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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. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Everybody talks about Kane and Auba but I think Wilson will score more this week. He loves to play versus Huddersfield!

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      King is the problem for Wilson.

    2. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Well... Here we all are.

  2. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Top 10k Captains:
    Player Captaincy
    Kane 40.81%
    Salah 22.60%
    Sterling 13.70%
    Hazard 3.54%
    Arnautovic 3.31%
    Wilson 2.83%

    EO:
    Kane 85.80%
    Alonso 79.13%
    Sterling 74.02%
    Arnautovic 73.39%
    Richarlison 71.46%
    Salah 71.34%

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Alonso EO?

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Uchhhh Kane big fat blank hopefully

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      United defence putting many off Aubameyang.

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Salah, perfect.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nice, thanks!

    6. paulb130774
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Rookie post but 1) where do you get this info and 2) what does EO mean

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Hi,

        1) http://www.livefpl.net
        2) EO is effective ownership, which includes percentage of managers who started the player + percentage of them who captained him

    7. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Don't own Kane 😮
      Don't own Salah 😮
      Not captained Sterling 😐
      Not captained Hazard 😐
      Not captained Arnautovic 😐
      Don't own Wilson 😮

  3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    scenes when hazard gets a double digit haul tomorrow

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Would love that being a patient owner !!
      Cheer's for suggestion mate.
      Cappes Sane & vc Siggy 😉

    2. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Captained him. Fingers crossed. 🙂

      Worried he could be benched though...

      1. Ser Davos
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Here too, noticed Ville Ronka scrapped him for Siggy *scratches chin*

    3. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Kept him in Sky FF, sold in FPL. Can't have them all.

    4. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Really hard to do from a cameo

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I keep waiting - patiently

  4. On your left
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Help!

    Does anyone else’s fpl look like this?
    When I go to set my team for GW16 it has tonight’s and tomorrow’s fixtures listed.
    What’s going on

    1. Halftime
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Refresh the page on your web browser a few times

    2. On your left
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Done it loads

    3. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      They've found us. Run!

    4. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      App is fine.

    5. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Give it time. It happens

  5. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    No Kane or Auba for Mark.

    Very surprised. He is Kane's biggest fan.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/4668/event/15

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      He will luckbox a PVA goal off the bench

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        PVA is a genius pick. I had him on my wildcard until Trippier became available today.

        PVA has very quietly become the most attacking defender in the game and not one FPL pundit noticed.

        1. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Yet he benched him

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Unlikely to stay there.

            I actually brought in PVA last week at the same time as Mark. Great minds and all that.

        2. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Poor fixtures though (relatively). Not worth a double up with WB

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            This. I'd be happy to bench AWB, but not happy to bench PVA (or play him) during those rough fixtures.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Salah 4 goals + Assist nailed

    3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      y would he unnecesaarily switch formation for the sake of it

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        he will likely get arsenal striker for next week for wilson and dump salah

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No Balbuena or Sterling either 😉

    5. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Wow last time I looked at his team he had a shocking rank. Cream always rises etc

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Correct.

    6. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      yesterdays team

    7. Whatever100
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Lol who is this Mark character? My OR is 4000 better thank his and I am no genius!

      1. 003
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Lol...maybe like the founder of this site...

        1. Whatever100
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Well there you go. Fair play to him then.

  6. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I did Kun to Arnie. Let's hope that pays off!

  7. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Anyone not got a starter benched.
    Sterling here.

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      no, mendy here.

    2. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Me too

    3. Garlana
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      4/5 playing, sterling benched.. could have been worse I guess

    4. Flapjack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just Sterling. Which I expected !

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        this

    5. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I don't

    6. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Same

    7. Giorgi89
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Full house: Sané Duffy Fab Arnau Wilson playing here

    8. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      1/4 starting here for me and could still get worse with Digne, Alonso and Bennet.

    9. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      6/6 playing for me

    10. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Same. And Rival captained him with Wilson vc - I already know where this is going...

    11. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      4/4

    12. lugs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      just Aguero not playing which i was expecting so no big deal , AWB auto sub

  8. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Guardiola has rotated?!

    *pretends to be shocked*

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Nice to see my ML rival gets in Aubam when i get in kane.. makes it interesting. Has sterling, mane aswell when i have salah, haz. Makes this week vv interesting :)))

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      not with those kind of leads - focus on OR

  10. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Kun at -698.8% on fplstatistics - I've never seen that much of a negative before...

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Pretty dodgy looking set of fixtures for most teams this coming weekend. Apart from Auba

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Leicester Spurs equals goal fest

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Everton going to fill their boots. Tempted to put in Siggy for Salah and upgrade Success.

