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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. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Sterling or kdb captain next gw?

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Capping ManCity is a disaster waiting to happen...but, no guts, no glory...

      Yes, Sterling (C).

  2. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Stones, Barnes, Watkins and Son can destroy my GW.

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Stones, Watkins and Barnes... I have them so really hope that they all haul!!! (Don't know what's the actual point to write this, but since you mentioned them 😉 )

  3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Just in. Any fun on here this morning.

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Extra Mods deployed to ensure no trouble

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        😆

  4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    How do non Kane owners feel?

    1. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Feeling of impending doom

    2. jammie26
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Scared.

      • Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        My DCL (TC) has him covered...

        Can't have 'em all.....

      • Dusty Donut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Feels alright

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      FYI the average top 10k team has 6.6 BGW29 players currently
      0.1 ARS, 1.7 AVL, 0.2 BHA, 0.3 FUL, 2.2 LEE, 0.0 NEW, 1.3 TOT, 0.7 WHU

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Everyone will have at least 7 BGW29ers easily

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah I'm still thinking I'll not use my FH in it - the extra players you can get aren't very appealing

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          That isn't a lot. I have 14 (and Ragabolly would say 15). Yet there was minor transfer cost issue, I do admit.

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        That’s very handy, cheers Sun....please keep us updated on this in coming weeks. Very useful to know...

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Good info - cheers! It'll be interesting to see how these numbers change on the run in to 29

    4. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Forgot to hit my tc. Oopsy

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Me too. But then you never did give me your password

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Could be worse I forgot to hit BB in GW37 a couple of seasons back, I ended up getting a single point from it in GW38.

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Kane’s gone from 18% ownership last gw to 158% this

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        In top 10k

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Let's hope he gets cursed like Salah in DGW19

      3. A.J.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        175% at my rank.

      4. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Perfect set up for Blanks : D

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Or season over for non owners...

          1. Cruyff's Eleven
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Why, you have someone else playing, don't you?

            If you decided against Kane, you back yourself man.....

      5. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Only 127% EO at my rank of 49k, which is way lower than I expected tbh.

    6. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Up 2.5k...good start to the DGW

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        This has ruined the fun of FPL. I wait until FPL update

      2. Wheyyyy
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        20k red arrow for me lol

    7. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      3 out of 3 playing (Dias, Stones, Gundo), but expect at least two of them to be rotated in midweek.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        That is the fear... But still better that they started now than not (until they concede).

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Every dress you’ve never worn
      Every breath you’ve never taken
      Every welcome you’ve never known

      Saudi - welcome to Arabia**

      (**We won’t chop your hands off - promise!)

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Context?

      2. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Hahahaa

    9. jammie26
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Let's go stones, dias, gundo.

        Great to see cancello benched with sterling.

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          I'll chat to you in a few days time...

          Karma is a b**ch...

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Salah (C) here, ML Rival took him out on WC ...

        1. janowsc
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Me too, good luck dude!

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            You too!

        2. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Opposite way round for me. I feel I've made a silly decision now

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Who’s your (C)?

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 21 days ago

              I capped DCL.

              My team seems to be very differental now, so will either be a very good week or a complete disaster.

              1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 21 days ago

                Good choice!

      • Blue Moon Rising
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Best sky game pick for 8.1?

        A) Raphinha
        B) Souceck
        C) Neto
        D) another

        1. lugs
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Pereira, he's my captain for today

      • VaVaVoom14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Kane isn’t injured is he?

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          I think they should rest him for Euro 2021. He's England's only hope

          1. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            England have no hope with Maguire and Pickford in the team.

        2. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Where u get that from?

        3. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Too late now even if he were. Don't worry about it.

      • Champions League Varane
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Regret not doing Bamford to Watkins for a hit now. Think it was the right decision?

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          No Graelish, no fun.

        2. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          no

        3. AC Yew
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Dont overthink it

        4. Says
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          no

      • Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Too late to worry

      • JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Early predictions for LMS safety score this week?

        Will go 110.

      • Captain_Shirokov
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Today's wishlist:

        Dias hatrick
        Martinez CS + 2 penalty saves

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Ederson Penalty save
          Traore brace

        2. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Stones/Gundog/Bam hat tricks

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        5 players on FH with less than 3% ownership.
        Bale, B.Traore,M.Pereira, Ricardo Pereira and Reguilon

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 21 days ago

          It will either be really good, or really bad.

      • MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        After taking

        -12 GW24
        -16 GW25
        -16 GW26

        It’s going to be lovely GW27 taking no hits!!

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          -44 points in hits over 3 weeks is mental

          1. MoSalad
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah it’s been good fun, dropped 3,000 OR so was close to playing off ha!

      • Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        C'mon West Ham!

      • The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Need WH to score 2 early goals, come on!

      • Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Kane(c) but want him to blank noww...unbelievable

      • The Riders of Mohan
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Aguero?!

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Livefpl not working for me.... anyone else the same?

      • Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Foden warming up yet?

      • Neevesy
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I've got Ederson, Stones and Gundo.

        ML leader has TC Sterling and has Cancelo.

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Nice start

      • Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        And so it begins ....

      • AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        D(C)L. Everton dont play until Monday its gonna be a long weekend!

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Same...

          DCL (TC) here 🙂

          1. Cruyff's Eleven
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            The upside is that my GW stays alive till the very end!

      • matiakez
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        GW 27 fixtures look pretty ugly