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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. T444
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte better score a goal a minute

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

    Man City under HUGE pressure...I don't remember seeing this

  3. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    minus 3 from three players so far (took -8 hit), Captian Kane, I need you tomorrow my son!

  4. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    This GW is nuts so far.

    Way it’s going, Salah and Haz will haul massively while Kane blanks/disappoints.

    That would suit me, oops

  5. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    How the opinion changes in just 10 minutes of football.

    "Ederson ticks along nicely, tickety, tock"

    "**** Ederson you useless ******* ****"

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      He’s not useless. He’s the reason my ranks so high.

      1. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        I'm not saying he is dude. Semi quoting people on the last page.

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          I was the guy saying he ticks along 😉 I stand by it

  6. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    “Lol @ederson he lost a CS (Laporte owner(“

    Immense post.

  7. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Ederson- 1 CS in 5. He is a goner.

  8. SMEE_HEEE
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 14 days ago

    scores on the doors guys?

    17/4 for me I think

    Edy 3
    Awb 1
    Wilson 12 provisional
    Digana from bench 1

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

      49 from 6 here

  9. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Average?

  10. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    proper hoofball

  11. InTommyWeTrust
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    I’m guessing Arnos is finished for a few weeks?

    1. InTommyWeTrust
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      *Arnie

    2. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Yep made my transfer easy

    3. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      What actually happened to him?

      1. InTommyWeTrust
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Hamstring is what FFS have said on Twitter

    4. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Looked like a hamstring injury so you would think so

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Could get Lacazette instead if I downgrade Martial.

      Or Mitrovic but only interested in him from GW17, not 16.

  12. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Lol my best buddie isn't all that into FPL and I forgot to remind him about midweek game. His captain is still Aguero and Vice captain Ederson

    1. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Also had Duffy's RC, but still beating me this week

  13. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Laporte better get 3 baps if he holds on here

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      lol

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        35 from 6. 2k rank

        1. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Reply fail. See below

  14. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    What have people scored and from how many players on here? FPLDiscovery says 5 players have played in the top 10k but that seems low given that most people have at least 2 City players. It also says 22 points in the top 10k but that seems high from what people are saying on here too.

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      32 from 4

    2. Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      28 from 6 here.
      Predicted rank 1067

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        How do you get your predicted rank?

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I’m on 22 out of five

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        24 with baps

    4. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      27 from 3 here

    5. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      36 from 3

    6. nikzgfx
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      17 from 4 pre BAPs (-4)

    7. nobwak
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      No it doesn't. It says 4 have played in top 10k with an average of 19 points inc. bonus.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        4 was a typo and it was a 22 before the goals at the end of the WHU and City match. Well done though. Your chufty badge is in the post mate!

    8. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      38(-4) from 5 including Duffy -2. Happy is understatement. Likely to be brought down to earth tomorrow but I’ll enjoy it for now!

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Well done! Who is your captain?

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers mate. I capped Salah. Also have Kane. Tomorrow could change things if Salah blanks and Kane hauls

          1. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            Salah EO well below 100% so just enjoy the points.

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Yeh I will do. Decision now on WC when I activate tonight. Assume I’ll still dump Salah to fund better team

          2. The Big Fella
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            Salah EO is low so you'll be fine. I think both of those will each score. I captained Auba which was brave but United seem to be struggling and United currently have so many defensive absentees.

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Auba cap should be absolutely golden!!

              1. The Big Fella
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 14 days ago

                I'll still be watching it between the fingers covering my eyes!

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

      49 (once I get sané vc points) from 6

    10. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      What the hell, didn't expect to see scores so high tonight.

      17(-4) from 4.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah. Weird game week!

    11. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      21 from 3.

  15. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    15(-4) from 3 I'll take considering 1 of them is laporte.

  16. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Foster G please

  17. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Fabianski comfortably outscores the premium Ederson yet again.

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Not happened many times

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Where were you when ederson outscored Fabianski?

  18. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    foster in box

  19. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    FFS...sold Fraser and Milivojevic on my wildcard. Now watch Salah and Hazard really punish me for selling them tomorrow night

  20. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Robbo to start?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Don't think so

  21. Beatle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Such an awful night you just have to laugh

  22. Greek Shamrocks
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Murphy with Goal, my 2nd sub. Probably wiped out with Laporte cameo. FML!

  23. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    City getting lucky again, sick of it...

    1. nobwak
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Who do you support?

  24. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Ederson 1 pointer

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Weird maffs.

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        I meant 2

  25. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Two WC planning questions

    Would you ditch Salah and Haz on a WC right now?

    Also if I go Auba over Kane up top would you rather Dilva for City mid triple up or Eriksen for a Son/ Eriksen double up?

  26. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Liverpool fans, chances of Milner minutes v Burnley pretty high right?

  27. Foozeball
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Josh Murphy and his 95th minute goal can eff off! -__-

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I agree. Worse part is, Murphy is on my bench as #2 after AWB.

  28. Basil1977
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    After that pile of rubbish tonight, i really need Salah captain to the rescue tomorrow.

  29. drughi
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    What an absolute nightmare tonight was, only 5 goals from kane can save this gw

  30. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    I have room for two benchings tomorrow now. With Robbo more or less nailed on to be benched... so make that 1.

    Robbo, Alonso, Keane
    Richarlison
    Kane (C), Jiminez

    Fingers crossed!