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

    KdB cap fail already 🙁

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How?

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

        Non assist.

        I'm only mucking about, though. 70 mind to go yet.

  2. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I've been wondering whether to bring in Mahrez. Leaning much more that way now.

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      And now leaning even more...

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mahrez G and KdB A? Get innnnn

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wait its not? FFS

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        KDB very clever dummy leave though. Very much involved

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lol

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kun A

    4. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ban?

    5. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Aguero not KdB

    6. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Aguero assist, no pts for a dummy...

    7. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thanks for the BS post dude, jeez.

    8. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      lol

  4. Lecky Legs FC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Aguero © assist points woosh

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Luck

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bloodbath incoming now. Villa are going down, cant defend and need to score to get a result... Perfect storm

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      John Stones goal would be hilarious

  6. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    damn. wanted to take a 2 week punt on mahrez. went for maddison instead.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You wanted to but didn't do it? I considered it as well but didn't take the risk unfortunately.

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

    Thinking martial to mahrez this week. Then easy kdb to mane week after ?

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Siri hung KDB is not easy

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Huh ?

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oh selling? Yes I mean easy as in no surgery needed.

        2. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ditching 😆

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Maverick moves ... good luck!

  8. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    De Bruyne did a dummy...why dummy why?!

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lol because it set up a goal ?

      1. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        yes but what about my FPL points 🙁
        Did he think about that, huh?

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

      if only he just flicked it lol

    3. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Should atleast get BPS for a successfull dummy 🙂

    4. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      because he doesnt care about our fantasy teams...

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

    love pumkinhead... he knows what he is talking about

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      It’s not Pumpkinhead, it’s Reckless who has stolen his I’d.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        ID

    2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ye…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      But do you love the real pumpkinhead..asking for a friend

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Crowd singing f##k VAR

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    “Up VAR, Up VAR” sing the crowd...

  12. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kdb score a goal even though I did not captain you

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Sterling will be lucky to get back into the team. Hes worse than all their other attacking options.

  14. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Why you goin for the dummy Kevin ffs. Step up man!

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Yean deffo annoyed I didn't punt on Mahrez now. Shame 😀

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      same here went for 'safer' but useless maddison

  16. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    This is going to get very ugly for Villa

  17. Mo Salah No Mane
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Aguerrrooooo captainers unite.
    Now just for the goal and a bonus of 3.
    Fortunate to get an assist from that but we'll take it.

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Do you have a choice not to take it?

  18. glufs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Jesus, Villa. Step up.

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      They look woeful

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Where is my big sofa?

  19. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Chances of Sterling staying on the bench?

    Got Dendoncker waiting on the bench.

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes

  20. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Unless Pep changes something tactically, this will be a KDB(c) fail and an Aguero(c), Jesus(c) and Mahrez(c) success.

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

    people tipping villa to get thrashed now after just 1 goal... you know what that means?

    1-0 FT

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Timing.....

    2. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You're a real star. 100% FFS new gold.

  22. Vpan
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What to do?

    A) Rashford + Tammy + Grealish-> Ings + DCL + Salah -4 (keep Martial)

    B) Rashford + Martial -> Ings + Salah (no United)

    C) Tammy + Rico -> Ings + Robertson (keep 2 United)

    D) Soy -> Robertson (upgrade with no major changes)

  23. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is anyone else getting tempted to lose Vardy?

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No

        The grass always appears greener

    • zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mahrez again wow!

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mahrez brace

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mahrez G

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Jesus A

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Omg mahrez

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kev deep as shi*te !!

    • Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mahrez G

    • sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      City Goal