Dugout Discussion

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.

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

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

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

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

1,995 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Double City defense and KdB (C) and my rank has barely moved!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      And Grealish!

    2. bitars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Everybody relevant owns KDB and dubble City defence+ Martinez.

  2. ivantys
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Dean Smith > Mourinho (-4)?

      1. GROBARI
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Rodgers is more nailed and has lower price

          1. ivantys
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Which one of them gives better excuses when they don't win though?

        • Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Commentator doesn't have a clue what is going on half the time

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Captain fail after captain fail when will it bloody end

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Awful officiating.

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          He was offside

          Martinez owners incandescent

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          LOL. BT Ref saying it should have been offside.

          1. Steve Chance
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Walton is a muppet.

        • DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Did Rodri not come from an offside position? Im confused

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            How can he be offside? There wasnt a pass played to him. He tackled Mings who had possession

            1. DAZZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              The ball was played forward towards rodri who was in an offside position and he interfered with play as he stepped back onside?

            2. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Are you serious

            3. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Not true. He came from an offside position and played the ball, got involved with the play. Clearly offside.

            4. iCon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Ball played into a position with Rodri clearly coming back from an offside position; as soon as he gets involved with play he’s then interfering with play and gaining an advantage from coming back from offside position. It’s just a shocker by ref/VAR!

            5. ivantys
                2 months, 26 days ago

                ^This. Once the opposing player possess the ball, the play is restarted.

          2. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Some good news at last. Villa CS gone and the scorer and assist are both low ownership.

          3. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            YESSSSSS

            Martinez faiiiil

            Love to see it

            1. TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Never expected anything more than a save point so tbh 2 is pretty tasty with a potential CS to come vs. Toon

            2. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              How is it a fail?

            3. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Nothing better in FPL. 😀

            4. Teomi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Fail? Still on 4 points away at citeh

            5. GROBARI
                2 months, 26 days ago

                REFEREE!

              • Steve Chance
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Love it.

              • Etonmessi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 26 days ago

                4 point against City? I'll take it

            6. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              If Peter Walton disagrees with the decision then it must be wrong.

            7. Mweene
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Soucek to Gundogan an option?

              1. zon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Definitely.

            8. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Mahrez passing to a ghost?

            9. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Clear as day offside.

              VARchester City back in action.

            10. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Anyone on here laughing at KDB own Martinez? One word, Karma. 😀

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I own both and captained KDB. Friggin hurts

              2. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                4 points vs. Man City with Newcastle to go is pretty good!

            11. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I am afraid to play the What If tool and put the Martinez haul in it. I know it will hurt.

            12. Better Call Raul
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Exact cash for Targett -> Stones.

              Pull trigger now to avoid being priced out ?

            13. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Whats even more hillarious than Cancelo's "almost haul" is that every time Rodri makes an assist, from afar he looks like Cancelo. Just enough for another layer of dissapointment

            14. ivantys
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Targett owners rejoice

                1. djman102
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Targett owner, City fan. Absolutely perfect so far!

                2. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  o/
                  Let's hope he plays in the 2nd game though!

              • Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                How can Rodri not be interfering and get the assist - Konsa & Martinez owner fuming

              • Forza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                "A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball, including by deliberate handball, is not considered to have gained an advantage, unless it was a deliberate save by any opponent."

                https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/football-11-11/law-11---offside

                Mings deliberately played the ball.

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Still offside

                  1. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    OK 🙂

                    1. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      It is offside. He’s coming back from offside and tackles him

                      1. TOPCAT1960
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Think Mings lost the ball - ie he did not have it under control

                        1. Pat Bonner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          I disagree

                2. Bram
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  If Mings had passed it back to him yes but he tackled him so offside

                  1. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    The tackle didn't come in under after Mings had it under control though, which is crucial IMO

                    1. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Ever played football?

                      1. Forza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Not seriously, no. But I don't think that impedes my interpretation of the rules. Quite a few top referees (e.g. Pierluigi Collina) never played at a serious level.

                3. Guru Mediation
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Peter Walton saying it should have been offside

                  1. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    He's apparently changed his mind: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23252858

                4. Toalie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  From same page:
                  'A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched* by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:

                  interfering with an opponent by:
                  preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball or clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent or making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball

                  *The first point of contact of the 'play' or 'touch' of the ball should be used'

                  1. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    I don't think Rodri was preventing Mings from being able to play the ball. The challenge really comes in when Mings successfully brings it down to his feet IMO.

                    1. WE GO FOR IT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      The ball was no way in his feet. At least not clearly. Has to be off!

                      1. Forza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        He had plenty of time and space to head it or clear it; a more assured touch would have brought it away from Rodri and away from the danger. That makes Mings in control of the ball and able to play it IMO. Rodri's foot was barely off the ground when the challenge came in so, it was definitely at Mings' feet by the time the disposession happens.

                        1. Pat Bonner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          Why do strikers not stand to the side of goalkeeper - once he makes save (deliberate touch) it’s next phase of play and can then get rebound and score?

                          1. Forza
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            "A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball, including by deliberate handball, is not considered to have gained an advantage, unless it was a deliberate save by any opponent.
                            A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper within the penalty area)."

                            The bit in brackets is why it the striker would be deemed to have gained an advantage, which would make it an offside offence.

              • Old Bull
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Ref playing an opponent on a Villa cleanse

              • diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Good for the title race for City to win.

              • HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                This was robbery...Villa got robbed by awful referees

                1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Yep

              • fedolefan
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Such a beautiful goal that from bernardo. Utterly relevant from a goal/assist point of view but lovely CS wipes for Martinez. Rank jumped 15k after that goal.

              • Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Villa will be exhausted, Wilson should haul

              • Sir Alex Telles.
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Why didn't VAR check it?

                1. Forza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  They did, the commentators confirmed that VAR cleared it.

              • Underdogs11
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I lost 10 points on that goal.

                • Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Who got the assist? Dias or rodri?

                • Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  So Mings controlling the ball automatically means it's a new play and Rodri can continue to move from the offside position towards him and win the ball?

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Yeah it's subjective as to where you draw the line, offside for me

                  2. Meinhoff
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Yes

                  3. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Yeah, it looks like the Mings touches fall under the "deliberately plays the ball" category here: https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/football-11-11/law-11---offside

                    1. Bram
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Disagree as it was a tackle

                      1. Forza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Mings controlling it with his chest so he can play it with his feet is deliberately playing it IMO.

                    2. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Pretty awkward for a cb to not play the ball there, as someone could be running behind the line.

                      1. Forza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        He could've cleared it rather than trying to control it.

                  4. Pat Bonner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    That’s how they are trying to get round it but it’s offside every time for me