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. bialk
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Dropped 2k places from 14K to 16K after the first half. Please stop scoring Kevin!

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

      First world problems

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

      Boohoo, dw great rank

    3. The Sociologist
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Non owner or non capper?

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

        Has to be non capper.

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

      12k to 14k here, season almost over

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

      Went from 19k-> 15k (after dropping from 10k up to this).
      Need a goal or two now..

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

      Non capper.

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

    Martial -> Mahrez? (Bench Cantwell)

    Or is he a trap?

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

      Dont

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

      Play Cantwell

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

      returned in 7 of his last 10 games, hardly a trap

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

        In terms of game time I mean

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

          This, but he's doing well and Pep seems steady up

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

            Really tempted to do it

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          It's a concern, for sure, but Mahrez scored a goal in 18 minutes against Burnley. Yeah, it's Burnley, but possibly still worth it.

    4. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wrong decision it can be

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

      Plat Cantwell, bench Martial and play Martial in GW24.

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

        This. Its what I'm doing 🙂

    6. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It would be typical of FPL for Mahrez to be benched and a Martial brace to down Liverpool at Anfield.

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

      Thanks all

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

    Which one to bench?

    Rashford, DCL, Sarr or Cantwell

    Playing Vardy, Pool mids and KDB

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

      Cantwell

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

        Rashford for me

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

        This

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

      DCL

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sarr for me TM

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

      DCL

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

      Rashford

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

      Sarr boy or donkey, enjoy the headache & bench points!

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

      DCL

      Would typically say Cantwell but with Bournemouth in disarray don’t think you can

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

      Same dilemma for me. I am benching Donkey.

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        DCL

    9. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rashford will start bcz he will get rest enough in mid of the season

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

        Playing midweek.

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

        Sorry week

    10. The Sociologist
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Monitor Rashford fitness, decision could be made for you. Otherwise bench DCL for me, but could easily choose Sarr too. 50/50.

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

      Cheers all, whoever gets benched will score 🙁

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Let us know before the deadline

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

        Guarantee, it's FPL

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

      Sarr

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

      DCL for me

  4. Jindaljain
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    KDB ranking is No.5 in world best Football player so these gonna happen..

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

      Who are 3 and 4?

      1. Nightcrawler
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Neymar and kane

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

          No.1 Messi, No.2 Neymar,No.3 Kante,No.4 VVD, No.5 KDB, No.6 Mbappe, No.7 Pogba, No.8 Hazard, No.9 Mane, No.10 Koulibaly..Current ranking

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

            Mane below Pogba? Come on now

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

              Even i cant take that shiiit

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

            Who is doing this? Who did vote on?

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

        Mane and Mbape?

      3. Crystal Alice
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Jimmy Bullard
        Jimmy Bullard

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

    Cant call this hindsight. KDB(C) against whipping boys villa was no brainer over Vardy(C) against resilient Soton

    Villa conceded 17 goals in last 8
    Soton conceded 6 goals in last 8

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

      You can’t change the past so there’s no point of this post. If things stay as they are, it will only be a 5/6 point difference probably anyway... so I

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

        So it’s a big deal... lol

      2. The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        In the past but a lesson for the future. Stats were there. Vardy capper myself. Thanks Hurrikane

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

          Me too, just thought Vardy would Avin a party for his birthday with a couple of goals... it wasn’t to be lol

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

      And here i am with Mane © 😀

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

      For once I agree - I did say this several times pre deadline

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

        But but kdb is playing deep 😉

  6. BNMC
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I need to sleep...
    I need to think...
    I need to remember that my squad isn't actually a mess...

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hahaha. Preach.

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

      You need to meditate

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

    1 half and Aguero and KdB(C) allready taken me from 8k to 3.7k. Now join the party Grealish.

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why. Why. Why. Why.

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

      Amazing

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

      k

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Only return he will get is a yellow today

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

      Cheers

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

    People here enyojing in KdB haul and i bring Callum Wilson this GW instead Kane. 😀

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Tbf Wilson outscored Kane

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

        Lol good one

    2. laGan1n1
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      (C) Wilson here

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

        I have Sterling (C)...

  9. wotwot
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Maddison to
    A. Mahrez
    B. Richarlison
    C. Son

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hold

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

      Richarlison

  10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    We want more, (K)dB!

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

      yup

      goal and baps

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Mings, Billing and R. James all looks the same.

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

      Racist

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

      lol

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

    When sterling was benched last time city scored 8

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

      Hes holding them back. They have no use for a tap in merchant who doesnt contribute in the build up.

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Lol

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

      2 vs SHU.

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

        what??

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

    Kdb clearly not enough in this game alone, if mahrez was nailed I'd try and squeeze him in.

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

      Need to [C] at the very least seems to be

  14. Aubamazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I guess everyone is going KDB(c) vs Crystal Palace now

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Locked in since gw opened

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

      Palace defense is much better than Villa so I dont think so.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not much else on offer tbf

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

          Ings?

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

            Im going for him as my capt

          2. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 12 days ago

            yea im on Ings, Wolves will put people off

      2. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This

      3. Aubamazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        City at home can score against anyone, not many other good options, when a player with quality hauls one week the crowd tends to follow him the next

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

      Palace almost never concedes more than 2 goals.

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

        City have have put at least 2 past them in there last 3 encounters, they haven't looked as good defensively from eye test as earlier in the season either

  15. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    People talking about benching or even selling Cantwell this week 😯

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I don’t think I have a choice really.

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

    Drinkwater survives lucky owners could make 60min now

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

    Think I might just drop Salah after the DGW... hes not doing that job as a captain with so many options outscoring him and being more consistent.

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

    Will be such a shame when KdB moves to Canada with Meghan.....

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lol

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hahahaha

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

      Ahaha

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

      Dont worry, the queen is making some phone calls right now..

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

        Elton will be powerless to do anything

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

    Bring on the subs Pep.

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

      Pleaseeeeee

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

    Aguero > Henry and if you say otherwise you’re too nostalgic.

    1. Nostalgia picks
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm getting Viera too

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

    Oof, that KDB EO as a non-captainer is drastically decreasing the size of my green arrow

  22. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thinking about Pool triple for dgw24... 2FTs, 0.4itb
    1) Go for Robbo or VVD
    2) Opt for Salah (likely means WC, though)

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

  23. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Would this be a good GW24 team or too unbalanced?

    Ryan
    TAA/ Lund / Soy
    Mane / Salah / KDB / Martial
    Vardy / Ings / Maupay

    Button / Rico, Kelly, Hayden

    0.0 itb

    Cheers

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

      Good

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

      Super

  24. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HART
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    KDB is the best player in the league. The only one who comes close in terms of technique is TAA. If I was a Chelsea fan I'd never forgive Mourinho for giving him away for literally nothing.

  25. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    how funny would it be if kdb ended the game with 7 pts lol

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

      YC & Villa goal?

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

    Mr Tactical Foul

    The master!

  27. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Dinho with the customary pro foul.

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

    would you bench Calvert Lewin or Grealish next week?

  29. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I missed the Spurs game, how did Alli actually look? What position was he playing?

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

    Play Cantwell or Traore?