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Sterling and Laporte benched as Guardiola rings changes

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) has been benched for the third time this season as Pep Guardiola rang the changes for Manchester City’s trip to Watford.

That will be of huge frustration to those who have signed him off the back of his recent incredible form.

However, the England international was not the only important player left on the bench by Guardiola with ever-present Aymeric Laporte (£6.1m) named there for the first time this season.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) were the two that came in for them.

Elsewhere in the side there was a return for Kyle Walker (£6.5m) and Fabian Delph (£5.3m) at full-back and David Silva (£8.7m) in midfield.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) and Leroy Sané (£9.4m) kept their places in the attacking line.

Opponents Watford made just one change to the side that lost to Leicester with the suspended Etienne Capoue (£5.1m) replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m).

In the earlier kick-offs David Brooks (£5.1m) returned to the Bournemouth side while Laurent Depoitre (£5.2m) replaced the suspended Steve Mounié (£5.8m) for Huddersfield.

Crystal Palace named an unchanged side from the one which beat Burnley while Glenn Murray (£6.7m) came back in for Brighton.

Finally, Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) was named on the bench for West Ham while Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) and Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m) both start.

The Line-Ups

Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Daniels, Aké, S Cook, Francis; Fraser, Lerma, L Cook, Brooks; King, Wilson

Huddersfield XI: Lossl, Kongolo, Billing, Zanka, Schindler, Hogg, Hadergjonaj, Durm, Mooy, Pritchard, Depoitre.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Pröpper, Bissouma, Izquierdo; Groß; Murray.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; McArthur, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, Meyer; Townsend, Zaha.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Felipe Anderson; Chicharito, Arnautovic.

Cardiff City XI: Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson; Camarasa, Ralls, Arter, Hoilett; Paterson.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, D. Silva, B. Silva, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Chalobah; Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney, Success.

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2,957 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Wildcard fail. 😥

    1. woodles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Was always gunna be such a risky GW to wildcard

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      What’s the team you have?

    3. AandyzZ
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Why would you wildcard on a GW like this

      1. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        3 weeks ago everyone was bumming off this week to WC... There was even an article about it.

      2. InTommyWeTrust
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Because I was happy to. Only Laporte not starting for me and a strong bench to cope with the next few weeks of madness

      3. Black Knights
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        What do you mean? No Aguero, possibly no mané, no Robbo, plus the emergence of spurs fixtures and arsenal...

    4. Typo
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      how is it?

    5. jg7u
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Is it a fail after one GW?

    6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      just looked at your team

      it's far from a fail, what are you talking about?

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        You looked at his team. That's what he wanted.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Not at all. Trying to squeeze Trippier in late this afternoon ruined everything.

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        I was totally panicked in the short turnaround.

        The crazy price changes stopped me going back and forth on players because I was all of a sudden 0.1 out.

        Far too many rotation risks and a weak bench.

  2. Game Over
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Sane (C) massive haul incoming.

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Need this!

    2. Herculeez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 18 days ago

      heres hoping

    3. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Happy with that. As long as we also see some (K)ane action.

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Ideally best week to wildcard

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      2

  4. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    COME ON MY PLAYERZ

  5. Leo10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Baldy fraud

    1. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      He wants all four in the cabinet

    2. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Best ever

  6. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone with Aguero Sterling Laporte?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      someone in my mini league has, but i can't see what changes he has made this week until the game updates. Fingers crossed he has kept all 3!!

    2. Pepe Le Pukki
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Just Aguero, KDB, Mendy and a 56kbps modem.

      1. Brooksy86
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Season 18/19 comment winner. Bookmark.

  7. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Game updated!!

  8. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Hoping Balbuena and Laporte dont make sub appearances

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Cheeky headed goal with a minute left for Balbuelo would make me believe in Santa again.

  9. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Exact money tonight for hazard and Arnie to auba and fanderson - 4

    Priced out by the morning . Worth the gamble??

    Fab 4m
    Alonso TAA schindler awb vinagre
    Sterling sane hazard richi camarasa
    Kane arnie jiminez

    Thanks

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Watch the Wham game tonight first

    2. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      No

      1. Flynny
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        I'm watching city

        If fanderson not injured think I'll do it.

    3. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HART
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I wouldn't sell Arnie after his hatty against Cardiff. I have him him C btw.

  10. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone know who I play in the FFS Cup?

