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

    Ederson lol

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

    Good to see MIkel Arteta is still the least bald person in the world

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He really is!

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

    Laporte doesn't concede!

  4. 420king
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    No Foster A/G. Gutted.

  5. TAT
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    City from City level to United level in no time. Sané (C) feels like a massive, massive fail.

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Will be gold actually

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Kane and Salah will easily outscore that tomorrow.

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Well at least he scored a goal

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah, but Salah and Kane will no doubt punish tomorrow.

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

    Salah and Hazard hauls tomorrow would be magical

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      This!
      As long as their hauls are bigger than Kane’s also!

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

    Only Ryan’s assist points save my night

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

      can

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

      Assist to be added any minute now...

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

      Haha, did that really happen ?

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

      Assist points?

  8. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Ederson LOL

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

    Ah well at least Mahrez did something finally

  10. drughi
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    You can't make this up, wanna bash the wall in

  11. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    That started very well, but ended very badly.

    WC time.

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

    Honestly one of the maddest FPL nights, didn't really enjoy some moments but was still great

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

      True haha

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Jammy City owners

  14. J T
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Points check?

    29-4
    5 left + C

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

      22 + 6 left + C

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      43 after baps. 4 left + captain

      1. Hits from the Bong
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        (-4)

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

      12 (-4)
      7 left + Captain

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

      28 from 5, 6 left + cap

      Arnie you idiot.

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      52(-4), 4 left

    6. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      22...7 left (6 big boys) + capt

    7. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      29 (-0)
      7 left + C

    8. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      38(-4). 6 left + C

    9. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      36 after baps.
      4 + cap left

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    awful GW for me 17 points and -4 for transfers. Kane (C), Rich, Doherty,Jimenez, Alonso and Robbo left and Robbo and Alonso probably wont play

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    At least we learn that if Sterling is benched he stays benched 🙂
    Sané C, lucky :s

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

    12 from Fraser when Wilson gets 12 too feels useless 🙁

    1. Garlana
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not Vs ppl who have niether

  18. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Sorry for the mistype. I genuinely meant to type Hammers 3-1 Cardiff but was thinking about the Fab cleanie and got mixed up and pressed 3-0

  19. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    arnie or Murray will get drop tonite or not?

  20. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Anyone got a clue how Kompany is on 34 bps, how does that work?

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

      Clearances, Blocks, Interceptions.

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

        +CS

    2. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Clean sheet

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Keeps the clean sheet as he was subbed before City conceded

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

      Subbed before the goal

    5. Park the bus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Kept his CS points as was subbed

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

      Went off before the goal

    7. FirminoIsBetterThanYou
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Ah fair enough silly that I didn't notice that, thanks for the replies

  21. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    ON WC:

    Salah, Hazard, Arnie > Sterling, Sane, Auba?

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

      Yeah without doubt

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes

  22. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Might just all out knee jerk it and do Arnie to Perez lol

  23. BOATIES FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Salah gray Arnie >>> Sterling sane Mitro. - 4
    Needs to be done tonight though

  24. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What a rollercoaster end to the night. My rank was looking very poor but has improved quite a lot since those late goals.

  25. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    If BPS stay the same, 30 from 4. Just annoying that Murphy wiped out 5 points with a pointless consolation goal in 90+5

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

    Will Ryan get any baps once assist is added?

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He should.

    2. Werkself - A Whole Lawro B*…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Is this really a thing?

  27. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    22 from 4 after baps :). Couldve been 30 if Cardiff didnt score but happy with that. Still got Capt Kane, Salah, VVD, Alonso and Haz to play. Noice

  28. Mortal.Swinbat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Sane captain looked so good.

    Disappeared second half and then pointless Watford goal take away his clean sheet and bonus points

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

      7p is a decent captain score

  29. SB007
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Can someone say something to make me feel better please. Sterling c and Arnie VC.

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

      You’re beautiful

      1. SB007
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Feeling great now - thanks !

    2. fpl-cli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Ouch

  30. Jeppe99
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Do you have to hit the wildcard straight away or could you make the transfers first and use the wildcard later. What effect will it have on price changes?
    Thank you!

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

      Either. Prices work as normal. If you sell someone where you had money tied up in them, you have to buy them back at their actual price. So be careful.

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

      I would also like to know this

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      The latter. But to activate the Wildcard later, it has to be done by making -another- transfer at the same time as you hit 'Play Wildcard'.

      If you make transfers before playing the Wildcard, they will count towards price change deltas. If you make transfers as/after Wildcard is played, they will not.