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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. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Barkley you dummy

  2. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Such a shame the swap to the other side for Cancelo!

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yup Bertrand Traore is one of the worst wingers in the league in terms of tracking his fullback

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Aye, Traore positional sense is non-existent as well

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Villa are a good side this season!

  4. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Does someone want to explain to me why De Bruyne is strolling about the field like he's watering a garden? Guy is completely unbothered.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Just a normal game for him

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      He does seem to be floating somewhat behind than usual

  5. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    No false 9? KDB and Sterling are on right

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Foden most advanced so far

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        from left

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    So Cancelo is better at right back or left back?

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Sadly doesn’t seem to have much end product at either position. He’s a natural RB though

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Normally right back, today villas weak side is their right

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      More attacking on LB

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Left this game due to Traore

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Average position in their half as left central mid

  7. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Rodri smashing the baps....

  8. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Very recent comments about my 3 MCI players:
    Sterling you dumbhead
    De Bruyne is anonymous
    Cancelo is a selfish headless sheep

    Bodes well eh?

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Lol

  9. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    0-0 is the dream for this game, KDB (vc), Dias & Targett

  10. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Foden is chilling on the left wing

  11. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I am waiting for Stones 3rd goal of this double.

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      OG please

  12. JBG
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling is not good... Unless he gets tap ins, he won't do anything.

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I don’t rate him at all. Takes him so many chances to even have a whiff of a decent effort let alone score these days

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Can't cross a ball to save his life either.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Terrible technical player

      Excellent positional awareness

    3. GROBARI
        3 months, 22 days ago

        He didnt even finish tap ins. Remember Lyon?

    4. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      KDB assisting Stones from a corner would be dreamy stuff

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Too dreamy

    5. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      If KDB doesnt return my day will be ruined and I will be extremely upset

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yes. Captain fail

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        If KDB does return my day will be ruined and I will be extremely upset

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          i have to cheer on your misery then, im sorry

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        TC?

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          yes

    6. Drumandbaines123
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Mings loves his chewing gum

      • Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        10 corner kicks so far for Man City

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Haha you sure

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Ming's is a monster, rate him very highly, best English centre back IMO

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          hardly

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Who do you prefer?

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              maguire, stones, dier

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Omg please, that made me laugh out loud! Big team bias at its best.

              2. dark91
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Hope you are not serious

        2. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          learning from one of the best CB

        3. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He might not even be the best Villa CB

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Remember kids, as a goalkeeper just run into someone and fall on the ground to get your FK’s

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 22 days ago

            lol that was a clear foul.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Stones is supposed to know Martinez is going to run into his back? Eyes in the back of his head that lad.

              1. ivantys
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  He looked behind before leaning onto the keeper. Nice that you pretend not to see it 🙂

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Martinez is gonna haul tonight

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I’d take that

            2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Possibility of Sterling taking another pen? I want KDB and Martinez both to haul somehow. Cancelo to get in the goals too.

          • REDMOND IN SANDALS
              3 months, 22 days ago

              that tackle and long pass from cancelo deserves 5 baps

            • Bookkeeper
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              go away Villa, annoying gits

            • Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Man Utd apparently:

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

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                No Rashy?

                1. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  A few sources suggesting he is rested - we'll see

              2. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                No Rashford. Dilly ding Dilly dong

              3. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                And will still park the bus

              4. Freshy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Livescore says Rash no Martial

            • Pad Randa (The OG)
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Rodri is on massive BAPs.

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                but he doesn't get big baps for clean sheets

                1. Pad Randa (The OG)
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  True, but he's approaching the usual 30ish without one.

            • Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              3rd save?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yes

            • TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              3 Saves from Emi.... shame that's the only thing to shout about from this game so far...

            • ivantys
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Barkley is rubbish. Dean's such a fraud for not starting El Ghazi who's been on form.

                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  He’s just come back from over a months injury

                  1. ivantys
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Means Smith's a fraud then. Should have eased him in instead of dropping the in form El Ghazi.

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Better team with El Ghazi ... rookie error to try and get Grealish scoring FPL pts again

                2. Pad Randa (The OG)
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Get in, you Emi save point.

                3. Siva Mohan
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  3 saves for Martinez

                  1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Hero

                4. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  My god Sterling is ridiculously selfish

                5. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  KDB is way too relaxed for his own good. This is to go top of the table Kevin.

                  1. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    doesn't look right.
                    only way we getting KDB points is through a pen

                    1. BenDavies
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      starting to think the same. upside is city have been attacking the villa box constantly so a penalty is likely

                  2. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    It is so annoying!

                  3. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Saving himself for a second half blitz.

                  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    He can’t do it all himself

                    Look at the crap around him