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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. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    That hurts as a Dias owner

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Much less than for the Cancelo owners though!

  2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    WBA: Johnstone, Furlong, Townsend, O'Shea, Bartley, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Pereira, Phillips, Yokuslu, Diagne
    Subs: Button, Ivanovic, Peltier, Livermore, Sawyers, Diangana, Grant, Robson-Kanu, Callum Robinson

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    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      ANN

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Dunk to follow the defenders DGW scoring spree

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers!

    4. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Zeqiri & Tau benched 🙁

    5. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Still no Lampety.

    6. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Thanks. Looking forward to seeing how Johnstone blunders my first GK CS since GW 16.

  3. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone with the Stones and Dias combo ? I was tempted but went Cancelo instead 🙁

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Me.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Had it since the last double

    3. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I've had Cancelo for a while so...

    4. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Me, I saw cancelo as too much of a rotation risk for his price point so went with stones instead. Dias was a must

    5. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

    6. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yep. Moved the captain's armband late on from Dias to Son, which no doubt I will regret.

    7. borat
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Me but no KDB.

    8. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yup!! o/

    9. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yeeeah! 😎

    10. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yep. For weeks now.

  4. The Riders of Mohan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Amazing year goals by defenders

    1. The Riders of Mohan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      *for

  5. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    I’ve got Johnstone and Sanchez, so the next match will definitely be finishing 1-1

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

    Any Cancelo, Sterlo, Silva owners out there?

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      No. Only Ruben Dias, Stones and Gundo (to score in a few minutes).

  7. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Lingard to help out United and score a screamer

  8. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Stones. Check
    Dias. Check
    Gundo. Next

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      This.

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Pereira haul to make up for this horror show 😎

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      With you on this

  10. mwa1t
      2 months, 16 days ago

      All of my rivals also have Dias+Stones, so annoying

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Same, I have cancelo ster an gundo !

    • Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Stones and Dias being absolute heroes again.

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      So glad to have kept Stones & Dias on WC, Cancelo would of ruined this great feeling

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Looks like KDB has ruined Gundo as an asset.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Gundogan could've smashed it in if Stones wasn't there.

    • FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Relived nobody above me in my ML is still rocking the Dias and Stones double-up... but I wish I had one of them instead of Joao “due” Cancelo!

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Come on Gundo!

    • The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Starting to think triple city defence might be a good option going ahead, opens up a spot in midfield

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        If Gundogan's streak is over you might well be right.

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

        Cancelo, Stones, Dias and you have 2 playing most games

      3. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I’ve had it for a long time now - missed all the Gundo hauls but have climbed the ranks a lot with it.

    • jammie26
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Dias and stones owner. A pleasing start to the gameweek.

        1. Jo Melon
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Yep. Antonio spoiled it a bit.

          • RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Same. Just annoying they made to concede

        2. Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          As a Gundogan and Cancelo owner this is not the best start

        3. royaljoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Freehit Cancelo in with no dias or stones. stones in my main team 🙁

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            They’ll play next and others benched

        4. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Both commentators banging on about Lingard's performance.

          I think he's been bang average at best - hanging on to the ball too long, not spotting runners, misplacing passes.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Very harsh. Nobody has even landed a glove on city in ages, West ham have done well and lingard has too

        5. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Late to the party but Stones

          Juuuuhhuuuuuuu

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

          Dammit! Stones has pinched some of Dias's BPs ......

          Oh, wait, I have both 😀

        7. The Invincibles
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Did Stones to Cancelo as a luxury wildcard transfer, why!

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            You were lured and tricked 😉

        8. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Why are people complaining that Stones points are lucky? By that logic you dont deserve the points for any cheap players you've ever owned

          1. tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            People are strange...

            1. Zogzeg
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              ... when you're a stranger

              1. tiger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Faces look ugly

                1. Zogzeg
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  ...when you're in Hull

          2. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Nobody is saying it’s lucky

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Exactly. Sorry bunch

        9. Random Name
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          All those people that claimed Stones + Dias was a casual's pick but we're sitting here with 16 pts and they're in the dust with Cancel0 pts

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            21 actually

        10. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          3 city players, Gundo, Sterling and Cancelo hahaha, well aware of the risks hahahha

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Will pay off next game I'm sure

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Hope so cheers, Sterling hattrick I’ll take ha

        11. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Antonio unstoppable after I decide to sell him. Typical.

          1. Arteta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            2 in 2 and more to come.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Nah not imo

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Be injured again next game, much better off without him, glad I sold

        12. seewhyaxe
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Sigh why no Raz appearance yet

        13. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Grab another Dias!

        14. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Foden looking lively since he came on?