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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    This game is pretty pants so far

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      DIAS ... goal

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        In my WC team w/ KDB : D

        Powerful anti-jinx

  2. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hayden is better than Fernandinho

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Johnson YC

    1. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Finally some action

  4. jbenny1107
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Score West Ham score

  5. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Antonio looks fatigued.

  6. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      2 months, 16 days ago

      johnson has been a liability thus far

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        He's very consistent. Gives it away every time

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Come on Dias ... up for this corner ... nut it son

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        CALLED IT ... hahahaha YES!

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Sort of called it anyway ...LOL

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Is Aguero plodding about or actually looking fit?

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Can't even take a corner rn KDB

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        You were saying...

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

      OMG dias

    • GinjaWhinja
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Positioning of Gundo and KDB has been great. Right up behind Aguero when in and around the box. Just lacking end product so far.

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      DIAS

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      KDB ...

    • ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Dias goal
      Kdb assist

    • MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      KDB pure quality

    • Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      DIASSSSSSSSS

      SIUUUUU

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Back of the net!!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        KdB to Dias

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      DIAS!!!

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Dias

    • gogs67
        2 months, 16 days ago

        TC assist, get in there

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Love it.

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        FFS Dias goal...

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Fpl

          Not fantasy football scout!

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Kdb and Dias in on the WC successss

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          kept cancelo over moving to Dias had the funds too 😐

      • The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        KDB and Dias, a lovely start.

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        See, told you KdB is looking great 😎

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Haha fair is fair

          Ridiculous ball with his “weaker” foot

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Ain’t it!

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        DIAS will be this DGW's Stones...hopefully!

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        There's always one Man City defender who hauls in a DGW
        Shame the one I own is on the bench!

      • JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        DIASS

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Ruben Dias G

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        KDB is back ... what a ball