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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. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Who are the players on your watchlist this GW?

    For me, it's Chicharito.

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Chicha, Felipe, Son, Dilva and Laca

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

      I wanna see if Kane is able!

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 months ago

        no man, go to bed

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

        Should've used "Abel" there mate

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          No. But fair play for spotting Kane and able!

    3. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      I’m planning to bring in Aubameyang and Anderson

    4. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Schurrle, plan on doing Fraser+Richarlison to Schurrle+B.Silva after GW16

  2. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Has Sterling scored yet?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Hattrick of misses. Get rid.

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

      Will come on when City 2-0 up

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Don't think so as game hasn't started.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Please tell me you didnt think he was being swrious

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Guessing sarcasm with a bit of dumbness. If so then wp

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          I'm being 100% serious.

    4. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      G and A late in the 2nd half

  3. RUUD!
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    For the weekend I’m looking at Salah & Jiminez to Auba and F.Anderson for -4. Sound good?

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Yes

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      How long before Kompany pulls up with something? 😕

  4. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Sterling vs che
    Or
    Salah vs bou

    1. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      To captain or pick? Sterling on both counts.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Pick

  5. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Proud Success owner, third on my bench, in front of the cameras and lying in waiting to smash those Ederson clean sheets.

  6. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Need a Salah haul this week...

  7. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Honestly couldn't be happier... I have Kane (C), Salah and Haz. ML rival has Sterling (C) , Aguero and Mane

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Must check my rivlas

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Feel like I should have captained Wilson

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Yeah he's a very decent captain shout. Think he'll bag a brace.

    2. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Crossed my mind, but felt like another Richarlison-Captain-Gate

  9. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Why the hell did I captain Sterling... Of course he's going to get a 1 pointer.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      You knew the risk

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

      Mustn't have listened to Dinnery...

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 months ago

      He won't be needed

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

      I risked it as well. Could easily have been Sane benched and then we had differential (c).

  10. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Come on Andernautovic

  11. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Phone off until half time 🙂 bye peeps

  12. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Time to offload Sterling? Far better nailed options out there.

    *just got him on a wildcard*

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      *hehehehehe*

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

      Get Euros. Sterling fkt after Brexit.

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Not sure if serious but 100% Keep.

  13. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Link to Mark's team? Please

  14. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Goal for Wilson!

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      And Fraser assist! Perfect!

  15. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Wilsoooooooonnn

  16. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Jesus christ those 2 again

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      U2?

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        UB40?

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      cant understand people getting rid

  17. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Oh captain my captain

  18. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Essential!

  19. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Wilson goal, Fraser assist! Beautiful!!!

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

    Fab (Foster)
    Alonso-Robbo-Doherty-Keane-AWB
    Salah-Richa-Fraser-Hazard-Martial
    Kun-Arni-Kamara
    2FT btw, 0.0m INB

    How are these moves for free:
    A) Kun+Salah to Kane+Sterling?
    B) Kun+Salah to Auba+Sterling

  21. GREEN IS GOOD
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Fraser A! Why did I ever sell Wilson

  22. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    I was just lining up an Any time goal scorer treble with Arnie and Sane with Wilson to boot. Gutted haha

  23. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Captain Wilson!!

  24. Totalfootball
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Wilsonnn

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Fraser doing Fraser things 🙂

  26. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    It has Begun.. Was offside

  27. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    How to ditch Fraser and Wilson on a WC? Hmmmm

  28. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Last time he scored hat trick

  29. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    WILSOOON

  30. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Wilson to Chelsea in January