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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. The SK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Aguero cappers unite!

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

      Crazy stuff there. Issue is will he start next?

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

        who cares now 🙂

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

          A planner cares.

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

      o/

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

      How many points do you get from him then?

    4. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      BOOM

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

      Can't imagine many top ranking teams have Aguero captain?

    6. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Let's gooooo!!

  2. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Vardy -> Sergio (c)

    You better believe it.

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

      Well done

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

      Well done mate!

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

      love it

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Cool, next thing is Aguero pn the bench for Palace game.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Don't think owners will care.

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

          Yeah, nice play there.

    5. The SK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      BOOM

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

      Fantastic!

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

      The luck 😉

      Magic!

    8. Rains of Castamere
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Fair play

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

      Feels good- brought in for -4 and captained.

    10. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Even called it on the Interview, great job! The meet the manager was really informative, nice work.

    11. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Living up to the username too. More than doubled your GW points on the last day.

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

      yup you told us before the game. Well done

    13. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Given Leicester had Southampton at home, that's a real gutsy call. Congrats!

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

      Amazing

    15. Pras Scott Talent
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Kudos mate. Only the privileged (on other forums) saw you think through the decision making to Kun(c). Very happy when these things pay off.

      Make sure you mention it to Joe. He’s been drooling over your strategy all last week.

    16. JammySprat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Nice one. Liked your interview, similar tactics to mine and I also had Aguero Cap!

    17. Just-In-Cider
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Nice one, been my(C) last 3 weeks, part of a 4week plan with 3 home games in 4

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

    Apparently no one in top 10k has Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus. Moved down less than 1k with only KDB (non-captain) after the City match.

  4. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Plan of action for the double. Opinions please?

    GW23 2FT
    Rashford to Greenwood
    Soyuncu to Dunk

    Gw 24 (-4)
    Alli to Salah
    Traore to Martial

    Will give me for 24

    Ryan/McCarthy
    Dunk TAA Lundy (Rico Kelly)
    KDB Salah Mane Martial (Dendo)
    Greenwood Vardy Ings

    Accepting Greenwood may not play. Is it a risk worth taking? All for 1 GW?

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

    Kneejerk on Kun incoming

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

    Who would have thought that a Harry Kane injury would punish us non owners so badly

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

      Exactly this

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

    Gutted after going with Silva instead of Mahrez, even on 66 pts. 50/50 call gone wrong

  8. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I'm glad benching Grealish for Lundstrum didn't bite me in the end

  9. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    70pts 100k green, onwards and upwards , happy days, only inside the 300k though haha.

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Well done, keep it going

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers man

  10. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    The only impressive thing about my team this week is that none of my players got a single BAP.

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

      Only Rashford for me.

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

      You're not alone

    3. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Didn't get any either.

    4. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Only Richa

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

      I benched Dendoncker, he got 3... Does that count?

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

    What are Rashford owners doing?

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

      Bragging mostly

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

      See what happens midweek.

    3. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      keeping because Burnley after Liverpool

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think I will loose for Ings in anticipation of triple Pool.

    5. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      hasnt blanked against top 6, then one of the worst teams in burnley. Keep

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

      cheers all looks like a hold for now 😀

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

    2nd Pool mid or get Kun?

    Hopefully becomes popular 😉

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

      Second Pool mid. Easy.

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

      Both?

  13. CrouchDown
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Who mentioned Auba to get sent off at 66/1? Hope you backed it!

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

      Tenner on.

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

        Wow congrats

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

          Not me, saw a screenshot on here.

          1. Clinton19
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yeah someone dreamt Auba red card n it happened

  14. TheTinman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Vardy and Wilson to Kun and Ayew -4?

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

      Perfect last Friday.

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

      We don’t play this gameweek again next week!

      Can’t be getting rid of Vardy

  15. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Mahrez could be an option after all

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Might do Maddo -> Mahrez. So much more explosive.

  16. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    No one has Kun, Mahrez, Jesus thankfully

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

    1FT

    Fabianski
    Trent Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane De Bruyne Grealish Cantwell
    Vardy Ings Auba

    Button Martial Aurier Rico

    Do Fabianski & Aubameyang >>> McCarthy & Maupay now?
    Funds Martial >>> Salah next GW

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

      I also have Fabi and Auba. Is there any chance red card rescinded or Fabi isn't that bad injury? made this mistake earlier in the season when Son red card was rescinded and he went on a crazy run of form.

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

        No chance Auba is rescinded.
        Fab could be alright

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

          Guess it depends on how badly you want Salah. McCarthy seems like good choice, not sold on Maupay

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

            Hmm 2 of the best fixtures is nice though, i take it back.

  18. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Maddison to
    A) Lucas
    B) Richarlison

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

      Keep for burnley

  19. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bench one next week
    A. Grealish
    B. Jimmy
    C. Cantwell

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

      Very tough one:

      A ... just

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

      B, you seen southampton recently?

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

      C

    4. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Helpful

  20. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    No need to worry about Kun owners. Most of them are not even in the top 1 million..

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Most are dead teams.

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

      They will ruin a lot of H2H though.

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thats why I'm worried since they are my competition 😀

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

      I am now ... up from 1.4M to 800K

    5. JammySprat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah don't worry about us 😀 you don't need him.

    6. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      So unnecessary

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

    Watching Crystal Meth City do this start the wildcard cravings....

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

      When they are on it they are amazing but they have off games and rotation

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

        Indeed

  22. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What are people doing with Alli?

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

      Selling for Mahrez

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Selling I guess. Zaha and Alli > Mane and 5.5 mid? Literally no mids for 5.5 tho which I want in 24. Im actually going to get Noble haha

  23. supperspout
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How come Williams playing for Utd? Likely to retain a place long?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      In easy games, he may retain the spot

  24. Rust Cohle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What percentage of Kun owners/cappers owe a thanks to Hamstring Harry?

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

      653k Kane sellers - 42k Kun buyers ... so not many, most people too preoccupied with the DGW

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

    From gw17 to now... 160k to 360k 5 straight red arrows but still in the LMS. Team also looks in good shape and all chips left. Not sure how I change things

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Check the non-performers in last 3 weeks, change them

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

    Up from 508K to 283K thanks to Aguero captain- a good week at last!

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

      Nicely done there.

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Well done.

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

      Brill well done

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

      Nicely done. Same here. Finally got a captaincy selection right.

  27. FreddyP3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jimenez and Martial to Aguero and Sarr (-4)?

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

      Yeah, prefer Jesus myself.

      1. FreddyP3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Reckon he will get more starts?

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

          Yeah, he is banging them in and playing well. Can also play out wide as we saw today.

  28. Marc Jobling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    This week's plan was always to remove Rashford in order to accommodate Salah. Should I really be doing this?

    Any viable

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I wouldn't bother Rashford might even outscore him in next 2-3 weeks

    2. Marc Jobling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Any viable striker below 8m is either about to hit tough fixtures (Abraham, Jimenez) or just feels underwhelming (Maupay, Calvert-Lewin).

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Rashford has scored/assisted against every top team they played except Liverpool

        1. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          *except Arsenal last week I should say

  29. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How come no Grealish pen?

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

      Missed the last one.

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

      Missed last.

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

      Cos he missed the last one.

    4. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Off em

    5. Angelic upstart
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I was just about to ask the same question!

  30. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anyone wildcarding to get in triple Pool, triple City, 2 United and fodder?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If only that was possible

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

      You don't need triple City

    3. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No