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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. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Allardyce on Johnstone: “He trained on Friday for the first time, not among the lads but on his own because that was allowed. He’ll come back into the picture next week, hopefully, depending on how his body feels after having Covid"

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Great!!!!

    2. Gemma817
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Next week? As in he's in contention for his second game in the dgw? WHU (A)?

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          yes, apparently was close to being in the squad against Wolves.

          1. Gemma817
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Hope he plays

        2. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Big Sam better rest him against West Ham.

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Pep floodgates open.

        Spitting all over the place.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hope he’s Covid free...

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Dias and stones is the combo, right now guaranteed to always have one playing at least and usually both

        Went Cancelo and stones on wc myself

        1. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Treble defence could be the go

          • Bojam
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Trudat

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I'd still get Cancelo and Stones

        2. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Sterling needs a goal to save his career at city.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Bit drastic but he's struggling so far

          • Mweene
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That Stones goal has put me into the top 10k with only FH played...

            This is my year!

            1. HippY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Congrats!

              For me, that KDB(c) and Stones partnership has rescued my chances in the cup 🙂

            2. Yes Ndidi
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Nice one!
              It's just dropped me out of the top 100k.

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Sterling the best Salah replacement? Have KDB, Son and Bruno.

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Definitely not.

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Who then? Don't see to many viable options.

                1. swobe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Madders

                  1. swobe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    With a mid of KDB Son Bruno Salah there is no need to replace anyone?

            2. Mweene
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No.

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I know. But then there isn't practically anyone else,

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Could always downgrade and get Kane.

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Could.

            3. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Keep salah

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Keeping, Just making a point. That apart from those three, there isn't anyone else who makes sense.

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                This

            4. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No way

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Agree. But the issue is there is no other proper option.

            5. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Grealish? Maddison? Hamez? Zaha? Foden? Smith Rowe?

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I would rather keep Salah.

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  There we go then

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    The exact point I am trying to make! Why complain when there is no proper option? Keep him and have faith. I captained him. I am disappointed. But who do I replace him with?

            6. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No but wouldnt think of that until 1 day before deadline

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            John ‘Maldini’ Stones second goal due @ 83 mins 🙂

            Remember C’ing Laporte for a previous double.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I'll take that

            2. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Laporte was the exact reason I went with double MCI CB.

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 15 days ago

            FHd him out but still think Cancelo will come tbh, his end product may be lackluster but surely, surely there's no way he doesn't get attacking returns with the way he plays

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 15 days ago

              *come good

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Stones goal saving me in the cup against Antonio + double WHU defence

          • Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            It's a shame KDB doesn't score anymore and for that reason he might not be worth the price tag going forward.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Not like his alternatives in Bruno and Mo are doing much better

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

                I know but it gives room for Kane

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Get Gundogan instead 😆

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            How many pts from Salah to be a successful TC ?

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A lot more than he's gonna get

            2. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              not performing atm so any attacking return and a cleansheet v Burnley should be considered a win.

            3. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              He could still get more than De Bruyne..

          • Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That Stones goal makes up for the Cancelo benching

          • pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Had Dias in my team

            Switched to stones on FH 😎

            1. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 15 days ago

                You seem to be having g a great FH

                1. pundit of punts
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Only Werner and Foden big fails

                  May come good next game though

                2. diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Defence has done well, but also has Salah(c), Vardy, Werner, and Foden.

                  1. pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Not too worried

                    They will come good

                    Fingers crossed

              • Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Cracking!

                Hope Werner starts!

                1. pundit of punts
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Here’s hoping mate

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 15 days ago

                FH working out for us beautifully man.

                1. pundit of punts
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Absolutely

                  Just need Werner, Salah and Vardy to return and we are in for huge green arrows

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Don't care what Mo does but I do want a Vardy party and for Werner to repay the faith

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      *for Werner to replace the BLIND faith

            2. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Vidal Goal

              1. Budweiser
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Good for him

            3. Jag-z
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              We had some manu fans earlier comparing the class of kdb with that Portuguese jorginho... Disgusting

            4. Squires FC
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Given the current state of affairs youd think pep would refrain from spitting every where

            5. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Roy Keane and Micah Richards are a great duo. 😆

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Keane is comedy gold anyway

              2. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                How come everyone owns stones all of a sudden.

                1. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  He is cheap 5.0

                2. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  easy pickings

                3. Jag-z
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Were you living under a rock all this while

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    No. I just jumped on the mcy wagon with Dias before stones was a thing

                4. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  5m City defender. Starting and playing well. DGW. Did I mention he was 5m?

