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

    Camon Watford!

  2. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Looooolllllll :-)))
    This game is killing me tonight
    Althought it was awful, one of the best fpl nights EVER

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

    Sturbridge stays on the bench. Sane (C) locked in.

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

    That Laporte sub hurts

    1. Numb
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Might be an extra point

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

      13.7%?

  5. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Looks like AWB is on for Sterling

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

    No Sterling. Lots of jammy captains will be about like at the weekend now.

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

      VC is not “jammy”

    2. Numb
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Yup

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

      Sterling never comes on when hes benched.

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Alonso worth keeping? Enables upgrades, if nothing else.

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      keeper all season

  8. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    UKG dont speak to soon "Yes city clean sheet gone (Laporte owner)

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

      Yeah he can do one

  9. Drogo
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Unbelieveable, i'm at -1 points with 3 players used. Duff, Arnie, WanB

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

    Ederson YC!

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    One more save Ederson, come on

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

      Needs 4 now

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

    Ederson YC 🙂

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

    Ederson wasting time YC LOL

  14. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    4 min addded time

  15. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaas no clean sheets :DDDDDDDDD

  16. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    YESS no sterling contribution confirmed. Wilson vc

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Very nice!

    2. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Nice VC

  17. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 days ago

    A) D Silva, Balbuena/Diop and Lloris
    Or
    B) B Silva, Trippier and Fabianski

  18. Scratch
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Nice one Laporte on, now i won't get Taylor tomorrow.

  19. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Ederson 5 saves

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

    ederson ya mug

  21. TAT
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Damn this game. Bye Ederson you waste of space!

  22. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Ederson no-look YC

  23. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Why would he bring Laporte on?

  24. Captain Kakaroto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    No CS guys. Come back tomrrow

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

    Ederson outscores Laporte.

    This is chaos.

  26. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    What a mad GW

    what the hell is in store tomorrow

  27. YouJumpedOverTheFenceBaby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Sterling (C) to Wilson (V). I'll take it.

  28. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Laporte G Sane A please...

  29. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Balbuena back next GW?

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

    Score or put it wide, Watford.

    Nothing else!