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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
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Otamendi in for 1 min and concede lol

  2. jblakes
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    god damn city, no cs again

  3. TERIYAKI 69
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Omg

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

    Kompany managed to keep a clean sheet

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Two rank busting CS' gone in a minute 😀

  6. UKG
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Yes city clean sheet gone (Laporte owner) 🙂

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yahooo

  7. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    0 cleanies tonight

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Had 4 last week and Doherty. Evens out.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        All my defenders playing tomorrow

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Meant as btts in all fixtures tonight

  8. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    All I want for Christmas is an Everton clean sheet

  9. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    No Sane baps

  10. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    No CS for anyone

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      You dont own Kompany?

  11. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Crumbs for us Dilva owners.

  12. Lokako
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. Flapjack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months 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
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

  14. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    DEENEY ALMOSTT

  15. MMN
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Fab, Fraser, Sane and Wilson the golden tickets.

  16. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    How tf is Kompany on so many bonus

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Ah didn't realise he was subbed

  17. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Deeney CLOSE

  18. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

  19. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Wow 2 puskas candidate goals in a matter of seconds

  20. woodles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

  21. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kompany owners unite in lolling at all other owners.

  22. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    No cleanie for Ederson, nice.

  23. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Sub

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Because he has a cleanie

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He was off beforehand

    4. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Oh subbed... Lol

    5. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He got the clean sheet though?

  24. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    wilse and frase owners 5 baps lovely jubbly

    1. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Beautiful

  25. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Justice for Laporte and Balbuena owners!! 😀

    1. Nicepix
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

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

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

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

  26. JJO
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What a shite of a gw

  27. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months 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
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

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

  28. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Laporte ON!

  29. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    NOOOOOOO Larporteee

  30. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Sterling stays locked on the bench

    Laporte on 3rd sub

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Well that's good? No cameos?