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Sterling and Bernardo benched as Guardiola starts both Aguero and Jesus

The final match of Gameweek 22 sees Aston Villa play host to Manchester City. Kick-off at Villa Park is at 16:30 GMT.

Ever the slippery one with his team selections, Pep Guardiola has sprung another surprise by naming both Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) in the starting XI for the first time in the Premier League this season.

That spells bad news for Raheem Sterling (£11.8m), who is benched for the second successive Gameweek; that previously hadn’t happened this season or last.

Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) and Kyle Walker (£5.8m) also drop to the bench after their run-outs in the Manchester derby in midweek.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) starts his 14th Premier League game in a row.

Dean Smith has handed Danny Drinkwater (£4.4m) an Aston Villa debut and understandably looks to be treating this game with a lot of caution, sacrificing Trezeguet (£5.2m) from what had been a 3-4-3 in Gameweek 21.

Frederic Guilbert (£4.4m) is only among the substitutes, while Matt Targett (£4.4m) remains out injured.

Jack Grealish (£6.5m) is again handed an advanced role in the hosts’ attack, along with Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m).

Grealish was the most-bought Fantasy Premier League midfielder of Gameweek 22.

De Bruyne is the second-most-popular captaincy choice this weekend and was handed the armband by 17.98% of the top 10,000 FPL managers.

Grealish and De Bruyne are the only two players on show at Villa Park who have double-digit ownerships within the top 10k.


Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy, Rodrigo, D Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Aguero.

Aston Villa XI: Nyland, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Elmohamady, Luiz, Drinkwater, Hourihane, Taylor, Grealish, El Ghazi.

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2,333 Comments Post a Comment
  1. United 99 4Ever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    clearly wasn't an assist

    1. masyuris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Why?

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Aguero did all the work but KDB clearly passed to him.

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      dont remember the vertonghen assist for son's maradonaesque goal of the century?

  2. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Forgive me for not commenting about the game, but ...

    This is my current squad.
    1) Have 2FTs right now - use those and opt for Robbo or VVD
    2) WC to accommodate Salah

    Ryan, Button
    TAA, Soyuncu, Lunds, Aurier, Rico
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Grealish, Cantwell
    Tammy, Jimenez, Vardy

  3. BNMC
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I don't think Leicester's 9-0 record is safe at this rate...

  4. Nightcrawler
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hopefully no assist.

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Everyone who nearly died due to the wait, are you okay now?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m dead, so can’t reply

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        😛

    2. Big Troy Deeney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      the account on tiwtter even tweeted it lol crazy

  6. Skloppy Kops
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    And to say Doucouré got assist for his miss-shot. Hahaha

  7. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    both matches today 0-3 (for now)

  8. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    City at their best are the best team without question. But Pool are so much more consistent.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Defensively, City need to improve. £70m for VVD seems a bargain now. City need to buy a world class CB, even if it costs £100m.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Mangala 50M, Stones 50M, Mendy 50M, Cancelo 35M, etc.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Just shows that you shouldn't trust Pep to buy a defender.

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      better winning 1-0 or 2-1 every match than lot of big wins & shock losses like 0-2 to wolves, 2-3 to norwich, etc.. 1-2 to manu

    3. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Completely agreed

    4. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      City haven’t had to play well today at all. Turned up, given three goals.

  9. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB non-captainer, anyone know EO?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Top 10k = 112%

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers! Not that I’m anywhere near the top 10k this season! 🙂

  10. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lukaku now given the assist.

  11. chriscosta
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    assist given KDB

  12. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    The guy who adds the assists has returned from his break

  13. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I captained kdb and even I think that's a ridiculous assist

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How do you mean?

      He passed the ball to Aguero. Assist.

      Even if Aguero did all the work.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How?

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      More ridiculous than Vertoghen's assist to Son? 😉

  14. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KdB already time wasting in the corner 🙂

  15. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 16 days ago

    tbh KDB cappers will be lcuky, KDB will get another assist or even a goal vs this terrible side.

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How is that lucky?

    2. SB8
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      will get off half time

  16. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    this is no esppresso, this is esspressino

  17. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Alright, time for the goal now kev

  18. KukaVain
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Its like the real Premier league, you cannot cheer for goals untill the kickoff

  19. Darth Vardez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Looks like a villa player got a little touch before kun controlled it

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Even if he did, intended target still clearly Aguero.

  20. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    As expected, KDB assist means a small drop in rank if not capped

    1. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah but bigger drop with no Aguero or Mahrez either

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah of course, but I was comparing rank right before and right after the assist was given, so it was purely the change caused by KDB

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Damn yes KDB points r hurting, one more return and im red :/

  21. Fantasy Gold
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    If Man City win a penalty, Mirallas will take it.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      🙂

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I will never forgive him for taking the ball from Baines...

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          FPL folklore 😉

  22. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Silva shot off target

  23. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ederson going to get the deck chair out after half-time?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Stones playing.. So no CS on the card.. Even without a SOT..lol

  24. BNMC
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Alli to Mahrez?
    Grealish to Sarr?
    Soyuncu to Gomez?
    Play my Wildcard?
    Am I crazy?

    1. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      All of the above

    2. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      i like grealish to sarr but they play tottenham next

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      a

  25. JamieNumber4
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    When will KDB assist be removed?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nice try.

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Clearly not an assist

    3. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      What you going on about now after yesterdays trash about the Arsenal game.

    4. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      When Kun goal gets wiped out after VAR guys finish their tea at half time

  26. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    This place on matchday is full of dinkyheads

  27. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Me “SHOOT!”
    KDB passes to Villa player 🙁

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Shout louder!!!

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I did, when he gave the ball away!

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He's been fairly sh1te so far. At least by his standards.

  28. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Let's wallop them shall we. Let's go aguero!

  29. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    drinkwater needs to score a brace to redeem himself.

  30. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who or what is this KDB everyone keeps asking about?

    1. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      😆
      Welcome to planet Earth, you'll like it here.

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        😉