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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. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 hours ago

    Apparently looks like Rashford will be benched

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      My bad luck continued. (c)

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Boris made the call to ole

    3. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Haul as a sub incoming..

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        subscriiiiibe

    4. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Lookman don't mess with us

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 hours ago

    With Cancelo, Stones and Grealish.

    What’s more beneficial for rank, a Grealish return or City clean sheet?

    1. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Obviously city cs..

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      proably pretty close given so many have City def

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      City CS

      Given you doubled up in defence.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Thanks all

    4. ivantys
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Grealish needs to score if haul, assists are useless.

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        stones' goals will be good

    5. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Gundo has only 20 mins for his goal...
      Please score soon ...

    6. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      How did Walkers injury look? Chance he will be out for long?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Hard to tell, he played on for a while so I think impact short term injury rather than muscle

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        The injury totally messed up City .

        Cancelo was killing it at LB linking up with Foden, since he moved to RB City have looked less threatening.
        Hopefully they sort it out in 2nd half.

        1. Dosh
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Foden and Cancelo on the left were ripping Villa apart!

      3. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        looks like it will have to be amputated

    7. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Please Kevin. Just 1 assist. I will genuinely take 1 assist. That will make the TC at least tolerable.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        agree, at this point, i'll settle for an assist

    8. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Is Cancelo a more expensive Lamptey?
      No end product.

    9. Jurgen Flopp
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      Would you consider this to be a fail if you have triple captained KDB?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Not a fail, but 10 points isn't exactly great..

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Yes 10 points in a dgw is very easy to beat

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Easier in theory than in practice

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        10 points is meh on TC but it's better than Mané last season.

      4. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        10 points is the bottom end of acceptability

        He only needs to get 1 goal for it to be a success though

      5. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Considering what Mane did to me last seasons, no.

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          It was a terrible night for us

      6. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        the game ended already?

      7. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        LOL
        Absolutely not !

        Kane/Sane/Mane were my TC last 3 seasons !!

        1. The Sociologist
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Haha same here, I’m kicking myself for not pulling the trigger this week.

    10. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 hours ago

      0 -0 please. Lots of saves for Martinez

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        so far so good!

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Yes please and Stones 2 bonus

      3. KEVIN DE CLAUS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        yes plz

    11. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        City need Haaland

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Every team in PL apart from Spurs do!

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          any striker willing to go into the 6 yard box would converted one of these crosses i think.

        3. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Not sure he's the solution - a bit like a better quality Werner

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            if werner could finish he'd have 20 goals already! i'd take that.

        4. Podge
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Lukaku maybe ?

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Come on Villa. Gove Ederson some shots to save

      • Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Villa will feel it after 65-70 and City will get another 1 or 2-0er

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          looks that way. villa really tired themselves out in the 1st half and don't have that match readiness that city have

      • Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Need a martinez Pen save and a Cancelo goal assisted by KDB.

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          You want fries with that?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            You can't just say that to anything

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            Laughing so much at thislol

      • KEVIN DE CLAUS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        0-0 hoooooooooooold

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        #MUFC Starting XI

        De Gea
        Wan Bissaka
        Bailly
        Maguire
        Shaw
        Fred
        Pogba
        Fernandes
        Martial
        Cavani
        Greenwood

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Rashford dropped

        2. Dosh
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          No Rashford?!

        3. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          No Rashford

        4. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Sake.

        5. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Martial my hero!

        6. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Van de Beek must play and Telles hope this isn’t true

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Want a 1-0 game.. stones goal

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        I am so anxious ahead of this 2nd half. Not sure I can watch it.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          LOL

      • Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        45 more minutes of hiding behind the sofa as both a United fan and a 5-player + (c) owner from this match. Oh well, a little anxiety is good for the soul.

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        I'll take a hattrick from Gundogan

      • Woy_is_back
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Hope it ends 0-0.

        Stones, Martinez, KdB owner

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          me too. stones, diaz, martinez, kdb (not cap).
          0-0 would be wonderful.

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          I'd be ecstatic with a 0-0 here as well.

          1. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            TC'd KDB but have three defenders so I might take that tbh.

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Villa creaking

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 hours ago

        Is Rashford benched? Haul from bench against tired legs?

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Looks more and more like it.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Is he actually on the bench? Haven't seen the squad

          1. GGMU
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            comes out in 5 minutes

        3. ivantys
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            OGS finally realized Rashford can't play at home

        4. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Villa going to get knackered here

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            Or maybe City will! Villa with the extra rest.

        5. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Shame these crosses don't count for saves.

        6. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Rashford benched? At least I can start to enjoy my areola haul

        7. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Would even just take an assist here Kevin ffs

        8. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          I am on the verge of tears at De Bruyne's position. He's playing like a defensive midfielder

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            And strolling around while City have the ball around Villas penalty box.

          2. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            if it stays 0-0 he will bomb forward around 70 min mark

        9. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Would a City CS benefit those with a single defender?

        10. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Almost Martinez assist lol

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 hours ago

            Arghhh

        11. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          All set for a Salah haul tomorrow

        12. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 hours ago

          Almost Martinez assist