

  3. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Stones & Cancelo owner, sold Antonio 2 weeks ago, no Dias.

    what a chain of events

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Same lol

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Are you on TC?

    2. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sterling and Cancelo owner, no Dias. Sold Antonio today.

  4. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Moyes won't get a better chance to nail top 4 if they can keep Antonio fit. Big if though.

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      The guy's a beast

  5. Vazza
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Weird there is no reaction to Son selling Kane from his FPL team.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        *casts net*

      2. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cant see when Kane got injured after being on the bench in Europa.

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Haha really?

      4. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Son playing FPL is itself a revelation!
        Link to team?

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Could this be the worst GW ever?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes

      2. Richarlidad
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah not many games left to be played. Not looking good at all

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Already is

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Nope. I am on 65 with 24 left to play.

      5. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ok Give up then don't comment again

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Zinchenko is no Cancelo, left so much space for that goal

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cancelo to come on and grab the winner as originally predicted

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

        Why would you cheer for a City win as a United supporter?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Well very low chance we can catch them so may as well cheer on the fpl team...
          Would also take a Cancelo consolation in a 2-3 loss 🙂

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Your a United supporter!?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Mate I’ve been wanting United to sign Kane for years.

              You can be a fan of a player who doesn’t play for the team you support guys....

        2. Yozzer
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          UTD fan obsessed with Spurs ?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Kane not Spurs

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        *Sterling

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Dias would have been on 15 points, that Antonio goal will end up chalking off 7 pts from his score. Damage control as a Cancelo owner.

    • wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Dias you beauty!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Is Danny Ings essential again with a DGW?

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes after he scores against Everton

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes, let's pile on.

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Nope.

      4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Have you learnt nothing. Of course he is

      5. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Absolutely. Everyone please buy him and Minamino please

      6. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Don’t you dare:

        Antonio (goal) > Ings (wasted transfer) and now another Antonio goal 😮

        10pts & 2 x transfers down on that deal 😆

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          *Cancels patreon subscription*

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I’m now an FPL Super Influencer on Twitter:

            https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56209253 - Twitter has announced plans for a new "super follow" feature which will enable account holders to charge for exclusive additional content.

    • SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      JLingz is a points machine

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not long before he earns a move to a big club. One for the future

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Needs more experience before we start talking like that, imo

      2. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Lindegaard to Arsenal this Summer

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Oh god

      3. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        6 games a season player

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Conclusion: time to sell useless Gundogan

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        He's basically an expensive Mark Noble

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Mark noble at least has penalties

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          And longer has penos....

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            *no longer

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        wont work

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Time to captain him if he sits out Wolves!

      4. jbenny1107
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        KDB back has ruined him

      5. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Isn't he captain material next week?

      6. Says
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        how many points did he finish on this week?

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No Lingard Assist?

    • Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Antonio, my Antonio. I'm sorry I doubted you. I will get you back in my team as soon as possible, I promise.

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Whenever Walker plays, City concede.

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Fact

    • Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lingard points not added?

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who even owns him?

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          My rival

      2. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Shot not a pass

      3. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Have been added to his Instagram page...

      4. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Only Bruno gets that type of assist

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Stones owner, but no Dias.
      That Antonio goal is not good right?

      1. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        15 and 6 probably going to be ~8 and 2. So good yeah

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah.

      3. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Nope

      4. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        What is 'good'?

      5. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        You lose 4 points for no clean sheet. Likely more than the EO cost of Dias and Ederson so yeh bad

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Strongly considering Antonio(c) next week vs Leeds.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Same, tempting.

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        He will strongly troll you

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

          I highly doubt, he has served me well.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Not as a captain though, not for me

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Antonio to Ings punished even more

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Looks like Cancelo will remain seated on the bench this game

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Sterling will come city need Goals

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Antonio and Lingard bullying City's backline.

      1. saurabh.06
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Well done mate!

    • JOELIO8701
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Been telling everyone on here for weeks now that double city defence is a compete trap. Avoid at all costs

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        They’ve been useless defensively!!!

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        stopped clock situation mate

      3. joey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Exactly, double City defence over the last few weeks has been an absolute disaster

      4. Says
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        and 2 of them have scored in the first game lol

      5. JOELIO8701
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I was just trolling. Distracts me from not wanting to jump out my window not owning diaz and stones

        1. JOELIO8701
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          *from wanting

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Randolph injured

      1. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Isn't he the one that stepped on Fabianski's arm?

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      3 players for this Game Still can't clear -8

      1. JOELIO8701
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Same!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Martin benchwankers sweating.

    • ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      west ham 3rd keeper about to come on

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Any source to Kane transferred out by Spurs players in FPL? Or just usual B.S?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Where there is smoke there is fire

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        BS

      3. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Most likely BS

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        LOL

    • Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Been reading that Son Jota Tarkowski all play fantasy.

      Jnterested if anyone has a full list of epl players that plsy fantasy