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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. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Have TAA and Mane... triple up with Robbo or Mo for 24?

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

      R0bb0

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

      Mo

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I was planning on getting Salah for the last 3 weeks to join Mané and TAA. But now thinking getting Son rather and changing Soy/Kelly to Robbo.

      Can't captain both, and I feel Pool defence double can be great for a few weeks

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

        Agreed, and Robbo does less damage to my team. Also tempted by Bobby...

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thought about Bobby, but too inconsistent in a team full of point scorers imo. Wouldn't want him after the double

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

        was also thinking of getting rid of Soy. Leicester defence not looking the same.

        You think itd be too risky tho?

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Nah Leicester defence isn't what it was few weeks ago

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

        Get Son now and swap for Mo 24; then decide if switch back to Son

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

      Join me in DD

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Robbo

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

      Mo

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

    Is it suicidal to go double Pool defence for the DGW instead of double the usual 2? Current rank is 35k so considering the EO both will have that week as well.

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

      I'm doing that. Simply too many good attackers that are better value than Mane/Salah and you can only TC one

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

        The problem I have is my TV isn't high enough for it not to upset the balance in my team or to have to take another hit after the DGW. I'm happy to keep the double defence longer term though

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

      I have done the suicide then 2 GW's ago 😉

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

        Dont get me wrong I'm not saying it is suicidal. I'm asking if its suicidal to not do it considering the EO both will have that week. Could really damage the rank

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

          I am kidding mate.
          People are destroying the balance to get Mo Mane imo. Especially the low TV one's.

          I have 107+ TV & still gone for DD.
          Allows me to have Taa Robbo Mane Son KDB Vardy Rashford

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Same here, apart from Salah bigger differential

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

          Away games too. I'm not even using Tac that week. Probably use it on Vardy afterwards

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

      Given the way Pool are playing and the two opponents, double D is looking better by the minute.

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

      nope, I'm going double defence. Not worth ripping my team apart to get Mane in when I won't even captain him as I already got Salah anyways.

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

    First good gw of the season.86 points!Up from 2.500.000 to 1.998.000!

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

      Nicely done.

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

        Thank you!

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

      Your season starts now haha

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

    Aguero rested next game?

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

      There is always a chance.

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

    Do Fabianski & Auba to McCarthy & Maupay now?

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

    Raz owner's must be fuming 😀
    Left out against Watford & Villa.

    Or it is a coincidence 😛

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I did Aubamayang > Sterling in Sky game this morning. Doh

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

        Whoops

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

      He has been so poor with his finishing that Pep decided to drop him.

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

        Hmm

      2. Bushwhacker
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Simple rotation.

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

      Are people moving out of Vardy train now?

      There are other options for the forward position now and the Pool DGW saving will come in handy.

      Leicester looked shaky yesterday but fixtures are still decent.

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

        Not sure about vardy but I'm waivering on maddison.

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

          For whom?

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

        Burnley are currently one of the worst teams in the league, I'm capping him, got him at 8.9 too so a lot of value tied up.

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

          Yeah I second that.

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

        I am not.
        Going to © him next GW. Hard fixtures are behind him now. Not the time to sell him now

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No Ndidi not a worry? Didn't play well

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

            They will concede. But won't affect the attacking play imo Southampton was always a difficult fixture. Burnley are sh.t atm.

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

        Depends on value I suppose

        Have him at 8,9 and he’s still the best striker in that range.

        If you hit him nearer 10 then Rashford could be an option. But Leicester are still a better side than United

    4. Dare Do The Punt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Choose one Fab replacement:

      A) McCarthy

      B) Leno

      C) Foster

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

        A

      2. tomasjj
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        c

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

        McCarthy

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

      1. Robertson, Martial, Rashford
      2. Digne, Salah, Maupay

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

        1 assuming you have Mane already

    6. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Son > Mahrez
      +
      Vardy > Aguero

      Worth it or a bit of a knee jerk?

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

        Dont do it

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Chasing last weeks points.

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

          This

    7. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Was so so close to doing Maddison >> Mahrez this week.

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

        Haha, keep now I guess. Or are you still getting him in? He is on form.

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Too late.
          Transfers will be moving for the third Liverpool player.

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

            He looks nailed on on this form, really good option

            1. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              The only way I can do Maddison > Mahrez and still get another Liverpool player in is if I went with GOMEZ to go with TAA and Salah

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

        I was considering Alli to Mahrez but went for richarlison in the end.

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I just went Moura > Sarr and rolled the other transfer.

    8. Wensink
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Anyone know what % of top 10k managers have already played the second WC?

      Ramsdale (?!) injury may force my hand sooner than I had wanted.

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

        5% (https://www.livefpl.net/figs)

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

          Cheers.

      2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        You want to wildcard because of Ramsdale?

        Log off!

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

          Uhh, no.

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            It reads as though you are saying exactly that.....

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

          Too funny

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

      If you thought the City rotation was bad just wait until Sane is back and when Laporte returns Pep will move Ferandinho back to midfield.

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

        Fernandinho doesnt have legs to play many games in midfield.

