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

    Another goal or assist from Kev and I’ll finally have a green arrow his week. Come on KDB!!

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

      *this week

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

      Same (or Grealish)

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

        Grealish scoring would hurt me (non-owner)

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Happy for you bro.
      Even if that means bad for me 🙂

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

        Thanks mate. I need some good luck for once in this season!!

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

      Do your magic KDB, make it happen!

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

        He’s so creative it’s insane

  2. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB 1 point behind of Vardy now

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

      Will overtake him if he can survive until 60 mins

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

      Smile

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

      Wonder boy

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

    Pass of the season by KDB

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He probably has top five passes of season

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

        True and that was special

  4. Vpan
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Help please

    A) Rashford + Tammy + Grealish-> Ings + DCL + Salah -4 (keep Martial)

    B) Rashford + Martial -> Ings + Salah (no United)

    C) Tammy + Rico -> Ings + Robertson (keep 2 United)

    D) Soy -> Robertson (upgrade with no major changes)

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B easy. Can get united back in later if needed.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C

    4. tomasjj
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      c

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

    HT poll:

    For next 4,
    A) DCL (whu, NEW, wat, CRY)
    B) Deeney (TOT, avl, EVE, bri)
    C) Maupay (AVL, bou, whu, WAT)

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

      a

    2. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C far by a country mile

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

        A

    3. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C, not even close.

    4. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A by an inner-city mile

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

    What is the assist record, surely KdB on pace to top it?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      6 or 7 behind Henry for the season

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

      21 ozil i believe

    3. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      20. Henry.

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

      Around 20 I think, Kev will beat that

    5. Nightcrawler
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Henry 20 i think real ones not fpl

      Not sure how many actual assisits kdb has

    6. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      KDB had 21 two seasons ago.

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

        3* time flying.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        in a lower league though, premier league record is 20

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

          KDB has 21 assists three years ago, 18 two years ago, 3 last season (injured), 16 this season so far.

          What do you mean lower league?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            He thought you were talking about Bundesliga

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

            KDB didnt have 21 official assists. The record is Henry with 20 assists.

    7. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      the guys on NBC just said that Thierry Henry has the record with 20 in a season and that KDB is on for 24 if he keeps up at this rate!

  7. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Damn. KDB hurting me today even though I have him.

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

      Same. H2H opponent captained him and suddenly he's only a couple points behind me.

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

    that pass is a joke... how nice must it be to be a striker with kdb supplying those crosses

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Best player in PL?

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Pound for pound him or vvd for me

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

        between him, mane and vardy... not only in terms of fpl, but in general play

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

          or taa

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

        Yes he is

      4. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hazard was, now KDB is since Hazard left.

  9. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Non Ings owner. Realised I can upgrade cantwell to Mahrez if I swap Vardy to Ings. Arguably more points in that if you fancy a punt. Don’t think I’m bold enough. Would leave me a 4 man midfield entirely of city and pool players as well which seems wrong.

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

      I wouldn’t sell Cantwell this week

    2. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Mahrez is in rotation. Risky.

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

    all kdb cappers come lets dance

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

      Untz untz untz

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nice if he caught my VC Rashford though

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

      Can I bring Sergio to the dance?

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

        come through bro

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

    Steph looking unusually hot

  12. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Crazy to transfer KDB out for Son?

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

      Yes

    2. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes.

    3. The Sociologist
      1 month, 16 days ago

      100% crazy.

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

      very

    5. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      the very definition of insanity

  13. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    C'mon Grealish. Score a goal my son xD

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Probably worth a rest tbh

  14. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Aguero and henry identical records. 254 prem games 175 goals

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

      aguero is better because he did it with thw offside rule

      everyone knows henry was a goal hanger

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Goal hanger? Dafuq does that mean lol

        1. Bushwhacker
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Scored all his goals from tap ins in the six yard box.

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Type in Henry goal vs Man United And say that again please.

          2. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            You don’t understand football or you never watched Henry

      2. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Both amazing. Henry better

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        😆 you obviously didn't see henry play

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I just think if Henry played in this City side all these years, he would have way more goals than Aguero. Henry could assist too and was way ahead of his time. Aguero is brilliant but Henry was a level above at his best

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This. Best player ever in prem

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

          Scholesy is the best PL player of all time.

          Ronaldo is the best to have ever played in the PL.

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Scholes? Scholes isn’t even the best midfielder in the premier league.. someone actually said Scholes was a better player than Thierry Henflippinry.... seen it all now...

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

              Scholes is everyone’s (bar Gerrard-obsessed fans) first name on the team sheet lol

              Henry doesn’t even cut the starting XI for many PL team of all times.

              Shearer Drogba Rooney Aguero Henry - hard to pick between.

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Henry was a level above all of those..

      2. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        He would have got 1.5 more goals, Thierry.

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Thierry was something else, no striker comes close yet..

