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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. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Oh great. It’s on BT so I can’t watch this one either.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      I wish I wasn't watching it, nerves are horrendous

    2. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Same. BT are the worst

    3. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      So’s the next one

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        You’re joking.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Nope. Have you not noticed that FPL show which channel it’s on next to the fixture?

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Can’t piggy back with it? I swap my dads BT sport with my sky go login.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I was but my friend cancelled it a few weeks ago.

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    If Aston Villa win this to 0 I will start supporting them over Southampton

  3. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Come on Raz TC i believe in you

  4. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Watkins to open the scoring to be the ultimate troll.

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Needs to be an investigation into this Villa bs. "Massively hit by Covid" my ass, entire first 11 ready and well rested now after a couple weeks off. Easy for Dean Smith to say that his lads dont need rotation when he pulls tricks like this to get rest when needed.

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Is odd how they had a massive outbreak and then same starting 11

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      They didnt play for 20days

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Does seem a bit funny that most of the first team would catch such a deadly and debilitating virus that is ‘effecting the young and fit’ more this time and they are all fine

      Funny

    4. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      If half the Villa team aren't on their knees or passed out by half time we'll know the real story, that's for sure.

  6. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Bernardo silva playing in false 9 spot
    Interesting

  7. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Jees, train delayed and viki sparks or whatever her name is commentating on 5 live. Is there a worse noise in football?

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Jacqui Oatley?

  8. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Somehow I have Martinez, Grealish, Watkins and Cancelo in my team. Looking for a place to hide.

  9. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Positive for Grealish that Barkley is back and playing centrally.

  10. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Nowhere to hide for me as a KDB non-owner.

    Bring on the paiiinnnnn

  11. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Right Villa, City have one very good player, mark him FFS!

  12. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Grealish already passing to future team mates

  13. JBG
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Oh pi$$ right off Bilva... That would have been a Dias assist.

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Rodri

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Nr3?

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Rodri

  14. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Wow Martinez

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Stones massive chance missed.

    He’s useless for attacking returns.

  16. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Brutal on the Villa players. First game back at the Etihad in torrential rain.

  17. bigwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Save of the season

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Great defending as well, Cash I think.

  18. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Stones so dangerous lol

  19. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    KDB TC, Stones and Foden let’s go!

  20. HD7
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    So who are the Villa members with Covid, any news?
    I dont see any surprises in the first 11

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Could be why El Ghazi is benched

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        El G not first choice, fighting with Traore

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          He's better than Traore and in better form. I'd expect him to play but I suppose El Ghazi prefers playing on the left rather than the right.

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      +ve cases were over 2 weeks ago, most clear now. Trez and Hause missing from bench

  21. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    OMG traore hit it!

  22. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    First 5 minutes feel like there are a lot of goals in this game.

  23. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and avert the threat.
    5' John Stones (Manchester City) latches onto a cross and shoots from close-range, but Emiliano Martinez makes a terrific save to deny him. Manchester City will take a corner kick.
    5' Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) takes the corner.
    4' Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger. Good work from Manchester City as they win a corner.

    KDB all over the place according to flashscore commentary .

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Just taking dead balls really. Nothing special.

      1. ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Exactly, does not get shots on target. Overpriced as a FPL option now considering how others are performing

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Sounds good for my three city based on first 10 minutes

  24. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Cancelo, goal and assist combo is needed. !!!

    1. Coffee Prince
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      no cs?

  25. Bram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    This is sooo not looking like a 0-0 lol

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Only got Martinez... so 😐

  26. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    FFS this game is far too open, what are Villa doing!

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Rusty.. Not played in like 20 days. And City really look up for it.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        City should be tired!

  27. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Great defending by Targett v Sterling, get to him before he gets into the box!

  28. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Damn. Foden missed KDB A sitter there..

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Not quite!

  29. ivantys
      2 months, 24 days ago

      weak pass by barkley

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Barkley showing his quality.