    1. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      cup next week

  11. AccountAnt80
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Sterling & Laporte owner here \o/

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      woof

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        meow

    2. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      o/

  12. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Scenes when Hazard, Son and TAA are rested tomorrow 😮

  13. Marcus74
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    If memory serves me right guys Pep doesn’t usually bring Sterling off the bench in games much? Thoughts?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Hoping a 1-pointer

      1. InTommyWeTrust
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        On late in search of a goal 🙂

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      depends on how much points you have on bench, last week he brought silva on just to hinder my 10 points from Duffy

      1. Holding on to Love
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        The struggle is real. I had Gunnarsson.

  14. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Anybody else play wildcard and pick Sterling?

    Gutted I could have had silva instead

    1. 420king
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      No but I'm picking him up on WC this week.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        This

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      For the best long term though

    3. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HART
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      And you think Silva will not be rested too?

    4. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      yep, picked players i was comfortable with coming on while rotation was a risk too so not fussed about him missing tonight

    5. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      You did good. Sterling will outscore Silva this season.

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    All i want tonight is Wilson and Sane blanks. Come on.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I want the complete opposite.

    2. Udo
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      And then there is me, only wanting Sane to do well!

  16. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    I have 0 City players playing tonight now. Cue 6-0 win and massive red arrow

  17. Boz
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    If Robbo and Alonso don't play as predicted I gave Kiko Fermina coming in off the bench. I'm fearing it could be a negative score

  18. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    So I've just discovered something a touch upsetting

    If you play your free hit, it overrides any previous transfers that week. Or so it appears. So I brought in Auber, but when I decided to free hit, it appears my team will revert to the team at the last deadline. So I will have missed a triple rise

    Is this really correct

    1. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Yep, sorry.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        That's pretty rotten. I've just eaten best part of -£1m swing on my team. Why on earth would it work that way. I'd confirmed the transfers days before.

        Gutted

        1. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          They use the same mechanics as the rest of the game instead of reprogramming it for how you might think a FH should work. E.g. both WC and FH don't allow you to roll over a transfer; both include transfers/hits from the same week, prior to you pulling the trigger; etc

          Arguments can be made either way for how it should be, but this is just the way it is. 😐

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 18 days ago

            Ah well. It may even turn out for the best.

            Good luck

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Yes that's why I just took a minus 8. Couldn't afford to revert back.

    3. Udo
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      As far as I remember yes. Had the very same situation last year.

    4. Hits from the Bong
        9 months, 18 days ago

        FH is a blessing and a curse

      • Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Ah well. On the plus side, I get to dip my toes in the Kane (C) pool without having rearranged my team

        1. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          That's the blessing 🙂

      • Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        You should have known this

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Well, you say that. But we all can't know EVERYTHING haha

        2. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          I brought in 4 players

          Fabs
          Anderson
          Sterling
          Auba

          If they all get crocked I may feel differently

    5. On your left
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Em, has anyone else’s

    6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Someone in one of my leagues triple-captained Wilson ... Gulp

    7. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Just all part of the puzzle!

    8. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Done Mane to Sane for a minus 4 last minute. Should work out mj shouldn't it?

      1. BenDavies
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        yes should

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Depends on what the Mane autosub scores.

        1. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Bench was extremely light so worth the punt.

    9. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Balbuena and Laporte benched. GW started awesome!!!

    10. vickyz r3d d3vil$ !!!
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      For the first time this season, my team has got atleast one player from every fixture this GW ☺️

      1. BenDavies
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        fulham leicester?

        1. vickyz r3d d3vil$ !!!
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Just brought in Chambers(4.2) to facilitate Kane movie. Oop defender..might be in points soon

    11. Captain Kakaroto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      At least sterling is the most offensive player on bench. If city will struggle i can see him play

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Hoping for a 1 point cameo.

      2. GianniBanani
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 18 days ago

        This!

    12. Louis Van Gaalstones
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Where is the info about Alonso possibly being benched? I can't find the reason anywhere

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Heard he wasn't wearing a bib or something.

      2. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        A . Bad back
        B . He was crap last game.

    13. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Just need 5 goals from Mahrez to make up for all wrongdoings

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        It's not Christmas just yet 😉

    14. wasp3000
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Aguero and Hazard to Sane and Kane (c) on Sunday night has been a good success before a ball is even kicked. Now for some points. Cmon Sane

    15. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Come on you Cherries!

    16. Shaikh91
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      My ML rival has captained aguero and vc sterling...