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. Jindaljain
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    KDB 18 pts then too This people are very hungry related to FPL points ask me Vardy 10pts & Mane 6

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

      9 is a fail from watching 😉

  2. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ownership of Kun and Jesus in the top 10K?

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

      Not significant I presume

  3. The Sociologist
    1 month, 16 days ago

    https://youtu.be/mAUY1J8KizU

    Villa Fans right now...

  4. Viper
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Vardy & Rashford - > Aguero & Ings comes onto the radar

    1. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maverick

  5. fkmzcgp
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ramsdale to Mccarthy?

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes

  6. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Kdb is so good. Going to break the all time assist record in a single season. Aint he?!

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

      Only injury can stop him

      He’s got another 20 pointer or two up his sleeve before season’s over if he stays fit

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Absolutely

  7. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I wish I could prove it but I do a captain analysis every week and last 2 weeks it’s been completely accurate.

    Mane 8 pts against Sheff Utd and highest scoring playing in my team
    KdB 9 pts and Martial 8 pts this GW...

    If anyone wants any captain advice for GW23 😉

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      (I predict how many points I think my captain candidates will get)

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

      Currently on KDB. Agree?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Who are other candidates?

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Salah Mane Cantwell

          1. Coys96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Go with Salah

            1. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              On it.

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

      Why not... do share.

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I wrote on piece of paper, which I’ve lost. Wish I’d kept it now, but I do have my notes from last GW...

      2. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        When I do my analysis I’ll do a post on it if you want.

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Currently on Salah. Last time I capped City vs Palace home it was a tragedy.

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Good choice, him or Vardy are best choice for me atm...

  8. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So tempting now to do Robbo + Mahrez instead of getting Salah, but made my plans so got to stick with it. Missed the big points already.

    1. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Mahrez gonna rotate no?

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yup

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

        Yeah he will, but when he plays he's pretty effective

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

      I know its a dilema aguero in the mix also

  9. Purse83
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is there a template tactic for using wildcard/free hit (in terms of double game weeks) and is anyone considering either (or TC) for GW24?

  10. SuperDan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Pick has one:
    A) Maddison > KDB
    B) Martial > KDB

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  11. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Liverpool are 14 pts with a game in hand ahead of this City side, who are nothing short of fantastic

    Enjoy Klopp and Pep

    1. tm245
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      It is a Big Two for sure right now.

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Used to be Man Utd and Arsenal. Then it became Man Utd and Chelsea. Now it is Liverpool and Man City.

    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      This City side is nothing special. They score 8 vs Watford then lose vs Wolves. They will probably lose vs Palace next one.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        100 pts, 98 pts and on course for 82 pts

        They're still producing numbers which have won PL titles.

        1. Bushwhacker
          1 month, 16 days ago

          If they had bought a World Class defender this year ...

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

      Any chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link

      And city have a weak link in the highest risk position on the pitch

      They’d have an extra 10 points easily if they hadn’t made an absolute balls of their summer window, or alternatively if Laporte had stayed fit

      One centre back was all it would have taken

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

        *obvs I’m estimating they’d have +10 points, you pan never say for sure - but I’m convinced the transfer window combined with Laporte injury was their ultimate downfall

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

    Thank you Pep !

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

    What would you do with 2 FT?

    Ryan
    TAA, Guilbert (*), Soy
    Mane, KDB (c), Maddison, Richarlison
    Vardy (v), Jimi (*), Deeney (*)

    4m, Cantwell, Lund, Tomkins

    Looking to potentially replace the (*)

    Guil not nailed
    Jimi and Deeney could be replaced for Ings

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

      Brandon Williams in for Guil and Deeney to Ings?

    2. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Get Ings or Rashford?

  14. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 16 days ago

    a 400 rank green arrow lol, at 103k

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

    No Sterling

  16. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Gundogan on
    Rodri off

    Sterling no show confirmed.

  17. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling no show. Congrats lucky lads who get points

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lucky ? Shut up.

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Its all luck.

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

      Yes Dendocker in and Rashford as VC, had Sterling C

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

        The kind of luck we don’t like here

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ayew or Dendo on bench

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

    Aguero is my favourite FPL player to own but I’ve barely owned him last 2 seasons. If only he had game time certainty....

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

    Sterling not coming on today

  20. BNMC
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How many of you are thinking of TCing in DGW24?

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

      Im sticking it on Mo

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

      o/

    3. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nope. Poor fixtures.

  21. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    No Sterling. Plenty bench jam incoming

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You would still be gutted not getting him out tonight

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

      Well, not really. Points are earned for that price!

  22. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling starting 11.
    Rico 1st Sub.
    Dendoncker 2nd sub.

    Thank you Pep.

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A. GW23 - Martial to Doucoure
    GW24 - Traore to Salah

    B. GW23 - Martial to Salah

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

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

      B. Saves a transfer.

  24. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    so next week kun benched?

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

      CC game is won so probably Jesus benched in the league.

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Mahrez

  25. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling cappers get lucky.

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

    Biggest points return in weeks for those clueless enough to own Sterling.

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

    Only thing that might stop me from getting Mahrez is that Sane is on the horizon

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 16 days ago

      And Bilva and Sterling.

  28. FPL Ultra Instinct
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How likely is it that Kelly starts in GW24?

  29. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Damn, lots of wanky bench jam with no Sterling

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Most have deleted their accounts by now

  30. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Cheers Rashford