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Jesus returns to lead the line for City as KDB drops back into midfield

Pep Guardiola has recalled Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) into his attack for the first of two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19 for Manchester City against Crystal Palace.

Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) is also back for City, despite skying a penalty against Brighton. Bernardo Silva appears (£7.4m) in the other attacking position.

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) captainers of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) will be hoping the City talisman can deliver returns in a more familiar midfield role after Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) both blanked earlier.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) and a returning Fernandinho (£5.4m), classed as an FPL defender, make up the rest of City’s midfield three.

Ruben Dias (£5.8m) and John Stones (£5.0m) partner each other in central defence, with popular FPL asset Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) benched in favour of Kyle Walker (£6.1m)

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) continues at left-back, and Ederson (£6.0m) remains in goal for the Cityzens.

Roy Hodgson is without Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m), who has been left out of the line-up completely.

Out-of-position Andros Townsend (£5.6m) is paired up front with Jordan Ayew (£5.6m).

In Roy Hodgson’s conventional 4-4-2, James McCarthy (£4.3m) and Luka Milivojevic (£5.6m) play in centre-midfield, with Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) and James McArthur (£5.2m) occupying the wings.

Veteran Gary Cahill (£4.5m) returns in central defence alongside James Tomkins (£4.5m), with Joel Ward (£4.3m) at right-back.

Budget defender Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) continues at left-back after ousting Patrick Van Aanholt (£5.4m) from the team.

Vincente Guaita (£4.8m) is between the sticks.

Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, B. Silva, Jesus

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Tomkins, Cahill, Ward; McArthur, McCarthy, Milivojevic, Townsend; Eze, Ayew

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2,067 Comments Post a Comment
  1. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Should have bought Messi

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    That KDB cross, wow. Best midfielder in the world by far. What a player

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A thing of beauty!

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      no one is in doubt unless someone is a united fan

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Foden a close 2nd.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No place for Tommy Doyle?

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Obviously haven’t seen Granit Xhaka recently

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Agree, stunned ...

    6. GROBARI
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No,Lingard is better

      • The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I’d take Bruno

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          You’re mad.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            After seeing him turning your sorry lot respectable, I’d like to see what he can do in a real side.

      • Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Imagine if they had a decent CF

      • Labile
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pogba plays golf?

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He should

    7. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Palace without Zaha are as bad as Sheffield

    8. Mario Balofail
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I have to admit I hate how Guardiola keeps spitting those little saliva bunches all over the place. Disgusting... 🙂

    9. HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Kyle Walker is garbage.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Always has been, track star

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Get Cancelo in

        1. HippY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Exactly, so much more to offer!

      3. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Genius from Hodgson to keep Zaha a secret. Pep playing Walker only for pace

        1. Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bang on!

      4. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        His parties are legendary though or so I've heard...

      5. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Was about to post words to the same effect. Terrible player , terrible human being.

      6. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He's largely OK, just inconsistent and reckless.

      7. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Agree...he is crude and unable to find a pass out of defence. Any threat from Palace so far, has come from his errors

    10. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't like City as a MU fan, but they really should try and sell Jesus and get a new striker in. He's such a bad goalscorer.

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

        Haaland would be great

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Bamford time

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Haha

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Haaland time

    11. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      City playing walking football is so boring

    12. Hypnos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Captained stones please let this be ny surge back into the top 1 million, been desperately needed for so long

      1. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Kudos on those big balls

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Wow you deserve the huge rank rise coming your way!

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        congratz

      4. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Great shout mate. Well done!

      5. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Well done, love seeing a left field armband punt come off.

        • HippY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Please tell me how you manage to sleep at night, navigating around those massive testicles taking up your whole bed!

        • Mingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Well done to you, what's your team ID? You could well be featuring on the scout cast if true!
          I woke up on Saturday morning with an idea to transfer Dallas to Stones for a -12. Spent the rest of the time to the deadline talking my self out of it. Trust your gut is the lesson here!

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Very ballsy move, fair play well done mate

        • Hypnos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          ta all, it must have been years since last posting here always appreciate this community's togetherness!

      6. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Adams and Dallas to Antonio and Stones for a bit is working out well.

        Wasting my bench boost on Bamford, Neto and GK with covid isn't working out so well

      7. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        That 3D camera thingy they did with the Stones goal was pretty cool

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

          Incredible outside of the foot cross by Kdb, really cool seeing it in 3D.

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Indeed, especially as a (K)DB and Stones owner 😉

      8. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Kdb (c) stones dias perfect half

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Should have captained Stones

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Hopefully more to come .....

        3. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Hear hear!

        4. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          KDB non-(c), Cancelo. When's it over?

      9. MidTableFantasy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        City need Foden on, someone tell Pep

      10. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I got Dias over Stones for the security...

