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Cancelo returns for Man City as Aston Villa name full-strength XI at the Etihad

Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) is back in the Manchester City team after his recent Double Gameweek benching.

His 12.6% ownership will certainly feel they have some catching up to do after John Stones (£5.1m) and Ruben Dias (£5.8m) already registered double-digit hauls against Crystal Palace.

And if the full-back is to match their Double Gameweek 19 scores, he will have to put in some shift as the centre-backs are both in the team again tonight.

The only fit competition Stones and Dias face right now comes from Eric Garcia (£4.7m) who is named on the bench, while Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m) remain sidelined.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) are the only even remotely viable Fantasy assets benched by Pep Guardiola for the Aston Villa game.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m) both start in central midfield while Raheem Sterling (£11.4m), Phil Foden (£6.3m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) form the front-three.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa come to the Etihad Stadium with what looks, on paper, to be their best XI.

Following their recent coronavirus (COVID-19) postponements, Dean Smith has named an exceptionally strong side.

Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) is supported by an attacking midfield trio of Jack Grealish (£7.7m), Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) and the returning Ross Barkley (£5.9m) who makes his first start since Gameweek 9.

And Smith can draw on a first-choice back-four as well, which features Matt Targett (£4.6m), Tyrone Mings (£5.4m), Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) and Matty Cash (£5.0m) with Emiliano Martínez (£5.1m) in goal.

Manchester City v Aston Villa Line-ups

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Walker; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündogan; Sterling, Foden, B Silva.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, D Luiz; Grealish, Barkley, B Traoré; Watkins.

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1,995 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gonzalocampos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Grealish scores today, it's about time that a team score vs City.

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      No thanks. Double City defence here!

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Jota’s out, Matip’s in.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Glad to hear you are having some success

  3. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Is this the match where Cancelo actually gets an attacking return? Or just more xA?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Another brace for Stones

  4. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Wolves have agreed a deal to sign Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose on loan with an option to buy, as per @SerDeportivosGI. The Brazilian has scored 60 goals in four-and-a-half seasons at La Real.
    Good transfer but i think this is bad news for Jimenez' return.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      🙁

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 4 days ago

      feels like a smart move even with Jimi coming back at some point. They've shown to be bereft of other options and kind of crap without him. So back up alone is worth a loan move.

  5. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Going against the grain here:

    Let's go Grealsih and Martinez! Let's go Villa! 1:0 Villa, Grealish from solo counter attack, Martinez 11 pointer with many saves!

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Ban

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        ford

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Beat it

    3. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      As a Villa fan owning KDB & Stones I’d be happy with that

  6. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Play up Pompey

  7. Boss Hogg
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Vardy and Soucek to Antonio and Son (-4)?

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      If you can go back to the start of this gameweek yes

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Haha!

    2. built_this_city
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Soucek is one of them players that requires patience - wont score every week but will haul occasionally

  8. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Today the day Dias scores

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Today's the day the teddy bears get arrested.
      "Picnic" in the woods? Yeah, whatever.

  9. TheBiffas
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Triple Villa and Triple City. Unsure of what a good result would be.

    1. gogs67
      8 months, 4 days ago

      4-4 with all the goals coming from defenders and assists from the outfield players
      And Martinez saving a couple of penalties

  10. Calvin Valance
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Gundo again

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Much truth in this Rashford benched stuff ?

    1. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Please let this be true

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Yep, he was my differential. Benched for sure

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah he’ll be on the bench.

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

    City CS please. Although not *that* bothered because they have already delivered this GW.

  13. cigan
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    I really want to play Saka next week but at the same time find it hard to justify benching Gundogan, Bamford or Antonio. What do you think?

    Martinez
    Robbo Dias Coufal
    Bruno KDB Son Gundogan
    Vardy Bamford Antonio

    (Johnstone / Saka Lowton Holding)

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely leave Saka on the bench

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Bench Gundogan

  14. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Yay or nay?

    Robertson & Soucek > Cresswell & Barnes

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Not for me

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Neigh.

    3. Ooh Ah Cantona
      8 months, 2 days ago

      Yes absolutely! Robertson is so last year, Cresswell and Barnes are superb choices

  15. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Did not expect a kdb start.

    All I need for him to blank, sterling hattrick and city CS . Thats all 🙂

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      You are not my hero with comments like that

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Haha

  16. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    If there is any justice in the world KDB will get the huge haul that he has been threatening for the last few gameweeks.

