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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. Unai Emery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 days 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 ✅
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      King is the problem for Wilson.

    2. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Well... Here we all are.

  2. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days 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
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Alonso EO?

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Uchhhh Kane big fat blank hopefully

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      United defence putting many off Aubameyang.

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Salah, perfect.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Nice, thanks!

    6. paulb130774
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 16 days ago

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

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days 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
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days 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
    9 months, 16 days ago

    scenes when hazard gets a double digit haul tomorrow

    1. Amey
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

      • Wilshere Knowledge
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Captained him. Fingers crossed. 🙂

        Worried he could be benched though...

        1. Ser Davos
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

      • PAL
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

      • fr3d
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Really hard to do from a cameo

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

        I keep waiting - patiently

    2. On your left
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days 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
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Refresh the page on your web browser a few times

      2. On your left
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Done it loads

      3. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        They've found us. Run!

      4. SPorting
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        App is fine.

      5. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Give it time. It happens

    3. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days 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
        9 months, 16 days ago

        He will luckbox a PVA goal off the bench

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 16 days 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
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Yet he benched him

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days 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
            9 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Deulofail
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days 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
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Salah 4 goals + Assist nailed

      3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        y would he unnecesaarily switch formation for the sake of it

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

      4. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        No Balbuena or Sterling either 😉

      5. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days 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
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Correct.

      6. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

        yesterdays team

      7. Whatever100
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. 003
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Whatever100
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Well there you go. Fair play to him then.

    4. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

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

    5. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Anyone not got a starter benched.
      Sterling here.

      1. Fugazi➰
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

        no, mendy here.

      2. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Me too

      3. Garlana
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

      4. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Just Sterling. Which I expected !

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          this

      5. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        I don't

      6. Amey
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Same

        • Giorgi89
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Full house: Sané Duffy Fab Arnau Wilson playing here

        • Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          6/6 playing for me

        • Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

        • Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 16 days ago

          4/4

        • lugs
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

      7. PAL
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Guardiola has rotated?!

        *pretends to be shocked*

      8. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days 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
          9 months, 16 days ago

          not with those kind of leads - focus on OR

      9. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

      10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Leicester Spurs equals goal fest

        2. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

      11. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 16 days 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
            9 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. KGFC
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

          • Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            I’m full template MF.

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Amey
              9 months, 16 days ago

              I am the leader. 838

            • DAZZ
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Im on 928, closest is 868.

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 16 days ago

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

              2. DAZZ
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 16 days ago

                2450 mate.

            • SPorting
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Different MLS. Between 50 and 100

              1. SPorting
                • 8 Years
                9 months, 16 days ago

                Oh and I’m the leader with 922

            • Slouch87
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              ML normally refers to money league.

            • Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Currently myself on 932

            • THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              940. I’m in 14th out of 135

            • LosBlancos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Leader at 961

            • Ould Onion Bagger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              846

            • Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

              that's why i joined this like 2 months back

              1. Slouch87
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 16 days ago

                2 months back or like 2 months back ?

            • Loyal Subject
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Myself with 927.

          2. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Ha.
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Turd?

            2. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

          3. SPorting
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Earned a rest from him 😉

            2. DA Minnion
              • 7 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Played too much.

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

              No one is safe from Pep rotation

            4. QuintonFortune25
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

          4. Jacky boy
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Bench alonso next gw?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

          5. Jimmy Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Arnautovi(c). Here we go...

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              big balls!

          6. dee_top
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days 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
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

            2. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

              Martial/Keane/Kun providing funds enough for big moves

          7. _sidney_will
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 16 days 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
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

          8. Gudjohnsen
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

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

          9. Inazuma X1
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            fplstats has changed completely 😮

            1. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Just see ! What’s going on??

          10. Game Over
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 16 days 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
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Kane set to rise

              1. Game Over
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 16 days ago

                OK thanks

            2. Chucky
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Me too

          11. Ajaxeeding
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 16 days 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
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 16 days 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
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 16 days ago

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

              2. Ajaxeeding
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 16 days 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
              9 months, 16 days ago

              no thanks

          12. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Ditch Alonso or Robbo on WC?

            1. QuintonFortune25
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Keep Alonso, Robbo can be TAA.

            2. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 16 days 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

          13. Demel
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 16 days 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
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              And captaincy stats?

          14. BenDavies
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            What game is everyone watching here then?

            I'm on West Ham vs Cardiff!

            1. Amey
                9 months, 16 days ago

                For 15 minutes 😉

            2. Game of Throw_ins
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

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

            3. FDMS All Starz
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Finally pep choosing the squad that we all expected

            4. Demel
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 16 days 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
                9 months, 16 days ago

                EO ^