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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. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Big Ruben finally delivering!

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

    Kdb looking essential here

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Been piss poor before that

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      😎

    3. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Unfortunately Gundogan, Dias, Stones/Cancelo also essential!

  3. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Incredible pass from KDB

    Go on Ruben!

  4. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Dreamland.

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Ruuubeen!!!

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Christ almighty, why are Stones & Dias playing CF?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Fluidity

  7. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Stones close to taking it away

  8. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Offside check?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No..

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No

  9. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Dias finally scores for me! Stones next.

  10. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    that goal has been so overdue

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Dias G was overdue.

    Kevin still magic...

  12. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, finaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    KdB & Dias juuuuhuuuuuu

  14. Says
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Terrific assist by apparently the worst player in the league

  15. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Dias was due to be fair

  16. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Finally!!!

  17. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    First time i own him this season. Get in.

  18. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      2 months, 11 days ago

      finally some justice for people owning dias over stones

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      RUBEN DIASSSSSSSSS YOU ABSOLUTE BEAUTY THE GOAL HAS FINALLY COME

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dias casual darling strikes. Unbelievable

      1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hahahhahah

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      DIASSSS

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yesssss

    • Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      lol. Is that the same KDB everyone was slagging off 3 minutes ago. Some place this on a Saturday

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Wait until the 3rd or 4th game!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Stones & Dias throwing themselves at it 😆

      FPL dream!

    • Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I've had Dias in my team since week 3, I WC this week and take him out and NOW he scores!

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Silly billy

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I'm sorry but taking out Dias before his double DGW was not the best move.

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      FFS Stones you shortarse

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Should get an assist for that

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

        They’d have given Bruno that assist

    • GinjaWhinja
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      What a ball by KDB!

    • seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      doesn't own either player..

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        With you mate, with you

    • MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      DIAAAAAS!!! *pass out*

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dias yess!!

      Surprisingly quite a bit lower owned than Stones and Cancelo!