Dugout Discussion

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

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships and monthly subscriptions are now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

2,067 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    What position is Cancelo playing in?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Right half forward!

  2. sandman58
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    I chose Cancelo over Dias
    Gutted

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Same, bit sore that...

    2. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Me too 🙁

    3. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I have had Cancelo for a few weeks, I wouldn't have chose him over Dias, Dias far more nailed. But do not worry, next game he should start and he is due a big one.

      1. sandman58
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks for the reassurance
        Hope ur right lol

  3. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Will Mitchell rise tonight? Or 100.5 on FPLstats.

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Evern If he rises he's still the cheapest starter in the game.

  4. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Great for KDB to be able to get a bit of an ole rest

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      True, the ice pack on the shin was a bit worrying but seems fine.

  5. ZLNR
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Owned Cancelo and added Dias over stones this week even though it has definitely made my defence overweight in £££ but sure I'm happy with my hit for him already being balance before he gets CS pts

  6. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Chances of foden starting the next match?

  7. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Currently on a decent green arrow that doesn’t feel like a decent green arrow.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Same. Serious stones envy

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Glad I didn't save my FH for 29, that's for sure.

  9. Das Boot
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    I decided not to play my Bench Boost this week and instead opted for KDB (T/C) instead. Well, I thought I had. Turns out I only double captained him so while not too happy about it earlier I still have both those chips going forward.

  10. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Nowhere to hide for Cancelo owners. Show yourselves

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      ? He's still a good pick.

    2. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      'He's due a big haul'

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Right here. Sad that I could’ve gone for Dias but happy Cancelo should get next game, and is so attacking

    4. Parsnips
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Yup. But I have stones too

    5. TAT
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Here. The decision to go with him over Stones has effectively ruined the little hope I had of keeping up in mini leagues.

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Stones, Cancelo and KDB here.

  11. Il Capitano
    8 months, 12 days ago

    OMG just checking after turning phone off to watch Inter-Juve in peace, safe to say Dallas > Stones paid off hahaha

  12. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Stones is a legend

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Depends who you're asking

  13. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Zouma over stones.. see you guys next season...

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      uh oh

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Half way in.

      Good players dig in.

  14. Greek Shamrocks
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    No KDB....Gundogan YES!!!

  15. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    No more conceding 93rd min consolation goals please City

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      This

  16. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Surely I've got to clear 100 points this week?

    80 with 12 left to play, dreams may come true!

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      12 red cards incoming mate!

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Surely. 65 with 12 left here and I’m hoping. Just need KDB captain better

  17. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Sterling has been gash again

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Just looks so off form - seems to be drifting away from play as well.

      1. doher.ty
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Then he goes and does that lol happy for him

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      When is he not?

    3. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      you were saying?

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        A goal doesn't suddenly mean someone has played well

      2. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Hes been utter gash

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Whoops

  18. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    KDB TCappers very lucky to be getting 3 extra points for no reason

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I guess

  19. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Still time to complete the hat-trick Stones.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      This!!

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      This!

  20. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    KDB unlucky not to have more than 1A?

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    My league rival captained Stones...

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Link or fake

  22. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Stones hattie?

  23. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Come on penalty for City and give it to Stones!

  24. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    FK on edge of box. Should give it to Stones.

  25. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    One more Stones

  26. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    65 with 13 to go. I could still reach my 150 points target for this GW

  27. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Sterling g Foden a

  28. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Gundo and KDB rested for their hatties against Villa

  29. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Cracker raz!!!

  30. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Sterling goal Torres assist