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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. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Gundo yellow

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones down, Dias to go?

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Gundo red please lol

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Would be so sweet

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Did you take him out too? 🙂

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Weeks ago yeah

  4. JBG
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Lol... What a hilarious YC for Gundogan.

  5. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Gundogan YC also. Hand on the ref.

  6. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Refs lost it.

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Correct yellow. Stupid move by Gundog.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      He touched up the ref. Maybe a straight red if it was a woman? Lol

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Was it a man love thing? Or feeling for a wallet?

  7. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones, Gundo and Cancelo owner. Not working out as hoped.

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I owned those three too, until I sold Cancelo for White 😆

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        White > Shaw

  8. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    As a non city owner this is going swimmingly.

  9. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Best £3.9m defender? Bryan, Amartey? Thanks

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I went for Mitchell on the basis of *might* play in the likely upcoming CPL DGW and can sit 3rd on bench otherwise.

  10. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    People who ditched their Man City assets (principally those who got rid of KDB, Stones, Dias and/or Gundogan) on their GW31 WC are loving this.

    1. Monklane
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I am indeed.

      1. Calderano FC
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Ditto

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      It's true.

    3. Sack The Glazers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      i ditched mine weeks ago

    4. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      So far so good.

    5. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Yes.

    6. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Have dropped one of each of them over the last 3 gws. Finally a few decision going the right way.

    7. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Absolutely loving it indeed especially as the replacements like TAA and Lingard are doing so well.

    8. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Still have Dias but otherwise, yes.

  11. son of city
    4 months, 28 days ago

    ref losing it

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      More like City players losing it.

      Ref used VAR correctly. Ref also correctly gave Gundo a YC.

    2. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Incorrxt

  12. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones nailed for the European games now anyway.

  13. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones did that as a silent protest against the ESL. Have to respect him for that!

  14. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Jose would’ve won the cup final without Stones in that City defense

  15. JJO
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Martinez
    Stones
    Gundogan
    What a players i have 😀 ?

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Ouch! All good on paper tbf

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah this paper thing is not doing it for me last 6/7 gws
        Falling like a stones

  16. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Come on, Watkins.

  17. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Can't f'in believe this GW , rank dropping like stone(s) at the moment..

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Very good!

  18. #Swish41
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    All the Man City fans adamant Cooper was a straight red last week (correctly) now adamant Stones’ wasn’t...funny that. 100% correct decisions both.

  19. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Get Cancelo on!

  20. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    That Stones challenge was very similar to Liam Cooper's red card against City last GW. City players were surrounding the ref to get Cooper sent off. 😆

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Karma my friend

  21. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    It’s a red. I remember Auba getting a red for a similar high foot. It’s soft but rules are rules.

    City will still win this

  22. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Watkins or Richarlison?

  23. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    How many games ban for Stones?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      3.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Oh the final.

        2 in the league. Reds carry over, yellows don’t.

    2. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      3 league I believe

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        So back GW37

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      3 I think

    4. Pointless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Thanks. That’s it then. I pull the WC trigger tonight! Cresswell, Stones out for 3, Raphinha, KaneSon blank. Can someone post the template WC team so I can cut and paste please.

  24. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Gundo looking for a red.

  25. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Currently on -2 from 3 this half (Martinez, Stones & Gundogan)

    How is that even possible?

    Was hoping that this match could take me into the top 100 overall 🙁

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Brag?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Odd one but clearly intended.

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Welcome to my team 🙂

  26. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Now looking forward to the commercials with Jose telling us he’s special.

    That ad hasn’t aged well...

  27. Peskey
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones to TAA tonight then?
    Can’t afford if price rises overnight

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      F@&k yeah

  28. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Stones banned for 3 games. Laporte anyone?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      City always concede with Laporte.

    2. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      For GW33 blank...

  29. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    "Serious foul play" ; mistiming a challenge with nothing contact is not serious foul play. Joke.

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      You can't be serious man?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        He's what 8 milliseconds from hoofing the ball into the stands?

        1. teddypicker
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          8 milliseconds makes all the difference. It was dangerous and reckless

      2. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Just look at his past posts and you'll soon realise that he's either fishing for reactions or lacks a chromosome.

        1. #Swish41
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Gotcha. Wont waste my energy then...

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          No I just actually know the rules . . same as the NBC commentators who both think its not a red card. Read them sometime, train journeys should allow for this.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        He posted in on the last page too & was a laughing stock

        Either brainless or a troll, neither are good reflections

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      100% correct decision

    3. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Didn’t you see Cooper last week? Rules is rules

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        That's the problem the RULES say that ISN'T a red card. Both NBC pundits agree not a red card.

    4. Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Can I have what you're smoking?!

      Clear red card 😀
      I can understand Pep's frustration, but everyone else should just be glad Ramsey still have his knee.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Ramsey who rolled around to make it look bad? Yeah, top bloke.

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          If that was KDB, Kane, Antonio, Vardy or Rashford they would be out for months.

          Hope you got a free transfer to bring in another defender mate 🙂

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            He's on the bench ; can stay there for a week or two!

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Good to see the ex-players in commentary teams explaining why it wasn't a red card.

              1. Salarrivederci
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Seems like Stones actually killed Ramseys knee. Poor lad.

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Probably going to retire now.

  30. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Can you imagine this england team with those two clowns at centre back

    Stones & Maguire... what could go wrong 😆

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Stones is a quality defender. There's nothing clown about that, it was a challenge that was late but a tiny fraction of a second.

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        So much quality he couldn’t handle Stuart Dallas last week...

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Didn’t cover himself in glory for the Villa goal either

          Stones has amazing potential, but he’s played to that potential for less than 20 games in his career

          The other couple of hundred games he’s been far too scatter brained & is so prone to extremely costly lapses in concentration

          Might be better moving up & becoming a DM, not sure he has the head for the responsibility of being a centre back

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Oh he was all alone last week? Good to know.