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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. tbos83
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Will Stones get the 3bps due to winning goal?

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Winning goal baps already factored in. 1 bap ahead of Dias at the moment

      2. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yes

    • CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      % Dias + Stones owners? 🙁

      1. Adetro
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        From the comments, you'd think nearly everyone.

        1. CrouchDown
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I know.

          It probably is many though, annoyingly

      2. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        1.35% in the Overall

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        very low id expect. most went Cancelo and a CB, few did 2 CBs

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      City attacking coverage is essential - that’s why I went Stones and Dias

    • umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Was gutted to not have him in DGW19
      But have him now, DGW Legend

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Got him in both occasions, bloody brilliant!

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Stones owners are just poor and couldn’t afford Cancelo/Dias

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      John Stones 4.9m 😀

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Stones above Dias on baps....and winning goal so far 😎

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Where's the fount city attack over defence lot now? 😆

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I am one Here.. Stones KDB Gundogan.. well chuffed so far 🙂 .. would've gone Cancelo if I'd gone for a 2nd defender so I'm pretty happy

    • 824545201
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo owners in absolute shambles.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Surely most of them own one of the CBs anyway.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo 17 pointer to make up for it in the easier 2nd game

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        This

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      How is KdB on 27 baps? Lost the ball so many times in the first half.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        His cross for the first goal must have been worth 30 BPS minimum it was that good

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yes sure he gets them for the assist.

          Looks like he has gone up to 28 now and I honestly can't remember him doing anything in the last few mins. Mahrez is nowhere in the baps and has an assist too.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Sorry that sounds a bit whingy.

            I just don't really understand aspects of the baps system. Need to read up on it more.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              It’s the style of player he is, always on the ball so I think the little short passes he makes all add up, even with misplaced ones

    • Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What is it about Man City centre backs in dgw’s?!

    • Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Decent start this! Most of my rivals have Stones and/or Cancelo but none have both.

    • Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If that was Stones' first shot on target today, that's 3 goals from 3 shots on target in the league 😆

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He has looked dangerous in the box on many occasions this season though. I think he's had one or two ruled out for offside.

      2. Says
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        he almost scored the goal Dias got too, would have been hilarious if he had another brace

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Fun fact. Since GW12 Stones has outscored KDB, Jesus and Aguero combined

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      You don’t own City CBs for their clean sheets...

    • COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Stones benched next game while Cancelo hauls

    • Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Nice! Former Stones + Dias owner who WC them out....I love FPL!

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Sorry guys for ruining Gundo.

      Brought him in for Sterling!

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        KDB and Kun ruined him, not you.

    • Random Name
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      As a Stones + Dias owner this is absolutely beautiful. I'm basking in my own genius

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Beautiful!

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Such a shame city couldn't keep a cs

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kudos to Westham they have played pretty bravely here.

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      This is just repeat punches as a Cancelo owner. Such great stats but doesn’t deliver

    • Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Have a feeling Gundo will score 3rd goal

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        *Foden

        1. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          **stones

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        *KDB

    • moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Ah well maybe this is the game Ederson gets to take the penalty

    • DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      STONES! His 3rd goal for my team! Anyone have Dias and Stones!? I went with Ederson for the double up on the WC unfortunately. You don’t have much fun owning a Ederson(unless you had him for that assist a few games ago of course)

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah had both for ages. Best buys of the season.

    • tommo-uk-
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I will take 1 out of the 2!

    • HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Sold Stones on my WC to buy Cancelo for his attacking returns

      Lol

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Just thought he was to good value to sell for me on the WC

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      This useless Gundo Raz midfield partnership is in the mud. Get in the points you fools.

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Stones lol, how lucky is that

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Not very. He’s attacking