  12. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Top 10K stats for GW 15:

    Captains:
    1 Kane 40.8%
    2 Salah 22.6%
    3 Sterling 13.7%
    4 Hazard 3.5%
    5 Arnautovic 3.3%

    Defenders:
    1 Alonso 79.0%
    2 Robertson 63.4%
    3 Alexander-Arnold 43.8%
    4 Wan-Bissaka 40.1%
    5 Laporte 24.0%

    Mids:
    1 Richarlison 69.9%
    2 Sterling 60.3%
    3 Salah 48.7%
    4 Hazard 47.5%
    5 Felipe Anderson 34.3%

    Forwards:
    1 Arnautovic 70.1%
    2 Wilson 49.8%
    3 Kane 44.9%
    4 Aubameyang 30.6%
    5 Jiménez 15.0%

    Bench:
    1 Doherty 45.8%
    2 Wan-Bissaka 38.9%
    3 Bennett 24.9%
    4 Jiménez 20.1%
    5 Højbjerg 14.0%

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sane captain huge differential then for me if works out 😉
      Siggy+Laca too.

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Just owning Sane is a great differential in itself. Same for Siggy and Laca

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’m full template MF.

  13. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Quick question. Everyone in a ML... what points is your leader on?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I am the leader. 838

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Im on 928, closest is 868.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Nice. Im on 915 with 857 closest. What's your OR? Im sat at 5360

      2. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        2450 mate.

    3. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Different MLS. Between 50 and 100

      1. SPorting
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Oh and I’m the leader with 922

    4. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      ML normally refers to money league.

    5. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Currently myself on 932

    6. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      940. I’m in 14th out of 135

    7. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Leader at 961

    8. Ould Onion Bagger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      846

    9. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      leader on all with 858.... not much competition

      that's why i joined this like 2 months back

      1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        2 months back or like 2 months back ?

    10. Loyal Subject
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Myself with 927.

  14. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I missed the deadline life is a **** 🙁

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Turd?

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I was flapping as the deadline got closer and I "wasted my wildcard".

  15. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Poor old Laporte. What’s he ever done to Pep?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Earned a rest from him 😉

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Played too much.

    3. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No one is safe from Pep rotation

    4. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pep said a few weeks ago Laporte would be rotated, it's not a surprise to me

  16. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Bench alonso next gw?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      If there's any week to do it... Sterling should ruin him.

  17. Jimmy Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Arnautovi(c). Here we go...

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      big balls!

  18. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Guys, is it time to push WC button if I have this:
    Fab (Foster)
    Alonso-Robbo-Doherty-Keane-AWB
    Salah-Richa-Fraser-Hazard-Martial
    Kun-Arni-Kamara

    2FT btw, 0.0 INB

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Risky, wait til at least end of tonight's games if not tomorrow's games

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No. You can fix it with 2 this and one next.

      Martial/Keane/Kun providing funds enough for big moves

  19. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    ML Rival has Sterling (C), even as a fellow owner, I hope he comes on for a 1 point cameo, I also own Sane who I hope can do the business!

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mine has Sterling, Mane , Aubam... I have Kane, Haz, Salah

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Watching the Bobby Robson documentary on Netflix. Now I know the reason why I was an England fan in the summer of 1990.

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    fplstats has changed completely 😮

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just see ! What’s going on??

  22. GREEN IS GOOD
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Thinking of Hazard and Jiminez to Paterson and Kane after the games tomorrow, with 0.1 to spare.

    Will any price changes tonight prevent this?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Kane set to rise

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        OK thanks

    2. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Me too

  23. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I truly think that the weekly Captain double points feature cheapens the FPL game as it introduces more dumb luck into the game. I acknowledge that there of course is a certainly amount of luck throughout the FPL game. But the weakly Captain feature is just a crapshoot. Instead, we should just have Double Points chip or maybe even give two of these chips.

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Crucially, captains introduce variation between otherwise template teams.

      Captaincy picks can feel random from one week to the next but they are never random over the course of a 38GW season.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Are you the one who usually advocates how different teams are despite seemingly being similar? 😀

      2. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I take your point about adding variability to the template teams.

        However in my ML over the last two seasons, if you remove the luck double captain chip and focused just on the raw point totals, the winner would have been someone else. I think there is more luck in the captain choice as opposed to the season long strategizing of your team.

    2. Typo
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      no thanks

  24. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Ditch Alonso or Robbo on WC?

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Keep Alonso, Robbo can be TAA.

    2. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Wouldn’t really want to go without either to be honest. If I had to choose to ditch one it’d be Robbo, and I’d get TAA instead

  25. Demel
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Owned by the top 10k..

    1 Arnautovic 70.1%
    2 Wilson 49.8%
    3 Kane F TOT 44.9%
    4 Aubameyang F ARS 30.6%
    5 Jiménez F WOL 15.0%
    6 Agüero F MCI 11.3%

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      And captaincy stats?

  26. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    What game is everyone watching here then?

    I'm on West Ham vs Cardiff!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      For 15 minutes 😉

  27. Game of Throw_ins
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    OR 1 has Lucas Moura, Rondon and Joao Moutinho !!!

  28. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Finally pep choosing the squad that we all expected

  29. Demel
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    1 Arnautovic 70.2%
    2 Wilson 50.5%
    3 Kane 44.9%
    4 Aubameyang 30.7%
    5 Jiménez 35.0%
    6 Agüero 12.4%

    1. Demel
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      EO ^