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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. michael_mac11
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Is kyle walker able to finesse a cross or a shot or those he have to drive every single ball he gives with all the power in the world lol

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Cancelo getting warm.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      I need his 3pts

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 2 days ago

        TC Cancelo?

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      🙂

    3. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Wouldn’t be surprised if he came on CM

  3. ZimZalabim
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    if the useless City players could finish properly KDB would be on 20 assists already this season he puts it on a plate and they find any way to miss, that one game where sterling and gundo missed from like 3 yards out was insane

  4. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Jesus fall for the 1st time...

  5. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Dias to score one more?

  6. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Dias is the new Justin. Rank killer

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Not being a d*ick here but surely almost everyone has got him?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 2 days ago

        37% EO in top10k so no, definitely not everyone has him

  7. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Sterling and Cancelo battling it out for the 1 pointer

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Sterling can come on and get minus points with a penalty

      1. Bollard
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 2 days ago

        This made me lol

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

    Seeing City looking so vulnerable on the break, subsequently, I have now discarded any thoughts of Bruno benching next week.

  9. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    KDB makes city worse. 100 point season without him, 19 games won in a row without him. He is a fantastic player but he undermines the system.

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Interesting viewpoint.

    2. michael_mac11
      8 months, 2 days ago

      JOHN STONNNNNNESSSS

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

    Imagine City sign Haaland. Perma captain material

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

    C’mon Phil, fill your boots lad.....

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    On -4 from 2, down 20k!

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    OMG stones

  14. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stones!

  15. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    John Stones as well WTF

  16. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stooooneees

  17. ZimZalabim
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stones goal

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

    Stones G.

  19. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Get Cancelo on for a goal ffs

  20. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Goal

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Man City

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 2 days ago

        Mahrez to Stones!

        Beautiful.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 2 days ago

          Stones showing Cancelo the way!!

  21. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Ffs +

  22. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Gundo ill take 1 goal plsssssss

  23. Thescaff
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Just for Cancelo owners, oh no wait

  24. Parsnips
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stones hababahahahah unlucky

  25. Z
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Lol....I am Diaz and Stons owner!

  26. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stones you beauty. I’ll take that as a consolation

  27. mwa1t
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Who needs clean sheets

  28. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Dreaaaaaaaaamland

  29. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    PEBBLESSSSSSS

  30. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 2 days ago

    Stones and Dias. Beautiful.