Dugout Discussion

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. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Carnage. KDB captains the real winners

    1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I captained Rashford. Still happy just having him!

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Keviiiin

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      That’s pass...

      1. SHUTUPHEATHER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Exquisite pass

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wow. This guys is brilliant.

    5. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      What a ball by KdB.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Delicious

    6. SHUTUPHEATHER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I said 7

    7. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      That ball from KDB!!

    8. LewanGOALski
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      The Captain 😀

    9. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Majestic KDB. Off the charts.

    10. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      KDB is out of this world.

    11. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      City back to their best

      1. Bushwhacker
          1 month, 11 days ago

          What are people watching? Villa literally gave them three goals. Arsenal would be running rampant against this.

      2. Nightcrawler
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Man city clearly the best team in england. Pool were losing to this villa side until 85th min....

          Lucky title win for pool

          1. KICKandRUSH
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            😀 😀 😀

          2. Gnu Scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yeah, that's how it works.

          3. Stoic
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            For starters, they beat City and are more consistent.
            Consistency wins titles

          4. Bushwhacker
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Villa didn’t give Liverpool a three goal start to be fair.

          5. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Greedy Mahrez getting abuse from Aguero

            1. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Yeah if he looked up Aguero was in so much space

            2. janowsc
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Wants that hatty

            3. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              He should have passed it to Jesus

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Both were much better placed

            4. HashAttack
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              such a selfish player

          6. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            He might, maybe, be just 2nd to Trent.

          7. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Could get bad for a Villa second half?

          8. mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Best midfielder in the world

          9. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Just a little gol in the second half for a nice captain haul

            1. dark91
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              2 goals would be great

          10. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            My vice captain invariably outscores my captain....

            70 points before today, now KDB laughing at vardy

            1. Bushwhacker
                1 month, 11 days ago

                (C) Humblebrag 2020

                1. Cookie Kid
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Nope....I’ve been failing all season with captains

            2. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I said before deadline it doesn’t matter if Kevin plays deep. Today he’s proven me right again.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Sure mattered when I capped him and he decided to play CDM the entire game...

              2. Bushwhacker
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Doesn’t matter if you play this Villa team.

              3. Skalla
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Odds on Drinkwater being subbed at HT?

              4. tm245
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                KDB has reached peak Hazard level of brilliance and is still getting better.

              5. dark91
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                What a pass. Give him max bonus 😀

              6. janowsc
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                You won’t see a better pass all season

              7. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Mark has no city players...

                ..... I don’t think he knows this year

                1. Daniel S.
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  He should come back here and his team will resurrect

              8. Stoic
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                KDB on drugs again. DEA where you at ?

              9. Hybrid.power
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Yesssss

              10. Zladan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                KDB assist was amazing. Perfect cross behind the defence. Beckham-esque again from Kevy.

              11. Ha.
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                BPS, increasing

              12. Daniel S.
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Vardy captain KDB vice is 4 pts lost for now.

                I think my vice have outscored my prime captain easily this season

              13. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Kdb is amazing to watch, we need to enjoy while that lasts.