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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. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    VAR checking for offside ... think it’s okay though

  2. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Hows Gundo my kapitan?

    1. Im New Here
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Quiet

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

      Antonio G

    3. MessiGOAT
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yaaaaaaas Clean sheet annihilated

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Lingardinho looking a genuine option for BGW29!

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        100% he’s been great since joining West Ham

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

        Yes.

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

      GET IN

    6. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        5 months, 5 days ago

        lets go stones ederson in mud

      • Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Get Foden on ASAP....baldy fraud...

      • Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        That makes the Dias goal all the sweeter!

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          True that

        2. Predator
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          No bonus is not sweeter

          1. evilfish
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            It is when you own Dias and Cancelo

          2. REDMOND IN SANDALS
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Dias is on 3 bonus

          3. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Your logic is off

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Lingard becoming increasingly essential (serious)

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            He’s been looking good in terms of FPL no doubt.

        4. PP6
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Ffsss

        5. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          No CS points for Stones, nice...

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            He will score from corners

        6. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Stones owners gutted.

        7. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          So glad I kept Antonio, will destroy Leeds next week.

        8. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Antonio to Kane -4 went well already...

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Same here

        9. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Antonio first sub get in

        10. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Lingard wasted at United

        11. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Need Antonio back in next GW 100%

        12. Roy Hudd
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          That's justice for Cancelo owners is that. Very sweet.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            As a Dias and Cancelo owner it doesn’t hurt too much

            1. Roy Hudd
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Same here. Own Dias too.

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

          Double City defence fail

        14. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Antonio trolling us all past couple of weeks and punishing the vast amount of sellers!

        15. Zilla
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          No Cancelo, no CS.

          1. HonestBlatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            THIS...Pep will you ever learn

        16. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Antonio angry with his many sellers.

        17. Crouching Tiger
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Lol. Transferred Antonio out for Diagne, but to be fair, I would have subbed him anyway.

        18. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          West Ham are great. Fair play to 'em.

        19. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          As a cancelo stones gundo vs rival Dias Ederson Gundo(c) owner that was magic.

          Awful as a City fan

        20. REDMOND IN SANDALS
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Antonio Jlingz combo too good

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Clean sheet Cancelo’d

          • F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Antonio is coming in next week. Can't not have him against Leeds.

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

              This!

              For Bamford.

              More power to FHgw29.

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

            1000 minutes and 153 days since Ederson has conceded a home goal!!