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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. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    I just knew that will happen
    Now just waiting for Mee/Tarkowski goal too
    Fling fpl

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      And Pope penalty save + assist

  2. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Dias makes up for that Stones 27 pointer in the City's previous double GW.

  3. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    KDB getting back into the groove ... essential again maybe ?

    1. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Apart from that beautiful assist he’s looked a little rusty.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        getting better by the minute

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      One assist doesn’t equal essential

      Have a seat

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        class is permanent 🙂

  4. Says
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Multiple intricate passes by city players in build up

    Walker: *bets it off defender as hard as he can*

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      The thing about Walker is that he never wants to walk it in

  5. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Willing to give away beef brisket for a West Ham goal

  6. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Dias you beautiful man

  7. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Ant almost wipes CS

  8. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    ANTONIO POST

  9. Says
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Antonio fluffs best chance either team has had

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Antonio post!

    West Ham are scoring here

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Confusing message

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Hehe

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Translation - Antonio hit the post! I believe west ham will score today as that chance was very close

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Antonio shot narrowly wide... City CS not looking comfortable

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      That would be great as a Stones non owner.

    2. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Lingard was offside in the build up so wouldn’t have counted anyway..

  12. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Has anyone owned all 3 of Stones, Cancelo and Dias for their hauls?

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      No Stones & Cancelo I did never owned Dias

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Pep's wife has.

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Not Stones

    4. The Point About It Is
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I got the Stones haul but missed out badly on pep roulette today (Cancelo, Foden, Gundo owner).

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Foden is risky and you know that.

    5. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yup. Gw 19. Stones + cancelo.
      21 the same..
      On my wc last week. Shifted to ederson + dias

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Antonio!

  13. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Still think West Ham score today

    1. Says
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      you called it!

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Antonio post. Very close.

  15. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Rival captained Dias

  16. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Almost every rival I have TC'ed Kane. Only regular C for me. Anyone know the overall TC for Kane in the top 10k? Hate the feeling with hoping for a blank on my DGW captain :/

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Kane will fail. At best two goals. Nothing to worry about.

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I couldn't afford Kane but everyone close to me in my league has TC Kane so EO will be high

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Yup seems plenty went kane tc

    3. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      His eo is less than 200% overall (any rank). So if you want to increase your rank in the game. Hope for a big score.
      If you want to go ahead in your ML, I guess hope for a blank

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        My thoughts. Think I'll hope for a return just not two hatties.

  17. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Lingard good pass back to Ederson

  18. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Cancelo really needs to get 1-2 hauls before the end of the season. So much promise so little points.

  19. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Guy could be in for some major TC

    https://twitter.com/k_jemp/status/1365650091890065411

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Balls of steel

  20. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Something about Walker gives me confidence that Dias CS is going down the drain ffs

  21. Benjustjamin
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    dias still have a ceiling of 6?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      60*

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes, it is now impossible for City to get a CS. Thanks a lot, ceilings.

  22. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Ferran limping

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bring on Sterling!

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Raz incoming

  23. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Goal west ham

  24. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    1-1

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Shiiii

  25. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    To be fair, you pay the premium price for Dias vs Stones for the extra goal threat. Well deserved.

  26. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    West Ham have been knocking...

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Goal.

      Antonio

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        With Cancelo benched bye bye clean sheet.

        Game on!!

  27. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Nice.....

  28. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Lovely stuff Cancelo owner!

  29. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Yes justice for cancelno

  30. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    YESSS GET IN TONY!!!