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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. tom_p77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone else doing KDB > Gundo?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Yes but don't know where to dumb the cash

  2. Isco Disco
    • 4 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    KDB(C) fail but happy with my Stones and Dias points.
    Now all I need is Bruno to blank

  3. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    How did Grealish look?

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

      Long hair, low socks, decent shorts and nice shirt - 8/10!?

      1. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Nice. I'll add him to my shortlist.

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Lovely stuff

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Lucky to not get a YC
      Was in a few good positions and Barkley missed passing to him multiple times

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Dives, kicking out, usual

    4. Kane and Ablett
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Magnificent calves but needs to wash his hair

  4. DA Minnion (Former great)
    • 9 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Any hope at all that Fulham score.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Mystic Meg says oui.

  5. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Fulham 1-0 UTD at HT so Trashford comes on and actually plays some minutes, cheers!!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Prefer 0-0 and Rash coming on fresh to brace

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Old Trashford.

    2. Aldershot Gas
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Nope - he will stick with Martial - appart from Bendonkey (benteke) is there a worse attacking player in the prem ? - can't even pass the ball, does cover back.....total waste of space]

      1. Aldershot Gas
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        doesn't ! cover back!

  6. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Salah or Kane is the decision over the next few weeks

  7. GoonerSteve
    • 12 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Disappointing night with KDB (c).

    I'm on 98 with only Fernandes and Salah left to play. Risked it a bit this week and only went with 6 double gameweekers but no chips or hits.

    Ganeweek started really well but suspect I am going to get reeled in significantly now.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 1 day ago

      Try TC him. 3 minutes off 6 extra points, ruddy hell.

  8. Mr. Chimes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Haven’t seen a boast fest like this on here in a long time

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      The dog is not impressed

  9. Jafalad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    Dermot Gallagher confirming that the first CTY goal was legitimate as it was a new phase of play once Mings had played the ball.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      What a crock of absolute ...

    2. TOPCAT1960
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Thats what I said, but hey what do i know

    3. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Is the change of a new "phase of play" described anywhere in the offside rule? Couldn't find anything. I don't think it's a new phase of play as Mings doesn't even control the ball when Rodri takes it from him.

      1. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        He just has to play the ball as I understand it.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Probably yes. Just feels like that kind of situation is always offside?

          1. Jafalad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            12 months, 2 days ago

            How many times do you see this situation though and play just continues?

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Not debating whether it was the wrong or right decision, just pointing out that Mings does control the ball before Rodri tackles him, he just miscontrols it.

  10. Collings
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 2 days ago

    KDB and Soucek to Gundogan and Maddison?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Gundogan considered, Maddison not yet

  11. Party time
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Can’t believe Cancelo did not haul in that game

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        It's amazing. It's coming surely ... my beard is getting grey, but it's coming!

    • Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      City score 6 goals and get 2 clean sheets, and still benched SGW Saka outscores Cancelo!

    • Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Rollercoaster. Stones, cancelo KDB(C) vs Watkins, Martinez and targett. Dean smith subbing Targett before the silva goal has softened the Martinez and KDB blow. 119 with 6 to go!

    • jam
      • 12 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Salah: 1 SOT since GW14.

      1. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Perfect,all set for his haul this GW

        1. jam
          • 12 Years
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Would suit me. Not convinced tho.

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      8 players left.. big greens from here

    • Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Can all the Cancelo haters please sell him so only I get his haul. Thank you

    • FFSbet.com
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      What happen with KDB injury or tired?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Precaution

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Not a precaution, Pep said may be muscle injury. Not sure why bloke below said that.

    • Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      KDB Grealish Stone Martinez 0 BAPS

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Great week with no chips again breaking the tonne, but all downhill from here with only Bruno and Grealish to go!

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

        Amazing luck.

        You had 4 or 5 effectively blank too across the dgw

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Yes, last week was great too considering no chips - Mitchell came to the rescue!

          Really need Salah to stay quiet!

    • Ginola14
      • 9 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone know top lad dakes thoughts on kdb.......

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

        He's among the many regulars who are often negative or annoyed

      2. Al Moon Yeah
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Think he said something along the lines of "Screw you KDB... over and over and over" I've never seen a man so determined to get another man laid!

    • Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Only Bruno Salah(c) Maguire left this GW

      Huge red coming up on an already red arrow

    • UpTheCherries
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      To clear up the offside debacle. It WAS offside. Heres the section of law 11 that the premier league used to clarify their decision:

      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.

      Mings was not close to the goal hence it was right for them to disallow the goal.

      I am gutted myself being a Martinez owner 🙁 but hope this helps make the loss of points more acceptable 🙂

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Try reading it again?

        1. UpTheCherries
          • 3 Years
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Oops I meant to put WAS NOT offside

        2. UpTheCherries
          • 3 Years
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Fatal mistake haha

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            12 months, 2 days ago

            RIP

      2. TOPCAT1960
        • 5 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        But Rodri did not "receive" it from Mings, watch it from the behind the goal camera.

      3. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        That's very confusing. There is no reference to a player coming from an offside position reengaging with play after an opponent has played the ball.

      4. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        It was clear offside and Rodri interferes with normal play so he gained an unfair and illegitimate advantage. The goal should have been ruled out and I totally understand Dean Smith. It's unbelievable how Moss and his VAR pals did Villa

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Its offside by any definition the game has ever seen ; if its not its absurd.

      6. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 2 days ago

        It's offside because I had Martinez in goal.

        1. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          12 months, 2 days ago

          Or rather, it was not given offside because I had Martinez in goal.

    • El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      I mean how unlucky is that KDB gets subbed off at 59 min???? Even with a blank 1 minute later and their cap get 4 points more.... incredible.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Thank Jack

      2. Aldershot Gas
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 2 days ago

        Pep, knew - transferred him out of his fant team......before this game week, also told him not to score.

    • Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      I also did not get juggling balls for Christmas

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        My girlfriend once wrote to Jimmy Saville asking for him to fix it for her to learn to juggle, no reply. Dodge a bullet there eh!

    • Kane and Ablett
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 2 days ago

      Any Fellow Dias captainers out there? I make it 36, Stones chipping in with another 27 and that’s half my points for the week

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      I'm thinking of giving up on transfers full-stop. Can't get anything right.

      1. Kane and Ablett
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 2 days ago

        I don’t think I’ll use any more chips, distractions that have messed up my squad

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        Got that Zombie song in my head now ... zoooombee zooooombe, ah uh ah uh ah uh

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      So KDB only played 130 minutes over 2 games. Looks shattered.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 1 day ago

        He went off with potential muscle injury after Grealish tackle, wasn't a rest.

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

      ManU def owners spared the torture of hoping to hold that cs late on!

    • Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 2 days ago

      What if I told you that my mini-league rival owns and played both anguissa and lookman?