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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    City a better team without KDB

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yep

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Gundogan a better player without KDB

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Confirmed

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Shaking out the rust. TC material for next GW.

    5. jammie26
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yes and yes.

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        He's been found out. All he does is cross the ball. Like TAA.

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          It's not that, City hold the ball better without him, which allows them to keep their shape, making them stronger defensively. With KDB in the side, he wants to play the ball quicker, which leads to City give up possession and being hit on the break.

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I was just messing

      • Tommyg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Said no one ever.

    6. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Targett has transferred IN Grealish, hmmmm

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Wow

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Putting him on the bench. Seems like it's under duress or a false flag.

      4. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I thought they'd been banned from playing fantasy football

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Targett is a naughty fella

          1. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Should have triple captained Grealish for banter

      5. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I recall a while back targett made a transfer that made no sense as though he isn't the sharpest tool in the box. Wish i could recall what it was, but I wouldn't read anything into this at all.

    7. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Remember West Hams 3rd keeper from last season

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Jääskeläinen?

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          No. Roberts or something. He conceded every second shot

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Roberto!!

    8. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      If your are on FFS during the Newcastle v Wolves game tonight then you need some serious help. This place should be nothing short of the dead zone

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Lol agreed, I’ll be well out of here by then

      2. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        And....like for that post!

      3. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Is UK under the quarantine?

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Not a valid excuse

    9. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Been telling everyone for weeks it's February 27th, look who's right now.

    10. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Son HAS transferred Kane OUT of his FPL team.

      He’s only 7 though and doesn’t really understand how a DGW works.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Nice

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Like it. Upvote for that :LOL:

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        😀

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

        😛

    11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Come on gundo, get a goal my son

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Son or Gundo?

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Gundoson. The Iceland midfielder who is a part time milkman

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Forgot he was even playing. Looks dead as an fpl asset.

    12. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Awful shot by Walker

    13. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      How bloody wonderful to wake up to Dias KDB Antonio returns when I sold Antonio and own Cancelo Stones Gundogan.

      Ffs, man. Great start to the DGW the. 🙁

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Where in the world are you?

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Haha 5 hours behind UK time, in a country with zero covid cases since July. 8:45 am for me

    14. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Was Gundo highly capped/triple?

      1. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Nope - about 2% in top 10k

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Damn. Cheers

    15. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      The strongest City backline is Cancelo on the right + Dias & Stones CB and Laporte on the left. That enables Sterling or Foden on that LW and with Rodri covering on that side they are virtually impossible to score against.

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        cheers pep

    16. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Ageiro barely noticeable today. Looks well off the pace. Understandable though.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Was that way last season, people have short memories. He did well in bursts yes but the old aguero was already gone

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ageiro sounds like a PES player

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Ha! So true

    17. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Comon you Hammers score another one!

    18. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      KDB got no help...

      1. JustPark
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Doesnt really need to with current wage

    19. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Phew, almost another KdB assist.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Which led to City being hit on the break

    20. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      De Bruyne wow....

    21. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Vintage Kevin is back

    22. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Kdb is amazing

    23. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Soon Pep will accept that the PL is won and will focus on the CL

    24. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Jota transfered out Salah!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Interesting....

      2. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Link?

      3. Vazza
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Sauce?

      4. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        KDB looking better GW27 Essential

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

        Foden warming up?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Had been yep.

          Jesus coming in first thought.

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

          Even if it’s the full time tea, gives me hope...

        3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yes. Warming up the half time sandwiches

      6. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Everybody transferred in the same joke

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Let Watkins play 1st ffs.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Ha

      7. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Kun time is done. Such a shame for such a lovely player with a career ridden with injuries.

      8. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Aguero coming off for Jesus

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Send the email 😉

      9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Foden coming on

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Been sent back

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Sorry coming on now

      10. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Clean sheet points taking a while to add

      11. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        City passing terrible in the final third...

      12. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Did KDB just score or assist?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Assist, goal is incoming though

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Neither

      13. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Where's Sterling?!?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Benched

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Pep transferred him out.