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Yeah, I just thought most here would have had a nailed mcy def already , way long before stones was a declared a safe pick and wouldn't be doubling up

                5. Bojam
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  We only pipe up when he scores 🙂

                  1. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    I like your honesty 😉

                  2. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Allowed 🙂

                6. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Not enough tv for Dias or Cancelo. Casuals friend

                  1. Bojam
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Nah. The casuals saw the double up value of Dias-Stones weeks ago 😉

                  2. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Got both Dias and stones mate

                    1. Bojam
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Me too - for a few weeks. Smart money with Laporte and Garcia both out.

                7. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Flavor of the week 2-3 weeks ago. Went for him for Mitchell in the week Mitchell got cleanie and ManCiry conceded 93rd minutes or something. Also had Dias so that was extreme annoying

                8. diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Had him for weeks now. Him and Dias. Love defensive double ups when the fixtures allow.

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Fair play. Worked out great.
                    I'm just wary of double ups this season with all the last min cancellations

                    He who dares, I guess.

                9. teneighty
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I took a hit to get him in this week.

                10. Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Only the cheap casuals. I payed the extra for Dias and Cancelo. Demands a Dias goal in second half.

              3. Paulybaby123
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  KDB is too good 🙂 a Gundogan return would be lovely too

                  1. Fred54
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Yeah Gundo had some great chances last GW and tonight, too. Need that goal out of him incase he doesn't have start v Villa.

                • yalala
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  So say my wife finds the bank card of my side bank account. If she goes to HSBC with it would they tell her anything about how much money there is or previous transactions??

                  1. Lev Yashin
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Not if her name isn't on the card.

                  2. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    ever heard of Data Protection!?

                  3. badgerboy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    If she knows your pin number then your 'lady of the night' bills will no longer be secret.

                  4. Fred54
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Are you scared she will find out about you giving Andy money via patreon?

                  5. Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    No. But can you share it with us?

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      This

                  6. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    There's plenty of better places to discuss stuff like this in a more anonymous manner than on FFS

                  7. Gnu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    She's on FFS so she may well be asking why the secrecy.

                  8. yalala
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Cheers lads carry on

                  9. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Oh dear you will have to own up to the lingerie you have been wearing when she’s out.

                  10. Yes Ndidi
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Not if she's not named on the account.

                    However.................

                • Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Dias better score in the second half. Of course I brought in the premiums Dias and Cancelo over Stones

                  1. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    he's trash in the air

                  2. Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Stones 15 Dias 14 incoming. Unless Kev nicks bonus

                    1. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      What’s bonus points for cleanie? 12?

                • CasaBanter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Anyone else got KDB captain and notice on FPL he’s not got double (or triple) points yet??

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Few people have mentioned this issue yeah

                  2. Parsnips
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Yeh very weird

                    • Guru Mediation
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      I believe this is FPL merely front loading his second half red card

                      1. CasaBanter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        That would hurt! Although one of my mini league mates has triple captained him this week - would be amusing to watch him if it happened, missing the next game also...

                  3. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Stones is going to end up as this week's top scoring player, isn't he?

                    1. djman102
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Stones is the new Laporte (I hope!)

                  4. El Presidente
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Jesus was a talented footballer breaking through the ranks at Palmeiras, went right into the canarinha where he immediately made an impact. The same impact when he arrived in Manchester even relegating team legend Aguero to the bench. A pity really that he has totally stagnated the last 2 years...

                  5. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    If you have Stones & Dias you bottled it! Those with Cancelo like me play the game. High risk high rewards!

                    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Well the lowest reward possible today

                    2. Bojam
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Who's laughing today? 😛

                      1. Bojam
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        And stats don't equal points. How many PL goals or assists does Cancelo actually have this season?

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          How many league goals Stones score for City before today?

                          1. Bojam
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            True. But those banging on about "high risk, high reward" and paying ~1m more for Cancelo than Stones might reflect on the fact the reward isn't actually that impressive!

                  6. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    KDB should give his next pen to Stones

                    1. Jindaljain
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Not an KDB owner

                  7. Bob_the_builder
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Although you never know with Pep but if KDB was to be rested in this GW it had to be against Palace given how Villa is playing this season and City trying to get back into the title mix

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Easy Cup draw should help that.

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

                    Wow every considered decision wrong

                    DCL>Cavani instead of Antonio
                    TAA>Cancello
                    Picking Cancello over Stones

                    Time to log out and look back in a week

                  9. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    a KDB goal would have me hauling like never seen before

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Megayawn.

                    2. TimoTime
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      I'd also take another assist if it's to Stones or Dias