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, 10 days ago

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

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      First world problems

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Boohoo, dw great rank

    3. The Sociologist
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Non owner or non capper?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Has to be non capper.

      • Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        12k to 14k here, season almost over

      • marzo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

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

      • bialk
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Non capper.

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Martial -> Mahrez? (Bench Cantwell)

      Or is he a trap?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Dont

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

        Play Cantwell

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

          In terms of game time I mean

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

              Really tempted to do it

          2. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

        Wrong decision it can be

      5. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Plat Cantwell, bench Martial and play Martial in GW24.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          This. Its what I'm doing 🙂

      6. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 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, 9 days ago

        Thanks all

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

      Which one to bench?

      Rashford, DCL, Sarr or Cantwell

      Playing Vardy, Pool mids and KDB

      1. Jindaljain
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cantwell

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

          Rashford for me

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          This

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        DCL

      3. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sarr for me TM

      4. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        DCL

      5. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Rashford

      6. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

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

      7. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        DCL

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

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

        Same dilemma for me. I am benching Donkey.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          DCL

      9. Jindaljain
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

          Playing midweek.

        2. Jindaljain
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sorry week

      10. The Sociologist
          1 month, 10 days ago

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

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

          Cheers all, whoever gets benched will score 🙁

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Let us know before the deadline

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Guarantee, it's FPL

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sarr

        • Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          DCL for me

      11. Jindaljain
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

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

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Who are 3 and 4?

          1. Nightcrawler
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Neymar and kane

              1. Jindaljain
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                  Mane below Pogba? Come on now

                  1. Jindaljain
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Even i cant take that shiiit

                2. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Who is doing this? Who did vote on?

            • Sailboats
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Mane and Mbape?

            • Crystal Alice
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Jimmy Bullard
              Jimmy Bullard

        2. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 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, 10 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, 10 days ago

              So it’s a big deal... lol

            2. The Legend Squad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 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, 10 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, 10 days ago

            And here i am with Mane © 😀

          3. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

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

            1. HurriKane
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              But but kdb is playing deep 😉

        3. BNMC
            1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

              Hahaha. Preach.

            2. Jindaljain
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              You need to meditate

          • Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                Why. Why. Why. Why.

              • Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Amazing

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                k

              • GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Only return he will get is a yellow today

              • bialk
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Cheers

            2. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

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

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Tbf Wilson outscored Kane

                1. Niho992
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Lol good one

              2. laGan1n1
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                (C) Wilson here

                1. Niho992
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I have Sterling (C)...

            3. wotwot
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Maddison to
              A. Mahrez
              B. Richarlison
              C. Son

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Hold

              2. Jindaljain
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Richarlison

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

              We want more, (K)dB!

              1. Woy_is_back
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                yup

                goal and baps

            5. Bobby Digital
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

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

              1. Team Cruel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Racist

              2. Woy_is_back
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                lol

            6. Lindelol
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              When sterling was benched last time city scored 8

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

                    Lol

                2. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  2 vs SHU.

                  1. Lindelol
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    what??

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

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

              3. Aubamazette
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

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

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Locked in since gw opened

                2. Sailboats
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                    Not much else on offer tbf

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

                      Ings?

                      1. Sailboats
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Im going for him as my capt

                      2. Trophé Mourinho
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          yea im on Ings, Wolves will put people off

                    2. Bushwhacker
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        This

                      • Aubamazette
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                      Palace almost never concedes more than 2 goals.

                      1. Aubamazette
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 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

                  2. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    People talking about benching or even selling Cantwell this week 😯

                    1. Ole Trafford
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I don’t think I have a choice really.

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

                    Drinkwater survives lucky owners could make 60min now

                  4. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 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.

                  5. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                      Lol

                    2. Hakim Ziyech
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Hahahaha

                    3. Sailboats
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Ahaha

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

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

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

                        Elton will be powerless to do anything

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

                    Bring on the subs Pep.

                    1. Danno - Emre Canada
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Pleaseeeeee

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

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

                    1. Nostalgia picks
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        I'm getting Viera too

                    2. Top Lad Dakes.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

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

                    3. jdp219
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 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

                    4. Silecro
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 10 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, 10 days ago

                        Good

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

                        Super

                    5. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HART
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 10 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.

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

                        YC & Villa goal?

                    7. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Mr Tactical Foul

                      The master!

                    8. tm245
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Dinho with the customary pro foul.

                    9. elchilangles
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      would you bench Calvert Lewin or Grealish next week?

                    10. Trophé Mourinho
                        1 month, 10 days ago

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

                      • RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Play Cantwell or Traore?