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. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Why on earth does Mark not have KDB in his FPL team?!

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mark knows

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He knows he is stupid?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He knows, just wait..

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What's his id?

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why on earth do people care?

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

      Because he has Mane and Salah

  2. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Doesn't matter where the Ginger beast plays

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My Captain! Go on you Zinchenko lookalike!

  4. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Surely no debates. Best midfielder in the world. Please please please play at the lane, I need to see him in the fleshhh

  5. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    kdb assist king 🙂

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Kevin de Champ.

    I'd have been better of captaining most options other than Vardy 😆 oh well

  7. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    is a team allowed to 'forfeit' at halftime? if yes, what will be the punishment?

    1. The Sociologist
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Forced to start Drinkwater next game.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What a magical assist

    3. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wow, disappointed: was 50/50 between Mahrez and Silva as a differential, reckoned Mahrez might not start after playing the Manchester derby. Sigh.

      1. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Brought in David as well. I suppose Mahrez always had the higher ceiling.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      That KDB assist was incredible

      1. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Its normal for KDB though

    5. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      That half has propelled me from 39 to 64. My goodness.

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        44 to 68 hope Sergio gets another

    6. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kdbbbbbb get innnn

    7. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kdb playing deep though.. Wont do anything.. Lawl.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Biggest myth ever. I warned them

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I listened, cheers Hurrikane 🙂

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You did indeed mate seen your post on friday.

        3. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cheers my pleasure

    8. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Weird if Kdb (best player in league) and Kun never get player of year award.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kdb is on another level this season, even Mane is not on his level.

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Kdb could get this year. Probably fifty fifty with mane

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            He fully deserves it, watching them both has been a delight but Kdb is just mesmerizing.

    9. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Amazing!
      My cap!

    10. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Feels good when you get a captain decision right 😀

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Aguero?

    11. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Im the only one who doesnt have City player today

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Actually i have Sterling

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Won’t com on now, will he?

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Meh. Dont care actually. This season is over for me

        2. Stoic
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          F

    12. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Now add a goal, Kevin son

    13. teddypicker
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Painful to watch for Vardy cappers

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Can’t lie the stats were there to not go Vardy(C) imo. Played 90 mins midweek, no Ndidi, and his poor record against Saints.

    14. bialk
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      When in doubt captain the player of last game.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah I did, so I could watch it. Sterling

      2. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I captained Aguero last week and the week before he owed me hahaha

      3. elchilangles
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        why?

    15. Londongeezaa
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      City no longer need Sterling.

      Arteta going back next season with a cheeky bid?

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sterling Auba Pepe
        that could be insane

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Pepe? Really?

    16. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is Mahrez a trap?

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheaper version of Sterling. Call it a trap, call it whatever you want. You know the risks.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He gets points when playing ... trap is on whether he plays every game ...

      3. HashAttack
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        1-0-0 for the 3 weeks I had him ... make sure you have a good 1st sub

    17. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Oh how I love not having KDB, one of my fav players to watch as well

    18. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Owner of KDB but OR keeps getting worse by the minute not captaining

      1. Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Lol like the former Man City mid and keeper tags for Owen and Peter 🙂

    19. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      £9.5m for KDB at the start of the season. What a bargain. Guy will get 200+ pts a season provided he stays fit.

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wasn’t salah starting price 9.0 when he got 320 points ??

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yep. Another absolute bargain.

        2. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          but it was his first season to be honest

    20. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bemba, keep giving your predictions, because every time you do Kevin does something

    21. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 48

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    22. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB has better make it to 60 mins.

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It’s a concern - also he needs a goal if he wants any bps

      2. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Had better make it to 90 with a couple of goals

    23. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB makes it look like something from PlayStation.