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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. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Gundo captain fail.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Why?

      Is he on the bench?

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        No ... just waiting for the usual people moaning about captain fails when their ouch hasn’t scored a hat trick after 5 mins ...

        1. Tabasco
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          But you said it? Strange way to make a point

          1. Captain_Shirokov
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            i like tabasco

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Good on toast and cheese.

            2. GinjaWhinja
              • 12 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              You’ll also like Cholula hot sauce, if you are a Tabasco fan.

              Great on almost anything!

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Googling that now!

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Sigh. Never mind.

  2. Bonus magnet
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling Cancelo Foden owners unite and form VOLTRON

  3. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Diagne EO?

  4. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Always nice to have a rank rise after a minus 4 🙂

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Was thinking the same ha

  5. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    When Stones goal?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Coming soon

  6. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Just noticed Fabio Borges copied my moves of Ings to DCL and TC Salah. We’re both in the know

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

    DGW fail. See you all next season

  8. Ian & Zen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    With Man City’s 2 doubles, 4 games - Being realistic I am hoping for each of my players to play 3 of the 4
    (Unless injured I won’t be transferring any next game week)
    So far 1 from my 3, Gündogan, Canceló & Sterling.
    Sensibly I didn’t captain any
    How’s everyone else doing?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Have Stones and Gundo with money itb to do Bruno to KDB/Sterling(C) next week dependant on who is rested against Wolves Sold Cancelo last week on WC because he was due a rest but might get back if KDB and Sterling both play against Wolves

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Hoping for 4 from 4 from Ederson 🙂

    3. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Just got the two player - Cancelo and Gundo. Was tempted to bring in Ederson but wanted to keep a slot free and think about Aguero or KDB next week

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

      Same as you and actually this is probably the hardest game.

      So not too sad at limited minutes assuming they start v wolves and both next gw

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Is it too early?....

  10. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    DCL TC and I already feel sick ffs. Just know it’s gonna be a fail

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Then why did you do it?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        My gut told me so

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Same here, I'm confident.

      Kane... not sure, Spurs ain't humming on all cilinders tbf.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Don’t even know Kane so the decision was already made for me lol.

        Agreed about Spurs

      2. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Be afraid of Kane

  11. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Think Antonio could have some joy vs Stones. Physical mismatch

  12. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Johnson having a mare so far

  13. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    It’s bloody brilliant seeing Aguero back. One of the PL GOATs. When do you think he leaves City?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      This Summer

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      In a matter of months

  14. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    safety score : -2 😮

  15. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    I would be delighted with a City CS here. West Ham are a very decent side.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Yes I think they score

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Please be Kevin De Boom rather than Kevin De Blanke!

  17. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Any fellow Son cappers?

    1. Z
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Me....he is always nailed in my team... even if he dies i ll think about transfer him out

    2. Party time
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Hello buddy. Son(C)

    3. Z
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      This place is so special.... a number of people that cry here is priceless

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Just wait for Fudgy to log on..

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Schools out

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

        You're special

    4. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Hope City lose the CS(only stones owner)

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        you will lose point than

        majority of us are now with single Man City defender

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Cancelo benching means most are single city defence owners so no point really.

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Would much rather the cleanie as would mean Antonio Soucek etc have blanked.

    5. jammie26
        5 months, 4 days ago

        How's cancelo playing?

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          He'll be on at half time at this rate

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          I’ll let you know next game ...

      • KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Is my KDB captain doing anything good??

        Unable to watch the game so appreciate any insights

      • Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 4 days ago

        KDB looks bad

      • Hooky
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        KdB looking rusty

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Has looked that way all season, like he's got no energy

          1. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Maybe he has yuppie flu?

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        What did Pep say, even if there was a game a day after the champions League game Cancelo could play it because he's that fit of an athlete

        When I heard that I knew Pep was gonna Pep

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          'could'

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah?

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Although he said it the other way round, he basically said "he's fit enough to play tomorrow" [but] we need to protect [his] position.

          Was almost a nailed on benching after reading that.

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Shoot that Kev! Great run 🙂

      • Fer Fuch's Ake
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        DeBruyne owners should feel salty Aguero starts, just like Gundo owners should feel salty KDB starts. And it's not just about PKs

      • Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Kane TC are the real winners remember me in future

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        City missing Cancelo here... get him on Pep

      • seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Raz owners here? 🙁

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          He will be in after 65 mins if city keeps 0-0

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            I wish, 1 point is better than nothing this game.

        2. fedolefan
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Yep in the mud here with nowhere to hide. Feel he comes on in the second half today.

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            comes on and haul?!

      • dark91
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Early 'rough with the smooth' input from me. Made 7 transfers and forgot to hit my wildcard so currently sitting on a nice (-20)

        1. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 4 days ago

          You’re kidding, right?

          1. dark91
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Oh I wish. My team is linked under my profile 🙁

            1. Vazza
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Don’t worry mate. At least you still have your WC for the future. It will be useful from GW31 onwards when the fixtures turn.

              1. dark91
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Thanks for trying to make it less worse

                1. Vazza
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  People often take an 8 to 12 point hit so you’re not really that much worse off. The wildcard be handy in the future. Mark my words.

                  1. dark91
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    You are 100% right. I will just have to live with the temporary drop in rank until the saved wildcard pays off

        2. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          You were trying to be clever and have your transfers count towards price rises and falls weren't you?

          1. dark91
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Not even that made. I waited for all Europe games to be done and made all of my transfers 12 hours ago

        3. The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          And what's your rough?

          1. dark91
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Cancelo didn't start today. That ruined my -20 plan 😀