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Should have gone for both

        2. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Some did that and doubled up with Cancelo for the attacking threat

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yep !

            • Bojam
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I doubled on the CBs (a few weeks ago) for security of starts. No doubt Cancelo is more of a threat stats wise but always a risk of rotation. With Laporte and Garcia out with injuries and the Dias-Stones pairing looking so good, was a bit of a no brainer tbh.

              1. El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Stones over Cancelo no brainer only if you have 5.0M left ITB

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

                  Disagree. I wanted security of starts. Clean sheets first and foremost. Attacking returns a bonus. And Cancelo has one assist and zero PL goals all season. So not that impressive (despite the stats)!

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cancelo and Stones here

            Bittersweat

          3. Podge
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Me too 🙁

          4. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I got Cancelo over Dias for attacking threat...

            already have stones.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Dias here 0/, but you have pulled away recently 🙂

        3. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          How come United defence gets better?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Big bus, Firmino shite.

            1. For Fuchs Sake
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Hardly a bus, had the best chances

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Same tactic as the other big 6 games.

                Sit and hope.

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Breaking from the bus. The bus was massive.

          2. For Fuchs Sake
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Luke Shaw was outstanding

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              One my next three to buy

        4. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Gonna take a shot every time Pep spits; who is with me?

          1. Mr Arsenal
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            One day Pep won’t be able to control himself and he will spit at Geoff Shreeves in the post match interview.

            Surprised he’s never done it

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Good luck already tried that wasted!

        5. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Why the hell didn't Benteke start?

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Maybe because he's a dreadful player ?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Plenty shouldn't start then.

        6. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Palace going to do a Brighton and defend a 1-0 loss, aren't they?

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Seems likely, whether they will be able to pull it off or not is a different story

          2. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            As long as they prevent Sterling from scoring, I’ll be happy

            (Sold for Salah this week)

        7. Mr Arsenal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          This will finish 1-0

          City not looking to score and Palace not able to score

        8. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Inter vs juv

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Inter boyzzz

            1. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Inter 1-0

          2. GROBARI
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Tired of juve domination,happy for milan clubs,they are back

          3. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Extra orange slices for KDB at the half please

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Just give him a whole one. And some speed.

          4. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Don't mind KDB in this role. He isn't a clinical finisher so much better if he gets the assists and scores some screamers than miss those one-on-ones and destroy his bps.

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Still much less likely to score tho

              Missed chances vs chelsea but ended up with a haul

            2. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              This is the best position for him, it's where he likes to play as well. He goes down that channel and the crosses are outstanding...

          5. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Plz take kdb off pep villa the tougher game

            1. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes actually

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Villa U17s again maybe?

              Matt Targetts transfers might be a clue...

              1. CloudSky
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Hourihane transfers a bigger clue no?

          6. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Stones, Cancelo and KDB owner but Salah capper

            How should I feel about that.

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              However you want to feel my love

            2. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              should cry

            3. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Stones, Dias and KDB owner but Salah capper.

              6 points from Mo is not the end. Maybe he can get a hatty in the next one.

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                At least you got Dias instead of Cancelo.

            4. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Points are good

          7. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I will take this result with KDB TC

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              thats my boy!!!

            2. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Fudgy with his hand in the jam jar with that Stones goal.

          8. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            To think my team name last year was Taxi for Stones...

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Bery memorable that was!

          9. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Uhh. That's that. Season over tbh. This was the week to make huge gains. So many blanks and unexpected benchings.

            1. yalala
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Literally only half way

              1. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                So far behind, only TC & WC left. Feel like everything I do doesn't work; opposite of last season.

            2. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Pro tip. when you want to make huge gains don't captain Rashford.

              1. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Oh yes cos Salah would've done so much better....

                Bet Salah blanks vs Burnley and Rashford gets something vs Fulham.

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I was half joking mate, it was a decent punt that could still work out. Salah was useless as well. Hope Rashford smashes it for you.

                  1. Coys96
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Thanks, still optimistic of something tbh - thought it was genius pre deadline. Returned in every away game this season, against a make-shift L'Pool defence on counter. Anyway, Fulham was the main target!

            3. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Long weeks, ups and downs. I got Meslier and Zouma but Stones bright light in team so far

              1. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Well done on Stones. Cresswell & Coufal my only players to return of the 12 players so far...

          10. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            KDB goal needed, still a captain fail

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

              He’ll score

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              KDB scoring, LOL.

          11. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Any KDB TCers who TCd Mane last time?

            1. Releasebreaks
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Here

          12. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A KDB goal in the second half would be a thing of beauty

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              He doesn't score anymore unfortunately

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Bubz getting positive...

          13. Mac90
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            How attacking are mancity?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Attack minded