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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
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Who are the players on your watchlist this GW?

    For me, it's Chicharito.

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Chicha, Felipe, Son, Dilva and Laca

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      I wanna see if Kane is able!

      1. Fugazi➰
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 14 days ago

        no man, go to bed

      2. Fpl Cursed
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Should've used "Abel" there mate

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          No. But fair play for spotting Kane and able!

    3. Hits from the Bong
        9 months, 14 days ago

        I’m planning to bring in Aubameyang and Anderson

      • _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

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

    4. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Has Sterling scored yet?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Hattrick of misses. Get rid.

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Will come on when City 2-0 up

      3. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Please tell me you didnt think he was being swrious

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            I'm being 100% serious.

      4. Game Over
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        G and A late in the 2nd half

    5. RUUD!
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. Hits from the Bong
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Yes

        • Ghost Gooner
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          How long before Kompany pulls up with something? 😕

      2. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Sterling vs che
        Or
        Salah vs bou

        1. Game Over
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          To captain or pick? Sterling on both counts.

          1. Jacky boy
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            Pick

      3. Ser Davos
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

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

      4. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Need a Salah haul this week...

      5. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 14 days 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
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Must check my rivlas

      6. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Feel like I should have captained Wilson

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

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

        2. Ser Davos
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

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

      7. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

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

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          You knew the risk

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Mustn't have listened to Dinnery...

        3. Amey
            9 months, 14 days ago

            He won't be needed

          • TomSaints
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 14 days ago

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

        4. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Come on Andernautovic

        5. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Phone off until half time 🙂 bye peeps

        6. Dele
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

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

          *just got him on a wildcard*

          1. Ha.
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            *hehehehehe*

          2. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            Get Euros. Sterling fkt after Brexit.

          3. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            Not sure if serious but 100% Keep.

        7. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Link to Mark's team? Please

        8. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Goal for Wilson!

          1. tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            And Fraser assist! Perfect!

        9. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Wilsoooooooonnn

        10. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Jesus christ those 2 again

          1. Ha.
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            U2?

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 14 days ago

              UB40?

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            cant understand people getting rid

        11. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Oh captain my captain

        12. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Essential!

        13. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Wilson goal, Fraser assist! Beautiful!!!

        14. dee_top
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 14 days 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

        15. Game Over
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Fraser A! Why did I ever sell Wilson

        16. Ady87
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

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

        17. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Captain Wilson!!

        18. Totalfootball
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Wilsonnn

        19. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Fraser doing Fraser things 🙂

        20. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          It has Begun.. Was offside

        21. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          How to ditch Fraser and Wilson on a WC? Hmmmm

        22. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Last time he scored hat trick

        23. Zilla
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 14 days ago

          WILSOOON

        24. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Wilson to Chelsea in January