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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
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Still waiting for my Ryan CS

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Laporte 😛

  3. Good Kompany
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Laporte cameo!

  4. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  5. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Against Chelsea?I want him for Everton and Palace.

  6. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Laporte 1 point banked

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hold your horses.

  7. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Laporte in. 1 PT get in

  8. 420king
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

  9. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Awful for Sané owners that.

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      What about Sané cappers?! GW fail.

  10. JohnnyMagrinho
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • Robbieblob
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Noooo Larportreeee

    • TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • TeddiPonza
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Laporte coming on 🙂

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Wonderful

    • SPorting
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Laporte point spotted

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Laporte!!!!!!!!

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        YESSSS ASSIST?

        1. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Loooool

    • Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      AWB in for Sterling 😎

      1. Disco Pat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Duffy in for me!
        But Auba becomes my captain

      2. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        same here...1p banked

      3. Zilla
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        High five 😎

    • Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Feck Laporte

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • Federico
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      Am I doing this right?

    • Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      yess laporte cameo

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

    • AccountAnt80
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Laporte cameo! Got to be kidding me

    • in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      Arnie, Balbuena OUT
      Mitrovic, Kolasinac IN

      Thoughts?

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sané to Sterling hokey cokey

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

      This is comical! Wow

      Who were your Laporte autosubs, owners?

      1. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        AWB

      2. AccountAnt80
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Doherty

      3. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        AWB so no difference

    • Flapjack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That LOLporte owner going into Ederson owners.

      Alright treacle ? Xxxxxx

    • DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Laporte 1 pointer blocks AWB 1 point

    • Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

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

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Benching Fraser home to Hudd.....

      2. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

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