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

    Guess the Drinkwater bandwagon is not going to happen...

  2. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    No way Drinkwater should've started, crazy decision.

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Oh dear ... this is OR killer game

  4. Woy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Kun (c) lets get it

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    LOL. Aston Villa fans leaving already.

  6. Lecky Legs FC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Captain Aguero

  7. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Drinkwater at fault for all goals. Nice signing.

  8. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    KDB lucky assist

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

      I happily take it.

  9. Licky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    This is going splendidly.

  10. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    RIP Villa

  11. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Chucky could score vs Villa, if he was playing.....

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Epic Fail spotted leaving 😉

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

      Epic Fails a Birmingham City fan.....

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nope, he's a Villan

  13. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Go and f... yourself Riyad, I need KDB to rack up some points.

  14. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Villa fans leaving?!

  15. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Villa fans off to the bar or home already 🙂

  16. EmreCan Hustle
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Its amazing how Aguero gets injured and then just picks up from where he left off every single time.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Best striker in the world. Love him

    2. MITHRRANDIRR
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      City would be top if baldie was not tinkering with him early on.

  17. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Aguero!!!!

  18. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hope KDB cry babies are chill now 😉

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Need moreeeeeeeee

    2. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Super chill, thanks.

  19. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Vardy massive sale incoming.

  20. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Kdb ass. Lovely Jubbly

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Perve

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Was it though?

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Glad for the KDB assist but Kev is not getting any bonus today. All the forwards will snap them up!

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Nah, he´s adding another goal and assist

  22. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Old Skool Arsenal fan. Tyrone Mings has England caps. Peter Simpson never got one. The game is dead to me.

  23. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    southampton vs leicester 0-9 record in danger now

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Great minds think alike :))

  24. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Can they beat 9:0 and the Southampton game?

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      see my comment above

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      If they keep trying then 100%

  25. Licky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Are people actually leaving?

  26. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Kdb needs to at least score now.

  27. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    This new Villa keeper ..... they got any alternatives?!

  28. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    What an idiotic maneuver by those so-called 'supporters', leaving the game you traveled for and paid good money for 29 minutes into it. Utterly insane.

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sunk costs mean nothing.

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

        Then why bother going in the first place if you're just going to leave after 30 minutes. Illogical.

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

      Yes.

      Should have just saved their money and watched it online like the rest of us.

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      If this happens against us next home game I'll be sat and admiring

  29. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    This may be the single worst CM performance in PL history from Drinkwater

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      giving his first start against city of all teams probably bad coaching decision. now we will see him after 1 year.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson relieved.

  30. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Rival has Aguero and KdB and i have Sterling(C). This is fine.