Dugout Discussion

De Bruyne and Mahrez benched for EFL Cup final

Gameweek 28 has already reached its conclusion but there is another significant match taking place this afternoon between two Premier League sides.

Manchester City and Aston Villa meet in today’s EFL Cup final, with kick-off at Wembley at 16:30 GMT.

City and Villa, along with Arsenal and Sheffield United, blanked in Gameweek 28 as a result of their involvement in today’s final.

Man City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United remain unscheduled at the time of writing.

Pep Guardiola has made eight changes from the side that beat Real Madrid in midweek, with Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) among the substitutes.

Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) start in attack.

City have another cup match, against Sheffield Wednesday, still to come before they take on their cross-city rivals in Gameweek 29.

Dean Smith has made three changes to the Aston Villa side beaten by Southampton last weekend, with Orjan Nyland (£4.3m), Bjorn Engels (£4.4m) and Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.2m) recalled.

Man City XI: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Foden, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero.

Aston Villa XI: Nyland, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Elmohamady, Luiz, Grealish, El Ghazi, Samatta.

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785 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kamdaraji
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    sky sports pundits saying Grealish may have picked up an injury

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Would make my decision this week easier

  2. Slitherene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Play which one?

    A) DC-L (che)
    B) Doherty (BHA)

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago


    2. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      You have to play B ... but you have to play A really too. Who else could you bench?

  3. Bag on your head
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Will Villa be smashed by that result and just retreat slowly to the Championship?

  4. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Patricio or Dubravka for the next 5 games?