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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. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Numbers levelled up.

  2. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Cashed out.

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

    Dirty Cash

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Cash can’t buy you Stones.

  5. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Cashed out

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

    Dawson Cash Stones was the defense to have this week.

    1. Werder Bremner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don't forget White (Brighton)

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        3 points is a win man

  7. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    What a stupid challenge 😆

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Incredibly so, especially 3 minutes after you just got booked.

  8. JBG
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Wow.. How dumb can you be? Absolutely no reason to tackle like that there.

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Exactly

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Crappy game as a Martinez and Stones owner.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Could have Cash!

  10. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    An extremely intelligent lad this Cash

  11. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Natty Cash embarrassed by the 3rd best youngster in World Football

  12. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Rash Cash

  13. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Leno
    TAA Holding Coady
    Salah Son Bruno Jota Jlingz
    Kane Nacho

    Forster Amartey Brewster Mitchell

    Kane and Son to
    A) Maddison and Vardy -4
    B) Greenwood and Vardy -4
    C) Summat else

    Cheers

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B

  14. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    C'mon Gundoo!

  15. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Was gonna get rid of El Mohamady this week so I can get 11 out for GW33, looks like I can keep him for another week now!

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Cash sells his owners short, no refund.

  17. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Just goes to show that cards are bad news for cash

  18. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    No cash anymore. Checks needed

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Think John Terry will be making a call to him?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Wayne Bridge will be driving 🙂

  19. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Fortunately Stones was leaving anyway...

    A) Stones/Bamford > TAA/Vydra
    B) Stones/Son > TAA/Greenwood
    C) Stones/Son > TAA/Maddison
    D) Stones/Jota > TAA/Trossard

    - Vydra (WOL, WHU) is decent.
    - Greenwood (LEE, LIV) is okay.
    - Trossard (SHU, LEE) is good, but Brighton.
    - Maddison (CRY, SHU) is good, but fitness?

    Latter three mean no Son for SHU in GW34, unless selling Bruno (LIV) for him in GW34.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      *Maddison is CRY, SOU - still good.

    2. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Not so sure on starting place Vydra and i have him. Jay rodr also back.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Reading up on forums etc Vydra looks like he's warned his place, but he's still a Burnley attacker & you're right - not nailed. United game showed that.

        1. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I sure hope he starts next gw.

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

      I’d rule out A given no start for Vydra last time. B probably

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Alternative to Greenwood Maddison is Mount

      WH in 33 you have to say is a good one as is Fulham in 34. Better than United fixtures but poorer than Leicester but he’s in form whereas Maddison isn’t - yet

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks for the suggestion. That's not a bad shout actually. I'm still not totally sure about Mount.

        If I get him it feels like a next season thing & hold throughout. We've still got UCL semis though: West Ham > Madrid > Fulham > Madrid > Man City

        IMO that makes him a massive risk for Fulham (at least reduced minutes). Probably needed for West Ham as an important game - think there's better fixtures out there.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Forgot about CL - there goes my Raph to Havertz move.

  20. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    The mind boggles at how braindead some footballers are. Cash again after mindlessly hacking Kane down when he was going nowhere to give him a penalty and now he does this when already on a yellow. Utter moron.

  21. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I desperately need Fofana and Nacho to play tomorrow to avoid Stones off the bench.

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

      Think you are good.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Why do I always hear in my head the word Fofana only being said by Christopher Walken.

  22. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    How long is KDB out for?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Day to day assessment like Kane

  23. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Anywhere we can check the fpl points from the last 2 or 4 or 6 Gameweeks without doing manually?

  24. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Son+White+Mount to Rashford+TAA+ESR (-8)?

    Martinez
    Saiss TAA Dallas
    Bruno Rash Salah Jota ESR
    Iheanacho Bamford

    Steer Kane Aina Dias

  25. Good Times
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    would you do bruno + dias to greenwood + taa
    or son + dias to greenwood+ taa

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

      Son out. I’m losing him so I can afford TAA but keeping Bruno

      1. Good Times
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        i think son will do well good fixtures as compared to bruno. depends do you have a bench to cover next week?

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

      You’ll want Son back in a week

  26. JBG
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    This will end 2-1. City not even trying and Villa are so poor.

  27. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez needs to make a save asap

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

    When does Grealish’s drugs ban end?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He's still wearing those dodgy pyjamas so must be still huffing something.

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      When does yours start?

  29. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Two reds for two Villa elbows?

  30. St Pauli Walnuts
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Will Stones get 3 match ban? (league cup final and next 2 PL)

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I think they changed the rules so it's 3 PL games now.

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      You get 3 games for violent conduct and 1 for non violent.

      What was the tackle like?

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        There wasn't intent really but clear red, just clumsy rather than malicious.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cool, thanks

      2. djman102
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks-I thought they had changed the rules so cup cards were considered separately from league cards. No idea where I got that, though.