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, 13 days ago

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

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mark knows

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He knows he is stupid?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He knows, just wait..

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What's his id?

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Why on earth do people care?

    4. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Because he has Mane and Salah

  2. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Doesn't matter where the Ginger beast plays

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    My Captain! Go on you Zinchenko lookalike!

  4. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

    kdb assist king 🙂

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

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

    1. The Sociologist
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Forced to start Drinkwater next game.

  8. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What a magical assist

  9. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

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

  10. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    That KDB assist was incredible

    1. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Its normal for KDB though

  11. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

    1. Lecky Legs FC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      44 to 68 hope Sergio gets another

  12. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kdbbbbbb get innnn

  13. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Biggest myth ever. I warned them

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I listened, cheers Hurrikane 🙂

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You did indeed mate seen your post on friday.

      3. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cheers my pleasure

  14. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

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

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

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Kdb could get this year. Probably fifty fifty with mane

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

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

  15. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Amazing!
    My cap!

  16. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Feels good when you get a captain decision right 😀

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Aguero?

  17. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Im the only one who doesnt have City player today

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Actually i have Sterling

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Won’t com on now, will he?

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

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

      2. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        F

  18. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Now add a goal, Kevin son

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

    Painful to watch for Vardy cappers

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 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.

  20. bialk
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    When in doubt captain the player of last game.

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah I did, so I could watch it. Sterling

    2. Lecky Legs FC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

    3. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      why?

  21. Londongeezaa
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

      Sterling Auba Pepe
      that could be insane

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Pepe? Really?

  22. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Mahrez a trap?

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

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

    3. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

  23. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

  24. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

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

  25. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 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, 13 days ago

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

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yep. Another absolute bargain.

      2. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        but it was his first season to be honest

  26. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

  27. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 48

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  28. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    KDB has better make it to 60 mins.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Had better make it to 90 with a couple of goals

  29. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    KDB makes it look like something from PlayStation.