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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. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Still waiting for my Ryan CS

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

    Laporte 😛

  3. Good Kompany
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte cameo!

  4. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    This is what you all deserve after Ryan was denied his assist

  5. wulfranian
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Stones and Fab owner.I was sure this gw will be amazing.

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Yes, same here...such a shame, Stones won't play next match I would think as well

      1. wulfranian
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Against Chelsea?I want him for Everton and Palace.

  6. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte 1 point banked

    1. svasei - RIP Rovers 🙁
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Hold your horses.

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

    Laporte in. 1 PT get in

  8. 420king
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    You can thank Carroll for that WHU CS. Big oaf can't jump.

  9. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Awful for Sané owners that.

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

      What about Sané cappers?! GW fail.

  10. JohnnyMagrinho
    • 49 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Nice tactical sub from Pep to ensure us David Silva owners bank that cheeky clean sheet bonus point there.

  11. Robbieblob
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Oh ffs. Somehow my whole mini league has Wilson Fraser or both coming off the bench! My only saving grace was Fabianski. Was.

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

    Noooo Larportreeee

  13. TomSaints
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Too ****** late to be bringing Laporte on. I wanted Sterling

  14. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Auba rise tonight? Have the exact money for Salah and Arnie to Sane and Auba. Pull the trigger and hope the best?

  15. Conor McGregor
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte coming on 🙂

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Wonderful

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

    Laporte point spotted

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

    Laporte!!!!!!!!

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      YESSSS ASSIST?

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

        Loooool

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

    AWB in for Sterling 😎

    1. Disco Pat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Duffy in for me!
      But Auba becomes my captain

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      same here...1p banked

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

      High five 😎

  19. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Feck Laporte

  20. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    LAPORTE I was waiting you.....to start

  21. Federico
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Rough: Ederson cleany gone.
    Smooth: He's earned 75% of my points.

    Am I doing this right?

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

    yess laporte cameo

  23. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Had AWB coming in for Laporte so it doesn’t matter

  24. AccountAnt80
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte cameo! Got to be kidding me

  25. HIT ME!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Looking ahead to next GW, thinking about replacing the west ham trolls for a hit.

    Arnie, Balbuena OUT
    Mitrovic, Kolasinac IN

    Thoughts?

  26. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Sané to Sterling hokey cokey

  27. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    This is comical! Wow

    Who were your Laporte autosubs, owners?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      AWB

    2. AccountAnt80
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Doherty

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

      AWB so no difference

  28. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    That LOLporte owner going into Ederson owners.

    Alright treacle ? Xxxxxx

  29. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte 1 pointer blocks AWB 1 point

  30. Jayv807
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Thanks pep, sterling captain, Fraser first sub. Needed a break after Arnie

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Benching Fraser home to Hudd.....

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Don't deserve it when you didn't start him in the first place at home to Huddersfield.