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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. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    No malice whatsoever. Ridiculous.

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

      100% correct decision

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Aye. It was mistimed and wreckless. Correct decision.

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

          Yep

          Clear as day

          Don’t know how anyone with even two active brain cells could think anything otherwise

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Agreed - no malice but a ridiculous challenge to make.

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

        He's literally not even a second late.

    3. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      clear rc

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

    Dias nailed now 😉

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Twas always

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

    Bye bye Johnno

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

    Didn't mean it but reckless. Clear red.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      This. Clear red all day, every day.

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

    Disgusting challenge.

    Should be more than 3 games.

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

      He's a split second late. Blimey has no one ever played the game?

      1. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        So if you're a split second late, but break his leg or his ankle you shouldn't get sent off then?

        How late and high do you want the challenge to be to merit a red card?

      2. Kebab pig
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Just turn off the tv, clearly you have no idea what you are talking about

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

      That is harsh.

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

        LOOOOOL

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yes. Cant help but feel the super league drama is affecting var

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Shd have sold stomes

      VAR anti big 6 bias in full effect

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

      Cleared red I’ve seen this season

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

      Stones back to normal...Straight red and 3 games ban

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

      Ditching Stones on the WC has worked out well now.

    7. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 3 days ago

        lets go justice for dias owners

      • Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Clear red. Correct decision.

      • Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Deserved red. Stones owner.
        Was gone next gw anyway.

        Impressive city as well. What a pressure at times.

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

        Settle down Pep

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

        Rage transfer of Stones to Dunk

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pretty clear red imo.

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

        Totally correct.
        Cooper was sent off for Leeds for a similar challenge against Citeh last Saturday week

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Benched Stones, I know things 🙂

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Same! Haha 😀

        2. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Sold him on WC but still doing crap, so I don't know Jack!

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Oh fck off seriously from bad to worse

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

        Someone needs to stop Pep before he embarrasses himself even more.

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

        City are a machine

      • Bada Bing
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pep getting his knickers in a twist. It's time for another sabbatical.

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Cancelo coming on would be nice

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

        Gundo yc

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Gundogan puts hand on ref

        Yellow

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

        Green arrow for non Stones owners

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Gundo YC

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Gundo YC

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

        Gundo booked now too

        Pep is going to two-foot Peter Banks

      • Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        And Gundo picked up a yellow too.

        This is the game that just keeps giving.