      1. elchilangles
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Van Nistelroy > Henry > Aguero

    4. tomasjj
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Suarez.

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

    Harsh Dilva not getting the assist

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

      Which one?

  16. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is Sterling on the bench? If so I really really hope he comes on for a 5 min. cameo at the end.

  17. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Maybe we should downgrade Vardy not KDB for the Mane Salah double up.?

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

      You keep both.

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      maybe

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

      no shots on target yesterday versus a mid table team

      i got shot down at the suggestion though

    4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maybe, next week will be important

    5. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      i've got all 4, not that it is doing much good!

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

    No BAP would be very cruel.

    KDB will likely need another attacking return.

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

      FK goal.

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

      It will come. Two actually.

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If he stays, he will get another 1 at least.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm happy with this.
      Hopefully Villa up the game niw

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

      That's bizarre, usually one assist and he's in the run in for 3 BAPs

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

    Mahrez is just better than Salah -
    written by an honest die hard LFC supporter.

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lol on both statements.

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

      Nah. But Mahrez definitely deserves to be ahead of Bernardo in the team. Personally think City should drop David Silva now. He has lost so much pace that Bernardo could be an effective David Silva replacement and that would allow KDB to be higher up the pitch.

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Good problem for them to have

    3. Nightcrawler
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Salah more consistent

    4. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Being an honest die hard LFC supported doesn't stop you from being completely wrong. Separate fpl from real life

      1. Nightcrawler
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Salah better in both tho

    5. Lecky Legs FC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Your not a Liverpool fan of that's your opinion Salah is margins better than Mahrez but Rihad is absolutely quality too though

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

        Supporter for years, membership holder, would do anything to support the club but I don't get all the praise for a guy like Salah. He's just not what I would call a team player and he definitely isn't effective.

    6. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Don't get the Salah hype. He's ineffective, selfish and sooo tense. Always trying too hard.

      If you watch Mahrez he's the complete opposite. He's highly effective, makes the right decisions and is clinical. He's a composed & relaxed lad.

  20. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Jesus should have not got the assist, the ball bounced his leg to Mahrez' path, or are the rules different?

  21. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Imagine not having kdb... Must be harsh for non owners

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Its harsh for non cappers

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not if they have a good score already

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

        This

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

      Surely every serious player has him.

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Would’ve thought he’s a casuals first pick.

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not everyone in fpl tower does
        🙁

    3. Nightcrawler
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Sterling over kdb has ruined my seadon

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Easy switch buddy

    4. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Only casuals dont own KDB

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 16 days ago

        All casuals own KDB.

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

        everyone knows KDB, casuals and non-casuals alike!

  22. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So hard to move up ranks this year with Lund, Vardy and KDB ownership so damn high. Tiny things like Mahrez this gw are the difference... But then hes probs benched next gw, trickyyy

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      City feck with your head

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

        FPL nightmare.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah you need to double up SHU and Liv defence to get green arrow when they get points. Doubles and blanks coming will shake things up though

  23. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Failing to break into the top 20k.
    Thinking of Rico, Rash -> Robbo, Ings (-4)

    Robbo vs Ings in GW 25. Should I take a hit?

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Don’t sell Rash!

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

        Oops already did last night...

        1. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I’m trying to bring him in. Holding this week to save till 2FT then doing Martial to Traore and Jimenez to Rash

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Keep Rash, reason for my green arrows.

  24. Sloane426
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For GW24 onwards...
    (A) KDB + Robertson
    (B) Salah + Baldock

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

      1. Sailboats
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Not even close btw

  25. BNMC
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I don't need to WC...
    I don't need to WC...
    I don't need to WC...

  26. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on selling Aguero?
    Aguero, Greenwood to Firmino, Ings exact money.

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

      I like it. After GW23 though.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers

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

      I would for the DGW

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cant afford it if not this week i guess. Or maybe Aguero to get a double rise if he scores one more.

  27. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would you bench Grealish for Cantwell next week?

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No

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

      Tough one id play Grealish.

      Cant you play both? Cantwell has 5 goals 2 assists in 8 pl starts

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

      Find a way to play both. But if you can't bench Grealish.

      Both will return tho

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I would

    5. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I can’t play both.

      Henderson
      TAA, Digne, Soyuncu
      Salah, Kdb, Grealish, Maddison
      Vardy, Rashford, Ings

  28. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Aguero and KdB(C) paint our arrows green again.

  29. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I know points are points and all, but it’s frustrating to see your rank drop with every KDB return given his EO is 111%

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ye my least favourite thing is owning players who are 100%+ EO

      1. The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        End up owning him so you don’t get left behind if he does return, but also not wanting him to return when you’ve not captained him. Ends up as just an insurance policy

  30. Better Call Raul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Mahrez and KdB salvaging my gameweek

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

      I was 0.1 off getting Mahrez, settled with Dilva. Should’ve acted quicker to make the xfer before Mahrez rise but needed to see out United v City.