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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. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ilkay blowing...

    Rest up on Tuesday...

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hands off the baps Prince Harry....

  3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Gundogan won’t start vs Wolves 🙁

  4. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Gundo benched in the next game.

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Doubtful

  5. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Full 90mins for KdB, rested vs Wolves?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      for sure

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Probably starts and plays for 60 odd min

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Full rest for the Man Utd game 😉

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oi!

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      probably or 20 min cameo

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nope, starts every league game when fit

    5. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Potentially

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Be more concerned about Gundo being rested personally.

  6. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Well the hit for Sterling to KDB would have paid off so far, hope I don’t regret pushing the button after the next game

  7. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I have successfully cursed Gundogan. First week I have owned him, get in

  8. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Gundo off, not even a cancelo or Ster cameo point, just glad they have a dgw still next game to go for benched players

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      unless you put TC on a player like the leader of my mini league who put it on Sterling (still time for me to win as usual!) . Nightmare for him counting on him doing well in one game now rather than it swapping to his VC! haha

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Dias BPS

  10. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Cancelledo

  11. fusen
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Considering the idea of 'purple patches' and realistically no one surely thinks Gundo would continue scoring a game basically every game.

    How many blanks will Gundo need before people start to think he will revert to his early season form and is a decent player for City but isn't an FPL style player?

    He's had 2 blanks in a row now, GW29 will be 4 more games gone at that point.

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Getting rid after next week in prep for 29.

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'll give him the next three matches, then decide.

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      It could be over already but he's so cheap there is no urgency to sell.

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I think Fulham will be last whether he does well or not

    5. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I would have removed on WC but if you watched last game he was still getting in great positions and having chances. Definately need to give him few more games.

    6. Says
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I wouldn't judge too much on this WHM game, WHM are better than most teams City will play

  12. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Genuine question. How did KdB just go from 29 to 31 baps when I don't think he has touched the ball in the last few mins?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      you're not meant to ask questions

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Manipulation as always 🙂

    3. DropkickMurphys
        1 month, 13 days ago

        May i ask how you check live bonus points? In a way like you mentioned, 31,29 etc. thanks

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Fantasy football fix
          LiveFPL

          Few sites like that track them live ...

          1. DropkickMurphys
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Thanks guys

        2. tokara
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Game fixing

      • krishgorwani
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cancelo sterling gundo owner 😀

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          ouch

        2. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yep. Usual old shite in a DGW

        3. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          oh dear

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Mike Dean would sent Soucek off for this.

      • Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        KDB less than 5% EO in the top 10k....

        Craziness

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It's a reason why they are top 10k

        2. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He literally came back like a week ago. Craziness is expecting it to not be 5%

      • CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Immediately takeaways -

        Citeh are definitely no pretenders to the throne. They lost so many points last year by allowing opponents back into the game, or by failing to capitalise on possession. There are a few minutes left here, so if it ends up 2-2 I don't think that counts.

        Ze Hammers are just great. Did not let down this game. Deserving of their lofty position this season.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Cheers Shakespeare....

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          “Immediately Takeaways” would be a great name for a fast food outfit

      • Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        1(-4) from 3 any good?

        1. Dthinger
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          How did you manage that?

          1. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cancelo, Foden, Sterling

        2. Miro
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          same here

      • DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Who are Cancelo owners getting off their Bench Boost bench to come in??

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          apart from he'll play their second game so no one i'd imagine

        2. Parsnips
            1 month, 13 days ago

            ? He will probably start next game

          • Old Bull
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If he’s a no show again then it’s White for me

          • Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Assuming he doesn’t play the next game, Raphina for me.

          • La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Dallas

        3. Davros
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Will stones get 3 baps for winning goal?

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No, it's already calculated

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Already added

            2. Brimble82
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Is it?
              What do they tally at the end then?

              1. Benjustjamin
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                pass complete %

                1. Brimble82
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  So KDB likely to go up even more!
                  Damn you Kev and your bap magnetism!

                  1. Benjustjamin
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Its added pretty much as soon as whistle blows

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Added in game

          3. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Will prob be
            KDB 3
            Diaz and Stones 2 each ... not likely to change

        4. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Keep those BAPS Dias!

        5. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          West Ham close...Soucek!

        6. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Soucek inches...

        7. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Fernandinho YC...owner spewing

        8. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oh ffs... so close...

        9. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Didn't see the game but Kdb back is the end of Gundo?

          One of Gundo or Cancelo goes for Kdb.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Gundo looked ok-ish once Kun went off I think

            He was very close to Stones for the goal

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              This.. Will on bench vs wolves right?

        10. Drumandbaines123
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cancelo you owe me some serious points midweek my friend. No Stones or Dias = disaster start to the gameweek.

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Will kdb get any bps deducted? He lost the ball alot

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              And ginger hair.....

            2. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Let’s just chill out there Bemba

            3. King Drogba11
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Hope not.

              • JJO
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                He dodnt lose any ball i think
                Bad passes in first half yes,but thats it
                Should stay on 3 easily

                1. tokara
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  He was pathetic first haf

            4. King Drogba11
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Decent (K)DB, same against Wolves and I’ll be a happy man.

                1. tokara
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Wont start

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Pep?

              • La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                KDB (c) happy with 16 pointer

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Jam Central

                  1. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    😛

                2. gedda
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  +1

              • YoungPretender
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Cancelo (C) next GW anyone?