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. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Why has KDB not scored yet?

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Because he's not playing Arsenal

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

    Sometimes Aguero seems to glide across the grass like he’s on skates

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      It's weird feeling, I've not owned him this season.

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

        Had both him and Sterling as diffs for weeks and they killed me

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Pep is a fraud

  3. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Grealish wearing those small socks just to brag about his legs. And that haircut...

    1. Bada Bing
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      His application for a boy band is still pending, so he has to concentrate on his image.

  4. Nightcrawler
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sterling over kdb fail again. Thats what we get for paying extra 🙁

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Maybe 1st bench points better?

  5. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thank you Lateriser & Holmes for Sarr tip !!

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

      Should’ve got Doucouré. And he’s cheaper 😉

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Ha
        Didn't even watch him playing before today

    2. Nightcrawler
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Jeez its only 6 points calm down

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        2% EO
        Worth more than that 😉

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Still 6pts

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Doucoure

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Beast !

      2. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Really good player

  6. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ramsdale needs to go right? Have Martin as 2nd keeper...

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

      Yep both at risk

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Cancelo needs to stop trying that.

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Grealish playing #10 😮

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Well his shirt number is 10.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Couldn't look oast that spectacular hairstyle 😉

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        At least 😀

    2. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yep playing fly half today, just made a good tackle on Rodri!

  9. NorMina
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I have TAA and Mane
    which player should be the third for the double gw

    A) Firmino
    B) Robbo

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Robby

  10. JamieNumber4
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    This isn’t working Pep. Get Sterling on.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sane, miss him dearly 😉

  11. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    how is kdb playing?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Anonymous so far

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Pale

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

      With his feet.

  12. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    RP
    Webster or Holgate ?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Holgate

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Stephens 4.3m SOU

  13. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Champions of Europe, you'll never sing that

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

      We hope.

    2. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Big up European Cup, European Super Cup and Intertoto Cup.

      1. BNMC
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Still better than anything City can offer

        1. Nightcrawler
          1 month, 15 days ago

          100 points in a season

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        You just stick to loving VAR 😉

        1. Differential (c)
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Bruv, VAR our best signing this season, absolutely saved us so many many times.

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

            Made in Southampton, bought by Liverpool.

  14. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    KDB deeper than Adele

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Weight loss could be the answer

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      And yet not really

  15. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Absolute deadlock. Sterling cameo confirmed.

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      🙂

  16. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Surely Williams will be a starter for Man U now on?
    Got Kelly just b4 xmas, I thought Williams was going to be a good shout, wich I had gone with him back then for the bench.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I’m not sure still but as a fifth def you don’t mind anyway if he just gets the odd game

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yea, its just finding time to do Kelly or Rico > him. Luxury move tbh, I have more pressing things

  17. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Looks like City are playing some sort of 4-1-4-1/ 4-1-3-2 variant. Very fluid attack with Mahrez, Silva, Aguero and KDB all changing positions frequently so far.

    Could be a lot worse for KDB owners, hes a lot more attacking than last game.

    1. Big Troy Deeney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      it is just a 433 mate lol

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No it isnt

        1. Big Troy Deeney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          you're just rrying to complicate things so it looks like you know what you're talking about

          it is literally a 433

          Rodri sitting
          KDB and silva advanced

      2. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This

  18. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Early days but as a KDB (c) and Grealish owner I’m not optimistic

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Kdb ultra deep and villa just not threatening at all

  19. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    kdb playing rb... love to see it

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Quite forward from what i see

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He scores when he wants. Doesn’t want it atm

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    KDB nosebleed.

  21. Nightcrawler
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Kdb dreadful cross

  22. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 15 days ago

    KDB just doesnt feel like a safe captain choice at the moment. You dont know whether you're going to get KDB or KCB

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Very true ....

  23. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who capped Sterling 😮

  24. zotter
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    One FT. 3.0 itb

    A. Roll FT. Wait to get Mane next week
    B. Rico to Robbo / vvd
    C. Gazza to Alisson
    D. Abraham to Firmino
    E. Martial to Moura / Son
    F. Something else

    Gazza
    Trent. Holgate. Soy
    Salah. Cantwell. Grealish. Kdb c
    Ings. Vardy. Abraham

    Button. Martial. Rico. Lund

  25. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I can replace Rico with Stephens it Holgate but seems a waste as I’ll likely never play them. Will leave me a defence of:

    TAA, Gomez, Digne, Holgate, Lundstram

    Good to have a strong bench and all but is it funds wasted?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No urgency to sell Rico yet

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mahrej solo goal !

  26. FirMinaMiMo
    1 month, 15 days ago

    40 points 🙂 with kun (c) nd kdb ahead! ....how is kun looking at pitch ?? 🙂

    1. Crystal Alice
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Tubby

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sniper in the crowd just hit Aguero.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Easy to find too

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Williams would have been awarded a penalty

  28. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Mahrez the real star of Man City

  29. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    KdB ownership in top 10k?