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

        Defense of TAA Lundstram Robbo Laporte in a big DGW 😮

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

        Sane is not coming back in a light blue uniform- unless Bayern start wearing one next year

        They do switch a lot, always the ugliest kit in football

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

      Think I've realised why I'm getting constant red arrows. Only 1 player in my starting xi this week with less than 10 percent TSB. Everyone else similar?

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

        More template more pts

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

        Had 2 less than 10 in top 10k.
        Sarr Willian. Decent returns

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

        Starting to really dislike my team.

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mainly about captain choices
        Everyone's team is pretty similar

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

      Greeeeen juhuuuuu

      Top 45K also with a win in the cup. Oh my.

      Group hug.

      Huhuuuu

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

      Currently have TAA, Mane, Salah... but is it worth changing to double LIV defence to work Aguero in and play 433??

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

        In next run they only have a juicy defence to face in 26. All the rest look competent.

        Yes he’ll score if selected but it’s a tough set of defences for the most part.

        Not a bad call - DD could be the way ahead. Just think Mo Mane will have much better GI and that outweighs lower team goal totals

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

          Thanks mate, yep much better defences to face agreed, and also a high rotation risk.

          Could you explain a bit further the last bit you wrote, sorry

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

            Eyeing up DD from the same triple up as a possible.

            If I go there it’s more likely to be for Rashford though if he maintains. Just sold him of course!

            Talisman theory.

            Salah
            Vardy
            Ings
            Rashford
            KdB.

            KdB could be the ringer there but it’s notable how he’s rotation proof this season. Think Pep might rate him!

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

            Sorry just read your question

            Think Mo and Mane will have higher goal involvement and Liverpool will score fewer than City. But their personal returns will be higher than Kun’s even though City score more as goals will be spread more evenly there

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

              Noted yeah thank you.

              I think there are a lot more points avenues before Aguero, even after his haul...

              Hopefully this is a red herring, a lot of people bring him in, he blanks or is rotated and it allows us with a more ‘template’ team to gain

    13. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Aguero dgw TC it is 😉

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

        And 7 points incoming

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

      Best Dele replacement for sub 7m?

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

        Grealish or Sarr?

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Villa have such horrendous form and fixtures, the Grealish party is surely over?

        2. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Doucoure/Sarr

        3. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I’m thinking of doing martial > Felipe Anderson go fund ings.. could be a good punt for a few matches

        4. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 10 days ago

            literally no one except Doucoure or Sarr

          • Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I think I’m now comfortable saying it’s Sarr

        5. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Has there been news on Fab? Brought him in on Friday FFS!

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

            Ohh ...

        6. danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Any Watford fans know if kabaselle comes back into the team?

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            You don’t need to be a WTford fan to know he walks back into that team. He’s their best CB by a mile.

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

          Jack Stephens value at 4.3? Losing Rico next time.

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

            Definitely

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

              Just bad Bednarek memories from last time

              Similar trajectory this season? Some decent defensive results followed by exposure of a rubbish defence. Are Southampton really a decent long term defensive bet?

              Wondering whether Ward at Palace could work better as fodder. Slight danger Palace will actually but.

        8. nerd_is_the_werd
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Vardy ---> Aguero?

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

              Chasing points imo

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

              Check fixtures

              Yes City are fixture neutral but they won’t be facing Villa again

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

              Would’ve been a good move on Friday

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

            Aguero or Jesus if money is no factor?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Last weeks move.

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

              Both still seem risky. Yes, they’ll score when they play, but one typically doesn’t and trying to predict which while you leave that much money on your bench is really tough

          • Ayew Holding Mee Cork
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Mahrez should be benched next game right? Sterling Aguero B.Silva front three?

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

              Sure. Or it could be the 3-5-2 Pep has threatened to play in the past with none of the attacking mids on the field.

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

              Mahrez would have 140 points if Pep just played him

              Sterling is good, but Mahrez is much better for MCI

              Bernardo was great last year but Mahrez is the man in 2019/20....but he’s a part timer

              How can we own part timers?

          • fplking14
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Is Aguero now essential?

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

              planning on selling him after CRY

              1. fplking14
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Why?

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

                  fixtures, better options and the money ... hopefully get him back gw33, in time for a dgw

                  1. fplking14
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Surely Aguero is fixture proof and what better options are there?

            2. Trophé Mourinho
                1 month, 10 days ago

                certainly not, he loosk tempting but not many people can get him when going mane and salah. Pool double up defenders might have the best chance of getting him. Forward spots valuable tho, is he worth the money and rotation risks? If he goes on a run after 24 and Vardy dry ups then I might get him when I shift to double pool defence.

            3. Better Call Raul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Started today on 26 points. KdB(c) and Mahrez absolutely saved me

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

                Well done owning Mahrez. Never done anything for me.

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

              How many in the top 10k had kun and kdb? I had Mahrez so cannot complain. Getting mane becomes a headache though

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

              XXX / Salah / Mane / KDB / Cantwell
              Vardy / Jimenez / Ings

              A) Maddison

              or?

              B) Richarlison

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

                Mahrez

            6. SweepaKeepa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Man City face 7 of the Top 10 teams in next nine weeks. How fixture proof are they?