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Guardiola’s City continue to pose more questions than answers despite topping GW24 ‘expected goals’ table

Manchester City rediscovered their scoring boots on Wednesday, with a 4-0 demolition of West Ham United at the London Stadium but the victory what someone soured for many fantasy football managers around the world.

Pep Guardiola dropped goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, while striker Sergio Agüero had to settle for a place on the bench, as Gabriel Jesus was tasked with the responsibility of spearheading the City attack. The young Brazilian didn’t disappoint either, chipping in with a goal and an assist but it is the amount of playing time that City’s top stars are being afforded that will concern Fantasy Premier League managers. Agüero was given a 17 minute run-out, while Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling had to make do with 67 and 73 minutes respectively.

The Citizens welcome Swansea City to the Etihad on Sunday and goals are again expected to flow against a side that has conceded more than any other team in the division.

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However, Paul Clement’s Swans have dragged themselves out of the relegation zone with back-to-back victories, so things may not be that straightforward for City on Sunday and Guardiola may well ‘tinker’ with his starting line-up yet again.

Hull City, like Swansea, have also been shipping goals all season but an inspired performance from goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović earned them a clean sheet and a precious point at Old Trafford on Wednesday against Manchester United.

His opposite number this weekend also enjoyed one of his better days in Gameweek 23. Simon Mignolet helped Liverpool to avoid a fourth consecutive home defeat, by making a crucial penalty save against Chelsea on Tuesday evening. The Belgium stopper has been included in a WhoScored article that highlights just how efficient he is at stopping penalty kicks. His save from Diego Costa’s effort means that he now has a 50% success rate from the last 10 penalties he has faced in the league.

The pick of the GW24 actions sees Arsenal make the short trip to Stamford Bridge to face leaders’ Chelsea and judging by the latest English Premier League betting odds the Gunners have it all to do.

Arsene Wenger’s side slipped up at home to Watford on Tuesday and nothing short of 3 points against the Blues will suffice if they are to keep their title hopes alive.

More twists and turns can be in expected in GW24 – but will Pep Guardiola ring the changes again?

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