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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. Vazza
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Is Kane injured? I’ve been hearing rumours...

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Only the Sith deal in rumours

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          And Fleetwood Mac

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The only rumour was a joke about it on twitter that was clearly a joke.

      3. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ban 🙂

    • thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Any other McCarthy owners just thinking about benching him next week.

      I prefer Martinez's single game against a shot shy Wolves than McC's double including Man City - he might even get minus points for that particular game if Sou play their usual suicidal high line

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Don't think I could forgive myself if that backfired. McCarthy still the sensible choice imo. Martinez' PPM is high at 5.7, and not likely to increase over the course of the season. While McCarthy's 3.4. Let's say he get's 3+2. That's a fairly safe 5 points with potential for more, while Martinez is likely to get around 6, but more likely less than more. Idk if that makes any sense.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, fair points

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Kevin has looked awful so far. Oh dear

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Oh no ... KDB fail then 🙁

        Have captained him on WC 🙁

      2. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Definitely rusty

      3. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        a bit rusty but very advanced

    • Peter Russo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I knew Cancelo wouldn't play both games but kept him for his attacking potential and involvement not just for this week but for the whole season if he stays fit of course. Its about who has more points till end of season not only one week.

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

        Same ... wanted him for the rest of the season knowing he’ll have a couple of benching days ...

        1. Peter Russo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          He's too involved to ignore its like having AM, LW, RW in one with CS potential.

      2. jammie26
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Must be frustrating to own though.

          1. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Frustrating that it has happened both dgws - wonder if he will play both matches next week

          2. Peter Russo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            it is yes especially when you dont see him starting but just trying to be patient and follow the logic rather than emotion.

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        City clear off the line

        1. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          6 yard line?

      4. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Squeeky bum time at the back for City ...

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        West Ham goal

        Close

      6. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Should be west ham 1-0 really.

      7. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Stones playing false 10, Aguero real 10 playing real 9

        1. Says
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Zincenko playing false KDB

      8. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Give Gundogan CF position then there will loads of goals

      9. Says
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Kane not owned by 33% of the top 10k

        Kane TC'd by 33% of the top 10k

        Wild.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          How many own but didn’t captain?

          1. Says
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            less than 10%

          2. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Out of this world

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          333 + 333 = 666

      10. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        West Ham causing problems so far, City cleanie on the ropes!

        1. gogs67
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Hope so, just got City midfield today.

        2. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lingard or Saka for GW29?

        3. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Croydon De Bruyne > De Bruyne

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yep 🙂

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

              Haha

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Remind me who’s Croydon de bruyne?

                1. Differentiator
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  harry winks

                2. HashAttack
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Thought it was ESR(Smith Rowe)

                  1. Vazza
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      So the player I brought in is the English version of KDB... I love it

            3. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Kdb ruining city attacks all season

              Great player if u only watch highlights. Exposed when u watch all 90 mins

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He’s only back from injury ffs. Has been the best player in the Prem for the last 3 yrs and your going on about him being ‘exposed’

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  City seem to do better whenever he is out in those 3 years

                  His best season on screen was last year which also happened to be citys worst in a long while

                  1. Keeptrying
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    He was also the best player in 2017-2018 when they had their best season

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

                Honestly - I’m inclined to agree

                Not literally of course, but they did seem to be a little more fluent almost instantly as soon as he got injured - then lost a bit of that fluency as soon as he came back

                Could still get 5 returns today alone of course

                But he’s been generally frustrating in FPL so far this year

              3. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Bit of an overreaction.
                One thing to call him to be not at his best / being short of match fitness / in a funk.
                But to call him exposed is wrong.

                Also, he is actually one of the players who you should appreciate even more when watching 90 minutes (when he is on song).

            4. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              City awful so far. Still it's not likely any of us would have three of their players... oh! Time to bring Cancelo on, Pep!!

            5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              City missing cancelo?

              1. Nikolai Volkoff
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                More likely Bilva

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

                Yes they need him on immediately in false 9

            6. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              This game is just missing a marauding right back with a wicked right foot who moves into mid-field regularly and joins in the attacks...

              1. Says
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Would be best if Pep brought such a player on in the next 5 minutes

              2. Hooky
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Steve Finnan?

              3. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Alan Hutton is retired

            7. Differentiator
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Willing to do risque things for a Man City CS buster from any Wham player

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

                Yup. Preferably Lingard.

            8. Mac90
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Gundo come on. Just 1 goal then off you go and rest

              Or just freakin haul this game and you can go get your rest. Why oh why did i miss the deadline

            9. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              KdB is stinking up the City attack at the moment. Has the obvious quality to grow into the game but looking rusty so far.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Don’t get these comments I think he’s looking great

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

                  He has like 40% of innacurate passes

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    KdB assist as expected 😎

                2. Collie01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Just the final pass lacking, he has given away the ball 3 or 4 times so far. But trying killer passes that can happen I guess.

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

                  Seriously?

            10. JJO
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Not sure if Kdbs positioning is that bad or i just see it as bad as fantasy owner

            11. Fer Fuch's Ake
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Bilva has been the driving force behind MCI latest win streak

            12. Das Boot
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              "We have already won the league, Kev and Sergio are back, we can chill a bit the day lads"

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

              Kevin certainly looks a bit off it so far ...

            14. Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It is too early, but in 25mins- 0 shoots on target.

              KDB + Kun look aful

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Hauls due then

            15. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Kdb off at ht? Looks terrible

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

                Would be nice ... Cancelo on in midfield and Gundo moved into false 9 please ...

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Yh. Could be sterling though.

            16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Gundogan attacking numbers slowly going back to the norm

              1. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Brilliant, after 28 minutes of play today you have arrived at this deduction?

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                time to look for plan B

              3. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Kdb effect

              4. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I think teams will be keeping a much closer eye on him from now on too. Teams have had time to prepare for and anticipate the threat from his runs into the box.

              5. Says
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                let the chicken counting commence

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

              You can see why Bayern are interested in Soucek - proper ‘baller

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Immense isn't he

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Understandable. Not sure he leaves West Ham so soon though.

                West Ham with momentum, gets to play with Coufal, but of a fan favourite and the club seems to treat him well. Nailed-on key player.

                Eventually though, and due to money, who knows.

            18. Says
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I think people here are forgetting that WHM are actually pretty good these days.