    It won’t happen but it really should. Those in the top 10k with perma Son & Kane and no KDB have got away very lightly so far

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Totally agree. We’ve been so unlucky with all the woodwork shots and missed goals from his crosses.

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Anything can happen
      All depends how many chances he converts into goals/assists

    3. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Can this haul happen gw20 ? And keep happening gw20+
      I have him on my team but right now FHing with sterling 🙂

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      "justice in the world" 🙂

    5. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      There is no justice in this cruel world and even less of it in the perennially nightmarishly casual favored game of FPL

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        There are rumours that KDB was the casuals captain this week so I live in hope 🙂

    6. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      I also believe that there is a higher power and KDB hauling today would be completely in line with that

  17. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Honestly no clue what to root for here.

    I have Stones, Dias, Martinez, Grealish and Watkins lol.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      0-0

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Seems the least likely though. A 2-2 with goals from Stones, Dias, Grealish and Watkins would be satisfactory. Martinez saving a KDB pen wouldn't go amiss either.

        I can dream.

    2. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      0-0
      Very unlikely score

    3. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Stones goal and CS and sterling goals.
      Root for that! 🙂

    4. built_this_city
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      i think 0-2 or 0-3 (to villa) would work out best for you overall

    5. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Dias, Stones, Kdb(c), Grealish, Watkins and bets on for Villa 😀

    6. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      3-0 City.

      Want a Villa win though.

  18. gogs67
    8 months, 4 days ago

    No El Ghazi? Had been tempted to bring him in a few weeks back but maybe leaving it was the better move

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 4 days ago

      yes, like I said before he will be dropped when Barkley is back

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Never going to be nailed if everyone fit.

      Will be two from Barkley, Traore, El Ghazi and Trez

  19. Pacer.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    So did I read right that John Stones needs 11 points to match the highest GW score of all time.

    Absolutely mad stuff. Clean sheet, assist and full bonus and he'll have scooped the biggest accolade that any center back could possibly hope for

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

      Thats right. Rooney 32 is the highest

      1. djman102
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 4 days ago

        Couldn't remember the exact points, but I recall the DGW well with him captain. Unfortunately, I believe that was before the Triple Captain chip existed.

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

          Yup everyone had him captain so didnt matter much. 21 + 11 points

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

        Highest scoring gw ever for most of us - Yaya killed it to. Think I got 161 and was only around 100k gw rank if I remember right.

  20. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Andy Robertson. Please get an assist or something from the Burnley game. You’re on my ‘get rid’ radar. Give us somerging!!!

    1. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      something*

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      +1. Can’t sell before he hauls big. Know it is soon.

    3. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Yep. Selling for stones before spurs fixture if he does nothing

  21. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    KDB has 3 goals all season and 1 from open play

    Yet ppl have TCed him. Unbelievable. Only a blank here would be justice

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      A hattrick would be justice

    2. Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      Apparently his peripheral vision is 20/20 but facing forwards he is basically drunk

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      2 in my ML. I have Martinez aand triple City but not him. Marty to save 2 Kev pens please.

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

    Uncapped KDB with Stones Cancelo Grealish Konsa & Martinez.

    Would love a 0-0 with Martinez 3 gazillion saves but not hopeful!

  23. caldracula
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    I know this might change after watching AV next two performances but who would you start for the next GW?

    One of each

    A) Martinez (bur)
    B) Schmeichel (eve)

    1) Chilwell (WOL)
    2) Coufal (cry)
    3) Dallas (new)

    X) Watkins (bur)
    Y) Soucek (cry)

    Thanks

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      A1Y

  24. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Bring on the disappointment.

  25. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    FPL is great for my interest in the rubbish games but this could be a great game and I can't enjoy watching it as I don't have KDB captain lol

  26. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    KDB to bring me my 14th captain fail of the season. We move...

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 4 days ago

      This is our week - I’ve got faith

  27. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    Captained Cancelo in FanTeam daily game. Clean sheet wipeout imminent.

  28. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    34/8 including KDB for the first tonne of the season

  29. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    All of us just want kdb to fail.

  30. random53124
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 4 days ago

    0-0 would suit me just fine here. 3 x defenders (2 MCI & 1 AVL) and non-KDB captainer here!!