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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. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    City cleanie GONE....

  2. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Justice for Laporte and Balbu... thankgod

  3. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    No clean sheets tonight.

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

    Fabianski still hurts!!

    1. Whatever100
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      He still got decent score though and on for Bonus point.

  5. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    otamendi you idiot

  6. bialk
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    No CSs tonight.

  7. Totally !rre!evant
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Unbelievable. Such a sloppy goal

  8. Irbox ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Watford goal. Brilliant

  9. Captain Haddock
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Yes City cleanie gone

  10. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Scenes!!!!!

  11. SMEE_HEEE
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    aargh Eddy cleanie gone

  12. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    City clean sheet GONE Hoorahhhhhhhhhhh

  13. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Doucoure strikes again

  14. BenDavies
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    City cleanie gone too? OUCH. WHAT A TERRIBLE START TO A GAMEWEEEEK

  15. TAT
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Gameweek fail already. Damn.

  16. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Time to wave goodbye to heavy defence me thinks

  17. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    has Sterling warmed up? Have him captained with Wilson as vice

  18. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Ederson just ticks along. Tick. Tick. Tick

    Oh no it’s a bomb

    BOOOOOM

    🙁

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Considering selling. Waste of money.

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Not really

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Fabianski looks to be the better value pr. million GK now.

  19. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    That was a gut wrenching.minute as a Ederson and Diop ownee

    1. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      But you chose Fab, right?

  20. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    ER MER GURD

  21. Numb
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Who have Sterling captainers got coming in as vice?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Arnie

      1. Numb
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Noice

    2. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Sane

  22. Lokako
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Haha people on here actually thought fabianski would keep a clean in this game??

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Who cares. I’ll take the 9 points thank you very much

      1. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        "who cares"

        1. Hits from the Bong
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 22 days ago

          “9 points”

    2. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Mate it was the 95th minute!!

  23. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    And that, Peppy, is why you don’t rest Laporte

  24. TomSaints
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    I got my pain earlier so loving the late carnage

  25. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Yes watford yes!!!!!!

  26. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Ederson
    Balbuena
    AWB
    Sterling
    Arnie

    Good week

    Luckily Sane(c) and Wilson helps!

  27. Gimli son of Gloin
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Doucoure... what a finish.

  28. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Selling Arnie to Aubameyang. Need to sell one of Hazard or Salah to fund it. Salah has better form but Hazard has fixtures on his side. If I sell Hazard I have 6.9 for a mid whereas Salah leaves me with 8.9.

  29. Cabellafan
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    So tempted by this -8:
    Arnie,Hazard,Robbo - - > Auba, Sane, Diop

    Yes or No?

  30. PukkiBlinder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Salah/Hazard/Arnie to Kane/Anderson/Sterling for -8??

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Considering similar:
      Murray, Arnie, Hazard > Kane, Wilson, Anderson/Fraser -8