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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Otamendi in for 1 min and concede lol

  2. jblakes
      6 months, 17 days ago

      god damn city, no cs again

    • teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Omg

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Kompany managed to keep a clean sheet

    • Rainer
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Two rank busting CS' gone in a minute 😀

    • UKG
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Yes city clean sheet gone (Laporte owner) 🙂

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Yahooo

    • Becks
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      0 cleanies tonight

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Had 4 last week and Doherty. Evens out.

        1. Becks
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 17 days ago

          All my defenders playing tomorrow

        2. Becks
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Meant as btts in all fixtures tonight

    • Bakra
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      All I want for Christmas is an Everton clean sheet

    • Zilla
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      No Sane baps

    • DV8R
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      No CS for anyone

      1. Becks
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 17 days ago

        You dont own Kompany?

    • tm245
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Crumbs for us Dilva owners.

    • Lokako
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

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

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        He kept 6 or 7 in a row before. So yes ? Who do you have today in goal ? Enjoy your CS

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Nice to see no City clean sheet although it’s a shame Laporte wasn’t playing.

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      DEENEY ALMOSTT

    • MMN
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Fab, Fraser, Sane and Wilson the golden tickets.

    • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      How tf is Kompany on so many bonus

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Ah didn't realise he was subbed

    • Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Deeney CLOSE

    • Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Fabianski the real defence winner tonight. 9 points will do nicely

    • fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Wow 2 puskas candidate goals in a matter of seconds

    • woodles
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      What a joke. Digne on Sunday and now the same with Fab today. Last second. Similar sort of goal as well

    • svasei - RIP Rovers 🙁
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Kompany owners unite in lolling at all other owners.

    • Pad Randa
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      No cleanie for Ederson, nice.

    • Bakra
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      How the hell can Kompany be on 34 BPS without the clean sheet?

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Sub

      2. Team Cruel
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Because he has a cleanie

      3. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        He was off beforehand

      4. Bakra
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Oh subbed... Lol

      5. Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        He got the clean sheet though?

    • TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      wilse and frase owners 5 baps lovely jubbly

      1. Grievez
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Beautiful

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Justice for Laporte and Balbuena owners!! 😀

      1. Nicepix
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Not so fast there - he's on for 1 point!

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Well that is actually good for me. I wouldn't field 11 players otherwise 😀

      2. JJO
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        What a shite of a gw

      3. DandyDon
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Lost my WH clean sheet and to rub it in josh Murphy 2nd on my bench...doesn’t look like he will come in. typical

          1. Gregor
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            I sold Murphy for a hit! Fabianski my keeper as well.

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Laporte ON!

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          NOOOOOOO Larporteee

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Sterling stays locked on the bench

          Laporte on 3rd sub

          1. Daniel - The Veteran
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Well that's good? No cameos?