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De Bruyne and Gundogan benched as Sterling misses Man City’s Fulham trip

Pep Guardiola took his rotation policy to a whole new level for Manchester City’s Gameweek 28 trip to Fulham.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m), Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) are all on the bench tonight where they are joined by Phil Foden (£6.1m).

After missing Manchester City’s second Double Gameweek 27 match against Southampton, Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) is absent from the matchday squad entirely tonight.

There are fewer rotation casualties in defence as it looks as if Guardiola has switched to a rather unprecedented back-three.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) joins Ruben Dias (£6.1m) and John Stones (£5.3m) in the team while Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) and João Cancelo (£6.2m) are set for full-back roles.

Even more intriguing is that Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) start together for the first time since March 2020.

While that prospect sounds dangerous on paper, it will be interesting to see how the two players gel at Craven Cottage considering they have 15 minutes on the pitch at the same time this season.

Meanwhile, Fulham have seemingly set up to defend tonight, André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) coming in for Josh Maja (£5.5m) to join Mario Lemina (£4.5m) and Harrison Reed (£4.4m) in the central-midfield trio.

Gameweek 28 Line-ups

Fulham XI: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete; Lemina, Reed, Anguissa; Lookman, Cavaleiro, Loftus-Cheek.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Laporte, Dias, Stones; Mendy, Rodrigo, B Silva, Cancelo; Torres; Jesus, Aguero.

Gameweek 28 so far…

Despite Everton suffering yet another home defeat this season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) finally rewarded his patient owners with his 14th goal of the campaign.

It was his first since Gameweek 23 while the in-form Richarlison (£8.0m) blanked for the second successive match after getting four goals in the previous four.

Burnley’s Chris Wood (£6.2m) got his first away goal since Gameweek 2 and has now netted in back-to-back league games for the first time in 2020/21.

That ensured more frustration for owners of Everton defensive assets, of which Lucas Digne (£6.2m) is the most popular (10.1%).

The Toffees have now conceded at least twice in four of their last seven league matches.

Meanwhile, first-choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) was forced off in the first half to be replaced by João Virgínia (£4.3m).

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Dwight McNeil
  • 2 – Chris Wood
  • 1 – Tom Davies

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1,094 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Dias Subbed. Fulham goal guaranteed.

  2. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Dias clean sheet locked. Fulham goal incoming

  3. GROBARI
      2 months, 2 days ago

      More defensive subbs pep. I like it!

      1. GROBARI
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Subs*

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

        Cancelo on 3 BAPs

      3. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Wouldn’t mind them conceding now

      4. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cancelo 3 bonus
        Stones holding onto 2

        (Insert Jose ripping off headphones meme)

      5. Vazza
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Who are the two best City defenders to own going forward

          A. Stones
          B. Dias
          C. Cancelo

          1. HM2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Just B

          2. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            AB

          3. acidicleo
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            AB

          4. Fintroy
              2 months, 2 days ago

              None - as you have no idea who will play...

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

            Grab a goal Fulham!

          6. ALI_G
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            of course my rival has KDB and Gundo in mid with Strujik 2nd on bench...

          7. Jersey Boy
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Fulham goal now please

          8. Kaneyonero
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Gundo to come on and bag an OG

          9. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Cancelo on for 3 baps

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              This system is sooooo broken

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Does Mark own him?

            3. fedolefan
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Get Gundo on. Don't need that 1 pointer from Tark.

            4. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              What on Earth is going on with the BPS?!?! Lol

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

              We want Kevin, Pep!

              1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Second this

              2. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Please!

            6. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Aguero for Gundog final sub

            7. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              KDB on 84' please

            8. hullcityfan
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Cancelo Dias Stones treble up - boom!

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Beautiful

                How long have you been on it?

                1. hullcityfan
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Since GW19

                  Hasn’t been great tbh as have never owned Gundo but I’ve had some very good weeks from it

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Must have been some tough times recently but just for the day - truly beautiful

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

                Wow nice, hope you have a pacemaker for that

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

              If Ageuro's pace is gone, like it seemed there, I expect he's finished like Michael Owen was

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                It's his first proper game in so long. Gotta cut him some slack

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 2 days ago

                His posture when Jesus scored was very .. “that would have been me.”

            10. AK_FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Ugh, of course Fulham will get a goal now that Dias was subbed (Cancelo + Stones owner)

            11. PP6
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              KDB PLS

            12. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Get another goal Stones!

            13. Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Aguero still on, getting minutes

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Passenger

                1. BeaversWithAttitude
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Give the man a few minutes to get back into the groove, sheesh!

                  1. Bennerman
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    There's been quite a lot of this tonight. Armchair experts writing Aguero off after an injury return game, crazy.

            14. Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Need Gundo on

              1. Kaneyonero
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                And score an og

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

              No more subs pep..

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

              Mitrovic 90th minute goal to reward patient GW1 owners?

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                He was thought to be more nailed than even Fernandes in preseason.

            17. Isca Extremadura
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Zinc - Mendy maybe ?

            18. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              My rival is so,so lucky.

              Getting Dallas and Strujk from the bench for Gundogan and KDB.

              While me am getting Bamford on for Gundo with Dallas 2nd on the bench.

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                I'm getting Bamford, Struijk 3rd on my bench. My closest 2 rivals are getting Lascelles and Rudiger off their bench

            19. SON of CITY
                2 months, 2 days ago

                C'mon Fulham don't score anything.

                1. AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Reverse psychology...nice one

              • Isca Extremadura
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Other way round I mean