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, 16 days ago

    Why has KDB not scored yet?

    1. BNMC
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Because he's not playing Arsenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Pep is a fraud

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

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

      1. Bada Bing
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

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

    4. Nightcrawler
        1 month, 16 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, 16 days ago

          Maybe 1st bench points better?

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thank you Lateriser & Holmes for Sarr tip !!

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

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

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

            This

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

            Ha
            Didn't even watch him playing before today

        2. Nightcrawler
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Jeez its only 6 points calm down

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

              2% EO
              Worth more than that 😉

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Still 6pts

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

            Doucoure

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

              Beast !

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

              Really good player

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

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

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

            Yep both at risk

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

          Cancelo needs to stop trying that.

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

          Grealish playing #10 😮

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

            Well his shirt number is 10.

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

              Couldn't look oast that spectacular hairstyle 😉

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

              At least 😀

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

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

        6. NorMina
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 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, 16 days ago

            Robby

        7. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          This isn’t working Pep. Get Sterling on.

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

            Sane, miss him dearly 😉

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

          how is kdb playing?

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

            Anonymous so far

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

            Pale

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

            With his feet.

        9. Stoic
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          RP
          Webster or Holgate ?

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

            Holgate

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

            Stephens 4.3m SOU

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

          Champions of Europe, you'll never sing that

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

            We hope.

          2. Differential (c)
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

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

            1. BNMC
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Still better than anything City can offer

                1. Nightcrawler
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    100 points in a season

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

                  You just stick to loving VAR 😉

                  1. Differential (c)
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 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, 16 days ago

                      Made in Southampton, bought by Liverpool.

            2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              KDB deeper than Adele

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

                Weight loss could be the answer

              2. Zico Senna
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                And yet not really

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

              Absolute deadlock. Sterling cameo confirmed.

              1. pumpkinhead
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                🙂

            4. Trophé Mourinho
                1 month, 16 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, 16 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, 16 days ago

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

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

                    it is just a 433 mate lol

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

                      No it isnt

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

                      This

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

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

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

                    Kdb ultra deep and villa just not threatening at all

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

                  kdb playing rb... love to see it

                  1. Zico Senna
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Quite forward from what i see

                  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

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

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

                  KDB nosebleed.

                6. Nightcrawler
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Kdb dreadful cross

                  • Trophé Mourinho
                      1 month, 16 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, 16 days ago

                        Very true ....

                    • FOO FIGHTER
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Who capped Sterling 😮

                      • zotter
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 16 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

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

                          No urgency to sell Rico yet

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

                          Mahrej solo goal !

                      • FirMinaMiMo
                          1 month, 16 days ago

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

                          1. Crystal Alice
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Tubby

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

                          Sniper in the crowd just hit Aguero.

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

                            Easy to find too

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

                            Williams would have been awarded a penalty

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

                          Mahrez the real star of Man City

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

                          KdB ownership in top 10k?