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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. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Wow, how close was stones to that! Well done to Dias owners though

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Stones owners trying to get a glimpse of glory...

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        So, you were saying something?

  2. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Gameweek over, season over

    See you later

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      See you next page.

  3. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Cancelo to Dias no brainer on WC soon.

    Rival is burning me with Ederson Dias

  4. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Been waiting months for that Dias goal!

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    DIASSS ITS ABOUT FOOKIN TIME

    HE WAS DUE

  6. King Drogba11
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Sold Dias instead of Cancelo grrrrr

    • Hazard_18
        2 months, 15 days ago

        First time own Dias and he scores!!!

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        My Vc triple captain scored, didn't had cojones to give the armband to him because of Peps roulette...

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Going to initially seem hard to pick Dias at 6.5 next year, but he’s probably easily going to justify it tbf

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Remember what they said about Trent....

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            And he had shed loads of attacking threat too!

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yep - he’s a fully fledged FPL beast now that he’s added goals & assists

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          The new VVD

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Oh my, with my 3 Leeds, I have a serious benching headache next GW.

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        It's always a CB in a DGW 😆

        1. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          LoL we never learn

      • HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Wish Stones was 6"7 lol.

        Congratulations Dias owners, I'll take the KDB side salad

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Outstanding cross on his weaker foot.

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Does he have a weaker foot???

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Good question!

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Dias(TC) anyone ?

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Was strongly considering it and he is my Vc but didn't do it in the end.

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Think he’s talking about next week

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Dias was due.

      • Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Dias TC are real winners

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Where’s the guy talking about TC Dias 🙂

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Took out Dias on my WC because I wanted a route to get in KDB for either this or next week...

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Ouch

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Best decision I have made this season is to go Dias and Stones in my GW10 WC. Have had them in my team ever since.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I love you Ruben!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

      • Essan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        That pays for the hit I took to get Dias in 😀

        (hit needed to fund Kane)

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          That hit has paid off asap!

      • xuwei
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Buenos Dias

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Dias now has as many goals as the essential attacking machine cancelo

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Cancelo will come good. Maybe not this season though. He is improving and eventually he will improve to the point where he will destroy it (in an attacking sense).

      • FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        KDB TC next week when fully fit?

      • Vazza
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Dias is now going to have a little star for being in the dream team in our bus team for next week

        • WrightnBright
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Lol, all that time debating on taking Dias or Cancelo out for Stones to fund Kane.... and now he scores.

          This could be a long week...

        • Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Stones,Sterling &, Gundogan owners are real failures

          1. Das Boot
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Another one talking absolute nonsense. They still have potentially 140 minutes of football still to play.

            1. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Gravless noob, remember

              1. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                It's nothing to do with being a noob tbh. It is just nonsense. People start getting upset on here if their players don't score in the 1st 30 minutes and come out with this garbage. Does my nut in.

            2. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hit for -8 won't get returns then what to do?

          2. Crouching Tiger
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            A bit early for that

        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Would take 1-0 & Dias 15 pointer here tbf

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Nah, more Kev returns please

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

            Would be ideal. Still have a feeling West Ham will score though.

        • Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Dias had 1 shot in his previous 6 league games, not sure where this "due" talk is coming from. Fair play to those who went for the most nailed option though.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            That’s where the eye test comes into play. He was due for a long long time

            1. Forza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              The fact that he kept failing to get his head on it was more discouraging than encouraging for me.

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stats don’t capture nearly getting on the end of headers at set pieces

            Which Dias has been doing almost every game all year

            Remember the “assist” for stones second at Christmas...

            1. Werner Brothers
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yes i remember. That's why i did cancelo to dias the next week

            2. Forza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              The fact that he kept failing to get his head on it was more discouraging than encouraging for me.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Being in the right position is more important at set pieces- which he is more often than not

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Find it amazing how both centre backs were in the box for it haha.
            It’s a good job they scored from it

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 days ago

          City CBs love their DGWs.