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. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I'll be so upset if KDB starts against Palace and is rested against us. Surely not 🙁

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Naaah. He can play the cup and be rested against CPL. That's the logic

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can't see it. He was instrumental in them beating us (alongside the referee for Aguero's goal!)

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Teams don't rest players against Sheff Utd.

  2. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Richarlison outscored KDB

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Now say thank you.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Why are Villa fans leaving?

    Since they’ve already played Liverpool at home, this is their next best chance to see quality football.

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    3 - Agüero (65)
    2 - Mahrez (51)
    1 - Jesus (49)

    No bonus for KDB

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Pdclurde no bonus. He should have been on 7

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        *ofcourse

    2. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Shame because nonsense assist for Jesus

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Jesus still miles ahead.

  5. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rashford cappers still winners

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unlucky too

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Aye got away with it. Own Sterling. Rashford VC

  6. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Only 4 points between Vardy and KDB, not that bad considering the score

    1. Big Troy Deeney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      8 if capped

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Nope only 4
        KDB(C)+ Vardy = 23
        KDB + Vardy(C) = 19

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        not if owned both

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If you own both the difference is 4 points

    2. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Should have been 2. But yes you are right

  7. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bugga. Kevin out means I’m out of the cup. Shame. Disliking Pep atm.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Luckily his 2 assists have seen me through.

  8. Big Troy Deeney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    be grateful lads

    18 pts is better than Mane's

    6 and Vardy's 10

  9. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Dendoncker > KdB 🙂

  10. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Time to shine Grealish

  11. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So transfer Sterling to Salah next gw or gw 24?

  12. BNMC
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bench one of them for Cantwell, and who?
    Alli
    Grealish
    DCL

    1. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Alli

  13. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    meh, only lost either 3 or 7 points going 'maverick' captain...could have been worse

  14. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Need a master plan to sort my team out. Head in my notepad for the rest of the evening now. Cya.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fabianski to Ryan and you are fine.

  15. Sloane426
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB > Salah for GW24 still. He’s playing way too deep

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Doesn't matter. He scores pts

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lol

  16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    KDB’s relentless march to 200+ continues

    How did we ever manage to get him for 9.5 & Vardy for 9.0

    The value was ridiculous

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Both 11 next season

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        It would be fair - they’d both still be selectable at that price

    2. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I somd more WC expecting a drop when he was injured

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Every time he blanks the usual cries of “but he’s too DEEP!” start

        He could play LB & be classified as a striker & he’d still score buckets

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy 8.9

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Missed that by 2 days myself

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        This

  17. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I wanted to do Traore and Kane to Fleck and Aguero but didn’t do it so I could save for Mane and Salah double up for Gw 24 🙁

  18. JammySprat
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    2 points off 3 figures, come on aguero you know you want to.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nice!

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Well done

    3. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      JammysPoint

    4. JammySprat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Cheers, only downside is Fabi and Auba to sort out but can live with that!

  19. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Latest bps:

    Agüero (67)
    Mahrez (51)
    Jesus (49)
    De Bruyne (35)
    Cancelo (34)

  20. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Thanks god they subbed him off

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not pleased

  21. United 99 4Ever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    leave sterling on the bench pep, save him for united

  22. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Kdb rested for his haul v palace next week

    1. Crystal Alice
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nobody hauls against Palace

  23. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would just love a Sterling 1pt cameo to top it off

  24. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Need a Grealish consolation goal to get through in the cup.

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sterling on for a confidence booster?

    C’mon Pep!

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Need him on so rival doesn’t get Rashford as c

    2. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      need this. But afraid to sak this now. Could come on and get 2 easily. But rival has captained. Bilva more likely

  26. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Grealish has to leave this woeful club

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I’d have him at United.

  27. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How many potential DGW in this season?

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 14 days ago

      At least 3 more.

  28. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    For those that need educating Jimenez is a captaincy fail

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Group hug?

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Captaincy is a lottery it happens

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      DCL....yes, really.

    3. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I had high hopes too

  29. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ramsdale to who?

    A) Ryan
    B) McCarthy
    C) Other?

    2FT, 5.0ITB (going to bring in Salah)
    Ramsdale
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane KdB Maddison Martial
    Vardy Ings DCL

    McGovern Rico Dendoncker Kelly

    Thanks!

  30. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any news on Ramsdale injury?

    Would have to take a 4pt hit to sell (£4.9m budget)

    1. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Replaced him already with the cheaper and more appealing McCarthy

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm thinking the same but I dont think it's worth a 4pt hit unless Ramsdale is out of gw23?

    2. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Even if Ramsdale was fit you’d probably get more points playing Button