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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
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Otamendi in for 1 min and concede lol

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

    god damn city, no cs again

  3. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Omg

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

    Kompany managed to keep a clean sheet

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

    Two rank busting CS' gone in a minute 😀

  6. UKG
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Yes city clean sheet gone (Laporte owner) 🙂

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

      Yahooo

  7. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    0 cleanies tonight

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Had 4 last week and Doherty. Evens out.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        All my defenders playing tomorrow

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Meant as btts in all fixtures tonight

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

    All I want for Christmas is an Everton clean sheet

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

    No Sane baps

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

    No CS for anyone

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      You dont own Kompany?

  11. tm245
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Crumbs for us Dilva owners.

  12. Lokako
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

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

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

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

  13. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

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

  14. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    DEENEY ALMOSTT

  15. MMN
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Fab, Fraser, Sane and Wilson the golden tickets.

  16. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    How tf is Kompany on so many bonus

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Ah didn't realise he was subbed

  17. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Deeney CLOSE

  18. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

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

  19. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Wow 2 puskas candidate goals in a matter of seconds

  20. woodles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

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

  21. svasei - RIP Rovers 🙁
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Kompany owners unite in lolling at all other owners.

  22. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    No cleanie for Ederson, nice.

  23. Bakra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

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

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Sub

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

      Because he has a cleanie

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

      He was off beforehand

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

      Oh subbed... Lol

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

      He got the clean sheet though?

  24. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    wilse and frase owners 5 baps lovely jubbly

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

      Beautiful

  25. AzzaroMax99
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Justice for Laporte and Balbuena owners!! 😀

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

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

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

  26. JJO
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    What a shite of a gw

  27. DandyDon
      9 months, 16 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

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

    • Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Laporte ON!

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      NOOOOOOO Larporteee

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling stays locked on the bench

      Laporte on 3rd sub

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Well that's good? No cameos?