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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. Davros
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Yes stonesy!!!

    1. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      *Sir Stones

  2. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    KDB fail 🙁

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      what? assist and bonus not enough for you?? greed is not a good look

  3. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    I sold Antonio for a hit but owning both Dias and Stones helps take the edge off a bit!

  4. ZEZIMA
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Would love a Gundo goal to add to my brilliant start to the game week (Stones + Dias owner)

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Me too, would be dreamy

  5. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Dias and Gundogan and still red arrow. Stones killed me again.

    1. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Dw you're still better off than the people with Cancel0

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Oh ffs me2. Have Cancelo also but...

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Bit early to be looking at arrows

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      He Stoned you again.

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Did you take a hit? I’m on a green arrow with Dias and Gungogan

    6. AF90
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cancelo, Sterling & Gundogan owner plus Antonio on bench, could be worse

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Id u have Cancelo and No stones/dias

    Ive got 6 words for ya!

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Is the first one 'nowhere'?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        No, Absolutely

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      ‘You don’t have Stones or Dias’?

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      What about if they own De Bruyne though?

  7. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Somebody in my mini league TC Dias, some move!

  8. jammie26
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Never used the fpl rank site, where do i find my fpl ID?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Check your points and Id will be in url

      2. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4714760/history

        Is it you? The number is your FPL ID

      3. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Go to your points page on FPL, then you'll find your id in the URL after /entry/

      4. jammie26
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Thanks all

      5. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Great start, cancelo ster gundo
        Fair play to the Dias an stones owners

      6. faux_C
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Stones and Dias scoring while conceding and Cancelo on the bench is all the proof you need that this game is 90% luck.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Luck evens out over the season. Remember during the last double Cancelo missed a game. The following week he got 17 pts.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Luck doesn't even - its random, some are more lucky than others.

        2. umerlfc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          When you talk about this match, yes 90% luck but when you talk about whole Gameweeks 50% luck, and when you talk about a full season, it's 30% luck imo

          Persistence, picking players for the long run, short run at the right time, not all luck

        3. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          You win some you lose some though. I was on the Dias and Stones double up very early and no doubt both scoring in the same week is lucky.

          But Dias has been due for a long time without returning and Stones has been dangerous all season. I also sold Antonio for a hit and he's returned against the best defence in the country. Is that bad luck alongside the good?

        4. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Well, stats says Cancelo is the one of the 3 to be benched more often. But more likely for attacking returns when he play. So all preferential, luck/skill 50/50

      7. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Antonio needs to be subbed off

      8. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Ederson
        Cancelo Dias Stones Laporte
        Bilva Rodri KDB
        Foden Gundo Sterling

        Gundo False 9. City’s best XI imo

      9. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        A whu goal would cost stones owners 4 points here

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Blaspbemy!

      10. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        KDB not taking anymore corners?

        1. JJO
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          He not doing anything anymore,just sideways passes

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            yeah seeing the game out

      11. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        What tf are you doing Kdb?
        Why playing like this?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          top BAPs from his passes

      12. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Man City still attacking? Foden involved?

      13. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I get the feeling Gundo is desperate to attack every time he has the ball but the rest of the team are content to run the clock down and keep the ball.

      14. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Antonio off, unlucky owners....

      15. michael_mac11
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Jesus is a terrible player and that winey face!!

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          KDB 3 baps 😎

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            All those sideways passes paying off.

          2. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            My recommendation 😉

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              💡

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                😛

          3. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Bring back man in the stands.

          4. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Winning goals baps?

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Kdb creeping up in the bonus points

        • Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Cancelo or sterling coming in?

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Coming in for some grief.....yes

          2. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Rodri coming in

          3. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Rodri

        • Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          John's stones have really dropped this year.

        • GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Managers who took a hit to bring in KDB already paid off.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Depends who they transferred out.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          BPS manipulation imminent.

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Bruno max baps?

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Anyone else TCd Son?

          1. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I did yeah.

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Good on you

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            o/

        • Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Get out the BAPs Kevin!

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Behave

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Rodri on for Gundo

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Rested for Wolves 😉

        • moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Didn't expect I'd be praying for another Ederson save, but this game never ceases to surprise.

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Gundo cappers nowhere to hide