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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. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Disappointed about the result as a hammers fan ...which means we did well, playing this way European cups next season.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      The team Man Utd could have been

  2. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    3bp's for Stones when the winning goal bps gets added.

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nope

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It’s added in play

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Already added

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        oh FFS!

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Added the second he scored.

    5. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Please

    6. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Gets added 'in game' now. There might be some deductions to come though.

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        How do you know for sure that they get added in game now? It doesn't say anything about this in the FPL rules page.

    7. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Oo

    8. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      KdB 3 BAPs softens the blow of having no Dias or Stones a bit....

      Over to you Pereira!!

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

      So no appearance from Cancelo and Raz

      Guaranteed starters next?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Nothing is guaranteed

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        You’d think.

        Both play a lottt of games recently though, maybe an extra rest before the derby.

        I’d expect both will start but Pep...

      3. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        i'd think so. Didn't hear Torres do a huge amount. Mahrez has started 3 now which means he'll probably be on the bench for the next three despite doing welll again!

    10. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hopefully Dunk up next at WBA can score like Stones did. Bit of a random one in my team as he's the only player playing once this week but he has a decent game 29 at home to Newcastle. Anyone else go for the Dunk?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        benched veltman on WC

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Got Sanchez on WC to use him in BGW.

          1. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Sanchez a good shout actually, good wk33 game too. Not sure why i went Meslier ahead of him as my Back up keeper apart from i haven't had as much time on this WC as I would have liked!

        • badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Yeah. Plenty who WC'd last week for BB this week with no FH remaining went for him. Fingers crossed.

        • Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Yes on my bench boost

      3. Roy Hudd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Oh how I've missed KDB beating everyone on BPS by producing one cross...

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          probably most passes by anyone in the game

      4. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Predicted lineup vs Wolves?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Ederson will play

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Cancelo, Ederson, Dias and KdB will start.

          The rest no idea!

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Nope Dias won't start

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Ederson
          Cancelo Stones Laporte Zinchenko
          Rodri
          KDB Bilva
          Foden Jesus sterling

        4. KAALI_DAAL
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Which players you interested in?

        5. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Broke into top 5k at least for now.

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Top 29K here

            • Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Top 1000K here

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            KdB, Cancelo and Gundogan owner.

            Rank drop or increase in that game?

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Drop

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  🙁

              • badgerboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Depends on your rank. Top 10k average is 7.7 after that game.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Ah ok on 10 if Kev gets 3 bonus!

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              should have gone with Digne instead of sheep pick Gundog... 22 from 3 with 23 players still left.. will take it.. 😀

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Why not both Gundo & Digne? Easily affordable?

                1. Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  would have been for a 4point hit...

              2. KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Complaining. Then bragging. Then acting modest.

                  Congrats. You just acted like a typical FFS member.

                  1. Chucky
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    😛

                • Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Chucky back in the mix 😎

                  1. Chucky
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    jafooliii... 😀 top 1m dream back on 😎

                    1. Jafooli
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      I’ve gone from OR 2m > 50k in 14 GWs

                      In heaven.....

                      1. Chucky
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        nice... where should I sign up for your Patreon ? 😛

                        1. Jafooli
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 12 days ago

                          I’m now an FPL Super Influencer on Twitter:

                          https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56209253 - Twitter has announced plans for a new "super follow" feature which will enable account holders to charge for exclusive additional content....

              3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Right

                I am NOT spending 2 hours watching West Brom Brighton

                Back for Leeds Villa

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Same

                2. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  This. Get some fresh air in the sun.

                3. badgerboy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Fire up the BBQ and enjoy the sunshine.

              4. FantasyClub
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  We’ll have to wait and see what Gundogans performance is like next game but if his positioning has changed he’s going to have to go

                  1. Johnjo
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Easy swap to Jlings for GW29 I'm thinking

                    1. FantasyClub
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Precisely what I was thinking. I was very hesitant in letting go of Lingard and Antonio but they’ll be coming back in very soon. Definitely by GW 29

                  2. Tambling5
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Well I watched that, and only then looked at bonus points. Can someone seriously explain to me how he got the three bonus points. I thought it was meant to be objectively calculated.

                    1. Scholes Out Forever
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      passing bps

                      1. Tambling5
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Why doesn't Jorginho get that number of points when he makes more passes than that sometimes.

                  3. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    12 with 24 still left to play

                    LOVE to see it oh yes i do but WE MOVE!

                  4. Crouching Tiger
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    So umm.. looks like Gundogan's honeymoon is over now that KDB and Aguero are back. Too bad, enjoyed his returns and low price.

                  5. Baines on Toast...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Gundo is negatively affected by KDB. The play becomes much less intricate and much more about Hollywood passes.

                    1. tokara
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Agree w u, kdb is jus hogging the ball but somehow gun still playing quite advanced

                      1. Baines on Toast...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Cancelo Might be the bigger casualty though

                    2. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      For sure. Kdb is a tv highlights player not rhe real deal like gund

                      1. tokara
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        Yea and getting 3bps for playing sub quality game

                    3. Pépé Pig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Interesting point

                  6. tokara
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    If kdb is given 3bps for an assist + completed passes, surely there are other midfielders will also be awarded the same; like grealish? But fact is there are none.

                    This game is fixed.

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Grealish has to play to get those kind of points...

                    2. Maeki2
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Kdb wasnt good, he sure did perform that pass but he also lost the ball too much

                    3. Pépé Pig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Na Grealish has got 3 for an assist a couple of times

                  7. Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    3 players 22pts....not bad for start

                    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      pretty poor really

                  8. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    When Dias scored it became personal for Stones

                  9. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    What a boring match wba vs bha

                  10. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Going to be the Baggies day?

                    I fancied their chances.

                  11. DandyDon
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Stressed dunk owner