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Gundogan back in City starting XI as Guardiola names strong side for Villa

After weeks of starting XI rotation around cup competitions home and abroad, Manchester City are back at something approaching full strength this evening.

The champions-elect take on Aston Villa in their delayed Gameweek 32 fixture, with kick-off in the Midlands at 20:15 BST.

Ilkay Gundogan has embodied that week-to-week uncertainty, having been benched in three successive league matches between Gameweeks 28 and 31.

The German is back in a Premier League starting XI this evening, along with Ruben Dias and a number of other high-profile, well-owned City assets.

Pep Guardiola has reacted to Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea by making eight alterations, although the likelihood is that he would have rung most of those changes anyway.

Gundogan, Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden return to the team after benchings at Wembley.

Ruben Dias, Rodri and Gabriel Jesus are the only survivors from the side that started the last match.

Kevin De Bruyne is not involved after limping off with an ankle injury on Saturday, with Sergio Aguero also absent once again.

The Villa team news is more straightforward, with Dean Smith making only one change to his starting XI.

It’s an enforced one, too, with Trezeguet out for the season after knee surgery and replaced by teenage midfielder Jacob Ramsey.

This is the youngster’s first league start at Villa Park.

Jack Grealish is once again absent with a shin injury.


Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Luiz, Traore, McGinn, Ramsey, Watkins.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.

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659 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Thats what u would have seen in Super league week in week out

    Cmon city

  2. Party time
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Late to the party but thank you Sonny

    • mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Underrated finish, weak foot, half volley, defenders on the line. sterling wouldn't even strike it well on his favoured foot let alone score

    • tbos83
        3 months, 3 days ago

        The PL app isn't updating scores properly

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Foden amazing.

      • djman102
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        City fan, Martinez owner. Another City goal and 8 more Martinez saves too much to ask for?

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Will Foden be essential next season?

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

          Most likely.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Not at ~9m.

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          No, too much rotation and price will increase

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

          8-9 million

        5. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Will be very interesting to see his price.

        6. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Hopefully they price Foden and Mahrez both at 8.0m. And have Firmino, Jota, Lacazette (assuming they are still at the clubs) at a similar price.

          1. Tango74
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I wonder who the premium first picks will be?
              Yours ?

        7. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Nooooooooo Martinez clean sheet gone

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Still a lot better than zero points from Mendy and Forster

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I have Forster on BB for a total bench score of 1 lol

            2. ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Same

          2. FPL_Hazards
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Were you really expecting a clean sheet lol

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Yes, after the week I’ve had lol

          3. son of city
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Really? this is city.

          4. son of city
              3 months, 3 days ago

              late but WATKINS assist GET IN MA BOY.

            • EmreCan Hustle
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              If only Foden was nailed.

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                If only was nailed.

            • Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Week from hell

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

                You’ve over 16 pts more than me so what does that make my week?

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Villa completely penned back in their own half.

              Could be a VAR pen check here

              1. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Check complete, correctly no pen.

            • ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Even tho Foden hasn't been nailed but I've had him in my team for weeks. You gotta love how explosive and versatile the guy is.

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Same. But it had been horrible few weeks.

                1. ZAMUNDA
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  I've got him during the man city double gws period. But enough with man city assets in general

            • Justin Credibles
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Wolves or Leicester defender for the next few weeks? 5.5 to spend

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

                Get Dunk

                1. Justin Credibles
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Why?

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

              them side netters always fake me out

            • jonnybhoy
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Meslier or Kaspier?

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Messier for me.

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

              My bench has been absolutely useless this season

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              For what it's worth, I haven't seen Gundogan bombing forward or making many runs into the box like he was when he was scoring lots of goals earlier in the season. Seems almost more in double pivot role with Rodri.

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

                Yeah.. So annoying.

            • EmreCan Hustle
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Gundogan not getting into the box as often.

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                he doesn't care now, they are champions already

            • Plagued by indecision
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I have a Mendy / Forster combo. Ditch one? I have 2 FTs

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Yes .... wait till Friday for news but many think Mendy will start next match. I think I’ll prob move Mendy on anyway ...

                1. Plagued by indecision
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Who are you getting? I only just got Mendy. Very frustrating.

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Come on Martinez, save a penalty and punish Mendy owners.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Would do some incredible things for a penalty save and 3 BAPs

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              How were Son and Bale looking? Didn't watch the game

            • JBG
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Only 2 CS this GW, in total.

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

                Three

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

                  Yeah sorry, counted Che - Brighton as one. Still though.

              2. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Brighton, Chelsea, Wolves

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              FK for City in dangerous position.

              1. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Mahrez high and wide.

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Luckily I benched Cancelo and played Rudiger. It was a super touch call.

            • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Wow foden on fire tonight.

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Foden is so good. Surely starts for England at the Euros.

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                CM: Henderson, Saka
                DM: Rice, Phillips
                AM: Mount, Maddison
                LW: Grealish, Rashford
                RW: Foden, Sancho
                FW: Kane, ????? (DCL, Bamford, Ings, Watkins all in with a shout)

                The reason for taking Saka, Mount, Rashford over others is they are good, but they also have flexibility to fill in if there are injuries elsewhere.

            • _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Rodrigoal

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

                SILVA assist

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

              1-2 Manchester City

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              To be fair to Foden

              The kid is insanely talented - big future if he develops properly and doesn’t put his feet up & live off the hype

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Don't think he's that type of lad. Great talent.